Monday, September 26, 2011

Giveaway Winner!!

Thanks so much to everyone who came by and visited for my bead soup creations.  I think everyone did a wonderful job.  It is funny that the piece that most seemed to like best was the bracelet. I just kinda threw that together because those beads were just sitting on my beading table.  I did the random number generator for the giveaway and the winner was #14, Beetique!  I will be sending you an email here shortly so you can send me your information. 

Check out what I got for my birthday -

It's awesome.  Not only can you press jewelry blanks, but you can also use any of the Sizzix products and cut out anything with paper, fabric and chipboard.  I used it to make a Halloween wreath this weekend that I will post a picture of as soon as I take it.  Hobby Lobby is having a sale on their Vintaj stuff this week, so I may need to go get some more blanks to play with. 

Have a good week!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What I learned from the Bead Soup Blog Hop

This weekend was crazy busy for me.  I had my parents in town visiting, a wedding to go to and a day to spend at Epcot.  I finally got a chance to visit some of the blogs yesterday and I am still working my way through the list.  Here are some things I picked up:

1.  Blogger does not like me

I know that I added some new blogs to my reader, some even twice, but they are no where to be found.  I know I have done it before, so what gives?  User error?

2.  My stuff is sooooo boring

So many people had such fun multi-strand designs.  Me, I stick with the tried and true one strand symmetrical design.  I really have to shake it up a little bit.  Also there was so much chain.  I always pick up chain when it is on sale, then never do anything with it.  Must try new things.

3.  Why can't I comment on some blogs, but can on others?

I also tried commenting on some other blogs, and it WILL NOT LET ME DO IT. I tried everything. I am certain once again that it is user error, but I have no idea how do fix that particular problem.

Everyone did such a great job, I am going to have to keep making my way through this huge list.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Time and a Giveaway!

Thanks to the lovely Lori Anderson for putting together this blog hop, I can't imagine what a crazy amount of work it was.  Without further ado here are my pieces that I created from the massive amount of soup that my partner, Stephanie Dixon sent to me.

Earrings made with Czech glass, acrylic and Swarovski crystals

This is the first necklace, a copper flower with Czech glass, handmade polymer clay beads and a copper clasp.

A jewelry set made with Czech glass and wooden squares.

A bracelet made with really cool rubber beads from Stephanie and a large lucite bead with vintage glass beads.

And my favorite, a necklace made with some wooden flower charms, Golem Studio beads and a ceramic pendant handmade and signed by Stephanie's uncle.

Close up of the pendant.

Giveaway time!  Anyone who leaves on comment on this post will have a chance to receive one of those pairs of earrings.  Winner will get to choose which one they prefer.  Tell me anything you like.  I will end the giveaway on September 25, which just happens to be my birthday.  :) I will pick a winner and announce on the 26th.

Please visit my partner, Stephanie Dixon to see what she made with the soup I sent to her.  For a complete list of participants, please visit Lori Anderson.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Check out my bead soup that arrived in the mail yesterday. 

There is enough stuff for three people in this soup.  It is filled with acrylic, rubber, Czech glass, nut beads, Swarovski, seed beads and a lovely ceramic pendant made by my partner Stephanie's uncle.  I have already got some pieces put together, but you'll have to come back this Saturday for the reveal.  See you then!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stuff and My New Favorite Necklace in the Whole Wide World

Sorry for the long breaks between posts.  Sometimes life gets in the way of doing stuff we want to do.  I have been having some personal security issues lately.  First, my hotmail account gets hacked at like 3 in the morning.  Said hacker decides to send everyone that I have ever emailed from that account spam mail for Cialis and Viagra.  My husband thought it was kinda funny; my mother-in-law, not so much.  So I had to change my password to something long and complicated with random capitalization and punctuation.  Then, my paypal account got hacked into at like 4 in the morning and the person made a purchase using my account.  The kicker was they signed up for an online back-up service for files and the log in and email was sent to my email address.  The one that is attached to my paypal account.  Moron.  So, I had to dispute that and make a different long, complicated password for that.  And finally, someone tried to break into my house.  Seriously?  What is wrong with people?  They didn't get in, but they did break a window and let a lizard in. 

Moving on from random thieves, I wanted to show these beads when they came in the mail, but could not wait to string them into something pretty.  I heart this necklace so much, I wish it was October already so that I could wear it.  The pendant, crow bead and pumkins all came from Kylie Parry and I love them.  

I put them on some rust colored waxed linen and had no idea how to finish it off.  I improvised, but it seems to be holding so far.

Anyway, I think that my bead soup will be arriving today, cross my fingers.  I can't wait to see what everyone else made!  Have a good week.

Monday, September 5, 2011

September Art Bead Scene Challenge

I have not been able to participate in the monthly challenges over at the Art Bead Scene blog, but this month I had the perfect idea and beads so I had to do it.  Here is my entry -

The pendant and the ceramic beads are made by Golem Studios.  They are having an end of the summer sale at their website for 20% off!  It is a great chance to get some of their awesome beads at a discount.  I may have jumped on that opportunity. 

 All right I did.  The sale ends September 10th.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New Etsy Listings

Not much going on here - we are all sick. Blah. I will leave you with some new listings I added to my shop.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!!