New Beaded Black & White Cat Pin

Finally, I made a new beaded cat pin!

beaded longhaired sylvester bicolor tuxedo cat bead embroidery etsy brooch pendant

This cat was inspired by my friend’s cat named JoJo who lives in London. He is a bicolor cat who looks a lot like Sylvester! I used size Japanese seed beads for the entire piece, layering 15/o charlottes for extra sparkle. This cat’s long hair is   beaded fringe which actually moves when you touch it. I haven’t made a lot of cats because their nose and eyes are difficult to bead at this scale, but I am really happy with how this one turned out. This piece is now available for sale in my Etsy shop – please click the pic for more photos. How does he look? 😀

Happy Beaded Valentine’s Day!

I finally finished working on my little beaded heart-shaped purse just in time for Valentine’s Day! 😀

beaded heart-shaped purse bead embroidery etsy custom order cat Scottie Dog

This purse was a custom order through my Etsy shop. It’s the first purse I have ever made! 😀

beaded heart-shaped purse bead embroidery etsy custom order white cat Scottie Dog

The design was inspired by a vintage Valentine & features a beaded white cat & Scottie dog. They were created using Japanese size 15 seed beads, size 13 charlottes & micro-bugle beads. The dog’s collar features Preciosa’s genuine Czech crystal rosemontees.

beaded bead embroidery handbag custom etsy order white cat Valentine Scottie Dog

The front panel of the purse is completely beaded & the back panel is personalized:)

beaded heart-shaped purse bead embroidery etsy custom order Valentine's Day

The purse is completed with a glass beaded chain and an Ultrasuede lining.

beaded heart-shaped purse etsy custom order ultrasuede Valentine's  Day Scottie Dog

This one-of-a-kind purse measures 14cm x 14cm & took nearly 40 hours to create from start to finish. Soon it will be making the flight to London, England – a city I absolutely love! Wish I could go too! 😀

Freeform Beaded Fairy Tale Flower Pendant

Over the long holiday weekend, I got a chance to work on a small project for Artbeads.com‘s blogging challenge entitled ‘What’s Old is New Again‘. Artbeads was kind enough to send me a piece of 16g sterling silver half hard wire and some new Toho seed beads! My challenge was to incorporate something old into the design. So, I chose an antique watch face! A few years ago, I picked up a bag full of old watch parts at an antique market in London. I love to use these because, to me, they add a bit of mystery. I always wonder what the watch might have looked like, who wore it, and where they had to be at any given time…

freeform peyote wire flower antique watch face necklace What's Old is New Again

Fairy Tale Flower Pendant (detail). 2.75" (7cm)

For this piece, first I formed a flower shape out of the wire. I stitched the watch face onto a piece of Ultrasuede, and began beading around it. I then used a freeform peyote stitch technique to fill in the flowers’ petals with seed beads. I stitched white beads onto the front of the flower, and a green seed bead mix onto the reverse side. This really adds visual depth to the piece! After I completed the beadwork, I added a brown leather cord. This is definitely one of the more unique art pieces I have ever created. It almost looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland, but not quite.. So, I decided to call it a Fairy Tale Flower Pendant, and I listed it in my Etsy shop. What does it remind you of?  😀

What's Old is New Again freeform peyote beadwork flower antique watch face pendant

Fairy Tale Flower Pedant on Leather Cord

*Please note: I have received the above mentioned products free of charge from Artbeads.com. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>Letting Go

Yes, today is my birthday, but I don’t really want to talk about that. Some years, you’re just not in the mood, ya know? However, I am in the mood to continue working on my piece. Below, you’ll see that I’ve begun to create the felt foundation for my bead-embroidered brick building. The building is the background for my beaded Banksy pink car. So far, it is five felt layers thick.

Banksy birthday balloon girl. Brick Lane, London. Graffiti wall. Pink Car. Triumph GT6.

Also, see the little stenciled Banksy girl in the photo? How do you interpret her image? To some, it appears that she has accidentally let go of her heart-shaped balloon, and is hoping that it will come back to her. Or, she has simply gotten tired of holding it. The twine started to cut into her hand and was hurting her. So, she let go, full well knowing that the next time she sees it, it will be all tangled in the power lines hanging lifeless. Either way, it will never return… 

>Triumph of Death

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A couple of days ago, I asked if you could guess what my next piece would be. Crymson was the only one who came close… she knew it would be a car. I think I’ve found my niche when it comes to creating beaded vehicles. I enjoy making them because each one presents new challenges, and there are so many cool cars to bead; the possibilities are endless.

Triumph GT6

Above is my sketch of an old Triumph GT6. These British sports cars were produced from 1966- 1973, and I believe the one in my drawing is a ’73. I saw this car when I was in London in April. It sits in silence atop an old shipping container near Brick Lane. I studied it for awhile because the driver, a ghost-like skeleton, intrigued me. I did a little research and it turns out that the car was originally yellow until one day, when someone came along and painted it pink. That someone is Britain’s most famous guerrilla artist, Banksy.

Banksy’s graffiti can be seen on the streets of London, as well as in several other cities around the world. He intrigues me because he is quite elusive. His true identity is unknown, but his work is unmistakable. In fact, he has made quite a name for himself simply by stenciling his name all over the city. But, that’s not all he’s done. He’s been known to sneak his pieces into museums such as the Tate Modern, and the British Museum. And, one of his best pranks may be when he doctored about 500 copies of Paris Hilton‘s debut album and replaced them with his own version.

In my opinion, Banksy has redefined the way the world thinks about art merely by being a ‘vandal’, and to me, the pink car proves it. It is now protected in a plexiglass box, and when I saw it, I imagined what a bead-embroidered replica of the car would look like in a semi-beaded future. I’m certain that this car isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and neither is street art, whether authorities like it or not…

Banksy Pink Car