July 1, 2015

Let me catch you up


I have been busy cranking out jewelry to restock my online stores, but also because I have an event coming up on the 23rd. At the Everson Museum of Art, I will be selling my wares at their upcoming Craft & Craft event.  Hoping some local fans can come out and get a nice taste of local Craft Beer, and do a little shopping with some local artisans such as myself!

The collage above shows a small sampling of new pieces that landed in my online stores this week. Busy busy!


I had a friend come over earlier in the week to take some new head shots of me for publications. I am happy with those results, and it will be nice to have a new updated photo used in magazines!  I believe this is the one I'll be using.
But I have a plethora of shots to use so I may switch it up now and then.

What spurred this, was a recent invitation to be an Ambassador for a well known tool company  (more on that later!)






I have committed finally to planning my trip to Bead Fest this year, in August. I will be staying with an online friend who lives nearby. You may know her, Margot Potter? I'm so excited to be able to really sit down have a nice talk with her, we have yet to meet in person. I have been wanting to get some advice lately about business stuff and I can not think of a better person to ask than her. She's definitely a guru in the biz.

It's going to be a really busy couple of months - I just have to remember to really enjoy the warm weather for a change. It's been a bit dreary this past 2 weeks but I am looking forward to some sun coming up next week.

I am looking forward to a upcoming visitor next month. My BFF Amy Freeland is making the trek from Cali to New York for some nice good old fashioned girl time with moi. I can not wait. :)

Joe is finally off for Summer vacation from teaching. I imagine there will be more kayaking happening in our near future, and tonight we are heading out to a nice local joint for an early anniversary dinner. Sunday we will be celebrating 13 yrs of wedded bliss! :)

I better go get my day started.... Hope everyone is having a good summer so far! 

June 17, 2015

June 8, 2015

Back to Blogging



Woah! What the heck happened? A week went by and I guess I just could not find the time to spending writing a blog post. Sorry about that.  Been spending as much time as I can outside. It's been a busy few weeks, with weekends jam packed with plans. This past weekend, I headed out of town with my friend Tara,  to the Country Living fair in Rhinebeck, NY. We went 2 summers ago, and had such a blast. It was really a fun trip. An easy drive to get down there, and the fair was enormous, the weather was gorgeous and we really enjoyed shopping the many vendors selling antiques and salvaged items, art, crafts etc.



I wanted to try to find some sort of Metal shelf for my porch that I can put plans on and found this excellent 3 tier metal cart. It's a little rough but that's part of it's charm. I may end up painting the white shelves.... spray paint comes in so many awesome colors these days. 



I also bought this galvanized metal tray.... It has that "Fixer Upper" Joanna Gaines "feel" to it.... my favorite show on the planet right now. So I bought some succulents yesterday and filled in a few of the sections. I think the empty sections will eventually hold maybe some glass jar candles or something. When I watered them, the water seeped down through the sections but luckily succulents don't need too much watering so I'm not worried about it. I didn't drill any drainage holes.... we'll see what happens. If it doesn't work out, I'll empty it out and put something else in there.


I also snagged some really awesome buttons from a notions vendor at the show. I think you'll like them, they're going to be popping up in some new jewelry designs.

And then on the way home as we drove through the Catskills, stopping in at little shops and antique stores along the way, I snagged some very cool African seed strands from a Tea shop called Tay Tea.





We had samples of tea that was really amazing and I kick myself for not buying any. We had an iced tea to go and had a lovely chat with Nini, the owner/founder of Tay Tea.

She was full of life, a really positive energy and Tara and I fell in love with her spirit. I could have sat there all day listening to her tales of visiting far away places such as South Africa.  We talked about it on the way home, how some people just have this way about them, a magnetic personality that just makes you want to be around them.

If you are ever in the Andes, NY area, definitely stop by .... I guarantee you will walk away not only with some amazing teas, but also with some great memories and fun energy.





Back to the grind today. I just have to find some motivation....  I really would love to sit and knit. I'm working on the cutest little kerchief pattern from the most recent Knit Scene Magazine.  The yarn is fantastic, definitely one of my favorites. Berrocco, Floret in Licorice.  It's got the nicest drape!


Great color, it's kind of gray, purple, pink teal all in one yarn!


Hope you all have a good week!

May 20, 2015

Promises

video

I have wanted to try out a slide show/ flipagram for a while and just always forget to grab my phone while I'm designing. But today I remembered....














May 19, 2015

Another Blogging Webinar Next Week May 26


I hope to see a few of you there! I know this will be helpful for even the more intermediate blogger. Get tips and tricks on making your own banner, resizing your images so they appear larger and more of the focus of your blog, and how to personalize your space to reflect who you are as an artist.

Live Web Seminar Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Start Time: 1 pm ET 
Length: 60 Minutes
Price: $19.99
Join jewelry artist and author, Lorelei Eurto for her web seminar dedicated to using Blogger, a popular online blogging site. Keeping a blog isn't just an online journal of sorts, but rather an experience to connect to the online jewelry community. Lorelei will walk you through each step in setting up an account, arranging the layout, and customizing the blog to be cohesive with your jewelry brand.

In this web seminar you'll learn:

  • What kind of content and information to share on your blog.
  • How often to post for maximum effectiveness.
  • How to drive traffic and maintain the audiences you do get.
  • Important blogging etiquette.
  • How to use your Blog as a selling tool.
  • And much more!
Can't make the live event? Don't worry! Your registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all Beading Daily web seminars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!




May 16, 2015

Art of Awareness Blog Hop: Lorelei Eurto

My good friends Lori Anderson and Heather Millican of SwoonDimples, have teamed up to bring us a huge blog hop for a great cause.  Heather created specific bean beads to represent different awareness groups such as Suicide Prevention, Cancer, Alzheimer's, ALS, etc.

Each participant has chosen a bean to use in a final design. And today, we share!

I chose Alzheimer's- the color for this awareness is Purple. I chose the words Remember Me, to represent the unfortunate side effect of memory loss, with this devastating disease.  I created a bracelet, around the bead that compliments the bead color.


50% of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.



Available for sale on my website: http://loreleieurtojewelry.indiemade.com/product/remember-me

Alzheimer's and dementia basics 

from www.ALZ.org


  • Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

  • Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.

  • Alzheimer's worsens over time. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
  • Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.




    Please consider donating to this cause, at www.ALZ.org or participate in the Walk to end Alzheimer's

Enjoying hopping around the blog hop today!! So many talented people involved!


Lori
Heather
Anderson
Millican
www.PrettyThingsBlog.com (hostess)
www.facebook.com/swoondimples (bead artist)
CandidaCastleberrywww.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
mischelleandradehttps://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
PaigeMaximhttp://delightfullittlegems.blogspot.com/
Laurie Vyselaar www.lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
MarybethRichhttp://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
AlicePetersonwww.alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
KimDworakhttp://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/
AudreyBĂ©langerhttp://esperianterra.blogspot.ca/
Karenmitchellwww.overthemoon-design.com
JoanWilliamswww.lilrubyjewelry.com
JeanWellsjeanawells.blogspot.com
AnnSchroederwww.beadlove.wordpress.com
GailAccinellifacebook.com/oregonmadejewelry
TaniaSpiveywww.moobiegracedesigns.blogspot.com
Mallory Hoffmanhttp://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/
Mary KMcGrawmkaymac.blogspot.com
ShaiWilliamswww.shaihasramblings.com/
BethEmerystoriesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
CatieDomanhttp://drcatie.blogspot.com
LoreleiEurtoHttp://lorelei1141.blogspot.com
LeeKoopmanwww.stregajewellry.wordpress.com
TammyAdamswww.paisleylizard.com/blog/
KatieNelsonhttps://www.facebook.com/katiebead
PattyMillerhttp://pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com
ChrisEisenbergwww.wanderware.blogspot.com
CassiPaslickhttp://badatbeingmom.blogspot.com/
CharleeGriffithhttps://www.facebook.com/charlee.griffith
KelliNelsonwww.afamilyaffarekelli.blogspot.com
CatherineKinghttp://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
MelissaTrudingerbeadrecipes.wordpress.com
SusanBowiehttps://susanbowie.wordpress.com
JenniferJustmanwww.soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
CassiPaslickhttp://badatbeingmom.blogspot.com/
KHutchinsonhttp://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com
VeralynneMalonewww.veradesigns.blogspot.com
Evie and BethMcCordhttp://ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com/
MihaelaGeorgescuhttp://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com
RebeccaAndersonWww.songbeads.blogspot.com
Charlene Jackawww.clay-space.com
KimStevenswww.pickingpoppies.blogspot.com
SusanMcClellandMistheword12.wordpress.com



GinaHockettwww.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
MonaArnottbijouxgemsjoy.blogspot.ca
SandiVolpewww.sandivolpe.com
AndreaGlickhttp://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
JanineLucashttp://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
LoriBowring Michaudwww.artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
ChristieMurrowWww.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
B.R.Kuhlmanwww.mixedmayhemstudios.com
LupeMeterwww.gesmpccorner.blogspot.com
LucyBejaranowww.lucybejaranojewelry.blogspot.com/
StephaniePerrywww.mustardbeadbystephanieperry.blogspot.com
ElisabethAuldwww.beadsforbusygals.com
CarolynLawsonwww.carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
HeatherPowerswww.humblebeads.blogspot.com
KatieHackerwww.katiehacker.blogspot.com
KepiRasmussenwww.kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca 
Gail Vanderster-Zwangwww.angelmoose.blogspot.com
ElizabethHodgeshttp://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com/

May 12, 2015

May 7, 2015

Jade Scott Update


Jade Scott is updating her shop today with new pendants!! Check it out promptly at 2pm central time zone at www.JadeScott.etsy.com

May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Sale

Let's celebrate our mothers this week with a bit of a sale, eh?  I ship orders out every day, but the longer you wait through the week the lesser the chance you'll get your orders in time for Mother's Day which is this Sunday! So better snag your gifts quick so you don't show up to Mother's Day Brunch empty handed!!







My Mother is fierce. She is independent, and the most loyal friend. She's still my best friend even though I rarely get to see her. My mother is brave. She's a hero. Her never-ending love and devotion to her kids is admirable. My mother is daring. She just got her first Tattoo! In one of the most painful places, the top of her foot!! She is strong. My mother is fun. She likes to laugh and likes to be a free spirit. She's learning guitar, and has always loved music. My Mother is LOVE. <3

Tell me a few words about your Mothers.


April 25, 2015

A new Craftsy Post is up!

To me, there is no better source of inspiration than nature outside our front doors. You’ll find endless color combinations, shape inspiration, and flora and fauna that can be so easily translated into jewelry adornments. This genre especially appeals to me in my designs. Probably 90 percent of my creations have some sort of nature theme to them.

Here are a few different ways to approach creating nature-inspired jewelry............

  (read more - click link to redirect to the Craftsy Jewelry blog)


April 17, 2015

Another knitting post

Right now I'm struggling to figure out if I should continue to post now and then here at my jewelry blog on my knitting hobby adventures, or if I should just start a new knitting blog. My problem though with that is, I feel like I have too many blogs going now as it is, what with this one that I can't seem to post on more than a few times a week, plus the big Craftsy blog once a month.... so for now, I think an occasional post here will be okay. eh?


So I am trudging along working on 3 different projects, none of which are getting done.  The pink shawl/scarf, is halfway there. Not a great pic, but here is the pattern....Its from ChurchMouse Yarns  But I'll need to get another skein of yarn to finish. The South Beach Freia waves shawl is coming along nicely, at about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way done.  This is called Naiada, from Martina Behm.


Love love love this yarn, it's the Sport version, and it works up really nice on my needles. I am knitting this on circular Cubics needles (the needles are square)


The Marakeb shawl is my favorite of the three but it's been a long road, and many many starts and restarts. Ripping it out starting again. Trying to figure out what the heck I'm doing wrong. I have been in contact with  the designer and even she can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. 
I do hope to eventually figure out what the problem is so I can finish it because I really love that pattern. I am using a gorgeous Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn in Thoreau.  I will share pics when I finally get a large enough fabric knitted up to show you.

It's been getting supplies for this new hobby of mine. I decided it would be nice if I had a nice little Current project bag to keep my yarn and projects in while I wasn't working on them. So I enlisted the help of my friend Cristi Clothier Baxter of Twelve34Handmade to make me one! I had seen her making some similar bags on her Instagram page and when I asked her about them, she offered to take custom orders.  So she helped me pick out some fabrics, and put together the most gorgeous bag! It's fun, whimsical, and has cats on it. I mean, who wouldn't love that!?


I bought some circular knitting needles and they get all crazy when they are laying around so naturally I thought of Cristi yet again. She found a great tutorial and got right to work on this fantastic little accessory for me!

It's a tri-fold style pouch, that buttons closed. She included this little zippered pocket on the outside, perfect for stitch markers.


Here's a pic of the backside. Isn't this fabric outstanding? Its from Emmy Grace.




Opened up, you can see the separate pockets for needles, and I have some double pointed needles in here too. The top edge folds down, before it gets folded closed.

And my favorite thing about it, which I never really noticed until I glanced at it recently is, this sweet little leafy stitching!  Adorable. And fancy. Cristi is amazing so if you ever want her to make you something like this, she is really great to work with. 


April 14, 2015

SPOILER Alert: Mother's Day Gifties

Mom, if you are reading this....uh, we talked about this remember? I told you that you are not allowed to read this post. So run along now.... and come back to it after May 10!

Ahem.

Now here is a picture of something random to throw my Mother off....

Remember those fun days of Face Down Tuesday?  hee hee!





This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.  
Please feel free to follow the product links - they will redirect you to items at the Uncommon Goods website!




My mother has recently picked up the new hobby of learning guitar.  She's taking lessons from a local guitar shop owner and has had a really great time learning different songs. She plays them for my sister and I over the phone. It's adorable!  

So I figured I would get my Mom some guitar related gifts for Mother's day! And I found just the place for such items. Uncommon Goods.  Based out of NYC, they strive to offer Entertainment, Convenience, and an uncommon experience.  I love that they feature handmade goods from around the world, and focus on a positive impact, on the environment by continually providing products that are created in a responsible manner. Their catalogues are printed on recycled paper, and all the products created without the harming of animals. 

They have a great selection of music inspired gifts. Here is what I picked out....





 A set of Chord Cubes:  Each side of each cube is printed with a different guitar chord. I figured Mom would have fun with these by practicing the chords, or creating her own little tune depending on the order?? Hey I don't know. I think they're cool. The are pretty large too, see them in my hand here?  The set includes 10 blocks. They could also be used as art or set on a shelf for decoration.

Also the blocks come in a really nice black box, inscribed on the top reads  CHORD CUBES. A nice classic way to keep the blocks in great shop when they are not on display, and great for gift giving as well!




My mother will not be surprised that I picked out some sort of jewelry related item for her. And I can also envision her saying these words after opening these cool Guitar String Bracelets.... "I need earrings to match these!" I really love the construction of these bracelets, they open very easily to get onto your wrist. And they wear a bit more like a bangle which seems more comfortable for my Mom, who doesn't wear a lot of jewelry on her wrists.  The only complaint I have about these is that the packaging was a little cheap- just a cellophane baggie with a cardboard backer, and the bracelets are attached to that with a little bit of wire.  But they sent along a nice kraft brown gift box to  give these in, so that made me really happy!  I think she's going to really dig these.


 Now this last item may look a little confusing. Like they forgot to add the guitar to the handle.  This is called Pocketstrings. A portable Guitar Practice tool. Yep! A way to practice chords and scales, that is completely portable and nice and quiet for those guitar unfriendly areas.  Ok, that's what the package says anyway. When I saw this online, I thought there would be some way to listen to whatever you were doing on it but when I strum the plastic chords down on that extension, I here nothing. So in all, I was a little disappointed with the actuality of it being more of a soundless practice tool.

It is really well made though. The strings are actual guitar strings and that black section, is actually the cover that slides down over the strings to protect them when you aren't using it. It is a nice size, small enough to fit into a larger style handbag for easy stowing.


Be sure to check out the other cool presents for Moms, on the website here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/mothers-day-gifts/mothers-day-gifts
and
here: www.uncommongoods.com/for-her/gifts-for-her/gifts-for-mom

and if you want to get your Mom something a bit more special, check out these gifts here:
www.uncommongoods.com/personalized/gifts-by-recipient/gifts-for-her





 I received these gifts as compensation in exchange for writing this review.  [Although this post is sponsored, all opinions on these products are my own.] 

April 13, 2015

Spring Cleaning

It's time for some Spring cleaning and the first room up, is the office.   Today only, enjoy 30% all purchases made from my ETSY shop and WEBSTORE.

I need things to mooooove on out of here. As an EXTRA
incentive, if you spend over $150 I'll send you free earrings with your purchase. 

Happy Shopping!



Coupon code: APRILSHOWERS
Expires midnight tonight, Eastern Time Zone.

April 8, 2015

Knotted Necklaces


I caught a glimpse of some past necklaces I had created, on Pinterest and it got me inspired to make a few more of these Knotted necklaces, with linen cording and Ceramic beads. I played around with that concept and also created a more mixed media option with lamp work and ceramic beads, and then did one all in semi precious stone beads with a nice earthy brown and green color palette. 

This style is great for using up some orphan beads in your collection.  I had a great time putting together the colors- especially this orange and pink one above. It's my favorite of the five I made today.





These are all available in my webstore. 

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