Friday, December 31, 2010

Going with the flow

I've been doing a little enameling again lately. I love enameling, but it got ignored a bit with the summer heat & holiday "make finished pieces to sell" push. I'm coming back to enameling with a new mind set, too. Well, a new mindset and a plan.

See, when I enameled before, I thought it was fun, but very frustrating. Kinda like when I learned photography. I'd see the photo in my head, take the picture, and it was totally NOT what I envisioned. With enameling, I'd chose the colors, enamel the piece, and when it didn't come out of the kiln how I imagined it, felt frustrated and disappointed. Which doesn't exactly foster a spirit of creativity. So I decided to turn things around, to come to it with the attitude that I'm MAKING something - it doesn't have to be perfect, or exactly what I envisioned. I'm not a failure if I can't get it to behave how I want. After all, this is supposed to be FUN, right?

For example, this piece was enameled with a yellow opaque base and blue transparent top coat.

Yeah, not blue OR yellow, huh. At first, the old "why didn't it come out how I planned, what am I doing wrooooong" started up, but I snuffed it. I thought instead, "hey, kinda surprising, but pretty in its own way." Looking at it as a creative adventure rather than an end result.

So I continued on with the morning

And got some neat pieces!

Pretties from Radiant Mind

I got some gorgeous beads from Radiant Mind. I can't stop looking at them!

These are teeeeeeny and so cute. I'm thinking about putting them at the end of fine chain for earrings.

I just want to stare at these all day.

More teeeeeny cuties. Love that color!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cloggy Bloggy

I was very spoiled this holiday, but I thought my clog-loving blog-buddies would like to meet my new shoes

They are a deep deep red patent leather. Love them!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cute Snail Charm & Rainbow Beads

This charm is so adorable. Lots of other cute charms at this shop, too

And these pretty beads!

Clearance Sale Giveaway

I'm having a clearance sale in the GreenBead shop until December 31 to make room for some new designs. In honor of this sale, I'm doing an end of the year giveaway too!

You can win these little fishies beads/pendants made from recycled glass that I bought from Happy Mango beads.

How do you enter?

Simply blog, tweet, or facebook about my 40% sale at! Don't forget to mention that that coupon code is CLEARANCE40! Leave me a comment that you did so I can keep track. You get one entry for each blog/tweet/FB post (yes, that is EACH, i.e. if you tweet it every day for 5 days, you get 5 entries)

Giveaway and sale last until December 31. Thanks for helping promote my shop, and good luck!

Pretties from Magdalena Ruiz

Well, I had the "bead visa" paid down for about 3.2 seconds, and then holiday sales attacked! But boy do I have a load of pretties to show you guys over the next few days!

Check these out from magdalenaruiz

As you can see, the rainbow obsession continues. I swear, if you put it in the ROYGBIV order, I will snap it up.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

After Christmas Clearance!

After Christmas clearance sale starting in the shop - 40% off everything! Use coupon code CLEARANCE40 at checkout. Sale ends 12/31

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I know I've been a bit holiday-AWOL lately, but I wanted to send a very big THANK YOU for everyone who followed my blog this year, commented, read my posts, bought from my shop, hosted blog hops, posted about their own beady goings-ons, and generally made me feel like a part of a great big beady community. I have to say that having a blog and really focusing on the Etsy shop this year has been an even bigger joy than I ever could have imagined.

Now enough mush --  commence eggnog sipping, jewelry making, and bead buying (or peeking at presents under the tree - whatever works!)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

More new earrings listed in my shop. I've become a one-woman earring factory!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

I've been shoppy shoppy again!

These are from Mermaid Glass. She has the most gorgeous stuff!

Just LOOK at that color. So yummy!

Look at those swirls!

Blue and green? Come to mama!

Etched beachy goodness
I got some great beads from Taneres the other day, check them out!

love this deep red color

gorgeous sea-blue color

I love dark pink

I'm really loving the silvered beads lately, especially etched ones!

She is going to etch these for me too.

gorgeous aren't they!
I love Pantone - color, color, color!

I love the 2011 Color of the Year - Honeysuckle. Or, as I call it, Supah-PINK! Wow. That is quite a pink they got there. Its a little darker than hot pink, it look like. I love it.

In other news, I also saw on the Pantone site that you can get a Pantone Visa.

Um, okay? I'll take a Pantone coffee cup, but the Visa seems a bit much, in my humble opinion. 
Anyone have any suggestions regarding selling jewelry on consignment? The craft fair showed me that it would be great to have more interpersonal sales along with the web site. I'd love some info!
Julsbeads is having a 40% off sale. I didn't need any prodding to snap these babies up...

I love it when something I've had in my favorites for a while goes on sale! Thanks Julsbeads!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I washed some more transparent enamels, and cleaned up the MESSY studio this weekend. I'm getting ready to get back to beady work!
More earrings listed at GreenBead Designs

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New earrings listed in the GreenBead shop!

Cherries earrings

Spots earrings

Coco earrings

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I'm a total Silver Parrot bead stalker, because whenever she posts about someone on her blog, I swear, I run right out and buy from them. It's not my fault she posts about such great sellers, is it?

This time it was with Bead and Ribbon.

I got the COOLEST Czech glass from them. Check it out

Pretty sweet, eh!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Craft fair today went GREAT and was a lot of fun!

I just want to give a shout out to my new craft-y buddy at Crafty Tagz, who had the most adorable pet collars. Check some of these out. My houseplants don't need collars (they are VERY well trained), but I know a lot of my bead buddies have furry friends, so I wanted to pass it along. How CUTE are these holiday collars...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hi all,

Soooo, I think it is apparent I get an F in blog hop. :( This month has been so stressful! But, I just remind myself that everyone is stressed out this time of year and I try to get over myself.

Although my pity party did result in some bead shopping (pictures to come...I promise Silver Parrot!)

AND, tomorrow is my birthday (formally known as National Amy Day)! I weaseled my husband's presents out of him tonight and he got me these Danskos (love them!)

AND he got me trapeze lessons! off my bucket list! I get to swing on the flying trapeze! I'm so excited (can't you tell by the exuberant punctuation)

Tomorrow is also my first craft show ever - wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

*cue Jaws music*

I think I may have found some more beads to buy in my late night Etsy ramblings.....
Kinda custom necklace order...