Monday, November 23, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Delirium Designs Jewelry "Surf's Up!" earrings on Etsy Treasury

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I am overjoyed that my earrings, "Surf's Up!" are currently (until Nov 14) included in the Etsy Treasury, Pleeze Mr. Santa! Click on the title above (which is a link) to take a look if you'd like.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Delirium Designs Jewelry at Lemonade: Accessories, Gifts and More

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Hi everyone, I'm so happy to announce that my Delirium Designs Jewelry (my handmade jewelry and beadweaving) is now featured at Lemonade, Accessories,Gifts and More at 2327 N,  Pleasantburg Drive, Suite D, in Greenville, South Carolina. This shop is beautiful and has a broad array of lovely items like Save the TaTa'sT shirts, Carolina Girl T-shirts, Wood Wick candles. Drop by and say hi! You'll find delighful handmade items there.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Multiple beading projects at once!

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Here are a few photos of a necklace that I call Wild Vines and Wood Roses that I recently finished using Keishi pearls as flower petals, many Swarovski glass pearls and glass seed beads.

Whew! Busy as a bee beading! I am up to my ears in beads (always a good thing), designing a line of beaded and beadwoven jewelry in Fall and Holiday colors. Deadline is next week. In addition to several finished pieces, I have completed two necklaces, several pairs of earrings and a bracelet. I'll post a few pics after I photograph them this morning.

I've updated my portfolio and I am designing new earring cards using the good old cut and paste technique, which my helpful and very supportive husband will transform into printed versions. I'm packing my props and displays to take to a cute, local shop that features many handmade items that will be displaying some my work for sale. Just in time for the Holidays! I am very excited!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hat Draw Friday Winner

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This is a present for our new Hat Draw Friday winner, Allison who lives in France! She specified that her dream earrings would be chandeliers not too long, but dangly in gold with amethysts and/or crystals. These earrings are chain maille in 1/20 14kt. gold filled wire and beads with three dangles of amethyst gemstone beads and glass crystals. Shhh....she hasn't seen these yet, but I'm hoping she won't see this post until after she receives them in a couple of days. They are en route!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fun Hats and Headdresses

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This straw hat originally had a wide brim, which I removed. Without the brim it resembled a 1950s style pillbox hat, so I added a length of leopard ribbon to the bottom of the hat, a generous amount of faux rhinestones and netting dotted with very faux rhinestones. I gathered the netting with long stitches so it would fan out and in the center of the fan I added a pretty vintage brooch that I purchased in France. You can almost hear this feisty leopard roar! Grrrrr!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Finished 1920s Inspired Headdress

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Today I put the finishing touches on a 1920s-inspired headdress with antique and vintage French beads, plenty of jet, lace and an old ostrich plume. This headdress ties at the back of the crown of the head.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Creating in France

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The living-room/dining of our apartment in France had 6' tall windows that lined half the width of two walls and flooded the apartment with light.

It was in that room that I kept an antique hutch I bought at a flea market in Auvergne, France, and filled with my beads, threads, findings and jewelry tools. This beautiful room was where I designed and created jewelry.

I had a large square whitewashed wooden table that was made in Mexico to work on. It served as our dining table when not covered in beads. You can see it and the hutch in the very first post on this blog.

In this photograph is one of the bracelets that I made at this table. It was a free-form peyote bracelet made with glass seed beads, paper beads (the long cylinders) carnelian gemstone beads and a beautiful cloisonne button that my father-in-law brought back from Korea many years ago. In the lower right hand corner, you can see the tip of a silver pendant that my husband made.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Oaxacan and Zapotec Indian Weavers

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I've been to Oaxaca, Mexico, several times in my life. I shot this photo of Zapotec Indian women and children weaving hand dyed wool into garments including serapes, shawls and wall hangings in 1979 on my third visit there. They would tie their hand- fashioned looms to trees for stability and sit all day weaving their intensely colorful wares.

I was fascinated by their nimble fingers and their focus/state of meditation. I'd worked in beaded macrame and embroidery in the 1960s and could relate somewhat to how they must have felt being so transfixed on their craft and livelihood. They would start early in the morning, sitting in one spot and weaving for most of the daylight hours and then pack up their goods and return to their homes.

I began to string beads in my childhood, continued in the '60s. In 1999, I began to learn about bead weaving and have been learning about it since. It has become a passion and indeed a meditation and a pleasure.

Many thanks to the beautiful Zapotec Indian women for being a significant creative influence in my life, both with their weaving and their dedication to their craft.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Hat Draw Friday on Facebook

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Please take a moment to become a fan of Delirium Designs Jewelry and answer the discussion question to be eligible to win a free pair of earrings. Free shipping too. Get in on the fun of Hat Draw Friday!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Fascinator Final Steps Before Comb

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Today I stitched beaded loops on the silk petal foundation to finish the edge of the fascinator. I also added white, green and iridescent feathers. The last step will be to attach a comb to the back.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Renewed Energy!

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Let's hear it for what a few days back at the gym can do for physical and mental stamina! I've been to the gym two days in a row and will be back there this afternoon. Although I am a bit stiff and sore, I am sleeping better and enjoying the workouts after sitting in a chair blissfully beading for hours on end.

Soo...first off, I'm going to finish the fascinator pictured on my blog by stitching and beading the edges of the foundation petals and adding a comb to the back.
The black headdress is calling me, too! It's waiting for its ostrich plume and fringe.

The next project is the Rhodocrosite cabochon pictured on my blog. I will be integrating that into a delicate bracelet. I will post photos along the way. Be back in a bit!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Fascination with Fascinators

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Here's a close up photo of the Butterscotch and Baby Blue fascinator in its final stages. I will add more white feathers and Italian ribbon, hand stitch beads to the edges of the two petals on the foundation and attach a hair comb on the underside of the foundation.

Headdress in Progress

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I am working on several headdresses for a friend. I want to get them done soon so they will reach her for her birthday. This is a self-imposed deadline for me of Aug. 10. The black headdress is reminiscent of the '20s flapper era. There are lots of French black jet in this piece, as well as vintage glass beads.

I've been working off and on with this piece. I started it about two weeks ago with a black satin ribbon and centered a vintage bead-embroidered trim (I have a collection of beautiful vintage hand embroidery, beads, etc that I purchased from antique dealers when I lived in France) that I restored with some of the original, but superfluous beads (as they were on pieces of the motif that I trimmed from the design) vintage jet beads I have on hand.

I will further embellish this piece by adding more jet beads, beaded fringes at the temples, and the tip of an ostrich feather will be an element in the central motif.

This particular headdress will simply tie in a bow at the back of the head.
Here's a sneek peek at it in progress.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

All things French and Fascinators

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I'd just purchased this pretty blue enamel pitcher from a flea market in Clermont-Ferrand and thought I'd give the April flowers an imaginary drink!

On the agenda today is continued work on headpieces for my best friend who sings with her jazz band throughout the San Francisco Bay area. I'm working on hats, veils, combs and fascinators. In progess now is a pretty fascinator of turquoise silk with a violet chatoyancy, that I formed in two petals, and attached vintage French lace, peacock feathers (tendrils) and slim Italian ribbon. Here's a sneak peek...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Two cats, one dog and thousands of glass beads

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Yes. Max the cat is the newest member of our household. He has always been a member of the family, but is now a temporary member of the immediate household, along with Callie the Kitty Kat, and Beauty the Black Ball of Fluff Doggie.
Today, I'm working on beaded headdresses, hair clips and fascinators. Stay tuned, as I make them I will post photos. Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Gorgeous Vintage Style Corsets, etc.

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I love these handmade creations.

1000 Markets

1000 Markets

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I love this gorgeous hat! Click on the 1000 Markets logo above to see it! Check out this seller to see more of her beautiful handmade hats.

Monday, July 06, 2009

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Here is an amulet bag I made as a gift for my daughter's 21st birthday (7 yrs ago). It was the first peyote stitched bag I had ever attempted and it seemed like a lot of work at the time...little did I know I would invest many hours of my life picking up tiny beads on the end of a needle and stitching them into place. What joy I've found in this simple, repetitive (meditative) and creative task of bead weaving.

The charms hanging from the bag's fringe are a dove, star, flower, heart and key symbolizing peace, brilliance, life, love and opportunity.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New bracelets and works in progress

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I am working diligently on several new bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Some are completed, as you will see in this post and some are in progress. It's a beautiful sunny day in South Carolina and I am feeling fabulous! Bring on the beads! : )