beads by breul

Friday, November 30, 2012

Challenge of Color 2012!

It's that day,
Ok, Erin sent me two amazing palattes to choose from,
both beautiful. Again I am in awe that this
is our Earth!
I looked at my bead stash, as one of my
challenges was to use what I had, and
chose wisely.

I chose Dasht-e Kevir
Spectacular colors! My colors actually.
I visited the USGS website  and googled
Dasht-e Kevir to learn more. 
First, the USGS site, amazing photos! I know I have said it
before, hard to believe that it is Earth!
(lots of time lost there.....)

The Dasht-e Kevir is in Iran and is also
known as the Great Salt Desert.
Somehow I got that from the picture and colors.

Now I immediately came up with an idea! Had a focal in mind,
sat down pulled everything out, created, walked away.
Came back and took the whole thing apart!  It just wasn't speaking to me.
After several rounds, I am happy to say that I love what I made.
I was going for an earthy feel, somewhat grounded and
whole feeling, if that could possibly make sense to anyone but me!

I present my piece!

Pearls, czech beads, MOP circle, Swarovski pearls, leather and
these wonderful earthy brown beads. I have absolutely 
no idea what they are, sorry.

The center of my flower is an a amazing headpin from Anne of
I won them!!! Along with Rustic Wrappings
by Kerry Bogart!! Love!

I love the feel of it and am so proud that I
used LEATHER!  Working on using more fiber
in my work. I love the look, but tend to shy away.

I would love to gift someone with this, so if you
are interested please let me know as I will have a drawing.

Now, below is the list of all of the hop participants!
Please, please hop around and see what these insanley talented
folks have created!

Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul - You are here.
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams

Thank you Erin for putting this together and supporting
all of us on our journey!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Creative Blog Hops!

Ok, I did it.
Signed up for two wonderful hops.
The first is Erin's from
This woman has the most fun and creative
hops. I try to join but am not always
able. I did jump at the chance for this.
We were given two amazing color palettes to chose from.
All shots of our wonderful Earth.
These were the two I was given,
you will just have to wait to see which I chose!
Both very beautiful, hard to believe that these
are our Earth.
We will hop on Friday, Nov. 30th.
Now, my second one!
I signed up for this ages ago because
sent out a call for folks who wanted to particpate
in a holiday hop. She sent us a most
wonderful mix of lucite flowers, leaves, seed beads and
a few other goodies.
She challenged us to venture
Oh, I did!
Kinda love what I did!
We will hop on Saturday, Dec. 1st.
Please come back and see what magic has happened.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

See, I have done something!

(photo heavy post)

What have I been up to.....

My sister asked me to take their family portraits/christmas card

Corny pose, but they are soooo cute!

Love these two!

Then I had the privilege of shooting this
adorable little one.

Loved this!

Then there was playing with the leaf blower.....


And lastly,
I have made some great new pieces.

This is my new favorite, not sure that I will part with it. Labradorite and sterling. 
I wear this every day!

Czech beads and some of my handmade polymer clay flowers

This is fun, leather and tiny emerald rondelles, brass cross. 
Pretty proud of me - using leather!

My buddha necklace uses one of Barbara Bechtel's 
wonderful buddha pendants. Go and check out her blog and shop!

And lastly, these gems!
They feature headpins from Jo Tinley, that I turned into ear wires, some
great circles from Miss Ficklemedia. I then wire wrapped some mystic briolettes
and seed beads.  Again, I am working my daily outfits around these! And have been 
known to say "screw it" should the outfit not work with the earrings! :)  
After all, the jewelry is the most important, right?

Here's to a great, short week!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Where I am

In a weird place.
Feeling not really a part of this or that.
Trying to sort through.
Trying not to let life get me down or, for that matter, get in the way.
I have signed up for two wonderful challenges
that I have been remiss about blogging about, but
promise to soon
(this weekend)
I am looking forward to Thanksgiving!
My daughter will be home on Tuesday, my mom
comes on Tuesday and my sister is hosting!  I
can't wait to have family everywhere. 
Feels good.
I am getting up the gumption to head
down another road shortly.
Absolutely terrified and yet excited.
Will keep you posted. 
In the mean time, here is a picture from
parents weekend.

He is finally taller than she is!

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Oh hello there!
It has been forever and I'm sorry.
I will work on being here more often.
I have had some time to create (thanks Sandy) and have 
made some WONDERFUL pieces, but we have had
no sun for awhile and my pictures have not really worked
out. But, there is sun today! Keep your fingers crossed!

On to macro goodness.


Head on over to Studio Waterstone and see Lori
for more macro goodness. 
(I dare you to not hop on over to her shop and grab
an amazing bag, iPad case or clutch!)