Etsy update 11/27/13

I am working on my etsy site today before I head into work. I’ve got one listing up. If you like what you see would you help me out by sharing with a friend? I’m working on two more listings now so please check back often! 

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Busy busy

I have been so busy for the past two weeks, I’ve been unable to publish my blog post. But as soon as things start to slow down I end up sick again. Blah I am so ready for summertime. But anyways on to the real reason your here. 🙂

So I  have been cleaning my craft room like crazy lately (and this time it actually looks like I’ve done something) trying to set the room up into something that works for me. I have been having trouble coming up with ideas on how to organize everything and where to put it so that I can quickly and easily get to it. I hate not being able to find things when I need them. Which would make you think I would be organized, but ohhhhh how wrong you are. I am super messy, and so unorganized its not even funny. You can ask anyone this, they will wholeheartedly agree. hehe

I’ve been trying to come up with something that I can store all my beads in as well as a place to store the tackle box I got to carry things back and forth to a show. (hehe Don’t judge me, the tackle box was $20 cheaper then the same thing that was labeled “jewelry storage”) Well my husband came up with a great idea, an so far it is working out perfectly! He suggested that I get one of those great big tool boxes on wheels. After I thought about it, that’s what I did! I still don’t have it organized, but as you can see from the pictures below it is working out great. And the best part, for all 3 pieces, 8 drawers in total cost me $140 before taxes! A big thank you to Lowes, and Taskforce for having and making just what I wanted and needed. ♥

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This drawer makes me the most excited, being able to see all of my seed beads, and have them sorted into sizes! LOVE IT! Now I just need to get more tubes and get rid of the bags of beads I have, and I’ll be all set!
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All of my tools fit nicely up in the top part of the tool box, no more randomly leaving them laying on my desk.  (For now anyways)
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As you can see it is still a little messy, but its well on its way to being organized. And now even with it being messy like that I know where all of my beads are. Whenever I buy something new I place it in the very bottom draw before organizing them into the proper draw. Now if only I can get the rest of my craft room to function as well I’d be happy.

But well enough of my ramblings about a toolbox. I’ll post the links so you can check out the toolboxes out for yourself if you’d like.
I can’t believe I just made a whole blog about a toolbox, but what can I say. I really really love it!
How do you get organized?

This is what I’ve been working on the past two weeks. 🙂 All of these items will be up for sale on my Facebook page within the next day or two. 🙂

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700 Fan giveaway!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Well I was super excited to hit 700 fans, but you guys blew that out of the water, and within 24 hours (give or take) I have now hit 800 fans! I can’t thank you guys enough for that. 🙂

Here is what I’ve been working on this week. Its not a lot, but I am happy with how they turned out. 🙂 I really love the green set. I should have all of this posted on FB tonight.

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I really love this color green. It is very vibrant. This set is very lightweight, and very comfortable.

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I am in a lightweight earring kick. I love the fact that when I am wearing my earrings I can’t feel them. These two new pairs are perfect.

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This is the start of a new bracelet, I really can’t wait to see what it looks like when its finished. It’s seems to be very light, and comfortable. Hopefully it wont be to much longer until its finished.

Mary

Bracelet tutorial part 1

Earlier this week I promised I’d do a bracelet tutorial, its a little late in the day, but never the less here it is! 🙂

This tutorial will be broken up in to two parts, due to the fact it takes so long to finish the bracelet. You’ll see why it takes a while soon. But don’t worry it is still an easy, and fun bracelet to make.

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I did NOT come up with the idea for this bracelet, sadly I cannot remember who did. If you know who did, please let me know I’d love to give credit where credit is due.

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Supplies, these are just what I used, you can use a different clasp. I’ve seen several cute ones made with buttons.

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To get started, cut off at least a foot and a half of fireline. It takes a lot of thread to make this bracelet.

Step 1) If you are using a clasp like mine thread an 8/0 seed bead first, then your flower. Then slide them both down to the end of your piece of fireline.

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Step 2) Tie both strands of fire line together so that the clasp doesn’t fall off.

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Step 3) Now string your 8/0 seed beads until the bracelet can fit around your wrist. You may want to make it a little on the big side so that after you add your loops the bracelet is not to tight. Also make sure you end with an even number of beads. (if you don’t, don’t worry this bracelet is very forgiving)

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Step 4) Take your 11/0 seed beads and create a loop big enough to fit around your clasp.  Take your needle down through the first two 8/0 seed beads.

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Step 5) Thread 6 11/0 seed beads, 1 8/0 seed beads, and 6 more 11/0 seed beads.

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Step 6) Take your needle and bring it down through the top of the two 8/0 seed beads you exited in the last step.

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Repeat steps 5 and 6 using the same to 8/0 seed beads 6-8 more times. This is how full mine looks after 6 loops. (You can do as many or as few loops as you’d like. I usually like mine to look pretty full.)

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Step 7) After creating as many loops as  you want, move to the next two 8/0 seed beads. Just like before take your needle down through the beads, then repeat step 5 and 6 until you’re happy with the fullness.

Step 8) Repeat steps 5 through 7 until you have used all of the 8/0 seed beads.

Next week I will explain how to finish off the bracelet. Have fun with this bracelet, play around with different number of looks. This bracelet is very forgiving, but is beautiful when finished.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I didn’t make something clear. I will be more than happy to help.

Bracelets, bracelets, bracelets

I hope you are having a good week so far! I would be if it weren’t for the cold weather and snow lingering around. On Thursday last week, we got 7-8 inches of snow in 4 hours it was insane. I was not happy, but I was out numbered in my house hold as you can see, my husband and dog loved it.

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I am so ready for warm weather so I can work on my jewelry out  on my gazebo. Its the  perfect place to get inspiration when I am stuck. sigh hopefully I can use it soon. But never mind about that, lets get onto the real reason you’re reading this blog. Jewelry! Or more specifically bracelets!

Last week I posted a work in progress, it was a bracelet using tila beads and seed beads. I love it before I finished it, but now that its done I love it even more!

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Like I said last week, this was my first time using tila beads, but it will NOT be the last! I love them! If I didn’t already have a million other ideas going on in my head right now, I’d be making another one of these bracelets in a different color.  The good thing about being crafty is that you think of new ideas all then time, the bad thing about being crafty is if you are working on another project and you have an idea it is extremely hard not to stop one project and start another, at least it is for me.

Well I said last week you might get an early post this week, but I didn’t have time to finish it. So I am giving you two posts today! Stay tuned for my next blog update about custom orders! 🙂

Mary

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Bracelet in progress ♥

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! I did, it was great to spend time with family. 🙂

I love the color purple. It is one of my favorite colors. So it only makes since that I make purple jewelry. hehe Funny thing is, hardly any jewelry I make is purple, I guess I am trying to keep myself from wanting to keep it. 😛 But anyways on to the jewelry!

I have recently become obsessed with netting, I just love it. I’ve made 3 other bracelets like this one. But this one maybe my favorite!

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It is made with 11/0 seed beads, the purple color is actually a beautiful light purple with a rainbow finish. I really love how the light reflects off of it and brings out all the  colors. I’ve still got away to go with it, but I really love how its coming along!

Why Jewelry?

For as long as I can remember I have always loved doing crafts.  I’ve tried just about everything over the years Crocheting, Knitting, Sewing (Which I am HORRIBLE at), painting (no good there either) but finally one day I was wandering around a store and found their bead section and thought eh, why not lets see what happens… It’s been almost two years now, and I am addicted! I love everything about making jewelry, I love working with wire, bead stitching, bead weaving, stringing… Everything. There is truly no limit on what you can make.

Everyday I find something new that I want to learn how to make. It’s amazing! And I am so thankful for all the people that I’ve met during the short time I’ve been doing this. I’ve met some amazing people who also make jewelry and I am blessed that they have been willing to help me out so much.

Here are some examples of my work. Some of these items have already sold, but please check out my facebook to see what I currently have for sale.

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As you can tell, earrings are my favorite to make. 🙂

Which do you prefer to wear? Earrings, necklace, bracelets or rings?

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