Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Penny & A Purse & Christmas

My first Christmas project complete! I had a lawn ornament ball that lost the little bird on top. I just could not leave well enough alone. I unscrewed the pole, glued an electric connector to the top (after drilling a hole through the top of the connector). Can you tell that the top is made from a electical connector? I began by stringing a copper chain through the hole to hang the ball from. Then started adding the smallest size 15 seed beads in a variety of sizes in golds and bronzes. Once I reached the top of the silver ball I started making a nettingof red to go all the way around the ball, in all directions. (I had to make up a pattern as I went along because the ball is 12 inches around.) I then added a ring around the center line with a delica gold herringbone stitch. I added loops in gold size 11 beads, then made the crystal drops with a silk thread and a muted gold bead for the accent dangle. ( I am thinking that I will add a tassel at the very bottom in a variety of golds.) But this is as far as I have gotten, for now.
A Penny & A Purse:
Yesterday, during the heavy storms, my daughter came over to show me a new idea! Do you like my new purse? It is so tiny is won't even hold the Penny laying next to it. Aren't these just the cutest? (The pennies are another project that I got the idea from "Just Something I Made".)I had just gotten in a patten leather look red from Artbeads.com and I had the black delicas in my stash. She got me started and I couldn't quit until I got the pair of earrings completed. (It is simply an octagon folded in half.)
I then hung them on 14K gold ear ring hoops. Now I am all dressed up and ready to go...somewhere.
My photography leaves a lot to be desired but maybe you can get an idea of how sweet these little ones are up close.
I know I will be making many more of these!
Thank you all for your lovely encouraging comments and your sweet emails to me. It is such a blessing to get to know each one of you better. It is so interesting how similar our lives are entwined.
Sharon

11 comments:

carole said...

WOW, Sharon, you certainly know your business with beading!!!
I LOVE the ornamental ball. It is certainly beautiful. The tassel on the bottom with be the cherry on top : )
Those little purse earrings are too sweet!!! How fun you and your daughter share talents : )
Take care and do stay dry
peace
caroel

The French Bear said...

Those are beautiful. Your beadwork is stunning!!!
Love the Christmas ball, gorgeous!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

The ornament is beautiful Sharon! And those little purses, just sweet.

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

wow! your beading is just amazing... and I love those cute penny earrings.

xo Heather

A Little Something Added said...

I love the purses! Might have to hit you guys up for the pattern!!

alankarshilpa said...

Sharon, That ball is awesome.And the danglers are soo cute. I love your Dramatic leeped band too. I was wondering how you did it from the pic. You are one talented beader, my friend. Happy autumn. It entered yesterday:) Dita.

Coastal Sisters said...

Sharon...your beadwork is just breathtaking! Lovely as ever :)

LuLu~*xoxo

Deborah said...

That ornamental ball is lovely. I remember seeing them in a Bead and Button mag several years ago. I thought they were spectacular and yours certainly is lovely. Your tiny earrings are very sweet too. How do you find the time to make all these gorgeous things?

Shammickite said...

What lovely things you are making! I love that Christmas ornament.

Lynns Lovelies said...

Hi Sweet Sharon!
Such a pretty ornament!!LOVE that red!
Those teeny purses are soooo cute!!
We need to get together sooon, my friend!

Hugs,
Lynn♥

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Ohhhhh Sharon, the ornamental ball is spectacular!! A tassel will look so beautiful and be the perfect finshing touch for sure!! You do the most gorgeous beading!
The tiny purses are just as cute as can be, I love how you made them into earrings! It is so nice that you and your daughter share the same interest in beadwork! :)
Hugs, Carol Anne xo

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