Friday, February 10, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Hop

I just recieved my beads for the bead soup blog party. This is all put on by Lori Anderson.  My partner is Jessica Klaarsen. To see all her colorful designs go to:   We started this late, but teamed up anyway to join this fun adventure. I love all the bright colors and Vintaj findings in this bead group. I am looking forward to making my designs to share with everyone on March 3rd. If you want to see the hop just go to the left side bar of my blog and you can see Lori's blog and follow all the fun.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Art Studio Pictures

I have been having problems with my computer but I think I have the computer issues fixed now. I love technology but it can be a real pain when things go wrong.  I ended up deleting some posts in the process. The top picture is from the old studio downstairs which is still not completely cleaned up.  I have been working on moving my studio upstairs the last few months. I painted in a charcoal grey last year and finally got around to getting things moved upstairs. I still have to hang a few things on the walls. I bought organizers at Michael's and have tons of storage place for all the beads and components. I love the storage cubes and the work great for beads.   It seems like no matter what I am creating I often times still do not have the right shape, size, color or component to make what I want. I have 22 plastic organizer boxes of beads that I have been collecting for over 10 years and you would think I had everything I need. I girl can never have too many beads and findings. 

A lot of what you see in my studio I created at art retreats or purchased from other artists.  The dolls hanging on the wall are from my good friend JoAnna Pierotti. You can find her blog at: She is a full time artist and teaches at many retreats around the country. JoAnna is really a great artist/person and fun to hang out with. If you have the opportunity to take classes with her I would jump on it. 

I bought a new table for my studio and waited almost two months for it to be delivered but when it showed up I knew it was just right for my studio. The table is wrought iron and has reclaimed wood on the top and I love anything that is vintage or with a vintage look. I also picked up the french bakers table that has my jewelry displayed on it at a local antique store.  The table is an original patisserie table from the late 1800's that  used to display all the yummy desserts. I like to imagine the French street where the bakery was located and all the beautiful French architecture. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era.  It reminds me of the movie "Midnight in Paris." What a fantasy to be able to get into a car and go back to the place in time you dream of being.