Friday, 13 December 2013

Frozen Moment

The perfect moment

I won an opportunity to participate in a type of contest put on by Lorelei Eurto and Sara Lukkonen of C Koop Beads.  The C Koop Beads Book challenge.  Superior Beads of Duluth will be choosing a winner. Myself and 10 others get the opportunity to play around and come up with a piece of jewelry with wonderful component we received on the mail. The book component was developed by Sara Lukkonen and was done in various colours. The very reason I signed up for a chance to play was because I fell in love with the component!  I also love the idea behind the challenge, to support your local bead store!

Here is what I received:

Here is what I have to do with the piece:
Make a piece of jewelry 
Tell the story behind it
Use at least three components from my local bead store

This is what I created:

The Story:
I call this piece "frozen moment".  I know I'm not the only one to experience this.  You know those moments that are so perfect, that for a very short moment, time just seems to freeze, allowing you stop long enough to take in all of the really good stuff (for the purpose of storing it as a memory)?  I created this piece as a reminder of what one of those moments looks like for me.  This frozen moment is where I am completely surrounded by nature.  The only noise is that of nature.  Hearing sounds of water, be it the ocean, a river, maybe even a stream.  A perfect day, sun shining with a soft breeze.  Sheltered and shaded under a tree.  And as great as all that is, how much better is it with a great book in your hands to get lost into, maybe even a sketchbook!

The necklace is made using what I consider reminders of nature.  For example, unglazed clay beads represent earth.  An African trade bead painted with flowers (I have a serious obsession with African trade beads!)  Beads from bone, as well as leather lace.  The small double holed seed beads remind me of small pebbles in a stream. The aqua blue leather cording represents water.  The shell is very special, reminding me of the ocean that I so deeply miss!  I gave the book some pages by putting in some handmade paper (another hobby of mine).

My Local bead store


Even though my local bead store is a two hour drive, it is sure worthy of the trip!  Metal Designz in Saskatoon is a packed full of wonderful goodies for the jewelry maker!  The owners Shelly and Joe, are wonderful people too! If customers start requesting things, they go to great effort to carry those items!! I can even get equipment like flex shafts and rolling mills there (both of which are on my "want" list, but I am waiting on a shipment to come in so I can purchase a tumbler there!) For this piece the components I used from my local store (as mentioned above) are; the wire, the leather cord, jump rings (did I mention the owners are HUDGE into chain maille and jump rings are their speciality!), and the double holed seed beads I used.
Yay for local bead shops!!!

Thanks to Lorelei and Sara of C Koop Beads for this opportunity!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Charm Swap 2013

Today is the day to reveal charms for Jen Cameron's charm swap 2013!!!  The theme is LOVE.  With that as the theme, here is my charm:

The ceramic cross bead made by myself (Terri Del Signore), represents the ultimate sacrifice done out of love!  
The copper hoop, also made by me, is a circle that has long represented the idea of "never ending".  The two combined represent my faith and that I can think of no greater love than the never ending love of God!

This is the picture of the charms I got. My photography does not do them justice, I'm working on getting better at photography.
Listed in rows from left to right:
Blue Mud, Renetha Stanziano, Monique Urquahart
Alicia Marinache, Jacquie Carlson, Susan Delphine Delaney, Patty Pulliam
Lennis Carrier, Mallory Hoffman, Cheri Mitchell-Reed, Andrea Glick,Tori Sophia
SueBeads, Ginger B, Ginkgo et Coquelicot, Linda Haskell, Nameless
The bottom 3 are from the generous Toltic Jewels.

I Love all the charms I recieved and this was a very fun experience for me!!
Thanks so much to Jen Cameron for all your hard work!!
Don't forget to check the auction at the link below!  Proceeds go to Beads of Courage! Super awesome cause!  Check it out!  Starts today!

Also check out all the other artists to see their charms!

Caroline Dewison:
Alicia Marinache:
Terri Del Signore:
Cheryl (Lee) Koopman:
Jacqueline Carlson:
Charlene Bausinger Jacka:

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Book Component Challenge

Very excited! Different ideas dancing through my head! I won a chance to participate in in a component challenge put on through Lorelei Eurto. Check out the component I got!
10 others have received the same component with colour variations. I just love seeing all the different ways people create when starting with the same piece!! I am excited and nervous as this is truly a challenge for me because I make components but never really make jewelry.
I love how these challenges can force one out of their comfort zone!
Check back on Nov 25 if you want to see what I create with this lovely little book component!! I just love it!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Create Without Guilt!

Fact: I feel guilty spending time in my studio when I have loads of never ending family "stuff" piling up and not to mention quality time with my family! The "why" I feel this way may just have to be another post (if I ever really get to the bottom of it)!
One thing I am loving, is when the two worlds collide and I get to spend creative time with my family. I stumbled upon this idea when I was disparate for creative time but family was taking every minute of my time (ie my youngest child with separation anxiety). I am able to fill my need to be creative and get to fulfil my desire to be the the best mom by creating with my kids!!
So here is one that I LOVE doing with my girls! A little set I bought called Stamp Art. So fun! You get all these little stamps in various shapes and the book gives you ideas on how to collaborate all the little shapes together to get a picture and then you even get to colour it in!!
A frog my daughter created from the images that came in the book. I'm loving this idea because it is simple enough for small people and the possibilities are endless!!
Since then I have discovered many ways to achieve guilt free creative time. Well....maybe a little "guilt" when it comes time to eat;)
Kids and torches don't mix so well so I'm also trying to figure out how to get some "mom only" creative time too!!