Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Impress Is On Its Way

I am so excited. I finally got the email I have been waiting for. My Impress Bead Liner is on its way! I should get to work making more beads for it I suppose. If I could just get my tax work done, I would be there already.

Now all I have to do is wait for the Impress's arrival.

Have a good night everyone!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Thanks to everyone who checked out my treasury recently. I really appreciate all of the comments everyone left. It sure makes designing the treasuries a lot more worthwhile.

Thanks again!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yeah! My Treasury Is Up!

Finally I got a treasury. Here is the link:

I had to change it a bit because one of the items was no longer available.
See my previous post for the screen shot that I originally took.

Oh, I just checked to see which one was missing. It is the mushroom with the red cap. I must go and search for another one to add.

My Bead Liner is Coming

A while ago I ordered a tool for lining my large hole beads with a silver core, more resembling the Pandora, Troll-style beads commonly seen. It is the Impress Bead Liner from I am excited to get this. I have sold many beads without the core and people seem happy with them. It is the few people that turn their noses up when seeing there is no core that I want to appease. Not necessarily as much to make them happy as to not have to see the reaction on their faces.

I can't get over how much specialty shops/jewelers sell the name brand beads for. No core is worth that much. And most of the beads I have seen in person are not that nice. That is why I like to make them. Mine may not be gorgeous to everyone, but I do think a lot of them have more character than the "name brand" ones. I may not have a catchy name or story that goes with each one, but I also don't mass produce hundreds of the exact same design. Here are a few of the ones I have (uncored of course):

Once I get my lining tool, I am hoping to add a few to my etsy shop. I will show you when I get some done. I also just ordered some metal to line them with. Besides sterling silver, I am also going to try copper and brass.

Good things are about to come.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Moss and Woodland

I just noticed that the treasury on etsy should open up again, so I created another one using the poster sketch tool. There are only 7 more spots to expire before it opens but that isn't supposed to be for several hours and I will be at work then. So I decided to add the collection that I put together here incase I don't get a spot.

I searched for woodland, forest, and moss and here are the things I liked best.

The first thing that I did find was Mr. Dimbleby. I absolutely love the things in that shop There are so many cool looking items. That is what sparked my search for the items I found.

I unfortunatly don't have links for most of these items or their respecive shops. But a search for the seller and I am sure you will find what you are looking for. With any luck I will get a treasury spot and be able to add a working link so you can just click and find.

Take care

Monday, March 8, 2010


My youngest daughter started skating at school the other day. This was her very first time ever on skates. Needless to say, she didn't skate circles around...well, anything.

Her teacher first taught them how to fall and get back up. Well, she got the falling part down pat. Unfortunately she was not able to get back up. So after a bit I convinced her to come to the boards to help her up. She got up, but she didn't let go of the boards. Her dad and I both wished we had skates so we could have helped her. We both felt so bad.

Near the end, her teacher came and got her, this is when we found her skates weren't tied properly and they were a bit too big. (We got there late so someone else tied them for her) I retied them quite tight, which helped, but they were just too big.

Since then, we took her and our middle one out skating. The next time she went skating with the school she was awesome! She only fell twice and didn't hold the boards at all. She was still cautious, but in a good way. She skated in the middle of the ice all by herself. We were so proud of her. And more importantly she was proud of herself.

I just wish we had taken them out sooner to practice. One, it would have been helpful to them, and two, now it is melting and we will have to wait until next year to do it again.