Monthly Archives: August 2012

On the occasion of Bruce’s 61st birthday…

…the sun made a most spectacular exit!



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Head in the clouds

I had lots of errands to do in Bar Harbor and Ellsworth today. All day long I could not keep my eyes off the rapid changes in the sky. It wasn’t until I approached the 4 p.m. boat, headed for home, that I finally pulled out my camera.


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To do list:

Make currant jelly before the currants, picked by Bruce, get moldy in the fridge.

√  Check.



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Quick rivets

using commercial headpins.




Some of these earrings are headed to Winters Work  tomorrow (Friday), along with a few other pieces, when I meet my cousin Lisa for lunch at the Islesford Dock Restaurant.

Summer is starting to wind down….


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It never gets old



The August sky.


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Clever piggies!

Sonja Moser’s salt and pepper pigs and a beautiful plate by Joan Lord.

Wiggly pig made by  Abram Borgman. (I had the high bid on this one. Woo hoo!)

Stefanie Alley‘s lobster pig.

The clever “porktato” pig, though I forget who made it. (Marah? Kirby?)

Hugh Smallwood’s  pig bench (note the driftwood tail!):

“Pig of the Night” by Bruce Fernald. (He went whole hog on this one!)

Nancy Chusid‘s illustration makes me want to see a whole alphabet book.

Frank and Sam Reece served “pigs in blankets.”

Our postmaster Joy Sprague made some sweet knitted pigs:

Louise Chaplin’s tiny creation caused a bidding frenzy! Everyone wanted it!

Marian Baker not only organized the show, but also made this handsome vase/utensil holder.

The one I didn’t let get away. Brendan Ravenhill‘s salt shaker pig. (Several bids between my first and my last!)

There were so many wonderful pigs at the show; many more than I’ve posted here.  I wish I could report the total of $$ raised for the Islesford Neighborhood House, but it was not yet available. Raffle tickets were sold for Ashley Bryan‘s pig plate. I LOVE his message on the plate. Potter Chris Breedlove won the raffle. It was a fitting bit of luck as she had been so generous in helping Marian with the show and in sewing up a large batch of piggy potholders for sale.


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Perfect day for it!




All of the proceeds from the Islesford Pottery silent auction of pigs will go to benefit the Islesford Neighborhood House.

I almost missed out on making my pigs this year, but I had a default donation just in case:

Oh yeah. The ever popular bacon refrigerator magnets!



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On Tuesday night, behind closed doors….

…well… behind the closed door of my refrigerator….

…my bread dough went to town. Busted right out of the container and created a sticky mess. I closed the fridge, did some stretches, and then went back to deal with it. Even after removing the dough container, there was still some dough left behind.

The dough in the container was still pretty sticky, but the spilled dough had actually lost enough moisture that it was a piece of cake to clean up with a dough scraper. It took about 5 minutes to clean everything up and shape it into loaves. I even made a little loaf with the spilled dough. (I know, it sounds gross since it might have picked “something” up from shelf in my refrigerator. But, the bread bakes at 450° for 40 minutes, which certainly would kill off any cold overnight bacteria!)


Next time I try to double a new recipe, I should probably double the size of my rising container. Yum. Sourdough rye with currants, oatmeal, millet, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. It really didn’t misbehave after all.



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Soup hangover

I have been staying up late for the last few nights trying to visit all of the Bead Soup blog participants listed in my last post. Today it caught up with me. There’s no rule that says I have to look at all of the blogs; I just don’t want to miss anything. So much wonderful work by so many talented artists. It is quite humbling and inspiring. I recommend you take a look. (But don’t stay up all night to do it.)

Meanwhile, I spent my day baking bread, and bread and bread which always a centering activity for me. Tomorrow is the Islesford Fair, and I like to make a contribution to the baked goods table. It was funny how I used two different sourdough recipes today, and all of the bread came out incredibly flat. I wonder if it’s the humidity or what. The bread still tastes fine. (No flatness in the flavor!) I also made a batch of almond chocolate chip shortbread cookies, with rice flour so they would be gluten free. I happen to tolerate gluten just fine, but I feel bad for the folks who can’t, especially at a bake sale.

The Islesford Fair is a cool celebration and fund raising event to benefit the non-profit groups connected to our little island. Different booths and activities benefit different groups.  I think the baked goods benefit the Islesford Neighborhood House. There are usually t-shirts to raise $ for the fire department. Books to raise $ for the Historical Society, sales of hot dogs and hamburgers benefit the Congregational Church, and so on. There is a LOT going on there, so if you’re in the area on Tuesday, hop on the mail boat or the Cranberry Cove boat and check out the fair.

There is also a silent auction to which I donate jewelry every year. My piece this year goes to benefit the Acadia Family Center’s Nathan Bright Keegan Memorial Education Fund. It is a cause near and dear to my heart. I took a few photos of the necklace before  dropping it off today.

Now I’m going to see if I can get to bed before 11. More helpings of soup will have to wait until tomorrow, after the fair.



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Welcome to my first time at the Bead Soup Blog Party!

This was a challenge and a blast as I spent a few days way out of my comfort zone working with the lovely pieces that were sent to me by by Bead Soup partner B.R. Kuhlman.

There were so many goodies including two amazing wire wrapped focal pieces. That Miss B sure knows how to work her way around wire. Here is what she sent:

I started with the wire-wrapped polymer clay focal. I was so pleased to find I had copper chain on hand that totally complimented the copper hook that B sent me.

I strung and restrung the center of this necklace, trying to make it work with a strand of peach colored silk. It wasn’t until I got out some leather cord and did a little wire wrapping of my own (many attempts!) that the piece came together. I made the copper clay leaves  a few years ago and they seemed the right weight to balance and frame the focal. The dotted beads are dyed bone from Africa.

Next came the Zebra Jasper wrapped in gold plated wire. I wanted to keep the necklace pretty simple to highlight B’s beautiful work on the focal. The gold box clasp she sent had 2 holes to attach strands of beads which influenced the necklace design.

I totally missed putting these pieces of gold coral in my photos when I opened B’s package. After doubling the strands on the necklace above, I continued exploring the look when I made the necklace with the coral.

After the third necklace I wanted to make a bracelet. I thought the brown ribbon tied around my package from B would be a cool way to connect the ends of a 3 strand elastic bracelet.  I’ve never made anything like this before, but I will definitely keep an eye out for connectors like these in the future!

With still more beads, I set about making some earrings. The copper and brass rings are links I cut from chain I had in my stash. You can see I continued my leather cord exploration.

Since I was already in “crimp mode” with the leather, I tried out some gold plated Beadalon wire for the next two pairs of earrings.

I was so excited about the smokey quartz briolettes. I love how people use them in their work, all wrapped at the top with wire. I wanted to try it too. Uh, all of you guys who do this, you make it look like it would be really easy…I got really frustrated, but I didn’t give up.  Like with anything else, there is a learning curve. I hope it gets easier and more satisfying with time…

Last, but not least, did you notice that B sent two feathers in the “soup?” I thought I was being so clever to use them in the photographs, but I really didn’t imagine using them as part of my jewelry making  journey. The next thing I knew, I cut them down to a smaller size and tied them up with a mess of square knots in my little leather cord.

Thank you so much B for the beautiful beads, focals, and clasps. I stretched and grew as I worked with them, and it was a whole lot of fun. Thank you, too, to Lori Anderson. You sure host a great party!

I hope everyone who visits my blog will take time to look at the blogs of the other participants. Don’t get overwhelmed by the number of us. Just check out a few every day and explore the world of creative people who took the bead soup challenge!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux
 Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs
 Amy Schmidt, Amy’s Treasure
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
 Andra Weber, Andra’s Joyful Journey
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios  My super duper Bead Soup partner!!
Barb Fernald, Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry  You are here!
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Bryna Lumb, Bryna’s Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
 Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll’s Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
 Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy’s Studio
 Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes…
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie’s Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni’s Beads
 Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
 Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
 Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei’s Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK’s Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina’s Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It’s a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin’ of Beads
 Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese’s Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
 Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
 Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


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