December 26, 2008
December 17, 2008
I'm off to the post office now to mail out another batch of packages. Tomorrow is my last working day and then it's a rush to get my Christmas presents finished.
A few last minute things I'm working on:
Silk pajama pants
Silk holiday skirts
A needle felted elephant
Some squirrels (minus the bead holes - my youngest daughter has been coveting my squirrel beads.)
Illuminated Manuscript Pendants
A 'guy' necklace for one of my bro-in-laws
Hmm, I better get my rear to the post office and then back home for some serious crafting. Are you still working on gifts? I know, I'm probably the only one not ready this year!
December 16, 2008
December 14, 2008
I'm off to do some sewing and watch a the Christmas Story. Ho, ho, ho...
December 13, 2008
I was hoping to list these yesterday, but those orders kept me busy. It's so hard to get everything done in just 8 hours while the girls are in school. I would often work for 2 or 3 hours in the evenings, but I've had some serious convictions about not working every waking moment and spending more time with my family and friends. I'm a workaholic, so it's a challenge.
I worked from 6:30am until just now. I'm getting ready to turn off this machine, clean my house a bit and pull out the Christmas decorations. Bake some cookies and help one daughter create a solar system. All in a day in life, huh?
I'm loving these faux vintage locket pendants that I made for the show. I have a few left and they are now listed on my website. At 30% off, they make a beautiful gift for $26! Now is a great time to pick up some stocking stuffers, I have earrings for $15 and the cutest squirrel and hedgie pendants. All jewelry is shipping out the next business day by priority mail, still in plenty of time to arrive before the big day. You'll just have to run over and see what else I put up today! I'm off to enjoy the day, I hope you do the same.
Visit the Humblebeads' Jewelry Gallery and check those names off your shopping list!
December 12, 2008
So, I've created a jewelry gallery on my website. The prices listed are 30% off the retail price. I'm also offering a free priority mail shipping upgrade for US residents.
Some of the designs were samples from projects that have appeared on my blog or the Art Bead Scene. Others are pieces that I made for the show. I have a nice collection of bracelets and necklaces listed now and will be listing more earrings and pendants during the weekend.
The last day to place orders from me is December 17th for Christmas delivery. After the 19th, I will be taking a few weeks off from beadmaking to spend time with my family and recharge. During this time my etsy shop will be open with items that ready to ship.
I'm looking forward to some time off. It's been a crazy fall season and while I'm trying very hard to end my work day at 3pm, I seem to keep sneaking back in and burning the midnight oil after the girls are in bed.
December 11, 2008
And my "Sea Urchin" necklace took home an honorable mention in the pearls category, which means I was able to pick the Interweave bead magazine of my choice for a year's subscription. Lucky! And it gets even better, both of these designs are in the Bead Star magazine which hits newsstands next week.
December 3, 2008
My strategy for doing a show is to have 2x the inventory that I'd like sell. So if my goal is $2000, I bring $4000 worth of jewelry. I always create a few show stopper pieces, ones that cost a few hundred dollars. A good chunk of my inventory is in the $40-75 price range and than 1/2 of what I bring is under $30. Those impulse buys: tons of earrings, ornaments and small pendants.
The show I'm doing is this weekend in San Antonio. It's Hecho A Mano at the Guadalupe Cultural Center. If you are in the area stop by! I've been encouraged that they had 2 ads in the newspaper this weekend. I've been hearing it mentioned all week on NPR and they have 3 huge street banners in different parts of the city. Kudos to the organizers for working on getting the word out.
In other news:
The Art Bead Scene's new monthly challenge is Puttin' on the Glitz. Stop by to check it out.
Stop by FabFiber's blog today and enter to win this very sweet bird ornament. All you have to do is leave a comment!
Opps, almost forgot to draw a winner from the Open House! The winner is Lorelei, who has won a holiday pendant!
December 1, 2008
6" silk ribbon
1. String brass spacer, monogram bead and a brass spacer one of the eye pins. Trim the wire to 1/4" and create a loop round nose pliers.
2. Attach the thick brass chain to the top loop and the thin brass chain to the bottom loop.
3. On the headpin, string the glass bead, Lucite flower and spacer. Trim wire to 1/4" and create a loop with round nose pliers.
4. Use round nose pliers to shape the other eye pin into a simple hook, attach to the top chain.
5. Tie the ribbon to the chain, near the top.
Love ornaments? Visit my etsy shop to see my holiday collection.
Lucite flower from BellaNoelle.
Link to the chat room: http://www.etsy.com/chat.php?room_id=Humblebeads_Chat_2
Space in the chat room is limited and open to those who first arrive. During the chat I will give away a Holiday pendant to one person who is attending.
Can't make it into the chat? Not to fear, you can win a pendant too. Leave a comment in this post on which is your favorite Humblebead Holiday item and I will draw one winner randomly on Tuesday, December 2nd - extended deadline to enter!
You can buy, knit or sew a tiny bead-sized stocking and put a few treasures inside. Who doesn't love a stocking full of goodies, no matter the size. Again, chocolate added to the gift would be appreciated.
I'm crazy for these wedding favor tins. You can pick them up at Michael's, 30 for $20 or in smaller quantities on Etsy. Add in an art bead, some findings and a few accent beads for a mini bead kit, just add creativity. (And chocolate!) To decorate the top of the tin, you could cut out a Christmas card with a pretty design to show through the top of the tin.
Featured Bead: Garnet Branches
Throughout the day you'll find new beads, surprise deals and inspiration here on my blog.
Check back right before noon for the link to my Humblebead's Holiday Chat. We'll dish about what we are making for the holidays, ideas for our upcoming celebrations and more.
If you subscribe to the blog, I have to warn you that there will be frequent updates today!
Specials for today: Free shipping in my etsy shop for all orders and a free dove ornament with purchases of $50 or more. (One per customer.) You can also save on shipping at my humblebeads site with the discount code M2008.
Now, let's get this party started with some Christmas tunes and hot cocoa.
To set the mood: Holiday music online at Accuradio.com. Pass the marshmallows!
November 30, 2008
November 29, 2008
November 24, 2008
November 23, 2008
So today I kept it simple and made a few silk scarves. The one pictured above is a steel gray dupioni paired with an Italian tapestry fabric that is very soft and supple. I think I'm going to bead the end of it to hide my seam. I'm definitely not an expert seamstress. Thank goodness for beads, they cover a multitude of sins. The second one I created was a beautiful blue silk scarf that I did with a simple rolled hemmed and plan on beading a little snowflake on one end. I'm working my way up to tackle the pajama pant pattern that I picked up this week. Seems scary!
I was gifted with the luxurious stash of silk dupioni fabrics. Who knows what I'll whip up over the next few weeks. I was thinking today of making some monogram ornaments and using my new beads with them. Hmm, we'll have to see.
I leave you with a photo of my very hard working assistant from early this week:
Who felt he had to create a self-portrait on his glove, when he should have been busy rolling beads. Jesseeeeee...(that was me yelling like Dave in Alvin and the Chipmunks.) Now that, my friends, is handmade!
November 22, 2008
In other Humblebeads news, you can see my beads in the December issue of Simply Beads. Melanie from Earthenwood Studio created an awesome scarf pin using our beads together. Above is my version with one of my limited edition Frost beads. You can find the pin and the beads in my etsy shop.
Have a great night. I'm going to go dig into my fabric stash and start working on some gifts, more on this tomorrow!
November 19, 2008
What's up the classic pearls Heath?
Well, I thought it would be funny to copy Anne Boleyn's famous B necklace. I'm thinking of making a few of these for some pre-teen nieces on my gift list, of course using their initials. The monogram beads are an antiqued gold with touches of light blue and white washed. The back are the lily pattern that you've seen on some of my other beads.
A complete view of the necklace. Finished off with chain for an adjustable length.
Another design possibility, a little more me. I used brass chain & rings, pearls in gold, lemon faceted glass and a few stones.
And a detail of the monogram bead.
So what do you think? I love them for gifts. They are bit subdued and abstracted. I could also see them used in some non-jewelry projects for a new bride.