Saturday, May 29, 2010

Twisted Sista

In my bedroom I have a great hat box with wonderful images of vintage women. It is filled with printed/crinkled tissue paper, ivy, silk flowers & a small mannequin. I put my just completed necklace in this vignette to show you.
Have you ever taken a class & not finish your project? With jewelry design this is the norm! Back in February I went to Houston, TX for ADORN ME & took the Twisted Sistah Class (check her site because she is teaching this class again in July ~ in her very own studio in California) from my friend & mentor Diana Frey. My piece was not complete & it stayed that way until just before I went to Petticoats & Parasols Art Event. The week before I left I went to my local bead store & bought some chain & silk ribbon & completed the necklace because I wanted to wear it Vendor Night with my vintage linen jacket. It just didn't seem right after I finished it but, I packed it anyway.
On Friday everyone had a free day in Savannah to shop & Heidi parked the van right in front of a bead store. We HAD to go in & I found those wonderful green pearls there. Having the necklace in my purse (never leave my jewelry in the hotel) & knowing that they would be perfect I snatched them up, borrowed the owner's jewelry tools & redid the piece so it would look the way I really wanted it to be. Don't you love the green pearls with the rest of the piece? I think the piece ended up being too dressy for the more casual chain I had previously put on the piece.
Here is a close up of the part I did in Houston. I used the little brass flower I had purchased from Diane Cook. And the long pearl piece on the side reminds me of a bird feather. I LOVE the "BEAD SOUP" I used to create this piece.
Here's my Manni sporting my three necklaces created in three different classes. Thank you to my marvelous teachers & friends. OK Deryn, to finish the necklace from your class at ADORN ME is next up on the "To Be Completed List". I hope you enjoyed seeing my finished creation.
Also, I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend spent doing what you want to do. Big HUGS!


Nancy's Notes said...

Charlene, that is exquisite!! Thanks for sharing!

Have a great weekend!


Sarah said...

Very pretty! I love how you combined all your necklaces with your dress form!

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Love that Twisted Sista necklace. You really did it up good with those green pearls. I love the green look. It's really beautiful, I kind of think this is the best one yet. All are gorgeous, but this one is SUPER GORGEOUS!!!!
Talk to you soon.
Hugs, Pat

Monica said...

Just a word- FABULOUS!

Anne Lorys said...

Hi Charlene!

Wow, those three necklaces look stunning together! I'd be proud to wear any or all of them.

have a wonderful weekend!

Karen said...

Charlene, your jewelry is something I will never forget. At each event in Savannah - you came out wearing another STUNNING piece! EACH AND EVERY TIME!
I think it was a good thing you kept it all in your purse . . . between Me and Jodie - who KNEW???
Just kidding!
But it is all fabulous!
Golly I would love to go to her class here in CA, but it seems so INTIMIDATING!!!! I know nothing about making jewelry! :)
Thanks for sharing! Karen

VS said...

Sweet Charlene...
I ADORE your green pearl & twists of beads & leaves necklace!!! I truly LOVE it!!! You did a wonderful job my friend, I wish I could make something like that. I read Diane's post about your fun-filled weekend, if I lived in Texas I could come too & have fun with ya'all right? lol
I hope you have a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend & big hugs to you for all your supportive comments you've given to me since my Dad's accident...they have meant the world to me!

Jan Hennings said...


Honey Lamb and I said...

Yes I do love the green pearls you got in Savannah! I think all your necklaces look incredible! ~Shelley

Sue McPeak said...

Hi fun to hear from another Texas Gal. Thanks so much for visiting CollectInTexa Gal today for my Pink Saturday Birthday post. Your Twisted Sista is truly a SuperStunninSista! I enjoyed browsing your blog and seeing all the beautiful things you do. Thanks again for stoppin by...Sue

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Charlene, your Manni looks just like my "Pierrette" in my bedroom! She is covered with chunky, beaded, clusters of necklaces and is donning a sequined bolero jacket today! OH WHAT FUN! Thank you for stopping by today! Have a grand weekend. Anita

Riki Schumacher said...

You did a great job finishing that beauty up! It is stunning Charlene, you'll have a ball wearing it. It is easy to not finish projects, isn't it? So great job. Big hug and have a wonderful weekend! Riki

DeeDee said...

Wow Charlene....all three are just beautifull and yes I like the green pearls much better....looks like so much fun.

Lisa said...

These are amazing. What a wonderful class, I know you were in heaven! Lisa

Cindy said...

Your necklace turned out absolutely stunning! I recognized it right away as the Twisted Sistah style of Diana Frey - just gorgeous!

Hearts Turned said...

Hi Charlene! I'm breaking my "no computer" for the weekend promise! Just saw your comment on my blog and had to answer--of course you can borrow Pauline! I know she would love that! Can't wait to see what you create with her!

Your necklaces are gorgeous! So glad you finished the green beauty--oh, my! You're a talented one, my friend!

Hope you continue to have a most wonderful Memorial weekend! I'll be back on Tuesday...


Debby said...

Hi Charlene, wow, they are all so gorgeous, love your manny are decked out, beautiful post.

The French Bear said...

Charlene, that is so beautiful!!! Man you are so talented!!! Your work is superb! Diane has taught you well, I think you are a fast learner too....I love my earrings and my necklace...they make me smile and think of you when I wear them!!!
Margaret B

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Charlene! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment. You have such a beautiful blog! And, your necklace turned out just right. Wearing a bunch together is THE THING at the moment, so you've really got it going on! xx P&H

Shelia said...

Hi Charlene! Oh, that necklace is truly gorgeous! You did great and I'm sure it was stunning on you!
Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Inspired-Simplicity said...

It's a work of art. The green beads really sets it off.

PAT said...

Beautiful pieces, Charlene!

Diane said...

Great work finish them is such an accomplishment! You are so good about that! And, I love the pearls you have added to your Twisted Sista =)

Gracefully Vintage said...

Hello, I have to say I love the picture of the Mr and the Dog in the sidebar so cute-I also really like your necklace display, very pretty, Just became a follower, i love all those who share so willingly, and give such inspiration.
Look foward to coming back for more- Karryann

Unknown said...

That is awesome and beautiful. You make the most creative pieces, full of wonderful colors.
Education jobs

Gone said...

Oh, so pretty! I love the bead soup and the colors!! Great addition of the green pearls.

I recently started to make jewelry again...after a few years of not doing it. My son is getting married soon and I needed a set of jewelry. I had some vintage fresh water pearls and AB crystals ~ in a double strand necklace. I took the necklace apart and remade it into a single strand necklace, a bracelet and a pair of earrings. Stunning!


The Tin Rabbit said...

It's simply beautiful like this! I love,love the green pearls! Have a Great Week!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Charlene, I LOVE your new creation! It does not have to do with quantity but quality and this one is a winner! I love other creators and the way their personality comes out in each piece. This will go GREAT with the new boots. GREAT job and thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I have other pieces to post I just can't bead and gets to stretched out and weary but please stop by each time I post. I love your work!,

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