We are at Week 15 of Focus On Life

Week 15

Finding Focus!

I finally got my focus back when it comes to putting the big and the tiny beads together and I’m so excited about the two reveals that are coming up at the end of April and the beginning of May.  Sorry, no peeking but it is going to be so worth the wait.  It is really nice to have my beading muse return to kick me out of the rut I was slowly slipping into.  I was going to blame the terrible winter, maybe partially the winter is to blame, but I have also noticed that during the rainy start to the Spring season I have been at my most creative, I’m still blaming all the snow (glad it’s finally gone).

How about you,  ”Are you more creative during rainy days?”




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April 12, 2014 - 10:31 am

Claire - What a crystal clear photo – gorgeous!

April 12, 2014 - 11:30 am

Mary K - I think I am less creative during “rainy days.” To me it is a time to watch a movie or read a book, pleasures I usually save for the end of the day, if there is time.

Glad your muse is coming back.

April 12, 2014 - 11:32 am

Michelle Buettner - Oh,…beads!! Love your photo and I’m so glad your muse is back. It’s tough when she hides out and the creative juices stop flowing freely. I find it hard to create during rainy days – I almost always prefer total sunny times!!

April 12, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Annette - What a beautiful beady photo! I think my muse decided to hibernate this winter, but is slowly waking up now that there are signs of spring!

April 12, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Paula Kramer - Glad your muse has returned. It’s encourage to hear that others experience the same beading blocks from time to time. Cant wait to see your creations!

April 12, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Beti Horvath - Love this photo! Someday I’ll get the hang of controlling this depth of field thing…

April 12, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Becky Pancake - Sally your photos always delight me. You can see the sparkle in those crystals even in black and white. You have a real talent for this photo thing. Maybe someday, with your guidance I will be a better photographer too. It’s wonderful to hear that your muse is returning.

April 13, 2014 - 6:53 am

Amy - I adore this picture!!! And I can’t wait to see your reveals. I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a rut creatively and am hoping my muse comes back soon I am under a bit of pressure for some reveals myself, and something that’s supposed to be published! Yikes!

April 13, 2014 - 10:50 am

Patty - love the one clear bead…I wish my muse would show up. I don’t know where she’s gone


Morning Moments

Week 14 1 copyDuring the week it is Preparing a Quick Breakfast

Week 14 2Someone trying to stay cozy for as long as he can before getting ready for school

Week 14 3

Then there is the mad dash to work.

Please checkout the hookups below.

April 5, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Becky Pancake - Yes kids seem to like postponing going to school don’t they. Your last photo is cool. Is it highway cones?

April 5, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Beti Horvath - Wow, that is some mad dash. Looks like horses dashing from the gate.

April 5, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Dawn - Awesome post, like it a lot!

April 6, 2014 - 9:44 am

Michelle Buettner - Wonderful shots! Your little guy looks all cozy – I’d want to stay like that for as long as I could, too! What a cool ‘mad dash’ photo!!

April 6, 2014 - 11:09 am

Lynn Holland - I like a slow start to the morning but my little dog likes to be up and out

April 6, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Paula Kramer - I can understand why your son would want to stay cozy. That looks like a perfect blanket for cold days. Hopefully, you will have some warm ones this week! Love the mad dash!

April 6, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Annette - I’m right there with your son!!

April 7, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Veralynne - I am so glad those days are behind me and can have a quiet morning…but….I do miss those snuggly moments….


This week marks a quarter way through  the year of posting bits of our life in a photo or two that were take each week based on a prompt.  This week, Week 13, we are looking at what is at eye level.

Week 13 a

“Eye-Level” of a Small Town  (Taken with iPhone and processed in PSE12)

Week b    “Fish-Eye Level”   (Captured using my iPhone with a fisheye attachment then processed to B&W)

Hope you enjoy this weeks captures.

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March 29, 2014 - 9:22 am

Dawn - I really like the fisheye shot and that you made it black and white.

March 29, 2014 - 9:47 am

Mary K - Your B&W photos really show that spring has not sprung in your area. Especially like the fish eye one, with its raindrops.

March 29, 2014 - 9:57 am

Shelly Buettner - These are so awesome Sally! Love all the b/w photos you take, they are always so striking and artistic. This fish eye one just blows me away – that is the ultimate in cool!!

March 29, 2014 - 10:30 am

Beti Horvath - Impressive eye level photos. Love the black and white one with the tracks. Takes me back…

March 29, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Patty - Very cool. Small towns are all the same no matter where they are

March 29, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Becky Pancake - I too live near a small town. It looks like your snow has gone. Mine has not in fact I got 4 more inches Thursday. The fisheye photo is very cool.

March 29, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Alice - Fascinating photos! I wish my camera had the fisheye setting. And of course I always love a black and white photo.

March 29, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Annette - Very cool shots!!

March 29, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Karin - Stunning shots! The black and white and fisheye make the small town look surreal and mysterious!

March 30, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Lynn Holland - Lovely fisheye shot. Hope mine is not too picture heavy

April 3, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Alicia - Beautiful! especially the fish-eye – it almost makes me wish for rain :)



This lovely blue organza bag holds a gorgeous bead mix from my BSBP Partner

Rose Rushbrooke.


Here is a look at what Rose sent me:


 :Swarovski pearls in dark lapis
 :cloisonné enamel beads
 :vintage beads in mocha and dark blue
 :oval shaped striped glass beads
 :fire polish crystal rondelles in crystal with a AB blue finish
 :press glass star beads
 :seed beads in various sizes and shades of blue
BSBP 2:Rose handmade the beautiful focal bead (design from Laura McCabe’s Masterclass book)
 :a wonderful rustic handmade copper clasp from Patricia Healey

BSBP 1Thank you, Rose!!  I’m so thrilled with all the pretty beads and now comes the hard part, what to make!  Well, you will have to check back for the BIG BEAD SOUP PARTY on May 3rd, 2014!!   See you then!

To see the soup I sent Rose please take a moment to visit her blog, The Art of Rose Rushbrooke

Thanks for visiting and have a Fantastic Friday!





March 28, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Lori F - Oooooh, yummy colours and texture! Lucky girl! :-) Can’t wait to see the results.

March 28, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion) - What striking colour choices, Sally :) Those cloisonné are may faves :)

March 28, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Lori Anderson - I’m looking forward to what you make!

March 29, 2014 - 6:23 am

Silvia - What an amazing mix of colors and materials, so luscious!

3/7 March: The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists

This month the group of six plus myself are working with the creative spark  that was supplied by me!   I had such a good time gathering the beads and putting the mixes together.


March’s Theme: Contrasting Colors

Mixes were created with beads and components from:
czech glass beads from ArteBellaSurplus  
crystals from Bead Haven
superduos from Twisted Sistah Beads
and the beautiful copper clay components are handcrafted from the lovely Kristi Bowman Design
The Group:

Alicia Marinache
Monique Urquhart 
January’s Theme: Artists, Architect, Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918 exhibit
Christine Altmiller  this month’s theme
February’s theme: Round and Round
Sally Russick
March’s theme: Contrasting Colors
Therese Frank
Cynthia Machata
Emma Todd


This month I got a little knotty!  Kristi Bowman’s components seem to draw me right to  macramé.  So I grabbed the macramé cord and a little copper wire for good measure to create the bracelet pictured below.


Please hop on over to the blogs of Christine, Therese, Cynthia, Monique, Emma and our fearless leader Alicia  and take a moment to enjoy the beady goodness.







March 26, 2014 - 1:24 am

Alicia - Funny you should mention the spark – that’s exactly what I said about your choice this month!
First of all – thank you for putting together such fabulous packages, I enjoyed mine enormously and I know everybody else had too. I must add an extra thank you – for sending me (by choice or not) the perfect combination for me: I love turquoise, I love the turquoise / coral mix in general, and the package just lit something in me, that spark :)
As for your piece: absolutely perfect! I love this type of macrame, and Kristi’s component goes beautiful with the flow. Gorgeous!

March 26, 2014 - 5:02 am

Monique U. - Sally, I am a sucker for anything combining brights with neutrals, or glass/metal against organic material. Your knotty design hits all the bells! Absolutely gorgeous :)

I STILL say MY package was the perfect choice for me, but as I visit everyone, I am being blown away by how luscious ALL the combinations can be. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration :)

March 26, 2014 - 5:12 am

Monique U. - Oops, forgot to mention… I shared my post:


March 26, 2014 - 8:32 am

Christine - oh Sally ~ I LOVE THIS macrame piece!!! It looks so comfortable and comforting and the colors are divine together. What a fantastic piece of jewelry ~ casual enough for everyday but it still makes a statement.
Thanks for the beads this month! I really enjoyed working with them. My palette was very soothing :-)

March 26, 2014 - 8:35 am

Therese - Hi Sally,
I was wondering who got that gorgeous color palette! I love the bracelet it is absolutely gorgeous! Micro Macrame is on my list of wanting to learn techniques. Thank you for sending out such beautiful contrasting color palettes to all of us to play with this month, I had a blast with mine.

March 26, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Janet Bocciardi - It’s perfect! Love the colors and the macrame.

March 26, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Becky Pancake - Sally your bracelet is awesome. You have a wonderful color sense. By the way congratulations on your Beadwork challenge piece. I like it the best of all four.

March 26, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Emma Todd - Oh I can just imagine what a delight this would be to wear! I can’t tell you how many times i held that copper over my wrist and tried to dream up something but it always felt just out of reach. Now I see it! Perfection

March 26, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Tanya - Your theme is awesome! Those colors are so delicious. I love the macrame. It’s a gorgeous bracelet.

March 26, 2014 - 10:05 pm

cynthia - Sally – what a great challenge you gave us this month! beautiful color pallets, and made us all think of spring! I absolutely love this design you’ve got going on here …. the weave, the beads, the flow …. it is just stunning! I would wear that constantly!

March 27, 2014 - 10:34 am

Veralynne - Ohhhh, I love it….macrame is something I hope to learn after I get more proficient at bead weaving…..way to go Sally!

March 31, 2014 - 9:25 am

CraftyHope - Oh Sally! That bracelet is divine. I would have never thought of doing some macrame with that mix, but it worked out just perfectly!