Tuesday, December 17, 2013
On another note it is a week until Christmas and I have not thought up a thing to get hubby other than new tires for his Jeep. And new tires is like buying a new stove or something. Oh well we did get a great new present this summer when we got the motor home. I hope everyone is having a great Holiday season and are planning lots of fun times with family.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Speaking of Etsy don't forget my sale runs through the weekend. The coupon code is good from now until Sunday at midnight. The coupon code BUYHANDMADE will get you a 20% discount on your order from my Etsy store. If you have never used a coupon code on Etsy before you might want to review Etsy's help page on this https://www.etsy.com/help/article/350?ref=help_search_result
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I know everyone is trying to get ready for Thanksgiving but I wanted to give everyone a heads up about my SALE.
I was just going to run a one day buy handmade sale on Black Friday but due to my son having a route canal yesterday I have decided to run it for the entire holiday weekend. So the coupon code is good from now until Sunday at midnight. The coupon code BUYHANDMADE will get you a 20% discount on your order from my Etsy store. If you have never used a coupon code on Etsy before you might want to review Etsy's help page on this https://www.etsy.com/help/article/350?ref=help_search_result
Monday, November 18, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Cities Bead Bazaar was pushed back into November this year. If you are in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area this weekend you should check out the show. It is held in Hopkins and the building is very easy to get to from the expressway.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Everyone thinks of different things when they think of fall this is just a few of my ideas.
The October Fest 2013 blog hop is sponsored by Toltec Jewels the list of participants is below. So go have some fun seeing what brings out the fall in everyone.
Andrea Glick-Zenith http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Karla Morgan http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Mischelle Andrade http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Christie Murrow www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jodie Marshall http://marshalljodie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Trank http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dini Bruinsma http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Elsie Deliz Fonseca http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Vera Lynn http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/
Rana Wilson http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Janice Hidey (Janimar) http://drawingthelinesomewhere.com/
Cory Tompkins http://TealwaterDesigns.blogspot.com
Candida Castleberry www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Cynthia Kent Machata http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca
Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Jennifer Reno (JenRen) http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti www.tjewellicious.blogspot.com
Judy Turner www.silver-rains.blogspot.com
Nelly May www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
Tanya McGuire http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Asri Wahyuningsih http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Toltec Jewels (Rita, your hostess) www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Thursday, October 24, 2013
...............for the Des Moines Bead Bazaars second year. The show is held at the State Fair Grounds in the Walnut Center Building. The hours are 10-5 on Saturday October 26th and 10-4 on Sunday October 27. Papio Creek Gems and Gifts are the promoters of the show and you can find more info on their website. The fairgrounds has an interactive map if you are not sure where the Walnut Center is check it out. It just so happens that Sunday the 27th is Jeff and my 29th wedding anniversary, so come and say hello.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
.........for the Lincoln Bead Bazaar this weekend. The Bazaar will be held on Saturday October 12, at the 27th Street Conference Center. The hours are 9-4 and the show is put on by the Nebraska Bead Society. There is lots of parking and while I didn't get to go last year I have been told it is a great space for the show. You can check the Bead Society's Blog or you can holler at me if you have any questions. Do come out and see me if you are around Lincoln.
Monday, October 07, 2013
So often, when we have a disc or flower lampwork bead we want them to hang where they face the front. This tutorial is just a little trick to make them hang better and stay facing front and not flipping.
If you wish to use the dab of glue (E6000) that I like to use, it is placed just behind the back daisy spacer. You want to use just a tiny amount and let it dry before going on.
Once the glue has set, you take your round nose pliers and grip the headpin about 3/8 of and inch above the back of the daisy spacer. I don't really measure this any more because I use the width of my fingernail. You will want to make sure that the measurement is very close to the same if you are making earrings.
You want to bend the head pin at a right angle.
You are then going to make a loop.
And wrap that loop.
What you now have is a wrapped loop that is about 3/8 of an inch above the back of your bead. I know this sounds like a simple thing but it is important that your loop is made and the excess wire has been clipped before going on.
The next step is to bend the wire right at the daisy spacer making a right angle. Or making the wire now parallel to the disc bead. *** The biggest tip about this whole process is to make the loop and then bend the wire. If you try to bend the wire first you can not get the wire wrapped around itself because you run into the bead. ***
You are now ready to add ear wires if you are making earrings.
If you want to make a pendant you will want to add a large ring into the the loop before you finish wrapping it.
There you have it disc or flower beads used for earrings and pendants.