Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Giveaway Winner

Wow, what a great turn out for my giveaway! This was my first giveaway this year, and I had a blast reading all of your great comments. For all of you that followed me on Twitter, I'll be following you right back. Many Many "Thanks!" to ALL that entered! 


And now....the winner of the Summer Jewelry Set Giveaway is......Jessica, with her comment, "I will rock this set!" 

Congratulations Jessica!!! Be sure to check your email. 

My giveaway was ran by Punchtab.com using their random option to pick the winner.

Thanks to my good friend, Crystal at Bead Happily Ever After, for the donation of her lovely vintage beads. I had so much fun creating with them! You are the best!!!

Watch my blog for my 2nd giveaway. That's right, I'm going to do it again! lol I'm thinking it will be geared for the upcoming holidays. ;) Have a blessed day and thanks again for making my giveaway a great success!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer Jewelry Set Giveaway

Can you believe August is here!? It's been a fun month for me so far, and it's only the 5th! lol My birthday was on the 2nd and my Mother's is today, the 5th. "Happy Birthday Mom! We had a special family/birthday celebration yesterday...bbq, cake, lots of laughter...an all around good time!

Now, moving on to also something very good....my giveaway. I teamed up with my sweet friend, Crystal @ BeadHappilyEverAfter and created a fun jewelry set with her lovely vintage beads. You can check it out by reading my "A Gift" post. To extend Crystal's generosity, I decided to pay it forward and give away this beautiful jewelry set I made.
The earrings are fun and perfect for Summer! The colors are vibrant!...white, aqua-turquoise and fuchsia raspberry-pink. And...they tickle your shoulders too! :) Very light-weight and lots of dangle!
The matching anklet includes some of the same beads, along with a few Swarovski pink crystals too. 

((I really enjoyed making these pieces! Many thanks to Crystal for the inspiration! ))

To enter for your chance to win, just follow the widget below. Ends next Monday - August 12th at midnight (PMT.) I will announce the lucky winner on my blog the following day, Tuesday - August 13th.


((Giveaway is For US and Canada and Must be 18+ To Enter))

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Gift

I have a very good friend....actually she's more like a kindred spirit. Her name is Crystal, and she's a blessing to me. We've got this esp kind of thing between us. When I'm thinking about how she's doing and I plan on contacting her, I get an email from her that same day asking how I'm doing! It's one of those friendships that maybe happens once in a lifetime, ya know. I'm very lucky to have her in my life. Crystal contacted me a few weeks ago, offering me a gift to design a jewelry piece and feature it on her wonderful and witty blog. Of course I wouldn't dream of saying no! For one, I love making jewelry and for two, making jewelry with her beautiful beads is like winning a prize!
So...about a week later, I received this package full of colorful pretties from Crystal's etsy shop, BeadHappilyEverAfter. Crystal...being the super sweet generous friend that she is, included some gorgeous extras for me too. Yep, made me feel special. :D

These very pretty pear shaped teardrops are a beautiful aqua turquoise color and will play a big part in my designs. They are vintage Moonglow Lucite, and the shine on them is amazing!

These little bright white ovals are going to add just the right touch to my creations.

And last but not least, these stunning beauties are my favorite! They are a whopping 22 x 18mm! They're fuchsia raspberry pink (Stunning!) and will play center stage in my upcoming jewelry piece.
As you already know...I'm creating jewelry with these vintage beads that will be featured on Crystal's blog, but...the finished pieces are also going to be the stars of a Summer Giveaway! Since Crystal was so gracious to give me these beautiful gifts, I'm going to pay it forward with a giveaway. So please stay tuned to both of our blogs and enter for your chance to win. It's going to be a blast!!! :)

••• Many Thanks to my sweet friend Crystal. Her generous gifts are much more than the gorgeous beads..."wink-wink"

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My beautiful Mother...when she was younger. She's still just as beautiful!
Off to spend the afternoon with my Mom, my sister and my son & fiancĂ© & kiddos. It's a wonderful day! Hope all the Mothers out there enjoy your special day!

Friday, May 3, 2013

My Petal Boxes

Last year I was struggling with the kind of packaging I wanted to do in regard to my etsy orders. I love "handmade" and making some kind of box for my handmade jewelry to arrive in was a big deal to me. I wanted my customers to feel the whole "handmade" experience, so I was stoked to find some very pretty petal box templates from forchicsake.com!
Here are a few samples of my own petal boxes made with scrapbooking paper. They're the perfect size for jewelry, and they're great for gift giving too! I top them off by wrapping with colored twine and a pretty tag.
Making your own petal boxes is so easy! And...you can coordinate the designs for the holidays, weddings, birthdays or whatever you want. If you don't want to make your own, I'll be listing petal box sets in my etsy shop very soon.

"Happy May!"

Friday, April 12, 2013

We found out yesterday, and I'm shouting it from the roof-tops!
Your eyes might be green..
Your eyes might be blue..
My imagination runs wild..
With images of you.
Your hands and your feet..
How small they will be..
When you're placed in my arms..
Oh what a happy Grandma I'll be!
"I'm going to have a Grandson!!!"

Monday, April 1, 2013

My sister...my best friend

My sister and I spend a lot of time together. When we're not together, we talk on the phone everyday. We tell secrets that only sisters can share knowing they will stay just between us. We share our dreams, our losses, our successes and our wishes and wants for one another. We even have girl's nights with our Mother. That's always a blast! We laugh, we cry, then we laugh again....but mostly we're very blessed to have each other. Besides my Mother, I only know of one other woman I can count on for anything...and that's my beautiful sister. I thank God for her everyday.
My sister is a Leap Year baby, but celebrated her birthday this year on March 1st. I made her a beautiful turquoise cabochon ring, and she's yet to take it off! LOL That makes me happy! :D She's been making polymer clay beads and working with leather, and she gave me this very pretty bracelet....just because.

 Purple and green...my favorite colors!
Yep, it's good....No, it's GREAT to have a sister!!! :-D

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I'm back!

It's been a very trying time for my family lately. It.still is, but I'm back home....at least for a little while. I would love to share everything that's happened in the past month, but there are certain individuals that look/stalk my blog. It's really a shame too. It leaves me scratching my head wondering why they would want to know what I'm up to when they have clearly moved on with their "new" family. Oh well, what's a person to do...

Anyway, I came home to find out that I was the lucky winner of this awesome jewelry book from AllFreeJewelryMaking.com. YaY!!! :D
"New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry"
I can't believe how fast it arrived in my mailbox! I absolutely love it!
It's so great to have won this book! The timing is perfect too, because I've been trying my hand at making wire rings. My first ring turned out really good, so I kept it for myself. I've got some great comments on it too. My Mom and sister are anxiously waiting for me to make one...or two for them. lol
 Here's a pair of earrings. I love how unique they are!
 Another pair of earrings. SO cute and dangly too!
This necklace is gorgeous! The photos are amazing, and the steps are very easy to follow.
A shot of the back of the book.
You can read more about this awesome book here. The author is Margot Potter. Check out her website for all of her fabulous books and products. If you're looking for jewelry inspiration, free ebooks, giveaways, and other DIY ideas, go to AllFreeJewelryMaking.com.

"Have a beautiful day and thanks for reading."

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sharing & Supporting Handmade

A few of my jewelry pieces are featured among some beautiful handcrafted items on etsy right now, and I feel like sharing. If something catches your eye, just click on the photo collages and/or the titles of the collections to learn more. Enjoy!
Curated by: Flowerchild Designs on etsy.
Curated by: Unique Visions by Jen on etsy.
Curated by: Overlook on etsy.
My heartfelt thanks to these talented etsy shop owners for taking the time to make these gorgeous collections and for including my jewelry. :)
~Get One Of A Kind Items by Supporting Handmade~

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Valentines Day Jewelry

Valentine's Day is coming and I've been making these fun necklaces. The pendants are collage images sealed with glass domes. I started working with glass tiles/domes last year. It's really fun....and very addicting! ;)
psst...I decided to keep the necklace on the end (far right side.) It spoke to me..well actually, it sang to me (lol) because I love music! :D
You can use collage images, a picture from a magazine or even a photo. I used scrapbooking paper for the necklace I decided to keep.
I'll be listing these necklaces to my etsy shop this week, along with some new bracelets too.
I forgot I bought these heart chandeliers sometime last year. I don't know why it took me so long to make earrings with them! They adorn beautiful blue opal swarovski crystals. If you want to see more pictures of them, just click on the photo.
Thanks for taking a peek at my blog.
Have a wonderful day!