Monday, November 5, 2012

November ABS Challenge

Hi everyone!!!  I have been so busy busy in the last few months that I have been unable to post anything as hard as you may find that to believe. I have a bad habit of not creating a blog post for my Art Bead Scene monthly challenges and finally decided to get down to it. This month's inspiration piece is unique for me because of the colors: black and white mainly, which I do not use often in my designs. I find that interesting since I wear black and white clothes A LOT!!!!!

My bead table was so crazy disorganized tonight as I kept playing with different techniques and beads for the piece I was to create.

But I love the final result:


Hope that many of you participate this month!
Write to you soon.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Copper Bead Soup

Hello everyone!
My soup was cooked late but here it is!!
My partner is Karen Meador from Dream Catcher Ranch in San Antonio, Tx. She creates beautiful wire wrapped jewelry as well as amazing metal components.
She sent me a fold formed copper pendant made by her. It is totally cool! In my soup she also included a copper hand made clasp and link along with lapis beads.

I added silk ribbon in 2 different colors and a super cute polymer clay owl from Earth Tones Online on etsy.
Thanks so much to Lori for organizing this enormous pot of soup for everyone in the beading community to enjoy.
Happy blog hopping!!
With Love, Laura

Monday, March 5, 2012

Art Bead Scene March Challenge

Hello again:
I try to participate as often as I can in the ABS blog challenge. I blame Heather Powers for getting me addicted to art beads and what it truly means to be an artist. There is so much talent around us. This blog eventually got me to Lori Anderson's Bead Soup  after all.

Browsing through etsy this weekend I found all these wonderful beads and buttons to get you inspired to create a piece of jewelry for the march challenge.

Glass Bead Set Handmade Little Houses Multi Color SRA
Khaki Love  by Suzanne     -      (set - lampwork glass beads)

TATTERED TAPESTRY 3 Handmade Lampwork Etched Glass Beads - Inv117

Handmade Lampwork Glass Heart Focal Bead - Heartstrings

Turquoise & Deep Red...Organic Nugget Lampwork Beads
Handmade Lampwork Beads lampwork bead ruffle set  bead set of 4 SRA glass beads Frosted Red Black Turquoise Blue

Red Pinwheel - Fancy Lampwork Disk
Red and White Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads - Pillow Shaped Lampwork Bead Set
Handmade Polymer Clay Round Beads - Erosion
Antique Windmill Button - Metal
Lovely 1940's Sterling Silver Puffy Heart Charm with Enameled Windmill
vintage antiqued brass windmill coins x 6
Large WINDMILL Button Victorian   Antique  TREES  Lovely  1 1/4 inch 6693e
Bronze windmill dangle charm bead
Ornate Antique purse frame double hinged  square split top  purse handle Windmill Countryside scene
Stamped Metal Button, Picture Button, Windmill, Vintage Button, OCa82
Gilded Birdhouse polymer clay charm
Little Old House Ceramic Pendant Hand Made Wearable Art
SALE - MI CASA - Handmade Lampwork Miniature Home Beads
Beach Hut Bead
The little Red House  Miniature Focal bead

Black and Silver Windmill Handmade Polymer Clay Pendant or Focal Bead

Black and Silver Windmill Handmade Polymer Clay Pendant or Focal Bead

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup is Cooked!!

Finally this day is here and I am so happy to see all the creativity from around the world.

My soup partner is Lissa Hanna from LH Beads in Florida. She sent me beautiful beads including lampwork ones made by her, and a very challenging focal piece that pushed me to create beyond my comfort zone. I also don't buy many beads in brown so the color palette in my piece was something challenging for me as well.

I tried different things when it came to framing this awesome sliced seashell focal piece. It did not have a hole at the top. I decided to make this tear shaped sterling frame from 16 G wire and soldered it together. I then wire wrapped the shell around the frame.
The connector at the top of the frame is a clasp.   I tend to be very symmmetric in my designs and could not get away from this but I love the final result. And the clasp she sent me: I just adore it!!  I am a sucker for unique clasps and this one is no exception.

Thanks Lisa and I love how you cooked the bead soup I sent you!!!!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer
1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
20.  Charlene Jacka and Christina Hickman
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Hello again friends! I have not blogged in a very long time due to crazy schedules, kids, work, you name it!
Anyways, I am so happy that I am participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party this year. It is my first time and I have been paired up with Lisa Hanna from Florida. She is an incredibly talented lampwork artist and her designs are just awesome. Check out her blog at

She has sent me a beautiful package of goodies. Boy, what a challenge to work with this amazing focal. I have already gone through many, many experiments with it!

Can not wait until blog hop day to see what everyone has made with their soup pots!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Artbeadscene challenge

I have had so much eye candy this weekend looking at all the beautiful pieces for the bead soup party!!
I almost forgot to post my picture for this month's art bead scene challenge.

I searched on etsy for the right beads, fabric, buttons... to go with the colors of the quilt.
Fell in love with the glass beads from fragiacomoglassart and bought these gorgous pillow beads in bright colors.

Hope to participate in the next bead soup party
Congratulations to everyone on all the amazing creations. So much talent out there!!!! It never ceases to amaze me.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Inspired by the Sea Challenge

I love the ocean. The breeze along with the soft sand and the blue water! I grew up in the Dominican Republic in the caribbean and the beach is always a place to retreat and relax. So when Heather Powers from Humblebeads announced this challenge I was all over it. Here are my creations which I have posted on the Flickr group.


The postman

Well Good morning there everyone!
It took me many months to finally bite the bullet and open this blog! It may be a bit rusty in the beginning especially because I am not the most computer savvy gal out there.

Inspired this morning by Lorelei Eurto's blog post about what the mailman has brought us lately.
I have received these in the last few days.

Lovely pendants from Shaterra