Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Earrings, earrings, earrings

I don't know about you, but I love my earring collection!
Recently I decided to try my hand at some beadwoven earrings.
I made some for myself (of course! :) ) and have some listed in my shop.
Right now, when you order any of my cuffs or necklaces, receive a FREE pair of matching beadwoven earrings!!

Green Hues Beadwoven Earrings

Dark Green Beadwoven Earrings

Blue and Silver Beadwoven Earrings

Purple and Silver Beadwoven Earrings

Yellow and White Beadwoven Ear rings

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Help soldiers and their family's this holiday season!

I just ran across something that I had to encourage you to participate in:
something they are calling MSS (Mission Soldier Support).
Makers of handcrafted cards from the Etsy Greetings team are participating in the charitable project to support the troops.
Here's how it works:
You find a shop that is participating and purchase cards. Then write "MSS or Mission Soldier Support" in the note at purchase. These cards will then be sent on to the soldiers blank so that they can write in them and send them to their families.
This promotion runs through November 7th.
To find shops that are participating search for MSS.

Here is a treasury to get you started :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I've been Tagged

Mary Lou of Time2cre8 has tagged me (you thought I was still running away, didn't you?).

So, here goes 7 facts:

1-I have lived in 7 states/provinces, and had 11 addresses in the last 7 years.
2-I once dyed my hair with large blue highlights.
3-I have always loved to bake, I used to get in trouble for using up ingredients my mother had plans for as a kid.
4-I'd rather be really hot than really cold, tough on me now eh??
5-I love poutine.
6-In the winter I love to sleep with mounds of blankets on top of me. My grandma used to tease me about this, including cutting out a cartoon about this and the princess and the pea.
7-My husband has turned me into a hockey fan.

(that was harder than I'd thought it be ;))
So, those were more random than strange, I'm not that strange of a person I guess.

I think this tagging has been passed around a good bit, so I'm going to be really boring and not tag anyone...

Monday, October 13, 2008

A tribute

So, I've had it on my mind and in my heart to dedicate a post to some amazing women in my life who have helped, inspired and encouraged me along my "beading way".
This being Thanksgiving here in Canada, I thought it appropriate to do so today!!

First of all thank you Mrs. K. You started this addiction of mine with a simple invitation to come and bead with you and your other beading friends. Thank you to your friend who taught me my first netting as well-I'm sorry that I do not remember your name! Mrs K, I loved those times of sitting and listening to your stories of world war two and your many other adventures. Without you I would never have started on this great adventure into beading that brings me so much joy each day. I am forever in your debt.

Christina of Good Quill Hunting:
You helped me with so many little details as I was figuring out my way into selling. You are not only an amazing woman and good friend, but such a constant inspiration. Your generious spirit and constant praise and encouragement is a priceless treasure!

: You are one of the most giving and gracious women I have ever "met". Your cheerful spirit in the midst of adversity is an inspiration, and your gracious and giving spirit brighten my days. You have kept at your passion until it bloomed into success which is such an inspiration to someone who is just starting off. Yet, you are so incredibly humble and ready to help anyone who needs it in big or little ways, including taking the time to tell me that you love one of my pieces (which is always a humbing thrill).

: You are always encouraging me in my work, giving out tips to those who need them, and infusing our team with energy and passion.
I feel like in you I have a kindred spirit. I can picture us over a cup of tea, talking of books we had red and life's adventures.
No matter what the topic, or if it's help or an opinion, you are there with a quick and helpful reply. You constanty encourage and praise my work, which always humbles and encourages me.

I feel like these words are not sufficiant or framed well enough, but I hope that my heart can be seen. I cannot tell each of you how much you are appreciated. You are all amazing ladies, and I hope to be as big of a blessing and encouragment to others as you have been to me! Thank you!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Animal Instinct

It's time for the Etsy Bead Weavers Monthly Challenge!!
The theme this month is "Animal Instict!
Be sure to stop by and vote between now and the 15th to vote for your favourite!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Beading Against Breast Cancer

A bit ago a member of our street team Clickscalearts proposed an idea to our street team , the etsy bead weavers: to participate in the beaders against breast cancer fundraiser.

For the past few years Jeanette Shanigan has been collecting squares from beaders who donated their time and talent, and then assembled them into quilts, which she then puts in shadow boxex and donates to the bead and button show to be auctioned off. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Every year there is a theme. This year's is "Bead artist's have a heart to take on breast cancer."
Previous themes have been a rose them and a butterfly theme.

Over 25 members of our team have decided to particpate in this.

You can read the article the Storque talks about us if you so desire, and in the bead and button blog.

Above is my contribution. It may sound funny to some who have woven in peyote for years , but this was actually a bit of a stretch for me. I have hardly touched the stitch, so I was very pleased with the outcome.