Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Party Aftermath...

It's been quite a busy few days.  As you all know, I was participating in Lori Anderson's (of Pretty Things) Bead Soup Blog Party.  I spent the weekend visiting the blogs of all 210 participants.  What an amazing group of artists.  It was truly a path of inspiration.  Again I need to thank Lori for all of the work she put into hosting this.  Not only was it fun, but it was education and inspirational.  And another thank you to Valerie Norton of Hot Fused Glass for the absolutely wonderful 'Soup' she sent me to work with.

I've always been a chaotic crafter and this week has been no exception.  I finally got new valances made for my kitchen.  I have to say they turned out great.  I was tired of the old ones, they just seemed to blend into the walls and I needed a change.  I don't think my husband quite understood.   He doesn't understand my need for change.  But it sure makes me feel better.  Maybe it's my itch for spring to come. 

I've also been able to get some beading done.  A local bead shop has started carrying Chinese crystal.  I have to say it certainly has the sparkle.  I'm still a Swarovski girl, but it was fun trying out some new beads.  With Mardi Gras coming up, I thought they would add to some charms I purchases the last time I visited New Orleans.  (I probably should mention that my husband is from New Orleans.)  So every year around Mardi Gras he gets a hankering for King Cake.  Ok, I have to admit we all love King Cake.  There are few foods that I order and have sent to the house, but Randazzo's King Cake is one of those things that I do.  I can't wait til it comes.  Yum. 

These are some of the pieces I made with the Chinese Crystal.

We are planning on having a few friends over this weekend for a Mardi Gras Dinner.  I think I have my bling to wear.  Beads, doubloons, King Cakes and Hurricanes are all synonymous with Mardi Gras.  And having company over is just what I need to get motivated to get some spring cleaning done.  I better get busy.

Til next time.....



roseworksjewelry said...

Great bling for Mardi Gras :D

Lisa said...

Love your bling you made for Mardi Gras! I live in Mississippi and got to visit New Orleans a lot as a teenager with my family. Never went to Mardi Gras, but did go to a number of Saints games! Still love those Saints!!

Also love what you did with you Bead Soup! I am visiting your blog from your partner's blog. She made some great pieces from the soup you sent her, too. I am going to participate in that next time. Looks like a lot of fun. I have enjoyed the blog hopping to see what everyone has created. Hope you have a great weekend. :)