Thursday, May 28, 2009

I WON - I WON!!!!!!!

The best news this morning was that I had won the "Water" Enchanted Adornments Giveaway from Cynthia Thornton of Green Girl Studios. Above is a photo - I am so excited.

So here's the deal - for every new 100 fans of Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed Media Jewelry from Metal, Clay, Wire, Resin & More by Cynthia Thornton, a new giveaway will be announced! What I suggest is to become a Facebook Fan of Enchanted Adornments and leave a comment in the photo giveaway - couldn't be easier right. Cynthia Thornton's new book will be coming out in November but the good news is that you can pre-order it TODAY. The Facebook Fan page has a lot more info on the book, some sneak peeks, and the giveaways - so what are you waiting for!!!

I will be sure to post photos of the fab jewelry I make with my prize - woooo hoooo.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Teke Bracelet

This is a bracelet I made for my cousin Terri - she is a Lakers fan and this one is in Lakers colors - purple and gold. It is a Russian spiral using size 6 and size 11 seed beads.

Monday, May 25, 2009

My First Craft Show of the Season

So I do a craft show this weekend – I had high hopes. A woman sets up next to me selling jewelry too – but very different from mine – she is spread out all over the place – I have hardly any room to even get behind my display.

The day starts and she is like a spider – she pounces on anyone that comes into her display – with her spiel – I am giving a 10% discount just for the morning, this is my signature piece, you won’t see any other jewelry like this at the show, etc. If someone looks at something she jumps up and puts the piece on them, offers a mirror and proceeds to tell them how stunning it looks on them and how it is her “favorite piece”. She is the pushiest person I have EVER seen.

In the afternoon her spiel has changed to giving a 10% discount as her stimulus package. People are not even stopping to look at my stuff because they think it is an extension of her display and they are trying to get away from her. Anyone that was in her space and looked at a piece of jewelry and didn’t buy, she chases them over to my display telling them they will kick themselves if they leave without the necklace/bracelet – this is in my space now.

The best part of this story (there is really not a best part) is she did not even make this jewelry – it is imported junk that she is selling and people are buying it like crazy. She is saying it is one of a kind and when people leave with a piece she pops another just like it in its place. It is cheap and she is relentless. By the afternoon all the other vendors in our area were disgusted with her and they were not selling jewelry, so it was not just me. At the end of the day she comes over to me and says “well it could have been a better day”. I know she made a LOT of sales while I was selling nothing I watched her ringing up the sales. I could have killed her.

I was so upset after the show I wanted to throw my jewelry into the lake and never think about making anything again. I am trying to analyze this situation. Am I jealous she sold and I didn’t – I did sell a few pieces but did so much better there last year? Is it me – I tend to stand back, let people look and ask questions if they want to – I figure if someone wants to buy they do – I will admit I am not a good sales person. I hate it when I am pressured – I just don’t know and am very confused at this point – what could I have done differently?? I know it was not the price because a lot that she sold was priced way higher than my beadwoven handmade pieces.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nancy's July 4th Bracelet

This is a bracelet for my cousin Nancy - I found a picture of this on the internet and figured out the pattern and made a few changes - I don't know whose pattern this is and I would never sell a bracelet since I cannot give credit or get permission - this is a gift for 4th of July.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bead Giveaway - Lorelei's Blog

Stop by Lorelei's blog today for a chance to win some fab lampwork glass beads that were donated by Magda. Check out more of Magda's work here. Happy Birthday Lorelei!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Liberty - Freeform Peyote Cuff

A freeform peyote cuff called "Liberty" in various size seed beads in shades of red, white and blue. Each bead was sewn by hand and there are also some larger accent beads used as decoration on the top of the bracelet. There is a handmade bead and toggle closure. The actual bracelet measures 1 1/4 inches at its widest part by 6 1/2 inches plus the closure. This bracelet will fit a size 6 1/2 inch wrist.

Like I said, I bought a lot of red, white and blue beads. I am doing a craft show this weekend and I think all of my patriotic jewelry will be great for July 4th.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Beaded Fringed Flag Earrings

My cousin Nancy wanted me to make her a July 4th necklace so I bought a LOT of red, white and blue beads. I am doing a craft show next weekend and thought I would make up some flag/patriotic earrings. This is the first pair. The top portion is brick stitch with size 11 blue and white seed beads - the bottom fringe is size 11 red and white seed beads. Very festive!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Going Green

Well all this talk about going green has made me want to bead something with green beads. For some reason green is not my favorite color - I like it on a tree but not on me.

I went looking through my bead stash and decided to try and use up some of those left over beads so I picked out some different sizes in green, turquoise and yellow and just started to bead. I decided I would make a freeform cuff. I haven made much freeform jewelry lately so it was fun to get back to just beading with no plan.

My problem with freeform is that it usually looks lousy in the beginning - you have to work a pretty good amount before it starts taking shape and I tend to get discouraged and rip it out. So I plodded along hating it and all of a sudden it started looking better - now that it is finished I like it a lot - glad I didn't rip it out!

This cuff is called The Green Party and is 1 ¾ wide and 6 ½ inch long – it also has a handmade loop and toggle closure.