Thursday, January 27, 2011

A little pile of...

hand-faceted beads: Of course I had to take the picture in full sun:
so you can see how they sparkle :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Still more....

hearts:I am loving the shape of these! They are about 1-1/2 inches long. A nice focal. And really---isn't any time a good time for hearts?

And more tabbies: Just because I do love smashing me some glass :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

More yummies...

on Etsy today!
And the Women's Expo was a great success! Lots of fun was had by all, I think. The Elvis impersonator was fabulous :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

This huge pile of beads...

will be going on Etsy this weekend! In between my show times, of course! New colors!!!!

Don't forget to come see me at the Lancaster Event Center for the Women's Expo. Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. $5 off your purchase of $25 or more at my booth to help offset your entrance fee :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The cutness level....

is off the charts with these crochet earrings: In my opinion, anyway :)

Come see them in person this Saturday & Sunday:

At the Women's Expo, Lancaster Event Center, Lincoln!!
And don't forget--save $5.00 off your $25.00 purchase :)
Oh--there is a permalink over on the right of your screen for the new tutorial, so we don't have to search for it. Just click the pic and you'll be sent to the correct page.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beaded Cord Tutorial!!!

Want to make this cool, adjustable cord for your pendants? Get ready!!!

You're going to need a 1 yard length or so of cord, (I use the satin rattail, but you can use virtually anything), a wrapped pendant or change-a-bead pendant, and a small amount of size 8 seed beads. First we need to make a flat section of peyote. Double your thread! This part is going to see some wear & tear. If you do not know how to do peyote--Google it or check the back pages of any beading magazine. My piece is 8 beads long:

Make it wide enough to go over your cording, pretty tightly. You want it to grab but still be able to move if you want to adjust it.
Lay the ends of your cord with the tails pointing is opposite directions over your piece of peyote. Please note--the working thread is coming out one side and the tail is one the other side. There should be the same number of beads going across each end. Mine has 6 beads. You'll need to adjust this according to what cord you're using.
Don't forget to put your pendant on before you do the next step!!
Zip up the flat peyote section into a tube, with the tails encased, being sure not to pierce your cord with the needle. This piece needs to slide over the cord.

Bury your tail and working thread in the beads and clip close to your tube.

Now make a shorter tube for the end. Mine is 4 beads high, 4 across.


Put this piece on the end of your cord, and bury your threads. Tie a knot in the end of the cord so this piece stays put.

Do the same step to the other end. Now you're done! Isn't it pretty?

Pull the ends to make it shorter, pull the center of the cord to make it longer. Slick! I love this look--casual but finished. And so wearable!
Now, I'm sure this isn't new, but it's new to me :) Enjoy the tutorial and make lots. Give a little nod to me (mention my blog :) when your friends ask you where you learned to make something so cool!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pear necklace....

is in the Big Cartel shop today!!And do you see this cute handsewn adjustable cord it's on? I'm working on a tutorial for this! Stay tuned! I hope to get started on it today--but it depends on how much Ayden wants to cooperate :)


Monday, January 17, 2011

Yummy Pandora beads...

are being listed in Etsy: Delicious, right? Go have a peek :)

This Saturday and Sunday I will be at the Women's Expo at the Lancaster Event Center!! It does cost $5.00 to get in, but I will have a coupon at the booth for $5.00 off your $25.00 purchase. That means FREE BEADS, people!! Come see me--I miss you guys :(

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Strawberry Pink-a-Licious....

on Etsy today!!!
One of a kind set of big-holed beads for your Pandora bracelets!!!
Still working on that Big Cartel update--maybe tomorrow??????

Friday, January 14, 2011

Lots of beads...

in Etsy this week, like these little cuties:And I have made a few pears for my "Market Collection"I have wrapped one up and made a cute adjustable cord for it--ready for purchase in my Big Cartel shop later this weekend!

And these are for Tina--is this what you're looking for:? E-mail me!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flowers and bees...

also part of my "Market Collection":I am planing on updating my Big Cartel shop this weekend, as well as new Etsy listings! And an updated show listing so you can come see me! Prepare yourselves :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New line of Itty-bitty....

tabby spacer beads! These are in the green/blue colorway:and a side-view so you can see they're pressed flat:Sold in sets of five--measuring 1-3/4 inch or so per strand. Way to stinkin' cute IMHO. Lots of colorways to come as I think them up :)

And a sneek peek at the new "Market Collection" for this summer's farmer's markets: Delicious, yes? Good enough to eat but not so sweet! And still on the mandrels--I need a minion to clean beads :)

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Earring pairs...

with cutesy hearts, of course: And ready-for-spring flower discs:
These are about the size of a nickle I'd say.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Lots of....

cones: Lovely little cones--perfect for dangles at the clasps of bracelets :)

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

More beads...

were made last week: It's hard to judge size, but these babies are HUGE compaired to my usually small beads :)

I had surgery on my sinuses on Monday, so probably no beads will be made this week--but I got lots done last week for you to see! More pics later on this week.