Friday, April 29, 2011

Prince of Peace and Some Royal Jewels

I have only caught glimpses of the royal wedding today, but what I saw was just beautiful! I hope this couple enjoys a lifetime of love and joy together.
 So speaking of the royals...I have a necklace I made a few days ago that would be somewhat fitting for a day like today (unlike Princess Beatrice's hat...)

 I created this with antique murano glass beads, copper beads, vintage copper link chain an old rhinestone earring and two antique copper jewelry findings. The pendant drop needed nothing more than itself, the detail and quality is amazing. I only had a few of these that I offered on my site but they are sold out for now, not sure If I will be getting anymore.

And now for the commoners....

I found the Prince of Peace medal at the Nashville Flea market, I just had to have it! 
In this necklace I used a variety of Antique and vintage elements, keys, brass filigree beads and old trolley tokens. The vintage typewriter key is the perfect dangle. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

All that Glitters is Gold

....well maybe not gold, but brass.

I love this piece as it has a great vintage flair and is great for everyday. 
You can find this in my Etsy shop. 

....check out those great ornate connectors!
Sorry folks sold out of the connectors for now. I hope to be able to get more into the shop really soon! 

Multi layer vintage buttons
Vintage curb chain
Vintage brass ID plate
Antique crystal bead and bead cap.
Antique watch fob chain links

another piece that is sooooo comfortable to wear! 

We are in for another round of severe weather....the most intense yet. Thank goodness for our weather radio and storm shelter. There has been a lot of rough weather all over lately. I hope everyone stays safe and stay tuned to your weather  in your area. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Brass Findings are in the shop

I  finally had a smidgen of time to list a bunch of the antique brass finding I purchased in Connecticut. I will be listing more in the next few days as well, so keep checking if you are looking for something particular. 

check out these beads here 

 Blessing to you all on this beautiful Easter Day!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I Heart Instagram!

I am in  LOVE with the smart phone App. called  Instagram. Since I have installed it on my I-phone all I want to do it take pictures!! really is sooooo cool. Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.

Here are some before and after pictures.

I stopped at this log cabin today, off the beaten path. They had it all set up inside like a gift shop.I asked the owner it I could take a picture of the house...I would not wanna get run off by a shotgun...I'm just could happen! 

before.... cool is that? You can also zoom in and out on the screen before saving your picture.

How do you like this handsome fellow?

he was just resting in the leg up in the rear. He did not find me interesting in the least.
before and... 

Here are a few more photos I have taken in the last few days.

my step-dog Jake 

So go have some fun, reinvent how you take pictures!! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Meet Bud

 here he is lounging on my couch in my studio...

I would like you to meet Bud, Bud Berman. I carried him home yesterday and I think he is going to stay. I could not resist him at the antique shop, he has lots of hidden charisma! Somewhat of a plain dresser as in naked, but for what I want him for he will fit my needs perfectly, plus for $20 who could resist!! He appears to be made out of fiberglass and hangs nicely on the wall.

...finally something to photograph long necklaces on! 
As some of you know I just love old dress forms and have been hunting for one for my studio and to use when I do shows. Although Bud is a he and not a she I think he will add something to my display booth. I plan on decoupaging his lovely form with either antique dictionary papers or muslin, I have not decided as of yet. What do you think? I think the muslin will display the jewelry better but the paper will look really vintage.

Suggestions please! 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

7000 Bracelets for Hope

Welcome to the 7000 bracelets for hope blog  hop. To join the hop  you needed to make ONE bracelet in an adult size in a denim/blue jeans-inspired theme. Basically, any blue bead will do! The bracelets will be sent to  The Global Genes Project, an advocacy group who launched "7000 Bracelets for Hope", a children's rare disease campaign. The bracelets are given to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show them love and support. I hope my bracelet with remind the wearer that there is hope and people who care, people that are trying to make a difference.

 Turquoise, coral, porcelain and lapis

Be sure to check out all the other contributors to this great cause.

Bracelet Blog Hop

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

2.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle

3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym

4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365

5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer

6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry

8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire

9.  Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions

12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio

13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading

14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl

15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design

16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae

17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium

18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous

19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!

20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions

22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon

23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T

24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails

25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 

26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals

27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 

28.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings

29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 

30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 

31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  

32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 

33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 

34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 

35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 

36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 

37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. 

38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 

39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 

40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box 

42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 

44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 

45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio 

46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss

47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads

48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral

49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel

50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry

53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie's Shiny Things

54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry

55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31

56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found

57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts

58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie

59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope

60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs

62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs

63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs

64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings

65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs

66.  Norma Agron, Norma's Clay

67.  Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos

68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations

69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads

70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs

72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads

73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life

74.  Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner

75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass

76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee

77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life

78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design

79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked

80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 

81.  KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads

82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana

83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love 

84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy 

85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads

86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures

87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats

88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique

89.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place

90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads

92.  Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio

 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields

94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden

95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art

96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations

97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter

98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry

99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio

100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 

102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy

103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies

104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof

105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals

106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry

107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry

108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks

109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading

110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne

 111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra

112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.


Friday, April 15, 2011

There is always Hope

Time sure does has been one hell of a year and it is only April! Last year we fell in love with this little guy. Born on April 15th.

Today Captain Morgan is a year old already! I think he is most definitely the silliest cat I have ever owned and I have had many cats. He loves to play,talk and tease the other cats. 

... he does love his older brother Jack 

 You can tell by the next pictures what his favorite sleeping position is.

We look forward to spending many many more years with your little furry self!

Tomorrow is......

Saturday April 16th
111 Participants 
Sponsored by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things and the famous Bead Soup Party Blog Hop.

To join the hop, you needed to make ONE bracelet in an adult size in a denim/blue jeans-inspired theme. Basically, any blue bead will do! The bracelets will be sent to The Global Genes Project, an advocacy group who launched "7000 Bracelets for Hope", a children's rare disease campaign. The bracelets are given to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show them love and support. 
Be sure to stop by tomorrow and check out the bracelet I will be donating and to see the list of all of the participants.  

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New pieces from the jewelry drawer

I have lots of new creations to share with from the jewelry drawer I have three pieces of jewelry created from findings from an old Jewelry Factory in Rhode Island.

 I was sooooo very lucky to have come across this man at a flea market in Connecticut. He was selling tons of this stuff. I think I wet my pants when I saw all of the findings. Some of the stuff is in limited quantities and some I will be offering in my Judith B Designs Etsy shop. Have patience I will be listing it slowly. The quality is outstanding, better than excellent !  Really ornate with amazing detail and some with nice patina.

Here is just a few of the pieces I got.

Created from a vintage crucifix from the old jewelry factory along with cut Opaline glass beads.

Cuff Bracelet
The detail is so gorgeous on this antique brass piece.....nice heavy brass that I carefully formed to fit your wrist and added a vintage rhinestone earring.

Lastly for today are Pine Cone Drop Earrings. Wait until you see these adorable pine cone like bead caps! I just can't stop smiling when I look at these. 

So that is it for today, you can find these pieces in my Etsy shop.
.Hope everyone is enjoying some nice weather like we are and thanks to you all for stopping by.