Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beadbloggers hot links and a photo of some jewelry taken by jean baldridge yates

available on my Etsy! OOAK VINTAGE!  :) eanbaldridgeyates

Hi! I am delighted to be posting these super links to my dear friends!
Thanks! Jean :)


Crafty Cupcake "Recipe" Calls for Styrofoam and Glue

Not only are they cute, these cupcakes are fun to make. They’re guaranteed to be sugar-free, gluten-free, calorie-free and cute as the dickens.

Back to Amigurumi

Crafty Princess is loving amigurumi again with this new project that was a tad challenging.

Carmi's Art/Life World

It is wonderful to see how a bit of fabric ribbon and a button can be featured into a new beaded cuff.

Resin Crafts Blog

There are inexpensive bamboo tiles that can easily be turned into wearable jewels with some simple resin application techniques.

Beading Arts

With a few funky components and a little bit of wire, you can quickly have a new necklace!

Mixed Media Artist

Cyndi is head-over-heels in love with a new book on reclaiming and upcycling textiles!

as for me, jean:
I am busy restocking my Etsy shop! Finally!
Take a look sometime if you like.
Here is a perfectly beautiful family heirloom which I have treasured for years. 
I estimate to be from the  Victorian Era. I need to find out for real before I list it.
"We ladies"  ;)  in my family prefer the good stuff!
And we take good care of it, because it represents our ancestors, fine people who made us who we are today.
Am I proud of my family?
Of course I am!
Yay for  all awesome old people who are great! Yay for everyone who teaches their children and their childrens' children what is worth learning.
for example: How to see beauty!

TEN Things of Thankful, a linking blog hop conceived and orchestrated without fail by wonderful Lizzi


Brought to you by Lizzi Rogers, every week : this is number 57
1) thankful for spidergirls
2) thankful for words ending with the letter Y:
 ..a) serenity
...   b) property
 .....   c) family
 .....    d) Skippy
3) thankful for Romi who taught me about respect for other cultures and enhanced my appreciation for simple beauty with her explanation of the meaning of pine trees once. Here is one of her amazing posts (see her name, Romi. Thank you Romi. You inspire me to photograph better.learn to cook better, and keep it simple!
4) Thankful for good hairrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs! Blythe people call hair "hairs". It is always good to have good hairs.
5) Thankful for my sons.
5) Thanks for my grandkids
6) Thankful for mistakes
7) Thankful for humor and the amazing brilliance of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in
STARSKY AND HUTCH is a clip I love:

 8)thankful for all the fish, even though I don't eat fish. This is a literary reference to a famous book, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
9)Thankful for Ten Thankfuls
10) Thankful for my Etsy shop once again going live! Yes!  See me on the FB as The Original Jean Yates
or see me on Etsy!
 "Crackle and Glow Bracelet" by jean baldridge yates, below:                                            

Ten Things of Thankful this week goes out to Dyanne,
to the letter T,
and to black tea

 I really prefer black tea.It doesn't have to be Earl Grey, Dyanne! I found that Tetley makes a good black tea which is really inexpensive. I can have it all the time! Thanks Tetley! Thanks Dyanne for making me more flexible!
love, jean xox

Saturday, July 12, 2014

En plein air inside , jewelry by jean

I reworked some of my own jewelry.
I make progress reinventing design
failing perfection every time!
I keep trying , knowing I am never going to "get it"
but maybe I will advance eventually in technique.
Clearer photos help.

The last time I photo'ed these,
I was racing to try and sell them.
I didn't have time to shoot well.

I understand the basic mechanics of photography now.
of course I have plenty of time to refine that.
I have plenty of time to repurpose my jewelry as well.

I am working from the inside out now.
If you don't understand that, it is ok.
here are photos from today:

I took them inside.
We were all happy.
I am happy.
White is my friend, but light is my best friend.
White is all colors
Light is the sun
without the moon, however,
this little planet would not exist.
There is a place and time for everything

 Above is  a  straight download from me today
I just grabbed my camera and took the pic.
The materials tell the story better than I can.
Pati Walton : soft glass etched Bonez (from that fad "dese Bones" on eBay)-I grabbed these as fast as
put them up. I watched her postings like a hawk. I have had two opportunites to buy it now ("BIN") from here. These are first quality. Not seconds. Pat Walton never makes seconds in any way. She experiments instead.
She will always  rock the beads and focals.
Snaps for John Olson too. He rocks too at her link above as well!
Thanks for looking at a work in progress.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thirty words Thursday a linking blog hop hosted by Miss Erin

I love 30 words Thursday!
Erin always cuts right to the point, something I am trying to do!
If  you would like to join the fun, go here:

Erin says:

"The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple... Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use). Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less. Post it each Thursday. Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post." Thanks Miss Erin! We missed you but I am honored to know you! --jean
photo  by jean 

that's all folks

I am sending this bracelet to someone I love.
I made it while learning to weave, using Janet Parson's store and my family reunion for 
Now my understanding of what I was learning is in my heart,
and I can send this not totally perfect bracelet to someone who understands
that nothing is perfect and doesn't mind
now it is time to say goodbye,
you can leave this world behind


Ten things OF Thankful
brought to you by Lizzi Rogers!

1) Thankful for birds

2)Thankful for Skip!

3)Thankful I can rest

4) Thankful for Pine Trees

 5) Thankful for for Lizzi R & Laura

6)Thankful for "good hairs"! As they say in Blythespeak.

Here is some "good hairs", below

 7)Thankful for crappy grammar

*) thankful for mistakes.

9) Thankful for my  friends.
10)Thankful for my family!!!

jean xox

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Beadbloggers and a jean baldridge yates photo

What's This? 
It serves as a preview photo, taken by me
I didn't make these earrings. 
a GREAT jewelry designer did, however.
Find out next week on my blog! 
:)  jean!


Cuteness Alert
What is cuter than a matching bunny and baby afghan?

The Inspired by Reading Book Club reads about botany and booze!
"The Drunken Botanist" by Amy Stewart is an intoxicating exploration of the botanical histories of some of our favorite beverages. See how this book inspired a group of artists and jewelry-makers!

Would it be Pretentious to call this my Studio?
I ask because it's really starting to feel like one. And I remodeled it on less than $15!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful July Fourth Edition by jean baldridge yates

1) I am thankful for the USA

2)I am thankful for my friends and family

3) I am thankful for entertainment:

4)I am thankful for African Porcupines because they are perfectly beautiful (nice photo, here is the link)

4) I am thankful for Amazon giving me free stuff

5) I am thankful FOR the Amazon!

I am thankful for all animals and creatures great and small (including Skips!)

 6) I am thankful for learning to photograph better

 7) I am thankful for our Universe

 *) I am thankful for little reminders I am not perfect

9) I am thankful for my blog

10) I am thankful for Team Spirit!

  xox jean

 Lou Gehrig and Babe, 4th of July

Monday, June 30, 2014

I am working on my photography so that I can draw from my own photos, and the jewelry photos keep on coming as well

Good morning!

I have been working on taking photos so I can learn to draw from my own photos.
I plan to teach myself, and you are going to learn along with me, eventually (if you want.
I will be drawing using all kinds of pens, papers, pencils (oh wow! pencils! can I do it?
We shall see!),colored pencils, and various forms of "inspiration".
What inspires you?

Lately food and flowering plants inspire me. trying to work the food part, today.
This is something I am thinking through and learning,

Here is a grocery list wish, above

Kim Miles, who is a major player as a food force for good on our planet, is helping to inspire me Here is her latest award! 

She is really making good changes!

Here are some plants I like and plan to draw. I took this photo to practice outdoors

in fresh air with available light

"Dilly Dilly"

"Water Lilies for sale", above! both photos by me.

Here is some jewelry I made using beads from Kim, when she was a great Beadist!
I continue to practice jewelry photography, sometimes more successfully than other times.
Kim made two of the beads on this necklace which I designed and wore to Blythecon NY 2013.
Cindy Sowers made the little Blythe charm, of our girls "Hope and Serendipity".
I used Swarovski Crystal Elements in my designs. Kim fully wired her "flying heart" and riveted and stamped the flower bead using sterling silver. I connected it to the other charms by wiring it with crystals (Swarovski) and cool shaped sterling chain links which I cut from a length of sterling chain.
Bead by Kim, above
Kim and Cindy! Yay!
Two of my besties!
Below, a pretty sloppy capture of the whole necklace on a sterling ball chain below!
All of the art, together! Completed necklace by Jean!

I made matching earrings I wore. They referred back to the pull charm on the necklace.
It was fun to think it through.

This afternoon, I took  better photos of this cute and special necklace.
It means a lot to me!

Here they are. You can see the difference a good photo makes! I actually carried the bag at Blythecon 2013 so now everything in this art grouping is connected!


Jean xox

PS: Why did I use Vermeil tops for the earrings? (Vermeil is gold clad sterling). Because I felt like it!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

TToT Number fifty four, I won a hat YES

Ten Things of Thankful # 54!
I won a hat edition!
1) I won a hat from Lizzi! I can't believe my good fortuneeee!  For the rest of this frist counting, I shall write in the British tradition, to "Honour" my dear fryhenddd Lizzi (***!!!), as that is the way I, an American, can best showw my affection toward the amazing Lizzi. I ammm slowllyth  learning that the Brits (predominately) preferr less slavish and less demonstrative ways of being thanked than by throwing aryouynnd the words,
 "I love you" (which I never throw around). Frankly, and don't call me Frankly.

Thank you Lizzi ! I thinkkk yough are greeatttt! :) xox
oh,. and they do this: xx. not this xox.  !!! So Yay Lizzi!!! Thank you ! xx I am so thankful for you and my hat!
And my special surprises celebrating Considerings' one year birthday! What a wonderful thoughtful and sweet person you are.

Here is my new hat and party things Lizzi sent. I received a beautiful card as well! As I opened it, I said, "I wonder if there will be glitter". Sure enough, there was! The kind that is great ... all things beautiful and starry!

((((Lizzi!!!))))! Look! I have my own Considerer! Blimey!


 2) Thankful that I saw this wonderful video on "All That is Interesting" about why the human species laughs 
because I knew that but I always like to learn more.

3) Thankful for some nice shampoos and things I get free when I review for Amazon.

4) Thankful for a gift from a friend in Italy, because who doesn't need more "WOW Effect"? 
Wrinkles, begone!

5) Thankful I got to watch the films Blazing Saddles and The Quick and The Dead (which is much better than the reviews). 
Of course Blazing Saddles was nominated for 3 Oscars!


very awesome movies!

6) Thankful for PBS!

7) Thankful for my family, always!

*) <--that means 8) Thankful for my friends!

9) Thankful for Skips, the wonderdog!

10) Thankful for the beautiful weather here!

xox jean

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Beadbloggers and Crafty bloggers with a jean baldridge yates photo of a jewelry piece by jean

hi! I am practicing taking jewelry photos. This is a piece I made for Baubles & Beads when I was a jewelry designer/blogger for that great store. I am trying to enhance the necklace by putting it on a book I have with the same colors. I love learning about photography and of course I love jewelry! thanks!  jean 


Art Bead Scene
Take a peek inside the studio of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry as she prepares for her exhibition at Gallery Q - and be in with the chance of winning one of her beautiful and unique Q Marks the Spot necklaces.