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

>CAA’s 66th Annual Fall Salon


Today, just a quick announcement. I have submitted my beaded Great Blue Heron painting into the Cambridge Art Association’s 66th Annual Fall Salon. The Fall Salon is an unjuried art exhibition featuring artists working in all media. Many works will be available for sale. If you happen to be in Boston, Cambridge, or Harvard Square this month, please stop by and take a peek! 
The Fall Salon runs Sept. 10- 30, 2010 and will be shown in both CAA galleries. Please see the CAA’s website for hours and directions.
Reception is Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6-8pm. Mary Schein awards presented at both locations at 7pm. Hope to see you there! 😀

>Recycled Bead Feeder for a Blue Jay


The other day, I posted the progress of my beaded Blue Jay on my Facebook page. Since my Blue Jay was hungry, I dug through my bead stash and found him some seeds! Most of these beads are recycled beads – or beads I had collected from antique stores & old broken jewelry pieces, etc… I stitched them one by one to a piece of felt. Then, I stitched the beadwork to a piece of wire screen & wired my Blue Jay to the front! The bird is backed with bright blue Ultrasuede & signed by me. 🙂 Here’s a quick pic:


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This was one of my beading experiments that actually turned out well – so well, that I think I will make more birds like this! I like it because the piece is heavy, sturdy, and balanced enough to stand on its own, and once I add a piece of chain at the top, it can also be hung on a wall or in a tree! 😉 As soon as I take some better photos, I will list this in my Etsy shop – hopefully within the next couple of days! 🙂


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I also have new details of an upcoming event for those who are in the Boston area. This Sunday, May 30, 2010 from 7-11pm, I will be showing a handful of my beaded paintings at Wonder Bar in Allston, MA as part of this month’s Visual Enlightenment Art Showcase. Visual Enlightenment is a monthly group art show presented by Music Ecology and Wonder Bar. Each month Wonder Bar is transformed under the hands of talented local artists whose work is available for show and sale. Other artists participating this month include:

Clara Angelina Diaz
Julia D’Angelo
Justin Perricone
Kate Nevius
Leah Rosenberg
Melanie Maz
Nic Tharpa Cartier
The evening will include musical entertainment as well by a live band and a DJ. This event is 21+ and is free to attend. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by for dinner and drinks or just a quick stroll through to show your support for local art! Admission is FREE, so bring a friend or two. Hope to see you there!

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>Busy Beaded Blue Jay


Those of you who follow me on Facebook might remember when I posted the beginnings of a beaded Blue Jay. I began working on this a couple of weekends ago when I was in Pittsburgh, and I continued working on it this past weekend. Here is a photo of my first layer of beadwork:

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Since this bird is quite large in real life, my beaded bird is larger than usual as well. My beadwork measures 1.5″ wide x 3.75″ tall. I have used mostly Czech size 11 seed beads in many shades of blue, white, & black. I will probably do a little more beadwork, but other than that, I’m not exactly sure how I will finish this piece. I think it’s the beginning of another beaded wildlife painting!
Besides working on my Blue Jay, I have been working on the Campanile for my beaded St. Mark’s Square painting. I listed a couple of new beading books in my Etsy shop, and I have also been gathering some details about a couple of upcoming local art events which I will blog about soon. In addition, I have a couple of ongoing projects happening. I am attempting to inventory my beadwork using Bento and since taking an Apple One to One class recently, I am now inspired to redesign my Official Website using iWeb! I guess that’s enough to keep anyone busy… What’s keeping you busy this week? 

>Felt Bird & Beads to Go


This morning, I finished packing up some seed beads to travel with me on a weekend getaway! I’m off to Pittsburgh, PA to visit family for a few days. I hope to visit the Andy Warhol Museum and maybe hang out on the Strip. I’m also going to see my favourite band, Porcupine Tree, play at Mr. Smalls Theatre! And, maybe if there is time, I will work on my beadwork… 🙂

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I packed mostly black, blue, and white seed beads, as well as needles, thread, scissors, and felt into a small pencil box. On the left side, there are beads to use for the Campanile in my beaded St. Mark’s Square painting, and on the right side, there are beads to make a new beaded bird for my Etsy shop! (Can you tell what kind of bird it is?) I figure this should be enough to keep me busy on nights I suffer from insomnia!
I also have some great news which I will write a more formal post about later. My beaded White House painting, Taken by Storm, has been juried into the Cambridge Art Association‘s 2010 Northeast Prize Show! I have posted this event on my Facebook page, if you are interested. Also, if you would like to find out what I’m up to while I’m away, please follow me on Twitter! That’s all for now… I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you when I return! 🙂

>New Beaded Flamingos on Zazzle!


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I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! I stayed pretty busy, as usual. I spent most of the weekend working on another one of my beaded sheepdog pins, but I also worked on my Zazzle shop just for fun. I added my beaded Flamingos to the list of beaded bird designs! There are coffee mugs, postcards, postage stamps, magnets, and more! Also, my beaded fire truck postage stamps have also been approved for sale, and I have added a few other new items, as well! More items coming soon! Please click the photo collage above & take a peek, Also, if you’re on Zazzle, you’re welcome to join my Fan Club! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂