Monday, December 17, 2012

A New Year is Coming!

I have been out Christmas shopping and I love to Christmas shop.  Things you don't normally see during the year, the stores seem to carry at Christmas time.  The selection of new items or just variations of items is outstanding.

One of my favorite stores is Marshalls...one day I was in there I think I bought more for me than I did for actual Christmas presents.  My favorite section of the store is the stationery items/aisle back in the home good area.

I came across a book/journal I had not seen before, called Q & A a day for Kids....3 years, 365 questions.

 
 

I have 3 kids, so I decided to pick up this book and we would do it for 2013.  It asks 1 question each day and there is a spot for them to handwrite their answer.  I thought this would be a fun keepsake with not only their answers, but also their handwriting.
 
 
 
I did notice Amazon also carries this book in case you are interested in doing it in your home too!
 
Happy Monday!!  You have 1 week left to shop!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

And the winner is.....

The winner of the Art Bead Love Tour is.........Mimi Gardner!!!!    Congrats!! 


 Mimi, message me your email address and I will paypal you the $6 for the shipping and be sure to include your address!  Can't wait to see what you take and give!!



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Art Bead Love Tour is on the Move

I felt so lucky to have the pleasure to be the winner of the last Art Bead Love Tour Chain of beautiful beads made by many talented artists!  Here is a picture of the chain as I received it!

Now it is your turn!!  Wouldn't it be great to receive this awesome chain of heaven!  Please read the guidelines below and leave a comment with contact information to enter!

The new winner will be drawn NEXT WEDNESDAY, November  28!  Please share with others!


 
Here are the beads I grabbed!
 
 
and I few I am not sure about....
 
 
 
 
Here are the beads I am placing on the chain!
 
 
 
 
Ladybug by Golem
Fluer de lis by Clay Designs by Glee
Wood tiles by Skyejewels
Violet Earring Pair by MarshaNealStudio
Blue Button by LisaPetersArt
Shell Bead and Star Charm by SpiritedEarth
Denim Flower by Extra by RoundRabbit
Clay Flower by Marlasmud
Metal Patina in the middle are made by me  :)
 
 
 

The Art Bead Love Tour is an ongoing project to spread the love of handmade to new and exciting places. It's a way to reach people who may have never stumbled upon your blog on their own, and give them a chance to share the love of handmade. A chain was chosen to link beads as a symbol of how this project links us all together ~ in our unity to stand behind handmade.

The winner of the chain will be allowed to take up to 30 beads from this chain. They will then replace each bead they took with another handmade bead, charm or pendant of equal Quality.

(SO Remember-----You're NOT winning the ENTIRE CHAIN---Just a chance to take some beads from it.)
PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW

I know there's a lot to read, but it's really important!!!

It is so important that the quality of the beads be maintained, so we can keep the Art Bead Love Tour alive. We want to share consistent quality with the next winner. If you make your own handmade beads or components, it's a great way to get your beads into the world for people to try them out, or, if you hoard collect art beads it's a great way to share your collection and get some new additions as well.

(Art Beads should be handmade by an artist, and not mass produced, such as Hill Tribe Silver beads or others like them.)

Remember, the focus is on creating handmade with handmade and beads/components taken should be replaced with beads/components that are made by an indivdual artist not an organization.

Here's where the chain has been:

















Genea Beads        

Keepsakes by Kristi

Here's how it works:

(Please read the entire post before entering.)

1. The winner of the chain will be allowed to take up to 30 beads from this chain. They will then replace each bead they took with another handmade bead, charm or pendant of equal quality.

2. The winner will post pictures of what was taken and what was added, in order to keep an account of the chain's progress and to keep our followers drooling. Please be sure to give credit to the bead artists as well (if you know them).

3. The winner will then have a giveaway, just like this one,to keep passing the chain on and on. Rules can be copied and pasted from here.

4. When you repost your giveaway (remember you can copy and paste from here)-a list should be added to show where the chain has gone, with links to each previous blog.Ultimately, this will end up a very long list!

5. Chain must be shipped to its new home via Priority Small Flat Rate box with delivery confirmation. Please package it carefully.

6. There will be a button on the Love My Art Jewelry website that links to the current blog and giveaway-so if you have the chain, it will link to your blog, that way our followers can have another chance to win it.

7. You MUST exchange your beads and have your giveaway completed within two weeks of receiving the chain.

(Please, please, please, if you can not adhere to the above rules, do not enter the giveaway at this time. It will go on and on and you can always enter at a later date.) There will be a button on the side bar of our blog so that you can track where the chain currently is.

Here's How to Enter:

1. You must have an active blog to enter.

2. Leave a comment below (make sure your email is linked to your blog or leave it in the comment. Entries without emails will not qualify)

3. Share on Facebook, Twitter or your blog for extra chances to win. Leave a comment for each way you share, with a link if possible.

4. Winner will pay shipping and will be billed through Paypal-small priority flat rate box with delivery confirmation, $6.00.

5. Open only to our readers in the United States-due to problems with tracking and shipping overseas (sorry).


Best of luck to you all!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sue Beads!! Enamel Bead Hop!!

I see lots and lots of posts for design groups, blog hops, and free beads...I apply I apply I apply....rarely am I ever picked...ok, I am pretty new to the jewelry scene...still working to get my name out there...

BUT....

Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads put out there that she was looking for  people to participate in her enamel bead blog hop!  I of course put my name in....and I have to be honest, since I am rarely picked, I actually didn't initially see that.....SHE PICKED ME!!

I was super excited!!  She was going to mail out some of her enamel beads like these and we could make whatever we wanted and then blog about it today!!

At first, I thought a summer bracelet was in order...but that never came to be.

As I sat at my new workspace, I had some Marsha Neal ceramic earring sets sitting next to me...when I glanced over at them, one set jumped out at me.

They were a darker glaze but the offsetting glaze that you could see on them perfectly matched the Orchid Beads that Sue sent to me....it was destiny!!



Unfortunately, my camera did not pick up the glaze coloring as I had hoped, but I think you get the idea!!   I used a Marsha Neal earring set and silk ribbon and combined Sue's Beads.  The two of them go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly!!  I added some Vintaj Natural Brass wire, bead caps, and earring wires to complete the look!



I will definitely be getting more enameled beads to pair with earring sets from Marsha Neal!!  Now hop on over and see what everyone else made!







Kristi Harrison  (you are here...PS...follow me while you are here!!)

 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Swap Blog Hop

Back in March, Cindy Wimmer, announced a button swap blog hop.....I am not sure if she could see me raising my hand over in Omaha, NE.  I mean, I have to be one of the biggest button fans around!

I quickly signed up and awaited to see who my partner may be...did I get lucky!

I was paired with Jenna Meyers of Honey Bijou!  I could not wait to see what she created and sent!  You will definitely want to visit her etsy store here!  She creates great beads and jewelry!

Here is what I received and so quick too!!  She even made the card they came on!!


I sat it out where I could see it daily and stared at it...I was right in the middle of sitting up a workspace, so I knew it would be a few weeks before I could dig in...

I have been seeing lots of these bangle type bracelets being made and I wanted to make some with Jenna's buttons! 

I picked up this thick wax vintage linen at a recent Junk Show that I went to so I could get started on my bracelets...


That face button just seemed so earthy to me, that picked out earth tone czech glass beads to use.  Since this button was larger, I picked out some larger beads.


Then I moved onto the blue and tan button with stars and picked out some smaller denim and brown colored firepolished czech glass beads....

  
Last, I pulled out some thinner waxed linen and knotted together some of my medium sized mother of pearl buttons and used the vintage button she sent as the clasp.  You can see that above as well.

I am super pleased at what I made, learned a new bracelet to make, and will be a new customer with Jeanna!  





Thank you, Jeanna, for what you sent!!  I loved participating in this blog hop!!  :)  Please check out all the other ones participating too!


* Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
* Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Transformed!

I am pretty much done with the organizing and really a day early!!  Sure, there is some more that I can do, but my goal was to get the area cleared out for my workspace and my supplies brought in and organized.  That has been accomplished!  Phase 1 and 2 are done!  Phase 3 will be the garage sale that will come in a few weeks!

You have seen all the pictures I started the project with and now I am going to show you what got accomplished yesterday.  I wish I would have taken pictures of my landing to my basement where all my jewelry supplies were stored, but I forgot until it was too late. 

This first picture actually shows you what was on the landing and then brought upstairs yesterday morning...it took me about 90 minutes to go up and down 1.5 flights of stairs to get it there.



This next picture shows how I organized it all onto my shelves...


  My desk....(still need to get some shelves on the wall to display what I make!)


Last, a look inside my supplies and organzing....I love old keys, buttons, vintage trinkets, and vintage rick rack....






Mission Accomplished!!  Hope you enjoyed this organizing adventure!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I'm almost done!!

The craft closet renew started back on March 15.    That means my bedroom, bathroom, and closet have been a mess for over a month now!!

Based on a consignment sale, Easter, spring break, and a birthday as well as a visit from mom and dad, the project became delayed...

I am happy to report....IT IS ALMOST DONE!

Yesterday, I got my bedroom and bathroom back and the organizing is about 80% done...a little more arranging needs to take place, but it is getting closer.  Today, I will move in my beading supplies and clear out another whole area doing that....it's finally all coming together...some pictures below will take you were I started and to where I am now!

Day 1....The front of this picture where you see the dresser and metal shelf, that is where the work area is in the following pictures!




Many Days later....


Finally....Getting closer!!




Now in order to get it all out...here is my garage sale picture....
But it has gotten much bigger!


I have many more pictures of empty shelves and other room changes....but finished project
pictures hopefully by the end of the week!!

I can't wait!!


Monday, April 16, 2012

5 Workouts Today!

I don't normally go to the gym...ok I never go to the gym but that is a different blog for a different day!  :)

However, today, I think I will get at least 5 workouts in for the stairs I will be running.  It's back to organizing!

Two out of these three shelves will hopefully be empty in the next few hours.  Everything on them, will be in a garage sale in the next couple of weeks.  This is only a portion of the longaberger I seem to be hoarding!  There are pottery and baskets on these shelves and about 15 tubs in the garage that I will unload...been selling over 15 years and I have quite the samples built up! It needs to go from upstairs to downstairs. 


These 2 shelves will then holding my beading supplies and tools.  I probably have enough to fill just one shelf, so I have other craft supplies that may be organized here on the other side of the room
that you are not seeing in this picture.

The next picture is where I am going to set up my work area once everything is moved around.  My "desk" is in those boxes leaning up against wall.



The biggest reason I can get back to organizing and moving stuff all around is BECAUSE we have 1 less car in the garage now.  We have a 4 car garage and had 4 cars in it....the truck we sold this weekend, so now I can get stuff out of this room, down into the garage...I have space...


So, these are my "before" pictures...more to come!  What are you organizing today? 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Studio Sublime Design Challenge!!

Sally Russik of Studio Sublime put out a challenge in January to get some of her new summer brights enameled beads and create them into a spring/summer design!! 

I jumped right in and she sent me this beautiful Sodalite Blue focal with some lime green accent beads!



I wanted to pair it up with some more brights, so although the coloring is a little off, these are some bright pink pearled type beads and a bright silver chain.


I wanted to keep it soft and perfect for spring and summer so I added some wood natural colored beads mixed in with the blue and lime enameled beads.

I topped it off with a silk flower in the same color of blue as the focal to bring it all together!

I hope you like it and check out everyone else that took part in this challenge!  Thank you, Sally, for putting it all together!