Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Beads for Fun!!!

I am no Susan Kennedy, or Laurie Green Whitney. I am no Lisa Anderson or Amanda Austin! I am just me, and I am teaching myself to make beads! I started about a year and a half ago and I LOVE it! It is challenging and fun! I am looking forward to being good enough to have beads that all turn out the same size! I have no idea how to make them that consistent so my beads are "for Fun!" My Jewelry designs are more organic and earthy anyways, so if I really need beads that are the same size, I will go to one of my beady friends and get them there!! I do like them to be the same for earrings ;)
 I finally bought Raku Frit! I love it! I love the colours and the way it varies depending on where in the flame you melt it! {Thanks Susan for the tips!!} I had fun trying new things last week and I get to do it again tomorrow!
I even made some fun hearts! I know a couple of them are a little buggered up, but I am sure that my budding Jewelry Designer daughter will LOVE to play with those! She is only 10, seems like a good place to send them! lol
I like to call them twisted hearts! lol It is fun to watch the colours swirl into each other when you twist them a little! I have a few people who actually really loved this one! Yay!!
This one I made with my own Silvered Ivory Stringers!! I was lucky enough to come across some tutorials for Radiant Mind on Etsy, and they are amazing!! They have helped me so much! That is where I learned the Silvered Ivory technique and also how to make better swirled beads and better encasing too!

I of course have to do Something with these beads!! So for some nice simple designs I thought why not string a few of the larger beads right onto the chain!
I like the way they turned out! I think it is a great necklace for someone who does not really go for the large bulky pieces I love to make!

I even made that Frit mix myself! One of the better ones I have made! Not everything turns out as well as you would like when you are learning on your own! lol

Love trying new things! I can't wait for the day that I can have my own set up at home! Only time will tell since I have to find a way to work with my insurance company and I need to save up enough money for all the equipment!! lol

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pretty Things Giveaway!!

Lori Anderson from Pretty things is having an amazing giveaway!! I don't normally post giveaways on my blog, but I really want these so I just had to post this one! :)

I have been wanting alphabet stamps for awhile, but with everything else I want to buy, it's hard to convince myself to spend the money for a GOOD quality set like this one!
So here is your chance to win...


1.  Post about this giveaway on your blog (don't forget to link!)
2. Extra points -- one for Twitter, one for Facebook.
3. Comment that you did these things, and the links to them.

I know, hoops to jump, but guys -- these stamps are WORTH IT!
$70 of fun for FREE!

Winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 25th, 
sometime after 12:00 noon EST

Don't miss your chance to win this!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Join BTW and Humblebeads!!

So I thought I would try joining the fun for once, I just hope I can keep up with it!! lol 
 So here is my messy bead table. I have a ton of stuff to put away and sort, I also need to clean the floor, since that is where I have been working!! lol I would love to edit the photos the way Heather did, but I have no iPod and no software for it. So what you see is what you get! You may recognize a couple of things on my table, I would love to hear back in the comments section and see what you do recognize!!

Thanks for watching!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Sorry I have not posted in so long, sometimes life gets in the way! I am hoping to be able to do it more now with the New Year! So first off, new pieces!!
A new Skye Jewels piece with a pretty Fleur De Lis!!

 A new Menagerie piece with a so sweet little butterfly!
And another Menagerie piece with a sweet little heart and a Vintaj dangle, one of the pieces from my latest order!!
 This fun necklace has a little of everything, but my sea/beach inspired pieces are doing so well I will be making them regularly!!

Like this fun Turtle necklace! I normally try to stay away from Micheals but I was given a GC for Christmas so why not!! Fell in love with this beauty!!

So, short and sweet today! Wishing you a happy and prosperous NEW YEAR!!