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Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Bead Shop Purchases

Here are the purchases I made at a couple bead shops that I visited on my baseball trips.

I went to the Eyebeads Gemstones shop in the Old Market area of Omaha, just to look. They had TONS of beads – many semi-precious stones in every color imaginable. While they had a lot of pretty beads, there was nothing I really needed at the time. I was on my way out, chatting with one of the ladies working in the store, when I spotted something really different. This is a boulder opal. I had never seen anything like this before. They had several to choose from in different shapes, sizes and colors. I chose this one to use in a necklace. The photos show the front and the back of the stone.

Boulder Opal - frontBoulder Opal - back

The other bead shop I visited was Beadazzled in Wichita, KS. This shop was filled with jewelry made from lampwork beads and also loose beads. The owner of the shop makes all the beads herself. She had a lot of very pretty jewelry, which I enjoyed looking at, but I’d really rather buy the beads and make something myself. I decided on these flat beads with solid color spacers. I had trouble capturing the purples, greens and browns in the first photo, but you can get a better idea of the pretty colors in the closeup photo.

Set of lampwork beads
Lampwork beads - close-up
I’ll post pictures of my finished jewelry when I get it made, but wanted to share my bead finds now.

Monday, July 27, 2009

I'm Back! New Bead Projects!

It's been over a month since my last post, but hopefully I really will start keeping up with my blog better now. Summer travel baseball is over. Since early June, we have been to baseball tournaments in Memphis, Omaha (see Starfish Pendant post), Stillwater OK, Jonesboro AR, Wichita, Topeka, Manhattan KS, Iowa City and three tournaments at or close to home (the Kansas City area). (If you haven't read my older posts, my son will be a senior in high school and wants to play baseball in college. This summer his team went to a lot of college showcase tournaments where college coaches supposedly go to watch players, although there didn't seem to be many coaches at many of them.) But it was a good season, including two home runs - the first one a grand slam! - for my son. Now he's going to a few college camps before school starts. He'll be at a camp this weekend. And I'll be home! What WILL I do with myself?

I did a lot of reading and sudoku puzzles to pass the time in the car or in a hotel room between games. Some knitting and crochet, too. But finally on this last trip to Iowa City, I took my seed beads with me and tried a couple things I've been wanting to try for a while. I did all of this starting last Thursday morning in the car thru yesterday afternoon, when we got back home.

This first picture is what I worked on first. This is a double spiral rope chain. It's really quite easy to do and goes pretty fast. I still need to work in the thread ends. These will become bracelets. The bottom two (my favorite colors - pink and turquois/aqua) are for me and I will sell the other two.

Double Spiral Ropes
This last photo is what I started Saturday evening. It is a tubular peyote stitch. Because three different sizes of beads are used, it forms a spiral. I still need to make this one longer. This takes considerably more time to do than the spiral chain. And I had trouble getting it started, but once I got it going, it was easy to keep going. A nice mindless thing to do in the car.

Tubular Peyote Stitch
Watch for future posts of my finished bracelets. And I visited bead shops in Omaha and Wichita. I'll show you what I bought there soon.

I hope you will keep coming back to visit my blog. I really am back and will keep the posts coming more often!