Archive for the ‘Works in Progress’ Category

So life here is busy. Running three businesses tends to keep me on my toes.  Sadly that means I don’t get to update this blog as much as I like.  It’s in the back of my mind, but there is always something that must come first.

Well, enough of that.  I have so much to tell you about what I’ve been doing!

Firstly, I am crafting like mad.  Much of it isn’t jewelry but costuming for the live action role play I am a part of.  If there is interested I might post pictures of the sewing I’ve been doing.  Sewing takes more time than it should because I’m not really very good at it, so I spend much of my crafting time fixing the errors I’ve made.  Eventually I should be able to cut down on the mistakes, but I’m still waiting on that part!  I know all you lovely people come here to see sparklies so I’ll share what I’ve been doing on the jewelry side first.

I have multiple sets of earrings I have put together.  Earrings are quick and easy and always make me feel like I’m all dolled up.  On those days when I am feeling like a mess and a half I toss on some eyeliner and a pair of wild earrings and I actually feel pretty.  Feeling good about yourself is half of what makes the day go well!

From left to right: These gold chain earrings are made from a necklace I found at a goodwill.  I had enough of the necklace to refashion it into a matching necklace.  I made them for one of my characters that misses the sunshine of her home.  The gold was perfect for her.  The silver axes are for another of my characters.  Her name is Alice Cooper and she takes after her namesake fairly heavily.  These earrings are so metal they were perfect for her.  The third pair is a pair I made because I love the look of them.  The last pair was a beautiful find.  I found the drops at a local craft store and fell in love.  Gold and black with iridescent sparkles.  So yummie!

Secondly I’ve been working on a steampunk/dieselpunk themed section of jewelry.  I bought these cogs and gears in a bundle and have no supplier to replace them, so all of these are limited edition unless I can find a regular supplier.  They are put together with a strong adhesive so there shouldn’t be any issue of them falling apart in the heat like there would be if I had used hot glue, but seeing as how they are metal they WILL get hot if exposed to direct sunlight.  Talking from experience here.

I love the steampunk genre, even as it’s picking up in popularity.  I’ve had my eye on the scene for years now, watching the creativity that comes out of it.  I figured it was about time I dip my toes into the style and express my beauty.  These pieces were prototypes of pieces for a more military look but I think they would work for any engineer or tinker that wanted some flair to spice up their costume.  Of course, I am perfectly happy to wear these things on a daily basis.  They are just so much fun!

There will be more of these coming as I still have quite a few gears to play with. Bwahahaha!

I am planning on making these pins and necklaces, and I have a few ideas for bracelets too.  I found a pin back that can turn into a necklace so I might just grab a few of those to give folks options if they want to switch between pin and necklace.  I admit I loved the winged one so much I expanded on the idea to make something much more ornate that kept the wings.

How much fun is that?  The more I play with these gears the more ornate they get, which really shouldn’t be a surprise given how I love my little details.

As always, if you see something you like, I take commissions.  I’ve not been able to take decent pictures to get all of these up on the store, but rest assured, I have plans to get them there soon!  I have earrings and some new bracelets and necklaces that need to go up soon as well.  I will be setting aside time to do all of this later this week, so hopefully things will get updated very soon.  Thanks for your patience and I can’t wait to see what you think about all the new pieces!

Needless to say life has been keeping me busy and I love it!  I am at my most creative when my life is filled with things to do, I just have to makes sure I take the time to actually create and not let that aspect of my life fall to the wayside in favor of all the other things that I need to get done in all the other areas of my life.

Life is short, make stuff!

I have been working on a rather large project for the past few weeks and haven’t been able to give as much time to my beads as I would like to.  I really need to make sure to set aside time each week to work on creating and designing jewelry, it really relaxes me and boy, oh boy, can I use some relaxation now.  Jewelry creation has been a passion of mine for years, and it keeps getting interrupted by all the other things I need to do in life!  Luckily, I am blessed by a supportive husband who loves me and wants to see me succeed, so that helps.  He helps me overcome my anxiety and frustration and for that I can’t thank him enough.

Even with life exploding all over my creative time, I have been able to create a new piece for stock and wanted to share them with you lovely folks.  In the next few days I am hoping to have this bracelet and all the other new pieces in the store so folks can purchase them if they like them.

The first piece is a lovely bracelet that would be perfect for someone with slightly smaller wrists.  I can fit it on my wrists but it’s a wee bit tight.  Swarovski crystal makes this bracelet sparkle!  It was created by me, the pattern is by Ellad2.

 

I have a bracelet on the workbench now too!  I should have it finished in the next few days.  Here is a sneak peek.  I’m working it in purples as that is my second favorite color!

 

I have so many ideas for my own patterns, and I am thinking of uploading a few of my own patterns for download here on the blog, what do you think?  Would you like some simple patterns to download?  I have a few I made for several classes I taught last year.  Might be fun to see what you guys can make out of them!

Last but not least, something totally not bead related!

For years I have wanted to add a bit of color to my hair.  I used to dye it bright red.  But I’m already a bit red in the face so it wasn’t exactly flattering.  I wanted something that would take the rosy cheeks and tone them down a bit.  So I found a lovely hair stylist and she gave me a few streaks of blue!  It’s such a great color of blue too, I absolutely love it.  She also added a lighter patch in front, where all my grey is because I love the stripe of white!  If it wasn’t such a pain to grow out I would leave that part natural and wear it with pride!  Since I have no patience to let the color grow out, I figured this was the next best thing.

Take a look!

We just got back from a weekend camping with friends.  I had a blast and even got some beading done!

It was a great time and I am not nearly as tired as I thought I would be.  Granted I finally slept a full 8 hours last night, but I was certain that wasn’t going to be enough to make up for the shear exhaustion I felt heading to bed!

It was!

I wasn’t sure how much time I was going to have to bead this weekend so I took along one of the kits I got from the Bead Studio.  The Channel Set Crystal Bracelet is a super cute bracelet!  I got the pretty metallic teal one and I love it!  It works up very quickly.  I only had a few minutes to work on it this weekend and got it nearly complete!

Next week we move, so I am having to pack my beads away.  I will move them myself, even though we are hiring someone else to move all the rest of our stuff.  They are too important and I am a control freak when it comes to my beads!

Once things have settled down and I’ve got my work space settled expect more pretty things!

Life has been crazy here!  Between settling into a new job, getting ready for the wedding and getting ready to move life has been busy, busy, busy!  Still,  I am still finding time to make beautiful things! I need to take pictures of all my earrings for sale but the storms recently have kept the sun out of sight which makes for very dark and uninspired pictures.  Hopefully in the next few days I’ll be able to get some good photos and upload them to the webpage.

Until then, here is a teaser of what is coming!  I loved making these guys.  Fun, lightweight and super sparkly!

As of today I’ve got all my current stock of bracelets and necklaces up but for four. I should be taking those photos soon.

Bracelets still to be posted:

Diamond Tila Bracelet in Black and White (yeah, hard to photograph a black and white bracelet…who knew?) Twinix Bracelet in Blues and Bronze Super Simple Bracelet in Turquoise Kyra Bracelet in Bronze and Blues

Apparently I’ve got a thing for bronze recently. *chuckles*

I also need to finish up the Zonnetje pendant and take photos of that one. But here is a sneak peek of the work in progress.

 

It’s a beautiful pattern by EllaD2, the colors remind me of the ocean.  I’ll be adding a chain and a few hand-stitched beads to finish it off.

I’m finishing up the Morning Glory pendant this afternoon if all goes well.

I still have to take photos of the earrings and post those, I need to find the best way to photograph them, but the sun isn’t out today so it will have to wait until she returns.

I have so many ideas to take to the workbench, this is just the start!  I’m looking at a line of phone covers as well, as I have found a lovely set of cross stitch phone covers that would work fantastically with beads!

I need to check to see if the local store got any of the Green Iris Superduos yet so I can finish the first Kyra Bracelet I started.  THAT one is a beauty!

So much to do!