My stories of jewelry making, spinning, knitting, and all things fibery.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I See Spring Peeking Through

My crocus and daffodil bulbs are starting to make their way through the mulch.  The lavender bush looks as it did before the snow, but some of the other perennials may not have made it through this tough Hudson Valley winter. It's still too early to tell.

My vision this year for my garden oasis (aka my tiny deck) can be summed up in three pink and bulbs.  I've decided to try a bold one color scheme for maximum impact.  I have varieties of dahlia, astilbe,oriental lilies and coneflower awaiting fresh white pots and warm soil.  Of course there will be the usual herbs...basil, chives, sage, rosemary and mint. 

I hope my sunny yellow coreopsis has made it through.  I don't have quite enough harvested blooms frozen for the natural pale yellow dye I intend to tint a skein or two of Stella with.  That project will have to wait until June or July.  I'm off to take inventory of the ceramic pots from last year...another addiction of mine!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bead Show Booty

Amazing!  The bead show was amazing!  I came away with a ton of semi-precious stones and beads that will be transformed into beautiful jewelry for Stone and Fiber over the next few months.  Amethyst, sunstone, quartz, citrine, lapis, onyx, carnelian and much more.  The selection was fantastic and the prices were very fair, even for the sterling silver.

I will be introducing a new line of hand knotted necklaces for the spring and summer.  This is a new direction for me which will combine natural semi-precious stones with vintage German glass beads and faceted crystals.  These designs will be lighter, more delicate and feminine.  Stay tuned!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Another Front Page

Stone and Fiber was featured once again on the front page of Etsy this morning.  Take a look!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bead Heaven

Two days! Just two days until the 2011 Innovative Beads Expo in Fishkill New York. I've attended this show for a few years now and I never tire of it. I can't wait to see what my favorite bead merchants have in store this year!

I always go with my list but come home with many, many more treasures. For any of you bead fanatics out there that may want to attend, you can find the info here