Custom order

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A very sweet customer of mine loves to keep me on my toes with fun new orders. This is the latest order I did for her.

I had my husband hollow out the wooden wheel for the center, then we both sanded it, we used two coats of stain then roughed it up to give it this finish. I then wire wrapped the pendant with copper wire, and used beautiful green glass stones for the center. I really love how this came out.

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I’m back!

I’m back!
I’m so glad to be back! For the last month or so I’ve been working hard getting posts ready and working on new jewelry, as well as custom orders. I’ve also got some really great feedback about what types of things you’d like to see.

I’m really excited about the new posts I’ve been working on, I’ve got recipes, book reviews, I talk about TV shows, and of course my jewelry. And this is just what I’ve got ready to go right now; I’m already planning some more tutorials. At some point I’d love to post video updates/tutorials also, as soon as I figure out how, and how to edit them.

I’m having fun learning new techniques right now with my jewelry, I don’t have a lot of finished projects to show, but I’ve got several works in progress to share with you in the coming weeks.

And as always I’m working on custom orders, I truthfully think this is my favorite part. Taking someone’s idea and bringing it to life. I never get tired of how excited people get when they see the end result. I just finished this custom order bracelet for a friend of mine. I love them!

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I’m working on a custom order for a lady’s mother. This a copy of one of my favorite bracelets. It lies beautifully on your wrist while being worn.

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Thank to everyone who has stuck with me the past little bit! I’m back and ready to update at least twice a week. I’d love to hear more ideas from you so please message me or leave me a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Mary

I’m a bead maker now!

Happy Wednesday everyone! This week I’ve got something super exciting to share with you! My husband got me the supplies I needed to learn how to make glass lampwork beads!! I’ve only made 3 so far, but they are so fun! I love them. I have no idea what I am going to do with them just yet, but aren’t they beautiful? The first two beads my husband made. He really enjoyed himself! 🙂

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This one is blue, with a green and white swirl in it, I really love this one, it maybe my favorite of them all, and I can’t even take credit for it! hehe

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This orange and blue bead is super cute! My husband is really good at making beads.

These next 3 I made. Over all I am pretty happy about how they turned out. 🙂 I can’t wait to make make some more!

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I think this black and white one is my favorite of the one I’ve made. 🙂

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I am searching the internet like crazy trying to find more tips on how to shape the beads better. After I find a few sites, I plan to blog about what I’ve found to be the most helpful.

A little something about me

I thought id share this funny post I had written for my personal blog, it just makes me giggle! no jewelry in this post, but the next for sure!

I hope this makes you giggle! 🙂 Or at least smile.

So I’ve had Corel Paint Shop Pro x4 for over a year now, and let me tell you I am still as horrible at it as I was when I first bought it. I am great at following the tutorials and I do something once, and it looks good but then I struggle to do it again (without finding the tutorial again). And worst of all I know what I want to do but don’t know what to call it so I can maybe find a tutorial on it. Ugh. So. Freaken. Frustrating!!!

And when I get frustrated this happens…
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I don’t even know how I did that… what in the world did I do to make those line things. -_- What was I trying to do? I was trying make the photo lighter(I think) I am not even sure if that’s what to call it… I wanted to be able to make the picture look faded like so I could write over top of the photo. Does that make sense? See what I mean, I don’t even know what to call what I want to do. And as you can see pressing random buttons doesn’t help. haha You can laugh at me its okay. I am pretty sure that my dog could do better then that I did with that picture… He does try and walk on my keyboard, maybe I should let him next time… I may learn a thing or two. Who knows.

So just as I am about to call myself a failure when it comes to psp I find a tutorial and do this…
Black and white pop color

Which was one of those things I was wanting to learn how to do, and didn’t know what to call it. So thank you to the wonderful, amazing, awesome, person who made the tutorial that I randomly came across (sorry I didn’t pay attention to the name of the person who made it, I’ll look again for it later) that gave me the ability to do this. And actually it wasn’t hard.

Which again frustrates me with what happened with the earring photo. I was told when I bought this version of psp that it was easy to use, and I have found that yes when you have an idea of what your doing, it is easy to use. Very easy really. But if you are a psp moron like myself everything is hard really really hard. haha. I feel like maybe I am just missing something, that one day I am going to stumble onto the holy grail of psp tutorials and suddenly I will be editing pictures for everyone, but until then I will keep googling and pouting as I make a big mess of my photos. Thankfully there is always an undo button!

Am I alone in being psp clueless? If so care to share you wisdom with me? I’d love the help.

Love the psp moron,

Mary

Little bit of everything

How was your weekend? Mine was great, and super busy!
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I ran my first 5k, it was the color me rad race! I LOVED IT!
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Went zip lining for the first time, I also loved it!
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And went hiking, super fun!

It was the best weekend I’ve had in a while, and I got to spend it with some of my family! Which made it even better!
I just got some new items in the mail to make jewelry out of, and I can’t wait to use them! Its like Christmas for me whenever I get a package in the mail. 🙂 So I wanted to share with you the new items I’ve got to make new pieces with.

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I really love these crosses, they are so different looking.
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As you can tell by my business cards, I love owls, so when I saw theses I knew I just had to have them! They are so cute, I will defiantly be keeping a set of them for myself!

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These pieces are going to be used on a new type of bracelet I am working on. I can’t wait to get started on them, and get them posted. 🙂IMG_0020

I have no idea what I will do with these beads, but they called out to me. They are this really pretty blueish green color. IMG_0021

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I am in love with using these chip beads in my tree pendants! It makes them look amazing!  IMG_0001

Thanks to a friend of mine who also makes beaded jewelry had her projects in Altoids containers, so that it kept everything together. And so I started collecting a few, and they work so much better then the big plastic pencil case I was using! My mother in law found the Penguin tin for me, and well penguins are an inside joke for our family. hehe so I love it most of all!

Sorry for the short blog post, life has been so busy lately I’ve barely had time to sit down.

Mary

 

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

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