Sugar Me Sweet ~ Pendant: Cindy Gimbrone, Enamel Bead: Sue Beads, Lampwork: J Savina Beads, Ceramic: Golem Studio.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm back!!!

Oh how I've missed you all!!!  Over the past several weeks I've been busy with a bit of a home project as we've been getting our townhouse ready to sell.  We put in new floors (ourselves), we painted top to bottom, we redecorated and we de-cluttered (a fancy real estate term for putting your junk in storage).  Although it looks fantastic in here (if I do say so myself) I am exhausted and I miss my creative mess.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to make any jewelry or keep up with my favorite blogs while I was up to my eyeballs in paint and sawdust but it's all done now and I'm back baby!  We are still looking for the perfect house (with the perfect studio of course) and I'll keep you up to date with our search. :-)

My Living Room

I spent the last couple of days working on some new jewelry (Yay!) and I will share some pictures over the next week.  Here's a sneak peek of one of my new pieces.
Honeysuckle Bracelet

I'm looking forward to getting caught up on all my favorite blogs.  I hope you are all having a great spring!

Much love,

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wear Your Passion

A friend of mine posted this on facebook today and I just had to share it. :-) 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I'm Still Here

Sorry I've been MIA lately!  Life is just busy, busy, busy.  I feel like we need to catch up. :-)

Here's what I've been up to over the last couple of weeks...

~Home renovations.  We're putting in new laminate floors and painting our house from top to bottom.  We're planning on listing our house to sell in the next few weeks.  Why is it that my home always looks prettiest when I'm selling it?  Right now it looks like a tornado hit it but I'll be sure to take a picture when the floors and paint are done.  I think it's going to look really good!

~House hunting.  We're looking for the perfect house with a nice backyard.  Our current townhouse is great but it's time to find a house.  It has to have a great kitchen and a great studio too!  Wish us luck!

~My husband and I just finished a 12 day herbal cleanse with no gluten, dairy or sugar.  It was tough but I feel great!  I also realized that I have a pretty severe gluten allergy.  I've been gluten free for two weeks now and I feel better than I have in months!  It's really quite amazing actually.

~This one is really exciting for me... I am going to be published!!!  Bead Trends magazine has accepted 2 of my designs for their August issue and 1 for their September issue!  I can't wait to see my designs in print!

~I am the Call to Create winner for March over at Love My Art Jewelry!  I won some beautiful beads by Clay Designs by Glee, Patty Lankinsmith and MACarroll!  If you are not following LMAJ yet you should check it out!  Their Call to Create challenge for April is one of the coolest yet!

~I bought a dress form mannequin.  Her name is Gretchen.  I realized that when I look at jewelry on Etsy the first photo I always click on (if there is one) is of the model wearing it.  Since most of the time I'm in sweats with my hair in a ponytail, Gretchen will be modeling my jewelry for me from now on.

~I've been making Spring and Summer themed jewelry even though it's still cold and rainy here.

Now for some photos!  Here's a piece that I made for my sister who is in sunny Mexico right now for a friends destination wedding.  Her dress is white with coral and yellow flowers so I made her this bright and cheery piece.  The shell flower is kind of special because I bought it when we were on vacation in Hawaii last October.

Tropicolor Necklace by Lisalu Jewels
Made with a mother of pearl flower combined with yellow agate and Swarovski pearls.

Keeping with the bright and cheery palette I made this fun bracelet.

This bracelet is made with some pretty lampwork beads by Mandrel 2.

Remember this one from BTW a couple of weeks ago?

A Little Bit Country by Lisalu Jewels
Modeled by Gretchen

I hope Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods even though we're still waiting for it here.  My blog posts will probably be a bit spread out over the next few weeks  while we complete our renos but I promise to keep in touch. :-)

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Make Something Pretty!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're having a great day. The sun is actually shining here today after what seems like weeks of rain, and it's beautiful outside. I even had a chance to take my son out to the park to absorb some rays.  I was inspired by this beautiful weather to create a treasury of some pretty spring themed art beads.  Please, someone else buy them all before I do! ;-) Enjoy!

'Make Something Pretty!' by lisalujewels

A selection of art beads, pendants, clasps and cord from some of my favorite artisans on Etsy!

Stephaniebeads Lampwork...

Bold Focal Pendant

Hawaiian Shirt Pendant

Pink Andalasia Artisan ...


Tideline Discs (12) - M...

SALEToggle Clasp Green ...

Creme de mint silk ribb...

Wacky Chunky Spiral Dis...


Mermaid Tail / Ceramic ...

Big Golden Leaves Sprin...

The Big Blue - Mixed de...

Pollination Toggle Clas...

OOAK Set No. 98 Silk Bu...

Sunshine Chrysanthemum ...


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Treasuries

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're having a great week!  Things have been busy around here as usual and I'm hoping to share some new things with you later this week.  I have been in Spring and Summer jewelry making mode even though the weather outside still feels wintry.  I'm hoping it warms up soon!

I just wanted to take a minute to share the three beautiful and colorful treasuries I've been featured in this week.

My Dutch Delft Earrings were featured in this one.

Colors of Spring by GlassbyLeese
My Dreaming of Spring necklace was featured in this one.

Teal Dreams by Blueribbonmom
My Teal my Heart necklace was featured in this one.

I love the beautiful colors in all of these!  It's always such a nice surprise to be included in someones treasury.  I'm hoping to make a few myself soon. :-)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday

This is my first time participating in BTW.  What took me so long?  Two reasons actually.  First, Wednesdays are not usually a day that I get to sit at my bead table.  My son has a minimum of two, sometimes three therapy appointments and by the time I get a chance to get into my studio Wednesday is almost done.  What makes today different though, is that I'm actually writing this on Tuesday night and scheduling it for the morning.   What can I say, I'm a cheater. ;-)  The other reason is that my bead table usually looks like a tornado hit it.  I have noticed lately however, that I am not the only one with a bead table that's not exactly artfully arranged.  That being said, I'm not actually going to show you my bead table(s) today because as I write this it's getting too dark to take a good picture so I will move some of what is on my table to my light tent.

Here is a piece that I've been working on.  I've been experimenting with waxed linen lately.  So far I haven't produced anything that I'm thrilled with but I keep trying.  I found this pendant at Michaels on the weekend and thought it would work well with the tan waxed linen I had sitting on my table. 

Work in Progress
Ceramic beads by Shaterra Clay Studio

Here are a couple of pendants that I bought recently.  I'm just waiting for some matching gemstone beads that I bought to arrive in the mail.  I'm hoping to whip these up into necklaces soon.

Pendants by The Classic Bead and Shaterra Clay Studio

I also purchased a new photo prop this week.  A nice big cup and saucer.  All of my photo props are white and I thought this would be a nice fit. 

Photo Prop
Makes me feel like a latte...

I've already used it for a few photos.

Available in my Etsy store.

Check out the BTW flickr group to see what everyone else has on their table!

BTW Flickr Group

Happy Tuesday, I mean Wednesday everyone! ;-)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Blahs

It happens to me every year around this time.  The warm coziness of the holidays is over, spring is yet to begin and I get the blahs.  I look out at the dark gloomy skies (I live in Vancouver where it's often dark and gloomy) and my body and mind just ache for light.  I crave the feeling of bare feet, bare shoulders and sun on my skin.  I feel like I wake up in the spring and then come alive in the summer.  Late winter feels like something to get through. 

The View from Here
photo taken from my living room

In the winter I wear pants and sweaters (blah) but in the summer I wear outfits with matching jewelry not smothered by a heavy winter coat.  In the winter I eat apples harvested in the fall, but in the summer I get to savour the bright juiciness of fresh strawberries and peaches. I can almost taste that sweet nectar on my tongue just thinking about it.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate winter.  Sometimes nothing feels better than watching falling snow while sipping a cup of hot cocoa, but by this time of year, winter feels stale.  Like it has overstayed its welcome.  The trees are just waiting for a sliver of sunshine to burst forth with their blossoms and I too am waiting to burst forth with my creative blooms.  When winter has dropped its last icy rain drop, the city around me begins to spring to life. 

And when those first rays fall on me I will rub the sleep out of my eyes and stretch my limbs.  I will pop my head out of the cave I've been hibernating in and breathe in the sweet fresh air. 

I will savour the months ahead.  I will play outside.  I will wear pretty clothes, I will create pretty things and soak up all the sunshine and fun that spring and summer has to offer.

Until my body craves the crisp cool air of autumn...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Are you...

A wallflower?
Wallflower Necklace by Lisalu Jewels
Pendant by The Classic Bead
Or Loud and Proud?

Loud and Proud by Lisalu Jewels
Pendant by Shaterra Clay Studio, Ceramic beads by Lisalu Jewels and Golem Studio

Maybe you're a bit of both like me? :-)

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tutorial- Adding Signatures to your Blog Posts

Hi Everyone,

I have had several requests to share how I created the signature on the bottom of my posts and I'm happy to share!  This is my first time creating any kind of tutorial so bear with me and please let me know if this makes sense. :-)

Here's my signature:

Cute huh?

Here's how you can make one for yourself.  First either click on my signature or go to My Live Signature.

1. Click on "Click Here to Start".  Ignore all the stuff on the bottom of the screen.
2. Then click on Create a New Signature "Using the Signature Creation Wizard".
3. Enter your name.  Since there seems to be a lot of beaders named Lisa I decided to go with "Lisa G". ;-)
4. Choose your font.  There are 120 to choose from.  Once you've chosen click "Next Step".
5. Choose your size.  Mine is size 5.
6. Now you can select your color and background color.  Just highlight the letters in the box and a color picker will pop up.  I kept mine black and white but you can coordinate your signature to match your blog.
7. Choose your slope.  This can really add to the handwritten signature look depending on the font you chose.
8. Now your signature is ready!  But how do you use it?  First you need to get the HTML code for your signature.  Click on "Want to use this signature?".
9. Then click on "Generate HTML Code".
10.  Now click on "Generate a code for my handwritten signature".
11. Highlight your code and copy it.  I pasted mine into a Word doc and saved it on my desktop for easy access later.
12. Now, when you've finished writing your blog post, click "Edit HTML".
13. Paste your HTML code signature at the bottom of your post.  When you click back to "Compose" you can move it around.

Here's the one I created while writing this:

I hope that makes sense. :-)  Feel free to message me with any questions.

Have a great day!

(I had to try this font) :-)

PS: I know this works in blogger but I'm not sure how it would work in other blogging programs.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I think I have a soup hangover...

Whew! That was quite the party! I was feeling a little hungover but went back for more. Nothing like a little hair of the dog that bit you... right?  

I'm still working my way through all the blogs.  I think I have now viewed 140 of 210 blogs.  If you're looking for my Bead Soup Reveal, it's one post down. :-)

My strategy for visiting all the party goers?  I broke them into blocks of 10, I covered my own block of 10 first and then hopped all over the place (in groups of 10) in no particular order.  Being in the middle section (at #140) I know these people have not gotten as many visitors as those at the beginning and the end of the list. 

What I have gained from this experience: 

-First, I have gained blog followers.  Welcome everyone!
-Second, I have found many new blogs to follow!  Talk about eye candy!
-I have also found many new bead makers who make me feel the need to hide my wallet. ;-) Drool!!
-I have gained a huge amount of inspiration!  If checking out 210 gorgeous pieces of jewelry doesn't inspire you, nothing will.
-I have gained some great new ideas for my own blog!  Check out my new signature on the bottom of my posts.  This cool idea came from this blog hop.
-I have gained an enormous amount of respect for people who organize blog hops.  My goodness, that must have been a lot of work!
-And last but not least, I have gained a big ego boost from all the lovely comments that were left on my blog. :-)

Thank you so much everyone!

I also wanted to share a photo of what came out of my kiln on Saturday morning!  I've been dying to share but wanted to hold off for a bit to let the dust settle from the party.

My Second Glaze Firing
New Beads Cololage

I'm going to get back to blog hopping.  My goal is to visit and leave a comment on every single one.

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party~ The Big Reveal!

Hi blog hoppers and welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party! My name is Lisa Godfrey and this is my Bead Happy Blog. :-) This is the third Bead Soup Blog Party and it is hosted by the lovely and talented Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. This party has a whopping 210 participants and you are now at #140 on that list! If you've been hopping along from #1 congrats on getting so far! I'm going to keep this short and sweet, after all you have a lot of blogs to get to!

For those who hopped here first; What is the Bead Soup Blog Party? It is a blogging event that all 210 of us signed up for in January. We were paired up and then asked to send our partner:

-A pendant or focal bead
-A pretty clasp
-Some coordinating beads

My partner is Nicole Valentine of N. Valentine Studio.

Here is some of what she sent me.

Bead Soup from Nicole Valentine

Here is what I made with these lampwork beauties!

Goddess of the Deep by Lisalu Jewels

I thought the lampwork Goddess bead looked like a mermaid with her two-toned body so I decided to give her a Swarovski crystal tail! I combined my little Goddess with some of the lampwork beads that Nicole sent me and some Swarovski pearls to match the pearl clasp. In between you'll see little glass shells, Swarovski crystal starfish and Czech glass daggers.

Goddess of the Deep by Lisalu Jewels

A Close Up

Be sure to visit Nicole to see what she made with the beads I sent her!

Also, be sure to check out all the other participants!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the party!

Bead Soup Blog Party Participants

(Our Hostess)1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life

3. Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane

4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio

5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations

6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things

8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe

9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto

10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas

12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts

13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place

14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings

15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita

16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails

17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found

18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs

19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs

20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs

22. Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim

23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu

24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads

25. Deb Hunter, Living On Air

26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio

27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads

28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter

29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts

30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium

32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus

33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble

34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design

35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle

36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs

37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works

38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights

39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire

40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's

42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions

43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya

44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations

45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles

46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig

47. Amanda Davie, Articulations

48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady

49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks

52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles

53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde

54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog

55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning

56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings

57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio

58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem

59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do

61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog

62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon

63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs

64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals

65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats

66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.

67. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash

68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique

69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit

71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey

72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas

73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix

74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems

76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium

77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art

78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden

79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads

80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook

81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy

82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria

83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods

84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs

85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries

86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka

87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae

88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy

89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss

91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous

92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead

93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations

94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof

95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio

96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box

97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs

98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue

99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

(My Partner) 101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio

102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations

103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios

104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore

105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations

106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky

107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric

108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs

109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading

110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe

112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo

113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs

114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me

115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf

116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer

117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles

118. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart

120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven

122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings

123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass

124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks

125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things

126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos

127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee

128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M

129. Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads

131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny

132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore

133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog

134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder

135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs

136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies

137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art

138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.

139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

(You are here) 140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy

141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse

142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings

143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts

144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense

145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique

146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads

147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul

148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me

149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions

151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T

152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals

153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area

154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs

155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta

156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef

157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye

158. Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color

159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory

161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst

162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed

163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu

164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio

165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra

166. Anna Motz, Stunning

167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings

168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads

169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope

171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones

172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs

173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass

174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre

176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog

177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio

178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're

179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me

181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art

182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog

183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen

184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink

185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin

186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer

187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels

188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry

189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.

191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry

192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini

194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse

195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between

196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets

197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts

198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs

199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend

201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell

202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs

204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads

205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique

206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry

207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads

208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love

209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry

210. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!

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