Wednesday, December 28, 2011

30 days goes by really fast - Happy Holidays!

This morning I sat down at the computer and thought it was about time I checked out my blog since the Cyber Give-A-Way - Wouldn't ya know it?  A month exactly-I don't think I will ever be a professional blogger!   First of all I would like to congratulate Julie Vasquez on winning the Cyber Week Give-A-Way! Yay Julie!  I hope you like everything,  thank you and  big Thank you to the 70 other wonderful people for participating!  I believe that is a record for readers of my blog (not that I blame you..most of the time people show up here and hear crickets)  Let's see if I can get motivated and do another for um, Valentines Day!  

Yesterday I was so surprised to see a wonderful blog post by the Amazing Grace Danel of GraceBeading.  Please check out her blog post "fa la la la la LPA"    My friends are my heart and Grace is a real big chunk of it! xoxo Gracie..
her blog post reminded me that I should not need a reminder, to remember to blog..
Raku & Beaded Ring by Grace Danel
Speaking of being mentioned in a blog - check out Sabine Lippert's Try-To-Be-better Blog - She certainly made my Raku Cabochon look a whole lot better than I thought it would ever look - WOW nice going Sabine! and of course Carol Dean Sharpe is always doing something amazing for Beaders everywhere - check out her Blog Hop post and see how she shared the love with a kit inspired by an LPA cabochon!
Sabine Lippert's - Dragon Head
Sharing the Love - Blog Hop Kit by Carol Dean Sharpe
I hope everyone had a blast celebrating the Holiday's!  This year was especially relaxed and Hank and I even found time to go to the country and celebrate the last few hours of Christmas in front of the fire watching..what else? Christmas Vacation -- We were so lucky there wasn't too much snow on the ground -what a difference from last year!  

In The Country - day after Christmas -nice to be outdoors!

So, How did I spend my December?  As volunteer, bead shopper, and celebrating - that's a pretty good way I'd say.  Early on was the Bergen County Volunteer Association  Heart of Gold Gala and a good time was had by all!  The Gala was a success and I am pretty excited that my donation turned out to be a profitable one for the volunteer center..  If you ever have an event and need a Beatles Cover Band.. check out Beatlemagic - They were awesome!
Me and Andy Warhol  - "Portrait"
Porcelain LPA Blackbird Pendants on Silks for the Giving Tree
a few days later I got the chance to meet up with Jennifer Chaslow Van Benschoten from Van Beads the Beading Daily online editor at Interweave  for some Bead Shopping in NYC!  We had a great time and I cannot wait to do it again.. (wait, I did a few days later with my mom Toho and M & J Trimmings -- heaven on earth!)  You just can't get enough of these places.. now, what to do with my purchases????   Recently Jennifer sent me a photograph of a new collar she created.. Just take a look and see for yourself how talented this gal is!
There's Jenn!  Look at all those beads!
"Arianna" Bead Embroidered Collar
Mid December The Bead & Glass Boutique in Pitman, NJ had an online Designers Challenge using LPA Components.  Photographs of the entries can be seen here: Online Designers Challenge.  I want to thank everyone for their participation in the event - even though I could not vote on a winner, personally I believe you are all winners for deciding to take the time and participate in a challenge especially during the holiday season!  I want to Thank Amy Blevins, owner of Bead & Glass for her constant support and "pimp-istry" of LPA components to her customers and in her own work.  She offers amazing classes in her bead store in South Jersey and I cannot wait until the Grand Opening of her new location in the next few months.  Best of luck to you AMY!  Congratulations to the Winner of the challenge Andra Weber.
1st place winner in the Bead & Glass Online Designers Challenge - Andra Weber
Andra said about her piece: 
"My original kit consisted of the Lisa Peters Cab, five teal blue ceramic donuts and two copper findings. I chose not to use the copper findings in my necklace. I used the following additional materials: 8 triangle, 6 8mm round, 3 tubes ceramic beads which matched the donuts. Also dark brown delicas, size 11 and 8 matt opaque ceylon beige seed beads, size 6 teal blue seed beads, fireline, E600 glue, brown cording, and animal print suede on the back of the pendant."

Not only does Amy host wonderful challenges using LPA components - but she teaches with them and uses them in her work.  Check it out:
by Amy Blevins - Owner, Bead & Glass Boutique
December also brings one of the most important days of the year... Mom's Birthday ;)  We had a wonderful afternoon at Thalia in the city celebrating -- she gets younger and younger every year I am sure of it!

I leave you with a few photo memories of some happy times December brought to my life and I wish for you only good times with  lots of love and most of all Happy Creating in 2012!  Lisa

Mom at Thalia celebrating her __ Birthday!
Macy's Window
Me and JJ having Holiday Cocktails (and lots of laughs)
Recently someone mentioned Absinthe to me - I just happen to have a bottle and made a toast to them ;)
My Beautiful Ring from Bora Handcrafted Jewelry (who I cannot believe doesn't have a website, grrr)
my beautiful holiday gift (created by Lorelei) from the talented and very loving Carol Dean  -  <3 
GORGEOUS Beaded Rope Necklace by Linda Roberts featuring an LPA Tube Bead
Amazing mixture of Kumihimo, Seed Beads & Raku by Dantes Spirit 
Beautiful Copper and LPA Raku Bracelet by Melinda Orr Designs

NOT TO WORRY.. more donuts coming - I promise ;)

Monday, November 28, 2011

CYBER MONDAY - I am finally getting over here and giving something away!

Hello Everyone!

I am sure you have all been hitting the stores and taking advantage of the great sales out there!  I have not been pushing anything in my shop, even though I have had a sale going on since Thanksgiving Day!  If you missed it, not to worry.. I am keeping my coupon code active another few days!  The Coupon Code GIVETHANKS will get you 20% your entire order + one free mystery bead or button until Thursday!  I am planning on listing more items this afternoon and on Tuesday!  If you do not allready know my shop is: lisapetersART on etsy                      

But here is more exciting news.... 

I am having a Give-A-Way and the winner will be chosen by "randomness" on Friday, December 2nd.   And since I am so bad at these - participating in this will be pretty easy.   All you have to do is comment below and I will use on Friday to choose the winner.  As a courtesy I do ask, if you have the time... a little pimping of my giveaway on your blog or facebook page would be awesome!  Here is a photo of the items I am giving away *** PLUS *** a $25 Lisa Peters ART Gift Certificate to use in my Etsy shop!   So beads + Gift Certificate just for leaving a comment below!

3 Buttons, 1 Flower Disc & 1 Believe "shard" type Pendant
PLUS a $25 LPA on Etsy Gift Certificate
So, there it is my CYBER MONDAY Give Away!  Good Luck!  and please if you are not all ready a fan on LPA on Facebook... please like my page - I am there more than I am here ;)

Happy Shopping and Happy Creating, 
and don't forget to BUY HANDMADE!


Friday, November 11, 2011

I am headed for Pitman....

Pitman, New Jersey for the weekend for the 
Bead & Glass Boutique - Lisa Peters ART weekend trunk show starting Friday evening until Sunday! Yay!

Would love to see you there!

Here is what Bead & Glass Boutique has to say about this weekend's events:

Lisa Peters Art Trunk Show starts this Friday night at 6pm !
Join us for Free - Friday Night Beader's Club! We'll be working away on our projects and you get first choice of the Beaders Challenge Kits!

Are you signed up?

Trunk Show = Nov 11-12-13 only - be sure to visit for a great selection of Lisa's newest designs. 
They're FRESH from the kiln - this week !
(and that's no lie, I just finished firing my last batch this moment!)

Call us at 856-827-0000 to reserve your space for Friday

Bead & Glass Boutique is located at:

For more information Check out the Bead & Glass Website or FACEBOOK page

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Huge Handmade Component Sale from 11 Artists & $550 in Giveaways!

Huge Handmade Component Sale from 11 Artists & $550 in Giveaways!

This amazing group of designers
specialize in handmade jewelry components and findings. Take advantage of our sale this 
Wednesday - Friday 
October 26-28
just in time for holiday shows & gift designs ~ 
You can still enter for the
to enter and see all the wonderful pieces!

Each designer is offering a free gift with purchase & discount 
this Wed-Fri ~ Many of these designers rarely offer sales ~ A great opportunity!
Don't miss it!

Here are the artists, the sale and gifts they are offering: 
Click on the pictures above to visit their stores!
Be sure to visit each of their blogs ~  We have some new additions so be sure to

1. Melinda Orr Designs ~ 15% off entire store (Use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free gift ~ a sampling of copper ear wires, rivets, textured charms and copper cleaning pad~  
Visit her blog to comment to win 

2. Kristi Bowman Designs ~ 15% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Also 15% off her Artfire store

3.  Marla's Mud ~  25% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD25)
Free gift ~ Goodie bag $20 with $50 purchase & goodie bag & free shipping over $75
Visit her blog to comment to win 

4. SKYE JEWELS ~ 10% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD10)
Free Gift ~ surprise!
Visit her blog to comment to win

5. Sue Beads ~ 15% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ Free pair of handcrafted ear wires in brass or copper with earring pairs
Visit her blog to comment to win

6. Starry Road Studio  ~15% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ Free ceramic charm for orders over $25
Visit her blog to comment to win

7. Staci Louise ~ 15% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ surprise bead mix
Visit her blog to comment to win

8.  Marsha Neal Studio ~ 20% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD20) 
Special Gift ~ orders over $100 (after discount) receive a $15 gift certificate
Every item purchased during the sale gets you entered to win a $50 gift certificate
Extra $50 gift certificate to blog commentors ~ 
Visit her blog to comment to win

9. Fired Up Ladies ~ 25% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD25) 
Free Gift ~ A surprise bead  with your order
Special Gift ~ To the first 5 that spend over $50 an additional $20 gift certificate
Visit her blog to comment to win

10. Lisa Peters Art ~ 20% off  entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD20) 
Free Gift ~ Surprise bead or button with your order
Visit her blog to comment to win

Here's a little treasury sampling from Kristi Bowman Designs ~ thanks Kristi!

Friday, October 21, 2011

EARLYBIRD Deisgner Sales Event & Giveaway

Component Designer Sales Event starts October 26-28, 2011 -- And wouldn't ya know it this spectacular event just happens to take place on my birthday and my wedding anniversary celebrating 21years of marriage!!! Since my age is waaaay to high a number for a discount (LOL) I would like to offer you 20% discounted shopping in my Etsy store by using the coupon code EARLYBIRD20 and a FREE SURPRISE BEAD or BUTTON with every order (no minimum purchase required)  

Please check out my Etsy shop lisapetersART - do some shopping and then click on the photo above to take you other component designers participating in this sale and to find out how to qualify for the $400 giveaway!  
I will be adding new items to my store daily - so keep checking!

Good Luck!
and as always, Happy Creating!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The End

Yes, its Me and a Mako Shark- which is typical in Montauk!
My post is titled "the end" as it marks the end of summer but also where we enjoyed the last of our summer vacation days in the East End of Long Island in the only place referred to as The End, Montauk, NY.   I have been vacationing in Montauk since I was 0.  My mother and grandparents went for years prior to my birth and we spent a few weeks in the summer there growing up until my grandfather passed away 10 years ago.  It was hard to go back in the first few years since his passing and since next year my grandmother (nani) turns 90 we decided it was time....

Over the years on weekends Hank and I were guests in the Hamptons I always made him promise that we would sneak away and go to Montauk for a few hours..and thankfully he always kept his promise, though I do not think he could ever understand how important those short trips were for me.  I also do not think he ever got a true sense of the place just by taking a ride to the point and back and maybe stopping for fritters and beer..  Since our family vacations usually took place during the work week or at odd times before Hank made his own schedule, Hank usually did not come with us and I am so glad he finally got at chance this year - luckily I believe he is hooked and I am now pretty sure I might not have to be the one to ask first next time to go there.. He is absolutely in love with the place and my work is done.. LOL.

For those of you who know the area.. we stayed at Gurney's ( a switch from our regular place next door The Panoramic View Inn)  We were under the impression it changed over to residences only, but that might not be the we may be back at the Salt Sea next summer.   My family switched from Gurney's in 1968 to the Panoramic because they did not allow children and I am very glad they did so.. Those summers at the Panoramic made more wonderful memories for me than any other.   One of those wonderful memories are referred to here by Frank Bennardo in a song inspired by the most innocent teenage encounters in this very magical place. (pls scroll down to #4 on that link)

Ahhh Gurney's..what can I say about Gurney's?  Well other than our amazing accommodations, The Quarter Deck..a 3 bedroom cottage on the beach -- (doesn't get better than that as far as gurney's is concerned) Gurney's is a sort of Time Capsule.  It has been there for 85 years (this being their 85th year celebration) and there is alot of it that, well, was still here.  I remember when it had its first major renovation..when it became one of the most famous Spa Resorts to hit NY!!  I had my 1st massage there when I was 12 years old and my grandparents took me there to recover from my sinus surgery when I was 16--it was that special... ;)   but, without being too verbally critical I am going to say.. it is no wonder, the secret rumor is Gurney's is up for sale.  I am torn between my love for a place, memories, being with family for a proper -objective critique, but I wouldn't book another appt. any time soon..that being said...Monte.. you did a great job, RIP...

Ben, Hank, Mom and Nani - Quarter Deck
 This time also marks another end for us., the end of the life of a very dear friend and Hank's best friend since he was 16 years old, Kevin.  Kevin, 49yrs passed away last week and I think the timing of this vacation was perfect so that Hank could stare out into that beautiful ocean and have quiet time thinking about all the fun he and Kevin used to have together.  Kevin was one of the kindest people I have ever met - who I am pretty sure never said a negative thing about anyone.. (in my presence at least) and for the 23 years I was lucky enough to know him was always extremely polite and respectful to me, regardless if Hank and I were having a "good day or a bad day".    We will really, really miss him.

So, with that I wish you Happy Creating as usual with a spin, I wish you Happy Creating Memories..with friends and family -- and if you ever have the chance to create them in Montauk.. please invite me along.


Some interesting links for those of you interested in seeing more about Montauk
Montauk Rocks
The Fall Run
The Montauk Lighthouse (the 4th oldest, in operation Light in the US)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A great way to spend a rainy Friday .......BEADFEST

Friday morning Hank and I set out for our day trip to Philly to go to Bead Fest.  Other than some really annoying traffic the ride was uneventful and we arrived around 1pm.  Believe the Interweave Website when they tell you that the address of the Expo center and your GPS will not agree..ours took us a longer way than expected but ..whatever., it is-what it is in 2011 as far as directions anywhere.  I was never really any good at reading a map anyway so I am just happy when I actually arrive at a my destination at all. 

I was really happy to see great friends and get a chance to see the show as a "civilian" which really means, without the butterflies and anxiety that come with doing a show.   We met with Amy Blevins from Bead and Glass Boutique in Pitman, NJ and had alot of fun browsing.   We spent alot of time with Barbara Lewis and I was so bummed I had left her book in the car as I would have loved for her to sign it for me.. She filled in alot of technical blanks about enameling for Hank and I believe he is on his way to finally use the hundreds of copper pieces we bought 2 years ago when we decided we wanted to enamel.. (can you tell I am a little behind in my work?)  I am really looking forward to creating using enamel now that she has put some of my concerns in perspective.  Barbara is a wonderful teacher and I highly recommend her book and taking one of her classes if you can..  
Yvonne Irwin from My Elements

Hank Holding a LPA Cabochon kit by Bead My Love

Barbara Lewis - Painting with Fire

Me, Hank and Amy Blevins - Bead & Glass Boutique

Nancy Schindler
 Amy and I discovered a booth that really got our attention and I am sorry to say I never got a chance to do the last 2 rows or any of the side rooms but it was a wonderful day nonetheless.   At the end of the show we had dinner locally and made it back for the Meet The Teachers Reception which was also wonderful.  It was there that I got a chance to chat with Nancy Schindler and she and Hankster finally got a chance to meet!  It was wonderful until the subject of Face Down Tuesday came up and the rest is history. 
Hank and Nancy - Conspirator & Co-Conspirator of "Crystalgate"

Hank and Stephanie Dixon-Designer and Swarovski Ambassador

Hank, Stephanie Dixon and her beautiful Swarovski covered Card Holder

Hank who did not know about the card holder

Its all fun and games until someone breaks the beads:(

He is very sorry :( - Hank is holding Swarovski JET AB ss32 crystals)    

there will be no more planking at Meet The Teachers Bead Fest..... until Next year......

as always I wish you Happy Creating,
and Careful Planking...