My friend and business customer Meg Mullen owns the company Bead My Love. Bead My Love sells supplies for bead embroidery and carries polymer cabochons made by me. This summer Meg asked me to design a scarab cabochon for her. She was designing a bead embroidery piece. I will tell you that her work is stunningly gorgeous! I was honored to do this design for her! She made me proud! Not only does she do awesome bead design and bead work but she is a really sweet person.
The Scarab Bead Embroidery Design by Meg Mullen
The bead embroidery piece (with my scarab cab) and the tutorial designed by Meg is in the February 2015 issue of Bead and Button magazine! For those of us in the jewelry making business Bead and Button is one of the best publications in the industry. It is exciting for me to see my artwork and name in Bead and Button magazine! I am also so proud of Meg and that her design is being showcased.
The scarab beetle is an ancient Egyptian symbol for "rebirth". A perfect project for bringing in the New Year! If you are interested in making this project Bead My Love has the complete Bead and Button Scarab Design Kit on their website. They also carry seed beads and have the smaller stone cabs that are in the project. I have the scarab cabochons in my Etsy shop MsPlace.
Our lives took a new direction this summer. We have been campers for the last 20 years. During that time we have had 10 different camping rigs. Number 10 has been lived in for the last four months as full time volunteer campground hosts at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, DE. Surprising to both of us we were very comfortable. Amazing how much space you really need or don't need to be comfortable.
It has been quite an adventure and an awesome re-acquaintance with nature for my husband and I both. Living in the woods and near a pond have been soul food for us. The pond is the northern most natural bald cypress swamp in the US. The cypress trees grow in the water and are quite beautiful.
I was also fascinated with the different kinds of mushrooms that we saw in the woods around the park.
I have no clue if they are safe to eat. They were just so pretty to look at and they don't live for very long. The fall leaves and crisp air have also been a joy to experience.
Delaware is most known for boardwalks and beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. The secret gem of our state is Trap Pond State Park. There are bike and hiking trails, a disc golf course, kayak and canoe rentals, and pontoon boat tours. If you get over this way spending a day or a week at Trap Pond is worth it. There are 148 camping sites, 8 cabins and 2 yurts. There is also a beautiful Nature Center with interactive information and history of the area situated near a playground and picnic area.
I am having a hard time adjusting to the fact that winter is almost here. Living in the motorhome makes me think it is still summer! Hope you are having a great autumn... it feels more like winter here today!
Msplace on Etsy is again open for business. I have been making cabochons for bead embroiderers. They have been selling at bead shows through Bead My Love beads. I decided I would open my Etsy venue again and stock it with my polymer cabachons. I made a mold from a belt buckle with a horse head on it and added some flowers. I have been having fun with chalk and guilders paste.
Stop by MsPlace and check out the other cabs I have listed!