Friday, November 29, 2013

Give Away!

Be sure to stop by my Etsy shop! Receive one free pair of pearl/crystal earrings with every purchase.  This special give away starts now (11/29/13) and will last through Cyber Monday (12/2/13).
Give Away Earrings Are Pictured Below:
Pearl and Crystal Earrings

Pearl Hoop Earrings

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Love My Art Jewelry Black Friday Sale

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bead Shop'n !

Stopped by Walmart recently and was amazed, no actually floored, to see the huge selection of Cousin beads and supplies.  That aisle was literally bursting with all kinds of design possibilities and beady goodness!!

Lots of shopping to be done here for stringing supplies and storage stuff including canvas bead organizers, jewelry displays and plastic trays.

And the beads... Oh my! I thought I was strolling through a craft store.
And the wire! Did I tell you they had wire? Did I tell you it was 16 gauge colorized copper wire in every gorgeous color you could possibly imagine?
I've been busy...
Making some things ...
Gotta go and make some more things!!
Holiday stuff... ;)
And yes, I do believe I have found my favorite store for buying Cousin bead supplies.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Shop Handmade!

It's always good to shop handmade but especially so with this upcoming promotion and sale starting the day after Thanksgiving, November 29th.
Check out Love My Art Jewelry to see all participating artists. 
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Love My Art Jewelry Black Friday Sale

Buy jewelry at my shop anytime on or between
Black Friday (11/29/13) and Cyber Monday (12/2/13) and receive a free gift from my Secret Santa Stash. More info. later...

And if you happen to sell handmade it's not too late to stop by Love My Art Jewelry.
 Join the promotion and be a part of the fun!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vintage Sewing Spool Necklace

A Rolling Blog Hop by One Kiss Creations Jewelry
This wonderful blog hop hosted by Christine at One Kiss Creations is running along throughout the month of November. Christine sent each participant some lovely vintage wooden sewing spools and beads to use in this very fun no stress of a deadline hop. About half of the participants have posted and you can find more information about their work at links listed at the bottom of this post. And after a few tries, here is what I finally came up with:
I thought it would be fun to research the history of the wooden spools I had received including Lily, Vera, Star, Coats, Coats & Clark sewing threads. Coats & Clark celebrated it's 200 year anniversary last year and has published a lovely historic timeline on their website which is really worth the visit. I don't feel I can be 100% accurate just by looking at pictures on the Internet but would not be surprised if some of these spools go back to the early 1900's. Aw, now why did I have to go on and cover them up?
I love the flowing look of all the ribbons and used two different kinds. I started here with a few reclaimed sari ribbons from Darn Good Yarn in peach and blue for a wonderful vintage distressed look. Then I added a few fairy and silky ribbons to soften things up bit, these were purchased at Marsha Neal Studio. The lace ribbon used here was actually dyed by me and if you would like to learn more about my first adventure into the world of natural dyes click here. The faux antique porcelain roses and smoky AB crystals came from Cousin which can be ordered in small quantities at Prima Bead.

Everyone has been so creative in the use of their spools! Be sure to check out all the participants, the names highlighted in blue have already posted their designs. The rest will display their work some time later this November, following the date of this post. On with the hop!

A Rolling Blog Hop



Friday, November 8, 2013

Hang'n Out at the Y...

Random 5 Friday
Rubber Handle Grip on My Bike

1. Went to the gym today, same exercise routine, but it never gets boring.
2. It amazes me to see what people will pay athletic trainers to get them to do. -This is what I saw today on the sidewalk in front of the gym: people, adults mind you, teamed up in groups of two doing a pulling exercise with a canvas belt that sort of looks like "horse and driver".  At least 6 teams, politely taking turns running up and down the sidewalk playing horsey and driver...
3. A lady on the rowing machine next to me, twice my age going twice my speed. C'mon girly pick it up! PICK IT UP!
4. Woo hoo! 30 minutes on the CYBEX mighty Arc Trainer today. What's that on the display screen, LVL?WATTS? WT? CALS? BPM? hashtags?  too many acronyms. Hey anybody got a drivers manual?
5. Tomorrow I will take it easy, recover, walk the dog.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Mandarin Orange Monday

Maybe More of a Rusty Orange Monday...

Metal Sculpture at the Park

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