Friday, July 29, 2011

Lots of Bracelets and a Re-Do

I have been in a bracelet making mood lately.  Probably because of this.  Such a good resource and I love the interactiveness of the E-Mag.  (Hmmmm, is that a word?  Spell check doesn't seem to have a problem with it, so I 'll just go with it.)  Here are some of the ones I have been working on.

This one is my favorite.  I purchased the flower focal while visiting my parents.  I won't tell you how many issues I had with getting this to be the right size and the finding a clasp that was big enough to balance the focal.  I restrung a couple of times.  Okay, about four times. Maybe five, I don't remember, drove me bonkers, but I do love wearing it.

Close up of the flower.  It is really cute on.

Simple design with some glass beads from Michaels and some olive green spacers.

Same thing different beads.  I have been on the hunt for more seed beads in that particular shade and size.  Apparently they are not that common, three bead stores I visited did not have them.  I had to rescue these last ones from the bead mess of seed beads that my son made for me.

Some blue ceramic and resin beads.

This one is super light and I just added the charm.  I might keep it for myself, I don't know yet.

I also re-strung a necklace that I submitted for an Art Bead Scene challenge a couple of months ago.  The original design was asymmetrical and the clasp kept turning backwards whenever I wore it.  This way seems to wear much better.

That's all for now, have a great weekend!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Even More New Etsy Listings

I am just an Etys-listing fool lately.  I think it is because they changed the format making it a lot easier to list and even copy listings. 

My coupon code, SHOPCLEANUP is still valid for 25% off!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fun With Fabric Pendants

I used to make a lot of fabric pendants with some printable fabric and digital images.  I loved the shabby chic feel of them, but I never like the lightness.  I backed them with felt so they had no weight.  I have been experimenting with some new ideas to see if they work any better.  I used some fabric tape and plain wooden squares for these.

I don't know how I feel about them.

This one is my favorite I think.

I also tried to make some pendants with some fabric scrapbooking flowers.

I'm also having a sale in my Etsy store, 25% off with the coupon code - SHOPCLEANUP.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New Additions

To my own jewelry box.  Recently when I went through all my new stuff I sorted out into piles.  Stuff to give away, stuff to try and sell, stuff to try to submit to magazines and stuff for me to keep.  I haven't made anything for myself to wear for awhile so I enjoyed picking through and deciding which designs I couldn't live without.

Lots of bracelets, and stuff that is comfortable to wear.  If I put on something and it looks pretty, but doesn't wear right, then I probably will take it apart and try to fix it.  I won't wear it otherwise.  There is no real rhyme or reason to what I like and it changes frequently so I like to have a lot of options. 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend, I am off to go see HP7B. So freaking excited!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mostly Metal Challenge

I am participating in the Mostly Metal Challenge hosted by Michelle Mach.  I really love doing challenges.  I used to dislike them because I have a really hard time making stuff with limits.  Like only using gemstones, or one type of finding.  But, in an effort to become better, I started making myself participate in these challenge/swaps and I think it is becoming easier the more I do it.  Here are my components-

There were three different sets, but I picked this one because of the sari silk ribbon.  I know a lot of people use this in their designs and it looks great.  But when I do it, it just looks messy to me.  This is my challenge to myself - to use this ribbon in a way that will make me happy.  The reveal is August 16th, please come back to see what I came up with.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What am I going to do with this?

Exhibit A

Yes, that is a container full of dumped out seed beads.

There is a lot of them.

Exhibit B

Exhibit C & D

So glad he decided to bring a snack with him for the destruction.

Time out was probably a good call, since yesterday he got in trouble for dumping out two containers on my floor.  And he went back for more today, taking out quite a bit more.

What am I going to do with all those mixed up beads?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Well hello there

I am in the new house with a minimum of boxes still lingering about.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by and visited for my Muffin Tin Challenge post.  I have most of the studio unpacked, but I am not loving how it is set up.  I will wait to post pictures until after I have it just right.  I feel as though I haven't made anything in AGES.  I tend to get cranky when I don't have my crafty alone time.  I did make a couple of new purchases of some art beads so that I can get cracking on new designs.  Sorry for the blurry picture, I cannot seem to locate my camera right now.

Hopefully I will think of something inspiring to do with all these lovelies.  Have a good rest of the week!!