Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas everyone! What a blessed day it has been! Our Christmas's are always crazy but I wouldn't have it any other way. My day started at 5am when it was time to wake up and open gifts with my husband. I tried to get him to open them last night but he has never done that and he didn't want to start this year. My husband spoiled me by surprising me with quite a few beading patterns and not one but two beautiful rings. He got me a beautiful infinity ring with black diamonds in it and then he surprised me with a Swarovski ring that looks like a buckle. It sparkles like nothing I have ever seen before.
After we finished we had to be at my parents house by 6:30 to eat breakfast and open gifts. My parents surprised me with a krueig coffee maker. That baby is going to the shop!
From my parents house we travel to Sammys Parents home so that we can watch his younger sister open gifts. This is the first year since i have been in the family that we have not had to get there at 5 or 6 in the morning to see his sister open gifts. She is a sophomore in college now and likes to sleep late so we didn't have to be there until 8am! His parents surprised me with more beading patterns and a flat nose Lindstrom plier. Last year that got me the round nose and cutter Linstrom plier so this year they finished up my collection. If you have never used these pliers then you are missing out because they are FANTASTIC. I went to the Bead and Button show 2 years ago and all the teachers were using them. I immediately wanted a pair but was too cheap to buy them myself. Now that I have them I wouldn't use anything else!
Once we finished up at the Dale house then it was off to church. Christmas was super special this year considering that we actually got to go to church and celebrate Christ's birth.
After service we traveled to my moms twin brothers house to have Christmas with moms side of the family. My favorite tradition about Christmas with moms family is that my Aunt Carolyn always buys us towels for Christmas. I always look foward to these towels because if your like me this is an item that I don't want to purchase. I want to spend my money on other things.
Leaving Uncle Rays house we then travel 20 miles to Sammys grandmothers house to celebrate with his side of the family. It's always nice going to her house because she always has a fire going in the fire place and it's so nice and cozy.
Our final stop for the day is to my Grandmothers house to celebrate with my dads side of the family. All in all it's a really long day with lots of stops but one day all of those stops will be gone and I will miss them greatly. I try to enjoy every minute of them now and hope for them again next year. Sammy and I both have been so blessed to still have 2 grandmothers and our parents. God has truly blessed us and that is the greatest gift!
I hope that each of you have had a blessed and great Christmas no matter how you have spent it. Over the next few weeks you will get to see some of the new goodies I am going to make with all my new patterns. First though I am going to take a few days and go to the Beach to rest for New Years. So excited to see what 2012 is going to hold for me.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
While doing all of this I have had to come home at night and finish up Christmas gifts for people on my list. I have gotten them all finished and am hoping that after Christmas I can get back to other projects that I already have started. Meanwhile I plan to enjoy the next 4 days, soak up the holiday, and then celebrate 2012 while on the beach!
I thought you guys would get a kick out of this picture! Darlene, our Polymer Clay teacher, made this huge flower back in the summer and I tried to tell her that it would make a fantastic hair piece!
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Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Do you have someone in your life who is your biggest fan? Well that person in my life is my moms sister....my aunt Carolyn. She has always been proud of me and she is super supportive of my beading talent. Every time I see her I try and have her something special made. I will see her today and since I have been making Trillium flowers I figured that I would make her one in red and green. It turned out really cute but I wish I would have had some silver lined emerald here at the house for the back of the flower. Anyways heres how it turned out....
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The second picture is a pair of my new favorite earrings. The rings are actually supposed to be a necklace that was on the cover of Super Bead work earlier in the year. I made myself a pair in cream and gold and wear them with everything. One of my volunteers loved them so much that I ended up making her a pair. When my customer came in and said that they needed a really unique pair of earrings as a gift these came to mind. I used black delicas and 15/0 seed beads as well as 3mm white pearls. They turned out really pretty so I think that after the holidays I might have to make myself a pair.
Hopefully I can get back to the trillium flowers tomorrow. I have got my voice back and am finally starting to feel better.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I sat down Thursday night and decided that I needed to discipline myself and each work day I was going to start sitting down and working on the pieces for 1 hour. I started yesterday and I got 1 flower constructed. I still have to make the back triangle for the flower and then this component will be finished and then there will only be 4 more to make. Here is what I got done:
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
1. My daddy, who lives next door to me, fixes breakfast every Sunday morning. He fixes my favorites and this is the only day of the week where I eat a big breakfast.
2. Sunday is the day my family goes to the church house. I teach Sunday School for the 5-7 year olds and I love it. I don't have any kids of my own so it's a great way to be able to stay connected with the kids at church.
3. In my eyes Sunday's were made for naps! I take a nap almost every Sunday!
4. I have been on the Weight Watchers plan since January and Sunday is what I call my free day. I eat the Weight Watcher way all week and then on Sunday I take the day off and eat whatever I want. So normally we go out to eat at my favorite restaurant on Sundays.
5. Football.....need I say more?
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Friday, October 28, 2011
Ok so I have a new favorite show. Lifetime presented a new show last night called Project Accessory and let me tell you....It was AWESOME! If you love purses, shoes, jewelry, etc you will love this show. I think that this show is going to be great for the beading business because the jewelry they made last night was Fabulous! If you haven't watched it yet you need to head over to the link above and watch the premiere episode. I got lots of great ideas for new jewelry last night. Here is my favorite look from last night:
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Rockin Red Velvet Pancakes
Entire Recipe makes 2 Pancakes with Glaze - 273 Calories, 3g Fat, 46g Carbs, 7.5g fiber, 17.5g Protein
Icing: 2 tablespoons Fat Free Cool Whip Thawed
1 Tablesppon Fat Free Cream Cheese - room temp
1 No calorie sweetener packet
One 25 Calorie Packet of Hot Cocoa Mix
1 tablespoon sweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup whole wheat flower
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 drops red flood coloring
2 no calorie sweetener packets
dash of salt
1/4 c. fat free liquid eggs substitute
1 tablespoon vanilla soymilk
In a small bowl combine all icing ingredients and mix until smooth. Set aside.
In a tall glass combine cocoa mix, cocoa powder, and 1/2 teaspoon chocolate chips. Add 1/4c. very hot water and stil until ingredients have dissolved. Set aside.
In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, sweetener and salt. Add cocoa mixture , egg substitute, and soy milk. Mix thoroughly. add food coloring and mix well. Stir in remaining chocolate chips.
Cook 2 pancakes
Microwave icing until warm, spread over pancakes.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Wow! I can't believe how long it's been since I've blogged. I am going to start back up this week with a new tutorial tomorrow on a great pair of simple and fun earrings. Plus we have a great new ring video that we will post on our YouTube site later this week!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I wanted to share the article with you because if your a jewelry designer then this is a great article for you.
Every season some things change and some things stay the same. Defining what aspects of your collection to continue and which to renew and refresh is the daily challenge of professional jewelry designers. Below you will find key inside tips for success in creating a fabulous jewelry collection for spring 2011.
Let's look at the top fashion jewelry trends for Spring 2011 and break it down. The subtle differences in color are important to capture for your designs to look and feel updated. Color palettes that will be strong for spring are Black/white, blue/green, brown/coral, white on white. So not earth shattering news here. However, by using indigo blue and Kelly green, adding bright orange to coral, and mixing white with burnished metals, and black with artisan textures, you will find these basic color palettes to look brand new. Tip: Best selling color fashion jewelry is usually a rich mix of tones, finishes, and textures. Vary your hues, and mix transparent, opaque, metallic, and matte beads into your Designs.
Don't underestimate the beauty of brown this season. I believe the strongest way to include a brown story into spring 2011 jewelry is to maximize the 'animal' patterns trend. Use faux tortoise shell, printed animal patterns under clear or transparent colored epoxy, animal printed ribbons, or metal pierced with crocodile and zebra open work. Tip: When working with animal print patterns use soft geometric shapes to display them.Simple discs and orbital earrings are always very strong selling silhouettes to include in your selection.
Slick and bright color is hot for spring 20111 fashion jewelry. Use epoxy and enameling to achieve a high gloss finish on metals. Use hombre colors across a surface for a very chic 'butterfly wing' look. Epoxy
is a great way to add a lot of bold color without a lot of expense. While cuffs are a hot look, and multiple bangles look great on the runway, it is comfort and style that wins at the register. If you are targeting a higher end consumer, then be sure to maximize the boldness at the wrist. However, for mid-tier to missy customers I suggest creating a wonderful collection of color, metal, charms, pearls, and textures that create a layered wrist that is comfortable as well as dramatic. Earrings for Spring will have movement, lightness, and color. Multiple parts linking together to make larger looks without a lot of extra weight. Tip: Earrings are business drivers, so identify your best sellers and update them in very subtle ways. This way you have a few 'sure things' mixed with your new ideas.
Silver tone fashion jewelry looks to be a very strong selling category for spring, summer, and even on into fall. The rising cost of sterling silver will most likely influence consumers to purchase the 'look' of silver at more affordable retail prices. Historically the best all metal fashion jewelry is polished and very simple. What I am seeing for this season is a subtle hint of interesting details. Fine beading, engraved pattern, woven wire, and imagery are very good ways to define this category. In general 'critters' are popping up everywhere. Bees, birds, snakes, and butterflies are the most predominant images to emerge for spring.
The last important detail is to make sure that everything you design is authentic. Your designs should reflect your personal style, and stay true to the vision you have in your mind. Your passion for a particular look will be evident and that is what makes your collection unique. The way you speak about your jewelry, present your jewelry, and wear your jewelry, are the best way to sell your jewelry. In an industry with so much available authenticity is the key to success.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
On another note, I started Weight Watchers on Tuesday. Not because it was the first of the year but because I need to do something about my weight for my health and it just seemed like the right time. I would say the hardest part so far has been giving up my sodas. I hate to even admit this but I was drinking 6 to 8 Coke's a day. And now on the Weight Watchers plan 8oz of Coke is 3 points so needless to say, i only allow myself to have one 8oz can of coke a day now. I miss the taste of coke but most of all right now I miss the caffeine. My body is screaming at me for some good caffeine and sugar. I just feel really blah this week so it has made getting my work done much harder. I am on day 4 though so hopefully my withdraws won't last too much longer and I can get back to business as usual.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
At the beginning of the year it is customary that people set up a list of Resolutions. Well this year I am going to post a few goals that I would like to accomplish because if you set a goal, it makes it easier to keep the eye on the ball. Plus, if i post it on here then I will be accountable to all who read this.
First, I would like to grow my online presence. Meaning that I would like to keep up with the blog more adding great projects for everyone to try, and make more great videos to be uploaded on youtube.com.
Second, I would like to be able to do more craft shows and get my store name out a little more. This may come as a challenge though as I read today that by 2012 they are expecting gas to be up to $5.00 a gallon. That is so hard to believe because when I first started driving gas was .99 a gallon. Inflation sucks!
And thirdly, I would like to strenghten my marriage to my husband. The past few years have been a test for us and we have withstood the storm but I would like to grow my love for him and remember that he is my life partner and that I need to quite looking to others to find my happiness and I need to find it in him.
I hope that 2011 brings each of you lots of love, laughter, joy, money, and lots of great beading projects.