beads by breul

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Delicious giveaway!

As if organizing the Bead Soup Blog Party wasn't enough, Lori is being gracious enough to have a giveaway.  Look at this amazing focal!

Hop on over and get yourself entered!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Family Reunion

It happened! All of the planning worked and we had a great time.  We were up in Gettysburg, PA where the two lines of my MIL's family fought against each other and then, down the road, married.  Lots of work went into genealogy, pictures, planning days, the bus tour of the battlefield, the Olde Style photo and two dinners! We had a great time, the weather held ~ not too hot.  One cousin made mugs with photos we made t-shirts! It was really great to re-connect with family that we haven't seen since the last reunion five years ago.  I wanted to share a few photos from the photo shoot.  The folks were gracious enough to let me snap a few (ok, a bunch!) while we were getting ready. Please keep that in mind when you see the ridiculous colors.

My nephew and his girlfriend.

My nephew and my son.

The kids.

Me and my daughter.

Hubby and son.


We had a great weekend, now I just need a weekend to relax!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Big Reveal

So, the big day is here! While part of me was grateful that I was towards the end, the other part is so nervous. So many amazing soups, so many incredibly talented women. Where do I fall in this and what will folks think.  My daughter thinks I am being silly, and perhaps I am. I guess that the bottom line is that I really like what I created! Yup, that's right!  Amy of Copper Diem sent some really fun, handmade pieces. I love that she plays with fire! Not going to lie, a bit jealous as well.  I love the circles and the pink.  I love, love the copper!

Where to begin?  As always, my beads have to sit on the work table for a bit. I move through, play, touch, design, move beads, re-design, walk away, come back. It can be a long process for me at times. I wanted to take my time and make this piece special, something that I would be proud to wear.  I went through my stash to see what colors I could come up with, tried blues, tried yellows, tried browns. Like the browns! So that is what I went with. I added some hand made boro beads and some great drops from Unicorn Beads. Both have pinks, blues and browns in them.  Also some Czech glass beads and Swarovski pearls.  My other criteria was that I had to have enough to make earrings - have a thing for earrings. So without further ado, here's my Soup!

A close up.

Amy also sent some great copper rings/hoops that I made into a pair of earrings.

This has been such fun! Thank you all for taking the time to come over and look! I have enjoyed blog hopping, seeing what you amazing women are creating, and in a small way, getting to know you better.  Thank you Lori for being willing to organize this again. I am looking forward to participating in another, should it happen.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A few pieces

Well, we head off tomorrow for a family reunion on my husband's side. My SIL and her cousin both asked me to make pieces for them. I know that I have shared a few pictures of the works-in-process, but wanted to share the finished pieces.  First, my SIL's piece.

I tried several different backgrounds and landed here, plywood! Go figure.  The second piece is for our cousin. I am hoping that she likes it. Personally,  I think it came out really well.

Would love your thoughts!

And then, had to include these of the furry "kids".  Although it is a bagillion degrees out, there was a soft breeze and the sun was great!

And then there is this robin who has either just laid eggs or getting ready to....

And the tree man who watches him......

I know, lots of pictures and this posting wandered.  Sorry.  See you tomorrow for the Big Reveal!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yeah, that's right! They are mine!

I am getting more of Kelley's  eggs! I can't wait to get these jewels in my hands!!!!!  How beautiful are these?!

Ok, they're not ALL mine, but most are! Hee, Hee!  Thank you Kelley for getting these ready before you went on vacation.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer ~ fresh foods!

I love summer! The access to fresh and local fruits and veggies is mind boggling and we eat so much better.  I am very lucky that both the kids LOVE fruits and veggies and will eat almost anything!  I got some amazing fresh basil at the farmer's market this weekend. Look at this, so wonderful. I wish you could smell it!

I mean, $2 a bunch! Craziness. So, of course, I got some and decided to make pesto. Now this always sounds complicated, I mean, fresh pesto.....but it always surprises me how easy it is.  Basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, parm. cheese! I added a bit of lemon zest to brighten it up also. Crazy easy and oh, so good.

And of course, the end result. Now, please keep in mind that this smells amazing, and tastes wonderful!  Please keep that in mind when you look at this last picture......

Yeah, yeah, I know what it looks like, but boy is it goooood!  :)


I now have 12! WOO HOO!


My sister in law has asked me to create a piece for her. She gave me parameters and colors and let me go to town.  I picked up beads at the last Gem show and went from there.  I have to look, play and touch for a while.  I know - crazy woman. Sometimes the ideas hit fast and other times, it takes a bit for something to hit me.  I found these great frosted "focal" pieces at the show. They are clear, clear, pale yellow, and clear, pale pink.  They are about 2 inches long, oval shaped and open in the middle. I know that my description isn't good, sorry. They feel amazing! Smooth, cold, soft. Very fun.  I wanted to share the two pieces that I have come up with for her. Both are unfinished as I wanted to make sure that I was headed in the right direction.  Here are the two pieces......

Below is a close up of the focal.

This piece is longer, love this!

Another close up of the focals and the colors.  To have my sister in law ask for another piece makes my heart sing! Thank you!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Give-Away to end all!

Denise Yezbak Moore is having the most amazing giveaway! Please hop over and check it out. It will make you drool! :)

Can you even imagine?! Wow!

Soup is on!

Today is day three in the Big Reveal! Please go on over to Lori Anderson's blog for the complete listing of who is showing today (Sat.and Sun. also) Really amazing pieces. Such a talented group of people. Thank you Lori for hosting! (I can't wait to see what Amy created and to be able to show you what I did.)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bead Soup!

Ok, so here is what I sent Amy...

Here is what she sent me.....

Can't wait!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bead Soup!

Yes, soup is almost done! We start the reveal on the 19th. As there are a lot of people participating this go-round, we will reveal in stages.  My partner Amy of Copper Diem will reveal on the 23rd and my reveal is the 25th!  Can't wait to see what everyone created.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


A bit ago, I came across a vintage necklace that was fabric wrapped beads, kinda....bubbly.  Anyway, I tried and like what I did. I know that it is a bit scraggley.....I am going to head to the fabric store this weekend and look around. I may also look at wide, soft ribbon.  I know that I need to finish the edges, but wanted to try to see if it was worth the effort.

I like and am planning on wearing one tomorrow.  Who knows,  maybe I will sell one......

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Amazing running as the sun is rising! Amazingly beautiful! Peaceful. Mmmmmm.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


So, I was in Toys R Us the other day (for work!) and came across this new line of Barbies! Pretty cool. Do you remember when you bought the doll and then had the wall of accessories and clothes to chose from? I do!  The fun was looking through all those shoes, hats, purses.  Then you bought the trunk and stored it all. Now you have to buy all the dolls......

Love this!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sale at Artisan Clay. Pass it on!

 Artisan Clay is having a great sale, 25% off!  Hop on over, grab a few pieces and pass it on!

Wonderful colors, great pieces.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Andrew Thornton's Thursday Giveaway!

Andrew has out done himself this week! Look at these!!!!!  Hop on over and sign up!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Good Morning! It's Wednesday! Yeah! I went to post yesterday with a few pieces that I made this past week or so and realized that I hadn't uploaded any pictures........Good one!  But, I just uploaded a  few and thought that I would share.

These were made with beads from the Beading Daily challenge swap! This go-round the colors were yellow and purple.  I hope to make more with these fun beads.

These are made with some turquoise shell pearls. I am working on my knotting. I like it, not overly thrilled though.

Thanks for looking! Would love to know what you think.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lorelei's blog

First let me say how much I love her blog and pieces! Beautiful, all the way around.  Now, she is having a giveaway for some wonderful ceramic beads by Nan of Spirited Earth. Beautiful beads - scoot on over to Lorelei's blog, take a look and leave a comment!

Beautiful! Limitless possibilities!

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Well, I did it.  I successfully planned and pulled off a surprise birthday party for my daughter! Sweet 16!

I think a good time was had by all!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bead Soup!

My soup is done!  I had an opportunity this afternoon and I grabbed it!  I have been looking, playing, arranging, adding, removing, adding for a while now.  I think I hit upon IT!  I even made a pair of earrings also.  I wish I could share.....soon!

Andrew Thornton's Thursday Giveaway!

These are so stunning! Who wouldn't want anything from Green Girl Studios? Hope over to Andrew's blog and enter. And then there is his Warm Date Cake......drooling......

Thursday, June 3, 2010

a painting

Happy Thursday! I know it's not Friday, but, almost.  I took my daughter to her voice lesson on Monday, her first. Wow. I sat in her teacher's living room listening - such a pretty voice.  And, as I sat there, I began looking at the artwork on her walls. Amazing. It turns out that they are by her father and are wonderful. There was one in particular that spoke to me in such a way, I can't explain it. I actually asked if I could take a picture of it. I am posting it below. I just love it!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The weekend!

Alas, I did not win the lottery! But had a good weekend anyway.  Did the family birthday for my mom, sister, brother-in-law and daughter ~ fun and great food. Went to friends for dinner and had family over on Monday to play!

Love the Cabana Boy! :)

I also got some time to create! What a wonderful, wonderful thing. It is amazing how much that recharges my batteries.  Sitting, listening to music, peace and quiet! Love it.  Here are a few pieces:

This is similar to a piece from an earlier post - silver, gun metal, pearls.  This is gold with coral and turquoise shell pearls.  It has a funky vintage vibe.

This is brass chain, a wonderful bluebird charm from Cindy Gimbrone and one of my favorite ceramic house beads from Jubilee on Etsy.  I then created a cute pair of earrings to go with it.