Friday, January 22, 2010

Bring in Da Beads, Bring in Da Porn

I know, that reference is like waaaayyy old, but frankly, today, I'm feeling waaaayyyy old so there ya go.

Here's hopin' some bead porn will cheer me up (and anyone else who needs a lift today!)




I can't believe I left this out of my Pasadena Porn Post the other day! This was actually my biggest haul of the entire show. A boatload of silver links, charms and dangles from Hip Chick Beads. It was the last booth I visited that day and I kinda went nuts. Really, really nuts. Like two thirds of what I bought isn't even in the picture nuts.

What, like you're surprised?






Some of Round Rabbit's newest designs. That whole floral, vintage, antique-y, Victorian thing is totally going on here and I love it!





Slightly different design and a different color, but same vibe. I'm soooo making the cutest earrings out of these! With pearls!





A green "pincushion" ceramic link from Round Rabbit. I like all the extra holes for attached stuff - I'm seeing swags of brass chain and maybe some pearls and...whew!...lost it there for a minute, but I'm back now ;-)






Same bead - different color. I do this with clothes, too. When I find something I really like, I tend to get it in several colors. Otherwise I go home and think "gee, I really like this blue shirt so why didn't I get the yellow one, too." And then I get annoyed with myself and myself doesn't like that so it's better to just buy multiples up front.

Oh, also, I sell bead purchase rationalizations (like that one) cheap. Etsy store opening soon for those of you who need them to fob off annoying husbands, family members, friends, etc. who dare to question your bead purchases. Each purchase comes complete with a free tip on how to sneak bead purchases into the house without anyone knowing. Shhhhh!





Got this really unusual set of lampwork tab beads from Lazy Cat Beads on Etsy. They change color completely depending on the light and the angle from which you view them. They'll be a design challenge, but that's what drew me to them.




This set is from Libelula on Etsy and it's really gorgeous. The picture doesn't do it justice. The silvered ivory is PERFECT with this transparent lavender blue glass.







Another great set from Libelula. I love the warm ivory and amethyst with the dots of silver. I'm seeing a very classic design with pearls, amethyst and maybe some earthy-looking Czech glass or stones.





A great set of bronze geranium leaf charms from Star Spirit Studio on Etsy. Don't know what I'm going to do with them - sometimes I just pick stuff because it looks like it would be fun to play with and not because I have an actual design idea in mind. I often wonder if that's a good thing or not.







These beautiful stamped copper crescent moons are from Atlantis Glass and Bead. If you haven't checked out their shop on Etsy - I highly recommend them. I used to buy from them years ago when they were just on eBay and just did boro lampwork. Now they've got this whole cool line of metal links and pendants and charms and handmade earring wires (for those of us who are all thumbs with wirework like me).







These wavy copper disks are also from Atlantis Glass & Bead. The texture on them is just amazing. I got mine shiny, but they will oxidize them for you if you request it.





I used up all my double-drilled beach stones on a bracelet last year so it was time to re-order from Stone Studios, Too on Etsy. For some reason, I find myself liking the double-drilled "link" types better than the single-drilled pendants (not that they're not cool, too, it's just a personal preference).



And, since I didn't know when they'd list some double-drilled stones again, I got two sets :-) Better safe than sorry, ya know.

Okay, I think that might be enough for today. I don't want anyone going into cardiac arrest or passing out or anything.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and here's to all of us getting time to make our beads or our jewelry or whatever between now and Monday!

KJ

10 comments:

Marie Cramp said...

Holy Cow!!! What a haul!! You must have a HUGE salary, because I can't imagine being able to afford all that! They are fantastic finds, I have to check out the drilled rocks, those are awesome and I am picturing something in my head using one of those already ;)
I can't wait to see what you are going to come up with for the geranium pieces!! {if you can't let me know ;)}


Marie

SummersStudio said...

So funny, tips about sneaking bead purchases into the house. I have a friend who has a hand bag addiction. Much family strife. So she would buy up hand bags that she fancied and keep them in the boot of her car for months. Then she'd get them out and when her partner said 'is that new'? She'd be able to say 'this old thing? Had it for months.' Which was true and by then the credit card bill was a blur of history.

Kristen said...

A-HA!! So you're the one who got those beads from Libelula!! I was watching those silvered ivory ones for a while and just waited too long to purchase!! If you ever find that they are sitting there unused and you want to sell them, look me up lady! :) Great finds!! Now get to work! Have fun!

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

Omg! You are out of control. I'm so jealous. You bought several things I've had my eye on lately. I can't wait to see how you bring all these finds together for some fabulous pieces.

The Joy of Nesting said...

Thanks KJ!!

Just the pick me up I needed I think I'll go rust some of my charms now.

Are you managing to stay high and dry??

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

lunedreams said...

Yes, you're clearly rich. Or you and the boy wear duct tape for shoes and eat only pop tarts.

kiwiken said...

Oooooh, I love those geranium leaves!

missficklemedia.com said...

Your blog is F.U.N.
I went up and down, mouth watering at all of the bead and finding goodness. You, my dear, have impeccable taste!

Linda said...

Love those silver links!! Looks like you've got a boat load of good stuff!

quiltingjewel39 said...

It's Sunday and I am just getting to read the last couple of days blogs but it doesn't matter when I read your's - it always makes my day- thank you.