A cute necklace and bracelet.

I worked on a cute necklace and bracelet  with charms that I had gotten in Washington State.    I added some Papua shells in colors.  I really love how it looks.

I have got several projects waiting on the boards.   A necklace by Jill Wiseman, and two other ideas that I hound.  I can not wait until I get to start.


getting some bead embroidery done

I have getting some more bead embroidery done and right now I am working on this project.  It is to be used in a give away that I will be doing in Jan..  I will be with the Bead Society of Palm Beach Fla. on their third beading cruise.   I am looking forward to the teachers that will be on board.   I had wonderful teachers last year,  and had a wonderful time getting to meet and make new friends.


I have used a piece of gimp as the center piece, and then using size 15 delicas I am filling in the design.  After doing the design I will use size 11 seed beads up to finish the outside and add a fringe with size 11 and small shells.    Here is what it looks like so far.20171129_194753

I will show the finished piece next week.    I will also  be showing  an egg that I am decorating.  ( Maybe two).

A little Popotillo

Well.  I thought I should do a little slide show of a egg that I did some popotillo on.

In Mexico, straw mosaics are known as “popotillo art,” from the Spanish name for sacaton grass, Sporobolus, or popote de cambray. The art form has Precolumbian roots.   The grass is first hand-dyed.   Then the artist draws a design, which is then covered by a fine layer of “cera de Campeche,” a special type of beeswax. The straw is then cut down to workable sizes, sometimes as fine as a single millimeter in length. The artist then carefully presses the pieces of straw into the beeswax. When the design is finished, a fixative is applied to protect the finished work.

Popotillo  Beetle.


the wax
design on the egg with the wax added
now the cording has been added
the first color of popotillo straw is added
the beginning of the second color
the legs are now added
starting to finish the egg
finished egg, which will hang on a stand


There are many designs which can be used to make eggs or jewelry, as well as  serving trays, pictures and other objects..  Please feel free to ask me mre about this wonderful art form.




A few more things

   Had a few beautiful beads left from the Blog Hop and so I made a very simple necklace with them I still have a few more left and I want to make something with them,  but have not gotten to it yet.  Another good project for this week.

   I also made the second necklace which is a beautiful crystal slab and added the fringe and chain to it.  it is very simple but also very elegant.  I  think that is a nice addition to any outfit.

       I have several other necklaces and bracelets that I am working on and can not wait to finish them so that I can show them to you.  I hope that you will come and visit my page again.

Bead Peeps Swap ‘n’ Hop 2017 Reveal

  Today is the day that everyone gets to see what I have been very busy doing.    This year I was paired with the wonderfully talented   Palak Udeshi   from India and received from her some of the most beautiful beads.  I could not wait to get started in doing something with them.  And this is what I came up with.  Even the material for the cord is from her .   I had lots of fun coming up with this design and it was ever evolving  as I worked on itDSCN6827

    I also had a few beads left from what I sent her and I managed to get this done .


  follow the below links to see what other members of the swap did

Hope Smitherman

My goodies from my partner

DSCN6746I got the mail the other day and found a box of wonderful beads from my partner  She lives in India, and many of the beads were beads that can only be found there.   I have some wonderful ideas of what to do with all the goodies that she sent me.  I can not wait to get started and can not wait to show you the final project.  I may actually have several things that I do with all the goodies