Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our tree has STD.

Standard Toddler Decorating: symptoms include the inability to have breakable ornaments below 4 feet and large clusters of decorations in two areas which here assigned to each child.

Holiday Sale Extension!

I have decided that since I didn't get all my Christmas shopping done over the weekend that you might not have either! Therefore, use the code BLACKFRIDAY10 in both Etsy shops to get 10% off your order plus FREE SHIPPING. I will be keeping this promotion going until December 14th! So check out


I will also honor the discount on any custom orders! If you have something particular in mind let me help you express yourself ;)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We all have so much for which to be thankful! If you're reading this I know you can be thankful for Internet at least, right?! Most of all I am thankful for my family both blood relatives and spiritual brother and sisters :) And this year we have another family that is specifically thankful for my brother Ben! Check out this link to a news spot about a couple he helped save in South Carolina:

He's 6'6" diver you see in the video and he was the first guy to be in the water!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Sale beginning Black Friday

I will be having a sale of 10% off everything in both of my shops as well as FREE SHIPPING on all orders! Shipping will be refunded via Paypal/credit/debit card. Check out Tropical Blonde for my creations and Tropical Blonde Supplies for DIY jewelry supplies. Be sure to check out the Kits section for great, affordable gift ideas! Some of the color schemes for sale are shown above. On Etsy you also have the "Commit to buy" option that is NOT actual payment so if you want to reserve yourself some items before the rush on Friday you can go shopping now and come back on Friday to pay and get the sale. Get started now!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Winner, winner, how to fix the chicken for dinner!

The title reminds me I need to figure out what's for dinner over here :)

More importantly...COURTNEY BREUL....come on down!! Courtney won the rainbow from my Early Christmas giveaway! Courtney just had surgery on her back so hopefully the rainbow can brighten her days while she recovers. Thank you to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for details on my Holiday sale for Black Friday.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Most recent experiment...Alcohol inks.

Love the way these turned out. Now to decide do I sell them as is or make a finished piece? What do you think?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Featured EtsyBlogger (November)

Meet Devine Designs Jewelry! She blogs here and is also on Facebook. Check out her store to see some impressive wirework. This brooch is gorgeous!

Don't forget to enter HERE to win beads of every color.

Blog carnival (November)

What is always inspiring you for your shops, your works, or anything in your life?

I think I'd have to say that fashion is what inspires me the most on a consistent basis. I am always finding shirts and jackets in my closet that inspire pieces. I love the Pantone color report and playing with combinations of upcoming seasonal trends. Most of all I like wearing my creations and being asked "where did you get that?!".

What is your go to inspiration?

Don't forget to ENTER HERE to win free beads or a egift card!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Merry early Christmas to me...and YOU!

I have a part time job in women's fashion retail and we had our holiday meeting this weekend. I won a drawing for this display that we are no longer going to be using in our store. I couldn't take it's picture all at once because it is slightly taller that I am and my studio isn't big enough for me to get far enough away! But I love being able to "shop" so easily now in my own stash :)

I'm so happy I could just...GIVE AWAY SOME BEADS!! I will draw a winner on Monday morning the 22nd of November. The winner will receive one strand of beads of every color in the rainbow (6 strands in all). US residents only for the beads but if you live abroad you can still enter! Overseas participants will receive a $5 egiftcard to Amazon.

Entries: Please leave individual comments for each so I don't miss your extra entries!
Comment on this post.
Follow me! (See side bar)
Blog about this post and link to me.
Tweet about it including @kategardenghi
Tell your friends on Facebook and link to this post.

That's 5 entries in all. Have fun!

Friday, November 12, 2010

It goes so fast...

Savor your time with loved ones this weekend! There's no better time then the present to do so.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fun day already!

It's not even lunch time yet and it's already a great day :). Isaac is out of school in honor of our esteemed Veterans. We are having steady snow so it's a cozy, cuddly day of books, beads and clay for all of us. Yup, my rough and tumble hooligans like to bead too! They love to get into the clay if I let them.

Anyway, Dave at Rings & Things sent me an email this morning. I am officially a Blog Partner! Woot woot! Thanks, Dave! I am super excited to be involved with such a great group. Look for their logo in the side bar and check out the site. You'll find something you can't live without, I'm sure of it. They also have a blog with great information and fun stuff.

In, other beady news...I will be posting a new product in the next few days *hopefully* that will be a great gift for the holidays that are barreling down on us! Stay tuned.

Special words of thanks to all those who have served or are serving in our armed forces. We are honored that you have or would pay the ultimate price to keep us free. Thank you.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

LOVED this! Try to assume people meant well :)

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Last Cup of Bead Soup

Lori has posted her last installment of October's Cup of Bead Soup. She did some amazingly simple and fabulous looking pieces that showcase my work. I can't tell you how fun this has been to do. Having someone as accomplished and well known as Lori working with my pieces has been such an encouragement in the jewelry/blogging world. Thanks Lori!

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