Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I am comfortable with my grief!

I share my thoughts and feelings with you today with hopes that an understanding can be met. An understanding of grief felt by a mother, a wife, a friend, a fellow artisan.

Please know that I am okay...

When I share my thoughts just as when I create my ART; I heal just a little bit more.  I am Vonna, the same person in the same body as I was before my son died; I just have a different pair of shoes now, shoes that wouldn't fit you!  I pray you never have to wear my shoes!
I am comfortable with my grief ~ why aren't you?
You can talk to me, you can joke with me, you can be my friend.  I swear I won't bite you or get you sick.  You can mention Jonathan's name in front of me.  I may cry or I may not.  So what you may learn something new! I have emotions just like you and sometimes I just need to be heard, just like you. Please don't judge me. I would never judge you.

I am not afraid of me, so why are you afraid of me?

It's been four long hard years today since my son passed away.  Four years isn't that long as I have a lifetime to miss him.  I go to the park each year and light a candle in honor of my son.  Skateboarding is what Jonathan loved to do.  I go with good memories that fill my head with joy!

I share this video with you in hopes that Jon's friend does not mind, know that I shall be forever grateful to him for sharing this with me! What a treasure to be able to have. I shall go to the park and light a candle in his memory and shall pray for all the others

He's coming down the stairs in the video at .19 seconds in...

FwR minitage




"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." ~From the television show The Wonder Years

peace,
vonna

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ware do I buy my beads and things.

BeadwareIL on Etsy and on Ebay - or I just drive to her house! Like I went to today and yesterday! I had a blast, as it is always fun to fondle beads!

Olivine Cathedral

IDK it has been one of those weeks, you know (well maybe you don't ) when you get so many ideas in your head and you just want to create but can't afford to! Well, being at my friends store with all that inspiration surrounding me, those beads she has from all around the world, the CRYSTALIZED™ Swarovski Elements OH YUMMY, the Bali, the Czech glass, the vintage lucite and she has so so much more! It would of broke my bank, so with all of that I could or couldn't buy these past two days, I went home to shop in my own store in the basement!

Sometimes you can just turn an old style around and give it some fresh new life.

PS:! If you get the chance check out my friends shop on Etsy and or Ebay, she has quality goods and fabulous customer service - She also needs like maybe 3 more customers or whoever and that could be you to sign up for her newsletter on Ebay. She would crack 1000 then! (you have to sign in go to her store scroll down to the bottom left side and you will see her sign up form) -- thanks in advance.

Now go have yourself a great evening and thanks for stopping by!

peace, vonna

Saturday, October 15, 2011

If I could I would...

If I could I would but I can't!

What I can tell you is that this has to do with jewelry, a necklace in particular, a camera, a tree and me!
I know don't tease right?? Sorry, you will just have to wait... for now...

Just so you don't think you have wasted your time at this moment as you stumbled upon my blog here is a pretty piece of eye candy 'just 4 u'...

After many months off on a much needed sabbatical, traveling for my sanity, fiddling and rearranging my house and my studio; and finally getting used to the empty nest syndrome, and I don't mean the "Ozzie and Harriet" way.  I decided last night to return to what really motivates me best.
creating and designing bracelets from artisan lampwork beads and things!
I hope you like it.. thanks for stopping by!

peace,
vonna

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bead Soup Party Necklace Listed On Etsy

This necklace is one of many creations I designed as a participant of the Bead Soup Blog Party Hop during the month of September 2011 hosted by Lori Anderson.

Dangled from the unique antique brass chain is a hand painted handmade ceramic art lentil made by Bonnie Polinski, a vintage striped Czech glass bead I had found in my stash of supplies which hangs from a paper bead I made especially for this challenge. Two faceted topaz rounds, one left over Picasso Czech roundell and one beautiful honey drop of sun Swarovski.

Dangles are wrapped in sterling head-pins that I made myself and brass head pins.

Brass Chain measures 24”” long with a substantial brass toggle.




Just Listed on Etsy

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day....
peace, vonna

Monday, September 26, 2011

Jewelry Making Daily on the blog!

LINK TO BEAD SOUP REVEAL September 2011.

I had such a busy day, between the housework,  the cooking,  the beading,  reading, surfing, writing this post, as well as trying to keep up with my visits to all the participants of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party.


I am dog tired!



Meet Ripley he is Cindy's pooch! I just love this picture don't you! She just gets up close and personal.
See, I spent to much time looking for lot of time searching for free pictures on the internet to use in some of my non-jewelry posts.  You know that attribution license, where you have to credit the photographer. I totally respect that!  You can go to IStockPhoto to purchase credits or buzz around the creative commons part of Flickr.

Tip:
Why not ask a friend for a photo? It's a win win situation! You get a photo you are comfortable with, and your friend gets the credit!


You can visit Cindy Etsy shop here!
First stop one of Cindy's Balloonimal's!
Oh my goodness! I have almost forgotten why I came in here.
Thank you Tammy for featuring my bracelet today on 

your blog for Jewelry Making Daily

peace, vonna

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Vintage Beads from Europe.

Have you ever waited for something special to come in the mail and then go out of town only to find out that the day you leave the mailman finally delivers that special package you have been waiting for?
Much to my surprise when I came home this mix was awaiting me.  After opening the package I thought -      OH NO! Another Bead SOUP! I haven't finished my blog hopping yet!

Scroll back up when you finished reading to click on this LINK to check out myself and all the other bead soupers!
Back to the mix in observance below.

A color wheel of beads, what to do??? Oh, that wonderful imagination of mine, I tell ya.
TREASURE BRACELET!  Yup, that's what I am going to do.   What a great project for those cold nights in front of the TV.

Tip: You see those three purple beads??? When picking out the string for the treasure bracelet I always go with the least predominant color in the bead mix. I just don't always follow the rules by using a neutral base. Sometimes it doesn't make sense.
Her shop on Etsy NO SNOW SUPPLIES is filled with over 300 items of inventory and she been working really hard getting every product listed and available for all to purchase at her on-line store.
Vente is a one woman operation. Check her out at Vintage Beads you won't be disappointed.

Now if you have forgotten to scroll back up to click on the link to the soupers here is another one!
LINK TO BEAD SOUP REVEAL September 2011.

Have a great week everyone. Thanks for stopping by.
peace, vonna

Friday, September 23, 2011

Homegrown: Deerfield's Local Etsy Crafters

I am still blog hopping, making comments day by day, with over 300 participants it can make you dizzy! So make sure you check out all the entries from this wonderful party.
Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

A little less than a month ago myself and 2 other Deerfield artist's were featured as your Local Etsy Sellers on Patch.com.


What is Patch?

Simply put, Patch is a new way to find out about, and participate in, what’s going on near you.
They are a community-specific news and information platform dedicated to providing comprehensive and trusted local coverage for individual towns and communities.

They want to make your life better by giving you quick access to the information that’s most relevant to you.  Patch makes it easy to:





  • Keep up with news and events
  • Look at photos and videos from around town
  • Learn about local businesses
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit your own announcements, photos, and reviews

  • I want to thank Patch.com for this lovely article.

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Bead Soup Blog Party Hop Sept 17, 2011 The Reveal

    Hello and Welcome!

    My instinct at first was to combine all the elements into one gigantic statement piece. Something I am familiar with. I started thinking about how I should challenge myself.  Keep it simple, design more pieces, push my limits, learn new techniques and just have fun. I decided to do it all!

    So here goes I hope you enjoy!

    Using a majority of the beads Patty sent to me, this first piece incorporates the focal bee pendant. This necklace is strung on a single strand of Soft Flex heavy weight antique brass wire, the chain is just free flowing leaving it dangle on one side for even more movement. Originally I had planned on incorporating the blue suede cord that Patty sent me, but instead I used vintage brass coils that I had picked up at a bead show I attended last year.

    This necklace is simple, asymmetrical and very balanced.





    cooking time: less than 1 hour
    This necklace is so easy to make, you can make it too!


    The size of the clasp I recieved did not work with the scale of the necklace I designed above; and with so many elements left over I was literally stumped for a few days, until the light bulb went off in my head. What lie in front of me is just bead soup so why not get out the cookbooks and start looking for recipes! I found in my stash of books Semi Precious Salvage by Stephanie Lee. This is when I really started cooking.

    This bracelet is my interpretation of the "Rooted Cuff".  I knew when I saw this recipe that I had bee fabric. The fabric has 24K gold thread running through and was used as part of a bedroom makeover when I used to work at a Design Studio. I was always grabbing the end cuts of the fabric after the girls had cut out the pattern. Why not? Perfectly good expensive fabric shouldn't be tossed in the garbage bin. I just had to save it! Well, anyway.. I was able to use the clasp as well as the etched brass bee Patty made and sent me. I roughed the bee up a little as I was afraid to punch holes in it. The blue ceramic bead was created by Bonnie Polinsky a friend of mine, she just happened to stop by on her way out of town and I well, she gave it to me.. This bracelet turned out fabulous, light and fun to wear. In fact the a local store has ordered more! The honey dew drop is a serpentine quartz briolette. My first attempt at wire wrapping a briolette. I used antique bronze wire and boy was easy to work with!

    cooking time: more than 1 hour


    Coming up next you see another necklace which incorporates the book paper my soup was wrapped in. I thought that was so clever! I made my own sterling headpins for these charms too.

    cooking time: less than 1 hour for assembly



    Back to the recipe book. With my interpretation of the armlet recipe I made the following fun treasure bangles using up more of my soup. The button on the second bracelet is old and lost its luster, so I dremeled the snot out of it! It is now smooth and very rustic looking! The Jasper has the full attention in these. I even re-purposed ribbon from the packages!

    cooking time: practice practice practice!




    Now this next piece was easy to create. A really long length of that bee fabric, two squeeze on brass connectors and two beautiful serpentine wire wrapped chunk gemstone dangles. Bingo! You have one really long bookmark!

    cooking time: less than 10 minutes





    Now last but not least... I just finished this piece the night before last. What to do with that suede cord! Oh my... As I was doing some research I came across a flooding of wrapped silk bracelets, now trying to find a tutorial on the internet on how to close these bracelets was a monumental task. Seems you just tie them closed yourself. That did not compute with me. I finally gave up looking. I gave it the old school try and came up with this next and final piece. Is it a bracelet or can it be a necklace! Both.. I am so happy.. Maybe just maybe I'll make more of these!

    cooking time: thought process went down to the wire on this piece..


    My inspiration not only came from the color choices Patty picked for me but all the ingredients. From twisting, hammering, pounding, weaving, wrapping, stringing, crimping, beading, torching, waiting for the sun to come out, taking pictures, and even pickling! I found this whole challenge fascinating. I have to tell you I am full. 
    Thank you Lori for pulling this all together! 
    Good luck with your Bead Soup Book!

    I can't wait to go look to see what Patty my partner did with my bead!
    Visit Patty Gasparino on her blog!


    21. B.R. Kuhlman and Deanna Chase 
    22. Barbara Bechtel and Bryna Lumb 
    23. Barbara Blaszczyk and DaviniaDesign 
    24. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall 
    25. Barbara Lewis and Cathie Carroll 
    26. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley 
    27. Becky Fairclough and Jana Tarhala 
    28. Bella Borgouise and Gillian Lehman 
    29. Beth and Evie McCord and Erin Prais-Hintz 
    30. Beth Bricker and Heather Pyle
    31. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen 
    32. Bobbie Rafferty and Cindy Cima Edwards 
    33. Candice McGinnis and Sally Anderson 
    34. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier 
    35.  Cathy Khoury and Molly Alexander 
    36. Carol Tannahill and Hilary Frye 
    37. Carrie Tahquechi and Cris Peacock 
    38. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone 
    39. Charlene Gary and Doris Stumpf 
    40. Charlotte Pevny and Kate Gardenghi
    41. Cherrie Fick and Cathie Carroll 
    41. Claire Maunsell and Cherrie Fick 
    42. Cheryl Roe and Jenny Vidberg 
    43. Chris White and Norma Turvey 
    44. Christa Murphy and Kathy Alderfer 
    45. Christie Murrow and Dana James 
    46. Christina Miles and Collette Collins 
    47. Christine Brandel and Elizabeth Woodford 
    48. Christine Damm and Cynthia Deis 
    49. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering 
    50. Christine Stonefield and Dee Wingrove-Smith 
    51. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes 
    52. Cindy Wimmer and Riki Schumacher 
    53. CJ Baushka and Cory Celaya 
    54. Courtney Breul and Joanna Matuszczyk 
    55. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young 
    56. Cryss Thain and Serena Trent 
    57. Cynthia Tucker and Kitty Durmaj 
    58. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman 
    59. Davinia Algeri and Janet McDonald 
    60. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick 
    61. Diana Ptaszynski and Kristy Abner 
    62. Diane Cook and Kerry Bogert 
    63. Diane Hawkey and Jen Judd Velasquez 
    64. Dorcas Midkiff and Jill Harris 
    65. Doris Radlicki and Heather Goldsmith 
    66. Dot Lewallen and Gaea Cannaday 
    67. Elisabeth Auld and Jennifer Justman 
    68. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore 
    69. Erin Grant and Julie Jones 
    70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz 
    71. Fiona Christie and Michelle Heim 
    72. Gail Zwang and Genea Crivello-Knable 
    73. Geneva Collins and Jana Haag 
    74. Gretchen Nation and Heidi Post 
    75. Heather DeSimone and Karin Slaton 
    76. Heather Marley and Terry Carter 
    77. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride 
    78. Jackie Ryan and Nicole Keller 
    79. Janna Harttgen and Joanne Tinley 
    80. Jean Yates and Lori Anderson 
    81. Jelveh Jaferian and Jenny Davies-Reazor 
    82. Jenni Connolly and Jennifer Heynen 
    83. Jennifer Cameron and Kristi Bowman 
    84. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy 
    85. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora 
    86. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg 
    87. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann 
    88. JJ Jacobs and Karen Tremblay 
    89. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh 
    90. Judy Glende and Karen Sinkowski 
    91. Judy Riley and Kelly Morgan 
    92. JuLee Wolfe and Julie Bean 
    93. Julianna Cannon and Julianna Kis
    94. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt 
    95. K. Hutchinson and Shea Zukowski 
    96. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio 
    97. Karen Williams and Kimberly Roberts 
    98. Karen Zanco and Polly Barker 
    99. Kari Carrigan and Laura Twiford 
    100. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck 
    101. Kate Richbourg and Lorelei Eurto 
    102. Kathleen Lange Klik and Maria Clark 
    103. Kathy Engstrom and Keri Lee Sereika 
    104. Kay Thomerson and Loretta Carstensen 
    105. Kelley Fogle and Laurel Bielec 
    106. Kelly Ramstack and Sally Anderson 
    107. Kim Stevens and Tiffany Long 
    108. Kristi Harrison and Mandy Williamson 
    109. Kristi Kyle and Lana Kinney 
    110. Kristina Johansson and Sue Hodgkinson 
    111. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger 
    112. Laura Zeiner and Susan Kennedy 
    113. Laurel Steven and Mary McGraw 
    114. Laurie Hanna and Lisa Boucher 
    115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca 
    116. Linda Djokic and Tracey Weiser 
    117. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse 
    118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington 
    119. Linda Murphy and Lisa Hamilton 
    119.  Line Labrecque and Marianne Baxter 
    120. Lisa Lodge and Monica Johnson 
    121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir 
    122. Lola Surwillo and Therese Frank 
    123. Lori Bowring Michaud and Marci Brooks 
    124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron 
    125. Maggie Towne and Marge Beebe 
    126. Malin de Koning and Susie Hibdon 
    127. Mallory Hoffman and Shirley Moore 
    128. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller 
    129. Marcy Lamberson and Melissa Clarke 
    130. Margot Potter and Suzann Sladcik Wilson
    131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum 
    132. Maria Horvath and Melinda Orr 
    133. Maria Rosa Sharrow and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp 
    134. Marian Hertzog and Melissa Mesara 
    135. Marianna Boylan and Sandi Lee James 
    136. Marina Dobrynina and Michaela Pabeschitz 
    137. Marsha Neal and Miri Agassi 
    138. Mary Ellen Parker and Melissa Meman 
    139. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper 
    140. Mary McGraw and Laurel Steven 
    141. Melissa Pynn and Michelle Buettner 
    142. Michelle Hardy and Niki Meiners 
    143. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy 
    144. Missy Rappaport and Mags Sarri 
    145. Molly Alexander and Poranna 
    146. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell 
    147. Nadezhda Parfyonova and Stacey Curry 
    148. Nan Emmett and Nancy Peterson 
    149. Nancy Boylan and Natalie McKenna 
    150. Natalie Monkivitch and Niky Sayers 
    151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari 
    152. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan 
    153. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag 
    154. Pat Haight and Mary Shannon Hicks 

    MY PARTNER 155. Patty Gasparino
    and (me)
    Vonna Maslanka 

    156. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe 
    157. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain 
    158. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins 
    159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub 
    160. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya 
    161. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs 
    162. Rochelle Brisson and Teri Baskett 
    163. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell 
    164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams 
    165. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin 
    166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small 
    167. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner 
    168. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk 
    169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley 
    170. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley 
    171. Staci Smith and Tracy Stillman 
    172. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin 
    173. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor 
    174. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa 
    175. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton 
    176. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin 
    177. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones 
    178. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser 
    179. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk 
    180. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager 
    181. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad

    362 people making jewelry! 
    Amazing!

    The next Bead Soup Blog Party will take place around February, 2012.
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