Friday, July 31, 2009

Candy Cone Bracelet

I just love the glass focal bead on this bracelet. The pink with multi-colored dots is a fun contrast to the pale compliment beads and the silver bead caps.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Finally Finished!

I have FINALLY finished some of my painting that was on my "summer to do" list! I'll post pics later. A word of advice, don't paint Adirondack chairs with a brush! The last two times I've painted them I used spray paint and it was a breeze. But this time I thought I'd paint them the same color as the door on the studio...not realizing how many cracks, crevices, etc. are in those darn things. Of course this is coming from someone who really doesn't enjoy painting! LOL!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Where have I been?

I've gotten some emails asking where I've been. Sorry! This past weekend we had our annual sale-a combination garage and craft sale. I spent the better part of last week getting ready and organizing for the sale. You never realize how much work it is until you actually do it! Thank goodness Tammey (my sister) was there with me every step of the way!! Without her help organizing and running the sale I may have lost my mind!!!
The sale went well. We didn't advertise in the local paper this time, just Craigslist and signs around the neighborhood. At first I regretted not putting an ad in the local paper until a shopper stopped by late on the first day and shared her experience. Apparently, she was having a garage sale not too far up the road and she was lamenting that her first day had barely covered her advertising expense! We were shocked because we were having a great day!! Unfortunately, I think that says a lot about the world we live in today; actual newspapers are just not being read and utilized like they once were.
Anyhow, I've spent the last few days since the sale trying to recover. Donating the garage sale items that didn't sell to charity, updating my jewelry inventory list, and catching up on the household chores that were neglected!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pink Party

This is one of the very first jewelry sets I ever made. I fell in love with the colorful glass focal beads.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Craft Robo

I'm really excited to finally blow the dust of my Craft Robo and try some new projects. I can't wait to make some vinyl cut outs for the walls in my studio!

Tiger Iron Stone

This bracelet was created using the right angle weave and Tiger Iron chips. Tiger Iron is a stunning and unique gem stone with alternating layers of black and brown hematite or magnetite, red jasper and chatoyant golden tiger eye. Also called tigereye matrix, tiger iron is a quartz-lignite aggregate of rich chocolate and dark brown tones highlighted with vibrant golden-yellow.

Golden MOP Discs

Mother-of-pearl epitomizes everything we love about being feminine. Its beauty is gentle and delicate. It calls up feelings of tenderness.
Mother-of-pearl may look delicate and gentle and even old-fashioned, but modern women, especially, need its spiritual values. Since it has a tremendous ability to calm and lessen the fears of those who wear it, it is especially helpful for anyone whose life is intense and stressful.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lake MI set

Aqua seed beads, tiny shells and Heishi reminiscent of a trip to the beach.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Gameboard Books

These fun little books were created using re-purposed checker boards, an old checker, O-wires, printer paper, and the Bind It All.

Silver Seeds Cuff

Mini Shells

Here's a fun pair of shell earrings that can be worn with anything.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Vintage Knob Hangers

I made six of these hangers. They're made from wooden plaques and vintage drawer pulls. I've hung two silver chains from this one, but the options are endless. I love pretty practical items made from re-purposed finds!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tropical Breeze

This light ankle bracelet was made using several fun colors and floral beads.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Confetti Fun Bracelet

This bracelet was time consuming to create, but I love how it turned out! Very fun to wear!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Blue Heart

This is one example of redesigning pieces of jewelry. The charms and blue beads were mixed with new materials to create a more modern look.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mixed Gemstones

I love using natural materials! They have such a timeless appeal.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Orange Slices

Fun summery bracelet using the right angle weave stitch.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Black Ice

This was my first project using the chain maille technique.