Friday, November 30, 2012

Mothers/Grandmothers Bracelet Tutorial

Here at Christmas Time we always sell a lot of mothers/grandmothers bracelets at the shop. Basically the concept is to make a bracelet using birthstone colors. You can add as many or as few as you want. The best part about making the bracelets is there are endless possibilities on how to make them. Some people use glass beads, some use crystals, some letters, sterling, etc. The point is, that there is no wrong way to make a mothers/grandmothers bracelet. Below are a few examples that we keep in the store for people to get ideas from:

This gold bracelet is made with gold curved tubes and the February, August, April, and March Birthstones.
This bracelet is a 3 starnd bracelet with mine, Sammys, and Sammys sisters name on it. They also have the our birthstones on them.

These have initials with birthstones.

Our most requested bracelet is the one with the tubes so I'm going to show you a version of it.  You will need:
Assorted Beads
2 Crimp Tubes
2 Wire Protectors
4 Small curved tubes (38x2mm)

The wire I will be using for this project is thinner than I would use for most of my beading projects. I will be using a 49 strand wire with a .012 diameter. This thinner diameter allows you to be able to get 2 pieces of wire through your beads. This is my favorite kind to use:
1. Cut two pieces of wire approximately 10 inches long. Put both pieces of wire together thread your desired beads over BOTH wires.
2. Seperate the wires and thread a curved tube onto each wire on both ends.
3. Put your thread back together and thread a few beads over each end. I normally use some 3 or 4mm's to use up the little bit of extra space on the end of the bracelet. You will need more or less depending on the amount of beads you used for the top.
4. Keep the wire together and thread on a crimp tube, wire protector, and part of your clasp.
5. Go back down through the crimp tube and crimp. Trim the tails. You can cover up the crimp tube with a crimp cover is you wish.
6. Repeat step 4 & 5 on the other side.
I hope you guys enjoyed this easy bacelet idea!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Watch Tutorial!

Next week I will be doing a Watch Band Tutorial on our youtube page that is stitched. I wanted to do another tutorial that is simple to do. We sell a lot of these watch bands at the shop. They are stretchy and can be changed easily.

Materials List:
9 inches of 1mm Stretch Magic
Assorted Beads
2 Small Lobster Claws
2 - 2.5mm Crimp Tubes
2 - 4mm Crimp Covers
Crimp Pliers
Watch Face

On one end of your stretch magic thread on a crimp tube and one small lobster claw. Stretch the cord tight and go back through the crimp tube. Crimp the crimp tube but be easy not to press too tightly as you will cut the thread.

 Put a crimp cover over the crimp.

Thread on your desired amount of beads for the length.

Finish off the other end with a crimp, lobster claw, and crimp cover.

Attach lobster claws to each loop on the end of your watch face.


Monday, November 26, 2012

My heart is so heavy today. This post is supposed to be about thanks but it's hard to look on the bright side on some days. One of my friends and her husband are having family problems. I listened and prayed and took her out to have a pedi.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Day 25

Today I am thankful that the parade is over!  The parade seems to bring out the worst in people!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Day 24

Today I am thankful for rest!  I can call today the calm before the storm!  Tomorrow is the Christmas Parade and my day will be insane!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Day 23

I was one of the crazies that got out and went black friday shopping today. I wasn't going to go but Wal-Mart had an awesome deal on a camera.  I went and fought the good fight and got my camera and the new printer I was looking for!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today I am most thankful for this holiday. Thanksgiving is one of the few times a year that I get to see all of my family so I try to enjoy it as much as possible. We have to run around like crazy but I can't imagine what life would be like if I didn't run.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Day 21

Today I am thankful for School Holidays. My little sister in law came home yesterday for her Thanksgiving break. We hardly ever see her so when we do I always enjoy it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Day 20

Today I am thankful for the Internet. It is simply amazing at how much knowledge you can get from the World Wide Web!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 19

Today I am thankful for all the great shows I watched growing up. Loved the Muppets, Seaseme Street, and anything Disney!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 13

Today I am thankful for all the people who support me in my business. It amazes me how much support that people show me.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 12

Today I am thankful for beading. When I started beading as a hobby almost 12 years ago I could never have imagained that it would turn into what it is today!\

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 11

On Day 11 I am thankful for this beautiful world that we live in! One of my favorite places on earth is the beach.....any beach!  This photo was taken in Myrtle Beach back in May. Even though it was May it was still pretty cold at the beach. I love where I live because I am 4 hours from the beach and 2 hours from the Mountains.

Day 10

Today I am thankful for Fall and Winter. They are my FAVORITE seasons of the year! I love the cooler weather and how the hot summer days turn into cool fall and winter nights. I love to bundle up and layer my cloths and its hard to do that in 100 degree weather. One of my favorite parts about the season is that on Saturdays in December Sammy and I help out our town and work selling tickets for the Carriage Rides. It is such fun because for the most part people are happy and ready for the holiday season.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Day 9

Today I am thankful for my love of reading. I love to read and I think that started early on as a child when my mom used to read to me everyday. I loved to go to the Library and I love the way a REAL book feels and smells. One of my favorite autors is Debbie MaComber.  You can find out more about her here:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 8

Today I am thankful for my beloved Carolina Panthers. Even though they haven't played the greatest this year, there still my team!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 7

Today I am thankful for my "family." This picture was taken last year at Christmas at our favorite Coffee Shop. My best friend in the whole world is Gina (in the black). We have been friends since we were freshmen in high school. We have got into a lot of trouble togther and had some wonderful times together!  Norlina (in the pink) is mine and Gina's mutual friend. We went to high school together also. She is a hoot. Sammy, Gina, and I love to pick on her and she takes it all in stride. I don't know how I would have gotten through the last few years without my "family" and I love them dearly.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6

Today I am thankful for my pets. We have a beagle name Lilly and a Wennie dog named Oscar. We have had them both since 2006 and since we don't have kids they are like our children.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 5

I know this is going to sound funny to a lot of people but today I am thankful for my local grocery store...Ingles. I love Ingles. They have everything I need on my grocery list and most day's I don't have to fight a large crowd while I shop.

I was a happy happy girl today. Nikia Angels new book arrived at the shop and I was doing the happy dance. I have been waiting for this book to arrive since the early summer. Nikia is one of my favorite designers and I'm so excited that she finally has her own book. This book defiantly needs to be added to your book library!

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Day 4

Today I am thankful for my little sister. We are all so proud of her. She was only in the third grade when I met Sammy and now she is a freshmen at Appalachian State University. Although we don't completely understand her all the time she's still the greatest. I am super lucky to have such a great little sister!

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day 3

Today I am thankful for my grandmother. She is the only grandparent that I have left. This picture was taken earlier in the year and she is holding Maggie (her baby) and Gracie (my sissy).

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Day 2

Day 2: I am thankful for my wonderful, loving, motivational, intelligent parents! My mom and dad are a huge part of who I am. They always told me when I was younger that when i grew up to do a job I loved so that I would have a good life. No matter if I had a lot of material wealth, as long as I was happy. And boy were they right! I may not be the richest person in the world but I have what I need and i like going to work everyday. I am extremely lucky to still have both of my parents. They have been married for over 32 years and have been such a blessing. I look back now and regret how I treated them as a (stupid) teenager but am thankful that they loved me enough not to kill me during my bad years. This picture is one of my favorite pictures of them. It was taken last Thanksgiving making it a perfect picture for my day 2 of thanks!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 days of thanks

Happy November 1st! It is so hard to believe that November is here and Christmas is right up the road. November is one of my favorite months because of Thanksgiving. It is one of the few times a year that I get to see some of my extended family and it's also the one time of year that I eat as much turkey as I can possibly stuff myself with. I love turkey but normally only eat it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh how I look forward to this time of year! As I prepare myself for turkey I am also going to take each day this month and give thanks for something everyday. A lot of times we forget to be thankful. So on this first day of November I am thankful for Jesus Christ and the fact that he died on a tree so that I could be saved.

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Cruela de Vil and Blingda the good witch.

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