Studio Saturday – Humblebeads

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
We have three winners this week: moonlightfantaseas, rosebud101, For My Sweet Daughter!
Congratulations! You have won etched copper tags from Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati!
Send Erin an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.

Now let’s head on over to the
Humblebeads Studio…

There are 34 days until the Bead & Button show.
My life is consumed with this countdown at the moment…
I’m working on new beads that will hopefully dazzle – like the headpins above.

Making piles and piles of things.  I press beads at night while we watch movies.  We’ve watched entire series over the last few weeks.  This is one of many trays.
Or like last night, I don’t go to bed until 2am because inspiration struck at 11pm.
These are pendants with vintage images – I’m all over bicycles, umbrellas, beehives, birds, foxes, butterflies & nests.  They aren’t quite done, I’m going to play around with some antique finishes and I think I’ll try some in sepia tones as well.  I also have some sketches to do some tiny watercolors and use them for pendants too. 

Despite these little bits of squirrelling away, I’m far from being ready.   Preparing for Bead & Button is a Herculean task that must be mixed in with already packed days.  But no matter what, I will be ready by June 7th – car packed and heading up the road! 

So two questions – what type of vintage image would you like to see in a pendant and most importantly – will you be at Bead & Button this year? 
If so, mark booth #1212 as one to stop by and say hello to me!
This week’s prize is a pair of my new headpins, leave a comment for a chance to win.

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48 Comment

  1. juliebstudio
    April 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Your beads are wonderful! I'm sure your booth will be packed. Vintage images? How about mermaids, shells and sea turtles? I think we've all seen too many octopus by now. Good luck!

  2. Kate
    April 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Gotta love that late night visit from the muse, right?! Thank goodness for coffee (or your beverage of choice)!

    The vintage pendants are awesome. I love the variety so it's hard to choose. I think so far I like the colored ones like the butterflies but the detail on the beehives and floral design is a super close second.

    Have an awesome weekend!

  3. Spirited Earth
    April 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    love these new pieces..
    can't wait to see them colored up as well.

  4. quickcer
    April 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Wish I could be at the Bead Show, but since I'm can't, I would love to see lots of vintage beads on your Etsy site. I really like vintage scenes from Paris, gardens, bees and beehives, and of course the ocean. Love your new attempt at vintage. This could be an exciting adventure for your creative mind.

  5. Sabine
    April 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I did a line of pillows about 20 years ago with vintage drawings of eyeglasses, microscopes, and dragonflies. How about bicycles? The ones that have the large from wheel.

    good luck!


  6. Lupe Meter
    April 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I love your beads! They are beautiful! Love the vintage ones and wouldn't mind having a pair of your new headpins! 8D
    Have fun at the Bead and Button! Wish I could go.

  7. JeannieK
    April 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Not going to the B&B Show. If I was I would hang out with you all day.

    The vintage pendants are extraordinary! Truly! I would like to see images of pretty ladies with hats on or small children in knickers or women from the 50's and men in fedora's.

    Have fun at B&B. I hope you're not too tired to enjoy it.

  8. Michelle Mach
    April 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I love the new headpins!

    I also really like the vintage-inspired pendants, especially the black and white ones. The nature-inspired ones will probably sell really well, but I tend to like images on pendants that I don't see all over the place (like the bicycle)!

    I won't be at B&B this year, but I hope you have a wonderful show!

  9. TesoriTrovati
    April 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Bead & Button is that close! Gah! I am feeling anxious for you! But it will all be worth it when we kick back and celebrate!
    Love those vintage images. I would love to see botanicals and birds, maybe even something that is Asian inspired, like the zen paintings with black ink. Or anything like those pictures you might find in an old dictionary. I love those. These are great! Can't wait to see you!
    Enjoy the day!

  10. Heather
    April 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Love your new items!! Especially the headpins! Hope you do really well at the Bead show.

  11. Ngoc Dieu
    April 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    it is impressive

  12. averilpam
    April 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Bead & Button sounds amazing, wish I could get there!

  13. ThreeRedBeads
    April 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I am planning on being at Bead & Button this year…can't wait!!! I'll be sure to stop at your booth.Vintage images? Vintage labels. I like all the detailed artwork on vintage labels.

  14. moonlitfantaseas
    April 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I love botanical themes…….
    As for Bead and Button….I would love to go, but it just isn't in my budget…..

  15. Terri Stone
    April 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I'm counting the days until Milwaukee! I finally registered for a class with Julie Picarello.
    I will look for your booth!

  16. Off the Beadin' Path
    April 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Your headpins are brilliant – in design and in color! Ideas? I'm thinking about owls because so many were injured in recent tornadoes here. I know they've been around the jewelry scene, but we still love them, don't we? I also love the sea turtle suggestion. Maybe anything that's endangered. I'm sure you'll be a hit at B @ B!

  17. Mel
    April 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Vintage image…? Hmm, maybe some cool vintage-y cameras? I wish I were going to B&B, I would love it!

  18. Steph L.
    April 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    What fun new pendants! I always have been drawn to vintage advertising images. I will not be headed to Bead & Button, but one of these years I will have to make the trip from Florida.

  19. Erin S
    April 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I like vintage architecture and also a big fan of art nouveau and old typography. Won't be at bead and button, but would love to win your cool headpins!
    Erin S

  20. TheVelvetBox
    April 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Very Impressive and such detail. I always admire people with patience to do such tiny detail work, they are awesome!

  21. shelley
    April 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    you'll do well at b&b…vintage is hot right now…i'm partial to the vintage b&w…would love to see them with the sepia tones… anything vintage is good…head pins are also very cool…play well

  22. gailwhitehead55
    April 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I love your new headpins,and your ideas of vintage images.Have fun at the B&B,one year I'd love to go.Have a great time!

  23. Joellyn
    April 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    How about garden gates, sunflowers and flamingos?

    Absolutely will be at B & B! Always look forward to this show. Excited to see your new items.

  24. For My Sweet Daughter
    April 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Wish I could go to Bead and Button but I will have to enjoy it by reading everyone's blogs. You vintage inspired beads are too cool!
    Love them.
    Shannon C

  25. Klassy Joolz
    May 1, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I so wish I could go to the B&B…maybe someday. Love the new vintage pendants…I'm a rabbit and insect person….soooo maybe some of them, but anything vintage is good!!!

    Have a great time at the show!!!


  26. Melody
    May 1, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I really like the headpins, both the design and the color.
    I won't be going to B&B rhis year, but would love to see seashell images done in brown with background colors of celadon, turquoise or aqua.

  27. Cillaw
    May 1, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I can't go to the B&B either.
    I love the black and white ones and I too like images that you don't see everywhere else.

  28. Mimi
    May 1, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I've got your booth marked! Yes, I already printed out the map. . .and actually I'm almost packed! 😀 Can you tell I'm excited? Can't wait to see your new goodies!

  29. Stepha
    May 1, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Oh These are just delightful! I love the vintage!I love all that I can see on them. 🙂 Such beauties. If I could get to the B&B I would stop in and see you. 🙂

  30. sandi m
    May 1, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I can't believe B&B is that close already. Yes, I'll be there! Just made a necklace with one of your birdies.
    These new pendants and headpins look great. Love the vintage botanical look – birds, flowers, bees.

  31. Kylie Parry Studios
    May 1, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Love the new vintage pieces! I'm hoping to exhibit at Bead&Button someday- just have to get off that wait list! I can't even imagine how long it takes to prepare!

  32. Sarah
    May 1, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I LOVE those vintage beads!! I would love to see beads with vintage cameras on them…Also, how about a vintage India series?
    [I'm Indian so partial to my country ;)]
    I wish we had a Bead and Button in India-sigh!!
    Wish you luck!!

  33. Perlendistel
    May 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I love your beads! They are beautiful! Love the vintage ones ! I like the vintage botanical look – birds, flowers, what about vintage flower vases?!

  34. Alice
    May 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Those headpins are so sweet! Though I've never been to something as big as Bead and Button, I can relate to the urgency of preparing for shows. I never really feel completely done, always wondering what I forgot or worrying if I brought enough product.

    I love antique images of horses and cows. And I also like the images of sassy ladies from the 50's and 60's. And eventhough the bathing beauties seems to be overdone, I still like them.

  35. cindydolezaldesigns
    May 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I won't be at B&B this year. Love the vintage look. How about gloves, hats, shoes, typewriter keys. Have fun.

  36. substitutionqueen
    May 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Very, very cool beads and images! Looking forward to visiting you at Bead and Button. My first time there, combining it with visits to my sister in Milw, my son/daughter-in-law in Madison and brother in Racine. Wahoo, can't wait!

  37. Heather
    May 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Didn't even realize this was a give-away til today- I must have been sleepy yesterday. I would love to see a pendant with the old fashioned tricylce bikes with the huge front wheel. My mom did a pen and ink when she was in art school that I always loved of a man in victorian dress riding one of those. It would make a lovely gift for her if you make one – I WILL BUY IT!!

  38. Lucid Moon Studio
    May 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I like owls, of course, and vintage butterfly graphics are cool too. I will not be at Bead & Button, sad to say. Love the pair of headpins!!

  39. roseworksjewelry
    May 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I won't be at Bead and Button 🙁 As for images – what about a vintage unicycle?

  40. indigo heart
    May 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    i love images of old skeleton keys. yum! won't make it to bead and button since i live in alaska. will any of these image beads make it onto your website or etsy shop? please, please!

  41. Coty
    May 2, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I'd love to see some vintage images with fashion/beauty themes, such as ribbons, hairstyles, jewelry, etc. I also love keys and owls!

  42. becca
    May 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I'm a total sucker for butterflies, but I love vintage flowers…
    Wish I could go to B&B this year, but I live in Alaska, so it would be a MAJOR commitment.

  43. Eileen
    May 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    These are beautiful!
    I can't wait to see the ones in sepia tone. I especially love the bicycle images.
    I won't be at B&B, but I can't wait to read all about it.

  44. Cynthia
    May 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Your headpins and beads are very cool! Thanks for a chance to win!
    I won't be a Bead & Button 🙁
    I am predicting that acorns will become a popular image, since they were on the ears of the new princess bride (diamond studded of course). And I love anything nature inspired – so – acorns!

  45. maneki
    May 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Very nice pieces!

    Of cause I love everything with old-fashioned botanical pictures. Right now, I have thing for ferns (or more precisely their unfurling fronds). And old maps/map fragments. Text is never wrong either, hand-writeen or vintage labels/ads. Other than that, I always like cat motifs.

    Not going to B&B. Even if I'd had the money to go to the US, I wouldn't be able to as I don't fly.

  46. Marie Cramp
    May 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I would LOVE to be at the Bead & Button show!! But alas it is not meant to be this year. Maybe next year…

    I think images of vintage cars could be fun! Something you could add to a cord for a guy 🙂

  47. Shaiha
    May 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I would like to see some Victorian houses in the mix. I think that would need with a sepia glaze.

    And I only wish that I could attend but it isn't in the budget.

  48. Eva Maria Keiser
    May 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    This blog is fabulous, so many inspirations, credit to artisans, and beautiful pictures. Thank you for all the love that goes into it!
    Eva Maria Keiser

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