Finally took the time to purge my craft room and focus it on beads. For years I’ve tried my hand at a lot of creative endeavors but now feel like I have found my niche in beadwork. So…time to consolidate and get rid of some old hobbies. I love working with metal but I just don’t have a well ventilated space so for now I’ve packed up my torches.
It was also important to me to create a space for my daughter to paint. We cleared out a corner for her easel and I look forward to some fun, creative girls nights in what we are calling our “studio” which makes us feel way more serious than if we were creating in a craft room. So finally, Lusk Studio actually has a studio of sorts.
Of course if you know me, you know I went thrifty. I found a body pillow cover for $2.50 that I made the valance and recovered the rolling office chair with. The arm chair I stole from my office and had previously recovered. I made the Ottoman out of a crate with a pillow on top that I then covered in fabric. It’s not crazy sturdy, but it’s fine as a footstool. I got all of the storage containers at the dollar store (except bead containers – those are the Elizabeth Ward organizers). Then to decorate, I found some vintage Vogue covers from the early 20th century and had UPS print them on glossy paper. I framed them in painted, distressed dollar store frames. Of course I already had the bookshelves and desk so really it was a cheap makeover. I think I spent under $20 total!
Anyway, I love seeing other people’s craft rooms so thought I’d share ours.
This is my first beaded buckle and I will say the photo doesn’t do it justice (trying to get better at photographing my work). The salmon, coral and olive colors are so pretty and work well with the antique bronze color of the buckle. I actually was able to do this quickly since it’s pretty small (3×2) and requires no beaded backing or chain, etc. so the part of me that is driven by instant gratification was very happy.
I like this size belt buckle – I ordered it from Buckle Rage and it’s the perfect size for a woman. I wanted to do something that was natural, Bohemian (boho) and floral but abstract at the same time. I so wish the photo conveyed the colors and textures better. They look much more pink in the photo and in actuality the colors are more coral and salmon.
I will definitely be making more buckles – I have a larger silver one that I am thinking will go well with either blue or lavender stones that I have.
This buckle works with a lot of different styles – bohemian, western, casual upscale and I may end up keeping it for myself!!! Right now, though, it’s on Etsy if you want to take a look: https://www.etsy.com/listing/241194076/bohemian-beadwork-buckle-featuring?ref=shop_home_active_1
Lately I have been very inspired by the beautiful blooms and wildflowers that we discover during our hikes. In particular, I loved the mountain laurel, dogwoods and lilies that we saw on our hike at Mt Pisgah. I found this cabochon at Ernie’s Rock Shop in Brevard and fell in love with the colors. My photography isn’t great but in person you can see the coral, salmon and delicate mint color in the Leopardskin Jasper stone. It took me a while and many visits to my favorite bead store (A Better Bead & Craft) to find all of the correct hues to match including some perfect glass pearls and salmon colored superduos. Again, my photography is awful but the stones in the background are a color called “honeydew” and they match up very well to the light green color in the stone. As always, the necklace is backed with ultrasuede and has a beaded toggle clasp.
When I was beading this, I knew I wanted the actual chain to be very lacy but simple enough. The earrings I really kind of made as just a freebie to go along with the necklace. I just felt like some dangles were needed! I think it would also look fine with simple pearls.
I think this would be the perfect set for a wedding, garden party or other elegant affair. It’s a bit of a departure for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂
Click here to view the listing on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/241088943/petals-of-pisgah-bead-embroidered-jasper?ref=shop_home_active_2