beads by breul

Saturday, May 29, 2010

WOW! And I bought a lottery ticket too.

I read my email this morning and guess what? I won Sweet Bead Studio's giveaway!  I feel very, very, lucky. Can't believe it actually, so I went and bought a lottery ticket also. $5 worth. I know, big spender.  Think good thoughts.....  :)


So, my hubby couldn't sleep last weekend, got up at 4:30 am on Saturday morning to discover a leak under the kitchen sink. I spent all day Saturday with the plumber, 5 1/2 hours worth, to get this fixed.  Spent a nice sum of money on that and lost most of my Saturday.  Then, on Wednesday after my kids get home from school, I get a call and this is what happened.

Yup, that's right.  Something (weather, rock, snow) shattered the top of the patio table out side! Crap! Gotta get a new table.   And then I get up this morning at 5:30 am, can't sleep, and go to do laundry and guess what?  I turn on the dryer and it sounds like a Nascar race in my laundry room.  This unbelievable loud, metal-on-metal, grinding sound is coming from the dryer. REALLY? I mean, Uncle! And it is a holiday weekend. Well, looks like I am either not doing laundry or it will all have to be line dried.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Lonelies give away!

Laura Sparling of Beads by Laura is giving away some of her "lonelies". I think that they are absolutely beautiful and would be more than willing to give them a wonderful, caring home with lots of attention. Hop on over and check it out!

Aren't they lovely?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Andrew Thornton's Thursday Giveaway!

Some wonderful beads. Hop over and check it out!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New pieces

I want to show you a few pieces that I made ~ one that is finished and one that is in process.


This is my up-cycled piece. I took a vintage broken pin and turned it into a necklace.  The "pendant" has such amazing sparkle.

Here is a piece that my cousin asked me to create. I am actually very, very happy with the way it turned out.  Keep in mind that it is not finished right now!  :)



Monday, May 24, 2010


We had the inurnment ceremony for Sally today at Arlington National Cemetery.  It was amazing.  The 21 gun salute was very moving, and very final.  We miss you Sally.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Holy Cow - yeah me!

I blogged earlier about Jennifer Jangles wonderful giveaway for her 500th post and guess what? I won! I am overwhelmed! First Andrew and now Jennifer ~ has to be a great week. Thank you both!

Andrew Thornton's Thursday Giveaway!

Yet another wonderful giveaway! Yummy! Thank you Andrew!

My work space

I am making progress. As you can see from my space, I have many potential projects out.  I have gotten much taken care of at home and can actually see time to bead! :)  Going to the International Bead and Gem show this weekend at the Dulles Expo Center.  Have my list working.  Can't wait.

Fun! The necklace that I made for my friend (chain post) sold. She loved it. Yeah. Makes me happy that someone else sees my work as worthy.  Feels good.  My SIL asked me to make a piece for her, and I am working on a piece for my cousin.  Love family.  I will share pictures soon.

Have a great Friday.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Bead Soup Ingredients

I got them! They are wonderful! Take a look.

Thank you Amy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Why I love my husband!

So, he offered to do the grocery shopping last weekend (mother's day) and nutella was on the list.  So, this is what he got ~ the super size! :)

New pieces

Well, I did have some time to create and here they are.

This piece is for a friend.  She liked mine and wanted one a bit longer. I think it came out really well.  These next two are bracelets that I made for Caroline and me.  They are on silk ribbon with a few items strung along.  Hers, the navy one, ties and mine has a button clasp.  I love the colors!



I won Andrew Thornton's Thursday Giveaway! Yeah, doing the happy dance.  Thank you so much Andrew!

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Bead Soup Ingredients

Good Morning!
Lori said that we can post pictures of what we sent our partners.  So, here is what I sent Amy!  The focal is a Hill Tribe silver sunflower pendant and my clasp is a simple silver S clasp.  The beads that I included are in the blue/green/yellow field, thinking of summer and flowers.

I included some turquoise, czech flowers and crystals, agate, jasper and a few silver decorated rounds.  I hope Amy likes them! I can't wait to see what she sent me!!!!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I remembered! Sort of.....

Ok, I got my package from Barbara Lewis yesterday and the good news is that I remembered to take photos, just after I opened the package. Hey, it is getting better, they didn't sit on my desk for a few days.  Take a look a these beauties!

Oh, I can't wait to play.

I did ship my Bead Soup goodies out and can't wait to post a picture here! But, have to wait until Amy gets hers......I don't wait well.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Jennifer Jangles

Jennifer of Jennifer Jangles is celebrating her 500th post! Congratulations! She is doing a giveaway also. Check it out!

Friday! And Bead Soup

TGIF! I am so ready for the weekend. I feel like a broken record, but I am going to say it again - I hope I get some time to create this weekend.  We need to put the house back together after having the inside painted. It looks really nice, not looking forward to re-hanging all the pictures and moving furniture.  But, I am glad we did it.

I ordered some wonderful enamel beads from Barbara Lewis. She did an assortment for me in her wonderful new colors tangerine, aqua ice and blueberry! Oh I can't wait, I thing they should be here tomorrow!  She was so wonderful about creating the assortment. I will post a picture, promise. Now, if I can remember to photograph before I tear into the package!

I sent out my "ingredients" for Bead Soup today. Can't wait to see what Amy of Copper Diem sends. Hop on over and see her wonderful pieces!

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Andrew Thornton's Thursday Giveaway!

Many of you may know of Andrew Thornton. I love his pieces and his blog, try to read it each day. He has added this wonderful feature - Thursday Giveaway's.  Hop on over to read his blog and check out the Thursday Giveaway. This week it's resin beads, love those! Very versatile, colorful, lightweight, need I go on?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday, ugh

I am truly wondering what it says about me that I am in such a place that I need Christmas music on. You know, that fun, upbeat, cheerie stuff. I mean, it's May....

Anyway, I got my partner for the Bead Soup Blog Party.  She plays with enameling and boy is her work wonderful.  I am very excited for this!!!! I know that I have already said that.....  :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I got them! I got them!

I got my Jade Scott pendants! I love them! Take a look, aren't they fabulous?


With tomorrow being Mother's Day, I am hoping for a bit of peace and quiet to bead! Oh, I hope, I hope!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Soup Time!

Ok, I did it! Signed up for the Bead Soup Blog Party! *huge gulp*. I am so nervous.  I did some digging last night and came up with a nice focal and clasp. Now to find some wonderful beads to go with them.  I am so excited!

Come play with us!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party

Lori Anderson of Pretty Things started this a while back and I loved following it the last go round and she has graciously put together another one.  I am very interested but also very hesitant.  I mean, these folks are really good, like outta my league.  Could I make something up to their standards?  I have emailed Lori my question and will see what she says.  Of course, I have waited until the last minute to ask.....nerves!  What do you think?  It would be a great way to come back to beading after the whole elbow thing.......

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Wow, that was a battle! I have waited forever to get a Jade Scott pendant. Got her email the other day saying that today around 2 pm central time that she was going to post new pendants.  Well, I got online and have spent the last 4.5 hours trying to get a few.  Several times I grabbed one, put it in my basket  only to be told that "it is no longer available".  Grrrr.  But, I did get a few. I got this climb pendant and this wonderful house pendant!  I am still lurking though.

I know, I know. You are thinking when are you going to create with all of these wonderful purchases?  Soon, I promise.  I hope to get some down time this weekend.....yeah in between all of the weekend chores and my daughter's date! Yes, I said date! I am not sure that I am ready for this.  I am thrilled for her! Yeah Bear!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New beads!

Well, some are mine and some are purchased.  First, here are mine. I have been playing with polymer clay again and here are my results. I am actually very happy with the way they turned out. I also visited Polymer  Clay Express in Damascus and, WOW! What fun!


Pretty neat, huh?  I got some really neat patterns for more polymer and two great colors!

And now for the fun. Below are the beads I got from Sue Beads.  Love them. Can't you just see the lentil beads as great summer earrings?

And now for my favorite!!!!! These wonderful egg beads are from Kelley Beads.  Aren't these so, so much fun???!!! I can't wait to play.  I have loved just sitting and looking at them. Oh, they are wonderful!!!!  Thank you Kelley!

Ok, that picture is blurry - sorry! But they look cute in their box.

Ah, better!

How beautiful are these?????