April 17, 2011

Studio Tour Sunday: Moving On and Studio Links

So my show yesterday was less than successful. I guess you have to have one of those every once in a while to be humbled.  I am not really sure what the issue was, but not enough shoppers came, so not much was sold.  Oh well.  I had a good time anyway and it was close to home.  I made some killer trades and got some work done while in the booth.  I had quite a bit of stock already, so I didn't spend long hours preparing for this show, fortunately.  And now I am moving on to focus on the next things.  I have two major things coming up: the Rustbelt Market and the Bead & Button show on the not so distant horizon.
I also have some new press coming out!  I am eagerly awaiting the annual special issue of Beads 2011!  I know I have some pieces in it, but I sent so many things for consideration, I am not sure what will be published.  It's very exciting!  Can't wait to get my copy!
I am trying to get some of these new items made and stocked for spring.  I have started with these Road Trip links with little cars stamped into them and Wheelie links made from old army truck toys.  I glazed them in three colors which I think have a cool retro look to them.  I never thought I would make anything car themed, but I guess I am a Motor City gal at heart after all.

That's what's going on in my studio... check out these other links to some of my fellow bead bloggers' studios:

Are you a crafter AND a beader? Do you ever give in to mixing craft supplies into jewelry pieces? Stop by A Bead A Day to see Lisa's latest arts and crafts jewelry. 
About.com Jewelry Making
Pets and children are wonderful, but they can make jewelry making very challenging! 
Art Bead Scene
The Art Bead Scene shows off this month's challenge. Come take a look! 
Beading Arts
The final chapter of Cyndi's e-book is now available! "Fibers, Fabrics, and Beads" challenges you to integrate all the fiber arts that you already love with your bead embroidery! 
Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva
Cindy shares one of her free projects. 
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie introduces a new egg themed design and wonders what the Earthenwood Design Team will hatch up in jewelry designs.
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean is still taking part in the April A to Z blogging challenge: "L" is for "L"isa Niven Kelly, and her "L"ovley book Jean loved and previously reviewed 
Strands of Beads
Melissa is back and is wondering if anyone else has trouble using materials that are "too special" in their projects? 
The Bead Dreamer
A vintage belt buckle takes center stage in a bold necklace designed by Charlene 
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew debuts his new filigree bezels filled with vintage stamps coated in resin. Check them out!  

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.


  1. I really love these Rustbelt Market designs! Too cool! I bought the Beads 2011 yesterday, and enjoyed looking at all of your fun designs. Always fun to play "recognize the artist"!

  2. ooh! You found it at a store!? I will have to run out to look for a copy! Thanks!