Friday, February 24, 2017

Updates!

I really have to get back to a regular blogging routine. Both this blog, and my homeschool blog have been severely neglected. Some of it is just from the busyness of life. Some is because I was very ill for a lot of January, and some is because I am trying to do inventory, remove old products, and update images. I will never remove my gemstone rings, no matter how old they get. They are one of the most popular searched items in my shop, and my biggest sellers. They are stored well, and taken care of. However, other items go out of style, or out of date. Updating my shop with new pictures, tags plus keywords, takes a really long time. Plus, I would like to get at least one video done for my shop, just can't decide on what I want to do it on, and of course squeezing it in with everything else.

 I have started creating some new pieces, jewelry, wood burned, etched glass, and maybe some new crochet projects. I really want to learn to hand sew, just for small projects like reusable napkins, bibs, etc that would be convenient but still be good for the environment. I hope readers have been checking out the Polyvore sets I have been sharing. I try to do one a day, and share them everywhere. Such a nice way to make a treasury of beautiful items, from different sellers. If you haven't seen any yet, scroll down to see a few. I will be making some sets using the new Spring color pantone, such beautiful colors.

 Below is a new pair of earrings, just a couple of weeks old. I really dislike making earrings, lol, and I have no idea why. They are not hard at all, just always something I just don't want to do. This pair, done in lilac purple glass beads, and lime green acrylic beads, on sterling silver fish hook dangles, are just lovely. Simple enough for wearing to work, and lovely enough for evening wear too. Perfect for Spring, Easter, Mother's Day, etc. There is a leather wrap matching bracelet too. Look for it in my shop.   I have some lovely Easter items, with more to come soon.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reclaimed Upcycled Jar with Etched Glass Easter Bunny

I finally have felt well enough to get some much needed crafting done. I love to be creative, and not being able to be is torture. For Christmas I got a small hand held Dremel. I asked for this for the sole purpose of learning to etch on glass. Unfortunately, when I got everything ready to try it the other night, I realized I somehow managed to throw away the charger piece. I was so annoyed with myself. My husband ran to Ace to see if they had the same model, which was very affordable. They did not, but he came home with a fancier model, which was really not needed. But, I did sit down with it, to give it a try. You can see the results below. Now this bunny is not perfect, but the wine glass I did was not cool. Smaller is definitely harder, with glass etching. I also don't care for the whole concept of printing the image, taping it to the inside of the glass, then etching over the image. It just doesn't work great, imo. Next time I will try to draw out my own image with Sharpie marker, etch over it, then removed the marker before it gets a chance to set, using alcohol. Not sure I will like that either, but I will try it. This first piece will be table decor for me, until after Easter, then a planter. I could sell it, but it is not perfect, so nah.

 I also have some new jewelry pieces done, just have to get them listed in my Etsy store. Stop by, and check out all my great items.




Saturday, February 11, 2017

How to Make Wire Bangle Bracelets

I hope I didn't already share this one, but I am looking to learn some new techniques. I made a few new pieces today, and they will be up in my store soon. I also have a wood burned project going, and will be starting etched glass projects as soon as I can.


 

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