Wednesday, August 31, 2011

From the tiny anvil to Bead Tables near you.

I have been struggling a little to adjust to like with a kindergartener, preschooler and infant (some days 2 infants).  As a result I feel like my jewelry, blog and general online presence are "suffering". I know in my head that this is totally acceptable. My kids and family come first. This IS a side gig. But I MISS it!  I have been able to get a few things done in the creative arena of my life. These new hammered copper charms are one of them.  For Bead Table Wednesday I am hoping to a few made. You can find what I have so far in my store on Etsy. Each picture will take you to it's own listing.





What's on your table today?!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

DIY Jewelry Displays.

I took some picture frames I got a a yard sale, some spray paint, a set of shears and a staple gun.

A roll of aluminum screen (like you put in doors and windows.

I painted the screen.

In contrasting colors...

Then I cut the screen out and stapled it to the back of the frame with the contrasting color.


It might be hard to see but the red frame had turquoise screen, turquoise frame has red screen, black frame has turquoise screen and the fancy frame has black screen.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday and a SALE!

Today I am excited about what is NOT on my bead table! And dresser. And bathroom counter. And side tables. Earrings!!  I have a bad habit of taking off my earrings (and shoes *ahem*) and leaving them places. Usually, right where I take them off.  So I came up with a pretty way to store earrings. To entice me to put them away. We'll see how that goes ;). I made several versions. Tomorrow I plan to post a tutorial so you can make your own! Stay tuned.

As for the sale...enter the code BTW20 for 20% off in my Etsy shop!  Just because I need more to keep me busy these days ;) I will be running this sale thru Sunday.

Don't forget to check out the Photo Challenge for this week. It's especially appealing to beaders!

To see more BTW go here. It's awesome.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bead Soup is on!

My partner Charlotte Penvy sent me this awesome batch of bead soup.

Handmade PMC clasp and focal by Charlotte with sterling toggle and handmade headpins. Turquoise , carnelian, copper, pearls, garnet and labradorite.
I am laughing that we send such similar batches of soup! If you missed what I sent check it out here.

Also, I host a weekly Photo Challenge and this week's theme is suited especially well to the Bead Soup crowd.  Check out this post and then shoot me your entry for a chance to be voted the winner. I feature the winner for a week in my sidebar to help you drive traffic to your site!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Photo Challenge is back on! Current theme is "BEADS".

This week I will be featuring Tracey from A Beadiful Mess in my sidebar again with her entry for the "Jewelry" theme.

This week we are in the midst of the Bead Soup Blog Party and many of us have received our bead soup batches.  I thought it would be fun to keep the beady theme going for my weekly Photo Challenge. BUT, you don't have to be a Bead Soup participant to enter. All you have to do is send me a picture that YOU took of some great beads. If you have a great photo of beads you love, shoot it to me in an email.  I will post all the entries next Monday with links to your website or blogs and we will vote on our favorite. The winner will be featured in my side bar for the following week while we collect entries for a new theme!  Email me your bead pictures and be sure include a link to your website so I can add that too.  I will take entries right up until late Sunday night!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bead Soup Conundrum

I started with this. Primrose pendant (olive/turq.), copper clasp, 5 petal flower beads, and a  ceramic frog (artist unknown).

I added some (begin top and go counterclockwise) labrodite,  tiger eye,  sunset jasper, grossular garnet,  czech glass and ceramic rounds.

Then decided Charlotte might need more options so I grabbed some different Czech glass  assortments in amber and greens as well as those African Trade glass beads in the center.
"What about the clasp", I hear you say?

My tiny anvil produced this toggle as well as one of my "Grow" charms and some hammered rings. 

*Here's the kicker* I did not send this soup!!!

Read on to see what happened next....

I had volunteered to send out a second batch of soup to anyone that had a partner mishap, mail mix up, whatever. I got an email from Lori by accident and thought I needed to send out an extra batch. So I mixed this batch up below. I found out a little later about the hiccup and that I did NOT actually need to send out a second batch but now that I had two all ready to go....what's a girl to DO?!

Primrose pendant, orange and turquoise garden lentils and a *new debut* orange and turquoise disks!

Coral chips, tiger eye, carnelian rounds and turquoise.

Some czech glass for filler and options and I was debating on the two sizes of clasp.

Finally, I decided that the orange just had to go. I don't know Charlotte except for the few emails we exchanged and the few posts I read on her blog, The Infrequent Beader, but this soup just seemed to WANT to go to her. I wrapped it up with a piece of sari silk and popped it in the mail!  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

BTW 8/17/11

 Today I am working on turning these awesome lampwork beads from Julsbeads into....


The silver rings are actually upcycled from junked computers.  They are the aluminum spacers that are part of the hard probably care very little about what they actually do and more about how light and fabulous they are as findings, though!  I hammer the bejeebers out of them than with a ball peen hammer and then wire them up. Fun, right? And much better than throwing it away!  What kind of things do you upcycle and give new life?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Photo Challenge Winner for Food!

Great job, Tracey at A Beadiful Mess!  Tracey's chicken and peas was the favorite for voters last week and she was the ONLY entry for this Jewelry theme this week.  So here's what I am going to do. This week I will display Tracey's Food Challenge photo and next week I will change the featured photo to this....

Lovely, isn't it?!

Congratulations, Tracey!

I am going to put the Photo Challenge on hold for a week or two as I adjust to school for two of my boys, keeping my niece and with Bead Soup going on I want to focus on that.  We will pick this up again though, never fear. It just might be  a week or so, deal?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why I haven't been blogging as much.

Keeping them busy is keeping ME busy! But I am still running the Photo Challenge this week. The theme is Jewelry. Send me 1 photo of something you made or a favorite piece you like to wear or even something on someone long as YOU took the photo, I want it! Email me at and I will post it on Monday so we can vote.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Food Challenge Voting AND new theme! (more recent posts below)

I have decided that we are going to try voting and posting the new theme for the coming week in the same Monday post. We'll see how it goes. This way we can all link to one post for voting and attracting new entrants. 

The winner of the "Children" theme is Hannah Gardenghi! Great job, Hannah!  Her name and photo will be posted in my side bar for a week while we vote on these delicious looking photos.


Tracey at A Beadiful Mess

Courtney at Beads by Breul

Courtney at Beads by Breul

The new theme for the coming week is "Jewelry".  Email your entry (just one this time) to me by Sunday night the 14th of August.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Children Photo Challenge Vote Post and the Fauna winner!

The winner of the Fauna Photo Challenge is Jan Gardner of The Cookbook Experiment. Way to go Jan! Her picture and link to her blog will be in my sidebar for this week while we vote on the adorable kiddie pics!  Send your friends to vote!

Hannah Gardenghi

Tracey at A Beadiful Mess

Tracey at A Beadiful Mess

Brenda Coats at The Broken Quill.