Friday, April 18, 2014

Summertime Pearls

What do you think about wearing pearls in the summertime?

Normally I think about pearls in the fall or winter, but many of these pearls make me think of spring and summer. Interesting!

Funny how you go along in life thinking one thing and all of a sudden you wake up and your thoughts on a subject have changed.

I've also recently had a thought about making a necklace that's just a longer version of an ankle bracelet. The thought crossed my mind when I was making an ankle bracelet and I thought, gee this would make a cute necklace.

Then the ideas started circulating!

So, now I have two new ideas for my next project which, believe it or not, will be for the SUMMER! Yay! Bring it on...I REALLY want to put my flip flops back on...

Any new ideas circulating in your world? Please share!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dangly Ankle Bracelet

I can still hear the reggae music playing in the background when I look at this ankle bracelet...

I'm calling this the banana daiquiri ankle bracelet because I made it during the course of enjoying one of these icy drinks by the pool on our recent vacation. :)

It was made with pieces I picked in the Cousin Corp. warehouse. Another very fond memory...

Since I just threw bits and pieces into a bag to bring on vacation, I had to use what I had on hand.

It's fun to make something I might not have made if I had all my beads with me.

SO much fun to wear, I only had one blue crystazzi connector in my traveling stash left, but I like that's it's a surprising contrast to the red and black. They pretty much go with everything!

If you're getting ready for spring/summer with new jewelry, I hope you'll leave a link in the comments so we can come over and visit! :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

What I Made on Spring Vacation!

It's always hard to believe when vacation is over and you've returned back to reality. 

Today was the first day back at work and since people are nice, they asked me about my vacation. :)

I enjoyed being able to share some fun stories, but when I talk about making jewelry on the beach under an umbrella with the beautiful warm breeze coming off the water, I just think pictures are necessary! 

There's nothing like throwing random beads, findings and tools into a bag to take on vacation.

It stretches my creativity a little because I don't plan, I just throw.

I am now calling this the Blue Margarita Necklace and you can probably see why! :)

The necklace is made using a simple chain, a three hole rhinestone connector, a light blue flower connector, clear bicone and large clear teardrop pendant. 

LOVE the simplicity!

All the pieces I took to Florida were from my 30 minute Warehouse "shopping" spree at Cousin Corporation headquarters in February.

Speaking of Cousin, since they are so close to Clearwater, I had a chance to pop in and say Hi to my favorite people and drop off my latest Ambassador jewelry making project.

It was a great week of fun and gratitude! I am so grateful to have had the chance to take such a beautiful vacation with my husband (and my beads!) 

I'll share my banana daiquiri ankle bracelet later this week. :)

Now that spring is here, what are YOU making? Please share in the comments!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Springy Enough for Florida in March!

Since we can't seem to get ourselves transitioned to spring here in Ohio, I'm heading for Florida again, yay!

This will be a fun and relaxing beach trip and I am SO ready!

I made this fun and cheerful necklace using pieces I pulled from the Cousin Warehouse "shopping" trip. I just love it and plan to wear it with all white one day. It's perfect for a monochromatic outfit!

Sometimes, I just want to wear all black, so this will be quite a change! :) Inspired by the sunshine I am hoping to see.

Bring on the sunshine!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

So Sparkly...So Cheerful!

It looks like I've basked in my trip to Cousin for just the right amount of time. I'm ready to move on and begin celebrating beads again! :)

Well, that and I'm preparing to head back to Florida, this time for a relaxing vacation with my hubby, yay!

I have a couple of new projects I haven't shared with you yet, so I'll do that this week. First up is one of those projects that sort of made itself. I wanted something cheerful to wear on the plane rides since I always like to have something sparkly to focus on. 

Cousin Trinkettes were the first beads that came to mind since they're so bright and colorful. At first I thought of using memory wire so I could have several strands of wow, but this is the part that sort of evolved on its own.

I used three pieces of memory wire and connected them all with a toggle clasp. That way, when I put it on, the three strands spread apart so it becomes a really wide bangle. 

Quite attention getting, I must say. It has gotten many double takes, a few laughs, but definitely lots of smiles. You just can't help it!!!

I'd love to hear about other interesting ways to use these large hole beads, so please share or leave a link in the comments. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ahh...Sweet Beadland Memories

I've been sort of holding off sharing the last day of my recent Florida trip to Cousin Corporation headquarters so I could savor and process all of it. :)

I also wanted to wait until my special shipment arrived back at home from our warehouse "shopping" trip. Yay! 

First, though I should mention the wonderful dinner and experience with the Cousin family.

Great food, drink and conversation at a gorgeous restaurant and then out on the beach at the hotel. We probably stayed up a little too late, but with the sound of the waves and the warm breeze, I didn't want it to end!

On our last day we got an early start and had a chance to hear more about design, production, marketing, trends and so much more. My head was spinning and I didn't want to lose any of it. 

I've tried to stop time before by reveling in every moment and this was one of those experiences. 

Now, here's the icing on all that cake...our last half hour at Cousin was spent bead "shopping" in the warehouse next door. We were all so excited to have the chance to pick anything we wanted from walls and walls of products. Thirty minutes and a shipping box...a very dream-like experience!! 

And, last but not least, here's a peek at some of the great products I picked! Like any good Virgo, I sorted everything into categories and took group pictures too. :) I'm sure some of them will crop up here soon. 

I've been pining away for everyone and wish we could do it all over again! 

All my ambassador friends and the Cuz-bus.. I feel confident in saying a great time and wonderful educational experience was had by all!  (Thanks to Rebecca Utermohlen for the pic!)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Daylight Savings Time & Bead Bloggers...It's All Good!

I'm not exactly sure how it got to be Sunday already, but here we are...11:30pm? That's all I'm going to say.

I'm not going to complain about daylight savings time because that means we're getting closer to spring!

Happy Daylight Savings time everyone! Woo hoo!

That's an example of how to embrace something even when it feels like 60 minutes are strangely missing from your life!

This is the perfect time to take a quick trip to blogland and get some last minute creative inspiration from our bead blogger friends!

So much creativity, starting with Andrew Thornton's monthly jewelry making challenge inspired by a book club!

The first necklace, pictured above, was created by Laurel who was inspired by the book, "The Enchantress of Florence."


The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew hosts a monthly challenge on his blog called, Inspired by Reading. Check out the reveal for January and February’s selections, The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie and Difficult Loves by Italio Calvino.

Resin Crafts Blog
A broken mirror floor becomes the inspiration for this new resin filled bezel!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
What I look for when I see junk, vintage and antique jewelry!

Art Bead Scene
Check out our new monthly challenge piece - Birds on Riser, by Swiss artist Adolf Dietrich.

You Could Win Your Kid’s Dream Craft Room!
March is National Crafting Month and to get YOU inspired, Kiwi Crate is teaming up with Highlights Magazine and to offer your kid(s) a dream craft room!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean won a pair of earrings from the wonderful designer Linda Landig. She was so knocked out by their beauty she decided to interview her! Come and read Linda’s inspiring answers to Jean’s questions and look at all the glorious jewelry Linda has on display! Wow!

June shows off some of the mail art exchanged last month, and posts the next mail art call!!! Come join the fun!

Mixed Media Artist
Have you ever woven a quilt?

Beading Arts
Cyndi shows the next steps of how she integrated soutache braid into one of her bead embroidered necklaces.