Winners are grinners

I’ve had a pretty lucky run in the last month or two, with my name being pulled out of the hat three times for various things.

First of all, I was fortunate enough to win one of Pearl Blay’s giveaways from her blog The Beading Gem in a redraw when the first recipient did not get back to her. I won $40 to spend at Etsy shop Beadeux, which supplies laser cut blanks for cross-stitched pendants. I chose a rainbow cloud kit, plus a couple of different options for pendants. The kit is great, as it provides embroidery thread and a needle, as well as the suggested pattern, allowing me to get started straight away. I should point out it has been years since I have done any embroidery! But this kit is very straightforward and simple to do and I am already planning what to do with the other blanks. Now, if I could just see to thread the needle!

Beadeux collage

Then I won a draw from Art Bead Scene‘s monthly challenge, which turned out to be two fantastic lampwork beads from The Art of the Bead, Chris Thommen’s shop showcasing both her own and other artists’ beads. The glass donut is by Lea Zinke and the heart is by Susan Elgar.


And finally, I also won a house bead from Tari Sasser of Creative Impressions in Clay for commenting on her recent Art Bead Scene Studio Saturday blog post. Isn’t it sweet?


Thank you very much to all of the blog hosts and donating artists, I will be putting my winnings to good use!

Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Art Bead Scene March Challenge

I’m a bit late posting this, as it’s almost the end of the month, but between work, kids and trying to get ready for two weeks’ holidays on the other side of the country, I just haven’t had time to show you the pieces I made for the Art Bead Scene March Challenge.

This month’s inspiration picture is gorgeous, full of lovely rich jewel-toned colours. It’s a painting called Deer in the Forest by Expressionist painter Franz Marc. Here’s the painting, along with the colour palette created by Brandi Hussey.

march 2013 - deer-in-the-forest by franz marc palette
Deer In the Forest, 1911
Marc Franz
Oil on Canvas, 100.97 x 104.78 cm
Philips Collection, Washington DC, USA
Palette by Brandi Hussey

When I saw this painting I thought immediately of a lovely set of lampworked glass beads I have that were made by a fellow Australian, Liz DeLuca. They are large bicones in a deep purple and red combo with a smattering of silver along the edge. I combined them with Czech glass ovals in green with a brownish streak though them and antique brass findings and chain in a simple wire-wrapped necklace.



I used two of the big lampworked beads to make a striking pair of earrings too, with a tiny Czech glass rondelle in green on each side.