Beading Night is Back!

Beading Night is back on track!  My friend Deb came over and we played with beads for while her kids were at Awana.  It was fun, and it we are going to be getting together every Wednesday while the kids are there. 
Deb’s Batik Work
We started off by comparing beading stashes and projects that we both were working on.  Deb has some beautiful art clay pendants that she hand-painted.  Teeny tiny works of art.  Oh, and there is the batik/beading work she’s doing right now, too, which I took a photo of to show it off. 
My starfish necklace
As for myself, I had the gaudy starfish pendant, so I did some beading work with it.  It’s sort of tacky, but it’s still sort of cute, too.  I’m not big into yellow, but I’ll give it to someone who is. 
OH!  As a side note, I’m a published writer outside of what I have self-published.  Go on over to Squidoo’s online magazineGoodVeg and check out the article “Five Reasons Fennel is Fabulous.”  I wrote that!  And took the picture!  Exciting stuff!
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Beading Night Catchup

I actually made this necklace two weeks ago, but hadn’t had a chance to feature it here yet.  This is my Halloween necklace with glass beads and antique-y looking findings.  The owl pendant was the spookiest thing I could find at Wal-Mart, where I got the supplies for this necklace. 
Eh, it’s cute.  I’ll wear it next week in anticipation of Halloween, along with the funky spider earrings I got from Avon, believe it or not. 
I actually like the detail on the black and orange beads a lot.  I was happy to find those.  In fact, I think these were the beads I grabbed first, and the ideas sort of came after that. 
I might try to bead something more goth for Halloween, too, since I love the goth aesthetic.  Anyone have any good beading suggestions?

Beading Night 2

Beading Night didn’t go off exactly as planned, as my friend did not come over due to my husband being sick.  Poor guy.  He is feeling better today, I will add.  Back to the matter at hand, though.  I did get some beading done on my own. 
I had this beading kit lying around for about a year and a half and I never opened it.  It just collected dust on my dresser.  Well, last night was the night that I broke it out and gave it a go. 
Everything was included in the kit, except tools, of course, and there are enough beads and findings for two necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and a bracelet.  The directions and photos are fairly straightforward.  I selected one of the necklace patterns and got to work. 
As I was looking through the designs included, I realized these were good, basic patterns that could be reused for other beads and styles.  I will be keeping the directions as reference.
Here’s what I did.  It’s one of the necklaces from the Pure Innocence beading kit I got at Wal-Mart.  I’m quite happy with the results.  The loops are bad, but I am getting better at them.  It’s one of the more complex designs that I have done, more than the basic stringing of beads.  I learned I can do more complex beading designs.  I can do this!

Wednesday Evening: Beading Time!

I have decided that every Wednesday evening I shall take time to do work on some beading.  I did last night and realized that I was WAY out of practice.  I also need to take a few more chances and grow as a beader, too.  Still, I made two simple pieces.  The first is what I call the Dungeons & Dragons necklace, as it uses acrylic dice beads and a pewter dragon pendant.  As a note, I am a BIG D&D nerd.  I saw the beads on Fire Mountain Gem’s site and had to get them.  They are cute!  And nerdy!  And I have more of them left, so I can use them in another project.

The second piece I made was a pair of earrings using glass beads.  Eh, they turned out ok.  I need to get better at making loops again.  I need to restart somewhere, I guess.  They aren’t that bad, I suppose. I’ll wear them to work one of these days.

Point being, I want to get back into beading like I was a few years ago.  I have plenty of supplies, so there is no excuse in that area.  I also have a friend who does beautiful wire beading work, and her enthusiasm has encouraged me to get back into beads.  In fact, we are going to make it a point to work on our beading projects every Wednesday night we can together, too.  A friend’s support can be a great boon!

In other news, I am amidst the great deluge of rain in Pennsylvania right now.  It’s times like this I am glad I  do not have a basement and that I live on a hill.  It’s a good day to do some chores and to craft, since all the roads are flooded and work was closed today on account of that.