Friday, January 30, 2015

The Gift of Balance - Snowflake Obsidian


This is a necklace I've been wearing all month. It was a gift from a friend around the holidays. These nesting cages are perfect for carrying your favorite gemstones.

I received snowflake obsidian in mine. It is said to balance mind, body and spirit by drawing hidden imbalances to the surface so they can be released. Snowflake Obsidian can remove negativity from a space or person with ease. Ahh....doesn't that all sound wonderful?

This was exactly what I needed a couple weeks ago when I had jury duty. I did feel calm in such an unusual, awkward and stressful situation. 

If you know of any other little gemstone nests, please let me know. I'd love to find one that holds a stone and lays flat as a focal piece in a bracelet.

Thanks for your help! :)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

In Love with Sparkly Chain




















In love? Well, yeah! On a gray January day, I can easily say I'm in love with sparkle!

I'm also loving the Cousin Corporation for sending me all this happiness from sunny Florida! :)

Here's the whole stash. I haven't had a chance to get it all opened and organized, so this is the fun creative phase.
                                          

The possibilities are endless! I like to think of two different ways to design.

Something fairly conservative that I would feel comfortable wearing every day and something a little more fun, maybe a little more out there.

That makes me happy!! And, that is what creativity means to me...HAPPY!

How about you? When you get a new stash of sparkle, what do you do first? When do you begin creating in your head? Do you think conservative or fun?

I'd love to hear about your process!! Please share.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Sparkly New Year!


Happy New Year! I wish you all the most fabulous and sparkly year ever!!

My New Year's necklace was finished just in time! Yay!!

I LOVE when things come together in an unplanned and perfect way. A great reminder that everything always works out. Especially when it comes to beads!


Back in an October post, It's okay to go crazy with sparkle, I mentioned I came across these SPARKLY pave connectors on the Primabead.com site.

I had been dreaming about how to use them in a New Year's necklace ever since. It turned out I was able to get them sent to me from the Cousin Corporation as one of their Ambassadors. Their sister company, PrimaBead.com is their retail site.

I also requested the silver plated open oval teardrops from the Cousin.com catalog.

Just after ordering these pieces, Cousin surprised all the Ambassadors by sending us each a giant box of Swarovski swag!!

It just so happened the box contained a bunch of these tiny little top drilled briolettes that fit perfectly in the open teardrop forms.

Ahh, what a great way to begin 2015!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Holiday activity with a twist!


























This month has busily flown right by! I hope everyone is well and gearing up for a brand new year.

As I reflect over the last month or so I am truly amazed at all of the activities, events and accomplishments! Craftnight, holiday show, holiday party, super secret elf visits, family gift giving and 5 Cousin Corp jewelry projects due the week before Christmas, not to mention a sinus infection and relapse! Phew!

Most people I talk to have a similarly heroic list, it just happens to be a hectic time for many, but hopefully upon reflection, like me, you'll find evidence of fun too! :)

Before heading into the new year, I wanted to share my excitement in finding out on Christmas Eve that one of my Cousin Corporation projects from last spring made it onto the Joann.com project page.

It's the Holiday Twist Necklace project. Yay, that made me very happy and interestingly content and inspired for what the new year might bring.

I have some fabulously sparkly Cousin connector pieces I picked out to make New Year's Eve jewelry...so, I best get busy!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Making Holiday Jewelry?

Are you making holiday jewelry for friends and family to wear during the upcoming holidays?

I just had to share my latest bead haul, hope you don't mind!! Definitely need to rephotograph when I have more time, so here's a link:

These are some of the latest pieces from Cousin's Tis the Season line...love them! 

I just opened the box and am going to have to force myself to get ready for work without picking up tools!

If you're making holiday jewelry, please share your stories and links in the comments!!

Happy Holidays! :)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Preparing for Holiday Craft Night












Time really flies!!! Tomorrow is our traditional HOLIDAY craft night, yay! It's also a time for gift exchanging with fellow crafters, YAY to that too!

Sure to be a very long night full of fun and frivolity, hopefully we'll also see some fabulous finished crafts. Last time we made fall themed crafts and only went until 3a.m. The ending time usually depends on the number of crafts and the level of difficulty. Since there's a bit of eating, drinking and being merry involved, we like to get the most difficult crafts done first. ;)

I don't have all the pieces and parts put together yet, but pictured above is the idea for my craft. We're making SPARKLY BRACELETS for ourselves and friends. It's an easy one, so this can be done toward the end of the night.

These are made using the new Cousin Corporation elastic cord that I found at Walmart last weekend. LOVE it! I don't know why I didn't get the other colors when I was there, so guess who's going to Walmart tomorrow? Yep! :) Here are a few other colors available. They come 4 colors to a pack for $2.50. The length of each color is 1.7 ft. SO AWESOME!











Using ribbon clasps and a variety of beads or sparkly chain, I'm sure we'll create lots of original designs full of sparkle!!

If you're doing a holiday craft event with your friends or family, please share the details or a link to your blog post about it. We're always looking for new ideas!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's a Cornucopia!

This project seems timely considering Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

When I made this bracelet several years ago, I had intentions of adding dangles and glitter. In hindsight, I gotta love that desire for  extra sparkle! :)

However, seeing it now without the sparkle, I kind of love how it evolved into what looks (in my mind) a lot like a horn of plenty or horn o'plenty (much more fun to say!)


Here's a picture that accompanies the standard definition of cornucopia: a.k.a. horn of plenty, a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts

It seems to be getting me in the spirit of this upcoming holiday, yay!