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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Craft Sale Season

Craft Sale Season is upon us and I've been busy creating.  The inspiration for some of my new pieces comes from Lori Anderson's book, Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  You can read more about this super fantastic, super fun idea here on Lori's Blog.  I've been a participant for two of Lori's Blog Hops.  It really is a lot of fun.  If you're interested in purchasing your own copy of Lori's book, just click here!
Lori's wonderfully inspiring book!

My beautiful Picture Jasper Harvest necklace (which will be available for sale at the Variety Fair on October 4th) was inspired by Jeannie Dukic of Jewelry by Jeannie.   Her 'Roasted Eggplant with Chicken and Leeks Soup' recipe from page 61 really appealed to me.  I never would have thought to pair the picture jasper with the green jade & pink emperor jasper - thank you Jeannie!

My magnificent Rose Garden set was inspired by Heather Powers of Humble Beads.   Her 'Vegetable Garden Soup' recipe on page 28 spoke to my inner muse.  I used a handmade ceramic pottery rose focal from Captured Moments along with a variety of other stones and beads to create my new favorite fall set.  Heather is an amazing artist with books of her own.  Visit her page and see for yourself - thank you Heather!
Ceramic, jade, jasper and wood along with some pretty interesting lamp-work beads make up this substantial necklace.
I used red ceramic, picture jasper, agate and a carved jade bead for my matching bracelet.
Yes, I'm still stuck on my tribal-style jewelry - love this stuff!  The faux coral pendant is teamed up with some pretty interesting stones.....coral, onyx and carved onyx too.  Available for sale at the Variety Fair on October 4th.
I got busy making this stunning 3-strand Red Set with beautiful impression jasper, carved agate butterflies, green jade tubes and black onyx.  It's gorgeous and available for sale at the Variety Fair on October 4th.

I know this was on the last blog but it belongs here too!  Inspired by Lori Anderson's bracelet on page 69.  Love the mixed metals.  The bluestone gleams in the light and the swarovski's shine like little lights!  One of my new fav's.
 I will have plenty of more new pieces for the upcoming fairs.  I do hope to see everyone there!  The next one is Thursday, October 4th from 11-4 at the Valleyview Memorial Hall.  Thank you for dropping by and Namaste!


  1. Those are amazing -- and EXACTLY what the point of the book was to be -- a jumping-off point for your own creativity. You did a wonderful job! Thank you!

  2. Nice work Sandra. I really like the first necklace you created; the colors are great and the design is fun!

  3. Gorgeous pieces, can't wait to get my book too :)

  4. Thanks ladies!

    I also have Lori's e-book, Follow the Path and it's really awesome too! Great for bloggers....

  5. I love your pieces - it's so fun to see what is inspired by book. Good luck at your show!

  6. How cool to see how these projects inspired you! I am crushing on the first one. Enjoy the day! Erin

  7. Sandra,
    I just had to mention and link to your fabulous "Bead Soup Inspired" jewelry in my post about the Bead Soup Book Tour! Hope I sent some readers your way :)