Friday, March 26, 2010

Beauty Just Outside the Window

Still recovering from this illness, I may not be beading but I'm not completely nonproductive! I saw this handsome fellow yesterday while looking outside my kitchen window and had to snap a shot of him. Maybe this will be inspiration for my next project?

I also submitted a design idea to Crafts 'n Things today. Fingers crossed I'll hear from someone soon!!!

Happy Beading!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Still Waiting on that Query Letter

I sent out the query letter to Kalmbach Publishing Co. on February 12 regarding my book proposal, yet still I've heard nothing. I know these things take time, but their guidelines specifically state that they usually respond in a few baited breath is wearing out!

Itching to Bead!

Whoa is me! Still fighting this flu thing/sinus infection and feeling pretty sorry for myself as I haven't beaded in a week! I hope to have several pics for you soon because I've really got some making up to do!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Note from the Trenches

Hello Everyone,

Although I know there's never an excuse for not beading, I've been quite ill this week and just wanted to blog my little heart out with apologies for not writing sooner. Wishing you all well and you'll hear from me asap!

Happy Beading!!!
PS: How about beading a few extra rows for me while I'm under the weather? :-)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Gal Behind the Beads


I figured it only fair that you get a glimpse of the person doing all of this beading and blogging business. I literally just snapped this photograph especially for you, my beading and blogging buddies. Notice the t-shirt?

Happy Beading!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Beauty of Spring Part 2

Thanks again to, I was able to create my vision of "The Beauty of Spring" with this piece called "Metamorphosis." Funny enough, as soon as I saw the blue cat's eye cabochons on their website, I immediately envisioned a beautiful flower focal piece.

As I worked on the flower, it somehow evolved into a butterfly. Just the transformation of my own creation, let alone the actual lifespan of a real butterfly, led me to the title "Metamorphosis" because, really, nothing else was right.

To complete this piece, I incorporated the cat's eye cabochons into a center focal piece by creating the basic bezel out of blue satin delicas. After much deliberation on how to situate the focal, I used the 4-mm porphyr sapphire cat's eye round beads as the basic foundation for the necklace. I had a great time with this project and thanks again to for the opportunity.

As always, Happy Beading!

Disclosure: The 13x18 oval glass cabochons (product code GCOV-PSAP18) as well as the blue satin delicas (product code DB0831) and 4-mm round cat's eye beads (product code CATR-LTB4) were kindly provided free of charge by as part of their blogging program. The author has not received any payment from the above and any posts about their products represent the author's personal opinion only.

Memories of Dragonflies in Baxter State Park

Hello, Fellow Beaders!
I'm in love with the chunky look (hmm, possible book idea?) and have a bunch of gemstone chips that I've been planning to use in such. Well, one look at my dragonfly pendant (below) and it all came together. Let me introduce "Sunset Hike in Baxter."

Below is the detail. This was pretty tricky to create, I must admit, probably because I didn't think through the attachments very well. Working with 10 strands of gemstone chips and beads proved difficult when all was said and done. It's a very heavy piece. I'm considering this a lesson learned!

Have any of you out in the beading blogosphere mastered the art of multi-stranding? I would truly welcome any tips.

Happy Beading!

Early Bud Under a March Frost

Hello, Fellow Beaders!

This is the piece I produced for the blogging program. Here in Maine, we're more than ready for some sunshine, so "The Beauty of Spring" was a theme I could definitely relate to!

The 22-mm peridot Swarovski Cubist focal piece was such a wonderful source of inspiration that I had great difficulty in deciding what to do with it. This focal piece was very easy to work with because of the way the hole was drilled and the size of the hole, accommodating a number of attachment options. My original plan for this piece evolved and I couldn't have been happier with the result.

As you will see in the detail below, I complemented the Cubist focal piece with both 6-mm faceted peridot Swarovski cubes and 4-mm faceted peridot Swarovski cubes to balance the look and highlight more "early buds." As with the focal piece, I adored working with the Swarovski cubes and due to the versatility of these little darlings, any number of combinations could have been achieved.

I'm really into the use of color right now and I love color transitions. That's why I wanted this look to invoke a feeling of early spring by using medium-dark green on one end and crystal-white on the other. The crystal faceted bicones on the "winter end" of the necklace remind me of the late winter frosts that try to sabotage beautiful early spring buds. As you can tell, I had a great time with this piece. Thanks again,!

Happy Beading!

Disclosure: 22-mm peridot Cubist (product code 6650-PER22) as well as 6-mm/4-mm peridot faceted Swarovski cubes (product codes 5601-PER6/5601-PER4, respectively) were kindly provided free of charge by as part of their blogging program. The author has not received any payment from the above and any posts about their products represent the author's personal opinion only.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Every Bead Has a Home


Yesterday was my 37th birthday and lo and behold...I received my first shipment from! What a treat!

I'm working on a Spring-themed project with those materials (to be posted) but I found that I had some leftover blue cat's eyes. With Spring still in mind, I thought about bright blue skies and the sense of renewal this particular season has to offer. With that, here's what evolved:

Happy Beading!

Disclosure: Round 4mm Cat's Eye Bead - Light Blue Product Code: CATR-LTB4 - Was kindly provided free of charge by as part of their blogging program. The author has not received any payment from the above and any posts about their products represent the author's personal opinion only.

Please Help Me Come Up With a Name!

Hello All!

I'd love your help in coming up with a name for this work of blue stones. It was a lot of fun to do, but nothing is coming to mind as to a title for this piece yet. Help!

I really liked the top photo because of the way the light shines through one of the stones. However, I realize that it's a bit shadowy so here's a better photo:

Happy Beading!

Nice but Needs a Tutorial

I worked up this project a day or so ago from an online tutorial which, to be frank, wasn't very instructive.

I'm thinking about tweaking the project a bit and rewriting the instructions much more clearly and posting as a tutorial here on this blog. I'd like to provide you with several tutorials in fact, so bear with me please.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What's In A Name?

I've been asked..."Why ReeBeader?" so I figured it was time to explain this odd name. It started with my real name, Marie, being shortened by my nieces and nephews to Auntie Ree. As they got older, it became Ree or Ree Ree. With this nickname and a (then) freelance writing background, I adopted the username ReeWriter. Although I'm still doing a bit of writing, beads have sort of consumed my life (and I know you know how that goes) so ReeBeader only seemed appropriate!

Happy Beading!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Cabin Fever 2010

My second home, Beads on the Kennebec in Augusta, ME, and I are working on a contest to beat the late-winter blues in Maine. It's called "Cabin Fever 2010" and the theme is "What does winter in Maine mean to you?"

I happen to like winter (although admittedly I'm more than ready for spring and I write this as it's snowing like crazy outside) so I designed an inspiration piece that reminded me of the beautiful first snow where the entire world seems to be white and blue. I just so happen to be a cabochon fiend so this was truly pleasurable to work up. I'd welcome your comments and if you live in Maine, stop by and sign up for this fun contest with some fantastic prizes!

As always, Happy Beading!

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Easy Project


I'm into the habit of creating, photographing, posting, creating, photographing, posting now so I figured I'd share this little project I did over the weekend. I love ceramic focal pieces so this was quite fun to work up.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I just received an email that my order had been shipped, so I'm waiting patiently...well, sort of patiently...for it to arrive so I can begin!