Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Conundrum of Time - Time for New Greek beads, Sterling Silver Findings and Trinity Brass compononents

I really don't know where the time goes to. It seems to relentlessly fly by at a mach10 pace. Sometimes I feel as if I have a box that is time and if I could only keep the time contained in the box, time would slow down. But, instead little escape holes keep appearing around the box and I watch as time disappears. Which takes me to present time!

Not only did I add Sterling Silver and Vermeil findings to my shop which was and is as exciting as ever, but I also added Trinity Brass Findings and Components. When I started adding the Sterling Silver and Vermeil findings I didn't know that the Silver and Gold market were in a upheaval and prices were literally going through the roof. And, to make matters worse, originally the silver and gold were import duty free from Bali and China. With absolutely no fanfare that law ran out and wasn't renewed leaving us buyers with huge import fees. I still am not sure what I am going to do about this. I probably will still continue to carry the popular headpins and earwires.

In the meantime I had months ago fallen love with the gorgeous jewelry components from Trinity Brass. Their items are not plated, except for the Real Silver and Copper, but instead they are oxidized to get these gorgeous finishes of Antique Gold and Vintage. They are a wonderful product that every time I look at one of their items I can't believe how wonderfully they have been made. They have a lot of gorgeous fine detail.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gorgeous Greek Ceramic Bead Designs

I love color and these two creations are color intensified! Stacy who has a shop on Etsy called StacyGarrettJewelry makes the most luscious earrings. In this shop she makes just earrings, and did I say earrings! Tons of earrings! And, I mean tons! She has a wonderful sense of style and color and it shows in her creations. I love cruisin through her shop just to look at all the different colors! She is also opening another shop that is going to be necklace and earring combination's. I'm looking forward to seeing what the necklaces are going to look like!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our New Family Member - Lucy

This picture isn't the best, I took it with my phone, but it is Lucy having Acupuncture. And, that brings me to who Lucy is. She was rescued by the Austin/San Antonio Cocker Rescue and we adopted her a month ago. We don't have all the past info on her, but from x-rays the Vets could tell that she had broken her leg and it had been wired. At some point the wire broke and was poking her which made her stop using that leg. When the Austin/San Antonio got her they then had the wire removed. She now has an issue because she hasn't used her leg for so long that she has arthritis in her joints and her mind tells her that she shouldn't be walking on the leg. But, we did notice that when she ran she did put her leg down a lot more.

So, that brings us to her seeing a vet in our area that does Chiropractic and Acupuncture. What was funny is that Lucy discovered that if she can get up she can shake all of those needles right off of her body! So now, we have to keep her occupied so that she won't want to get up.

Lucy has been so much fun having around and she is getting Lady, our other Cocker to get up and move around. Maybe even a bit of chasing around the house!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Mykonos Creations from an Electric Penguin!

The first thing you notice when you enter Pam's shop The Electric Penguin is what a cooool banner she has! Next come her creations which are very colorful as you can see from the two examples displayed here. One of the creations not shown here are these really colorful cuff bracelets that have beer labels wrapped around the wooden beads. Different! These two creations that are portrayed here are two examples of how she incorporated the Greek beads into her designs. Gorgeous creations in my opinion! Check out her shop on Etsy and be prepared for lots of color!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Handmade Spark - Linden Avenue Designs

Handmade Spark - Linden Avenue Designs Yep, I did it! I set up my Handmade Spark Mini Site! Super easy to do! Next, I'm working on my banner! I've been wanting to do this for so long and finally had a quiet moment. I've been so busy adding new items to my shop that it pretty much took over my life! But, I do love the new Bali Sterling Silver Beads and Findings that I have added. I also had gotten in a whole new batch of Greek beads, so between the two shipments it has been chaotic. Back to work for me!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gorgeous Creation Using Varitey of Beads Including Chunky Disks

This creation has so much color it is just demanding you stop and take a look! Julia of smARTgirrrlART definitely has an eye for design, don't you think! I was so sorry to see that it looks like she is taking a hiatus from her shop. I am crossing my fingers that it isn't a permanent thing! She has a wonderful sense of design. I personally am drawn to designs that have lots of color and a variety of components that peek your interest. I'm always looking at the finer details and seeing what the designer did that made the piece work so well together. So, thank you Julia for this wonderful creation!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Close To My Heart - The Humane Society

The Humane Society is a wonderful group of people who save the animals that can't speak for themselves. One of my buyers, Roberta of bertaberta4444 has taken on this wonderful cause, making money for the Humane Society with the sale of her bead creations. She has been selling her earring designs at a coffee house in her area. As of July she was able to contribute $300 to the Humane Society from her profits on her earring sales. Considering she just started this past March creating for this cause I think she has done a wonderful job!!