Monday, June 21, 2010

I Made Something!

It's kind of small and didn't take a terribly long time, but I succeeded in creating something.  What a breakthrough!  :)  The funny thing is, the only thing I used from the stash I bought the other day was the seed beads. lol.  This may not fall into the category of "powerful" or "empowering" by looking at it, but truly it was.  After reading Beth's post on her blog at Bellesanbeaus Crafts regarding her mother "keeping things for good", I was moved to use one of my treasured Painted Ladies that she made.  That to me was very empowering.  I took control of the fear of not doing the cab justice and not being good enough, and just let myself create something with it.  I decided I would not "keep my painted beauties for good".

This is a pin that measures 2 1/4" across and 2 1/2" down on the main oval part.  Side to side including the silver doodads it is 3 3/4" and the loopies on the bottom hang an additional inch.  I hope you can get an idea of the beautiful purples and the different shapes I used from the pics.  I outlined the face with two rows of seed beads in two different colors.  Then the next row I alternated between these luscious and yummy purple balls and fantastic varigated bugle beads.  I added some leaves that are deep purple with hints of blue and green and have a great sheen to them.  The silver doodads were kind of a fun little story.  I had discovered metallite on the Artbeads.com website.  I'm a poor beader and can't really afford true silver and gold so I thought the metallite would be a fun substitution.  (It is!)  Well, I ordered about 10 different shapes in silver and gold and these that you see here were a mistake.  They were off one product code number from the ones I actually ordered.  I called Artbeads about it right away because I didn't like these at all.  They were so big and clunky and I was positive I would never use them.  Well, they said they would mail the correct ones out right away and to just keep these because it wasn't worth the postage to send them back.  Ok, I thought maybe I would find a use for them someday.  And I think they worked perfectly in this project!  So, even if you think you don't like something, just remember that a project one day will scream for just those beads. 

Leaf Masquerade

Is this face not gorgeous, or what???!!!

Another photo color-adjusted slightly differently.

I put this one here so you can see the different dimensions of the beads around the face.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who lent your support over my last couple of posts.  A lot of you are going through a rough patch as I am, and I want to thank you for your understanding but also know that I am sending hugs and warm thoughts your way, too.

Have a good week and HAPPY CREATING!!!

10 comments:

Carol said...

She is absolutely STUNNING and a very Powerful design. Lisa, you are a gorgeous beader...remember THAT!!
xx, Carol

Jan said...

The Muse Is Back! This is so beautiful! You are inspiring me to break out the face cab I have and quit being afraid of it. This is really wonderful, Lisa. It is funny what you say about the silver beads, how you didn't like them and thought you wouldn't use them. I have had the same thing with fabric, I think it is ugly and what will I ever use it for? Then I end up using it a lot, it is perfect for some project. I think partly this is because I don't feel the need to save it since I don't really like it. Your bugle beads, I love them, where did you get them? I have some of those, they are almost gone and I would like more. So glad that you have gotten back in the saddle, so to speak. What's next? Do you have any more of these faces to work on, you really did it justice.

Bellesanbeaus said...

Miss Lisa...gosh what can i say???? She is jaw-dropping beautiful!I am always so pleased to see what you all do with my lil painted ladies...I think I must start a scrap-book of finished pieces! I am tickled beyond words that you made your break thru and that I had a small part in it. Thank you my friend for sharing your art and your heart with me. I am just speechless at how gorgeous this came out!!! Great job seems so over used and in this case such an under statement! Thank you, thank you and thank you! Big giant hugs Beth

moonlitfantaseas said...

she is beautiful! and thank you for your information on metallite, I am a poor beader myself, and this would be a way of adding the silver or gold look to my work with out breaking the bank! thank you! I am so glad you are beading again, beading is my life saver.....it has gotten me through many a rough time in my life

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Lisa, I think you are a wonderful beader! I love the selection of beads you used--great dimension and texture, too! Thanks for telling us about metallite--I'll have to check that out. You know I love the purple!
Good for you for going on with your project even if you didn't feel like it. This happens to me too, and I try to push myself to just start something and before long I'm having fun.

Robbie said...

Yes, her face is beautiful and so is the beading..it just enhances her face! Just lovely!

Carol Creech said...

This is great, Lisa! I love the cab and your beading is the perfect complement to it.

Ralonda said...

Ya did good!

Bobbi said...

Hi Sweetie, Wowww, just fantastic! I love the cab that Beth made and your beaded work is outstanding and so awesome! Each of your pieces is a gorgeous and unique piece of beautiful artwork! Way to go Lisa, it's breath-taking! I hope that you have a wonderful day!
Giant hugs to you...
Bobbi

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