Monday, November 28, 2011

Free Shipping

So it seems I missed having a Black Friday sale. Or Cyber Monday deal. That's okay because I haven't been able to update my Etsy shop as much as I'd like. I have had some wonderful sales at work, being that I have brought my jewelry in there. And since those customers don't have to pay for shipping, I thought I'd offer a FREE SHIPPING code through the holidays. Check the end of this post for the code. I'm hoping to update the shop sporadically over the next few weeks, and here are some new items I listed last night.

I don't often make the same design more than once, but I just LOVE how these long necklaces turned out. They are so boho, great for layering, and at a good gift giving price of $18 each. The peacock feather is from Nina Designs and I am so impressed by the quality - they truly seem like real gold! I'm tempted to keep one for myself........
A tin cuff..... hoping to get more tin pieces listed soon!

And some metal work. Lately, I've been more drawn to metal work than beading. It's nice to be able to go back and forth between the two.

Thanks for your support, and the FREE SHIPPING code is: Merry

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Jade Scott Flower Challenge

Earlier this month, Lorelei and Jade teamed up to have a challenge with Jade's super cute enamel flowers. It was okay that I didn't score one of the ones Lorelei was giving away because I kinda had a surplus of them from one of Jade's Etsy updates. The reason I bought up so many was because I was hoping to get a nice variety, color wise, for the necklace I had in mind. I had envisioned using several of them for a statement piece - a garland for the neck.
It took me a bit to think up of how I was going to do this. I finally came up with a plan. I had purchased these metal components from Rings & Things (more plans for them to come too). I punched 2 holes in the center of the solid ones so that I could thread the headpin down and then back up to wrap the rest of it around the base of the flower.

Then I punched a hole on each end and embellished each one with a rivet to connect all 5 of the scallops together. Simple chain is all that is needed to finish this collar up!

Here are the rest of the blogs you can visit to see more pretty flowers!

1. Lorelei Eurto
2. Serena Trent
3. Susan Raber
4. Shawna Tobias
5. Lucid Moon Studio
6. K Hutchinson
7. Gigi
8. Lois Moon
And also!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Did you think he'd be anything else?

So, Happy Halloween everyone (a few days late). Halloween is my favorite holiday, and this year was even more fun because of Richard. Well, kindof. Meaning, it's fun to dress babies up, but they don't really know what is going on. They can't have candy, so it's really more for the parents enjoyment. He had a small party at daycare which I went and helped with, but it was quite short because again, they only tolerate a costume for so long.

He was a peacock.... of course. Are you surprised? I figured I'd better do it now before he can make up his own mind about what he wants to be. There are several peacock costumes on the market, and there's always the handmade route, but I found one that I liked and ordered it a few months ago. He's right around 6 months now, so I had it in my mind that he might be sitting on his own. Like in the picture. On the costume website. You know, all the perfect scenarios in a Mom's mind. Not to mention a scrapbooking Mom's mind.

The costume did not have covered legs, so I knew I'd have to go find some pants to go under it and some socks. Being that the costume is purple and teal, I also knew that I'd have to look in the girls section. After searching at several stores, I finally found the most perfect teal velour pants at Goodwill. But they were too large so my good friend Kristen fixed them right up for us.

Okay! So now we're ready for pictures. He still needs support to sit, so I tried thinking of how to prop him up without distracting from the already loud velvet, sequin and shiny goodness he would be wearing. So first we tried laying down. Not so good.

Then we tried going outside and sitting up against a tree. Even in the shade, it was too bright for his little eyes and in most all of them he is more interested in chewing on the sleeves or trying to pick up leaves.

Then we tried the changing table. Better.... getting better.

And finally, we went and sat on the bench in our mudroom where it provided nothing but white backdrop and pretty decent lighting. I'll let the captions do the explaining now.

* Disclaimer: no babies or peacocks were harmed in the making of this blog post.

So there ya have it. First Halloween checked off the list. Believe me, I have many more pictures and my plan is to have a flip book made with them! It will be fun to see the peacock in "action" while thumbing quickly through the pages.