When school let out this year, I promised myself that I would not allow my kids to sit around and watch tv and play video games all day. This idea was not received well at first, but they soon began to get creative on what they were going to do to pass the time. We have a digital video camera that wasn't getting much use until summer rolled around. They decided to recreate a beloved skit of ours from Anjelah Johnson on Mad TV. Her character Bon Qui Qui has given us hours of laughs and now my kids have their own version to make us laugh even more!
I have been having a blast making rings this year! I love all the possibilities that these cute rings have through color and design. I began using Czech glass dagger beads and then began using the teardrop Czech beads. Everyone knows how much I love turquoise, so I used beautiful green turquoise pieces as well. My latest design uses wonderful, plump cherry quartz teardrop beads. The possibilities are endless. . .
These rings are comfortable because they are stretchy. Believe me, if you want an accessory that gives you a splash of color and style, even when hitting the grocery store on a friday night...well, these are for you!
Feelings of happiness, contentness, pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction...how do we capture these things? Well, I have to say that it is not always easy, but I choose to find happiness in the little things. When my 9 year old son, who is too cool to say "I love you" back when he's in front of his friends, comes up to me at bed time and hugs me and says "I love you Mommy"....well that is just bliss! When my 11 year old daughter says "Mommy, do you want to read what I wrote in my journal this week?"...well, that is just pure joy! When my husband says "Honey, I got these dishes."...well, I just squeal in delight! But I must admit that after a stressful and long day, when I sit down at my beading table and begin to pull out the perfect combination of beads and findings for a new piece of jewelry....well, that just makes me feel happy...and satisfied.
I love to frequent a wonderful shop on ETSY, her shop is calledBlue Seraphim Artisan Glass. This last time I found a beautiful turquoise blue and orange polka dot set of lampwork beads that I just couldn't live without! I created the most beautiful bracelet using Karen Hill Tribe stamped flower beads and lots of sterling spacers. The bright colors make me feel hopeful that spring is finally here, and that if I'm patient enough....summer is just around the corner!
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This year has been such a rollercoaster ride. The country is in a recession and quite frankly, it's a little scary. I am personally making a lot of jewelry for friends and family to give as gifts. Handmade gifts are the best! They are economical and made with love and passion! Buying handmade supports those who want to make a living doing what they love, myself included! I really love ETSY ! I have put together a collage of some of my favorite pieces that are available.
So,everyone knows that Ilove, love, love Turquoise. I do live in the great Southwest, but I have to say that I am not a fan of the old-style traditional turquoise jewelry. You know, the kind that your grandmother has worn since 1958? Uh no. Myturquoise is trendy and modern and fun. I have come to fancy my turquoise. I am super excited to share it with you.
Check out my Etsy shop for all the new ways I am putting together myturquoise! And I must warn you, I have lots of new stones! I can't wait!
Filigree is fast becoming one of my favorite materials to work with! I am loving the vast array of designs that can be found in filigree!It first became popular in the 1920's and 30's, and the romanticism and detail of antique filigree makes it a very appealing material. I am excited to experiment and pair up gorgeous Swarovski crystal and Czech glass with various filigree pieces! Check back often to see what happens!
I recently had a bit of a dry spell when it comes to new and interesting jewelry designs. I spent a good two weeks sitting at my beading table, staring blankly at trays and trays of beautiful beads. I have too many beads, I must admit. It has become quite daunting, and I feel that I have so many I don't know where to start. So I spent my days organizing the beads by color, then by style, then by size; hoping that a new and interesting design would somehow appear right before my eyes. I then picked up a rather cluttered basket of various freshwater, stick, and keishi pearls that I picked up at a bead show in Santa Fe earlier in the year. I have rarely touched them and I was somehow hoarding them for some great design that I just knew would come about at some point. Then it hits me. I need something black and white. I need a pretty piece that will appeal to ladies such as myself who have way too many black tops in their closet. I laid out some petite, white keishi pearls, a faceted teardrop onyx briolette, and a few jet black Swarovski crystals. I love the combination of crystals and pearls. What I put together was a very classy piece that reminded me of a feminine tuxedo. I love it when a great design comes together out of nowhere. This piece is so pretty, so classic, and hopefully one of your favorites as it is definitely one of mine!