Sunday, August 31, 2014

A pink rosary

I am really proud of this and happy that I could give something so meaningful to my daughter.  Last Spring, she celebrated her First Communion.  And this is the rosary that I made for her - in her favorite colors - pink, purple and silver.
The pink beads are some kind of gemstone and the purple beads are a Czech glass bead. I ordered the crucifix and the rosary center from Inspirational Supply - the shop owner was so nice and helpful!

Although Daphne is still learning what its all about, I hope that one day it will get some use. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This summer beading...

This summer, I have definitely still been working on jewelry projects amongst lots of travel!  I love visiting people, but I definitely enjoy being home and just doing the routine stuff too.  And this week will put us back into the routine of school!  I can't believe it's already that time again.
Here's one of the projects I worked on this summer...  the Garden Windows Bracelet**
It was for my Mom, a kind of belated Mother's Day gift.  
I used lighter color Tila Beads than the example and some really pretty Czech Druks as the centers of the flowers.  I had a hard time finding pinkish purple size 15 beads and then finding Tila beads that coordinated well.
The colors are really pretty against skin (they look a little more dull against the white backdrop).  And I love the button closure.  I was worried that it wouldn't be too secure but it really does the trick.

And now I've added ladder stitch and square stitch to my repertoire of beadweaving skills.
I don't know about other beaders, but I definitely enjoy making jewelry much more than taking pictures of them and that is probably why I have a hard time keeping up with the blogging.
**This pattern is by Glorianne Ljubich and originally published in Beadwork magazine June/July 2012.