Sunday, July 18, 2010

Edison, NJ Bead Show

I went to the Innovative Bead Show today with my friend Maria, fellow beadaholic and all around jewelry fanatic, where we spent many, many hours perusing and spending way too much money on some really fantastic beads. Here's some of the day's haul.

Love them all but my heart belongs to the metallic polymer clay right above. They have so many possibilities. I'll keep you posted on how I use them.

But the most fun of the day was meeting Denise who is a fellow Etsy NJ Team member and makes gorgeous silver and gold wire jewelry. She's also great at putting colors together and has excellent taste in all things beady. You really need to see her work. I know you'll enjoy it.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Too Hot to Handle

Oh this New Jersey heat.I can't remember temps in the 100's but it's not pleasant at all. I'm trying to focus on starting my winter jewelry line but I'm just sweating and can't think that far. So since I'm sitting home with the AC blasting, I wanted to look at all the stuff outside on my deck that I love. So here's what  makes me happy.

My yoga frog. I've had this guy for years and he looks worse for the wear but he has to the power to crack me up.

These are a tiny part of my candle holder collection that sit outside on the deck. I've been collecting them for over 10 years and have about 50 of them in all shapes and sizes. There's one caveat when I buy them; they must be on sale. That's my rule and I'm sticking to it.

I look forward to hanging out outside again once the heat lets up. What are you doing in this miserable weather?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Christmas in July

It's that time again for a little shameless self-promotion. Etsy is holding a huge Christmas in July sale so I'm offering a 20% discount of all jewelry and free shipping to the US. There are some great deals in my shop so please, take a look around. You may find something you really like.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Here Comes the Bride (Sort Of)

I'll be celebrating my sixteenth wedding anniversary this summer and it occurred to me that I've never created any bridal jewelry whatsoever. And I like bridal jewelry; it's typically pretty and usually dainty and should enhance the gown. And I had all the beads in my stash and didn't have to buy a thing. A rare occurrence in my world.

I've been creating a lot of lariats lately and wanted to apply the design to a bridal necklace. It will be doubled and finished with a pearl and crystal dangle or a crystal briolette. Obviously it's still a work in progress but so far I'm liking it. I'll post the finished piece (with a better photo) when it's complete.