Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap n' Hop 2017

 Today is the day! The blog hop and reveal party! Just reposting the beads I sent (to the left) and what I received (on the right) before we get started.  My partner this year is Lori Schneider.  She sent me some great stuff, so let's go! 

With some of the turquoise-esque glass I made a bracelet with glass beads and copper.

 With the silver glass drops I made a pair of dangle earrings.  I intend on making a matching necklace, but I need to go chain shopping first.  Everything I have is either too large or too delicate.

I love theses earrings! I paired brass flower stampings with the enamel butterflies.  

Now on to the necklace. I seemed to be stuck on the blue/copper color scheme, so I went with it.  I used the blue/green glass beads along with one of the double sided focals and some glass beads from my own stash for this one.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.

I hope you all enjoyed my contribution to the blog hop.  Now go look at everyone else's!

Linda Anderson - Hostess -
Non-Seed Beaders
Hope Smitherman
Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kristina Peck (you are here)
Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 
Nicole Rennell
Seed Beaders

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap n' Hop Bead Reveal
So it's that time of year again!  I had so much fun with this group's bead swap last year that I decided to participate again.  This year my swap partner is Lori Schneider.  This is what I sent her. Don't worry, I know she's received it!
 The ceramic pendant is from Etsy's muddyfingers.  The bicones, triangles, daggers, and rondelles are all Czech glass.  There's also carved wooden beads, carnelian rounds, chain, and a toggle clasp.  I can't wait to see what she makes.
This is what I received. So much cool stuff!  The next time you see these beads, they will be a part of beautiful jewelry pieces.   Stay tuned!

Monday, January 16, 2017

2016: The Good Things
I think we can all agree that 2016 was a trying year.  I won't recap on those things, since they are different for everyone and cause disagreement.  I am trying to make an active effort to be more positive and as such, I decided to post about the milestones I and my family have reached this year.
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1. My nephew came into the world
Look at the peanut! His name is Levi and he is adorable.  That is all.
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2. I got my hair streaked my favorite color
Lime green have been my favorite color since I grew out of the pink phase.  I've dyed my hair black and bright red, but never a color it would need to be bleached for.  I had this done at a salon and it was a great experience.
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3.I became an LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist)
A year of hard work. 8 tests, 66 clinical hours, 15 clinical event hours, 2 practicals, and 1 state exam (the mBLEx) later I am officially a massage therapist.  This journey has been amazing and anxiety provoking at the same time.  I have learned many techniques, as well as gained a better ability to ask for help.
4. I got my first real job
(picture to follow) About a week after I finished up my clinical hours at school, I got a phone call from one of the supervisors.  A week after THAT, I became a member of Irene's Myomassology Institute's team of employees.  I work as a clinical supervisor, I supervise the students during their clinical hours, to make sure they are draping correctly, body mechanics are proper, etc.  I also get to be an instructor when a new class needs orienting to the clinic.
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5. I got to see my favorite band in concert
Behold Twinny.  She is holding up the shirt to demonstrate the band name.  Yes, were were in lawn seats.  Yes, it was crowded.  But they day was so fan-freaking-tastic.  I have enjoyed Breaking Benjamin's music since 04', and with hiatuses, illness of the lead singer, and the band breaking up, I was worried I'd never see them live.  But They came out with a new album in 15' and we got to see them as well as Disturbed.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

The End of an Era (sort of)
So yesterday was my birthday.  On an autumn day almost three years ago, I began a list called 101 Goals in 1001 Days.  today ends that 1001 days.  Let's see how I did. Warning: Lots of text ahead.

Get a job
Start college
Get driver's license
Get passport
Ask for help 10 times
Go on a road trip (Massachusetts?)
Make an etsy account

Sell jewelry at an art show or in a store
Get published in a jewelry magazine
Post a piece of jewelry on the jewelry making journal
Create a new piece of jewelry every month
Get/make a gecko piece of jewelry
Take a jewelry making class
Order something from an online bead store
Participate in bead soup
Make a jewelry tutorial
Give plastic beads away
Use my ball pein hammer to make piece of jewelry
Figure out and use the findings my oldest sister gave me

Roast a duck
Can something (pickles, applesauce, jam)
Eat 5 new fruits or vegetables
Make Croquembouche
Participate in Meatless Monday for 12 weeks
Make a recipe from a Wiccan cookbook
Make English toffee
Make southwestern eggrolls
Make angel food cake/chiffon cake from scratch
Learn how to grill
Plant a vegetable garden

Complete exercises in Brighid's Healing book
Make a Brighid altar
Make and dress candles for sabbats/esbats
Complete rituals on all 8 sabbats
Recognize all 13 esbats
Learn how to read tea leaves
Start herbal grimoire
Make a Brighid's Cross with plant material
Go to a metaphysical class
Complete 30 days of Kitchen Witchery
Make a dream pillow/charm bag
Make Kitchen Witch burned spoon-wands
Become a certified crystal healer

Dye something naturally
Complete one of the three Wreck this Journal books
Make a rag rug out of old linens
Sew up pillow
Make a tincture
Make massage oil
Make four seasonal wreaths
Make a nice binder for recipes
Use calligraphy set
Make Frankenstein candle
Make mosaic
Learn to knit/crochet a hat
Refinish dry sink
Finish a latch hook
Make a baby blanket for my oldest sister (in green with a high quality yarn)

Save $100
Save $500
Buy a digital camera
Buy new linens
Buy a flash drive
Sell FFX, FFX-2, and Xenosaga
Buy an e-course from someone whose blog I enjoy
Pare down and sell manga
Check credit history

Write 25 chapters for story or have it complete
Have 200 blog posts
Journal every day for a month straight
Write in a public place
Write blog post about being a late bloomer
Start Team Krimmy blog

Ride bike for five miles straight
Lose 50 pounds
Drink tea every morning for 3 weeks
Take Roxy for a walk for 6 months
Complete beginners yoga dvd
Do sun salutations every morning for 3 weeks
Hike up a trail without dying
Develop a skincare regimen
Get teeth fixed
Visit a spa

Spend an afternoon with my oldest sister doing something fun (crafting, go carts, putt-putt)
Buy Momo something expensive
Introduce myself to the neighbors (after we've moved)
Share something I've baked with the neighbors
See Cheza
See Janelle
See B
Visit Dad and Jackie
Visit Grandma Elsie's grave
Surprise Twinny with something nice

Learn how to put my hair into a bun
Organize craft desk drawer
Finish FFXII
Get computer fixed or get a new one
Take dance lessons
Start learning Spanish
Have Hobbit/LOTR marathon 

Final Count 51/101
I am not going to beat myself up over it.  Halfway done is decent as far as I am concerned.  Plus, certain ones I almost finished or couldn't finish.  I will be completing the summer wreath today and that's the last one.  So *shrugs*  I'm happy with it.  This Lughnasadh I will be making another goal list and posting it, so stay tuned!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bead Peeps Blog Hop Reveal

Today is the day!  Just a quick recap before we get started.  My partner was Shaiha of Shaiha's Ramblings.  Check the post before this to see all the lovely things I was sent.  This is what I sent her. (I used her picture since mine seem to have disappeared.)


This necklace used some of the little green flower beads and the purple ribbon to finish off a flower focal I made.

I gave the goddess pendant a watery home with tiny conch shells as well as stick and blister pearls in white and coin pearls in purple.  Hopefully this necklace will help me embrace my watery side (my least dominant element of the four.)

With this necklace I used the house focal with the green/blue glass, red rondelles, and the chain given to me by Shaiha. The only bits I added were the hematite beads to cover the crimps and the toggle clasp.  This piece will be a gift for my sister on my birthday.

I have a few other piece in the works.  I'm making a springy dangle bracelet using the yellow ceramic flowers as well as some more green flowers.  I'm thinking of using the blue glass bead caps in a pair of earrings.  I have no idea what I'll use the bow ties for, but we shall see.

Anyway, I'm off to class now!  I will be commenting on posts later on this evening.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Bead Peeps Swap n' Hop
I got my bead soup a couple of weeks ago, but due to cats, lighting issues, and a sprained ankle, I haven't gotten the pictures up until now.  Sorry Shaiha!
Shaiha of Shaiha's Ramblings sent me a bunch of awesome stuff.  She also sent me some delicious chocolate, but I ate that.  The green bow ties are from Mandrel 2, the flowers are from JB Arts, and the house is from Jangles.  My sister expressed interest in the house pendant, so a gift of jewelry may be in her future.

These glass beads coordinate perfectly with the house pendant.  Plus, I have almost NO red left in my bead stash.  Thanks Shaiha!  

I love these cloth ribbons.  The blue and green one might also go with the house, but the purple/pink one has been claimed by a lime green pendant I'm working on.  The goddess pendant is the first one I've owned!  It, along with the blue bead caps in the first pic, are from Firefly Designs.  I can't wait to give her a proper piece to suit her beauty.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Things I've Made

 Just a little post highlighting some of the jewelry I've made recently, seeing as I've never posted it.  I'm not very confident in my photographing abilities, so I procrastinate a lot when it comes to sharing things I've made.  I am determined to do better!  

This first piece I call Fire and Earth. I made it for myself in honor of my more potent elements.  The focal is brass and copper.  The chain is also brass and the beads are serpentine from a bracelet my sister bought me that din't quite fit.

This piece I call Winter's Gift.  The design came to me a few years ago after doing a guided meditation from Jamie Ridler about winter.  This was a gift to my eldest sister.  She wanted me to repurpose the glass briolettes from some earring that weren't her style.  So I added some glass pearls, silver-tone chain, bead caps, and a dumortierite focal.

I love these cuff links.  These were a gift to my brother-in-law who also likes paisley.  I made them out of polymer clay then painted and sealed them.