Friday, January 29, 2010

I am back!

Well I am not back to working at the torch just yet but I did take lots of photos this morning and am listing items on Etsy as the day goes on.
I even listed a kit and plan to list more of them this weekend.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Hi! I just realized this morning that there was no where on my blog that showed my email address. I have just fixed my profile to show it and am sorry if anyone was trying to ask me a question and could not get through to me.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Diane and Jack's bracelet.

My first finished customer kit. Yeah! This is the bracelet kit that my cousin and her husband in Michigan choose to make and look how pretty it turned out. Since they are neither one familiar with the process they really had to rely on my directions so I am really pleased. They tell me they have a new hobby.

By the way I am back from my surgery and all is good. I think though I am going to take it easy a couple more days and then get back to work. I am in the middle of a really good book and it is a really good excuse to lay around for another day or two.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Anouther sample.........

to show off the kits for shows. I wanted a more subdued color sample to go along with the bright one. I really like how earthy this one came out.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Yeah! I have some finished kits!

I have not gotten very much done today for some reason I have been piddling all day and just playing around with my kits. I pulled all the seed beads to match the lampwork and got all the little parts and pieces ready to go. This is a tray of all those parts and pieces ready to be put in their packages with the instructions.
This is a finished kit. I really like the cute little purse boxes I found to put them into. Makes them all neat and tidy and ready to sell. I ended up with 10 finished kits today and I want to get a few more color combos ready before my first show.
I really liked how well you can see the colors in each kit right through the front of the box.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

More on the Kit Front

Here we have baggies of beads. This is the lampwork for some of the kits. I have yet to pull the seed beads for these and there are more color combos in the kiln but things are getting done.
I also got the instructions done and have had my hubby read over them for the grammar errors and to make sure it made sense to him. He does not make jewelry but hangs out with me enough he understood what was going on. Then I had a cousin read them and she said she thought she could make it from what I had said so I guess I am good to go. Now for the packaging.

Friday, January 15, 2010

They are not real full,

but these two trays are looking pretty good. I have several other styles all filled up and have one tray still to work on with new styles. I really like how all the colors in these look and the photo was so hard to take and show them off.

I am still working on the kits seems I have more and more color ideas and would rather get the beads done than the packaging up of them. I did work on the directions some today. Writing directions is always a little bit hard because you have to write it as if you did not already know what you did. I try to write out the steps as I make up the sample so that I do not miss writing something down.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


After this batch I think that those two trays are about done may need some more work to really fill them but will have to sort these out and take a look.

My packaging for my kits came today so I will be really working on those for the next few days I am really excited.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kit Sample

I have been thinking about making some kind of kit with my beads for about a year now. I have had trouble coming up with ideas that would work well in a kit. Some were just to simple and some way to complicated or expensive. I finally decided to do the first one with this six strand bracelet. I made a couple of these last summer for the art shows and they were very popular, plus people bought beads to make them up themselves so there are now going to be kits. I am waiting on the packaging and some jump rings and lobster claws but there are some sets of beads in the kiln today to start out with. My plan is to make each one as individual and different as possible so there will be lots of color combinations.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Earth Tones

Earth tone beads for my trays. Some day I might feel like the trays are full but I think that is a long way off. My first show for the year is next month and I want lots of new beads in those trays. Of course as I make new beads I want to make new jewelry and keep stealing the beads from the trays for the jewelry. Does not help me get the trays full.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Happy New Year !!!

Something fun to look at in the new year. All pink and purple and made last week before we left for Omaha.

We had a great visit with the kid and did a bunch of shopping even though it was cold as heck. They sure have lots of snow down there and not much place to put any more but they are supposed to get another huge storm sometime this week and it was snowing last night. We thankfully got out just in time and did not hit snow until we were about an hour and a half from home.