Monday, March 29, 2010

More Springime Beads

Kimmie here, with more lentil-based animals from my torch.

Is it just me, or do they seem to be conversing?

Whenever I put two or more animal beads in a picture they end up looking to me like they are talking, or at least relating, to each other. I don't know if it's because they are so similar, or what, but it always tickles me! Maybe I have been looking in the flame too long. What do you think? Well, I hope that's not the case, because I am logging many hours working on new and fun beads for the Bead and Button show in June. By the time the show rolls around, it is entirely possible that I will be having whole conversations with these little inanimate objects, but at least I'll have lots of them to share!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Welcome from the West Coast side of the blog

Hi all, Kimmie here,
Thank you Joan for setting up this new blog, we are going to have a lot of fun here sharing our latest work and ideas! I am also hoping that we will be able to get together in person before too long.

I have been working on some new beads this week, adding to my selection of animals based on a small lentil shape. My current favorite? The frog, seen above. I think the belly button adds a lot but don't always remember to stick it in there. The guy on the left seems to be wondering why his buddy doesn't have one!
I already have bunny rabbits, sheep, cows and ladybugs on my roster, and along with the frogs have added penguins and baby chicks. More to come, for sure. I love this concept, and these little beads look great in bunches. How small are they? The base lentil shape is about 10mm, a bit smaller than an M&M candy. Sweet!
My focus has been on a springtime theme, not counting the penguin, but if you have an animal suggestion or request, please post a comment and I will try to make it.
It has been a super productive week for me, and I look forward to sharing pictures of my latest work, including a pretty cool new project...stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Welcome to East Coast-West Coast Bead Blog

Welcome to East Coast-West Coast Bead Blog. I have two friends who have the good fortune of living in sunny California. I am here in Pennsylvania which thankfully is starting to see a little sunshine although its pretty gray today. Long story short we have all been working together long distance for years. We have websites and we're connected but it just didn't seem like enough. Blogging can be one of those things that is just too hard to keep up with on your own. If you don't get the studio time in there's nothing to blog about. So.......................we said "Lets blog together!"Hopefully we will be more interesting as a team. I guess I should introduce us by now. Meet Kim Van Antwerp, Glass beadmaker, PMC artist and all around creative wonder. Penny Michelle designer of fabulous whimsical sterling silver and pewter components and the lonely East coast member of the team, Joan Miller, porcelain beads.