Archive for the ‘beading’ Category

Beautiful jewelry at my etsy shop, Blue Zebra!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I opened my etsy store over two years ago. In all that time, I never had even a single sale — until yesterday. It’s kind of ridiculous how excited I am about it! It’s got me sort of fired up, so I thought I’d mention it here — maybe keep the momentum going.

I named my store Blue Zebra because my favorite color is blue, and zebras are my favorite animals. I mostly sell jewelry there, but every now and then I also offer other items for sale. Some of the things I’ve offered are beaded & appliqued postcards, knitted items, small quilts, or even some beading supplies. You’ll have to “favorite” my shop to find out what’s new!

Yesterday I sold a pair of earrings to someone I’ve never met who lives in Massachusetts. I love the internet! The earrings were one of the pairs I posted about last month — the ones I had a dream about. I know it’s really tough to sell jewelry on etsy. The competition is fierce, and there is just so very much of it, so I’m excited that at least I finally sold something.

Here are some photos of items currently available at Blue Zebra:

I use only the highest quality components to create the jewelry I offer for sale. The items pictured above are made with japanese glass seed beads, czech pressed glass and beads from Murano, Italy. All of the items are affordable. Please drop by my etsy shop,  Blue Zebra and see if there is a beautiful piece of jewelry that would be perfect for you or someone you love!

Dream earrings.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

A few nights ago I had a dream about earrings. In my dream, a young woman was speaking to me from across a large, empty room. I couldn’t hear her clearly. I asked her to come closer so I could hear her better. When she did, I realized that she was not speaking English. The language she was speaking was unfamiliar to me.  It might have been a slavic language, perhaps Croatian, or maybe Russian . . . I wasn’t sure. The young woman was wearing a very simple linen dress, and in her hand she held a glass of champagne. She wore no shoes, and no jewelry, except for a beautiful pair of earrings. They were very simple, very modern-looking, made of tiny seed beads woven into a circular shape. From each circle dangled a single pressed-glass leaf.

When I woke up, I drew a quick sketch of the earrings, and later that same day, I sat down with my beading tray in my lap, to re-create those dream-earrings. This is what they look like:


Aren’t they pretty? I made up a bunch of them, in different colors, and I’ve added them to my etsy shop, bluezebra, along with some other jewelry I’ve created. Please stop by the shop to take a look. Let me know if you like them! Thanks!

Storage in the studio, good news . . . and zebras!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Two of my very favorite guys (my husband and my youngest son) worked hard today to transport my heavy shelving units into my studio. I spent the day filling them back up with all of my beading “gear”. As you can see from the photo below, the shelves fill up the empty back corner very nicely and provide some much-needed storage space.

The front area of my studio is now filled with two closed units and two open ones. The open ones will be used to display some of my finished jewelry as well as my beloved zebra collection. I really missed my zebras while they were in storage. It’s wonderful to have them back out again where they can be admired!
I haven’t finished arranging all the shelves yet, because we left the studio to have a very special celebration. Today, Andrew was formally accepted into Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. His dad and I are so very proud of him … he worked hard to finish up his last semester at Landmark College on a good note against some very tough odds. He impressed the Green Mountain admissions office with his determination and grit. What a guy! Go, Andrew!
While we’re busy celebrating Andrew’s success at a local restaurant here in Vermont, my oldest son, Jordan, is flying over the north pole, on his way to Hong Kong to visit with our cousins for a few weeks. Then, he will continue his trip to Shanghai, where he’ll be studying Chinese economics and Mandarin. He’ll be blogging about his trip at his own blog, Anthem. I’m so excited for him!
As for me, tomorrow, I’m driving down to NY to meet with my salon sisters. I’m really looking forward to seeing them all, getting some big hugs, seeing what they’ve been up to, and showing them what I’ve been up to in my lonely studio.
I have some other plans while I’m down in Westchester county … but I’m not going to tell you what they are — I’ll surprise you with something special when I return on Friday!

Salon road trip

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

On Friday of last week, a few members of the Salon Seven decided to get together to go see a spectacular exhibit at the Larchmont Public Library. Five of us met at Benedicte’s house, and then we drove to the library.

This is what I saw in the back seat:

Pretty, happy ladies! From left to right, Georgia, Jeri and Benedicte. And in the front seat, next to me, was our fearless driver, the lovely Linda:
The exhibit was fantastic! It featured the work of Caroll Lenthall, a textile artist who does astounding work with a needle and thread . . . and beads, and other interesting stuff.

Visit her blog, it’s an amazing place. I took photos of some of her work (mostly details), and I’ll share a few of them here. I hope she won’t mind.

The above photos are the work of Caroll Lenthall. See more of her work at her blog (in English) or her website (in French).

I discovered some photos of my salon sisters checking out the exhibit. I love the way they are examining the pieces . . . such scrutiny!

The beadweaving graduates

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Yesterday evening was the final session of my beadweaving class in Brewster, NY. It was rainy, chilly and generally disgusting outside, but inside the Art classroom, we were nice and warm and dry. And, we got to see some simply gorgeous bracelets that the ladies had done as “homework”. The first one below is by Carrie:

And this one is Paige’s. She thinks it needs more, but I don’t agree. I think it’s done, and done very well, too. I think that Paige is going to add a few more arches, though. And she has a second one planned, too.

And these two are by Sue. They are both very beautiful, don’t you think so?

Karen blew in with the storm, but wasn’t feeling up to snuff, so she didn’t have any show-and-tell. But it was lovely to have her there, and she did a very good job of oooing and aaahing as everyone else showed their work. By the way, Karen, if you’re reading this, I sent you an email, but it bounced back to me . . . please let me know your email address so I can send you your herringbone hand-out, okay?

And to Carrie, Paige, Sue, Pat and Karen . . . thanks so much for spending the last six Tuesdays with me. I had a grand time with you, and I hope that there is a whole lot of beading in your futures!

Freeform Peyote

Friday, May 16th, 2008

The weekly beading class I’m teaching in Brewster was so much fun this week! The ladies learned how to create a freeform peyote bracelet, working from a base they’d created over the past week as their “homework.” Here’s Sue’s bracelet in progress:

And here’s Paige’s:

And Carrie’s:

Pat decided to work on a “trial” piece, and wouldn’t let me take a photo of it. So here’s her beading box, all nice and clean and neat:

I can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with by next week!

The Groovy Goddess hits the Big Apple

Monday, April 14th, 2008

For the past few years, Jeri Riggs and I have been teaching our “Groovy Goddess Pin” class for our guild’s yearly “Super Saturday” event. We’ve always had such a good time team teaching! As a matter of fact, we’re known as “the comedy team of Riggs and Rosenberg.” It is a matter of great pride for us that on Super Saturday, our classes have always been the loudest and most misbehaved!

This year, we’re hitting the big time and teaching at the City Quilter in New York City. Woo-hoo!

Above is the clipping from the City Quilter’s summer 2008 class schedule. (Click on the clipping to enlarge.)

The “Groovy Goddess Pin” class will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 11am to 5pm. The City Quilter is located at 133 West 25the Street, NY, NY 10001 and their telephone number is 212-807-0390.

Here are some of the groovy goddess pins Jeri and I have created in the past . . .

This is one of my goddesses. Her name is “Flower Goddess.” She’s the one that is pictured in the City Quilter’s class schedule. As you can see, she is adorned with many floral motifs, among which is an orphaned earring used for her headdress, flower beads for her hands and lots and lots of bugle beads. She was so much fun to make!

This goddess was made by Jeri. She’s very blue, as are many of Jeri’s beautiful creations. I don’t know her name (but I can almost guarantee that the word “blue” is in there.) Maybe Jeri can leave a comment to let us know what her name is? Hmmmm. . . this will be a very good test of whether Jeri actually reads my blog . . .

In the photo above, the goddess to the left is the “Cave Woman Goddess.” She is heavily beaded (which you can see if you click on the photo). I especially love her little button head. The goddess to the right is “The Goddess of Hot Flashes.” I believe she needs no explanation at all. If you are of “a certain age” you’ll understand.

This little darling was made by Jeri. She has a colander head, a cookbook charm and is holding a fork and a spatula. Obviously, she is “The Goddess of the Kitchen.”

This little beauty was made by me. I had a lot of fun embroidering beads on her purple striped dress, and when she was done, her face reminded me of an insect, so I call her “The Buggy Goddess.”

I think this goddess may be one of my favorites. She’s one that I made, and I call her the “Lactation Goddess.” The lovely breast embellishments were gifted to me by a friend whose name I have promised not to divulge. I think she’s embarrassed. Silly lady.

So, if you are in the City Quilter’s neighborhood this summer, and would like to join in the fun, give the City Quilter a call at 212-807-0390 and sign up for our class!