Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bead Soup

This year I decided to participate in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Hop for the first time.  I was paired with Stephanie Weiss, and I'm thrilled!  It couldn't be a more perfect pairing--we're both named Stephanie, we both work in HR...  Amazing!

A few weeks ago I received my bead soup from her and I couldn't be happier with the goodies she sent!  She actually sent two soups--one in my "comfort zone", and one outside it.  This is the one that's in my comfort zone.









I adore everything about this--the colors, the owl (!), the little house bead...  

This is the set that's outside my comfort zone.








I don't use a lot of black in my designs, which means when I do wear black, I don't have a lot of my own jewelry to wear with it.  I'm so glad Stephanie included this set.  I love the copper paired with the black, and I'm up for the challenge!

As an extra treat, Stephanie's sweet daughter made this for me to hold my badge at work.




Isn't it beautiful?!  And, so sweet!  I love it!

I can't wait to sit down and use these soups!  The reveal is May 3, and I'm anxious to see what everyone comes up with!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A lesson learned

I had a pretty frustrating day at work yesterday, so I decided to sit down last night and make a new bracelet since that always seems to calm me down.  Since I had already decided to wear brown and pink today, I pulled out some seed beads and, using a spiral stitch, made this bracelet.


The problem?  I didn't use the best lighting when I was working on it, and those core beads I thought were brown are actually a dark purple!  I didn't even realize it until I stepped out into the light today.  


Oh well.  Guess next time I'll check my colors in better light!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Decisions and Updates

If you recall, a couple of months ago I decided to open a new shop on Jewel Span.  After much deliberation, I've decided to close that shop, and stick with my original Etsy shop.  It's nothing against Jewel Span--I just found that it's difficult to keep track of two shops, and Etsy seemed to get more traffic. I've added a few things to the Etsy shop, and I plan to add more throughout the week.

I just got back from a business trip, and while I was gone, this little toy arrived:


I can't wait to play with it!  I saw it used on an episode of Beads, Baubles and Jewels, and it looked like so much fun!

I packed away all my snowman decorations yesterday and got out all my spring ones.  Naturally, they're now calling for snow tonight and in the morning.  Not that I'm complaining!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Long time gone

My goodness--where does time go?  It's hard to believe it's been nearly a month since I last blogged.  A lot has happened, though.  We've gotten a lot of snow (and a few snow days!), and I battled a horrendous stomach bug.  Not to mention work, and life in general with a teen and pre-teen.

I have been working, though.  I made this bracelet Saturday morning, posted it on FaceBook, and sold it within a couple of hours.


Because of this little bracelet, I was asked to make a bracelet for a co-worker, commemorating her brother who passed away a few months ago.  I quickly agreed, since, having lost my sister 6 years ago, I can sympathize with her pain.

I also tried my hand at a project from Beadwork.  These Celtic knot earrings worked up pretty quickly.  I also posted these on Facebook, and promptly had my BFF requesting a pair.


Obviously, I don't charge her for anything.  I figure if she can put up with me for 30 years she deserves something!  

I also entered Lori Anderson's Bead Soup blog hop.  I don't know who my partner is yet, but I'm anxious to find out.  I've never participated in this before, so I'm excited.  

It looks like I'll be taking a trip to Seattle in May for some work-related training.  I have to admit I'm pretty excited.  I'm embarrassed to say I'm 39 years old and have never set foot on a plane.  I'm not nervous about the flight yet, but I am deathly afraid of heights, so I'll have to try not to think about that part!  Hopefully we'll be able to manage a little sight seeing time in between all the training.  

More to come soon--I'm determined to never go this long between posts again!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Snow Days

One of the things I love most about working in higher education is the potential for snow days, and we were fortunate enough to get to leave early Tuesday, and we were off the entire day yesterday.  I knew it was the perfect time to pull out some of my hoarded Elaine Ray beads and get to work.  This is what I came up with.


Birds Nest earrings

Bare Branches

Twigs

Violets


I can't decide which I like most!  This was the first time I incorporated leather into my designs as a chain, and it was actually much easier than I thought it might be.  

These are all available in my new shop, www.mustardbead.com. 

It's only January, so maybe we'll squeeze in another snow day or two--at least that's my wish!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

New website

A couple of months ago, I read about a website devoted to jewelry makers called Jewelspan.  After much consideration and research, I decided to open an account, and create a website there.  You can find it at mustardbead.com.  It's very basic at the moment, with only a few pieces featured.  I hope to have more on there soon, but right now I'm sitting in a hotel room (I'm at a conference) fighting with my internet connection, so the basics are all I can manage right now.  

My Etsy account is still open, but I simply haven't had much luck selling there.  It's an easy and wonderful venue, but there are so many shops on there it's easy to get lost in the shuffle, so to speak.  So, I'm giving this a shot, and we'll see how it goes.  


Monday, January 6, 2014

Playing with polymer clay

It's cold outside.  Brutally cold.  We haven't seen weather this cold in 20 years.  During lunch today, the temperature was 1 degree.  It's supposed to be below 0 tonight.  I don't live in the deep south, but I live south enough to not be used to this kind of weather!  

Since I can't change it, I might as well enjoy it, right?  Nothing like curling up with some beads or a book in front of the fire on a cold night.  Add a cozy blanket, a nice cup of coffee, and the dog and it's perfect.  In honor of the cold weather and snow we've been getting, I played around with some polymer clay last night and made these beads.


I used white polymer clay, and stamped the snowflake images and the word "snow" onto them.  I can't draw to save my life, so stamps are perfect.  And, since I had the clay out, I figured I might as well make a couple more small owls.


Hope it's warm wherever you are!  Tonight I'll definitely be wrapped up in a cozy blanket in front of the fire!