July 12, 2012

Thankful Thursday

This is my Thankful Thursday quote:
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world.

If you have money in the bank or in your wallet, you are among the top 80 percent of the worlds wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
Author Unknown

All the beautiful Art beads I received this week

I received more beads this week and am excited to show off these cheerful colors to you all.  There are three very talented artisans represented.  Jennifer Cameron makes amazing glass lamp work beads.  I attended her Pajama Blog Party on June 22 and bid on the center gold stripe bead and purchased it for about half the normal price.  I didn't win any door prize - but hey, that's how the cookie crumbles.... Here are more of her beads that I purchased.

Love that teal bead and the beadified key
Another talented polymer clay artist that I have been following for some time is Heather PowersI love the natural look of her beads and in fact she wrote a book called "Jewelry Designs from Nature"  You can order it on her website.  I don't have it but would love to order it.  Maybe one day soon..... 

Bluebird, polymer disks and urchin with silver blue sari silk
Dogwood pendant, owl, and poppy with coral sari silk
The third artist is another glass lamp work bead maker from Vancouver Island - Jane Perala of www.jperaladesigns.etsy.com.  She was set up at a farmer's market at Nanaimo, BC a couple weeks ago so I bought a big handful of her colorful beads.  They are a perfect size for adding to bracelets or necklaces.  All the random beads shown are her beads - like little bursts of color aren't they?

So today with beads of color like this I am thankful and I will be holding up my head and smiling!  


Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

A beautiful assortment of beads, Katherine! I checked out Jane's Etsy shop but was disappointed that she had no beads for sale there presently. I have beads from all over the world, but of course I love to buy Canadian whenever I can. No chance to drop in at the farmer's market as I am on the other side of the country!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Beads!!! I really admire all the artisan work.