Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Getting Creative with Cabs--Cabochons Challenge/Hop!

Green Cabochon by Bay Moon Design

I want to thank Sally Russick for creating this challenge.  If it weren't for her and her wonderful tutorials on her website, I would still have 2 beautiful cabochons that are in need of beading.  Now I have 2 beautiful pieces of jewelry.

The rules for the challenge were simple:
1. Create a piece of jewelry
2. Use at least one cabochon in your design

3.  HAVE fun!

I won a green and pink cabochons last year and I put them aside because I had no idea what to do with them and then Sally came along with her challenge.  I got both of them out and ordered supplies that Sally suggested.

Tools that I ordered:

beading needles -Size 12
sewing scissors or scissors with a sharp tip
e6000 glue

Supplies that I used:

2 cabochons
seed beads size 11/0  2 colors for each
seed beads size 15/0 1 color for each
C-lon beading thread in several matching colors
Lacy’s Stiff Stuff

I used all of Sally's videos and followed them step by step to create the green and pink cabs.
The green cab is on a silk ribbon and the pink I have yet to decide on what I will put it on.  I am waiting to get some ideas from the others on this blog hop. 

Pink Snowflake Cab by Bay Moon Design
I found it very relaxing beading these pieces.  I had to work under a lamp with magnification, but I do with all of my jewelry.  I loved having the videos available since I could pause and replay as often as necessary.  Sally was there holding my hand through the entire process.  I contacted her several times with questions and she got back to me promptly.  I as really pleased with how both of mine turned out.  I still want to spend some time creating something special to put my pink cab on.  I am open to suggestions! 

 Thank you Sally!  Please visit her blog and the other other participants.  Comments are welcome!
D Lynne  Bowland
Lynn Jobber           
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen           

Cheri Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           YOU ARE HERE!

Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Liz   E

Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Niky  Sayers

Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre’z           
Ann Schroeder           
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy           
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.

Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack                    
Lynda  Carson

Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Karin  Slaton
Ingrid  Anderson           
KarinGrosset Grange
Jasvanti  Patel  
Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Recharging My Inspiration in Nature

Kathy at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

My husband and I and our 3 cats have left Lewes, Delaware in our truck and camper and have set out to see  some more of the West.  We have spent a few days in South Dakota and have seen Mount Rushmore and Horse Thief which close to Mt. Rushmore.  Both are just gorgeous!

Horse Thief Lake near Mount Rushmore

I know that this trip will provide me with inspirations for my Bay Moon Design creations.  Green is my favorite color and I am seeing so many vibrant shades in nature.
Devil's Tower, Wyoming

We have also taken a trip to see Devil's Tower in Wyoming.   The sky our west has lots of puffy white clouds set against beautiful blues.  Along the coasts in the U.S., pollution often makes the contrast in colors much less.

Buffalo Roaming in the Grasslands
I have a greater appreciation for wildlife.  It is hard to believe that millions of buffalo once roamed free and almost became extinct.

Crazy Horse Monument
I have always felt bad about the history of our Native American Indians in the 1800 and 1900's.   Imagining how they must have lived on this beautiful land and seeing their current life on reservations just increases this sadness for them.

It is easy to see why the Indians thought that gods lived in the Badlands.  The colors are inspiring.  The geology is spectacular. 

I am excited to set out for the Grand Tetons today.  What an adventure!

 It will also be 2 weeks with limited Internet access.  I am a real Internet junkie so this will be a true challenge for me.  I did plan ahead and my blog showing what I created with Sally Russick's wonderful tutorials on beading cabochons is written and scheduled to be published.  I hope you will enjoy seeing what I did for the challenge.  I can't wait to see what others created, but I will have to wait until I return from Yellowstone.