Rare Beaded Blue-Winged Amazon Parrot

Dear friends, recently, I returned from my annual trip to Mexico and had an amazing vacation! This was my fifth visit to the Yucatán Peninsula. On this trip, my compañero and I travelled like locals to really experience this beautiful country. We swam in the ocean, rode bikes on Cozumel, went snorkeling with barracudas, visited a Mayan Jungle Spa, and ate a lot of guavas and guacamole!

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We then took a bus to the west side of the peninsula where we visited the ruins at Uxmal. This was one of my favorite days and definitely worth the trip. This is a very important Mayan site. The best part is that it’s not very crowded, so you can really explore and enjoy the architecture at your own pace. The artistic detail of the stones used to build these majestic pyramids is mind-blowing! This is also a good place to go birdwatching as well as admire iguanas in their statuesque poses:)

We also visited the northern tip of the peninsula the day we went on a birdwatching excursion. We went Birding with Steven, and had a wonderful time. Steven picked us up before dawn. We drove north to a tiny village where we saw many hawks, vultures, falcons, mockingbirds, parakeets, flycatchers, woodpeckers, grosbeaks, and my favorite bird, the Turquoise Motmot. It was a very peaceful way to spend the morning.

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Steven then took us on a 2- hour boat ride at Río Lagartos (aka. alligator river). Río Lagartos is a fishing village located on a lagoon which is part of a natural biosphere. There we saw so many beautiful waterbirds: one pink flamingo (all by himself!), a huge hawk, an osprey catching a fish, tons of herons, a stork, a kingfisher, tons of pelicans, and a mangrove warbler. And back in the village we also spotted a Mexican Sheartail hummingbird! This species can only be found in the Yucatán. I managed to take the above photo before she flew away. Overall, we saw over 70 species – not bad for one day!

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While I was studying Mexican birds, I also learned that a new species of parrot has recently been discovered deep in the jungles of Yucatán. This bird is a Blue-Winged Amazon Parrot! Those who have discovered them estimate that only about 100 of the birds exist, which would make them rare and endangered. So, I decided to create a bead-embroidered pin to give this bird some attention!  Rare blue winged Amazon Parrot bead embroidery pin Yucatan Mexico Etsy sale beaded animal beadwork jewelry brooch tropical bird beads

This piece is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop. Please click the pics to take a peek and share. If you are interested in a custom beaded bird pin or portrait of a different species, please send me a message! Until then, I will be dreaming about my next trip South of the Border. 🙂

Great Blue Heron Beaded Print iPhone 6 Cases on Zazzle

Now available for sale in my Zazzle shop– iPhone 6 cases featuring a print of my beaded Great Blue Heron. Currently, this is my most popular Zazzle design. View the original beaded painting in my Etsy shop HERE.

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I have also created iPhone 6 cases featuring a print of my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. Click the pic to view Radio City items on Zazzle.

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More items are coming soon – just in time for the holidays..Thanks for looking:)

Custom Beaded Rooster Jewelry

Check out my latest custom order – a beaded rooster brooch! 🙂

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This one is called a Moa (Hawaiian for chicken) and he lives on the island of Kauai. I created him by stitching tiny Japanese seize 15 seed beads to a felt foundation. I used more than 10 different colors, including blue 1 x 4mm micro bugle beads. I also layered beaded fringe for his feathers to create realism. This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant.

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6.5cm x 5cm

Something tells me this won’t be the last beaded chicken pin I create..

What do you think? 😀

Beaded Spring Chicken

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This week, I finished a new commissioned painting featuring  a beaded Wyandotte chicken! This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery stitched to a painted canvas. I used Czech & Japanese glass seed beads of all sizes. I also used Magatamas and Czech dagger beads. This bird’s feathers really move when you touch them! This piece is a small work measuring just 8″ x 8″..  My next project will be a custom beaded chicken pin.. Who knew chickens were so popular? 🙂

New Beaded Pendant Display!

Recently, I acquired a mannequin dress form to use for displaying my beaded pins & pendants. So, I have started taking some new photos of my work to post in my Etsy shop. Here are some pics of pet pins which are currently ready to ship. Hopefully now you will have a better idea of how big they are. How do they look? (Please click the pics to view listing.)

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English Bulldog

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Blue Persian Cat

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Red Shar Pei

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Northern Cardinal

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Sitting Puli

In the last photo, you will see my latest custom order, a beaded Puli dog pin! This one was quite a challenge to make, as I used tiny 1x4mm Czech micro bugle beads! On Facebook, I noted that I broke at least one bead, one beading needle, and one thread while working on this, but it was worth it. Click the pic for a closer look:) Hope I have better luck beading my Poodle Collar Necklace! :O

Beaded Song Sparrow on Branch

This week has been busy! First, I have begun working with a local jewelry designer helping her construct a few custom pieces. More details on that when the timing is appropriate.. I have also completed a beaded Bichon-Frise pin for my Etsy shop (You can see the finished dog on my Facebook page.) And, last night I finished my beaded Song Sparrow! 🙂

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Beaded Song Sparrow. Bead embroidery on felt. 4″ x 8″ (10cm x 20cm).

At first, I had planned to stitch this little bird to a painted canvas, but it didn’t turn out that way! Instead, I wired the sparrow to a twig that I collected on one of my beach walks. I stitched on the backing and added hanging hardware. Now, my beadwork can hang on the wall as is, not confined by a canvas or frame. I think this concept adds realism & freedom to the finished piece. It almost looks as if the bird will fly away at any moment! :O

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I think I’ll submit this small work to Cambridge Art Association‘s upcoming summer art fair. What kind of bird should I make next? 😀

Also, just a quick reminder to those in Massachusetts. This weekend is the South Shore Art Center‘s 56th annual Arts Festival on the Cohasset Common! If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and check out my beaded Boston Trolley! Please check the event page for more details. Hope to see you there! 🙂

Semi-Beaded Song Sparrow

Today, I want to show you a new bird I started beading – a Song Sparrow!

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Sparrows are very common birds, and they seem to follow me everywhere. I see them every morning when I go walking at the beach:) So, I cut out some felt & stitched on Japanese size 15 seed beads. I am using several shades of brown, gray, and cream. Next I need to add wire legs! How does he look? 😀

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Also this weekend, I will be working on an order for my Etsy shop – another beaded Bichon-Frise pin. I’d better get back to doing beadwork! :O