Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Few of my Favorite Things . . .

One thing I can't stand doing is putting away my holiday crafts! I love homemade items. But every year, I pack them away until the next time. Some of these items I made SO long ago, they could probably be considered vintage by now. Seriously.

The wooden reindeer were made by simply painting them all a solid brown and then splattering white paint on each one which makes each one unique from the others. A small hole drilled in the tops and twigs from the bushes outside, wahlah, reindeer! Complete with Rudolph with his nose so bright, guiding the sleigh. Some of the twigs have broken over the years but I refuse to go outside and get new ones. One or two deer were chewed by previous pets, but I don't care, I still love them. The trees were just as easy. Painted green with white spots and inserted in red bases. Easy!

Stitching has always been one of my favorite crafts and I especially like primitive stitching. The tree is made on perforated paper carefully cut down into 7 squares that fit snuggly into the blocks which have carved out centers. The blocks are painted a darker red and made to look antiqued. The Santa picture is also done on perforated paper and framed with a barn wood frame. Perforated paper is SO easy to work with, no hoop required, even holes for easy counting and keeping track of stitches. I highly recommend giving it a try!

Lastly but just as important to me are the stained glass pieces my hubby made! He does incredible work. Done the good old fashion way! Two Christmas fans in stands, done with red, white and green glass. A Santa moon that I hang in the window each year is one of my all time favorites! Then, there's two stained glass lamps that I do leave out all year round. Take special note of the maroon colored lamp made with special flaked glass! It's so beautiful. Also, I made the yo-yo runner it sits on. The blue and white lamp sits on a doily I purchased at a flea market and was handmade by someone, but not me! The Santa at the base was made by my Mother! It is knitted and bound to be a wonderful vintage item.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Day after


I hope everyone had a great holiday! It's such a busy time of the year and then I'm not sure what to do next when it's all over!

Ended up driving an hour both ways to return a present today. I would have rather stayed home, it was so busy! I don't like crowds. I can't wait to go out again and not have the crowds.

Now I have to get ready for a New Year's Day party at my house. I'd rather be busy doing paper beads! Soon, I'll be able to relist my map bracelets on Etsy and get started listing new items. I'm looking forward to it, but for another week, it will all have to wait.

Stay safe!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Stuff

I finally wrapped my gifts today! Finally! I used all metallic wrapping paper. I like that stuff. My friend, Jennie from made me special package tie-ons and they worked out great! Plus, I had my Christmas trees with stands to tie-on, too. Sorry my photos suck, but I really do like how they worked out.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


"Is this an Intervention? It's a little late, since I'm not using drugs anymore. I am, however, still hooked on phonics."
Dr. Gregory House

Saturday, December 20, 2008

S & H Green Stamp Earrings!

I love trying new things and these worked out great! Strips of genuine S & H green stamps, rolled, glued and heavily coated, then made into earrings! I coated these so much, they have the look and feel of porcelain! You can see more photos in my Etsy shop,
Speaking of selling. I've been accepted at HandmadeFuzion, which is a juried place to sell handmade items! Apparently, I was accepted back in Sept. but didn't know it! I was surprised this morning when I received an email asking if they could use me as a featured seller and to answer some questions. In my famous smarty attitude, I answered some of the questions seriously until I got to the question "where do you show your items?" and I answered "on Etsy, since you did not accept my application". LOLOL! Imagine my surprise when the owner of the site wrote back and said she has me in her database as a seller. So, I got busy selling!
Also, I signed up to sell on Artfire! I did this before I knew I was accepted to Fuzion, so now I have four shops. Whew. Four shops, two street teams, a blog and a Pez website. I better get organized!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sneak Preview - New Paper Beads for 2009

This is another new design I've been working on. Hourglass shaped beads with moving parts. I used a jump ring around the center of the bead and love how they worked out.
I used antique copper again, matched the jump ring to the bead caps and used a topaz glass cube. What do you think?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Black dots

Here are the black dot beads made for the EtsyBead Theme Week that is Little Black Dress. I think they are perfect for this theme! Check out my Etsy shop for details and sales!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New design paper beads

Made to look like little sundresses, these beads are smaller at the top and larger at the bottom. They will stand on their own if you want them to. These are suitable for bracelets, a necklace, earrings and other projects. Stay tuned, I will be adding another set of these in black tomorrow.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Puzzle piece earrings

I decided not to give up on my idea for puzzle piece earrings. I was able to find a cute little Winnie the Pooh kids puzzle at the local dollar store and gave it another try! I like them. I think I'll look for some small Mary Engelbreit puzzles, they are nice and colorful.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Paper Bead Bracelet

It seems such a long time since I blogged! I finally took some time to do something for myself today. I made a bracelet!! I love how it turned out.

Using two new bead designs that I'll be introducing to my shop next year, I used grey agate beads with antique copper bead caps along with my paper beads. The paper beads were made from wallpaper and are big and chunky! Plus, they have my favorite color in them, purple.

I finished off the bracelet with this wonderful box clasp with a large crystal. I am not really pleased with the clasp, I like how it looks, but it's a bit hard to get on because of a safety feature it has. As long as I take my time and show a little patience, I can get it on one handed. For that reason, I don't think I'll ever make a bracelet to sell with this clasp on it!

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Does anyone else think this is a strange fortune to get out of a fortune cookie? I kid you not. I kind of feel ripped off! LOL! Although it makes me think someone in that factory has a sense of humor!

Friday, December 5, 2008

More Map Bracelets

I had another order for two more custom map bracelets. These were done in antique copper and I love how they worked out and hope the customer likes them, too!
Again, I will be taking these out of my shop around Dec. 11 and not putting them back in until next year. I won't know what to do with myself and all the time I will have on my hands. I'm done making Christmas beads now and am starting with a few other beads so I have something to put in my shop after Christmas. And I'm working on a new idea, that I hope works out.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

More Christmas Tree Earrings

I made these for myself today, they are smaller than the other ones I usually make. I, also, made another pair of larger ones that I listed on Etsy tonight.

I like the green ones the best, they are dark green with bits of gold throughout them.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Paper Tree Beads

I received a convo from a fellow Etsian, friend and customer that purchased some of my Christmas tree beads! She sent a photo along to show me what she has done with them and I wanted to show everyone else what can be done with them. She's made package ornaments!Thanks Bea! You did a great job and I'm so pleased at how they look and thanks for sending me the photo!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Map Bracelets

I was lucky enough to get 3 custom orders for map bracelets this week! For those of you that don't know about these, they are my passion! I love making them! Enlarge the photo to see them closeup!

I have decided to remove them from my shop the second week of Dec. I just don't trust the postal service to get things delivered on time during the Christmas holidays, so I don't want to have disappointed customers.

You might notice some photos in my slideshow that aren't in my blog. Well, I made these awesome earrings for myself but when I was putting the earrings together, I realized one paper bead has a big black hair in it! I'm sure it's a bristle from my brush, but still. And I wanted these to wear on Tuesday with my blouse (also shown) so I decided to go ahead and finish them so I can wear them on Tuesday. The photo made the hair stand out like crazy! So, I removed the photo from my blog but it remains in my slideshow. Jen, I did it just to make you feel better! NOT!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Featured Seller

I have a fan! It's such a great feeling! Shannon from Square Effects loves my map bracelets and beads. She advertises for me more than I do myself! She made a bracelet that just blows me away and I want to show it here.
Isn't this amazing? I can't imagine stringing all those seed beads. To top it off, she added a great lava bead! I just love this bracelet! You can see this and more at:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Special Kudos!

Fellow EtsyBEAD team member and blogger, Marcy from StudioMarcy has been featured in today's Etsy Finds!!!
Her work is awesome, stop by her shop: and her super neat blog: to see some of her work.

Here is the bead that was featured in today's email, titled Turkey Dinner lampwork bead:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Tree Farm

All these trees are made with a paper bead! Wire wrapped and a star at the top, each one comes with it's own little stand! I've sold quite a few of these and plan on using them to decorate my Norfolk Island Pine tree at Christmas. I've made earrings with a few of them and love them, can't wait to wear them! These are great for package decorations or as a necklace. I include a lengthy cord or ribbon with each one. They can be found in my Etsy shop at

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Snowpeeps paper beads

Well, no sooner did I list the Snowpeeps beads and they sold! Yep, that makes me very happy!

The buyer asked me to make earrings from them for her and I like them so much, I need to make more so I can have a pair of earrings for myself!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Paper Beads for the Holidays

I made these for the holidays and think they are so cute! They came out nice, in my opinion. I have them listed in my Etsy shop. They are great to make earrings and pendants.

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by Ooh!Vintage to share 6 quirky things about myself.

1.) I love the color purple. Not so much that I'd have a purple car or a purple house, but I do love purple. When I am old, I shall wear purple! Just like the saying goes.

2.) Once, I flew to Minnesota. Ran through Mall of America and flew back home the same day! Just because I could.

3.) I am a Pezhead. Have been for about 13 years now. No matter where I go, I am looking for Pez! You can see my collection at I still need a bunch of vintage items if anyone has some vintage Pez!

4.) I'm a cheap date. Get me a cup of coffee and sit me on a bench, I'll spend a lot of time people watching.

5.) There's a few things I won't talk about. Religion, politics, sex, chiropractors and Oprah.

6.) I can't stand people that drive in the passing lane and never leave that lane. They don't pass and don't do the speed limit so I'm forced to pass them on the right side of the road. What is up with that???

And now I get to TAG 6 bloggers!


The rules:* Mention the rules on your blog.*
Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.*
Tag six others*
Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they are tagged.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cool Etsy Purchase!!!!!

Is this about the cutest thing ever??? It's called Chicken Duck! This just cracked me up the first time I saw it and I had to have it. This is from John at Stop by his shop, he has some amazing prints! I missed out on Mr. Happy, but that was another one that I fell in love with the first time I saw it. The details are great, right down to the reflection in the water and the shadow of the swim ring on the sand. John is the ideal seller, he contacts you after the sale, lets you know when your item is shipped, packed it so the mail truck could run over it and not damage the print, but wait, there's more!!! He upgrades to priority mail! Woohoo, I got it in no time!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Featured Seller con't.

Jennie's work is so amazing, it deserves more exposure! People seem to enjoy her work as much as I do! So, I've decided to add just a few more of my favorite items. Pictured above is a custom made set of coasters with edges Jennie made for me so I can use them to take photos of my beads!

Isn't this just amazing? Even the photograph is awesome!
Another favorite is the Christmas ornaments:

Featured Seller

Today's featured Etsy seller is Jennie from SoSoRosey! I've purchased so many items from her that I can't post them all here!
Jennie is one of the best! She will work with you on special orders until she has them just right. She's fun to work with on the projects, too! I'm not the only person that adores her! She's been in so many treasuries, on the front page and in several gift guides. Check out her work and you'll understand why! I've done some Christmas shopping in her shop and can't wait to give these gifts, I know they will be loved.
I really have a hard time picking just one item to feature here, please visit Jennie at to see all her beautiful work!