March 2, 2015

Pretty Birds Book Review and Blog hop

I was recently asked to participate in reviewing this new book by Virginia Lindsay, Pretty Birds 18 Simple Projects to Sew and Love  (Running Press) - and then also a blog hop for the book as well!

When the book arrived, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of flipping through it! As my regular blog readers know, I'm a bird addict, and that's putting it lightly! I really had intentions of trying to put together one of the projects for the book, but with a recent deadline for a magazine article in the midst, alas I didn't get to it in time for my blog post.  But once things slow down a bit, I really would love to try the Cardinal project.

I mean, look how adorable!! 

Each of the book projects shows a photograph of the finished project, and then for the pages of the tutorial, the images are sketched.  As with all great art project books, it lists out a materials list, some templates you can download, with a handy QR code too!

Another aspect of the book that I really liked was that each project contained a page of alternative projects you could try featuring each bird. Like the cardinal, offers up projects like an ornament or a card holder - turning just a regular ol' bird into something more versatile.

I also really loved this Cucaburra. So adorable with his spotted eye band and dotted tail.
Each bird, can be completely customizable depending one what types of fabrics you use! 

Each one is hand-sewed, no machine necessary.

Please take a moment to check out the other bloggers who have participated in this Pretty Birds blog hop:
3/10 Sweet KM
3/12 Buzzmills

And if you would like to enter to win a special prize of a bird kit and book, there will be 5 winners chosen at the end of the blog tour! Click this link to be redirected to the entry page: 

February 26, 2015

Jade Scott Update Day

Head on over to Jade Scott's ETSY shop today at 2pm CST for her pendant update!
You will love the goodies she'll be listing, I promise you!!

She created this adorable teapot and teacup charm set.... I love the outcome of this bracelet. It reminds me of all the times I enjoyed having tea parties with my sister and friends. 

February 9, 2015

Happy Valentine's Week!

The coupon code is now active in both of my online shops! Enjoy 25% off your orders today through Saturday.

Coupon code: BEMINE

Thank you and happy Valentine's!!

February 5, 2015

Some New work from this week

Time to really start thinking outside the box when it comes to staging my jewelry in photographs. It's really getting harder and harder to stand out amongst the crowds.  So I'm finding things around the house that I can use as props.

These new pieces are now listed in my webstore, head on over there for more details on each piece.

January 30, 2015

Jade Scott Pendants OH MY!

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite pieces of the past using my girl Jade Scott's resin and Copper bezel pendants. I use these a lot in my designs because:

a. Jade is forever evolving and creating new and fresh work
b. Each one of Jade's pendants is one of a kind and completely unique
c. I have yet to see a Jade Scott Pendant I didn't like
d. All of the above

You know the answer eh?

And that's only a small handful! Going back as far as 2010!!  

Her shop is absolutely stocked FULL of the most gorgeous components,
Please check it out and show her some love.

January 20, 2015

Upcoming Webinar Info!

Here's a little video teaser for you!

The next Webinar is Scheduled!

Click that link to get signed up for the live event happening
Wednesday Jan. 28, at 1pm est.
Length: 60 minutes

The webinar can be purchased here... and 
if you can't make the live event, not to worry!
You'll get an email with the download a few days after the live event.

In this web seminar you'll learn:
  • Important considerations for setting up your store from start to finish
  • Tips for creating eye catching photos and writing appealing descriptions
  • Important ways to dot all of your I's and cross all your t's when it comes to fees, billing, shipping, taxes, and how to adequately ship your items.
  • How to set up store policies so that buyers know what to expect when purchasing your jewelry
  • And much more!
  • Artists who want to sell their jewelry online 
  • Artists who want tips for creating photographs and appealing descriptions for their online store 
  • Artists who want important information about fees, billing, shipping, and taxing your jewelry correctly. 
  • Artists who need help setting up store policies
I hope to see you all there!!

January 12, 2015

Design Boards: Boden Edition

I love love love the clothes at Boden.  I thought for this new edition of design boards I would choose a few outfits from the Boden Usa website that worked well with some of my recent jewelry listings. You can find these items, with exception of the denim shirt, at BodenUsa. The denim shirt is from Anthropologie.

Bird Dress, Flats: Boden

Button Down, Khakis and Suede boots: Boden

White Wide leg White Jeans, Platform sandals: Boden
Denim Shirt: Anthropologie

Dress, and Ballet Flats: Boden

January 9, 2015

Affinity for Brass

I find myself doing that so often. Sit down to work and in the end of the jewelry coordinates because I seem to gravitate towards one common element, like today. Brass.   I love the warm hue and the vintage feel it gives to my jewelry and it's probably my most favorite metal to work with. I especially love the already darkened components by Vintaj Brass Co. They seem to just work with everything.

This double strand bracelet with the flirty fringe chain has my heart all a-flutter. I paired it with some vintage bar chain and these cool leaf charms that I made into links by adding a few extra holes with my Europunch.  Never be afraid to alter a metal component unless it's handmade- that's a no no.

These earrings were inspired by Candie Cooper's earrings in her newest book, Earringology. I loved the idea of stringing chain onto a cord, and in her earrings she used straight sections of rubber tubing. In my version I added some fringy paddle chain to metallic leather cording, and formed into this big teardrop shape.

Love these beautiful bronze leaf connectors from Lesley Watt of TheaElements. I paired them with some large round link chain from  Jess Imports, and smaller cable chain. Then did a few wire wrapped sections using gold seed beads, and faceted magnetic beads.

What is your favorite metal to work with? Do you find yourself gravitating towards one in particular?

Hope you all had a nice Friday!!  

January 7, 2015

2015 Crafters Market: BOOK REVIEW

Today I'm quickly reviewing this new book out by F&W Media. 2015 Crafters Market, How to Sell your Crafts and Make a Living.

By Kelly Biscopink
Fons & Porter / F+W

In the 2015 Crafter’s Market creative entrepreneurs will discover: 
  • Complete, up-to-date information for more than 1,000 craft market resources, including craft shows, magazines, book publishers, online marketplaces and more
  • Markets for a variety of crafts, including quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, papercrafting and jewelry making.
  • Articles on the basics of freelancing—from basic copyright information to tips on promoting your work
  • Informative articles on social media marketing, wholesale and consignment sales, and pricing your crafts
  • Helpful and resourceful worksheets, tax information, and business guides
  • Inspiring and informative interviews with successful craft professionals such as Tula Pink, Andrea Currie (Winner of TLC’s Craft Wars), Grace Dobush, and Margot Potter

A few tidbits of information I learned from this book:

- There is nothing more helpful than actual interviews from Crafter's about their experiences with selling their craft. 
- Ever thought of writing a book on your craft? Did you know it's not just about the writing but about the selling of the proposal? That's what will get you a book deal- This book has great tips.
- I discovered at least 20 other online venues for online marketplaces that I have never known about before now!
- There isn't always a perfect pricing formula for your work. Sometimes trial and error are the best way.

Here's my (incredibly impromptu, shoddy, but charming video review)

January 5, 2015

Snowed In

Dreaming of spring on a very cold and blustery Monday! 

Then I came to my senses. A more wintery theme for this one...

January 2, 2015

New Bounty and a Word to the Wise

If you follow my jewelry on Facebook,  please note that I will now be posting all new jewelry and listings to my business page, Lorelei Eurto Jewelry. Just go ahead and  "Like"  my page, and be sure to click the drop down arrow in that link, choose Follow- and that way you'll be able to see my posts in your feed from now on.

Thank you all for your support in 2014 and cheers to a new year with lots of new adventures!

These are all listed for sale in my webstore and Etsy shop!

December 22, 2014

A Monthly Subscription: FOR BEADS!

You may have seen online, via Facebook or other social media the popular trend out there for subscription services, from Razors, to Snack foods, to Beauty products- delivered once a month for a monthly or annual fee. Right to your mailbox.

Have you ever secretly wished, like I have, that there was one for BEADS?  Well our wishes have been granted ladies!!

Introducing: Blueberry Cove Beads! Based out of Nova Scotia Canada, self-confessed bead addict Isobel has created a monthly bead subscription service all on her own.

Pay just $22 a month,  your credit card charged on the 3rd of each month
and you'll receive a special curated box of beads. Each month there is a special theme and the beads will all coordinate within that theme. Each box will contain between 9 and 13 different items. Here are some images of the sort of thing to expect in each monthly box (please bear in mind all the boxes will be different, this is an average).

Here is this month's box:

Overall I was quite pleased with the offerings this month, and the theme is great! Right up my alley!

This sweet little postcard was included in the package explaining the 'Woodland' theme. And the coolest part, is, if you participate in the challenge, creating a piece of jewelry with at least 2 of the components you can win the next box for free!

I already have ideas in my head with quite a few of the components in this box!

Here is a close up shot of the components:

 Sweet little brass leaves, a nice long strand of unikite rounds, wood tube beads, glass leaves, and a few large whole ceramic spacers.

 I love these little leaf clasps, and tree charms....the lucite leaves are a really nice addition too! The copper acorns are heavy and really nice quality! That bird branch focal is to die for! The two glass focals, fox, and donut aren't really my cup of tea but I'm sure this style appeals to other beaders.

All in all it's a nice variation of different components and really you can't beat it for that price of $22!  Shipping everywhere in North America for an additional $5.  Not bad at all!

I'm totally sold on this concept, how bout you??  Sign up now for next month's box here. Or get your favorite pal signed up, there is a gift subscription option also!

I gotta go sign up for next month's box, see ya!

December 18, 2014

Michael's Beading Challenge and Blog Hop: My Reveal

When Heather asked me if I wanted to co-host another Michael's Beading challenge I jumped at the chance. Heather picks out the prettiest beads ever, and we always have a good time gleaming major inspiration, especially from this snowy photo above. The color palette for this challenge is full of beautiful muted mauve, brown, blue-green, and grey tones. 

The idea was not only to use the beads from Michaels, shown above, plus two additional bead types to our designs; But to do our best in supporting LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES.  I can't wait to show you what I created, lets get to it shall we!?

Inspired by the idea of the Christmas song, "Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go...", I created this delightfully Winter inspired Necklace.


Ceramic house bead and Snowflake Link- Kylie Parry
A wood Nugget- Rich Kibbons
Ceramic Button- Jean Christen
Matte pewter seed beads- FusionBeads

I simply strung the Ceramic rounds up around the back of the necklace, finishing it with a button and hoop enclosure.  I placed the house bead on the left, and the snowflake on the right. Wire wrapping all those glass beads took a little extra time but the fun movement and fringy effect was worth the trouble! To add a little extra interest, I included a frostier section below the snowflake connector using just the frosted glass, and some faceted Crystal barrels.

I had a nice number of beads leftover so I created a matching Bracelet using one of Kylie Parry's Pine Cone/ branch coin beads, more of Rich's wood branch beads, and a section of the wire wrapped glass beads. The Hammered textured toggle is from Tierra Cast.

And finally some matching earrings!

The earring wires are from Vintaj Brass Co.

What a fun way to stay inspired this wintery season. I am really excited to see what Heather and all of the other participants created with these lovely Bead Gallery beads from Michael's

Be sure to head on over to the Humblebeads Blog to see what the other players created!