Friday, August 31, 2012

Treasury Features

Thank you to Ana Zahler of American Artifex for featuring my work in two treasuries this week!



'Before the Summer Ends.' by AmericanArtifex

Items and situations related to the last days of the Summer season.

Vintage Signed JJ Brooch Silver pewter Cruise Ship Dangler - JoJosJJs Gold Face Beaded Necklace - jess2bead Wire wrapped purple seashell necklace - FromUnderTheTree Macaw Parrot in Green Seed Beaded Dangling Earrings - carosell
Candle 100% natural beeswax - paulashandmadepatch Mini Mermaid Broom Magnet Or Ornament. - SpiritualPathways Happy Day.  Decoupaged wall clock. - paperannie Vintage Stamps Travel Bag - Makeup Bag, Cosmetic Bag, Zipper Travel Pouch - Party Favor, Birthday Gift - FREE SHIPPING Labor Day Sale - JordaniSarreal
SOFT, LIGHT, ELEGANT evening gown - BARRIENTOSBOUTIQUE Gwendolyn Medieval or Renaissance Wedding Gown Velvet and Lace Custom - RomanticThreads Sycamores in the Late Summer Light - annieflynn1 YORKSHIRE TERRIER Art Print Dog Watercolor Signed by Artist DJ Rogers - k9artgallery
Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Here is a great summer item from Ana's shop. I love how she used different textures and mediums to make something functional look so cool.

Many times, we go shopping with friends and discover cute, beautiful, practical, useful items for ourselves, home or presents for others. Today, I visited my favorite shops and rediscovered lovable products!

Sterling silver necklace, delicate pink miniature porcelain tea pot pendant, porcelain, pink - byVellamo Agate Necklace, Geode, Polished Rock, Pick Your Favorite Colour - mintlilly REAL Peachy Orange and Magenta ORCHID and Jade, Carnelian, Pearls 14K GF Necklace - lisaburkin Ruby, Rose Quartz, Rainbow Moonstone and Lepidocrosite gemstone charm Necklace -Carina - elainehaydonjewelry
Eiffel Tower Candle Paris - GlowliteCandles Floating Rose Candles, Set of 12, Unscented, Your Choice of Color - CrystalGardenCandles Birthday Cake Grubby Muffin Candle - honeyhivehandcrafts Two pillar candles - LADYbirdCANDLES
Sale Ametrine Earrings, Rose Gold, Amethyst, Purple, Yellow, Garnet, Pink, Gemstone, Wire Wrap, Fall Fashion, Kande - Kande Solid 14k Gold AAA Green Amethyst Earrings Posts Dangle Gemstone by Maggie McMane Designs - MaggieMcManeDesigns Royal Flower with Ice Crystal Silver Earrings - brides maid gifts,Wedding jewelry,anniversary gift - LaLaCrystal Flower Garden Spring Violet Beaded Earrings - jess2bead
Wine glasses - MitzesCorner QUEEN The Game - Recycled Record Wall Clock - ItsOurEarth Heart Wreath - GypsysRose Crochet flower squares - DoilyMania

And a loveable product for the girls from her shop.    
 Thank you everyone for looking and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Princess Luna Necklace Revealed

Are you ready for the official reveal?
Along with several new pieces  in my shop I have listed my entry for the September Etsy Beadweavers' Monthly Challenge themed 'Lunar Obsession'.
To be inspired by the moon. This left me thinking of moon goddess or lunar deities which naturally led me to My Little Ponies . You can see the connection, right? So my partner and our daughter are big fans of these cute little characters whose different personalities and titles are reflected on their bums in the form of a 'cutie' mark. Not too long ago I sat through a cartoon series marathon about these ponies and one of the characters was a mysterious and good turned evil pony called Night Mare Moon (get it?). Before she became Night Mare Moon, when she was still an innocent toddler pony, she was given the name Princess Luna. Of course she went back to this much sweeter name once the heroine pony thwarted her evil plans with the power of friendship. Princess Luna's cutie mark is obviously a moon which is a good start for this challenge but I really like the colors used on this character. The many shades of blues and purples with the bright moon symbol against them.
So there you have the scoop. You can view more pictures of the necklace for purchase HERE and you can vote for your favorite beaded lunar representation HERE starting September 9th.
Have a great day and always remember the power of friendship!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Early Morning Thoughts

Good morning! I am so excited to let you know that tomorrow is picture day! I will finally be photographing the new pieces I have made so I can list them in my shop. Tuesday was a very productive day for me - my day off. My goal was to finish the piece for the Etsy Beadweavers' Challenge but I unfortunately got stuck on it. On the bright side, the bead colors on my tray were inspiring and, while I did not accomplish what I set out to do, I did end up with a new pair of earrings and a necklace from my mindless playing with beads. I will be working hard after work today and tomorrow morning to get the challenge piece finished so it can be photographed along with the other pieces. Soon the suspense that I can sense you are all feeling will at last be relieved when it is finally listed. I have had a cup of coffee now as you might guess which is good because I awoke stupid early this morning hours before I needed to be up for work because of some frustrations that I am having at work. I am tense and tired and the Whatifs are completely ruining my sleep.


      Last night, while I lay thinking here,
      Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
      And pranced and partied all night long
      And sang their same old Whatif song:
      Whatif I'm dumb in school?
      Whatif they've closed the swimming pol?
      Whatif I get beat up?
      Whatif there's poison in my cup?
      Whatif I start to cry?
      Whatif I get sick and die?
      Whatif I flunk that test?
      Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
      Whatif nobody likes me?
      Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
      Whatif I don't grow talle?
      Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
      Whatif the fish won't bite?
      Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
      Whatif they start a war?
      Whatif my parents get divorced?
      Whatif the bus is late?
      Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
      Whatif I tear my pants?
      Whatif I never learn to dance?
      Everything seems swell, and then
      The nighttime Whatifs strike again!
      - Shel Silverstein

       Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!                                             

Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Week in Review

Hello everyone! What a great week back to beading and etsy. Here is a quick recap of what has happened in the jess2bead world.

Tana McLane of City Rustic Jewelry featured my coneflower necklace in a wonderful treasury.

'Dreaming toward autumn in the northern hemisphere....' by CityRusticJewelry

Fine Art Flowers In Sepia And Gray Photograph  -Coneflower Dreamy 8 x 10 Photo - galleryzooart Teal statement  felt necklace, felted wool bib collar, neck piece, green teal scarf elitett weddings bridesmaid gift idea fall fashion oht - Baymut Sterling silver and Boulder Opal cabochon  ring with hallmark -  Causeway- - gemheaven linen dress in brown with ruffle and roses - linenclothing
Sterling Silver and Copper Dangle Earrings - LjBjewelry Lampwork beaded bracelet - black, pink and green - CraftemallHandmade Large Tennessee Coneflower Silver Link Necklace - LeaFloriaJewellery Great gold/curry scarf,unique fashionable design - Franellie
Sterling Silver Copper Lotus Flower Daisy Bloom Necklace - PaintinByFaith CLEARANCE silver flower earrings, coneflowers dangle, Magnum - LonesomeRoadStudio Purple Coneflower Beaded Necklace - jess2bead Discos Earrings - copper and olive green beaded bead discs - TheBeadedBead
Coneflowers - WhiteFlowerPaintings Repoussee Coneflower Blossom Pendant Sterling Silver Jewelers Brass Mixed Metals - CityRusticJewelry Coffee Mug - Coneflower Java Mug - Coffee Mug - Tea Cup - UphamStreetPottery Linen Dress Gown in Black / Custom Long Bridesmaid Dress - Made to order - camelliatune

I created a treasury of decorating and organizational pieces to brighten the home.

'Nesting Supplies'

Geometric Fabric Basket, Mint Yellow and Gray Organic Cotton and Weathered Linen Hanging Organizer - OneRedButtonCrafts Chalkboard,  Shabby Distressed Chic  Furniture Chalkboard, Chalk Board ,Key Holder. Mail Holder, Message Board, Shabby Chalkboard - daleswoodandmore Scrapbook Organizer Hanging File Folder Box - ScrappyChicShop Make Life Beautiful Teal Inspirational Word Art table top wood and glass screen print - gleamingrenditions
Homemade upcycled vintage art deco fan lamp for beautiful mood lighting. - Patworks Shabby Pink Vanity - ShabbyCountryTexas Vintage Style Clothespin Set - Stamped and Distressed - Blue Brocade & Ruby Red Blossoms - inspirationsbyfaith turquoise key hook wall key hanger mason jar vase cottage style handmade - OldNewAgain
Large Paris French inspired vinyl dry erase magnet calendar wall decor-functional home decor great home or office gift - swankydays Fabric Baskets - Set of 2 Nesting Bins - Organization Storage - Home Decorating Fabric - Gray, Green, Purple Big Flowers - SewMuchCuteness Sequined Lavendar Sachets (set of 2) - Upcyclegreenerie Shabby French White Chic China Closet Bathroom Cupboard - picks4u
Cottage Chic Decor Jewelry Organizer in Jamaican Sea Blue - oakstudiosofdesign Linen Spray, " Magical Monster Spray" 4oz using essential oils - greenchicshoppe SALE 50 Lavender Tea lights - princessbuttercupsoy Welcome to Florida Lamp - IslandHive

I finished a couple of bead projects.
 A beaded patch for my small sketch book and...
a necklace/earring set that I actually started before I moved. Better pics of that set to come when I list it in my shop.

I have also started my entry for the next Etsy Beadweaver Challenge 'Lunar Obsession'. No sneak pics of that yet but I should be finished with it next week and it will be listed in my shop very soon as well. 

Aside from just the beadweaving, I have a lot of work ahead of me. I had work to do in my shop before I moved and while I was gone Etsy made a few changes that will help liven up my shop even more. But of course that means I must spend the time to implement them. I am having fun with it all and can't wait for another great week ahead!

Hope you all had a great week too and have a wonderful week to come.