Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Shop update POSTPONED

Okay, so I know I had announced a shop update for tomorrow, Nov. 14.  Unfortunately, I'm going to have to postpone it until next Saturday, Nov. 21.  

I just returned from a business trip that has left me pretty drained, and I'm not going to be able to have everything ready to post by tomorrow.

I apologize, but hope to have everyone visit on Nov. 21!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Golden tree

This is one of the reasons I'm so in love with this time of year:

This is the tree next to my house.  Our neighbor says when she looks out her window and sees it, it looks as if our house is on fire.  I can sit in the living room and see the leaves just outside the window.  When the afternoon light hits it just right, it's amazing.  

I know in a couple of weeks we'll have to rake those leaves, but for now I'll just enjoy seeing them lying there on the ground.  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stretch bracelets

I am so addicted to stretch bracelets these days.  They're so easy and fast to make, and I love the look of several of them stacked together.  I whipped these up last night in no time at all.

I have a feeling my next few bead purchases will be bought with stretch bracelets in mind.  

I'm off to Lynchburg, VA for a meeting and hopefully a little shopping--including a bead store!  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Etsy shop update

Etsy shop update

November 14, 2015

New gifts...don't miss it!

Monday, October 26, 2015

It's Fall Y'all

I know I've said it a million times before, but fall is my favorite time of year.  The mountains here are absolutely amazing, and the leaves seem to be particularly bright this year.  Here are a few pics of our recent leaf-looking trips.

The first is a pic of the (very) small city I grew up in.  Yes, this is the entire city!

This is a view of the mountains from a nearby tower.  You can see five states from the tower--just don't ask me to point out which state is which!

Travis and me with a statue of the Woodbooger--the local name for Bigfoot.

These were taken at the Breaks--an hour or two from our house.

The leaves hadn't quite reached their peak.  If we could have gone a week later the color would have been even better.

We did have a visitor, though.

And, finally, the corn maze we visited this weekend.

I do have jewelry to show, but I haven't  managed to photograph all of it.  I did get some pics of this piece, though.

The acorn pendant was made from a real acorn cap that I found last year on a fall leaf-viewing excursion.  I cleaned and sealed it, then added the blue bead.  I love it!

Coming soon is a shop update.  I'll post the date tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New jewelry

I've been inspired lately to make a couple of new necklaces.  The first is made from a recycled bullet.  It seems as if bullet jewelry is popping up everywhere--magazines, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.  Travis had one used bullet, so I nabbed it and made this.

I used E6000 to affix a Swarovski crystal to the front, and accented the pendant with a pearl.  This gave it a rugged, yet girly, look.  

A few weeks ago I was browsing in my favorite local clothing store, and I came across a long necklace I loved.  I started to buy it, but then decided to make my own, using materials that fit my taste.  It's not an exact copy, but instead I used the necklace I saw as inspiration for my piece.

I love the long length, and the mix of copper beads, silver wire, and brown leather for the chain.  

I wore this to work yesterday and got it hung on my desk, pulling one of the jump rings attaching the copper bead links together loose.  Luckily I had tweezers with me, and set out to make the minor repair just as two new employees came into my office.  Naturally, I fixed the necklace before completing their paperwork--priorities, right?  Besides, they were a few minutes early, and who wouldn't want a free jewelry repair 101 lesson?  (Okay, probably those two men, but they didn't seem  upset!).

I'm currently working on my website.  It's a somewhat slow process--there are so many decisions to be made!  Hopefully soon I'll have it up and running!