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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Long Overdue!

It's October, and for the first time in forever, the weather here in New Orleans is PERFECT! A cool, breezy 72, and I couldn't be happier about it! Of course it will warm up again next week, but for now I'm loving it.

So I still haven't finished the Bead Soup hopping -- I've been very busy with being sick, work, and catching up on Breaking Bad. Does anyone else watch it? I've watched all 4 seasons (minus the two that have yet to air for this season) over the last 2 or 3 weeks. It's so addictive! For a while, I was punishing myself about the Bead Soup hop - I wouldn't let myself make anything until I was done. But there was only so long that was going to work. I'm going to keep hopping 'til I'm done. It'll just take awhile.

In any case, I finally managed to photograph all the stuff I've made lately. It's really not that much, but at least I've gotten some stuff done. I'll try to drop it off at the salon this week and see what's sold over the last 3 or 4 weeks since my last delivery.

For any of you Spotify users, I want to recommend super talented New Orleans artist, Trombone Shorty's album: Trombone Shorty – For True. It's really great, and I'm listening to it right now.

I can't decide if this one looks too Christmasy and if the two greens clash too much, but I like it anyway. (As usual, click to enlarge any pics.)

This was inspired by my new love of stick pearls after my own Bead Soup piece. I didn't realize these were drilled at the top though - I was hoping they were center drilled like the ones I used in my Soup necklace. I added some faceted rubies I bought at the last gem & jewelry show and some gunmetal rhinestone rondelles I recently bought. I'm going to have to get more soon, 'cos I LOVE them!

New lampwork from Julsbeads plus some rutilated quartz I had, and some copper rhinestone rondelles.

Trinity brass settings, which I LOVE! And some faceted black crystal. I'm not going to steal these from myself, but I'm so tempted.

Wacky little pirate ship charms from Heather's Big Box o' Vintage Goodies. They're such cute earrings though, right?

Stick pearls, labradorite, and those silver beads are soup leftovers!

More of the new Julsbeads lampwork beads with copper drops I liver of sulfured.

Wood, jade, and agate. They're very eco-modern, as I was describing them last night.

My first ever use of cabochons! More goodies from Heather's box, glued onto some filigree rounds. So retro vintage cute.


  1. You have been busy! I love the lamp work beads with the LOS copper drops..they are awesome.

  2. Beautiful all round. What are those two green beads in your necklace? I absolutely love it - not too Christmassy and I think the two greens complement each other perfectly. Great colours with those stick pearls too, the rubies look perfect in there.

  3. All fantastic creations Heidi! The first necklace I loooove! In my opinion you can never have too much green in a piece. Youve balanced it perfectly with the red fabric in between. I did not come to think of cristmas when I saw it, but now that you've mentioned it, I would love to wear it every day for the holidays. The facetted Jade/Agate in the second from last earrings I simply adore!

  4. Your pieces are just wonderful! I do not think the first necklace looks Christmasy at all. I love the addition of the rhinestone roundels in pieces it always gives everything a nice vintage look.

  5. The earrings are wonderful and WOW was that a big box!

  6. First, have fun finishing up the blog hopping!
    It looks like you've been busily occupied otherwise. The pieces are all beautiful! I especially like those brass and black earrings. Very elegant! All of it is just fantastic!

  7. That is a heaping portion of soup. I really like the way you used the fibers in the first necklace!!

  8. Finally! I seem to be able to post-to-Post;) [bad pun, sorry...]

    Thanks for letting me model the lampwork beads with the tiny copper rondelles and the wire-wrapped crystals! Love, love, love the colors and they way they swing!


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