Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holiday! It. Would. Be. So. Grea-eat!

Seriously, my holidays have been busy, busy, BU-ZY! You? I honestly thought I'd get a whole lot more relaxing done, but so far, the only ones that are really enjoying a 'break', are DH (Darling Husband) and LH (Little Highness). Well, besides those two (two too few!) shopping excursions I've been on with the charming Miz M, I really haven't had time to myself.

We entertained our neighbors, Gary, Rebeca and Sophia on Christmas night. I went all out and created a fantastic (if I do say so myself...) turkey dinner. My only problem was the teenie tiny stove I've got. There was no way I was going to get a 10 pound turkey in it AND manage to oven roast the ham and the sweet potatoes... So, I seasoned and stuffed the bird, and delivered it to Rebeca, who kindly followed my instructions on the baking part, and it came out perfect. I prepared my sweet potatoes the way I usually do: 1" thick slices, toss in a large bowl with olive oil, then coat with rosemary, fresh ground pepper, and some seasoned sea salt: YUM! (In case you feel like trying them, you lay them flat on a baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, turn them over, and bake for an additional 12 minutes. Times may vary according to ovens... Trust me, you'll LOVE them!).

I'm not ashamed to say that I was SPOILED ROTTEN this year :D Yes, Santa was good to me. I got socks, 'cause I LOVE socks! I got an ironing board, I got tools, I got yarn, I got 6 lbs crystal FIRELINE! (woot!) And that was just from HUBBY! I got fantastic 450 count cotton sheets, a billfold, a cookbook for my crock pot, a gorgeous crystal ornament and a decorative candle holder from Nona and M, and I got myself quite a few other little trinkets. ;) I really was spoiled. I must have done something really really good this year to deserve so much!

The weather here is positively preposterous. One week you think you're in the Arctic, the next, it's balmy southern weather... Go figure! Those 24" of snow we got last week are all but gone now, leaving way to torrential downpours and possible floods all over the neighborhood. One neighbor's sump pump has been going non-stop since Friday... But, so far, we're pretty lucky. No flooding on our property, and we're vigilant about going out there as soon as there's a lot of melting or raining going on, and clear any water that seems to have a difficult time draining. The warmer days also gave the furnace a nice break.

So, I'm getting ready for the new year. I've got a few possible prospects for Posh Parties, so I've got to get busy and make some pieces. I was contacted by Tom, the photographer I've been modeling for (have I mentioned that before?), and he's willing to redo some of my photos for the site, as I really think the necklaces would be better displayed on a model. And since I can't afford a model right now, I guess it'll have to be me...

I've been working on some new earring styles, and am looking forward to adding these to the site as well, and making more and more and more Pearl Blossoms. They're popular, and sell well, so, I think that always having a few of them on hand will be ideal. I took a better shot of my wall-mounted earring display to show you. I'm so happy I scored two of them for myself. I can't wait for my office to be completed so I can just set them up.


And lucky me, I even snagged a matching table-top one. This will help for when I've got extra pieces to display when I'm at home, or, just to bring along as an extra table display when I go to shows.


A closer look of the display in action.
My new "Goddess" earring.

And check it out! Right before Christmas, I found this other table-top piece, sold as a votive candle holder, I simply removed the candle cups, and voilà, a brand new display! :D



What else have I been up to? Oh yeah! I finally got the Celini Spiral under my belt! Here's my first attempt.
I'll be sending this one to DH's auntie in Montréal. I know she's just DYING to get it!

The new "Infinity Simplicity" set.
I've decided to splurge and use those gorgeous Peacock pearls hubby got me for our anniversary last year. I think the finished result is quite stunning.


I finished the blossom, and then embellished it further with some 13/0 charlottes in a gold wash transparent purple. (the same as in the matching earrings actually!)

Well, I think that's it for today folks. I'm running on empty right now. Have been busy babysitting two large black labs, a cat, an aquarium full of fish, and a budgie for my neighbors. And every single pet is a love sponge, where three times a day, at least one hour each time, is spent snuggling, loving, feeding, and generally looking out for them. Oh, and the LH in tow to boot! But, it'll all be worth it in the end.

Hope all is well with you all, and that Santa was just as good to you as he was to me.

Love and Light!

Jewels

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Chasing Rainbows!

I was over at Me Her Now's blog today, and peaked at her rainbow. Thought I'd share my own with you, and to tell you the truth, it's pretty darn accurate. Well, I think is is...

Your Rainbow

Your rainbow is intensely shaded green, violet, and white.



What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Staying in and [trying] to keep warm

Yes, it is officially Winter in good old Niagara Falls! Darling Husband had been tracking this storm on the weather network, keeping a close eye on the radar and satellite images looping over and over. We could see the mass coming our way, and knew we would be in for a bad one. They were calling for 20-30 cm of snow, winds of 50 to 70 km/hr, and, well, we all know just how cold it gets, no need for thermometers for this one. I believe we got closer to around 55 cm ( 18")

Ah, but I've been a good little Rat, and after stocking our pantry up for the last few weeks, I wasn't too worried at the prospect of being stuck in the house for a few days. What I HAD'NT thought of was the possibility of a power outage. Actually, neither of us had thought that through... Good thing I've got a steady stash of candles, and no shortage of lighters! Didn't hurt that we had access to a generator through one of D.H.'s friends either. ;) I was pleased that Little Highness, warmly cocooned in her favorite blankie, napped through most of the outage, which, luckily for us, lasted only a bit over 2 hours. But her reaction at the sight of so many "COOL CANDLES ALL OVER THE PLACE" upon her awakening was just as stressfull as dealing with the outage itself. No worries, I never left her side. Even carrying the candle myself to accompany her to the loo once or twice. For a 7 year old, there's strength in numbers where darkness is concerned!


In the beginning!
What we are looking at here is my back neighbor's backyard, which opens up to the main street, which is practically cloaked from the snow. Cars (yes, there were a few nuts out there) are moving at a snail's pace, but for a few idiots that didn't seem to think that slowness = carefulness in these types of weather...
Around 10:00 am when this shot was taken. I've wisely decided to keep L.H. at home after seeing the advisory that all school buses were cancelled. Schools were open though, go figure! But it didn't take them long to start calling parents to come pick up their kids. L.H. was disappointed, having some really cool presents to gift to her bus driver and teacher, but, after I explained the safety issues of traveling down the streets when even the bus drivers didn't want to take chances, she understood. Actually, I think what made it acceptable was the fact that our neighbors, R and S, were also staying home and would be coming by for a pre-lunch visit. Well, it looks pretty, but I must admit, I was glad the neighbors were coming over to OUR place, and not the other way around. Even if they ARE just two doors down...


We were all quite impressed with this squirrel's intestinal fortitude, to brave this kind of weather for the sake of a nut! Those tails are a cool design feature eh? I couldn't help but notice its ingenuity at using it for coverage. It kept blowing in the wind mind you, but squirrely kept re-propping it back over its head.
Picture this: Jewels trying to snap a photo, surrounded by two young ones squealing "Oooooh, look at de cute widdwe puffy wuffy squirrel! Oh, mommy, can we let it in? It looks soooo cold!" Oy! Did my mom have to put up with that nonsense????
(DON'T answer that!)
The steps to the back walkout have officially disappeared to leave behind the coolest slide in the neighborhood. We'll let the kids go first, you know, to test it... ;) Perhaps knowing that the steps have a 10" lift will give you more of an appreciation at the amount of snow we'll have to clear off of them.

I just found this to be a rather neat shot. Love how the bush looks with the snow falling through the spaces there. Reminds me of coral.

Little Higness after waking from her nap.
She lurrrrrrrrved the candles everywhere. Don't you just love her slippers? She asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I told her I wanted a pair just like them. Well, in style, not necesarilly color. Not sure I'm a polka dot kinda gal, but I wouldn't be averse to the lovely black cable-knit ones I spied at La Vie En Rose....

Lucky for us, the power outage [caused by a felled power line] didn't last too long. The furnace kicked back on just short of us being able to see our breath IN the house! Well, at least we had plans B and C to implement had we needed to, but, I'd say we were pretty lucky. You know? It made me think: Would I prefer a power outage in the summer or winter?
It WAS cold enough that any and all perishables might have been stored outside, and would have kept, but we might have gotten frostbite in the house, regardless of the mountain of blankets we had! Whereas in the summer, you may lose a whole lot of food, but you certainly wouldn't be exposed to hypothermia... Food for thought, eh? I think I'd take a long power outage in the summer over a winter one.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Still here, I swear! :D

Ok, ok. I know. Too few and far between. But, I guess this is now my busy time of the year, as I've intented it! ;)
Now that I've just finished shoveling 10 cm of snow from my driveway, the sidewalk, the walkup, and the porch, I can actually sit and relax. The typing is a bit slower at the moment, as the old arms are a wee bit tired from said shoveling. Not too bad though, just some needed exercise.
I've had a few custom orders to fill for some friends, and have been finishing some old pieces. One of which is "Flight of Fancy". Wanna see?
Here is a shot of the project while I was still working on her:

It took me so long to figure out how I was going to finish this piece. I had thought of simply adding a pin at the back, to turn it into a brooch, then thought I'd do that AND add a bail so that it could be either worn as a pendant or a brooch, but for the life of me, I can't seem to be able to locate any of my pin backs! That's what I get for moving into a house. Now I've got much more room to lose my stuff in! ;) Well, at any rate, here she is completed. Not the best shot, but I wanted to share with you, so there!
Her body is made of four Peyote Bezelled Rose Quartz cabochons, which were then connected with a little bit of R.A.W., and her 'wings' and 'tail' were embellished with long fringes, which are weighted down by lovely little natural purple freshwater pearls. The new pendant hangs from a simple Spiral Rope Chain, and the Peyote bail allows for the wearer to remove the pendant if they wish to. I done did good I think!

Oh, in other great news, "Tanzanite Daggers" has been SOLD! :D She has found a new home through Niki, my new friend who's been carrying my pieces in her Spa. I was ecstatic! And so is her new owner!

I've been doing a lot of 'behind the scenes' work on my site. It hasn't been updated yet, but for a few tweaks here and there, but come new year, I believe I'll be fully ready to publish it with all new pieces, and a complete wholesale catalog. Now THAT's a lot of work!
The last few weeks, I've just been in complete production mode, save for the custom pieces I've finished, and it feels really, really good. The Muse is back, and I'm coddling her, nourishing her, and letting her run all over the place, giving her free reign to take me wherever she wants to lead me.
One new thing I've also decided to add to the site, which I will share with you here, is that my Pearl Blossoms is now available in a "Four Seasons" package. Clearly, I thought that was a very clever idea! ;) See?
"Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter"

I've also been working on some new earrings to match them, which will also be showcased here shortly. So stay tuned! :)

Miss U!

Friday, December 05, 2008

What have I been up to...

I've been up to so much, I can't keep track with myself!
I had my second annual Christmas Posh Party Wednesday night, and it was wonderful! Using my newfound networking tools, I figured I'd invite quite a lot of ladies, so that I would meet my criteria. Here's the formula I learned. If you invite 100 people, 30 will say "YES!". Of those 30, you'll probably get 1/3 who actually show up. That's %10 attendance. I did one better than that, I reached %15! :D (of course, I WAS aiming at %30, but hey! I done did good!)

So, out of my 61 invitees, 9 showed up, and shopped, shopped, shopped! I was impressed with these ladies, they liked what they saw, and weren't afraid to tell me! :D Have I said it was awesome yet? 'Cause it WAS!

Sonia, Sheyla and Laura gabbing away. You'd think these ladies would run out of things to chat about, since they all work together, but Nooooooooo.
A bunch of chatty Cathys they were! ;)

The other young lady who's back is facing us was my lovely assistant Selena, who did a fantastic job of tabulating everyone's receipts, and kept a fantastic account of everything.
Methinks she'll be hired again come next Posh Party.


Barbie got Bagged!
No! Not like THAT!
I didn't serve ANY alcohol at my party!


My pretty tree made an appearance again this year.
And Edith, my house, loves it when all these folks come visit her!


What a fantastic find this was. I had been searching high and low for the perfect display unit for my earrings, and 'lo and behold, one simple trip to Winners, and voilà, I found it! Well, two of them actually! :) But I only put one up for now, since my office isn't finished, and these will be on permanent display in my office for when my customers come over.
I also found another similar table-top piece which will come in handy for out of office showings, as it's the exact same design, but more along the lines of a 'cage'. I should really have photographed it to show you... Ah well, next time!

Isn't it neat?
The earrings hang perfectly on the wires, and those little saucers at the back hold tea lights, which were lit for the party. And no, neither the flames nor the heat affected either the pieces or the wall. It's perfect I tell you!

My new lines of Pearl Blossoms pendants and earring sets were quite popular, which pleased me to no end. Even my new crocheted scarves were a hit! I'm well on my way to a good wholesale catalog, which I hope will launch me on my fantastically successful jewelery making career. ;)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Taggart!

Yes, I know, I was tagged, what, two weeks ago? :/
And by not one, but TWO of my readers! Linda, and Pam. Oh, I'm a such a bad, bad, bad little blogger these days, but honestly, I DO have a good excu... erm, reason. See, for all the time that I was in that funky funk, well, it seems I'm making up for lost times.
I've actually been beading, crocheting, and generally creating my fingers off, to the point where I've aggravated an old wrist injury :( But the injury isn't what's prevented me from writing, 'cause I've been writing LOTS. See, I'm on a mission, and this mission is to become all I was meant to be: A financially independent, wildly successful jewelry designer. :) I've been sitting on my laurels long enough, it's time to dust myself off, and start again. And start I have! I've been attending seminar after seminar, practically one a week; some on marketing, some on networking - m'kay, MOST on networking... - and the very last one was on the "Law Of Attraction". I'm HUGE fan of the Secret, and strongly believe that everything that happens to us, we've drawn to ourselves, good OR bad. It's all in the state of mind, and the vibes you're sending out, and frankly, my vibes for the last few years weren't exactly healthy. So, I've taken a healthy dose of "give yourself a swift kick in the a**", and taken myself back from the brink of whatever that darkness was that I'd let take over me, and here I am, getting back on track! :)

Okay, so, now, back to that tag... I'm supposed to share 7 interesting/unknown facts about myself, and then I'm supposed to tag 7 more people. But, being the difficult girl that I am, I'm going to play the game my way. I'm NOT going to pass the tag on, but I will ask any and all of my readers, that if they are interested in participating, then by all means, I would love to know 7 unknown facts about you, and tell me when you write it, so that I can link to them. Is that good? :)

Alright, number 1!
I am a bonnafide Pool Shark! I started playing pool when I was 14 years old, after making the mistake of telling my dad while watching him play with my pepere, that I would love to learn how to play. The next summer was spent being woken up by a pool cue poking me in the ribs, and my dad teaching me. I am forever grateful that he did, as it did wonders for the old hand/eye coordination. (little tidbit here: Hubby and I met playing pool, and I BEAT HIM 3 games in a row... after letting him win the first one, of course... ;p )

Number 2:
I can tie a cherry stem in a knot using nothing but my TONGUE. Mm-hm, great party trick, and a great way to get phone numbers at that party too! LOL! Not that I pick up boys' phone numbers anymore, but it sure did the trick back in the 'old' days. LOL!

Number 3:
I have this innate ability to learn ANY language. I've had friends that spanned the globe, and each and every time they've tried to teach me their mother tongue, I can pick it up just like that. What's dumbfounding, is that I can even pick up their accent. I'm currently endeavoring to learn conversational Italian, and Spanish. I would love to speak as many languages as I can, fluently.

Number 4:
I love, love, LOVE baby beef liver! If you don't like it, don't EVER come to a pub with me, as it's my favorite pub fare and I can never pass it up, LOL! Especially with mashed potatoes, bacon and onions, and smothered in gravy! My mom used to feed it to me as a baby, and I loved it then too.

Number 5:
Since we're on the topic of food, my absolutely favorite food is Sushi. I've managed to find one good place around here, but I hear that in this area, if I want fantastic Sushi, I'll have to find my way to Toronto.

Number 6:
I. Am. A. Witch. A good one. I am a sole practitioner and belong to no coven, however, I have 'cyber' met a few other Witches that I wouldn't mind meeting in person to work Magik with. And no, I can't turn you into a toad. People do that to themselves... ;)

Number 7:
As mentioned above, I am a strong proponent of the Secret, and I believe that we got our house using the Secret. The secret to the Secret is feeling. You have to feel your goal with every fiber of your being, and the Universe WILL respond to the nature of your 'song'. Trust me, it works!

Now, I wasn't sure I was going to go there, but, since I did get tagged by two ladies, I thought I'd play differently, and play twice. So, I'll do my best to come up with 7 MORE facts about Moi, if you're still interested... :)

Number 8:
I have a slight case of O.C.D. where organization is concerned. A place for everything, and everything in its place is my life's motto. I love being able to find something in the blink of an eye. For example: all of my beading magazines are organized by number (year, month...). My friend Kirsten once called me and told me about finding an interesting article in a particular 3 year old issue of Bead & Button, so I asked her which issue it was, found it, and was instantly looking at it while she expressed her dis concertedness at how I managed to do this... Until she saw my organization in action that is...

Number 9:
On my 8th birthday, August 8th, 1980, my dog Micha had 8 pups!

Number 10:
I am an avid reader. And it can be any subject, if it's written well, I'll read it. I also am on this constant quest to learn new things.

Number 11:
I have a very neat white birthmark smack dab in the middle of the front of my right thigh: It's in the shape of a maple leaf, and never tans. I once had a boyfriend ask me why I tanned with a maple leaf decal on my thigh one summer... Yeah, like I'd use a maple leaf decal and put it on my thigh... *rolls eyes* LOL! Hey, I just tell folks that it's proof I was made in Canada, eh? ;)

Number 12:
I am a collector. I can't just have one of anything, I have to collect MANY of something... Seriously, it's a problem. Sunglasses: 14 pairs. Shoes: 30. Purses? Let's not go there, shall we? Oh, and don't get me started on socks. I LOVE SOCKS! But not just any old socks, I like nice detailed socks, and stockings too...

Number 13:
Lucky number 13... No, really, 13 is my lucky number!

Number 14:
I have a quite extensive, quite eclectic CD collection. Bonnie Rait? Check! Enya? Check! NIN? Check! Amr Diab? Check! Mozart? You guessed it: Check! :D Something for everyone.

So, I hope I didn't bore you TOO much with these little tidbits about Moi. And as promised, I will not tag anyone, but if you play, let me know, 'cause I'd love to read your facts. Another fact about me, I LOVE learning about you all!

Hugs all around!

Jewels

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Photo Post!

Pretty much is, really... Been a busy few weeks, filled with quite a bit of fun. I've been trying to get to the bottom of my new yarn stash, wouldn't you know? I can't believe I'm getting myself that deep into crocheting now. *rolls eyes* Of course, my absolute favorite thing to do at the moment are scarves. They're what I call my 'cozy work'. I just sit here, on a cold, dreary day, and the scarf just starts to drape over my legs, and the yarn in my fingers just warms me up, and I totally get lost in my work. I've done a few hats, but they don't give you that same cozy feeling as the long, thick scarves. Plus, no counting with the scarves, just straight crocheting. :D
"Le Yarn Stashe"

We went on a family date last Saturday, and did we ever have fun. It was our daughter's first time down Clifton Hill, where we showed her as many tourist spots as we could, without spending too much money. And I'll be darned, even the souvenir shops have started carrying WEBKINZ! *grumble, grumble...* And of course, she found a few she'd never seen before, so, we had to say "Well, your birthday is coming up, maybe we can add it to the list of things you'd like?", lol.


Here we are in front of one of the cool light displays down there. Looks really neat in person, I've always had a thing for these bright blue lights. Dunno why...

Mimi has really been flourishing, artistically speaking. I'm always encouraging her to embrace her creativity, and to not care if anyone makes fun of her pink giraffes and blue monkeys. But this really impressed me the other day. While waiting for daddy to get back home before our date, she sat down with her geometric shapes, and created a fantastic fish for her Dada (that's what she calls him...). All by herself she did this:
Isn't this cool?
Matches her socks too. ;)

Speaking of crocheting. Our friend Angelo has been asking me for a skull cap for the longest time, since he likes the hairless look, he often suffers from a cold head. So, I went and found this great slate gray wool, and started to work on it, and just when I was about to finish it, I started thinking "Gee, I wonder what would happen if...", and wouldn't you know it, I came up with a neat new fishing hat for C. Instead of finishing the had off where it would have been a skull cap, I continued crocheting at the back, where I added a flap at the back of the neck. Hubby loved it so much, he commandeered it, saying "Sorry Ange, MY hat!" LOL! Now hubby won't have to worry about his coat collar not keeping the wind away from the back of his neck, since the flap keeps everything nice and covered. :) I was so happy to finally make something that he just absolutely wanted, and loves.


Speaking of feeling wanted and loved, guess who's wanted and loved? ME! Well, my jewelery is, anyway, ;)
During one of the latest marketing seminars I attended last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Niki, a young lady who owns and operated her very own day spa in a town called Virgil, not too far from Niagara Falls. Well, during the seminar, Niki inquired as to whether I'd be interested in having my jewelery carried in her shop? Of course, I said yes! How exciting! And yes, I'm still smiling!

So, what do you think went into these two bags? I'll tell you!

A thick 3-yarn Sciarpe in pinks and browns
The Sciarpe is standard size width, and I like the fringes nice and long, to add movement to the piece

A thick 2-yarn Sciarpe
in black and white Popcorn yarn (I think it's called Cha Cha?)

A thick 2-yarn Sciarpetta in vibrant pinks mixed with neutrals.
The Sciarpetta is a bit narrower than the Sciarpe, which doesn't feel as bulky when you wrap it around the neck.


A thick 2-yarn Sciarpetta in a purple and neutral mixture that I call "Heather"
Again with the super long fringes

A thick 2-yarn Sciarpettina in a mixture of greens that I call "Chartreuse"
The Sciarpettina is very narrow, but also very long.


5 pairs of Drop Duster earrings


Three Hirsutus necklaces


4 regular bangles, and 2 freshwater bangles (a new collection that I will name the "Luna Bangle"


Two teeny knit bags, this gunmetal on black one, and another purple on purple one. Very cute amulets.


This luscious red knit bag, accented with Garnet Swarovski hearts and bicones, and finished with a tubular herringbone rope.
This one is a big bigger than a standard amulet, where you could probably put your standard lipstick in here.

And here is the fabulous Niki!
We were both so happy with our meeting. I have a fantastic feeling about this, and feel that it is only the beginning. So much more to come. So. Much. More.

:)

Jewels

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Site updating, and new piece

Phew! What a lot of work!
I finally finished with the uploading of each and every one of the 28 Lucky Charms I finished last Friday. I photographed them yesterday, then cropped and resized each photo, and today was uploading time. I still have a few things to tweak on the site I think, but so far so good. I thought I'd share a few of them on here with you, but if you wouldn't mind checking their page out on my site, and telling me if it's alright, or if it needs some changes, please let me know? :) Thanks! You can find them here.







Now, I'm really taking a chance with this last one, but I figured since M doesn't really come on this blog all that much, and I'll be seeing her tonight, it would be okay to share it with you. I made this crochet rope a few months back, and couldn't, for the life of me, find the perfect ends for it. Well, with all the moving around, and cleaning we've been doing lately, I've been finding some beads I completely forgot I had. Until I stumbled upon them once again that is... ;)

The rope is made with tiny size 12/0 matte black seed beads, which took what felt like an ETERNITY to complete. This is my first attempt at making my own clasp, such as this. I made a small pearl-embellished Peyote tube, that fit perfectly into that lovely little vintage wooden ring I salvaged off of a second-hand store find about 15 years ago! (ACK! I really AM getting old! LOL!)

I accented the ends with some angular wooden rondelles, peacock fresh water pearls, and some silver beads. I think she'll like it. It's simple, yet very classy, just like M. I keep thinking I should add maybe one more piece, but as I go through my little mental inventory of all of the pieces she's got already, I can picture this necklace going well with so many of them. :)
So, I'm gifting it to her tonight, over dinner at a nice Vietnamese restaurant.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Just hanging out and having fun

Last Friday evening was fantastic. It was cold outside, but warm inside, and the little one and I decided to do some beading together. Daddy took a few shots of us working on our projects. Mimi's didn't get that far, but I'm happy to say that I finally completed my latest lariat, which is yet unnamed :( Any ideas? 'Cause I'm at a loss... It reminds me of underwater life though, so I was thinking of something sea themed.As per usual, I went with different ends. It's weird, it's like I went from this whole "everything's gotta be symmetrical" kick, to "Oh, no, nothing must match!" lol!


I simply could not get a good shot of the ends. Lighting was too harsh, and the wind was blowing too hard.
Maybe this one?
Nope!

A better shot of the NLM lampwork bead (LOVE their work!). I bought this bead at the Bead Oasis show, in 2005 I believe. and I only decided to use it, what, 6 months ago? LOL!



dig dig dig "Mommy, I need to find all the yellow bear beads" dig dig dig.
Mommy sits by thinking "Yup, beader in training..." LOL!

Until my office is completed, I've been dragging my projects upstairs, where the large bay windows offer the best lighting. And, once again, my beads have taken over the living area. But at least the dining room table is free and clear, and no beads shall be accidentally harmed or eaten. ;)


That's better!
Now we can see her pretty face! :)
Too bad about mommy's frizzy hair...


Fish faces!
while mommy chats on the phone with Auntie

And here's what I've been working on since Monday. I had some old charms and coins kicking around, and plenty of beads I just didn't know what to make with. Frankly, I've had some of them sitting in my stash for well over a decade! LOL! And, well, with Samhain quickly coming (here TODAY actually!), I was in the mood to create something 'charmish'. So, without further ado, may I present to you my brand new line of "Lucky Charms", where each and every piece was made with love and gratitude, as well as infused with spells for luck, wealth and wellness. They can be worn as anklets, bracelets or necklaces, whatever tickles your fancy, and each will soon be available for purchase on my website. As soon as they're all the photos are cropped and resized that is... LOL! Guess I better get a move on, seeing as I've got 24 to work on... :/


I simply love this photo of all of them like this.


A better look.