Friday, April 3, 2015

Melissa's Necklace

Well now, it has been several eons since the last time I posted anything on this poor neglected blog. I really haven't made much jewelry lately. I think last Fall I made something but never photographed it. I'll have to see if I can find it and share it here with you.
I've gotten a fair amount of beading done this week. I've been without my truck for a week. We were driving to a family function out of town and traffic was horrible. I had about 3 seconds of inattention and next thing I knew I had rear-ended the truck in front of me. Hard. His truck was barely damaged. My truck might be totaled out by the insurance company. We have yet to receive their decision. Hopefully we'll hear by Monday.

So, my other creative passion is stamping. You can see that stuff  HERE. Anyhow, I'm on a design team and we like gifting people things so for each holiday (Christmas, Valentine's, Easter, etc) we create a Secret Santa, Valentine, Easter Bunny, etc... those of us that want to participate sign up and we send a card a week for a couple of weeks and then we send the reveal package. It will consist of the final card and a combination of handmade and purchased items. I made this necklace for my recipient. She has yet to receive it but I hope she likes it.

This consists of Tila beads, Swarovski crystals, Fire-polished beads, and seed beads. The picture really doesn't do it justice. It sparkles so much more in real life!

I will make no promises about more frequent postings. Life is what it is and I'll post when I can. Now I must head out to the grocery store. I typically avoid grocery stores on holiday weekends but not having a vehicle all week put a bit of a crimp in my plans of doing it earlier in the week.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend. Be blessed!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summertime Anklets! This is a blog hop :)

Well here I am, finally posting to my blog. It's amazing how much of a person's time moving takes up. Plus having limited access to the internet tends to hinder one's dedication to posting on her blog. Hopefully in the next couple of months some sort of consistency will be possible. But right now with my family in three separate places and summer travel plans I'll just be honest and tell you that this will be one of the few posts that you'll see over the next couple of months.
That being said I want to show off the anklets I made for this blog hop. My favorite one is the purple one. I'm a bead-weaver at heart and seed beads are what I turn to the most. The second anklet was a little outside of my box (see previous statement about bead weaving) but I thought  "Hey, why not"?
I like the design well enough but my stringing technique definitely needs some more practice.

Sorry i wasn't able to get of photo of them being modeled. My potential model has a giant bruise on her ankle and I didn't have access to my oldest son with excellent photography skills to take picture of them on my ankles, so this is what you get to look at :)
it was made with 4 different seed beads. I also used fire-polished beads for the fringe. As usual the photo doesn't do the sparkle justice but it is very pretty and so comfortable that I forgot I had it on my ankle :) I can see this being worn with a little black dress, summer or winter. Purple is my favorite color so I will be wearing this a lot.

 I love the color scheme of this one and if it isn't obvious, I'm not much on subtle. I love chunky jewelry that can be seen from afar. Bold pieces make my world happy. I will wear this one with some of my more bohemian wardrobe pieces. It's fun and kind of funky.
Many thanks to Kashmira for coming up with this fabulous idea for a blog hop. I had a great time coming up with and making these. It has inspired me to get busy in my temporary studio and assemble more beads.

Please do carry on with the blog hop. There are oodles of talented jewelry designers sharing their ideas. I personally can't wait to see what they have come up with.

Bead On!


Kashmira Patel
Kaushambi ShahWill post on Kashmira's blog
Jean Wells
Mischelle Fanucchi
Shellie Grindy
Ginger Bishop
Monique U
Cynthia Machata
Kay Thomerson
Mimi Gardner
Anindita Basu
Rita (Toltec Jewels)
Gina Hockett
Tammie Everly
Jessica Murray
Dyanne Cantrell
Ema Kilroy
Emma Todd
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Cheri Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Michelle Buettner
Sandra McGriff
Stephanie Weiss
Shelley Graham Turner
Vickie Foley
Lynda Carson
Roxanne Mendoza

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad Christmas Hop

Woo Hoo! My favorite holiday of all time is just about here! Minus the commercialism I pretty much LOVE just about everything about Christmas. I love baking and candy making. I love decorating my house, inside and out. I love creating handmade gifts to give to the people I love. I love spending time with family and friends at festive gatherings...And i even love doing my annual Christmas Gift Boutique in spite of the temporary insanity and  stress involved in preparing for it. As busy as I am getting ready for the boutique this Saturday I took a break to make some projects for this hop. To be honest some of them will be for sale at the boutique so it's not like I had to sacrifice anything :)
So,you may have just come from Jennifer Blomquist's blog. Isn't she talented? She's technically the last one on the hop but we all start from somewhere. Make sure you make the full circle and check out all the wonderful Christmas/Holiday goodness! Without further ado here are my projects.
 The first one is a 14" tree. I used the Candy Cane Christmas fabric that is STILL available on the clearance rack for dirt cheap :) I used the Circle #2 die to cut the fabric and...Let me see....Silver glimmer paper made the smallest circles and I used a small glass ball ornament that I adhered the SILVER GLASS GLITTER  to using Crystal Effects. If SU had red glass glitter I would have used it instead but silver it had to be :)
 It only took me about 2 hours to make including cutting all the circles. I used all of the three fabric choices but only used a little over half the circles to complete the project. I'm gonna have to find something else to do with the rest of those circles....

The second project is also a 3-D project. I made a reversible fabric gift bag. I only took me about 20 minutes to make. The dimensions are approximately 6x8". The perfect size for a multitude of different types of gifts. I used the Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon to tie the bag also made from the Candy Cane Christmas Fabric. For the hang tag I used Real Red &Whisper White card stock and  the No Peeking stamp set. I also used the Apothecary Accents and Window Frame Framelits.

And last but not least an ornament. All I did here was apply Dazzling Details freehand to a light blue glass ball ornament. After it dried I applied some Basic Pearls and Basic Rhinestones. That's it. Probably too k me about 10 minutes not counting drying time.

This is a view sort of from the side

This is a view from the top. Can you imagine how pretty this would be on a red ball?
Now it's time to move on to the wonderful Annie Lee's blog.

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  5. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  6. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  7. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  8. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  9. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  10. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge
  11. Justin K of JK Cards
  12. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
  13. Jennifer B of NW Stamper
I hope you have a wonderful month celebrating Christmas in whatever manner brings you and your family the most joy. Merry Christmas!

Shellie :)