Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Good Friend Memory Wire!

I took a trip down memory lane when I selected this package of memory wire from

I sort of knew I wanted to try using memory wire with the crystals I selected, but I took some time to look through the wire & chain section of the catalog first.

After making myself crazy over ALL the possibilities, I stuck with my good old friend!

I'll never forget the first time I discovered memory wire! It was probably 20 years ago and as a new beader, I was getting bored with regular stringing.

I picked up the Joann, Etc. magazine and inside was a memory wire project for kids using rainbow colored 6/0 e-beads in a random pattern. I had never seen memory wire before and thought it looked like so much fun.

The girls in the magazine were making 2 strand bracelets if I remember correctly. I bought the memory wire and the 6/0 e-beads and loved them, but thought they seemed a little bit juvenile for me to wear to work.

It was then I discovered the tiny metallic beads in the embroidery area of the craft store. A whole new world opened up and I began making 6 strand memory wire bracelets strung in a variety of patterns using those tiny metallic and matte seed beads.

Since I have worked in the same place for 20 years, I often run into people who have told me they still have and wear those memory wire bracelets that I made like a mad-person so long ago and gave to anyone I came in contact with! Hmm...maybe it's time to try making one just for old time sake.

As you know, sometimes something old becomes new again!! :)

FTC compliance disclosure: the items in this post from were provided as a promotional gift as part of their bead blogger program for review or design purposes.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Swarovski Siam

Okay, first of all, I love how this siam swarovski crystal round appears to be floating in mid-air!! :)

This is a photo from the online catalog. It's a 4mm round and so darn cute!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I just received a package in the mail from

I'm looking forward to creating a fall bracelet design from these ultra sparkly swarovski crystal beads!!

I am sticking with the original plan to use wire and will mention that more tomorrow and show you what I have in mind.

I haven't tried putting this all together yet and am hopeful I can make something cool! :) We shall see!

FTC compliance disclosure: the items in this post from were provided as a promotional gift as part of their bead blogger program for review or design purposes.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Beads in the Mail!!

Yay! It's a great day when beads come in the mail!

I received a package from today which was filled with Swarovski crystals for a fall design!!!

I selected these crystals from the Swarovski Pendants category on the site.

I don't want to give them all away on the first day of opening the package, but I received several different colors in this 7mm briolette.

This one is TOPAZ....perfect for a SPARKLY fall design! As usual when I select beads, I have a general design idea. Also as usual, when I receive them, I start thinking of other designs!!

Why is that?? I think I just like getting into a creative zone so much, I can't stick with the original plan!

I can't wait to show you the rest!! :)

FTC compliance disclosure: the items in this post from were provided as a promotional gift as part of their bead blogger program for review or design purposes.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Artfire Pro Level Ecommerce Storefront Giveaway!

Get ready for a GREAT giveaway!! is giving away TEN Lifetime Artfire Pro level ecommerce storefronts!!


I think that is so amazing and generous!! Here are the details from Beadaholique:

"Ten lucky winners will pay no fees *ever* to sell their crafts. No monthly fees, no listing or closing fees, and tons of advanced ecommerce features that are really easy to use."

Check out the Beadaholique blog post about this and the complete rules.

GOOD LUCK and make sure to enter before October 8th!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Peace, Love & Bead Bloggers!

Sometimes it surprises me how quickly time can pass...

It seems like yesterday I was posting last Sunday's bead blogger links. The only thing you can do is your best to live in each moment because you just can't hold on to them no matter how hard you try!

The best way to enjoy this moment is to take a quick trip through the fun links below to see what everyone has been up to! You will find tutorials, beading challenges, giveaways and a chance to win a DVD of the fabulous TV show, "Beads, Baubles & Jewels"...YAY!!!

Have a GREAT week!!

Katie's Beading Blog Katie's dreaming up jewelry projects inspired by the season. Leave a comment for a chance to win a Beads, Baubles & Jewels DVD! Jewelry Making Are you trying to pinch those pennies when it comes to making jewelry? Here are some ideas to help you out.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Melanie faces her fears of home improvement by relating it to her beloved jewelry crafts.

Art Bead Scene This week we have a Monthly Challenge treasury to share and inspire you.

Barbe Saint John Bead Chic by Margot Potter Book Review and Giveaway

Beading Arts Have you seen what you can do with macrame? Don't think hemp, think colorful and modern!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean reviews the amazing tutorial, Color Drenched Metal, by Shannon LeVart, which is available at Shannon's Etsy Shop: missficklemedia. This is a FANTASTIC opportunity for eager designers to learn how to patinate a variety of metals in gorgeous, vivid colors!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton To celebrate his birthday, Andrew hosts a week of giveaways! Five days! Five giveaways!

Carmi's Art/Life World Another felted and beaded pendant is turned into a necklace by Carmi.

Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva This week's Wednesday Wire is all about the rings.

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Lorelei and Nancy Schindler paired up for a beading challenge, check out the results here!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Inspirational Beading Giveaway

Something exciting has just been announced over at the Inspirational beading blog!!!

I feel very privileged to be able to let you know, our friend Mortira, has just unveiled her very first beading tutorials on etsy.

She is doing a giveaway on her blog that will be announced on 9/27/10 of this great seed bead piece entitled, Wavy Wedges Bracelet.

It seems complicated, but actually looks simple once you get the hang of it. AND, most importantly, you can use this to incorporate any number of color combos that are meaningful to you or your friends!

I'm thinking team spirit, alumni pride, favorite colors, special outfit, etc. HOW FUN!!

Thanks to Mortira, A Bead A Day is also having a tutorial giveaway of the "Beaded Starfish"!! If you are interested in winning, just leave a comment on this blog. Please make sure to include your email address if your blogger profile does not lead back to one.

The winner will be picked next Friday, 10/1/10.

I hope you are having a crafty Saturday!! :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Featured Designer: Shaterra Clay Studio

Happy Friday!

Shaterra Clay Studio is this week's featured designer! I just happened to stumble upon her etsy site and noticed the Ohio State University pieces and wondered if she was a fellow central-Ohioan.

After finding her blog, I discovered we are both suburban dwellers of the same metro area. I LOVE THAT!

Once I discovered her other pieces, I was having a "wow" moment. Here are a few of my favorite pieces of Shaterra Clay Studio.

However, you have got to get out to her etsy site or blog to see all the other diverse and beautiful pieces she has created!

I hope you are all getting ready to get creative!!
It's the weekend and it makes me want to break out into a chorus of, "happy days are here again..."!

Have a great one!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Perfect Purple!

Wow, this is some fabulous hemp cord that is just calling out to be diamond-dusted!!

Rainbow diamond dust to be exact! The rainbow glitter has an irridescence to it which brings out blues, pinks and purples, PERFECT!

This hemp cord is unpolished and was found at

The purple will be beautiful for fall and I'm getting visions of lots of fringe with bead dangles!!

I'll have to experiment with beads before I decide which beads will fit on the cord and will go nicely with the GLITTER!

The weekend is fast approaching, YAY!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Glitter & Beads...a perfect match!

I recently mentioned that I wanted to try to glitter some hemp cord and then use it in a jewelry design. I had hoped to have time to do that last weekend, but it didn't work out that way.

I have high hopes for this weekend!! In the mean time, I came across this photo of some 6/0 e-beads that I used in the 12 bead woven bauble that I covered in mod podge and diamond dust glitter.

I thought these turned out so FUN and I made a bunch of the red bead baubles to hang from simple silver chains and give as gifts.

My favorite part of the red-glittery bauble necklace was the diamond dust residue it left on people's chest who were wearing it. Is that wrong? I don't think so considering all the products that include shimer and glitter. :)

Why not spread a little sparkle? (literally!)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Sparkle" without Sparkle!

After yesterday's sparkly post, I was thinking about some jewelry I have made that had a "sparkly" element without using crystals.

This stone bracelet was made on stretchy cord and incorporates a thin wire star as the "sparkly" aspect. I love the fact you can use fairly simple beads and designs while still achieving some impact or "wow" sparkle factor.

The citrine beads in between each stone are glass bicones and do add a little brightness, but no sparkle.

I wore this bracelet every day for a couple of months last year after making it and it made me so happy when it got noticed! Not because I thought I was so great, but because I thought it was fun and glad that the people noticing thought so too!

When you go down memory lane and look at the pieces you have made over time, it's interesting to see the "lessons learned" and the evolutionary design idea leads to another!

Monday, September 20, 2010

How was your Monday?

I was just thinking that Monday mornings definitely require much more sparkle than any others.

During this morning's elevator ride up to my floor, someone asked how I was. My first thought was, "sparkly, very sparkly"!

I noticed that I had on the rainbow bracelet from my book which includes rows of 7 swarovski rainbow colors of 6mm bicones (Roy G. Biv - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet) on sky blue bead wire. Perfect for a monday morning!

I'm going to have to make an effort to see if I habitually grab more sparkly jewelry on Mondays... I have a sneaking suspicion that I about you?

Why not put your swarovski crystals to work...get out there and make someone's Monday!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Peace, Love & Bead Bloggers!

I hope everyone got a little crafting in this weekend! Below are some fun and exciting happenings out there in the beading world...giveaways, gadgets and inspiration!!

Have a great week!!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean explores creative jewelry design using inspiration employing wordplay--what do you think?

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Andrew gets interviewed by Ray Hemachandra for a Blogger Profile on Lark Crafts: Jewelry & Beading. Jewelry Making Check out this new rivet gadget for making cold connections with your jewelry.

Art Bead Scene Looking for inspiration for the ABS monthly challenge? Come check out the list of Art Deco sources at ABS.

Barbe Saint John Barbe reviews some Rings and Things Halloween Beads and is giving some away too!

Beading Arts Wool roving for a necklace? Cyndi's tutorial is finished!

Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi uses her Parisian ribbon collection to make some fabulous beads.

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva Cindy brought back some beach treasures Lake Huron. She's created a keepsake with them you'll want to see.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Melanie reflects on the politics of the playground for a series of hopscotch themed pendants

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Let's Make Happy Jewelry!

Needless to say, these colorfully adorable stone chips stole my heart the minute I saw them! :)

They are everything I love in a non-sparkly bead...colorful, cheerful, happy, sweet.

Now, whether I am going to use these with the focal stones I mentioned in Wednesday's post, I'm not sure.

My initial thought was memory wire with some colorful swarovski crystal bicones mixed in for sparkle.

My next thought was to make 4 standalone strands about 2 inches long and use them as a focal piece across the wrist with a band of heavy hemp cord braiding.

Regardless of how these are used, it will be one HAPPY piece of jewelry!! :)

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Featured Designer: Lori of "Out of the Flames"

Happy Friday!!

This week's featured designer is Lori of "Out of the Flames, Glass Art & Beadwork".

I envy artists who are so multi-talented!!!

On Lori's blog and more than 1 etsy site, you will find beaded dog collars, spiral rope bracelets, polymer buttons, fused glass pendants AND cross-stitch patterns turned into beaded artwork!

WOW! I was amazed at the fact Lori recycles "float glass" and works it into glass cabochons! So creative!!

Lori, one day I hope to be on your level!!

Thanks for letting me share!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Is there Sparkly Hemp Cord?

I've been thinking about the stones from yesterday's post and wondering how they would work with hemp cord. I think it will have to be at least a medium weight cording so I'll have to check the hole size.

Once that is worked out, I have this thought, it might be a little crazy, but what do you think about sparkly hemp cord? I haven't had a chance to google it, but I wouldn't be surprised if it actually exists.

If it doesn't, I have to believe that with all my crazy crafting antics, I should be able to figure out how to glitter some up.

Did you ever use yarn as a kid, dipped in white glue and then wrapped in spirography designs over a blown up balloon? Once the yarn dries, you pop the balloon and pull it out so you have a cool artsy form. I vaguely remember using glitter on the yarn before the glue dried.

You know, I think I could use the white glue and glitter approach with the hemp cord!!!! Who doesn't love glitter? I have used white glue and glitter on e-beads before and the extra benefit was leaving just a little bit of sparkle on my neck. Yep, that's what I'm going to do.

I just had a chance to google "sparkly hemp cord" and nothing came up...

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stones for Summer or for Fall?

Why do these stones make me think fall? They aren't necessarily all earthy colors, but there is something about them that makes me think "sweaters" and "jackets" are required.

This year I am going to strive to come up with a new design for these. Last year and even the year before I got hooked on using these with glass pearls and a little bit of swarovski sparkle. I might use the same beads, but the same old design is ready to be retired for a while.

I love finding contrasting colored glass beads to complement these stones. You know, now that I am looking at these, I think these could actually have been made into great summer jewelry designs.

Hmm, I might have to rethink my whole stone philosophy! Do you have a stone philosophy or do you use them in every design and every season?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Getting Ready for Seasonal Change?

It's not really possible to rebel against seasonal changes, but if I could, I WOULD!

Since that would not get me anywhere in reality, my only option is to embrace it!

I have been wearing my yellow swarovski crystal drop pendant necklace quite a bit over the summer.
Just before our summer vacation I mentioned these orange drop pendants that I ordered from Fire Mountain Gems.

I think it's time to make a new one. Since I have two of these, I am going to make one for a coworker as well. It always makes me happy to surprise people with jewelry! :)

I hope you are all having a great week so far!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ribbon in the Bead Aisle

I have something fun to share today that I came across this weekend while shopping at Michael's Crafts Store. I stopped in to look at polymer clay and accessories, but I just couldn't walk by the bead aisles without taking a peek!

I don't get to Michael's that often and I had my Joann 40% off coupon which is still accepted there, yay!

I saw several new lines of beads/findings and one of them included a package of fabric ribbon.

The package reads, "Bead Landing - BELLA BOHO Ribbon". There is a total of 4 ft of ribbon on this package and the most interesting thing about this ribbon is that one of the bracelets in my book is made from this exact ribbon!!!!!!!

How cool is that?! I originally found the ribbon at Joann's in the "buy by the yard" section and it reminded me of a framed work of art. That's what inspired me to do something simple with it so you could really see it on the wrist without much embellishment.

The final project involved a tiny bit of cutting, 30 seconds of ironing and quick and easy chain band. It's still one of my favorites. The day I made it for the first time I slept in it because I loved it so much. It made me think of when I was little I had gotten the cutest pair of buckle shoes and wanted to sleep in them :)

Is that weird? Hmm, gosh it seems so "normal" to me, but now I am wondering if I should have written that in my book. Maybe people like weirdness!! :) That's what I am going to believe!

I hope you are all having a GREAT week!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bead Blogger Love & Book Winner!

Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by and commenting on Thursday's post for a chance to win a copy of my book, A Bead in Time! has selected a winner and it is: Cindi of WindyCindy...Yay!

It's Sunday and I'm getting ready to take a run through all the blogs below real quick to see what kind of crafty fun they have been up to this week. I hope you will join me! :)

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Melanie celebrates the start of school season with a series of Friday book giveaways, starting with Creative Paper Jewelry.

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Lorelei takes a bit of a directional turn, in business. You may want to read this!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! It is Jean's birthday month! To celebrate, she is reposting a review of a lovely book by Cathy Jakicic which she is particularly fond of!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Margot Potter recently debuted her new book, "Bead Chic". Find out how you can win a copy with this week's Thursday Giveaway! Jewelry Making Are you in or out when it comes to plated metals? This polls seems to indicate a mixed bag .

Art Bead Scene Art Bead Scene Announces the September Monthly Challenge. Come gain inspiration from Barbier.

Barbe Saint John Stamped Metal Jewelry book review!

Beading Arts Have you tried wool roving in your jewelry designs? See what Cyndi has been doing with this fascinating material!

Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi is thrilled to go down a new artistic road with paper pendants!

Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva Wondering what Cindy's really like? Come see her first ever video and find out if she's really that quirky!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

This Week's Project: Re-worked Ring

This week's project was actually made by one of my co-workers.

Sandy recently purchased this ring form at a discount department store and it was beaded with inexpensive purply toned beads.

Since many central Ohioans are OSU buckeye fans, Sandy got the idea to remove the purple beads and replace them with red and gray/silver beads to show her team spirit!

I just LOVE the results!

She mentioned on Friday that she had been receiving lots of looks and compliments. It looked great with her OSU logo gear.

What a cool idea! I can imagine making this in lots of team colors for friends.

Thanks Sandy for letting me share with everyone! :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Featured Designer: Marie Cramp of Skye Jewels

We are so's Friday again, yay!!

I've been looking forward to sharing this week's featured designer with you because she's amazingly multi-talented!

Marie Cramp of Skye Jewels has four kids, is a jewelry designer, scrapbooker and card maker "with an intense passion for creating" who lives with her family in Calgary Alberta, Canada.

I LOVE that Marie does not seem to be intimidated by anything and jumps right in to begin experimenting with various mediums.

On her blog, you can find some great stories and pictures of her experiments with felting, glass work, tile pendants, etc. I don't think there is anything she can't do!!

Marie also has her work in a couple of etsy shops and a website!! AND...if that isn't enough, she has had her jewelry designs in many issues of Bead Trends magazine!!

I'm feeling very inspired!

Thanks a bunch Marie for allowing me to feature you and your work this week!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Saying THANKS with a Book Giveaway!

I wanted to take a day to say THANK YOU!!

Thank you for sharing your ideas and experiences! Not only about polymer clay, but even about things like your RV'ing experiences, classes you have taken and your trials and errors...

Thank you for jumping on my crazy bead-loving wagon!

When you think about getting excited over one bead at a time, it seems impossible, but I love it when I know you are right there with me! YAY beads and YAY beaders!!

I love that one bead can inspire one idea for me and a completely different idea for each person who stops by.

It's so much fun to feed off of each other's creative energy and for that I SINCERELY THANK YOU!

Who would have thought that blogging could take the place of having beading friends that get together every day.... :)

I'd like to put a copy of my book up for grabs to anyone who leaves a comment on this post through Saturday. I'll announce the winner on Sunday's post. I can't wait!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Expanding my Craft Inventory

Roller, rulers, pasta machines! Sounds fun!

Brayers, polymer clay guns and!

Texture makers, gold leaf and pearl powders....goodness!

I have to admit the look and sound of all the wonderful array of polymer clay tools is adding to the excitement of working with clay.

At this point, the only thing standing in my way is a couple more work days and a room that is already packed full of beading/crafting supplies.

Am I going to have room for new stuff? Yikes! The thought hadn't crossed my mind until this moment. The good thing is, it looks like most of these supplies are fairly small and shouldn't take up much space. I just need to make a little...

Back to the tools and accessories....if you can part with any more of your polymer expertise, PLEASE let me know your thoughts on what I need to get started. I am guessing rollers and rulers, but not sure what else.
How about rubber stamps? Do you use those in clay designs? (Thanks for your help!)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Polymer Clay Overview

After shouting out for polymer clay guidance yesterday, I was thrilled to get so much info in return, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I wanted to put together a quick overview of what I have learned as a result:

  • Learn the basics first such as conditioning your clay and baking, etc. before you get started
  • YouTube videos offer many tutorials
  • for tutorials and message board format
  • Books, books, books!
  • Take a "basics" class
  • Trial and error is great way to discover your own style
  • Cindy Lietz Blog with a new video every Friday
  • Join a local clay guild
  • Purchase step by step tutorials on Etsy
  • Buy a polymer clay oven (use your 40% off Joann's coupon)
  • Try different clays before buying a bunch to determine which you like best
  • Sand baked pieces with wet sand paper from the hardware store and rub w/denim
  • Sanding/buffing and use of transluscent clay
There was so much more offered in yesterday's comments, so if you are interested in getting started like I am, make sure to read through all the additional tips and websites provided.

The most surprising was the POLYMER CLAY OVEN!! Seriously, where have I been? This was news to me or if I knew about this before, I blotted it out of my memory. Very interesting! Who doesn't love a new appliance?


Monday, September 6, 2010

Where to Begin with Clay?

I'm hoping to get some input from everyone on the best way to get started learning about polymer clay.

Should I take a 6 week class (one evening a week), watch videos, read books or all of the above?

I would love to hear your thoughts. What worked for you, what didn't? What would you do differently in hindsight?

I am hoping to learn from your trials, errors and successes if you wouldn't mind taking a minute to share.

This seems to be something I am feeling strongly about learning and since I enjoy crafting and
making jewelry, it makes sense. What do you think? THANKS SO MUCH!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Peace, Love & Bead Bloggers!

I hope everyone has been enjoying a nice holiday weekend!

It's time to visit some of our fellow bead-bloggers to see what they've been up to. Here we go...

Art Bead Scene Let's Rewind and ask ourselves, do your customers see your work as you do?

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Even though he didn't physically go to the BeadFest show, Andrew still managed to score some amazing finds! Check out his loot from the show.

Beading Arts Cyndi is helping her readers show off the best thing they made this summer!

Carmi's Art/Life World A stationary set found in storage results in a new necklace for Carmi.

Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva It's the end of the summer and Cindy's taking it easy this week. Her "Meandering" earrings express that end of summer relaxed attitude.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Melanie shows off some new sparkly supplies from her friends at Auntie's Beads

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! It is so hard for Jean to believe it is September! She is cheered and honored by being Artbeads' "Spotlight Designer" on Facebook! Read about it on her blog! Jewelry Making Take a quick poll and comment about your crafting and weekend plans.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Polymer Clay Upclose & Personal

I had a great Saturday and it's just getting better! We are heading for the drive-in so I'm thinking I better make this quick!

Earlier today I met a wonderful artist and author, Debbie Jackson. She is a fellow North Light Books author and lives right here in my city. Her book is entitled, Polymer Clay Jewelry. (I am now a proud owner of a copy too and can't wait to begin learning!)

I had no idea until yesterday when I did a search in order to find a local polymer clay class. Her name came up and I sent her an email. We met today at the "Studios on High" gallery where she shows/sells her fabulous work and book.

Again, I have to say, what a great day!

She is such a nice person and fun to talk to! Her energy is contagious! Her work is so beautiful and makes me want to learn!

Here is her book cover and her blog, Debbie's Adornments, if you are interested in dropping by to meet her too.

Have a great evening!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Featured Designer: Nicole Campanella

Yay, Friday!

This week's featured designer is probably someone you already know or have visited at one time or another.

Nicole's blog is entitled, "Beadwright" and she describes herself as "owner, designer, author, artist".

If you get a chance to pop over to her etsy site, she has beads, beading kits and her instructional books available!

I happened to drop by her blog earlier in the week and loved her August 30th post.

She made this necklace with chain hanging from a woven piece in white and she described it as "elegant punk", I not only love the necklace, but love that description and completely agree!

Nicole mentioned that she couldn't get up from where she was sitting after making the necklace so she decided to make the bracelet above too.

Now, to me, this is not something you just sit there and throw together in a few minutes... Gorgeous!

I'm so glad Nicole agreed to allow me to post her photos and links here, THANKS NICOLE! It's great to be able to share the work of others that I admire.

I hope you all get a chance to get crafty this weekend. By the way, here are all the links to Nicole's various sites.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Possible Peyote Project

I so enjoy looking at the tubes of 6/0 e-beads at the craft store. It always makes me want to get out the needle and thread and start on a simple peyote cuff....

Maybe that is what I will make this weekend, it has been a while, but is always very fulfilling when done.

I'm thinking this tube of metallic gold e-beads will make a great cuff that you can wear every day.

I might be able to get 5 rows out of this tube and think the metallic gold will be so eye-catching! I'll keep you posted!

I'm so excited to have a 4 day weekend, I just have to be careful not to think I'm going to accomplish so many things that I get overwhelmed.

There will definitely be a trip to the library involved AND some beading! I hope you are all so fortunate to get a few days off too!

And now on to another exciting subject......I just learned today from Happy Mango Beads they are sponsoring a fun new contest to enter....the prize? $100 in beads!

It's a TRASH TO TREASURE cool! Click HERE for details.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rings Galore

I am so excited to start gluing things to these ring forms!

I have lots of great buttons and miscellaneous cool objects that would be PERFECT as rings!

I've tried different glues before, but have never been 100% satisfied with them.
I would love to hear from anyone out there who has successfully glued things to ring forms like this.

I found this package on my Joann etc. trip, but am not sure why Plaid calls it "Holiday Glitz". I do, however, LOVE the name "Holiday Glitz"!

I can't wait to glitz these up and bling them up and sparkle and maybe even weird them up! :)

Hope you are having a great week!
Tomorrow is my Friday since I've decided to make it a 4 day holiday weekend, YAY!!
I can't wait, I'm going to spend some time BEADING!!!