Saturday, May 2, 2015

Its reveal day for Bead Peeps Swap N Hop

Today is the Bead Peeps Swap and Hop day! whoo -hoo!!!!

Today is the day that we get to show off what we made with the beads sent to us by our partner. My beads came from Inge von Roos in California USA.  

Several months back we signed up to participate, were assigned partners, and sent off our selection of beady goodies to our partner. Once they were received we then ooh-ed and ah-ed , stewed and cogitated, planned and designed, rearranged and then finally started the assembly process . 

Some of us got it right on the first go, others had to redesign, reassemble , rework, a few times or many, the planned idea till we were happy with the result. 

At last we get to share what we made with our beautiful treasures.

as a refresher , here are he beads I received from my partner Inge von Roos from California, USA.
Pretty aren't they?
I was one of the ones who had to rework my design several times as it just wasn't coming together  the way I had envisioned it. I think I was trying way too hard to make something earth-shattering.
When I finally listened to what the beads were saying it all fell into place.  So without further ado here is the piece I made. 

multi strand lower portion with seed beads twisted and wrapped with silk cord and the bunch all  tied with two overhand knots to add texture and stability to the focal dangle. Two long bead cones to hide the nasty less than pretty cord ends . Silver toggle clasp as a second focal point and a second set of multi strand seed beads to create the back half of the necklace 

Inge is a wonderful and prolific glass bead maker and she sent so many lovely choices  that I couldn't use them all, so I was very selective with the ones I did use. I sorted them according to the colours of glass she used. 

I have a vast array of seed beads in my stash (quelle surprise) and lo and behold I had some that were a good match to the lamp work beads that I had chosen to use.

Read on for why I only made one piece of jewellery.

Because I wanted a random mix I was able to use my bead spinner to string 8 strands of beads in a very short period of time. 

and that’s when the trouble started…….

How to combine the  lamp work beads and support their weight (they are heavy little puppies) without sacrificing fluidity. 
How to secure and hide the cord ends ……..

How to connect the multiple strands with the single strand of lamp work beads. 

There were some choice (and very unladylike) words uttered for a period of time till I got it all figured out.  
And that was only for the front half of the necklace. 

Then I had to decide how to finish the back half. 

And that’s when the trouble continued………

I have to confess at one point I was prepared to toss it all in the bin. but sanity prevailed Plus I’m one stubborn woman. Nothing was going to stop me from my appointed task at hand. 
So I took a break from it all for a day or two and finally got the idea to go back to the beginning idea and poof , it was so easy - I should have listened to the beads the first time.  Lesson learned…….

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit here and please hop on the swap train for the next station. 

I’d love for you to visit my partner next and then visit the hostess site to find the other swappers blogs. Or check out the list below. 

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//

Linda Anderson
Marica Zammit
Jessica Hocutt
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/
Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin
Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson
Lori Schneider
Divya N
Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden
Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian
Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson
Deb Fortin        *You are Here*
Inge von Roos
Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed
Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache
Nan Smith
Johana Nunez
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard
Sue  Kennedy
Shai Williams
Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger
Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest
Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru
Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn
Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Shai Williams
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad
Tina Bosh
Eleanor Thomas
Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen
Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick
Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler
Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury
Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley
Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen
Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy
Louise McCormick-Glazier
Heather Richter
Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore
Seed Beaders
Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman
Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp
Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber
Catherine King
Krafty Max
Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood
Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)
Heather Richter
Brandy Collier
Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard
Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake
Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris
Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My beads arrived

take a look at the lovely beads I received from my partner, Inge von Roos. I was so certain I had posted this  at the end of March but it has disappeared from my blog and history , so here it is again, belatedly.

Lots of  pretty hand made lamp work by Inge herself and an abundance of coordinating beads to go with them. crystals in three colours , shaped flower/leaf beads, small glass spacers and large green glass rounds.

It will be hard to choose which ones to use. I can't use them all, well not at one time for sure. but they will be used sooner or later

Check back May 2 for the reveal of what all the participants made with their goodies

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I've changed my blog name

Life and design is an ever-changing game. As we grow and mature and change, things that were suitable, slowly become less appropriate for our needs.

Over the last few months I have become dissatisfied with my blog name.
There are so many Studio 24's out there and they apply to many different businesses, hair salons, architecture firms, photographers and so on.
 I had selected studio 24 because I live on the Rideau canal at Lock 24 in Kilmarnock  Ontario. (hence the k in my blog url, if it was even noticed)
I wanted something unique that wouldn't limit how far I could take my branding.

One day I was fooling around with phrases and the one that kept popping up in my head was My Home On The Island . I happen to live on a small island, though given time, and the tendency of nature to take over and fill in back channels with weeds and such, it may one day no longer be an island.

Thus Mhoti Studio was born.

Over the next few months I will be changing the url to reflect my new name but I am in the midst of a blog hop and if I change now it will really muck things up for the other hoppers. So for now I have changed my blog name but not my URL . If you are following me here you can contact me so I can send you an email when this happens. In the meantime stay a while and see what's up.

The Bead Peeps Swap n Hop takes place May 2 2015, I hope you'll come back and visit that day, to see what I made with the beads and things i received from my partner. There will be links to the other participants blogs as well, so it should be a grand hop.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop package on it's way

Here is the bead soup I sent my partner Inge von Roos. I don't want to ruin the surprise so I doctored the photo. and now even I can't tell what the soup looks like.
I sure hope it doesn't take too long to get from eastern Ontario Canada to California USA 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

meet my Partner

I recently signed up for the Bead Peeps Swap n Hop (see previous post).
It is getting close to the time to send out our beads and prezzies to our partner. But first I have to tell you about my partner in crime for this event.  

from Los Gatos, California, meet Inge von Roos

Inge is an amazing lamp-work artist. She MAKES. GLASS. BEADS.  *sigh* ( love these.)

She is a lifelong crafter with many interests; pottery, stained glass, weaving, jewellery making, and many other handcrafts. Beginning as a bead stringer she fell in love with hand made glass beads while at a glass and bead show. Hooked on this idea, she took one class and that was it, she found her passion.
Inge is a constant student , regularly taking classes from various lamp work artists, in order to perfect her craft, and she travels all over North America to do so.
She says that bead making is meditation for her and is loving the variety of beads she can create by playing with new techniques and trying different colour combinations.
I cannot wait to see what she sends me in our swap.
To see some of Inge's work pop on over to  Inge's blog

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bead Peeps swap 'n' hop

I am taking part in the BEAD PEEPS SWAP 'N' HOP. 

We have been asked to tell a bit about ourselves and our jewellery habits. 

I started jewellery making when I was a wee girl . 
My first piece was a pop' n' snap plastic bead necklace. Does anyone remember those? 

Then my next endeavour was to take apart and reconstruct a stretchy candy necklace. 
(minus a few pieces lol)
 Again, does anyone other than me remember those?

Fast forward several decades and my foray back into jewellery making was due to
 getting a job at a local bead and art supply store.
 I decided that to sell the products, I had to learn what to do with them. 

 I truly worked for beads . well that's where my paycheque went anyway.

So now I have a embarrassing supply of beads and findings and other good stuff. 

That's where swaps are such a good thing . I get to share my stash. 

I have a rather eclectic style.
 I don't think I have found MY VOICE  yet. 
So I make as many different styles as I can, in the attempt to find it .
 I do LOVE wirework and do a majority of my pieces with that technique. 

But then again I also love metal clay so I do some of that as well.

 Then there is bead stringing, and metal smithing , add a touch of soldering , but nowhere in this melee of techniques will you find me bead stitching

 so WHY do I have so many tubes of SEED BEADS? 'Cause they are so darn pretty to look at. 
 I do use them to make the backs of some necklaces smooth and easy to wear. and  I do own two bead  looms, so does that count?

Lately I have been using hardware store materials to fabricate some rustic pieces. 
(think washers and steel wire and copper sheeting and nuts and bolts )
I also am reworking a lot of older pieces -UPCYCLING  them into wearable designs for current trends. salvage at it's finest

the only one i don't use is BEIGE. LOL
As a former (retired) Interior Designer I have been exposed to colour my whole adult life. 
I was (am) not one to follow trends as I design for long term use and have found that I am ahead of the game, so to speak, by about two years, so what I look for is not easily available .
 I have used purples and magentas for quite a while before they became popular . 
 Lime green has been in my colour schemes for several years and it's now a mainstream colour. 

so here is a hint for you- my latest obsession is with the colour CORAL. 
Lets see where this leads hmmm?

so what does all this mean to you dear reader? 

Looking forward to swapping and creating with my partner. 

til' later!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bead Hoarders blog hop

well , doesn't life and death get in the way of life ?

 due to a death in the family last week and the funeral being today I didn't get around to making anything for the bead hoarders blog hop till this afternoon.

it's not really a good use of a LOT of beads but i did use up some of my stash. I was looking through some very outdated bead magazines and found this idea for wire and beads. Originally designed to be a bracelet I decided to create a focal for a necklace instead. and then after I made the sample with craft wire I made another with artistic wire.

add some chain and voila , two necklaces from the same idea.

 the first one is made with craft wire and though I don't care for the colour of the silver it does work well with the glass pearls and the black cat's eyes beads. 

 the second one uses artistic wire with silver plated beads , instead of chain I used silver lined glass beads to create the "chain" 

Now I am wondering if matching earrings are necessary or not. 

thanks for stopping by even though i didnt meet  the deadline 

click here for the list of participants so you can see all the other goodies