I got some absolutely awesome beads from Heather Pyle of Aquaiart-chocoholic.blogspot.com I tried to use only what she sent me, see previous post. I did use a couple of my own copper findings.
Here is the bracelet I made using the clasp she sent me I then made a wonderful necklace using the focal a cool, did I say cool polymer bead/focal she made. I also used some more cool polymer beads in this necklace. I had a great assortment of beads to chose from in a medium, polymer clay, that I've never used before and colors I wouldn't typically use. I had so much fun and love what I ended up with. I can't wait to make more with my leftover bead soup. Be sure to check out what Heather made with what I sent her at http://aquariart-chocoholic.blogspot.com
For those of you that don't know already, I have a new baby. A 1966 Frolic travel trailer 12 ft long. I haven't decided on a name for her yet, I'm still trying to decide. In the meantime she's just Frolic 2. Frolic 1 was the first trailer I bought, she needed a lot of work, she was gutted. About 2 weeks after I got Frolic 1 my friend Judy saw Frolic 2 at an auction . She called me and I told her to bid on her. Judy got her and I headed to the auction to pay for her and pick her up.
I have sold Frolic 1 and have devoted much of my spare time since the beginning of August restoring Frolic 2. Here are some pictures of her: Here is what I've been doing inside some before and after before-above after-below orange carpet ripped out, flooring out next then new subfloor and tile.
Old curtains and seat cushions New curtains and cushions I'm still working on her and will post more pictures soon. In the meantime help me with a name for her. I'm thinking on Belle or Honey. I like the name Buttercup but it doesn't fit my Frolic.
My partner for the "Bead Soup Blog Party" is none other than Heather Pyle polymer clay artist extrodinare! Boy did I get some yummy bead soup, here is a sampling of my delicious soup. when I opened all the packages in the box I got this great focal and clasp Then there were some awesome spices I have all kinds of ideas, now where to begin But before I start, still more containers to open. I think Heather made this one. Well here are all of the ingredients, spicy, yummy fall colors
Wow what a weekend! Sue , Carlie (her daughter) and I went to Milwaukee this weekend to the bead and button show. I had a blast and got to meet 2 blogland friends in person. Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studios Photo courtesy of Cindy Wimmer
and Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. I didn't get my picture with Lori, darn what was I thinking! Be sure and check out both of their blogs to see what they got and to enter their giveaway's.
I bought a lot of cool things and met some awesome people. Here are a few pictures of my goodies and of Sue and Carlie. Sue and Carlie at breakfast on Sunday morning.
Metal bezels and misc from Wynwoods Gallery.
Blue Labradorite faceted cubes, YUMMY!
Raku beads and bird pendant from Maku Studios
Luscious bronze findings from Old World Bronze
ODD Designs Raku-Olivia Dowdy
Where I spent most of my money was on new tools. Here are just a few things. I purchased most of my tools from Beaducation. They were awesome taking the time to demo the different torches.
This weekend was the second show of the season. I was hoping for a big crowd and to sell lots so I would have money for the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee in a couple of weeks. Well.......... Saturday co-operated for set-up and wasn't to warm and there was no rain until evening. So I was able to set up with no problems. On Sunday morning the rain held off. We kept checking the radar because rain and storms were predicted. About 1:30 the storms had moved ashore so we knew it would only be about a half hour before the rain hit. I packed my jewelry table up so I would have room under my canopy for the furniture. About 2:00pm they came around to tell us to start packing because high winds and bad storms were coming. I got everything under my canopy before the rain hit. Boy did we get rain, I had very little damage because I use plastic totes, but my booth got flooded, as did the booths around me. The black trailer is mine and I had a lake right behind my doors where I load. Behind my Mom and Dad's booth, not a flattering picture but I was drenched from my head to toes.
On Monday I went to the first "Burley Park" of the year. It's the best flea market for buying, there are only five all season, three of them being on holiday weekends. After getting so wet and tired on Sunday I almost decided not to go. But I went and got some awesome stuff. Stuff to sell More stuff to sell Religious items, including a rosary purse to sell. Stool to sell, Cow to keep. Sell,sell,sell and yes, it's a leg from a manniquin.
Brand new vintage empty tubes, selling.
Hat box and hat-selling
And yes I am keeping a few things
A childs straw and satin hat-keeping A cool vintage cardboard cooler. I'm keeping. and my favorite purchase of the day a flowerbox, I already went and got flowers for it. The only question, What to do with it when it rains? It's not exactly and outdoor item.
We left the flea market after 4 hours of shopping due to the 90 degree temps. All and all an extreme weather weekend.
It's been awhile since I posted, My wireless is down and we have laptops so.... since I have a phone that gets internet, Don has been the one hooked up to the internet cable. That being said tonight I disconnected him and hooked up my laptop so I could post some eye candy.
On Mother's day, Mom, Dad, Don and I went to Centerville Antique Market to shop! I have not shopped an entire outdoor antique show in a few years. I set up at Allegan but rarely shop and when I do it's just a few booths and then back to mine to sell. Well Mom and I walked around together and I found some awesome things. Now before you all say " I thought she didn't like birds" I want to clarify that I am scared of birds but I do like photos, paintings and general bird decorating items. I won't however be buying a bird for a pet or feeding pigeons in the park. Here are 2 cool "bird" things I bought I also found this cool tool. Do you know what it is used for? I didn't know but I do now.
I got a great deal on this vegetable ivory pin cushion, I'm putting it in my cool sewing caddy.
Two cool tins and a wood covered dish as well as ledger pages, some old postcards, bus tokens, a velvet jewelry box, a wood jewelry box and a handful of old door plates.
and finally this
a brass birdcage. Now I need to decide what to diplay inside, any ideas?
On Saturday I went to Hobby Lobby on a mission, to look for display pieces for my antique booth. Well.........I found a few things, but I also bought goodies to use in the house as well. I did stay out of the bead aisle, aren't you proud of me. A garden ball, for the living room coffee table.
a mini bird bath for the antique booth, I will fill it with little things, keys ,glass prisms, cracker jack charms, dice, marbles or something else small. I'm always looking for containers to put things in that add to the look of the display. I also bought a couple of wire baskets to hold brass numbers and wooden blocks. All of their metal was on sale.
On Sunday Sue and I went antiquing, and I bought a few more things to sell, keep and for display. keys, to keep.
Spools, to sell.
A faded lovely purple velvet photo album, to use for display.
A beautiful silverplate mug engraved with the name "Amy" definitely to keep.
2 tins, undecided. Do I keep or sell?
and my buy of the day the Saucy Squirrel book. Sell,sell sell. The black velvet pillow is also for display.
I bought a few other things but ran out of sunny daylight to photograph in. A couple of sewing drawers, a mourning pin, a brass buckle, just to name a few.