Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ahh, Fall

Walking with Dad to the bus stop is always a treat since he leaves way before she's even up. This morning is gray, breezy, & the leaves are blowing all around, & the coolness & smell of Autumn is here for sure. Thanksgiving will be upon us before long, & today especially, I am reminded of all we have to be thankful & grateful for. Through all the health issues over our 15 years of marriage (November 25th), Keith has stood by my unfailingly, faithfully, & with more than enough strength for all 5 of us. My 3 girls give me reason to smile & laugh daily, & without them, some days I believe I would have just given up. So, I live by a few words; Everything happens for a reason, Keep the happy, It is what it is, &, if it's right, it's great, if it's wrong, it's a lesson. And one that my friend, Bill, recently shared with me; Remember what's important, the rest is just sticks & bricks. Christmas is soon to follow & whatever your beliefs, mine are as follows: Harm none, Many paths, one light. We are all here for one simple purpose, or lesson, if you will. Love one another. It's the greatest & most important gift you'll ever give or receive.
Peace, Love, & Sunshine! Kel : )

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Birthday Bracelet

Just a quick bracelet I made for Em's friends Birthday. I used the paper beads from Beads for life, a silver plated floral heart, & a lucite flower with a Swarovski crystal inside. She loved it : )
I haven't been able to do much complicated beading since the surgery to have the feeding tube put in on Halloween and before that I just lacked energy. Hopefully this long process will have me back to beading like crazy before I became ill. However, I know I've said this many times, beading, especially this wonderful community of talented beaders & artists has saved my life & given me something I Can do! For the love of beads, Kelley
PS - I can't believe I forgot to thank you all... so, Thank You!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Craftsmen's Arts & Crafts Festival

Keith & I went to the Craftsmen's Festival this past weekend @ Dulles Expo Center.  I wanted to share the gorgeous Bottle Cap & Lampwork bracelet & beautiful earrings I got there.  Made by one of my favorite jewelry artists & also a genuinely kind lady, Lori Anderson.  She has been such an inspiration to me and to have been able to talk with her, meet her, and participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party has been an incredible experience!  She has taught me so much about jewelry and more.  Thanks for sharing your talents... you never know whose life you will touch.
Kel : )

Monday, September 19, 2011


First, let me apologize for not checking thoroughly to see that this posted correctly.  I actually posted it early, but did it from my (not so smart) Smartphone app and I trusted that it posted successfully.  Alas, it did not, so...

Let's try again...


First I would like to thank Lori for all the hard work, many hours, and patience she provided so we could all enjoy this wonderful opportunity.  Second, I would like to thank Laurel for taking the time to use her talents to make such unique and fun polymer clay beads.  Third, I would like to thank all those whom participated in this BSBP.  It's a wonderful way to fellowship and support each other in our creative endeavors.  This is especially a great thing for those that are not able to physically participate in classes or other social beading activities.

I was truly challenged creatively.  It was a long while before inspiration came to me.  One of my favorite movies ever is "A Nightmare Before Christmas".  Jack Skellington is a fascinating character and these beads brought him to mind.  I added some sparkly (but not too blingy) beads, some Swarovski bronze crystals, some carved bone beads (he's a skeleton, right?), and a sugar skull added to the pendant.

I honestly had a blast creating this necklace.  I look forward to hopping around to see what everyone has created!

Peace, Love, & Light,

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bead Soup!

I'm (finally!) posting the wonderful polymer clay beads handmade by my BSBP partner, Laurel!  Along with a neat assortment of pearls, black faceted beads, and gold findings. I can't wait for everyone's reveal!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


So, I'm participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party for the first tome! I'm so excited to be part of this group..
they're all so good at making and designing jewelry, I hope I can live up to the challenge!   I've attached a pic of the bead soup I sent my partner and will post a pic of the bead soup she sent me very soon.