Monday, February 1, 2016

It's a new year AND a sparkly new day!


There's something about a fresh new year that makes me want to take a leap forward and leave old ideas, things and habits behind. Unfortunately, it's also at a time when it's necessary to wear lots of clothing layers including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. Seems to create a bit of a conflict doesn't it?

What to do, what to do?

In hindsight, I see now why I was so intent on making these sparkly gloves when the weather turned cold! I made them for myself, for friends and for family members. Not only that, I took this craft to our annual December craftnight! EVERYONE made fun, sparkly gloves!!

I really have to laugh! It's so transparent now, but I didn't realize it at the time.

I NEEDED SPARKLE! When I get pushed out of my happy place, I look around for sparkle and if I don't find any, I CREATE IT! Wow...this realization will take me a while to process.

So, more about the gloves! I bought quite a few pairs of these smart phone gloves at Walmart for $2 a pair, a great deal! I also found this bag of sequins at Walmart for a few dollars. An amazingly stuffed little bag of sequins.

Make sure to have a ziploc baggie handy because you'll never get them all back in the bag once it's open. It contains hearts, flowers, leaves, stars, butterflies and more...well worth the $3!

Rather than sew the sequins on, I thought I'd try Beacon Gem Tac since I had received it from the Cousin Corporation to try out. I have a bit of a sensitivity to strong chemicals and do my best to avoid them. I was a little concerned until I opened the glue and it was as strong as school glue! How could it possibly adhere well if it doesn't smell terrible?

I have no idea, but it does! I'll share more jewelry projects using Gem Tac in future posts, but wanted to mention the sequins are glued on the gloves. The pink gloves also have Crystazzi flat back crystals glued on and the gray gloves have tiny little Swarovski crystals glued on. SO SPARKLY!!

If you have a get-rid-of-winter-blues sparkle project to share, please leave a link in the comments section. :)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Magical Thanksgiving!


















I couldn't help sharing this cornucopia bracelet from several years ago. AND, I just received the holiday bitmojis on my phone so it only made sense that I share both!

This bracelet reminded me that now is the perfect time to make literal jewelry pieces to represent the sights and traditions of the holiday season.

The top drilled briolettes in the cornucopia bracelet made me wish I had a bunch of green ones to make a wreath bracelet! Briolettes add a MAGICAL component to any stringing project. You just string them up one after the other and like magic they twist and turn next to each other. The finished product looks so complex as if you must have done some sort of complicated weave.

I just did a search for top drilled beads similar to those used in the cornucopia. It resulted in lots of Swarovski and some unexpected items too. Now my head is spinning with ideas!!!

Here are some that piqued my interest...


These blue and silver beads are so sparkly! I would love to see them strung up alone or together. The blue and white or silver and white would also be striking!
These little green rivolis would make a great wreath bracelet with the red briolettes hanging from it as the bow.

Okay clock...I see you ticking away! I guess it's time to close the laptop and get busy. Happy holidays!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Time for holiday jewelry making?

Wow, I'm not sure how it got to be the middle of November already, especially when I'm still trying to wear flip flops and boycotting closed toe shoes...

But, here we are and it's time to get busy!

While gathering up beads to play with for inspiration, it occurred to me I should also do a quick search on A Bead A Day for project ideas.

Is it wrong for me to say how much I love something I made? I promise you it's not from an egotistical place, it's from a place of awe that I received the inspiration for something more unique than I would normally make.

I LOVE it when the beads tell me what to do and this is a classic example of that. I have made plenty of right angle weave designs, but none that had so many dangles and charms hanging from it.

When it was finished, I remember wondering how it happened. It was similar to redecorating a room. You go from store to store looking for little things that represent you and the style you're going for. When you put it all together, you wonder how it was possible it all worked so well together.

I think it's magic...but that's probably because I don't know the technical term for it. Any idea?

Happy holiday jewelry making! If you're interested in instructions for this one, put your email address in the comments and I'll send them to you. OR, email me. :)


Monday, August 24, 2015

Stunning Swarovski - Quick & Easy Design

It's true that I LOVE a quick and easy jewelry project. Especially one that either looks more complex than it actually is or has a real sparkly kick.This necklace falls in the sparkly kick category!

As I mentioned in the last post, I received 10 of these fabulous Swarovski 25x7mm Crystal Bermuda Blue Queen Baguette Pendants.When I sat down on a Saturday to design something, I found myself in a bit of a hurry so I could go out and run all my weekend errands. 

The rhinestone chain is almost always on my beading table, but the silver connector is something I picked up at Cousin headquarters in Florida that I had never used before. 

Honestly, this necklace pretty much created itself. The impact of these crystals all lined up in real life is truly stunning, I had feelings of unworthiness about wearing it at first, but got over that pretty quick! ;)

So, when I was trying to come up with a way to describe this swarovski stunner, I checked the thesaurus for words related to spectacular. Here's what came up. What do YOU think? 

1.      amazing 
2.      astonishing 
3.      astounding 
4.      breathtaking 
5.      daring 
6.      dazzling 
7.      dramatic 
8.      eye-catching 
9.      fabulous 
11.  grand 
25.  marked 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Winners and What's Next?


Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and put their bid in for beads!! It was great hearing from you!

Kristen and Diana are the lucky winners of some beads from the Cousin Corporation that were personally hand-picked from the bead warehouse wall by me! :)

What's coming up next on A Bead A Day? Swarovski crystals, yay!

I just received a tiny little stash of 10 crystals from PrimaBead.com, the fab Cousin Corp retail site. You might be wondering what's so great about 10 crystals, so I thought I'd show you.

Here's a pic from the online catalog and the details!

Swarovski 25x7mm Crystal Bermuda Blue Queen Baguette Pendant 6465, 1Pc

Is it just me or does this color leave you mesmerized and speechless too? Phew...it's so awesome!

The quality is just amazing, but what else would you expect from Swarovski?

So, back to the 10 crystals and what to make with them. Let me know your thoughts, I was thinking about a multi-strand dangly necklace. 

However, that seems a little haphazard for such a beautifully geometric and perfect piece of art. It seems like a little sketching might be needed before just jumping right in and putting pieces together. 

I'll keep you posted! I also found out today all the Cousin ambassadors will be receiving a fresh box of Swarovski in the mail this week, What a great email THAT was! :)

So, sparkle is on the way...thanks for making my day! (Ode to the Cousin Corporation)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

It's BEAD GIVEAWAY time!

I LOVE being able to share the generosity of the Cousin Corporation by giving away a grab bag of goodies!

Leave a comment by next Saturday, Aug. 8 and make sure your email address is accessible by either clicking on your profile or as part of the comment.

Are you hoping for charms, chains, bead strands, pearls or findings?

Let me know!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Celebrating a PLETHORA of Beads!



If you're going to have a plethora of something, could it be much better than a plethora of beads?

During my recent trip to Cousin headquarters in Largo, Florida, I had the great pleasure of a "shopping trip" in the bead warehouse! We each had 10 minutes to fill a shipping box with any products we could pull off the walls. CRAZY right? It was!

Here's a quick replay...When the clock started ticking, I looked up and down the walls for beads that grabbed my attention and for a few minutes, I found myself designing in my head. Reality struck about 5 minutes in when someone yelled, "FIVE MORE MINUTES!" Yikes! My strategy changed at that point and I started grabbing all my faves...crystals, sterling elegance chain, rose gold elegance, charms, rhinestone chain and lots more!

Wow, what a rush! Thanks to Cousin for the surreal experience, it was AWESOME! I'm still going through and organizing everything.

In the very near future, we'll have some fun with a giveaway. If you see something in the picture that strikes your fancy or piques your interest, let me know. :)