Friday, August 29, 2008

Baubles, Baubles...

Here they are as promised. New pictures of new jewelry for our show at Giltner, NE. The craft show starts Thursday, September 4 and runs through Sunday, September 7 and then again on Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14. This charm bracelet uses the beautiful Lucite beads purchased from The Hole Bead Shoppe in Oklahoma. I really love the Lucite, it is almost like making jewelry from the garden! The folks at the shop are very fun, and helpful~check out their new items if you haven't!
This is a fun Halloween charm bracelet which I made from charms purchased after Halloween last year. I added fun seed bead charms in Halloween-ish colors and this is the result! It is one I hope doesn't sell, but that rarely works out for my jewelry box!
This lovely piece is made with rondelle slices of various stones, spaced with silver seed beads, and complimented with dangles of the same and stone hearts that were purchased while we were in Columbia, MO.
This very feminine bracelet uses lovely rose beads from beads and botanicals along with Swarovski crystals, filigreed silver rounds, and a gorgeous lead free pewter heart toggle.

This trio of "hags" were made by my talented husband. They are strung on waxed cotton cording and complimented with spacers done to match them. Very festive and fun!

These are not your average mummy! Chris did his bead making magic to create special glass canes to give these lucky guys "aged" bandages, and they are SOOO cool!
These are our version of "Frankenstein's Monster" (does that make Haussler's Monster?). Frankie is also strung on cotton cording with matching spacers. The one on the left got a bit burned in the flames from his burning windmill, giving him a superb smudgy monster look!

These are earrings made with some new style beads Chris has been playing with. They are made with a masher/shaper thing and then decorated with dots. I strung them with Swarovski crystal AB pendant style on the bottom and white alabaster on the top.
This is Chris's field of ponies! Ready to go home with any horse lover!
This adorable moo moo is a ceiling fan pull. She has a chicken and pig to keep her company until they are purchased for their new homes!

These roses are also ceiling fan pulls. Chris's brother Todd asked Chris to make some for their newly updated bedroom, and he made these to be sold with the farm animal pulls.

More Halloween! We do love Halloween at our house. It is quite a fright here on a daily basis! This cute necklace has ghosties a plenty made of course by Chris, and he also strung the necklace. What a talented guy!

These ghostie earrings are ready to swing onto your ears! I made them in a trapeze style with a wire wrap and seed beads to compliment them in Halloween colors!

I made a bunch of sun catchers for the show using various glass beads, and a beautiful Swarovski prism at the end of each one. This one is my favorite as the prism is huge and has a unique shape to it.
This three piece set is made with crazy lace agate, river stone, Bali silver, various colors of Swarovski crystals. It is so lovely, and the neutrals will go with so many outfits! What are the odds of this one coming to visit my jewelry box?!
This quartet of rings were hand stitched by me using seed beads, tiny Lucite flowers (again from The Hole Bead Shoppe!), and Swarovski flat back sew on stones/flowers. I am so addicted to making these! The variations are endless as are the types of stitches and sizes of seed beads that can be used to make them!
This fun bracelet was also made by Chris. He made the lampwork and then strung the bracelet using his beads with faceted black onyx and white stone, and rectangles of blue goldstone.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Beading Blitz

I spent yesterday afternoon (after a luxurious nap) beading my fingers off! I made a bunch of sun catchers for the craft show at Giltner (which starts the first Friday of September), finished up a bracelet Chris had put together with his beads, prepped some Lucite leaves for a charm bracelet, and made a really pretty seed bead ring using a custom Kool-aid Mango Mania mix that Carla at beads and botanicals put together for the Hastings Kool-aid Days celebration. It is a mix of orange, peach, and cream and then I embellished the ring with 3 tiny Lucite flowers across it's top. I really love making the rings. Carla taught me the ladder stitch style and I have since come to love all the combinations, stitch variations, and embellishments that can be added. They are quick to make and a great seller too. The sun catchers are made with a Swarovski prism at the end and the sections of glass colored beads along the cording to add to the beauty of it. Chris has been joyfully appreciating his new kiln and making all types of new things! Yesterday he made his first marbles! He is also working on some new fall leaves to take into beads and botanicals. Hope to get you some new pictures, as we need to work on the pricing/packaging/photographing of our items for the show and get them boxed up and ready to go.

Monday, August 18, 2008

It's Official~Summer's Over...

Mina went to sixth grade this morning. She has been in school for about one-half hour now. They are starting at 9:30 all this week to accomodate sports practice. She wasn't quite ready to go back to school this year, and honestly we weren't ready to send her either. The summer just went by so fast, most of it is a blur! We have also almost come to the end of the month of August too! Chris and I are getting things put together to take to the craft show in Giltner the first two weekends of September. I go and drop stuff off next week for that, and then we start with getting things ready for Christmas shows. We are having fun making Halloween beads currently. Chris is working on ghosties and bats that seem to come from the doofus end of the gene pool, but those are too funny. I will get some pictures up of the bats and ghosts and he will also be trying his hand at jack-o-lanterns, witches, Frankenstein, and maybe Dracula. With the fang issue on the bats, Dracula could turn out pretty hilarious too! We spent yesterday afternoon with friends at the water park (I kept a lounge chair company as to not hurt myself again!) and then went for a quick tour at the park next to the water park since the kids weren't ready to go home, and we weren't ready to stop visiting with our friends. What a great blessing friends are. They make you smile, laugh, and just feel good. Have you hugged your friends today?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wedding Photos

This is our beautiful, junior bridesmaid, daughter, all decked out for the wedding.

Here are Bridget and Nathan with all of Nathan's brothers. From the right, Kevin (oldest), Brian (second youngest), Todd (second oldest), and Chris (middle).
Here is Bridget, swinging into her new life!
This is the bride and groom with the bridal party. The colors were beautiful together, and the girls carried silk daisy bouquets. The bride carried a fun spray of confetti. Very festive and fun, it fit Bridget's personality to a T!

This is Mina with the bride and groom, Bridget and Nathan. Nathan is Chris's youngest brother.

This is Mina from the back, at the park where the wedding was held. Her hair has been curled, and pulled up, with daisies pinned in it. She also has make-up on and her toenails are painted and have jewels on them, but you can't see that kind of detail from this angle!

The weather was perfect for an evening wedding, and the lake/park was a beautiful backdrop. I told Bridget that it was very romantic and lovely. Don't you agree?!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Vacation's over now back to reality...

Hello! We made it back from vacation and are glad to get back to the daily routine. Don't get me wrong, the break was very welcome, and I had a great time at Worlds of Fun. Chris and Mina weren't as adventurous (spelled crazy) as I was, but they said they had fun too. I really enjoyed all of the roller coasters and had fun with my brother and niece and nephew, who were just as crazy as me. Chris said he enjoyed listening to my crazed giggling from the ground! I can't help it that is how I react to riding the rides, I just start laughing crazily and don't really even know that I am doing it until someone says something about it. Oh well, it could be "roller coaster Turret's syndrome" where you use every cuss word and can't control that! Laughing is much more polite! The wedding went well, though there were many disasters to be averted during the day of the wedding. It was very romantic and the evening turned out to be just perfect. On a sad note, we found out on our way home Saturday, that Chris's Grandmother had passed away early Saturday morning. Her funeral is in Arapahoe on Wednesday. She was 96 years old and had a full life. I hope to get some pictures up from vacation and of Mina in her wedding garb (she was so BEAUTIFUL and looked WAY to grown up!) soon, if the picture upload and my camera can cooperate long enough to do that. Is anyone else having this problem?

Saturday, August 2, 2008


This is my self portrait for Graham Gallery's juried show in August.

Friday, August 1, 2008

New Pictures

These are some of the pictures of the kits that I wrote about last week. The pictures weren't wanting to load very well, so we have the pics that would load.
Purple organza ribbon with Swarovski crystal~Beautiful!
Unakite rectangles with peach Swarovski and khaki green Swarovski.
Green fiber optic tubes, peridot crystals, and medium emerald added in for contrast.
Pink quartz twists with light pink Swarovski pearls and amethyst crystal for contrast.

I am not sure on the stone beads, but the crystals are topaz, mocha, with a few dark brown Swarovski pearls thrown in.

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