Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Snowflakes

It's a cold, dreary day outside and looks like it's going to snow. Unfortunately there isn't any in the forecast, but I decided to pull out some polymer clay and play last night. I made some small snowflake charms and plan to turn them into earrings before the next real snowflake falls!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Big 4-0

I turned 40 yesterday.  Yep.  The big 4-0.  It didn't bother me as much as turning 30, but still I admit it bothered me a little.  The vain part of me doesn't care about the number--I just don't want to look my age!  I think I'll start telling people I'm 50.  I can imagine them saying "wow--you look good for 50" instead of hearing I'm 40 and saying "is that all?"

Moving on, though, I did have a very nice birthday.  Travis brought home dinner and a cake, and we actually got to spend what was a very nasty evening outside at home.  My kind of night!  Plus, he got me tickets to Barter Theater.  If you're ever in this neck of the woods, I highly recommend a trip there.

I just updated my Etsy shop and renewed some fall listings, including my acorn pendants, like this one:



Happy shopping!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Imagine Bead Blog Hop

A few weeks ago I signed up to participate in a mini blog hop sponsored by Charlie Jacka of Clay Space. Charlie chose three people to receive her Imagine bead, create something, and then blog about it. This is the beautiful pendant I received. 


Naturally, I failed to take a picture of the pendant before I started!  

This is the finished piece. 


I used yellow discs to highlight the area in the star, and black rings to coordinate with the rest of the pendant as well as to dress up the chain. 



This is a fun piece that I can see myself wearing often. I can't wait to hop over and see what everyone else made. To see, visit Charlie's blog at 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wrap bracelets

I've fallen in love with wrap bracelets.  I bought a stretch bracelet at a popular department store a few years ago and loved it, but it wasn't long before the elastic frayed and broke.  I kept the bracelet because I loved the colors of the beads together and I knew I would eventually use them in another project.  This is the result.


I loved this bracelet so much, I decided to make a fall version with some cube beads I had.


These are so quick and easy to make I'm sure I'll be making more soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Beach vacation

We returned from Carolina Beach (NC) on Sunday, and are now back to reality.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pics from the trip, but first, remember the suitcase I was fixing up for my beads?  I finished it, and was very pleased with the results.


I used some vintage-looking fabric, and made push pins by gluing owl buttons to plain metal push pins.  It held everything perfectly--even the new beads I bought.

Here are a few of my favorite beach pics:


 Hannah and Katie 

 Travis with a gun on the U.S.S. North Carolina battleship

 Hannah, Katie and me (my hair got a bit wild in the back)

 Storm clouds over the ocean

Katie, Travis and Hannah


We had a blast!  I wound up visiting a local bead shop twice, and also picked up a beautiful copper pendant at a farmer's market.  I'll post pics ASAP!

Monday, July 21, 2014

New glass beads

I've been back on the torch a little lately.  It's easy to forget how much fun it is.  I'm really into making swirly beads, but I wonder if they look a little too much like marbles...




The little polka dot ones were fun to make, too.



I was inspired by this recent blog post from Jennifer Jangles to make my own craft suitcase:  http://jenniferjangles.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-craft-suitcase.html

I'm hope to have pics soon.  Right now it's sitting outside in the sunshine, airing the musty smell out.  I hope to have it all fixed up to take on vacation next week.  I can't wait!  Carolina Beach, here we come!