Wednesday, February 28, 2007

New beads--hollow, wonky, big holed beads. Personally, I love them--anyone else?

And another new bracelet--this one incorporates one of the rings I've been making. Nice to know we can do something with them beside float them, yes?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Altered Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007.

I finished it! Double-sided hanging with three of my lampwork beads, fibers, glass beads, paper, inks, image from Paper Whimsey, bird, butterfly wings and "flight" from vintage book. Enjoy!
Today marks my 200th post! It also is the beginning of what I'm going to call "Altered Tuesday". Every Tuesday I'm going to make something altered instead of (or in addition to) my usual beads & jewelry. Sound like fun? Today's altered peice is not quite finished, so I'll post it's picture later!

Anyway--so in honor of my 200th post and the new Altered Tuesday--everyone who leaves a comment on my blog from now until next Altered Tuesday will be entered into a drawing to receive the "Think Pad" pictured below. An original piece of my art--an altered pad of paper perfect for jotting down all your thoughts. Or maybe your grocery list--whatever! So let's see who's game!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Ahhh---much better! It still looks lovely and it lays nicely as well. What more could I ask for? Other than to do it right in the first place, of course!
And my mom's earrings--pretty little petite crystal earrings.
What NOT to do--
Placing big, chunky gemstones this close to the clasp is NOT a good thing. While it looks lovely (IMHO) it just doesn't want to lay nicely against the wrist. You would think after the hundreds of bracelets I have made, I would know that one by now!
Anyway--today will be spent re-making this bracelet and hopefully moving on the the earrings my mother would like!!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A new bracelet--this one is in "trial phase". Since the beads are so thin I need to make sure they'll stand up to normal wear & tear before I can sell it. It made it through today--so far, so good!

Also--more cool beads are up on Etsy today, so click the link to the right to check them out!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A new necklace with new "Potato Chip" beads & five strands of seed beads:

A close-up of the beads:

More beads tomorrow, I hope!!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Well, I'm home!
Here's a crazy-view shot of my table full of beads! I want to thank everyone who came out to the show--past customers and new customers both. I'm as always very grateful for all the wonderful feedback I get from the people who venture out to the bead shows. Enjoy your beads!!
Here's my haul from the show--lots of cool creations waiting to be made!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Well, today I'm off to Urbandale, Iowa to their bead show! It's at the Living History Farm. Want to buy some beads? Of course you do! Come on out to see us & be sure to say "HI!". I'll be back Sunday night to let you know how it went----

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"The Great Green Beaded Thing" challenge is going on over at Beads & Botanicals--click the link to the right to check it out. Here's my project--"The Great Green Beaded Cell Phone Charm". I'm pretty excited about it since I hardly ever make something for myself--everything goes out for sale. This baby is going on my cell phone!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

A new set on eBay tonight, too--you'll have to click the link to see it!!

If you've been wondering why all of a sudden I'm listing on eBay--here's the story:

My husband and I are planning on travelling the world in an R.V. Well, not really the "world", maybe just the U.S., Mexico & Canada. Jewels--you have hook-ups? I'll come see ya (park in your driveway)! We've been planning this for the last five years. Selling the house & being a travelling bead show--sounds like fun, yes? I just figured last week that we only have 20 months until we want to leave. 20 months!! That's not very long, now is it? So I'm going to need some extra money--and what better way to get it than to part with some of my beads? Really, it's a win-win situation. You get some beads--I get to leave this cold state. Care to help out a starving (HA! If you've seen me, you know that's not true!) artist??

New set on Etsy tonight--click the "Etsy" link on the right to check them out!

"Corrugated" beads--single color beads that have been imprinted with hearts, swirls & lines. Simple color & texture.

Friday, February 09, 2007

This set will be listed on eBay later on this evening. Check it out by clicking the "eBay" link to the right!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Yesterday I finally finished this altered tin I've been working on--sometimes things have to sit a bit until they decide how they want to look! Anyway--here it is:

The earrings inside are handsewn seed beads and firepolish beads with sterling chain & earwires.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Okay! Here's some of the new beads I've been working on, as well as a bracelet I finished yesterday out of said beads. The beads are very organic, fun & very flat so they lay nice on your skin. The bracelet says to me "I'm of the Earth--natural--just a bunch of twigs & stones that are braided together". I like that. Enjoy!

Monday, February 05, 2007

This sweet heart on Etsy now! Click to find out more!!

Two more crochet bracelets--red & black----I think I might have it out of my system for a bit! The rings on these are handmade & "slide" over the base. No clasp--these bangles just slide over your wrist.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

These beads listed on eBay right now! Click the link for a peek!!

Well, I haven't made beads in 3 days!! I'm going into withdrawl!! Are you? Well--I just uploaded a bunch of pics into Flickr--click the link if you want to see!