Friday, November 30, 2012

Final Show for 2012 and More Memorial Pendants

 Tomorrow at the Blue Hill Holiday Bazaar we will have more Memorial Pendants available for purchase as well as a few pairs of earrings with the single cross designs.  All proceeds go to the Blue Hill Families Memorial Fund.  This will be the last batch available.

We have our final show for 2012 tomorrow in Blue Hill from 9-3 at the community center!  I can't tell you how happy that makes me!  I love doing shows and love my business, but by this time of year I am shot.  I counted up the other day and we have done 18 shows plus 11 Saturday mornings at the Farmers Market (June through September).  Wow!  I would have guessed 15 shows, but that is a lot considering Chris and I also work full time and part time both.  We have had an incredibly successful year (beyond our wildest dreams) and are very thankful for the opportunities we are given and the talents we have been blessed with.

So what is on the horizon once the show is done?  Cleaning house!  As you can imagine, with all the BUSY in our life, housekeeping is pretty low on the list.  If we don't put our house back in order we may have to move and start over!  Plus Mina wants to redecorate her bedroom in a "Steampunk Circus" theme, so that revamp will take some time too.  Before you know it, March will be here with the first show of the season at Moon Marble Company!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Blessings...

There have been a plethora of "Today I am thankful for"s on Facebook this month.  I do a post here yearly of the things I am grateful for and this is that post.

I want all of you readers to know how much you are part of the blessings I am thankful for.  You warm my heart with your comments and the fact that you return here again and again to read what I have to say is a huge joy to me.  Thank you.

I am thankful for my parents and that we are able to keep them as healthy as we can.  Both my parents have a list of medical conditions that provide daily challenges.  I am thankful for the wonderful doctors who provide care and treatment to them.

I am thankful for Chris.  He loves me unconditionally and that has been a huge blessing to me.  I went through many years of anguish thinking no one would ever love me for who I am without having to be someone I am not.  He is my best friend, my lover, and my soul mate.

I am thankful for Mina.  Our beautiful daughter amazes us every day and after many years of infertility and catastrophic consequences from a tubal pregnancy, I thank God for her every day.  She is bright, beautiful, amazingly sarcastic, and has a hugely caring soul.  It has been a joy to watch her grow into the lovely young woman she is.

I am thankful for our three crazy cats, Sabrina, Suki, and Luna.  They bring joy and laughter to our lives daily.

I am thankful to live in a country where I have free choice.  What I say, wear, think, and work are all privileges provide in this country.  I am grateful for the soldiers living and past who have protected my freedoms and have given their lives doing so.

I am thankful for beading.  The hobby that has turned into a prosperous business, is also a daily blessing.  It provides a creative outlet for me and allows me a place to shut the world out when I go into my studio porch and create.

I am thankful for the wonderful friends I have made through beading. My friend Viv (company on Etsy, Dragyn'sFyre), is an example of this.  She has been my Tierracast supplier for some time, but recently has gone above and beyond to help me keep costs low and get the bulk supplies I need for the Memorial Pendant project we have been working on.  Viv is a huge blessing to me and I hope you will provide her with your support, her prices are low and she is a gem to work with.  My friend Lisa Suver, (company on Etsy, FanceeThat), is also another blessing to me.  I enjoy our quick chats and working up bead designs with Lisa!  Her beads are featured in many of my designs and she is a joy to bead with (long distance). 

Happy Thanksgiving and don't get trampled during the Black Friday sales (or on the way to the pie table)!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Seward Junior Women's Craft Show Tomorrow!

We are thrilled to be participating in a new show for us tomorrow in Seward, Nebraska.  Here is the link:
Seward Junior Women's Craft Show

We are located in the Harvest Hall.


The Seward Craft Show has over 100 booths in two locations (Harvest Hall and Ag Pavilion) on the Seward Fair Grounds.
On average over 1,000 visitors attend our show each year.
Visitors are asked for $1 free will donation to attend the show.
Profits from the sales of the booths go back to multiple organizations in the Seward Community.
Food booth is located in the Harvest Hall (rolls, sandwiches, soup and beverages)
Coffee and rolls are sold in the Ag Pavilion
Crafters in the Ag Pavilion will have the option of having a sloppy joe meal delivered from the Harvest Hall

The show is sold out of booths and is two buildings FULL of HANDMADE crafts!  Chris will be torching and doing demos all day 9-3:30.  We have TWO booth spaces so we have plenty of room to set up all of our goodies!  Hope to see you there!

If you haven't bid on the Art Charm swap charm donations yet there is still time!  All proceeds go to Beads of Courage and you can bid here.

We donated a green eyed Batty Bat for the auction! 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Laughter Art Bead Charm Swap & Auction

I recently participated in the Art Bead Charm Swap hosted by Jen Cameron, Glass Addictions.  Our theme was "laughter" and our challenge was to create a charm that went along with that theme.  We had to make a charm for each member of our group (in my group there were 11 beaders), plus one extra for an Ebay auction benefits going to Beads of Courage.  If you are not familiar with Beads of Courage, here is a link to their website: Beads of Courage.  They are a wonderful organization and we have donated beads before to the cause.  So without further delay, here is what we created:
 A flutter of batty bats!  Chris made the lampwork bats and I did the wire wrapping (I had to order more Swarovski jet 4mm bicones after this project!).  Why did we choose batty bats?  It was almost Halloween, and these cuties make me giggle.  They bring to mind a Loony Tune cartoon, which involved a vampire and Bugs Bunny.  The vampire would say Hocus Pocus to be in human form and Bugs Bunny would say Abracadabra and the vampire would be changed into bat form.  Each transformation came more quickly and by the end of the cartoon, the bat looked like it had flown into a wall (though after a review of it on YouTube, the vampire had a stone block dropped on it in bat form)!   Each batty bat charm was attached to one of our Pixybug Designs pendant cards (which we order from Dolphin Bead Designs) and a business card.  The whole batch was then sent on to Jen.  She had the monumental task of sorting, dividing, and mailing the charms back to the individuals in the groups.  This swap was open to international participants as well.

This was the batch of handmade charms I received:
I like the smiling mouth the best.  Appeals to my quirky side!
 The charms in their packaging:

So there you have the results!  Now if you would like to help out, Jen will be posting the auctions for the Art  Charms at :

Auction Site:

The auction will go live at 3pm Eastern time today on Ebay.  Please bid often to help raise money for the Beads of Courage!
Stop by the other artists' blogs to see what they made!  Here is the list! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to bid on the charms in the auction to support Beads of Courage!

Participant link list:

Alenka Obid

Alicia Marinache

Babette Cox

Carol Watson

Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick

Charlene Jacka

Cheri Reed

Cheryl McCloud

Deb Kauzlarich

Denielle Hagerman

Emma Todd

Erin Prais-Hintz

Ginger Bishop

Inge vonRoos

Jean Peter

Jeannie K Dukic

Jennifer Cameron

Kia Dallons

Kimberly Roberts

Kristi Bowman

Lea Avroch

Leslie Schenkel

Linda Florian

Lori Greenberg

Lynnea Bennett

Mallory Hoffman

Marcy Lamberson

Marsha Neal Studio

Maureen Connolly

Melissa Meman

Monique Urquhart

Natalie McKenna

Perri Jackson

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Koza

Shaiha Williams

Shannon Hicks

Shelby Foxwell

Shelley Graham Turner

Shirley Moore

Stephanie Haussler You are Here!!!

Susan Kennedy

Toltec Jewels

Vanessa Gilkes

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bare Branches Blog Hop

Heather Powers, artist and owner of Humblebeads, put together a blog hop featuring her gorgeous beads and a mix of other beads, sari silk ribbon, and brass charms.

The day I received my kit, I put together my bracelet!  It really was easy to find inspiration with Heather's beads and bead mix.  I used the focal bead and wire wrapped it to the brass branch focal sent in my kit.  On one side of the bracelet, I used a large link chain and wove the sari silk ribbon back and forth and knotted large hole pearls from the kit on the ends of the ribbon.  I added bead dangles from the bead mix and Heather's lovely polymer round beads.  I thought I would add a bit of whimsy with a  bird and a pair binocular brass charms.  Who doesn't look at nature during a hike in the woods! 
On the other side of the bracelet I used a smaller link rollo chain and designed it more like a charm bracelet.  Using the beads and brass pieces from my soup mix, I created several charm dangles.

I liked the bracelet design so much, I created a pair of earrings from my bead mix.  At that point the group deserved to be finished out with a pendant.  I ordered another from Heather a couple days later for the pendant.  I used the left over Czech glass from the bead soup, added a wood slice bead, a brass acorn charm, a willowy Vintaj leaf from my stash and a couple natural stone and crystal beads to finish out the dangle.  On the earrings, I used Heather's polymer beads, brass bead caps, and Czech glass from the mix.  The bead caps stuck out away from the beads so I used my pliers and molded them around the bead so they were more tight fitting.  Don't want earrings to be tangled in hair or clothing!

Here is another creative photo of the pendant and earrings.  Dusk was approaching and the natural light was dying so the rush was on to get a good picture for my blog post!
The orange pumpkin sets off the teal of Heather's beads nicely!  This picture also shows the wooden bead slice and the natural stones and crystals I used from my bead stash.  I may still tie a piece of the leftover ribbon on the pendant, and since time was short I need to actually finish the chain on the necklace with a clasp. I just draped it for the photo!
Be sure to stop by the other Blog Hop participants to see what they have created with Heather's Bare Branches Bead Soup Mix!

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