So I’ve been a little lax in writing my intro – sometimes doing everything from my phone gets a little tedious. I’m hoping in the next few months to get a new laptop and change that – wouldn’t that be nice!
So for this 2nd Annual Swap I got paired up with an awesome artist named Bobbie Rafferty! She’s the owner and designer at Beadsong Jewelry – here’s her facebook page, and her blog. As I perused her blog and facebook I noticed how our style was kind of similar. Both of us enjoy exploring color, and different techniques – beadweaving, bead embroidery and some metal work. And both of us are mainly self-taught. Here is some of her beautiful work:
I was lucky enough to chat with Bobbie the night we got paired up and had a nice long chat(though like it usually goes we talked little about beads and more about life in general). I learned she recently moved to Chicago for a job of a lifetime – fundraising for the Chicago Symphony – how cool does that sound? Though I’m sure it’s a lot of work. Her one thing she’s never tried is the new(ish) neon beads ***evil laugh***…… So here’s what I sent her:
I’m really happy with my selections – the focal is a stone/clay creation by Sculpted Windows. All the seed beads I basically had but took a trip to my bead store to get the shaped beads.
…..and my one thing is brown. So it really came as no surprise that I opened my package and found LOTS of brown – but it’s all gorgeous! I’ve decided to call it bronze, otherwise I’ll get a brain-block and won’t be able to think of any designs!
So here’s what Bobbie sent me:
She sent me 2 options for a focal and 2 clasps, an awesome selection of seed beads as well as czech glass, moonstone, mother-of-pearl, bugles, long magatamas and 2 types of carved bone. The options are almost endless!