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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Wow .... I certainly have not been taking care of my blog lately.  I did so many shows this fall I kind of forgot all about my blog.... Hope 2016  (gosh  that sounds strange to say) is a more productive year !!

I've changed the name of my Etsy Shop to: 

 it just seems a more fitting name as it kind of says what I sell.
I've been busy in the studio working on  some orders, making some more lamp work beads as I was getting really low on beads.... and making a new wine bottle Charmer...  also made some fabulous cake testers out of stainless steel which were a BIG hit at my shows.   Here are some some pics ... 

Wine Charmer....  give to your hostess on bottle of wine  or keep for your self & hang in the window!!

Cake Testers   could also be used for Hair Sticks !!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Vintage Goodies

Can't believe August is almost over.  Had a big custom order of 27 hammered pennies with initials on them and a couple with LOVE and a flamework flower on them.  That was a lot of work...especially when I had to clean the pennies when done to get a lovely shine.  Yesterday I went out and bought some Tarn X..just pop the pennies in the solution and presto...nice & clean...easy ..  peasy ..would have saved me an hour at least if I had known about it before..not to mention my dirty fingers....thank goodness for Google !!!

 I did have time last week  to head on down to the Women's Shelter & drop off some stuff and then buy some more vintage jewellery.  I am trying to really stream line my house... We have lived here 16 years now and things do have a way of pilling up !!
These will be taken apart and cleaned shortly... I already have a few ideas in mind.  
I have a date with the Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market this coming Wednesday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm...LOL  I am not usually an early riser so it will be a new 'thing' for me... If you are in town drop around to see me !!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

New Blog Post

I simply must say that it has been a very long time since I last posted:
Have had our 2 teen grandkids here for the last 5 weeks..  Managed to squeeze in  'Arts on the Avenue' ..a fabulous art venue which I took part in.. lucky for me that my fabulous daughter Stacy was here to help me.. It was super hot.. at least 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celcius..  it was crazy busy.. my best street venue yet..... I will definitely take part again next year.
I have been busy making some new items... It seems all my extra long necklaces sold very well... so I am busy redoing all the shorter ones with extention chains so they are all adjustable.  I think that is the way to go.
The copper chains sold very well along with the silver ones.
I have a date  for our 'Kelowna Farmers Market'  to sell there as well.
I have revamped most of my display props to burlap  and I left some of them in black velvet for contrast.  I even covered 'Zelda'  ( my busty girl) with burlap for a cohesive look..
The grandkids go home to Montreal on Wednesday so I will have more time to upload some more of my jewelry to Etsy.  I am either buying food, cooking food, or cleaning the kitchen... teenagers are a bottomless pit it seems..  Our granddaughter Sydney grew one whole inch while she was here !!!
 We all went horseback riding last week... 2 hours on a horse...very hot but the scenery was worth it....Think I will give that a pass next time...unless I wear a cushion on my bottom...
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Thursday, June 04, 2015

DIY Burlap Necklace Display

Just finished making my new DIY Burlap Necklace Display.. Went to the Women's Shelter Thrift Store ( I love to see what I can find) and picked up this rotating thing (don't know what it held.. my guess is some kind of condiment in a restaurant and it is fairly heavy so it won't tip over easily.)
I then rolled a sheet of Bristol board into a cylinder and used my hot glue gun to secure the cylinder down the side.  Decide how high you want the cylinder to be for your size of necklaces.  I made mine 16 inches as my necklaces are long.

Then I rolled my burlap around the cylinder and attached it with my glue gun all around the bottom and down the side.  I left about 6 inches of burlap at the top and then glued around the top and tucked the excess burlap into the cylinder. 

When it is all glued just slip the cylinder over the rotating device.

I glued a ribbon around the top to finish off. Here it is with my necklaces on it:
I used miniature clothes pegs to hold the chain at the top but you could use pins also.
This is a great display as it doesn't take up to much table room and I can put about 15 necklaces or more on it.  It can be adapted to any kind of rotating deice.
Hope this was helpful for you.  If you have any questions please e-mail me & I will try to help you.
I am making co-ordinating burlap display pieces so stay tuned & I will show some more of my display pieces.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

New Post..

It's been a while since I last posted. Spent quite  some hours doing the Swap & Hop blog hop.. I did manage to get thru all the blogs.. wow  What a lot of talent...  and those seed beaders ... I just don't have the patience for all those tiny little beads...
So many lovely designs and the array of beads...  boggles my mind. 
I have been busy making some linen necklaces... I sold all that I had.. they are very popular.  I wear one to fill in a low neckline as they are adjustable.

I make them in black or natural linen and have made some with white polyester yarn(at least I think it is synthetic as I bought a large stash at the Women's Shelter Thrift Store.) I added a  3mm AB Swarovski crystal at each end and did a large wire wrap at the top of the heart.  It seems that I am doing a lot of hearts lately...
Here's the white one....
Got to get back to my torch this week.. I bought some lovely glass rods while I was in Toronto..Want to make lots of hearts and focals which I am going to put on Etsy.. stay tuned..
I am finally over my flu.. but still have a gum infection so have been taking it easy.. but all in all.... Life is Good...

 PS... my son comes next week for a visit so looking forward to his trip here.  Must go and get all his favorite food...  He likes all things healthy and pretty much the same as us...
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Swap & Hop

Time to post for the Swap and Hop..Thanks to Linda  www.fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com   for hosting the Swap and Hop.. I know it is a lot of work.
 My bead partner Mowse sent me a bunch of lovelies. Visit her blog at: www.MowseMadeThis.blogspot.com
  I love how all the colours go together.
Here is a photo of what I was sent:
The first piece that I made I used the lovely little mermaid sea shell that Mowse made.  The clasp was a fabulous flower in pewter colour.  I just had to combine the focal and clasp and added them to a vintage Lucite necklace that had all the colours of the beads/findings.   I love the little flower beads and added them to my lamp work black head pins.  The great matte purple barrel beads are another favorite.

  I especially liked the beautiful pearls. Of course I always appreciate some bling as with the rhinestones.  I kept this necklace simple and elegant.  Great for an evening out. (not that I go to many fancy things)


I made a pair of earrings to go with the first necklace .

I then made a pair of earrings with the lovely flower beads, again on my own lampwork head pins and I used some of the Lucite beads from the vintage necklace.

Love these little flower beads
The last pair of earrings were made with the fab silver balls and some pink rhinestone roundels.

I had hoped to get more done but just ran out of time as I was feeling under the weather for the past month and a half and  am still on anti-biotics !!
Here's what I sent Mowse:
Here's the list for the Swap N Hop   Please be sure to visit !

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//:fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

LindaAndersonhttp://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com (You are HERE)
KristinaHahn Eleniakhttp://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
CatherineLa Vitehttp://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com
JaniceWarden Bergeronhttp://thejewelryroom.blogspot.ca
Ingevon Rooshttp://ingetraud.wordpress.com
KellyHosford Pattersonhttp://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedyhttp://suebeads.blogspot.com
TinaBoshhttp://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/(Injured reserve)
Maria RosaSharrowhttp://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
LouiseMcCormick-Glazierhttp://jewelrytreasuresbylouise.blogspot.com/(Injured reserve)
Seed Beaders
RebeccaRobertson   (White)http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Back from holidays.. seems like I was away forever...Did some glass rod shopping while in Toronto, also went to BeadFX to pick up some more black and silver rat tail....  also picked up a nasty cough (everyone says it is the flu) while in Toronto..  Didn't have the right clothes (frozen and I don't mean the picture) for the Montreal and Toronto part of it and as usual I took too many hot weather things to wear in Mexico... but a good time was had by my daughter and our 2 grandkiddos... My granddaughter was smitten with the red macaws that were in the resort.  There were about 6 pairs of them.
I am now waiting for some inspiration to strike me, maybe I should just do a studio clean.  That usually helps as I find stuff that I haven't seen in months or maybe years !!!!

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Doing an installation for an exhibit  down at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
I have a glass show case for my jewelry & beads and a lot of wall space in the Galleria...Here's my latest Glass Art panel.. I love all shades of turquoises & blues mixed together... whether it is in my panels or my jewelry.

 Here's a photo of a bracelet that I made for a friend.  Love the blue !!
Lots to do before I go away at the end of the month.  Must make some beads for the Swap N Hop and restock the florist shop  EARTHLY CREATIONS  where I have lots of pieces for sale !!


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Incredible adventure SWAP N HOP

Just received my congratulations  e-mail that I am officially in the
                                          SWAP N  HOP
So totally excited... I just Love exchanging beads with others and making new bead friends....it was suggested to list  the 5 things that are important to  match me with my partner and for my partner to select my beads. So here goes !
1: I started out doing stained glass in Montreal, Quebec and  took many courses & got good at it,  then moved to Toronto, Ontario and decided I would like to try my hand at glass fusing, after all it is still glass.. Then I moved to Kelowna, B.C. and fell in love with glass bead making at the torch... Of course when making all these beads I had to do something with them.  I have quite a collection of vintage jewelry (and love to thrift for special pieces). I then came up with the brilliant idea that I could incorporate  my lampwork beads into pieces with my vintage jewelry.
2:  I usually make simple necklaces with 3 or 5 pieces dangling off a single chain  (however I did do some very involved pieces when I took part in Bead Soup Blog Hop)  Here's one of them... also in the colours that I love.

Here's one with my lampwork bead
3:  I like to use what ever I have on hand:  silver plate,  especially love copper, brass, black wire, etc. I can usually work with anything & like a challenge.
4:     I   like hand forging pieces of wire to make unique clasps, wire wrapping,  jump rings,  (have never done any bead weaving..too fiddly for me)
  5:  Love analogous colors:  blues, greens, teals or the pinks, oranges, purples
           I love bright, clear  colors and tend to stay away muddy colors..I like my
           jewelry to  POP  !
So that's it... if you scroll down thru my blog you will see the colors I use.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Swap & Hop & other stuff

Just finished a 3 day oil painting workshop... totally stoked to start my Contemporary Impressionistic painting.... in love with oils.
Signed up today for the Swap and Hop.. another swap beads with a partner and 
 Show your work...
and yeah !! I just successfully cut and pasted  (I am usually at a loss of how to do these things.)  Windows 7 for dummies is a challenge for me but I did just follow the instructions & it worked!!!
Must get busy and make some new lampwork beads....

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Easy DIY Recycled Jewelry Display

Here's a fabulous jewelry display that I just completed. Thrifted a revolving spice rack (minus the jars, at my local Women's Shelter for $1.00)

Then I used some 2 sided carpet tape  ($1.00 store) to attach some burlap (from some unused burlap bags that were meant for sand bags..when the lake gets too high)

I then sewed the burlap together where it meets on the other side.
All that is needed now are some ribbons of elastic to hold the jewelry cards in place.  I used black elastic and just tied it at the side, but really, anything would do.. like ribbon, wire.  Also you could sew it on as well to have a tidy look.  I like to just tie it on in case I change it up & put ribbon or wire on it.
If you have any questions about this DIY Jewelry display please comment & I will get back to you...  Happy DIY ing!

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year  every one from snowy Kelowna, B.C. Supposed to get about a foot of snow.. good thing it is light and fluffy !!  Been working on cleaning up my studio for a great start to the New Year... Lots of new stuff has been swirling around in my mind... Now if I can just get it out....

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New display tree

Finished my last show and sale for 2014 at the  Seniors residence.  I made some inexpensive items and they were a big hit.  I also reduced the price on a few things when the seniors didn't have much $  with them.  I traded another vendor a fused glass angel for an awesome metal tree (?) to hang my fused glass ornaments on.. I am tickled pink with this new addition.. I think that I got the better end of the deal... but Sue said she did not want the tree anymore.....It's always difficult to hang and show art glass.

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