Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Back Home in North Carolina

As you may know I was at the Bead Parlor this last weekend in Bloomington Illinois. Wow, I had forgotten just how much colder it is in central Illinois than here in central NC. In beautiful downtown Bloomington you need to repark your car every 90 minutes to avoid a parking ticket. My first trip outside I figured I'd just dash about - not bothering to put my coat on - opps! I defiantly had my coat zipped up tightly on my next trip out.

It was a great trip - I had the opportunity to meet many people who shop at and teach classes at The Bead Parlor. Everyone is super friendly and has enough enthusiasm about beading that one can't help but catch the fever! If you have never been there, get your coat and get going!

Here are a couple of pictures of my Trunk Show set up using Shelley's wonderful wooden props:

And here is a picture of the display Shelley has of my beads at all times at the Bead Parlor. I just love the way the wood and clay beads go together - I'm in love with that look.

Early in the day on Friday the very talented Carol Butler whipped together these earrings, using my flat bead circles and Vintaj findings found right there at The Bead Parlor. It was fun for me to watch Carol's creation evolve. She experimented with different jump rings and crystals and the result is stunning!

Also, this necklace is on display. Once again, I am loving the mix of metal and clay.

Stay tuned - I'll soon post pictures of a bracelet I made while there featuring these metal seed beads. Thanks for stopping by and say Hi to everyone at The Bead Parlor on your next trip.


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2 If By Sea said...

Hi Elaine! I just received a shipment of your beads that I ordered last week from Ornamentea. They are so wonderful and earthy. I can't wait to use them!

Erin said...


It all looks beautiful! The Vintaj findings and the copper metal work perfectly with your beads!

Thank you for your comments on my blog!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Are those type-set trays? The wooden boxes I mean. They are awesome! You're right, they really compliment the earthy look of your beads!