Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Perspective of My Life: (Kelly Dale aka. queenofbling)
This first picture was taken around lunch and it is my work space. I was working on making a needle case holder for a class sample.

This is my favorite thing to eat for lunch at my favorite Coffee Shop called "The Daily Grind." It is a grilled cheese. It has 2 different kinds of cheese on it and it tastes great! It is supposed to be an "adult" grilled cheese with mayo and tomatos but I don't like either on my grilled chesse so I just get it plain.

This picture was taken around 10:00am. It is a small glimpse at what I see in my bead store called Off The Beaded Path. If you can't tell, I love purple!

This is a picture of the fountain in down town Forest City North Carolina USA. This fountain is right across from my husbands shop. It is one of the things that People love about our town. During Prom season all the prom goer's like to have their pictures taken in front of the fountain.

This is one of my favorite things to look at.....naked trees. This is a fruit tree in my back yard and I get to look at it every morning when I get into the car.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I was searching the internet this week and I found a great article on bead trends for fall and winter. Here is what it says:

Bead trends: Colors for fall and winterExpect to see lots of black beads and crystals showing up on necklaces, earrings, and even attached to clothing. Black is always a strong color going into the winter months and it appears to be even stronger this season. Another bead color to watch are fiery carnelian beads and stones which will make a dramatic statement around the holiday season. Expect red to have a strong presence this fall and winter both in fashion and in the world of jewelry. With the emphasis on purple in the world of fashion, amethyst will make a strong showing along with labradorite, a multicolored stone with purple and blue undertones. Blue is also an emerging color trend which will bring lapis into the forefront along with sodalite. You'll see these colors emphasized not only in semiprecious beads and stones but in glass and crystal beads as well.

Bead trends: The return of gold Although silver beads and pendants are still strong, gold and gold toned beads and jewelry is making a strong comeback overseas. Gold provides a beautiful contrast to the fiery carnelian and red shades that will be so popular this fall and winter. You'll also see a renewed interest in copper beads and pendants in keeping with the focus on red tones. Silver beads will continue to be important as they bring out the beauty of purple and blue stones and provide a contrasting background for black. Choose the metal that flatters your hair and face and you can't go wrong.

Beads trends: Long or layered beaded necklaces

Hope this helps you a litte bit when you are working on your jewelry in the upcoming weeks!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Swap Bot Earrings

I love to get things in the mail and that is why I love Swap-Bot. I joined an Earring Swap a few weeks ago and these 2 pairs have come in for me. I love to see what all people create. The small telephone earrngs are handmade of polymer clay. The orange one's are vintage earrings. They are both cute but the orange one's might be a bit too big for me. I know...Can't believe I said that can you?
Who knows though, they might go great with something that I own.
I am also in a Christmas card swap and the cards I have gotten have been really interesting. I got one from Portugal the other day and it was really interesting. I love to see how other people from other countries celebrate Christmas.
Be sure to check back one day this week because I am in a swap where I take pictures for one day of the world from my perspective. (What I see everyday.) I am really looking foward to that one! Also, I am going to try to post a new jewerly project this week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Love this website!

Hello fellow Bead Geeks:

My mom and I went to the Southern Christmas Show this past friday and there was one vendor that I was absolutely smitten with. It was a company called Sweet Tees. ( You have to check out their website! They use the Hot Fix Crystal Flat Backs and they design T-shirts, hats, aprons, etc. with these crystals. They have some really cute stuff! I instantly came home and started looking for the tool to add the crystals with. Come to find out my main distributor had them all the time I just never paid attention to them. I have some Hot Fix Crystals and Tools coming next week and I plan on doing a try-it-tuesday demo on them next month. This could take some of you to the next level on your beading! My husband said that once I get my hands on it nothing will be safe. I offered to do his Next Level Gamez logo in crystals but for some reason he wasn't too keen on the idea. Oh well, my first project is going to be a T-Shirt for me with the store's name on it. I'll let you know how I like it as soon as they come in~!