Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Autumn Creating with Artbeads

I recently received my order from Artbeads.  I'm so excited! WOOT! :D  From the components above, I'll be creating a vintage style Autumn necklace & earring ensemble.
One of the things I love about is that you can always find the perfect element for your project. They have a mass selection of pendants.  This stunning antique brass pendant caught my eye right away!  She is called the "Flower Maiden," and to me, she looks as if she is celebrating nature, which is what I want to reflect in my jewelry set.  The arbor frame is embellished with leafy stems surrounding the maiden while she dances on top of a lotus flower with a flowing scarf in her right hand.  I love everything about it....the flowing curvy shape, the vintage look, and the gorgeous antique brass finish!

This is a very pretty Antique Brass Alter Link.  The beautiful golden-brass finish on it is amazing!  With its' flower & leaf embellishments, it's going to fit perfectly in my necklace design! 
These lovely Antique Brass Branch & Leaves Links are just that....absolutely lovely!  The intricate details really make the leaves stand out.  They will connect to Antique Brass 1+1 Infinity Link Chain.  I've worked with this chain before, and it's one of my favorites. It's sturdy and you can do a lot with it.  Check out more of Artbeads chains in their Wire & Chain Section.  Artbeads has lots of jewelry links too, and in all shapes, colors & sizes to choose from.  It's so nice to find exactly what you want for a project.  I love that! :)
These beauties are Antique Brass Filigree Bell Flowers.  Aren't they pretty!?  They are part of Artbeads Steampunk Collection.  The teardrop shape is just what I was looking for, along with the vintage flair I want.  Plus, the design possibilities with these are endless!

And last, but not least, I chose these gorgeous "Indian Pink" and "Silk" faceted round and faceted roundelle Swarovski Crystal beads.  It took me a while to decide on these two colors, because I can look at Artbeads Swarovski Crystal Elements all day long!  They have so many beautiful colors and styles of crystals to choose from.  In my dreams, I have at least one...or two of each color and of each shape!  lol!  But for least until I win the lotto, "wink",  I'm very happy and in awe over the colors I chose!  The Indian Pink is so vibrant, and the Silk is a magnificent color!  Designing with these two colors is a first for me, and I'm very satisfied with how beautifully they pair together, especially with the Antique Brass.  Each crystal color compliments the other.  I love the cut of the facets on both styles of the crystals too.  Each one catches the light from all directions giving off a stunning sparkly light show!  I'll be closing my necklace with an Antique Brass Hook & Eye Clasp.  When choosing the clasp, I didn't want to take away from the front focal of the necklace, but at the same time, I wanted something stylish that would blend well with my design.  I love the wide variety of clasps that Artbeads offers!  I can't wait to get started on my jewelry set!  In fact, I think I'll start on it right now.  Stay tuned!  :-))

"Thanks for reading & Happy Creating!"

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Lil Giveaway Reminder

Hello and Happy Wednesday! 
My Review/Earrings Giveaway is still going on. 
271 entries so far! 

The earrings are designed with gorgeous champagne crystals accented with vermeil daisies & brass bead caps and topped with round turquoise gemstones suspended from a brass wire scroll design. For your chance to win these beauties, 
Only 3 days left!
~Ends Saturday, September 18th~ 

"Thanks to everyone who has entered so far!"

Monday, September 6, 2010

Good friends

 "Friends are kisses blown to us by angels"

I had a friend do something so nice for me today, and it got me thinking.....where would we be without friends? Friends enter our lives...they can stay for a short while or for a lifetime. Each one plays a part in your path of life. They respect you, love you, laugh with you, cry with you, comfort you, party with you, go through the motions with you, tell you the truth about that dress making you look fat, share with you, listen to you, praise you, give you strength, remind you that you can do anything, be there for you in good & bad times, and support you. Friends are like family and for some of us, friends are our family! I don't know where I would be without the friends I have today. And the same goes for friends in the past that have come and gone. Each one has played an important role in my life. I cherish all my friends, past & present. They mean the world to me!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Review & Giveaway

Hey everyone! Long post. Sorry I've been neglecting my blogging. I've been super busy, but it's a very good kind of busy! I've been having the best days and making lots of new jewelry and other creations. Things are going great for me, and I hope they are for you too. Now...about my review. Brandy, a super sweet gal I met recently, gave me the wonderful opportunity to be featured on her blog, "Giveaway Blogdom." 

I'm SO excited! I'm even more excited to be giving away a pair of earrings too! The giveaway ends on Saturday, Sept. 18th, so you have plenty of time to enter. Just head over to Giveaway Blogdom for all the details. Many many thanks to Brandy! 

 "Have a great holiday weekend!"