So like just about everyone, way back in May, I thought my summer was going to be full of free time and relaxation. I ended up with not as much free time as I thought, but definitely a lot of adventures with those I love. Which means my studio has been getting lonely without me, and cluttered with purchases from bead stores across the country (the shopping never stops :-)).  It was time to get creative tonight, and this is what I made:

I opened up a bag of really long bugle beads while on a trip to NYC.  It was all kinds of colors, but I decided to pull out the light blue and silver-ish ones.  I punched holes in some flat aluminum wire I bought at Hobby Lobby, and then beat it up a little with my hammer.  I don't do a whole lot of metal work but have been wanting to experiment.  I have a NEED for the holes to be in a perfect line, but am happy with this non-perfection.  It's as light as a feather to wear, and in fact, I will be wearing it to work tomorrow.

I have not been paying attention to my jewelry blog, but there are many excuses:  took an awesome lamp work class, kept my family alive and fed, and got to go to New York City on a quick trip! My husband had a short business trip there and I got to go along.  As soon as I had some time on my own I headed straight to...

The only thing missing was Swatch the dog :-(

There was an awesome bin of trim remnants that I totally got sucked in to - but don't you think they will make great jewelry?  The circle piece just needs a ribbon or chain to become and instant glamorous bib necklace.  The other long embellished piece will become something....or will just look pretty on my mannequin.

Are there bead stores in the Fashion District around Mood?  Of particular project in mind - just super cool.  Also bought some nifty small tassels since they seem to be all the rage right now.

Next weekend I am attending a dear friend's wedding.  She gave me the privilege of making her wedding jewelry (which I won't share until after).  I WILL share what I made to go with my dress:

More jewelry to share soon!

In an effort to break out of my inertia and get back to making beads, I am taking a 7 week class with the amazing Julie Couch.  She is awesome!  The class is teaching us the techniques she uses to make these amazing water color inspired beads...take a look at this awesomeness:

Today we worked on stringers, from "normal" sized to super thin ones, and then we played around a bit.  I am AWFUL at stringer control, so this class will be so great for me.  Here's a look at my first efforts:

I can't wait for next week!

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