beads by breul

Monday, November 28, 2011

First Annual Virtual Craft Show

Have you checked it out?

Please go to Lori's blog and see this wonderfulness!
The jewelry is wonderful and I am loving finding
new artists!

70 artists! 70 giveaways!

Go Now, you won't be dissapointed.

Sue Beads Headpin Challenge

I was lucky enough to be chosen
to participate in Sue's Challenge.

She sent these wonderful sea blue glass headpins.
I loved them so much that I promptly forgot to take a picture,
and created.

They arrived and I knew immediately what I wanted to do.
(I love it when that happens!) :)

I made these fun beaded circles a while back and knew that I wanted to put 
Sue's great headpins right in the middle!

The color is perfect!

Thank you Sue for allowing me to play along.
Please visit her blog and see who else is playing.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

CyberMonday! (a little early)

Just in.....
CyberMonday is starting early!

25% off of EVERYTHING in my Etsy Shop.

Just use the code cybermonday25 at checkout.

Sunday, November 20, 2011



Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Have you seen this glorious book?

I won a signed copy! Thank you Barbara.

That led to this.

I made these at a demo by Barbara Lewis this weekend.
She is wonderful and her family, fab! So supportive and great people. 

Do you know what is in here?

Enamel colors

Extra beads.

Yup, I am headed to Home Depot to get some MAPP gas and then I am going to 

(and my hubby didn't even blink when I told him I bought a torch.....Hmmmmm )

Seriously, please check out the book, it is amazing! 
Very detailed and very, very easy to follow.
She is running a great special on her site, you get an extra color - for free!

Can't wait to play! 

And, bonus, I got to meet my Bead Swap partner, Sandi Volpe
Another beautiful person. So great to meet her in person!
I can't wait to get my swap beads together and ship them out. 
(she plays with fire also)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Playing with the Lens

i heart faces | autumn splendor

I did a shoot with my nieces and the leaves!

i heart faces

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I am in love with autumn!

I know it is not a macro shot, but I did a shoot with my sister and her kids,
is my sister not beautiful?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Show and Tell

Creating ~ there is nothing like it.

While we waited for hubby to come home on Saturday 
(so we could go to the DC Flea)
I created, and then I created some more.

The Keys to My Heart
playing with seed beads, I am loving the colors

Handmade copper earwires, enameled headpins by Sue Beads and 
white beads from Michaels

Handmade copper earwires and Julsbeads. Need I say more?????


This is my new favorite
(doesn't that always happen when you make something wonderful?)
This charm bracelet has czech beads, brass beads by PatinaQueen, handmade 
lampwork beads (I can't remember by whom, they have been my hoard for awhile)
and some wonderful stone that my hubby bought for me. The "clasp" is another wonderful
component from Sue Beads. All wired together on copper chain.

It wears wonderfully.
All will be listed in my shop soon.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Playing with the lens

i heart faces | black

I have joined a wonderful photography community called i heart faces and every week they have a photo challenge. I am going to try and do this.

This weeks theme was black.

I chose a photo from the first shoot I did with my kids. 
My daughter had just gotten her new Doc Marten boots, 
and we played. 

I was struggling to get her to loosen up and have fun and somehow the football became 
a great prop!


Sunday, November 6, 2011


The Cheshire Cat with her contacts.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


We adopted you 10 years ago,
you were only one.

You were a rescue and came with quite a bit of baggage.
You liked to sleep in the tub.

You would get so puffed up and bark at other dogs
(if they only knew that you would roll over and share your tummy at the drop of a hat)

You loved your Twizzler's
(seriously, he could smell the being opened two floors away)

You had so much character and spunk,
you gave all of us unconditional love,
All. The. Time.

We will miss you so very much.

We love you.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Look what I made

Every once in a while, I get a bug to play with seed beads.
I have a subscription to Beadwork and 
in the current edition, I came across 
(can't get the actual picture)

Looks so cool! Now, did I have the patience to actually do this,
especially after I read that it was using size 11 and 15 beads.
Good lord, those are small beads......

I played and LOOK!

I did it!
Now what do I do with them???