Friday, November 30
These are beautiful beads, seriously almost the exact same color as the paper they are displayed on. I use the same background in every picture to try and provide a consistant look to the blog, but I may just have to photograph these again on a dark colored paper so you can appreciate the frit work in thse beads!
I THINK that is how it is done, unless I have been mis-informed!
Here is a more formal set using black and white. I think I might throw in some red with these... Or maybe just keep it on the grayscale with Swarovski's Black Diamond or Crystal Satin colors. I think these are so elegant looking, what'cha think??
Thursday, November 29
I told her why I thought it was a great gift. I was once given a keychain as a gift from a boyfriend. And although it wasn't sterling or any type of precious metal I know how I loved it and thought of him each time I used my keys. Of course I ditched it when I ditched him, but the fond memories I have using it when I was 'in love' (yeah, right!) still linger. And, honestly, if it had been made of sterling silver, I probably would have kept it. But the 'gold' had tarnished to a metal color, so I don't think KMart would have appreciated me trying to return it, do you think? HA HA!
That is the good thing about working for yourself. You get to work and/or play when you want, as often as you want, how you want... Keeping in mind that you have to keep the customer happy and satisfied at all times! NOT a difficult task, if you ask me, I quite enjoy putting smiles on people's faces!
I need to go get started on a 'name frame' that someone ordered this past weekend. You know the kind, a long rectangular frame that displays a first or last name constructed with paper and embellishments. This gal knew of my paper crafting and asked if I could make one like the ones displayed by another vendor/friend of mine at the craft show. SO, since I had the frames already bought I happily agreed. I so enjoy paper crafting! It is amazing to me to find what you can create with a little imagination, some decorative paper, ribbon and good ol' rubber stamps and ink! I can't wait to do this project as it brings me back to my love of paper and gives me a break from the jewelry. THEN when I do get to the next set of beads I will have my mind all refreshed and ready to go!
OH, and on that note... The nine sets of beads were sent on Monday from Florida, so they should be here any day! They might even be out in my mailbox now. I looked too soon a bit ago and didn't have any mail at all.... so I KNOW that the postman didn't get here yet. I think there has only been one day in the past 6 1/2 years I have been married that we didn't get any mail! So, check back later to see the new sets!
Wednesday, November 28
SO, WHO do you think is wanting to kiss Enrique through the glass now? Heh Heh!! I was never so thankful to a banker ever. What type of bank can seriously expect a woman with three kids, one of them sleeping, to unload them all just to deposit $19.00 in change? It's not like I had $65.00 in change! And there weren't any pennies!!!!!!!! AGH! I don't think I will be patronizing the south-side branch anymore, and someone may just get a call to his boss to tell them how he was so customer-oriented and helpful today!
I have officially run out of time to get my jewels to This Olde House. I still need to get everything tagged appropriately with my Consigner's number, price tags in the bags of Christmas Card Sets, etc. SO, I need to go get the kiddo's now, we are going to do our weekly visit to McDonald's Drive-Thru (if they were good at Geri's), then I will finish up everything and go to Karen's around 3pm. Sometime before or after I pick up Eli at Kindergarten I will drop off my jewelry and other items for your shopping pleasure!
Tuesday, November 27
Thank goodness I have a wonderful gal who watches my kids for just three hours on Wednesday mornings from 7:45am to 10:45am! That is all the free time I get, so I will make use of it tomorrow by taking my stuff to Karen's (This Olde House) and then checking with a couple of other places that may carry my jewelry. You can go check out Karen's anytime after noon tomorrow! She also has some really wonderful decor at very reasonable prices, in my opinion.
I had four people stop me in Wal-Mart and ask about 'Jasper' below. This is a normal reaction when I wear my lampwork bracelets. I gave everyone my card and told them to check me out here and also at Karen's this afternoon. I hope they read the blog and understand how I got under the weather, if they actually did decide to go to This Olde House!
I am off to finish healing my head and will hopefully take a pic of the sterling keychains when I feel back to normal. I kept one today for myself and also had compliments on it as well. All Sterling, all Swarovski, all HIGH quality lampwork; PERFECT gift for the mom-in-law or bestfriend in your life! JUST $35.00 for some major bling they will use everyday!!!
I will call this one 'Jasper's Gold'. Our Jasper High School colors are black and gold! It has a variety of browns, orange-yellow, amber and gold, and even a touch of gray. For as much color as it has, it actually is a very neutral bracelet that can be worn with a lot of different outfits! This one is yours for $72.00! I hope you like it!
Monday, November 26
BUT, I just wanted to make a "POST" to tell you to keep scrolling down for pictures of bracelets that are still available, and some that are sold. If they have found a new home, they have "SOLD" added beneath their photo.
I just wanted to let you all know this, since I had a lot of people from this weekend's show take down my blog address and figured if I have any newbies logging on to lurk around I wanted you to know to SCROLLLLL DOWN!!!!
I hope those 9 new bead sets come in tomorrow! The mailman is like Santa to me! So, keep checking to see the new ones, they are just AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a SUPAH evening! (I am going to see if I can spot the camera so I can get it charged up to take pictures of the new sets BEFORE they get made into jewelry when they come in!)
I am going to post an item that I have in inventory. It isn't my typical Artistic Lampwork type of bracelet, but something that you may like to have for yourself or to give at Christmas. I have about 6 in inventory and don't want to keep them all for myself, so NOW is the time to sell them with the gift-giving season upon us! Email me if you would like one!
NOW, this one pictured below is actually MINE and has a toggle clasp; however, the ones I have in stock have a nice-sized lobster claw clasp instead. The style with the lobster clasp is $35.00. If you would rather have a toggle-style bracelet made I can do that as well, it is just $4.00 more. I do not claim to have designed this bracelet on my own. I have CASEd it (Copy And Share Everywhere) and sell it for a lesser price. I do know of other's that are selling the same "23rd Psalm type" of bracelet and theirs may be cheaper in price, but they are also cheaper in quality, as well.
I use only the finest Bali silver and sterling beads and toggles. NOTHING cheap-o in my style of bracelets, as you can see below. And, I might add that I found this in a catalog priced at $45.00, not including shipping and tax. SO, I have priced mine appropriate to the materials involved, as well as the time it takes to assemble, package and sell. I just want you to be mindful of what you purchase in sterling. Sterling itself isn't all that expensive. What makes my jewelry more on the pricey side is the lampwork involved. I have purchased lampwork from $3.00 a bead to $45.00 for, YES, JUST ONE, bead.
If you haven't seen it before, it is pretty self-explanatory. This bracelet is made of all sterling and Swarovski crystals. There are 10 different colored 8mm crystals that symbolize a part of the 23rd Psalm; as follows...
The LORD is my Shepherd (white); I shall not be in want. He maketh me to lie down in green (green)pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters(blue). He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the path of righteousness (clear) for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death(black), I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff (brown)they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil (yellow), my cup (purple) runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy (pink)shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord (gold)forever.
Sunday, November 25
I am going to get back into the swing of things and start some traditions with my kids that my mom used to do with us; like making sugar cookies and decorating them, making some ornaments, stuff like that. I think that is how I came across my crafty/artsy talent as a young girl.
On a business-note... I will be taking my jewelry and some other items to 'This Olde House' on 9th & Newton Sts. this week; and will also be confirming a couple of other places that are interested in my jewels as well. SO, if that pans out, I will let you know where else you can find my goodies. And, as always, if you would like an email when a new item is posted available for sale, just email me your address and I will get you on my mailing list. I will not spam you with other info, nor will I email you when I post a note like this one. You will just be "alerted", if you will, when a new item is up for sale. This may be one time a day to one time a month, depending on the season or when I find some beads I just have to buy and share with you all! My email address is on the left in my profile!
I hope you enjoy the rest of the day and a HUGE THANKS to everyone who came out and saw me this weekend and bought some of my crafts and jewelry!
I had a wonderful number of sales and a bunch of people took my card to place custom orders or to call later. AND I got to spread the word about the beauty of lampwork! I love it so much! The attention to detail, the color combinations and the talent that goes into each bead just fascinates me!
After today, Karen Seufert who owns This Olde House on Newton Street, here in Jasper, will be displaying (and hopefully selling!!) my jewelry. Of course, I will not stop making cards and other PAPERRRR crafts; you know how I get bored! So, I will just switch from jewelry to cards to crochet to whatever tickles my fancy at the moment. Someone asked me the other day if I was ADHD! HA HA! NO, I just have always been VERY crafty and been creative since childhood. I get it from my mother, she makes quilts now, but in the past did stained glass and cross-stitch mostly.
Well, I will have to post again later. I need to go get my mojo mosey-ing to the show now. I have nine more sets of beads still in the process of coming to be set into jewelry, mostly earrings and bracelets. Necklaces don't seem to sell much, so I tend to stay away from those. BUT I enjoy making them if someone asks! So, you need to check back and get a glimpse of the new lampwork beads coming soon. They are an even different style of lampwork that I have posted (down) below; and they are mostly in browns, blacks, and neutral tones. SO they could go with just about any outfit! Have a SUPAH Sunday today and I hope you all come out to see me at the show!!
Friday, November 23
SO, needless to say, I am pooped. Josh and I got set up for this weekend's show out at the Armory today. I have tons of room since it looks like people around me cancelled. This gave me the ability to add an additional table and spread everything out! It makes everything look nicer I think, with the jewels not being so squished together. I am looking forward to it, but then again I can't wait for it to be over so I can start getting into the Christmas spirit with less stress and more play-time with the kids!
I made some new goodies today.... a couple of necklaces, some watches and some totally AWESOME (with a capital A) keychains. The keychains are even sterling silver! They are a steal. I didn't realize that the keychain itself was so expensive until I pulled the invoice. I should add on another 6-9 just for the keychain, I was way off in my guessing on that one! OH WELL, I am too lazy to pull them out and re-price now, I need to go to bed!!
I would post a keychain but my honey has the camera with him up north! The show tomorrow is 10-5pm, by the way! I will post a pic of one Sunday evening UNLESS they all sell by then! You better come see them before they are gone! Sunday's show is 10-4pm. I hope to see you all there!!
Thursday, November 22
Wednesday, November 21
This one looks "beachy" to me. All the turquoise and tan browns.... Mmm... I can't wait until SUMMER and it isn't even officially winter yet!
Love is in the details... Did you notice the purple colored dots that divide the large lampwork beads in half? OR how I alternated the Swarovksi's on each side? You need to see this one in person to appreciate the depth of the color and clarity. Lovin' it!!
This is a sister of Kathie's Awesome Amber. They came from the same French lampwork artist! I took the set and made them into two bracelets and a couple pairs of earrings! This one is yours for $72.00!
This bracelet is just beautiful! If you are familiar with Swarovski crystal colors, I used the Erinite color on this one. It matched the lampwork PERFECT with a capital P! I love the softness of the blue-green color! This one is $63.00 and has a co-ordinating "TWIN" sister (below). AND since these have black incorporated in them, they can be winter bracelets as well! These would be perfect to give to a friend or sister and ALSO keep one for yourself to match!
SOLD, THANKS, AURETTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I finished up the remaining bracelets with toggles but didn't whip out the camera. After I get all of the little stupid things finished (like paperwork, cleaning) I will be sure to take a pic or two or ten and will share with you the newbies! I love the new purple/plum/lilac one! It is FUN FUN FUN!
I made two more of the rainbow bracelets (pictured below) and gave them to my daughter's two preschool teachers yesterday. They just looooooooved them and kept oooo'ing and ahhhh'ing! I am still wearing mine and haven't taken it off since yesterday!! I still love it!
Well, I better go so I can enjoy the day OFF tomorrow! See you soon with some new items!
Tuesday, November 20
NEW EDIT 12/18 : This is a SUPAH bracelet that goes with EVERYTHING! I am making these for all ages... and are perfect for any occassion. If you are unsure of the measurement you need, simply add 1" to 1 1/2" to the wrist measurement. 1" for a snug fit, 1 1/2" for a loose fit.
Monday, November 19
Thank You, Kathie! I hope you enjoy it as much as I WOULD HAVE!!
SOLD!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Kathie!!
Sunday, November 18
I got the basics done for my Christmas card. But I didn't like what I had available at the time for a sentiment or stamped image, so I just did the basics for the card and will add the rest next week after the next art/craft show that I am a vendor at over Thanksgiving weekend. I need to get ready for the show on Saturday and Sunday, but after that I will finish up my Christmas cards and get them sent out.
I had SUPAH fun at Tiffany's scrap retreat! We all scrapped at her mom and dad's shelter house, which is just off their real house. Now, I know you might have this impression of a past shelter house you maybe have gone into in your past... BUT believe me, there is nothing to a "SHELTER house" in this baby. This is basically a professionally decorated oversized blocked/bricked and stoned 4-5 car garage that had been built to accommodate ZERO cars. It has 3 garage doors that when opened are still 'screened in' to keep the bugs out. There is a commercial grade heater that blew off my papers on my workspace when it got too chilly and there was a custom made FULL kitchen, with all the appliances, including a dishwasher and built in fridge! WOW! I was so impressed, being a kitchen designer originally by trade!
There was a full bath, ping pong tables and built in "washers" (or wah-shoes, depending on where you are from) so you can play year round without having to miss out on family fun if it is winter or even just rainy!
We (okay, not all, especially NOT me) even had a zip-line where you could get harnessed in with a helmet, to boot, and then go about a length of a football field, hanging and sliding down a metal wire through the wooded, hilly terraine! I, of course, was chicken, and wouldn't do it, but I lived vicariously through the other gals who DID do it! What a super relaxing weekend, full of scary excitement and FUN!
Thanks to Tiffany, Tiffany's mom, Kathie who accomodated us at her wonderful SPA-LIKE location, and to the other girls who set it all up for us! What a wonderful time! I even enjoyed getting a chance to meet Tiffany's Grandma, who I just called Grandma of course. She is such a spit fire and is so full of attitude and knowledge. What a great woman! I will post something tonight or tomorrow, so check back asap!
Friday, November 16
I think it sounds like a good idea!
As for stringing beads today... I have all of the remaining sets in bracelets and earrings now, minus the toggles for the bracelets. I am waiting on those to come in yet, but they are all strung and ready. And, MAN, I made some beauties, if I do say so myself! These can't help but be pretty since the beads and crystals are beautiful all on their own, and all I do is add some silver here and there. Sometimes getting the balance just right is time-consuming, but it always ends up working out eventually! Then once I get going, they all just seem to flow together real fast!
It is around midnight, so I am off to bed to rest up for tomorrow's day of fun with friends! Hope you have a SUPAH weekend and I will post something new on Sunday or sooner! Ciao!
Thursday, November 15
Wednesday, November 14
I need to go find the camera and attempt to take a pic or two. I will upload a shot of it in a bit!
Tuesday, November 13
Anyway..... I am now (as of tonight) getting ready to work again. I ordered some more beads and they should be arriving by the weekend. BUT, until then I shall work on the other beads I never got a chance to work on last week. SO OFF I GO!
Thanks again to all of my wonderful friends who helped me get a step closer to my career goal of being a fulltime artist/designer WITH INCOME!!!!! It is one thing to be an artist, but it is another to be a PAID artist, ha ha! AND a special "Thank YOU" goes to my bud, Amy. Amy helped me set up and brought all of the holiday decorations to liven up my tables. SHE ROCKS! And, of course, she did help bring in some new customers, because she knows EVERYONE, I swear! Again, Thanks Amy! I couldn't have done it without you!
And a special THANKS goes to my son, Josh. He came home early from a hunting trip with his dad to help me at the show. He didn't have to do much, but just having him there showing his support for me, really made me feel good. This was one of those times that Josh wasn't embarrassed to be seen with me! That was so cool!
I will try to post a new item, not yet seen to the public tomorrow or the next! So check back!
Sunday, November 11
I love my friend, Amy. She is going to help me tomorrow at the show and she came by today and wished me well with a hand-made card (of course!) and a present. SHE IS SO WONDERFUL, always there to support me when I need it and to help me laugh when I am down. She's the best!
I will fill you in on how the show went when I return. I just hope I don't get cleaned out or I won't have anything left for the next show! Have a SUPAH Sunday and I will post soon!
Friday, November 9
I am nervous and excited at the same time. I have never done a show before, so I obviously never sent out 75 postcards inviting everyone to see me either! So, this will be interesting! I think the time frame is good, people can come out right after church and shop, so that may bring in more people than I expect. I am anticipating this show to guide me for the next. IF my baby bonnets don't sell, then maybe I won't focus on them anymore and then just try to sell/consign them at a local baby boutique. I do LOVE to crochet, but don't have anyone to crochet for, so maybe I could get them sold that way.
WELL, I better go and get things moving. Just 49 hours till the big event! Are you joining me?
Thursday, November 8
I have made another whole batch of bracelets and earrings with some new lampwork beads. I love them, although not everyone will appeal to the more modern and contemporary feel of the beads. TONS of dots, spot, bubbles, swirls and scrolls. More so than what you see below. AND the beads are actually larger! SO, if, (and that is a big IF) I get a chance to take a photo or two today, I will post another one, along with a price.
Don't forget to put me in your Favorites and help me feel the LOVE by checking in on me often! Have a super Thursday, the weekend is ALMOST HERE!
Monday, November 5
I made some really cute framed snowman decor yesterday. Pretty darn good, I have to say. I also made a "JOY" wall hanging that turned out great. I will try to get a picture of it and post it later today or tonight. I have trouble figuring out pricing on items like these. The material cost is almost nothing, like $4.00, but it took FOREVER to get it done. Maybe I will put $16.00 on it and see if it sells. I would buy it for more than $15.00, but not $20.00; so I will go with my gut.
Sunday, November 4
My parents left yesterday to return to Tennessee so I actually got some bracelets done. I also did a little bit of crocheting, too. I am off to paper craft today. I want to make a bunch of framed items for people to purchase for their own home or to give as Christmas gifts. I am going to focus on "family", "mom", "friends" and holiday themed items. I might have to throw a little bit of "grandma" items in there, too. You just never know what to give a grandma!
Look above at yet another bracelet and COMMENT for once!! I know you are out there, my counter keeps going up a few notches a day!! Let me know what you think!!
Friday, November 2
We have been having a nice visit with my dad going with Eli (kindergartner) to school today for Grandparents day. They had a blast and "Grumpy" took tons of pictures so Grammy wouldn't miss out on anything. My mom is going to go with KayLee next year when she will be in kindergarten.
I had rave reviews from my mom when I showed her all of my goodies I have made so far for the shows. I know I need to make more, but somewhere in the postal system there are more beads headed my way, so I can't make the other smaller items until I pair up the new beads (that haven't yet arrived) with the best crystals and silver I have on hand first. SO, I shall have a busy week all next week and next weekend to still get prepared to knock the socks off of my new customers on Sunday.
I am going to go and visit some more with my parents and then go take a nice long rest tonight until I hit the beads tomorrow and Sunday. I am going to try to kick my kids out of the house with my hubby so that I am less distracted and can accomplish more.
Have a SUPAH evening!