Thursday, December 27, 2012

Artisan Whimsy has a tutorial for upcycling Christmas Lights

Great tutorial on upcycling Christmas lights as earrings over at Artisan Whimsy posted by Carolyn Collin. Go take a look - these would make lovely gifts at anytime of the year.  Thank you Carolyn for the clear directions and great pictures.

Leave a link if you make any of your own - Thanks!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ways you can help

Copper Diem just posted some wonderfully helpful information about donating handmade jewelry. Here is a link to here article:  If you have a spot of time, look through her past posts for more ideas and info about spreading the love around.


- Elaine

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2

Heather Rats sent me this lovely wind chime.  As you can see, it is centered around her handmade tree of life – perfect for this time of year when I am reminded of how much I have to be grateful for in my life.  We are busy getting ready to travel 1100 miles to see family members in Illinois, working round many work and school schedules.  At times, all this planning can seem overwhelming and a bit irritating, but then in the distance I hear the Tree of Life’s chime.  That graceful sound directs my spirit to put my brain back into the right place and all is well again.  I have no idea how Heather choose such a perfect gift for me, but she did.  Thank You Heather!  

Notice how the sun shines through the stone - beautiful!

You can see more of Heather’s creations here in her web site.  After you tour around Heather’s beautiful place, settle in for a bit and go on a gift exchange tour.

Thanks for stopping by - Elaine

PS - Guess who didn't read the instructions very closely.  As it turns out, I was supposed to post a picture of  the gift I created for Heather - opps!  Anyway, here is my update and picture.  The tray is made with a buff clay and greenish glaze.  "May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near, and all your heart desires."  This was the first item I have made in years other than beads and pendants.  It was a joy to make and a prompt for me to make more.  Thanks again for stopping by.

Shirley Moore
Lori Bowring Michaud
Catherine King
Dyanne Cantrell
Sonya Stille
Elaine Ray
Gina Hockett
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Debbie Rasmussen
Renetha Stanziano
Ginger Bishop
Miranda Ackerley
Sandra McGriff
Tammie Everly
Alicia Marinache
Melinda Abrahamson
Rita/ Toltec Jewels
Chandra Merod
Mary Govaars
Kelley Fogel
Tiffany Goff Smith
Heather Rats Otto
Anitra Gordy 
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Art Bead Love Tour

The Art Bead Love Tour is moving along again.  It is currently leaving the hands of Mimi Gardner of baubles, beads and other curiosities.   I'm always excited to see this chain and love seeing what people choose to keep for themselves and what they choose to add to the chain.  This time Mimi choose to keep a bezel pendant and bead I made.  (#4 and #8 below).  Woot!

If you'd like a chance to be part of the tour, click here for all the info:  Art Bead Love Tour - baubles, beads and other curiosities.  Read the instructions carefully and good luck!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Snowflake bezel ornament restock

I did a quick snowflake bezel ornament restock to squeeze in before Christmas.  A few new colors this time.  My favorite is the blue glaze on the dark clay.  I'm really, really hoping to see some pictures from people once they have filled the bezel part.  Enjoy!