Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Sterling Silver Earrings!

I used to be the girl that didn't work with sterling (very often). My hobby wasn't always so serious and I wanted to be able to afford a lot of findings/beads/etc. I've realized, though, that you can find way cooler sterling pieces than plated. I got a new order from FireMountain on Friday and I'm already whipping up some fantastic earrings, which can be found on my etsy page. (Or which will be able to be found there after I finish listing them all)

The other great thing about sterling is that while you can make some awesome, unique designs, they're always neutral and can be worn with just about anything.

LOVE these sterling spiral earrings.

The texture on these sterling puffed diamonds makes me want to keep them for myself :)

These remind me of the upcoming prom season

I'll admit that I'm cheating a bit with these - the drop is pewter, but the earwire is sterling, and I really like these, so I'm going t post them anyway :)

Last but not least, a little pop of color. These fluted glass beads are awesome and I love integrating them into pieces.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

It's a...................

BOY! Yeah - we couldn't wait to find out the gender of the baby. I never though I'd want to find out, but it turns out that I couldn't imagine going another 1/2 of a pregnancy without knowing. So now the fun of picking stuff out begins. Overwhelming!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I suck.

Seriously? Last updated in September? What can I say? I've been busy. Some of the things I've been occupied with are teaching, craft shows, and.....being pregnant! That's right - due in June. The pregnancy has zapped my every ounce of energy and I usually come home from teaching and crash. It's been a bit ridiculous...but I'm hopeful to be back to normal soon. It's sad wanting to craft but yet not feeling up to it.

Here I am at 19 weeks:

When I do have motivation, I've been cranking out new appetizer pick sets left and right. I am in LOVE with these new berry beads:

Check out the other sets on

I've also been working big time on destashing some of my beads. I'm sure that if you're a fellow beader then you share in my over-indulgence of supplies. I need to organize my beading room like none other. I've been buying up more storage containers in the hopes of getting more organized...but I found that I'm lacking motivation in that department.

Beaders - what types of organization work for you? Any tips? :D

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Geez Louise

Talk about blog hiatus. I had a feeling this might happen as the new school year started and I got used to the transition from block scheduling to an 8 period day.

Plus, I think I was in some serious denial about the end of Summer. I have a really, REALLY hard time going back to teaching after a nice, long, sometimes relaxing Summer.

I've got a couple of craft sales on the horizon and have been busily producing my best sellers in duplicate. I've also been spending WAY more at firemountaingems than I've needed.

I've gotten back into making wine charms as well - you probably won't see them on my etsy site, but they always seem to do well at craft shows. If you are interested in seeing some, shoot me an email!

Here is one of my new appetizer pick sets - I love how fun these beads are!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bead Disappointment

Just like in all other aspects of life, I've found out that I need to be flexible with beading. I searched and searched, but the one bead that I need for my best selling seasonal picks is discontinued. GONE. NEVER TO BE FOUND AGAIN.

But luckily, I did find it. I found a seller on etsy that was destashing 45 of them. Still, even with those ordered, I'm going to have to find a similar bead for my next projects. I will have to start naming my best selling set as *Limited Edition*....which actually may not be a bad idea!

I also had a relatively large order this past week. It was very pleasant! However, this means that I needed some more supplies - which at away at all of my profit from the sale and plus some. And then I found some other cool beads that would be great on picks....and THEN I found some beads that were a really cool shape and would work well in jewelry. THEN.......I think beaders know what I'm talking about.

A very smart person on twitter corrected me, hilariously, I might add, when I mentioned that I had an addiction to beads. She says that she prefers to call it a "constructive addiction." I just may have to steal her term.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Orange You Glad There's Pink? Treasury

Here is my latest treasury that I snagged - I'm loving the brightness of it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Keep Bugging Me! Treasury

Bug Themed Treasury from Etsy :D