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.

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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.