Monday, December 17, 2007

This is SO COOL!

Was checking my sitemeter thingie, and noticed an inordinate amount of hits from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Israel, Austria...
I only know a few People from Europe, but they all live on the same continent I do!
Turns out these wonderful people have found my crochet tutorial, and it's been linked to through here:

What looks to me to be a beading forum. ( I believe it's written in Russian, but I'm not sure...)


If you would have told me, 10 years ago, that I would have created a beading tutorial that would have been helpful to beaders across the world, I would have scoffed at you! ;)

This has inspired me to create a whole section on this blog, aimed at tutorials only. I think it would be a fantastic way to share with the beading community.

To the ladies who've been linking:
danke, merci, dziekuje, spasibo

(and if there are mistakes, blame it on these guys!)


The Sabrina cuff (sort of a recycled post...)

A few years back, I constructed this lovely textured cuff for a lovely young lady named Sabrina. Sabrina and I met at the gym, she was one of my first students. She just also happens to be a hair stylist extraordinaire, with much, much flair, and has been making me pretty for almost 3 ears now. ;)

On occasion, we'll exchange services, where I'll get a kick-ass haircut, and she gets some jewelery! Who could ask for anything more!?! On one occasion, after a full head of foils, and a fantastic cut, we got down to the business of designing a special piece for her. She wanted a bracelet, but couldn't find anything she liked in my 'reference' book. (Whenever I find something inspiring in a magazine, I cut it out, and paste it into this scrapbook I have - and they're all organized by item too: necklaces, bracelets, earrings... ) And she liked some of the necklace styles, but doesn't wear necklaces. She kept pointing to a particular one though, and said she liked that design a lot. "Do you think you could make something like this in a bracelet?" she asked... "I don't see why not." We picked the beads and hardware, I took her measurements, and I got to work.

I started with a netted base, which I then surface embellished with a short hematite bead fringe. I sneaked in a few hematite stars in there too, figuring it would be a cute, personal surprise for her. I figured she'd like the hidden stars, seeing as she's got 13 (yup: 13!) of them tattooed on her body. (these 13 are accompanied by various other body art.)

I love the clasp on this piece. It cheeses me off that I can't find another one anywhere. I got it at an L.B.S., but they don't carry it anymore.

When I gave Sabrina her cuff, she was one happy camper.
I was so happy when she opened the box and said :"Oh it's gorgeous!! It's exactly what I wanted!"

I love those moments:

It's a popular design, and although I have a feeling it would be a good seller, I haven't made many, since every time I've made one, it's taken me FOREVER to finish it. It's not difficult by any means, it's just that the details are very time-consuming. I've been wanting to make one in pearls. Cute little button pearls.

I just wish I could find more of those clasps!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Posh Party!

I hosted another Posh Party at my place on Saturday. It wasn't a big blowout, only had 7 ladies come, but it was perfect. I laid out some yummy finger foods - spring rolls, pot stickers, shrimp with cocktail sauce, grapes and cheese - made a huge pot of fresh strong coffee, all followed by a box of decadent dark chocolate truffles. (YUMMY!)

I busied myself all day preparing for the party, thankfully, I had my very own little 'insistant' to help me... (long story short, I was taking photos one day, and she was getting underfoot, when I told her I didn't need any help at the moment, she replied "But I want to be your insistant!", to which I replied "Mission accomplished!" LOL!) Mimi was very good at helping me with my price tags, and when pricing was done, she helped my by keeping busy with her homework. ;)

I spent three days cleaning my place up, and boy did it show. It was well worth the effort, as everything gleamed, and I felt quite proud of my accomplishment. Here's my table. Not very big, but I'm starting to build up on displays, so I can usually manage to still put quite a lot of pieces down.

LOVE my fishbowl. I have two. One for Beta fish, and one for Gold fish. I love my fish! ;) Of course, I realize that these are quite large for a single fish, but I like my fish to be happy, so I give them lots of room to play in.

The newest addition to my displays, and now I'm scrambling to find another one just like it. They're perfect! I have another wall mounted one from which I display my own jewelry, but this one has its own little stand, so it brings the pieces up to eye level. Very nice.
I found it funny that my "Vixen" necklaces even looked good hanging from the sleeves. Gave it that dressed up feeling.

Different view. Makes me laugh every time I see my sagging shelves. Guess I've got too many beads, eh? ;) I've asked hubby for a brand new bookshelf for Yule. I found the perfect one at Ikea.
Here is Maria, playing hide & seek with my Christmas tree, Sammie beside her, and that's Katherine in the green sweater.

On a side note: I like my Christmas tree! Believe it or not, this is my very first one! I mean, I had them every year growing up, but this is the first time I've ever put one up since I've been on my own, for, well, 17 years now... I think mom felt sorry for my lack of ornaments, so she sent me some of the old ones from my childhood. Including the whole hand-crocheted set of Snow White's seven dwarfs -complete with hand-sewn felt clothing!!!- that she made when I was 6 years old!

Cheryl, one of my co-workers at the gym, and Katherine.
(I swear she has a face!)

And here we have Bianca and her mom Mary on the floor, Katherine at the back (see? I told you she had a face!), Maria in the corner, Sammie in red, and Moi, finally enjoying a nibble. Mary and Bianca left shortly after this, and my friend Cindy showed up just as they were leaving.

I was pleased that it turned out so well. Like I said, it wasn't huge, but I think that 7 people at once was perfect. My favorite part of the evening? (aside from the financial aspect of course! LOL!) Right after that last photo was taken, I sank back into the couch cushions, and upon scanning the room, I got this incredible sense of well-being. It felt wonderful to be surrounded by women, food, and coffee. Oh, and chocolate! I honestly can't think of a better way to spend a nice quiet evening, eating, drinking, and shopping for jewelry!

Gotta Love It!

My biggest conundrum at the moment? How soon is too soon to host another one??? ;p

Monday, December 03, 2007

New page up on my website

I've been meaning to build this page up for months now, but never seemed to have enough hours in one day to do it all. Well, today, I had the opportunity, and some fantastic lighting, to photograph a few of my dad's bowls to display on my site.

After a few hours of photography, uploading, cropping and resizing, I got them up on my site, and since I'm really good at talking/selling my jewelry, and not so sure I'm so good with wood... ;) I was wondering if perhaps a few of you wouldn't mind taking a peek, and letting me know?


Oh, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I really want to offer my dad this extra opportunity to get his work out there. He doesn't have access to cyberspace, and is quite intrigued with it, and is very excited at the prospect of selling his pieces on there. I can't wait to show him he's got his very own page on my site!!!