Saturday, November 30, 2013

In November I was able to

Write in my gratitude journal almost everyday
Appreciate my blessings
Miss a step
Break a bone in my foot
Sprain my ankle
Learn to appreciate the kindnesses of the friends who helped me
Celebrate the joys of my life
Shampoo my carpet
Clean my house
Write more
Blog daily
Drive in an air cast
Reconnect with a dear friend
Learn that I could do it
Crochet the components for a free stye shawl
Decide to become a cantor at church
Remind myself that things could be worse
Read a couple of books
Make a new friend in the blogging world
Participate in a fun charm blog hop

Friday, November 29, 2013

Three Beautiful Things This Week

Three Beautiful Things This Week was inspired by a wonderful blog that Three Beautiful Things. Everyday, Clare writes about 3 Beautiful Things that happen each day in her life. It's a wonderful blog! I can only hope to imitate her in a very small way.

1) The kids are home!!!  How nice is that!

2) Thanksgiving was fun!
It's always good to gather with our extended family.

3) My foot is feeling better!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thank you all for this past year!!! Here's a free, easy peasy fiber bead tutorial to say: THANK YOU!

Fiber beads are quick and easy to make.
They make great beads for earrings because they are very lightweight.
Not, only that, you can make them look plain and simple or very elegant.
Here's how.
Here's what you need.

Supplies

4" craft wire cut into two 2 inch pieces
round nose or rosary pliers
nylon jaw pliers
wire cutters
ruler
scissors
2 yards yarn cut into one yard segments
clear tacky glue

Directions


1) Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten your wire before cutting it.

2)  Cut your wire into 2 pieces of wire 2" long.

3) Make two eye pins with your wire.










4) Cut the fiber into two lengths of 1 yard each.  If you use fabric, you would probably use less in terms of yardage.

5) Add a small drop of glue to your wire.

6) Make a small tail on your wire and wrap the fiber over and around the tail covering the glue.






7)  Going up and down the wire, wrap your fiber on the wire.

8)  Add a small drop of glue to the tail of the fiber to hold it in place.

9) Let the glue dry.










10)  Add ear wires for earrings or make more beads for a necklace or bracelet.

Easy Peasy!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Why I like Bead Artists Who Really Make Their Own Beads, in other words, BUY TRULY HANDMADE THIS SEASON! Part 3!

More artists who are truly handmade artists!

Maren Purves of Hilo Beads makes beautiful jewelry and sells seeds.

Click HERE to see the bracelet.

Click HERE to see Maren's Etsy store. 

Click HERE to go to Maren's website.

Click HERE to visit Maren's blog.

Click HERE for Maren's Artfire store.

Click HERE for Maren's Zibbit store.

Click HERE to find Maren on Ebay.
 Heather Behrendt makes some amazing lampwork beads!  

To see this bead 

To visit Heather's Etsy Store, CLICK HERE.

To visit Heather's blog,








Ema Kilroy of Ema K Designs on Etsy makes beautiful beads, too.

To see this bead, 

To visit Ema's Etsy store,

To visit Ema's web site, 





Truly handmade artists!  Enjoy!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Making Discs!

It doesn't seem to matter,
glass or polymer clay,
I. Love. To. Make. Discs!
I find the process, 
and it's different in glass and polymer clay,
to be absolutely relaxing.
So, with my elevated, I made discs in polymer clay.
I seem to be leaning towards the organic look, but, after I made a necklace and earrings with some of these discs,
I plan to send the rest to 
They have jewelry making days there!
So, take a look at these.
When I make my jewelry,
I'll show you what it looks like.
And,
once I get my foot out of this air cast, I'll go back to making some glass beads, too.

This is also called "using up scrap clay!"
I love the results!
See you later!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Three Beautiful Things This Week

Three Beautiful Things This Week was inspired by a wonderful blog that Three Beautiful Things. Everyday, Clare writes about 3 Beautiful Things that happen each day in her life. It's a wonderful blog! I can only hope to imitate her in a very small way.

1) I was able to see my chiropractor today.  It was nice to be treated!

2) Slowly, but surely, my creativity seems to be returning after a very long hiatus.

3) Pixie made me laugh today with her stubbornness!  She has no idea how much fun she really is!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Why I like Bead Artists Who Really Make Their Own Beads, in other words, BUY TRULY HANDMADE THIS SEASON! Part 2!

You're going to love the artists featured today!


Manuela's art only seems to get better and better!  I love this bead!

To find the Cheeky Angel,


To visit Manuela's store


To visit Manuela's blog


There is some amazing work to see in Manuela's shop!  Wow!  I'm a Manuela groupie!



Donna from Prima Donna Beads made this amazing bead!

For the link to this bead


For the link to Donna's etsy store


Donna is also the owner of the The Mandrel.

For that link

For Donna's blog and website:




From Irene of Flame Kissed Glass.

I LOVE THESE, btw!

For the link to this set of beads


For the link to Flame Kissed Glass


Irene also makes some 
AMAZING bead release.
For the link to that bead release


Aren't these artists AMAZING?  Wow!  Like I said, no factory made here.  It's only handmade!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Interesting Photos

You might not know this about me, but I love to take photos of the sky.
I have a lot of them.
They are interesting.
I usually find the "interesting" things after I take them.
For example,
look at these there photos.  
Watch the light in the sky.
I didn't move.
I just took three pictures in a row.
See that light at the top left screen?
Now watch it.

These photos were taken in the afternoon.
I don't remember the exact time.

The orb has moved.
What do you think?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Why I like Bead Artists Who Really Make Their Own Beads, in other words, BUY TRULY HANDMADE THIS SEASON!

More great work by artists who are truly handmade.
No factory made pieces allowed here!


Who's hiding in those leaves, Annette?

Here's a link to the puppies hiding in the leaves.

CLICK HERE

For a link Annette's etsy store, Dreams in the sand,

CLICK HERE.




Isn't this bead beautiful?
Debbie Altman of All My Beads made it!

Here's the link for the bead.

CLICK HERE

To find Debbie's shop

CLICK HERE

To read Debbie's blog

CLICK HERE


This pendant is from
Glass Dreams Hawaii.

To this beautiful pendant

CLICK HERE.

To visit Diane's store

CLICK HERE.








Check back on Thursday to see more artists who really do make their own beads.

Also, I have page here on my blog that will give you links to artists whose work is truly handmade!


Monday, November 18, 2013

What I learned from My Hiatus from Melting Glass

It's been a long time since I have been able to go down to the studio and melt glass.  I stopped because I was empty and had no joy when making beads.  When I went down to melt glass yesterday, there was dust on my torch!  As you can see from the photo, my desk is a mess!  I didn't even stop to dust or clean up the mess.  I just started to melt glass!  It felt good!  So, here's what I learned from my first torch session in months!

1) I love to melt glass!
2) Glass flows and with it flows creativity.
3) Beads are an art form unto themselves.
4) Beads of Courage can always use beads, even if they are a bit wonky! 
5)  Melting glass feels great!
6) Glass is an obsession unto itself!
7) If I had more room, I'd buy more glass.
8) Even a lava light cannot make me feel as good as when I melt glass.
9) The Beads of Courage kids like beads!
10) I missed melting glass!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Woooo Hoooo! Art Charm Blog Reveal and Auction for Beads of Courage! Thank you, Jennifer Cameron!


 I was so excited when the box of charms arrived!  I ripped open the box with my bare hands.  Jennifer Cameron hosts a charms exchange each year.  We make charms, exchange charms,  and Jennifer hosts an auction on Ebay for our charms!  The monies raised in this auction go to Beads of Courage!  Thank you, Jen! 


Here's the link for the auction.  It begins at 7 AM today.   CLICK HERE.
Each charm will sell for a flat rate of $20.  Remember, all the proceeds from this auction will go to Beads of Courage!!!!!  Again, thank you, Jennifer!

I'd like to show you the charms that I received.

 Are these nummy or what?
And, there's more!


I love these, too!!!!


Like WOW!!!
Aren't these great?

Now, you might want to see my charm.
Here it is!
Ta-da!!
I love the city!!

Now, since this is a blog hop.  Check out the rest of the people who made charms for this exchange and auction.

Da-List!

Caroline Dewisonhttp://blueberribeads.co.uk
Alicia Marinachehttp://www.allprettythings.ca
Shelley Graham Turner: http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/
Terri Del Signorehttp://artisticaos.blogspot.com
Cheryl (Lee) Koopman: http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Jacqueline Carlson: http://www.beadgypsy.blogspot.com
Charlene Bausinger Jackahttp://clay-space.com/blog/

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Why I like Bead Artists Who Really Make Their Own Beads, in other words, BUY TRULY HANDMADE THIS SEASON! Part 2!

Let me give you some examples of handcrafted art!

Candice makes some amazing dread beads.  She also works in polymer clay.  Take a look at her polymer clay cuff bracelets!  Wow!  I wish I could make them like she does!




Here's the link to this bead.

Here's the link to Candice's Etsy Store.






Laurie Ament makes great beads, too!  Look at this fish.

Here's the link to her fish.

Take a look at her Etsy Store.
Here's the link.

You can also find her on Facebook.

As if Laurie weren't busy enough, she's the advertising sales person for the Glass Bead Evolution Magazine for the ISGB.  If you would like to advertise, and it's a great magazine, here's her email address: sales@isgb.org
 
 
This bead was made by Gay Massender.  I love it!  She used a reverse painting method on the bead!
 
Here's a link to the bead.

Here's a link to her Etsy store!








I guarantee that these artist are truly handmade artists!  Have no fear Christmas shopping in their Etsy stores!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Easy, Peasy Way to Make Earring Cards Tutorial

The show is getting closer and closer.
Now, I need earring cards.
Here's what I did.
I used an old piece of wood, some mailing tags, paper clips, and my dremel with a drill bit.  I think it was the 3/32" size of bit.
I put the paper clips in the places where I would want the holes for the earring cards.

 I used the paper clips as a guide for placing the holes.
I was just using my eyes.
You can measure exactly where you want the holes.
I clipped 5 cards together with the paper clips.
Then, using the wood as my base, I drilled holes in the cards.



See what I mean?
Easy peasy!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Why I like Bead Artists Who Really Make Their Own Beads, in other words, BUY TRULY HANDMADE THIS SEASON!

Let me just give you some examples.

Nikki makes the greatest lizards and, of course, her sheep!

Here's the link to Nikki's shop.

Here's the link to the lizard.








Lauren makes Dinos for Diabetes.  The proceeds from these Dinos go to the Diabetes Research Institute.

Aren't lampworkers great people?

Here's the link for this dino.


Here's the link for Maybeads on Etsy.




Then there's Marcy of Studio Marcy on Etsy.
I love her great glass sculptures!
 
Here's the link to Studio Marcy on Etsy.
 
 
Here's the Link to She Dreams of Being outside.
 



Aren't they great!  Shop Handmade!  There really are stores on Etsy that do feature HANDMADE!  I can guarantee these gals make their own bead!

Shop Handmade on Etsy for reals!




The Best Treasury EVER!!!!!

The Best Treasury Ever
by 
Joe
It's a Puzzle.
Click
to see it.
Insert (SMILEY FACE) HERE.
Edited to add:
The link no longer works.
Etsy must have shut down the treasury.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Three Beautiful Things This Week

Three Beautiful Things This Week was inspired by a wonderful blog that Three Beautiful Things. Everyday, Clare writes about 3 Beautiful Things that happen each day in her life. It's a wonderful blog! I can only hope to imitate her in a very small way.

1) Even on a gloomy day, there is a reason to smile.
--------------------------->

2) My foot is looking better every day!  I certainly can't complain about that!

3) Progress is being made when getting ready for the show!  Yes!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Getting Ready for a Show

It's that time of year again.
I only do one show a year now.
That's plenty.
So, today, I pulled out the beads and made..........
Earrings!



Tomorrow,
More earrings.
Then inventory.
Then organize.
Then, get ready for Thanksgiving!
Step by Step 
we get there!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

New Treasury on Etsy


This has been an issue on Etsy for a long time now.  I think the statement, "Handmade Has Died on Etsy," bears some thought.  Etsy's policies on what is handmade have changed.  Now, a design idea qualifies for handmade even if the materials and skills to make a product are outsourced and factory made.  Importers reign on Etsy now from handmade glass beads,
to necklaces as shown in the treasury.  What to do?

I would ask you that, with the holiday season rushing in on us, to as sure as you possibly can that any product you buy be handmade.  What are some of the clues to search for?

When someone states that they are a store with employees or family members who help to make said product, question that.  There are some stores that are still handmade who do have a true family business.  Just be careful. 

Look at the product.  Would it be reasonable for a 110 pound woman to  handle and put together the product, such as furniture, that is being shown as handmade.  Sometimes, it is. 

Check to see if there are, like in the treasury, many of the identical products in other stores.  Most likely, it's imported.

Check the price.  When you see handmade lampwork beads in strands selling for $3.99.  I'd stay away from them.  Most likely, they are imported.

Etsy has condoned it.  Why?  Importers bring in a great deal of money for Etsy.  That might be part of it.  Maybe they made a mistake and didn't screen enough stores?  Maybe.  Maybe they are just tired of dealing with all the complaints?  Maybe.  All of the above?  Maybe. 

I've been letting many of my items expire in my store.  I'm tired of paying the relisting fees to Etsy when I have to compete against the importers.  I'll probably keep a small presence on Etsy, but I don't think I'll keep as many products in my store as before.  I will also be offering a diverse product line from soaps to jewelry to handmade glass beads.  What's a girl to do?  I'm tired of it.