Tuesday, April 16, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Hop (Second Reveal): Update

I am just over one half finished visiting the blogs of all the participants in the second reveal!  I had have a ton of things on my To Do list  but I kept on I'm going to keep plugging along and I continue to promise that I'll visited everyone. I left comments on most blogs but sometimes got so caught up in looking and reading that I forgot to comment on a few.  If you find that I didn't comment on your creations, it certainly doesn't mean that I intended to leave you out!

Monday, April 15, 2013

The 17-Year Cicadas Re-Emerge Along the East Coast

Cicada Silver Logo
Cicada Silver Logo

As you know, I have a serious fascination with insects.  I adore them and even named my shops after dragonflies and cicadas but I'm not going to indulge in any of the cicada recipes that are making their way around the internet.  I've heard that cicadas are delicious so, I am not knocking them.  Lots of cultures around the world eat insects on a regular basis.  I think cicadas are so adorable and find their drone so soothing that I couldn't bear to eat them!

Here's a link to some of the recent recipes.  They are not for the squeamish!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party: Second Reveal

Before I show you the items that I made with my partner's beads, I'd like to give a big thank you to Lori Anderson for hosting this event.  She deserves an enormous amount of credit for creating the Bead Soup Blog Party and doing all the hard work behind the scenes.  Matching up partners all over the world and keeping things running smoothly is no easy task.

My Bead Soup partner is Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodle Designs.  She not only designs and creates beautiful jewelry  but also makes gorgeous lampwork and torch fired enamel beads.  Working with the Bead Soup that Nancy sent was a real joy.

Bead Soup sent by Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodle Design
Beautiful Bead Soup Containing
Beads Made by Nancy Boylan

I absolutely love the colors that Nancy sent.  The soft aqua, ivory, tan, and taupe set of beads made me think of our beaches.  The pale, minty green and light periwinkle beads seemed a bit more playful while the enameled filigree beads seemed open to lots of possibilities.  I'm really glad that Nancy sent antiqued brass components because I had gotten into a rut of using mostly copper and sterling silver and I really enjoyed the chance to use something I enjoyed in the past but had recently neglected.

The first item that I used was the soft aqua enameled filigree bead.  I made the chain by rosary wrapping faceted Picasso finish Czech glass beads and small copper beads.  I bookended Nancy's bead with a pair of my etched copper bead caps and added copper plated brass chain to make a tassel charm.  The connector was made from a hammered and patinated copper washer.

tassel necklace by Libellula Jewelry

I then moved on to Nancy's etched beads in beachy colors and the wonderful fish hook style clasp.  I made plain brass bead caps for the cube beads and the beach scene focal and assembled it into a necklace with red brass wire.  The necklace also includes the antiqued brass chain, fish hook clasp, and the darling fish charm, as well.  By attaching the fish charm to the loop end of the clasp, I managed to make it look like the fish is dangling from the hook.  I guess that angler only caught a minnow!

lampwork & red brass necklace by Libellula Jewelry
I'm keeping this necklace!

I continued on with the beach theme by combining the remaining enameled filigree bead with a pair of my etched copper bead caps and an enameled sand dollar made by Gardanne Beads.  I had originally purchased it for another necklace but it worked well for this necklace.  I knotted 6/0 seed beads and pinkish shell beads on waxed linen to make the long, beaded portion of this necklace and added a bronze connector rather than a clasp because it is long enough to slip on and off.

enamel, shell, glass, & bronze necklace made by Libellula Jewelry
This necklace was made for my mother

Next up was the pair of Czech pressed glass flower beads and their coordinating beads.  I kept these earrings simple so that the cute flowers would take center stage.

lampwork & red brass bracelet by Libellula Jewelry
Czech glass & sterling silver earrings

I then moved on to the adorable beads with polka dots and flowers.  I decided to etch some red brass with a polka dot pattern so that I could make matching bead caps.  I left two pairs antiqued while the other pairs were patinated to coordinate with the beads.  The bracelet was made using red brass wire and the toggle clasp that Nancy sent.

The final pair of earrings was made using beads that my friend Gale gave me and a bit of the recycled sari silk that Nancy sent.  The earring design was inspired by a pair of earrings made by Kristi Bowman.  I left the red brass raw so that it can age naturally.

lampwork, red brass & sari silk earrings

Thanks for visiting my blog during the hop!  Please visit Nancy to see what she made with the Bead Soup that I sent her:

Bead Soup sent by Libellula Jewelry to Snazzy Doodle Design
Copper components sent to Nancy

Bead Soup for Snazzy Doodle Designs
Ceramic, stone, & glass beads for Nancy

I'm on vacation this weekend so, I won't be visiting many blogs until I'm back in FL.  Rest assured that I will get around to visiting all the blogs from the second reveal.

Links to the blogs of those participating in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Hop Second Reveal:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

So Much Fun!

The attendance numbers were even better than originally estimated.  23,800 people were in attendance! 

The Freret Street Festival was so much fun.  The weather was beautiful which resulted in a great turnout.  The early estimates are just under 21,000 people which is a nice increase over last year (17,500).
I saw lots of friends including Heidi Post and had the chance to meet Kalaya Steede.  Business was brisk and it kept me sort of trapped in my tent (I'm not complaining!) so, I wasn't able to get out to visit any of my other friends who were vendors.  I feel bad about it because I would love to have seen them and their new work but I'm hoping that I see them while I'm in town for the French Quarter Festival this weekend.  I won't be vending at the Piety Street Market this weekend because of French Quarter Fest.  I can't miss the music!  Look for me back at Piety in May.

Freret Street Festival 2013
Busy all day!

I'd like to put in a plug for my good friend's dog sitting business:  Doggone Comfy.  If you're in the greater New Orleans region and need someone who is dependable and truly loves dogs to care for your furbaby, please give him a call.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Freret Street Festival: See you There!

I'll be at the Freret Street Festival tomorrow from noon to 6 pm.  There will be over 200 vendors, 19 bands on four stages, pet adoptions, a kids' area, and fun for the whole family!  The weather should be lovely with a forecast high of 75°.

I have lots of new work that's not listed in my shops.  Here's one example that's ready for Spring:

Pastel Ceramic Art Bead Necklace by Libellula Jewelry
Pastel Ceramic Art Bead Necklace 
Made With Beads By Gaea

I paired my patinated etched copper bead caps and a hammered copper washer connector with handmade ceramic beads by Gaea. The necklace is completed with faceted rondelles of aventurine, cherry quartz, yellow jade, and dyed quartz.