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!

Click the link below to enter my giveaway!!
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

Earring tutorial

I am so excited to share with you my first earring tutorial, I am going to make this a simple tutorial.

Ready? 🙂 It will be easy I promise!

What you’ll need…

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The pliers I got from Walmart, they are not the best quality but they work just fine for me.  I have gone through several pairs of wire cutters but they aren’t terribly expensive. The beads, head pins, and earring hooks have come from either Hobby Lobby, Micheal’s or Ben Franklins.

Step 1) Take your head pin and one bead and slide it down to the bottom of the head pin. Please make sure your bead is not going to fall off. If it does, you will need to chose a bead with a smaller hole.

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Step 2) Take your flat nosed pliers, and get them close to your bead, then bend the headpin at a 90 degree angle.  IMG_2351

Step 3) Take your wire cutters, and measure out around 1/4 to a 1/2 down from your 90 degree bend, then cut off the excess wire. (don’t worry if you have a little more or a little less, just make sure you leave the same amount on the other earring) IMG_2362

Step 4) Take your round nosed pliers, and start at the end of the wire you just cut and make a loop.  IMG_2354

It should look like this after you are finished.

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Step 5) Pick up your round nosed pliers, and your flat nosed pliers and place then on either side of the loop you just created. Take the pliers that are on the cut side of the loop, and push them away from you, this should have caused the wire loop to open. Do NOT pull the loop opened.

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Step 6) Slide on your earring hook, and close the loop you created. Make sure there is not a gap, you don’t want your new earrings to fall apart on you. 🙂 Be sure you check the loop on the earring hook as well for gaps, sometimes they are not closed all the way. IMG_2361

Step 7) Repeat steps 1-6 for the other earring.

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Step 8) Enjoy your new earrings! And also if you want to take a pretty picture of them remember to remove the pliers from behind them. Whoops! haha

I hope this helps you to create your own earrings!

I of course did not come up with this idea, this is just my steps that I use when making my earrings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, I’d love to hear from you! Better yet, I’d love to see the earrings you create!

I hope this is just the first of many tutorials that I can share with you. What would you like to see in the future?

I hope everyone was safe from the storms that came through today. My house is still standing, I just can kayak in my neighbors front yard again, to bad its dark out how. haha

Mary

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Earring love

Did you have a good New Years? I did, just a quiet evening at home. It was really nice. Well enough of that, now on to the jewelry.

I love earrings, I also love-making earrings. On my jewelry page  I tend to have lots of earrings a just a few bracelets, and necklaces. (something I am working hard to change, New Years resolution maybe?) But here are some of my absolute favorites that I’ve made over the years.

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If you haven’t checked my Facebook page yet, you really should. There is a great sale going on right now! (January 2nd to January 9th 2013)

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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