Friday, September 28, 2012

Finally Friday - Cloud Tones

cloud tones
Design-Seeds - Cloud Tones

Here is what I was inspired to make this week:
the turquoise beads are vintage lucite, the brown beads are glass and the whitish beads are snow quartz.
I have hand wire wrapped each bead individually to make the chain.

The pendant is from Kabella, I bought a grab bag from them at a show and this was in there. I found a tiny brown glass flower and layered it, a blue glass flower and the pendant. I used a headpin and wire wrapped the three together and made a top loop to create this pretty pendant. It was the jumping off point for this pretty, simple necklace.



Here is the palette for next week:
autumn dew
Design-Seeds Autumn Dew
Make an item or choose materials inspired by the palette and write a blog post about it, post the item for sale, or post the item on your website. Add the link to your blog post, shop or website in the comments next week.
The only rule is that if you use the Design-Seeds palette you must link directly to http://www.Design-Seeds.com
Have fun and I can't wait to see what you make!

~Shannon

Also, I have come up with what I think is a great way to share what my readers are making. If you e-mail be by 6pm the night before (so Thursday night) I will happily share a picture of what you made and a link to your shop, blog, etc in my post. So make sure to send me an e-mail at formysweetdaughter@me.com before 6pm next thurs to have your item featured on my blog.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday Tips and Echo Creative Club Reveal

Today is a Tuesday Two-fer :-)
Here are a set of nails I did this week:

These are like Pink and White acrylic nails but I replaced the White acrylic with a Black acrylic mix I made myself. The mix has black acrylic, black glitter, hologram glitter and some clear acrylic to make it a bit less messy.

Now for what I made with the piece I was sent for this month's Echo Creative Club:

How beautiful is that flower? I was tickled pink when I opened my envelope!

Here is the bracelet I made with that awesome flower. 
I added the ceramic bird and ceramic round bead on either side of the clasp. 
They are both from Gaea Cannaday.
Then I found these pretty peach, pink and white potato pearls in my bead box so I made a double strand into a single strand bracelet.
At the clasp is a glass flower, a glass bead and a single pearl dangle.

Thank you Jeannie, I love this flower and I think the bracelet is pretty darn great too ;-)

Visit Jeannie here.
and the rest of the bloggers here:
Charlie Jacka  http://clay-space.com/
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/
Shannon Chomanczuk http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com/ <--that's me!


So what do you think?
Would you wear black nails? yes, no, why or why not?
Do you like the bracelet? Too sweet or just sweet enough?
~Shannon

Friday, September 21, 2012

Finally Friday - Frosted Tones

frosted tones
Design-Seeds - Frosted Tones
I loved working with this palette, the pop of Raspberry was so much fun to work with. I was worried at first that I wouldn't have anything to work with or that I wouldn't be inspired by working with Raspberry. It isn't a color I often choose.

I used a handmade bronze leaf, wood beads, czech glass beads and flowers, 
the focal is from Heather Powers of Humblebeads. 


I love the hook clasp in the front and I wire wrapped it for a little something extra :-)
The pink and white enameled beads are so special.


I love this silk from Marsha Neal Studio







Here is the color palette for next week:

cloud tones
Design-Seeds - Cloud Tones
Do you like it? I couldn't resist that fluffy cloud. As the nights are getting cooler here in NY and we are getting closer to sweater weather this cloud made me think of summer.


Make an item or choose materials inspired by the palette and write a blog post about it, post the item for sale, or post the item on your website. Add the link to your blog post, shop or website in the comments next week.
The only rule is that if you use the Design-Seeds palette you must link directly to http://www.Design-Seeds.com
Have fun and I can't wait to see what you make!

~Shannon

Also, I have come up with what I think is a great way to share what my readers are making. If you e-mail be by 6pm the night before (so Thursday night) I will happily share a picture of what you made and a link to your shop, blog, etc in my post. So make sure to send me an e-mail at formysweetdaughter@me.com before 6pm next thurs to have your item featured on my blog.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Guest Blogger - Inspiration Wednesday

whisked tones
Design-Seeds - Whisked Tones

I am guest blogger over on the Hudson Valley Etsy Team blog today.
See what I was inspired to make by the above Design-Seeds palette.
~Shannon

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Tips




Gelish Magneto in Inseparable Forces

I am loving the Magneto gel polish! It is fun and easy to apply and lasts for 2-4 weeks. 

I got no questions last week so I am just going to check and make sure you are all using your cuticle oil. Are you? You should be applying it 2 - 3 times a day. It will help your nails grow, keep rough cuticles at bay, make your acrylics last longer, look better and lift less.
Yes, it does all that! 
I love cuticle oil and even keep a small bottle of it in my purse at all times.
I have even used it as lip gloss for when my lips get really dry.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day!
~Shannon
So are you using your cuticle oil 2-3 times a day? Why or why not? Leave me a comment below
Also, have you tried blue polish before? Would you? Why or why not?


I am signed up for the Flourish and Thrive Academy and I am an affiliate. The academy is starting in a couple weeks and I have been listening to their free calls. Click on the badge above to check them out!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Beads Of Clay Designer Challenge Reveal



I was sent the above selection of beads (thanks Cilla for the picture) and given the opportunity to participate in the Beads of Clay Designer Challenge.
Beads were sent by:
Marla James
Karen Totten
Janel Goolsby
Julie McKee Rowe
Eleanor Thomas
Kristi Bowman-Gruel

The rules were simple make 1 pair of earrings and 1 necklace and you must use everything you were sent. Yikes! I didn't think I could do it and it took over 4 hours to make the necklace but I did it! Yes I did. I used everything I was sent and made only 1 necklace and 1 pair of earrings.







I love the dangle detail in the front and especially love the earrings. They are long shoulder dusters and are just fun to wear. The necklace is busier than I would normally make and wear but it is growing on me and I am actually starting to like it.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you will head to the Beads of Clay blog to see the other participants.
~Shannon

Friday, September 14, 2012

Finally Friday

agate blues
Design-Seeds


For as inspired by the fall palette from last week I was at a loss when it came to this blue/gray palette. I did manage to make something but it was not easy and I had hoped to make more pieces. 
I do like what I made however. It is a pretty Czech glass and Smoky Quartz bracelet with glass flowers and this etched copper dragonfly necklace.




Here is the palette for next week:

frosted tones
Design-Seeds - Frosted Tones


Make an item or choose materials inspired by the palette and write a blog post about it, post the item for sale, or post the item on your website. Add the link to your blog post, shop or website in the comments next week.
The only rule is that if you use the Design-Seeds palette you must link directly to http://www.Design-Seeds.com
Have fun and I can't wait to see what you make!

~Shannon

Also, I have come up with what I think is a great way to share what my readers are making. If you e-mail be by 6pm the night before (so Thursday night) I will happily share a picture of what you made and a link to your shop, blog, etc in my post. So make sure to send me an e-mail at formysweetdaughter@me.com before 6pm next thurs to have your item featured on my blog.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Inspiration Wednesday - Guest Blogger

flora tones
Design-Seeds

I am guest blogger today over on the Hudson Valley Etsy Team blog.
I designed a necklace and earring set inspired by this Design-Seeds palette. I hope you will check it out.
http://hvetsyians.blogspot.com/2012/09/inspiration-wednesday_12.html

~Shannon

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday Tips

Pink and White Acrylic Nails


Here is a question I received last week:
Back in the 80's some mermaids, such as myself, used to wear a solid silver pinkie pinky nail that we glued on over our real nail for a night out at the fish tail bar. Has that trend resurfaced or has it died for good?

My answer:
Nope I say go for it. I think anything goes as far as nails are concerned this season. Have you seen the new Minx or Jamberry nail coverings? You could even try using one of those to give yourself a blinged out accent nail :-) Have fun!

Today being September 11th, I hope everyone will take a moment to remember the fallen, the brave, and the families of all those affected by this tragedy. God Bless America! 
~Shannon

Got a question for me? 
Leave me a comment below or send me an e-mail at formysweetdaughter@me.com.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Finally Friday

color cove
Design-Seeds

Love this color palette! We went to my In-Law's house upstate over the holiday weekend and I took my beading supplies with me. I made so many pieces of jewelry inspired by this palette.

etched copper

fun wire wrapped lampwork and agate beads

handmade porcelain pendant




handmade ceramic leaf and bracelet bar

wire wrapped bronzite, lampwork and agate beads
Here is the color palette for next week:

agate blues
Design-Seeds

Make and item or choose materials inspired by the palette and write a blog post about it, post the item for sale, or post the item on your website. Add the link to your blog post, shop or website in the comments next week.
The only rule is that if you use the Design-Seeds palette you must link directly to Design-Seeds.com.
Have fun and I can't wait to see what you make!

~Shannon

Also, I have come up with what I think is a great way to share what my readers are making. If you e-mail be by 6pm the night before (so Thursday night) I will happily share a picture of what you made and a link to your shop, blog, etc in my post. So make sure to send me an e-mail at formysweetdaughter@me.com before 6pm next thurs to have your item featured on my blog.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall Color Inspiration

I am guest blogger over at the Hudson Valley Etsy Team blog today for Inspiration Wednesday and here is the color palette I was working with for this weeks post:

autumn hues
Design-Seeds

Isn't it awesome?! I made so many pieces of jewelry this weekend with this palette as a jumping off point. I just love earthy colors and as you can see from the picture below I had a plethora of handmade pendants to choose from:


I hope you will stop by the blog to see what I made,
be sure to stop by on Friday to see the pieces I made for Finally Friday.
Have a great day!
~Shannon

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday Tips


Custom mixed red colored acrylic nails with a touch of glitter


Here is the question I received last week:
Is it a fad to do one color different in a set of 10 nails? 
How do you do it so it doesn't look like you chipped one and just redid it with a different color? 

I had to smile at this question because I have been doing the "accent" nail thing since I was a kid and offering it to my clients for 11 years. So I was cool before it was cool, lol.
Anyway, to answer your questions. Is it a fad? My personal view is no. Accent nails or nail art on 1-2 nails has been around forever. 
How can you make it not look like you chipped a nail? Be confidant. For someone who is used to an all 1 color manicure I saw start this trend subtly, paint al 10 nails the same color and then paint your accent nails with glitter. This will make you get used to the idea of an accent nail without calling attention to them.
When you are ready to take the next step paint your accent nail in a color that is 2-3 shades darker or lighter than the other nails, top with glitter if you wish. 
The next step is to paint the accent nails in a complimentary color. Get out your color wheel and pick colors opposite each other.  Think teal and fuchsia, red and green, blue and orange. 
I tell my clients this all the time -it is not a tattoo. Nail art or nail color is a great way to step out of your comfort zone, if only for a week or two so go for it and try an accent nail or two, get some crazy bright color or some glow in the dark neon orange nails with black zebra stripes and glitter. A quick soak in some acetone and you'll be back into your french manicure in no time :-)
~Shannon

Got a question for me? Leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at formysweetdaughter@me.com
Happy Tuesday!