Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Wrap-up

First thing that I worked on this week was this embroidered cuff. The plaid pattern was inspired by a fuschia/green plaid shirt that I saw at the Belk last weekend. The colors really hit me and I just had to recreate it.

Also, remember the sewing machine from Thursday? Well, it all started when I was trying to think of a way to take my construction to the next level and I remembered what my mom always told me, "It's what's inside that counts." So, to that end, I added my little stamp and a little pizazz to the inside of the cuff.  I can see this becoming very addicting. I already have plans for some longer messages embroidered on the inside of larger cuffs.
If you'd like to see more pictures, this cuff is in my shop.
(By the way, I was gonna put LBJ on the back, but I really don't want my work to appear as a homage to any former presidents.)

I also added this bracelet, Busy as a Bee to my shop. I think it'd be perfect as a Christmas gift for a teacher, mostly because I know from experience that this time of year they are definitely busy as a know.

Okay, this next cuff was totally me trying to get rid of my fear of orange. The pattern was inspired by this repeating pattern that I saw in a book about Islamic architecture. The cuff itself has a very luxurious feel. The colors fade from a deep, almost persimmon to a soft creamy yellow with the little repeating pattern in the center. My plan (if I can get around to it) is to create the pattern and offer it free to you guys as a download.
In the meantime, I need a name, any suggestions?

As I created this cuff, I remembered why I don't do much peyote anymore... I do not have the patience!

I also finished my first headband for the shop! I call this one Autumn Turquoise.

I think this would look so cute on a little girl. Unfortunately, I do not have one of those, so in the meantime it's gonna be adorning my big cabeza. :)

This second one is for my sister, so it won't be in the shop, but I did get it done last week.

Okay, these last two rings won't be going in the shop because I have plans for them (stay tuned). But this first is a skinnier version of Heather's Ring in some fall-appropriate colors.

and a Bollywood Bling Ring in holiday tones.

Whew! If you hung in for all of that and made it through, you deserve something special, which is why I'm doing a surprise giveaway!
Last week I cleaned out my bead hoard stash and found a ton of beaded beads that I'm probably not gonna use anytime soon, so I've decided to give them away to someone who will use them, and as I know that a lot of the peeps that read my blog are stringers, (Oddly enough, my grandmother's maiden name is Stringer...go figure) I figured you could use some beads.

These are all individually handmade. Go ahead and click on the pic to see them bigger. Some already have the wires in them, but you can definitely snip those out. My only requirement for the giveaway is that you leave me a comment with a suggestion for the cuff that I created above that I don't know how to name. Also, you can share if you want, or you can keep the news to yourself in the hopes that no one else will comment and you take home the loot. It doesn't matter to me, but I'm just gonna do one entry per person and I'll draw on Wednesday!
(On Monday, I'm gonna send you some inspiration for Margie and Me. How's your Margie and Me project going by the way??)


  1. How about 'Moroccan Sunrise'? I think you definitely made it past your orange aversion!

  2. I agree.. how about Breaking Dawn? I am so not good at naming things LOL

  3. I love the idea of secret little message inside of one of those cuffs. That bee bracelet is making my heart go pit-a-pat!

  4. I'm not good at naming things...but I'm thinking Modern Analogy for the analogous colors. LOL Marge

  5. You are SOOOO talented! I don't know how in the world you do this but it's amazing. I'm in love with the inside part of the cuff. What a wonderful idea!

    Have a great weekend and thanks for hooking up.

  6. How about "Autumn Venture" I so love your beaded beads!


  7. would love to win some of your awesome beads! How about "desert jewels" for your cuff? lame I know! Love all your other work in your post today - you are amazing (and shocking, I have not started my margie and me :-))

  8. Since the cuff is for your sister how about Jasper Princess? I love all of your pieces and even though I am a seed bead artists I would love to win your stash.
    Have a great weekend

  9. It is such a tribute to fall and so cool! I would name the cuff Harvest. That says it all.
    Oohh, to win some beads - I'd be so excited!

  10. Marcie, you must be the most prolific beader I know! I'm astounded at how quickly you create. I love your 'stamp' on the inside of that cuff...very clever, and I know you will take this idea and run with it ;-) Well done on tackling your fear of's not all bad, huh? :-)

  11. Ohhh I love the cuff. It reminds me of oranges, lemons and grapefruits as well as a sunset so rather than going all fruity I am going to go with "Sunset Fling"....or I guess you could also go for "Citrus Fling" if you do want to be fruity lol!

    I'd love to win the beaded beads. I have only ever made one type so I'd love to include these in some of my creations!

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway.


  12. Hello!I've assigned a vitual prize for you,
    come to pick it up when ever you want.
    I love what you are doing,colors...shapes...
    Have a nice Sunday!

  13. This is my first time visit to your blog and I am so impressed with your work. I'm definitely a stringer and I'd love some of those beads. Autumn is my fav time of year, so how about "Autumn Ablaze"?

  14. Beautiful pieces this week, as usual. Hmmm...for a name for your cuff...Bead-a Carotene...I'm not really that good at naming things! Or maybe Ginger?

    Just got back into town so I'll be starting Margie & Me tonight!

    Thanks for the fun give-away!

  15. I just LOVE that you are inspired by architecture, Marcie! I am enamoured of the forms of Islamic architecture and adornment. I used to teach a unit in my world religions class where we focused on making arabesques. The more detailed the pattern the closer to God is what they believe.

    I would call this 'Byzantine Sunrise'.

    And the message or your 'stamp' inside the cuff? Brilliant.

    You are a marvel.

    Enjoy the day!

  16. Very beautiful pieces, I really love that orange cuff.

  17. Naming stuff...not my forte. Especially since there have been some really good ones recommended so far!
    The cuff is just gorgeous.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  18. Ok, so naming is not my forte either, but how about Falling into Sunset? (Little play on words there). I have a love/hate relationship with Bollywood, and it's definitely on the "love" side with your Bollywood ring! Awesome job!

  19. I love your beaded beads and would be excited to win them!!! And your idea to add your name to the inside of your pieces is so sweet.

    I would call that lovely cuff 'Maize' because the colors remind me of corn.


  20. What a great combination of colors! How about "Mandarin Blossom" to name the bracelet? I would love to win the bead stash.