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Monday, April 30, 2012

Flip It

Good Morning!
Are you struggling with a boring square charm or pendant?

Flip it!



I made these etched copper flower squares, when I went to use them I flipped them and made a diamond.
I think for earrings the diamond shape is perfect because it will elongate the face. 



So next time you are stuck for inspiration Flip It!
~Shannon

Friday, April 27, 2012

Finally Friday

Hello and welcome to another Finally Friday!
Wow I can't believe I haven't blogged all week.
I am in transition I guess you could say and I have been feeling very stressed and down. I think that whenever I am standing at a crossroads I become introverted and keep to myself. Which as a nail technician is very difficult to do let me tell ya!

First, we thought we might be pregnant. We are not and although I know that just means it wasn't God's plan I am still bummed.
Second, I have been really stressed out about pricing my jewelry pieces. I don't want to price them too high but after researching the topic to death and doing my taxes I have begun to realize that if I am to ever stop doing nails and start making jewelry full time and selling wholesale and consigning and my ultimate dream of world domination, okay being on tv, I simply must get a new formula for pricing. This is not something I take lightly and it has literally paralyzed me from making anything and from pricing what is made. I know I will figure it out but it isn't easy to put a price tag on my "babies."
Finally, this week at the salon was extremely busy. I had no lunch on Wed and Thurs and ran late on Tues. I never run late so that was stressful and my daughter has been getting up extra early and sneaking off to the living room to play.

Okay, so enough of my tales of woe. I am a bit better now, it's Friday! WooHoo!
I am still at the crossroads with where I want to take my jewelry business but I am starting to get a clearer vision and that makes me happy. I am prepping for my first ever craft fair with etsy so that is stressing me out and I am excited all at the same time.

Now to the Finally Friday reveal:



Design Seeds


This weeks palette was very hard for me to make something for so here is the necklace I came up with. It took about 4 hours to do all the wire wrapping! It is a connected 3 strand necklace, meaning the 3 strands do not come apart. The first strand is the longest and features a star from Nancy Schindler of RoundRabbitExtra. I wire wrapped Swarovski crystal pearls on Vintaj artemetal wire (it's dark gunmetal colored wire, love it).
The third strand is the shortest and features gray faceted rondelle crystals, Swarovski pearls and corrugated metal beads.


The second or middle strand has this woman on the moon charm from Vintaj. On the back of the charm I added polymer clay which I stamped, baked and treated with alcohol inks. I then made the chain from the Swarovski pearls and corrugated metal beads.


I made these super simple earrings with my etched copper discs, glass beads and sterling silver earwires.


Not an easy palette for me and these 2 pieces are not at all what I thought I was going to make as I was thinking of pulling out my keys and keyhole pendants but I simply paralyzed myself with worrying about pricing and all the stress and didn't make much all week. I need to get out of my own head!

Here is the Design-Seeds palette for the week:
spring greens
Design-Seeds
I think this one is perfect for this time of year, although it was freezing today I know spring is right around the corner!


The rules:
Look at color palette.
Be inspired.
Gather supplies inspired by that color palette.
Create something wonderful.
Anything, jewelry, clothes, a painting, even a big 'ole mess.
Take a picture.
Post on your blog.
Link palette to Design Seeds.
Add link here.
Play again the following week!

So did you make anything inspired by this weeks palette? Be sure to add your link below.
thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate you reading my blog and I hope you will join in next week with the Spring Greens palette :-)
~Shannon

Sunday, April 22, 2012

UPrinting Winner

I picked the winner of the UPrinting magnet giveaway...

Magnet Printing

Kim of CianciBlue!
Kim, I have forwarded your e-mail address directly to UPrinting and you should be hearing from them soon.
Thanks everyone for playing along!
~Shannon

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Picnic, Rain and Turkey

It has been 2 beautiful days here in NY. I spent the last 2 days home with my little girl playing outside. 



Friday was so beautiful that I made us a picnic lunch and threw down a blanket in the backyard. 



Today was too windy to have a picnic so we just laid on the blanket squishing ants and talking.




A turkey decided to come by and see what we were doing. 


I am sitting at my worktable now and it is starting to rain. I had heard rain for the whole weekend so I am thrilled it held off till tonight. The breeze coming in through the screen door is wonderful.

Today was a rough day. We woke to a huge mess she had made, it's gross so I won't go into detail let me just say bleach was involved. Then she wouldn't nap, there was lots of crying. Then at dinner she stuck her whole hand into the honey jar. The sweet kisses and hugs I got at bedtime made up for it all :-)

~Shannon

Please, please enter the Uprinting giveaway here: http://formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/u-printing-giveaway.html

Friday, April 20, 2012

Finally Friday 4/20/2012

Welcome to this week's Finally Friday reveal.

I have to let you guy's know that each palette is randomly selected. I don't search through my stash and find what beads I already have and then pick a palette. I open a Design Seeds email randomly and I choose one of the palettes from that email.
Okay now that I have said that I must tell you that this week's palette was hard for me to work with. I wavered between using all the colors and only using 1 or 2 of the colors.

To remind you here is last weeks palette:


indulgent tones
Design Seeds
Yikes, brown and gray and pink! Oh my.
I had a hard time wrapping my head around using all the colors so here is the set I made for this week:


I know it's hard to tell but those peanut seed beads are totally the same color as the first color in the palette and match the button perfectly!


Pendant from Marsha Neal Studio
Handmade button I bought at the Sheep and Wool Festival read more about it here



These earrings came about because of the wire wrapping my friend Cat was making the other day. I wore a similar pair to work the other day and they are looong and fabulous!

Here is next weeks palette from Design Seeds:
Oh how I love this one!
Design Seeds




The rules:
Look at color palette.
Be inspired.
Gather supplies inspired by that color palette.
Create something wonderful.
Anything, jewelry, clothes, a painting, even a big 'ole mess.
Take a picture.
Post on your blog.
Link palette to Design Seeds.
Add link here.
Play again the following week!

Thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate you taking your time to read my blog and leave comments. I just love hearing from you!
~Shannon

Oh and please enter the uprinting giveaway pretty please :-) heck it out here

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

U Printing Giveaway!


Hi!
I have a great giveaway for you guys today.
25 Business Card Magnets from UPrinting.
I have been really trying hard to brand my business and what better way to do that than with a business card magnet? 
You can give these to your favorite customers or include them in special orders. 
I know I keep tons of magnets on my fridge and one with my favorite supplier or that card of that girl with the awesome jewelry would be great.

Magnet Printing

Here is what you will win:

Prize Information:

25 pcs. card magnets for one (1) winner
2” x 3.5”
13pt Magnet Gloss
Front Only Printing
6 Business Days Turnaround
*Free shipping
Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only


Giveaway Entry:

1. Leave a Comment for 1 entry
2. Like UPrinting on Facebook
3. Follow UPrinting on Twitter
4. Add UPrinting to Google+ Circle

-leave separate comments for each thing you did for extra chances to win.
Make sure to include your email address.
Winner will be chosen on Sunday April 22nd.

Restrictions:

1. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years old and above.
2. No prize substitutions allowed.
3. Winners are allowed to win once over a six-month period.
4. Only email addresses used for the giveaway will be eligible to claim the prize.

~Shannon

Disclaimer:
"You should assume that I will receive free print products in exchange for the post. Any and all reviews posted are based solely on my own experience and may be atypical. Please practice due diligence in making any related purchase decisions. Interested to hold a giveaway like this? Please sign up here.”

Monday, April 16, 2012

Radio Silent

I am so sorry I was radio silent for a couple days without saying anything.
My husband, daughter, In-Law's and I decided last minute to go away for 2 days.
I don't like to let people know when I am going to be gone because you never know who will then know your house is empty.
So I can tell you now because we are home :-)
We had a nice couple of days relaxing and spending time together.
My daughter actually slept the night which I was shocked by because she has never slept out of her room before, ever.
We shared a room with her and I hope to never do that again.
She is a mover and a shaker. I got no sleep. She may even have brain damage from hitting her head into the wall, slept right through it too!
Anyway, I did get 7 pairs of earrings made, which I will show off as soon as I can get some pics.
I found an old ponds glass jar in the woods hiking, saw salamanders and found some cool fossils.
We watched Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, ate hot dogs and strawberries.
Here are a pair of earrings I made a couple weeks ago. 
The beads are from Pipsjewelry- are they not awesome?

It was a great weekend! Oh and I know it is Monday night but I am off on Monday's so technically it is still the weekend. Oh and I know most of you won't even get to read this till Tuesday morning, which will almost be the weekend again.
So what did you do this weekend and what are you doing next weekend?
~Shannon

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Flap Your Wings- Update

Hello, I wanted to get right to showing you guys what I ended up making this morning but alas I got nothin'.




I was able to take a few great pictures of the 2 pendants I made especially for this hop.
The one pendant, as you can see I messed up on the rivet. I think the other came out great.
I had intended on keeping one and auctioning off the other but after messing up on the rivet I have decided to keep both. The one with the mistake will be cut apart and the heart tossed in the garbage. I will probably cut off the bottom part of the wing and toss that in the garbage too. Then I am planning on using the top part for something else.
I think the problem here was that I made the holes too big so I had a hard time finding the proper size rivet. I made my own from copper wire but I am new to rivets so I have some learning to do.
Here are the 2 pieces I made in honor of my friend and mentor Judy.



 Here's the one with the messed up rivet:




 Here they are together:




Make sure you check out what the other participants have made:

THE PARTICIPANTS







(Amanda regretfully couldn't participant in the reveal but will be making a donation)

8. Kim Ballor 



11. Lana Kinney 

12. Kym Hunter 





















Some participants are auctioning, selling (whether privately or through online stores) their creations and will donate their proceeds to the charity of their personal choosing.  Please take the time to enjoy the hop with us, and consider purchasing/bidding/donating to the charities we all hold dear to our hearts.

In Judy's Obituary, the following charities were suggested for donations:


Mustang Alley Horse Rescue, 1020 Walters Road, Greenville, TN 37743 

Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Dermatology Melanoma Research Fund, 55 Fruit Street, Bartlett Hall Room 622, Boston, MA 02114

Friday, April 13, 2012

Flap Your Wings



Today is the reveal day for the Flap Your Wings blog hop in honor of Judith Glende. 
I have had a hard time creating something with Judy in mind. I am not sure if it is because I am trying to please her or if it is just because she left such an impression on my heart.
I have cut, etched, patina'ed, sealed. waxed, punched, riveted and drilled holes in this pendant and that is as far as I have gotten. I even made 2 of them figuring I would auction one off for charity and the other I would turn into a necklace.
Then when the time came all I could do was sit and stare at them. Would she be proud of what I made?
Would anyone else want to but one? 
So much self doubt entered my head I didn't even take any pictures.
I am going to take pictures in the morning, I promise! 
I may even make a necklace after sleeping on it.
I tend to do my best work in the morning light, before the chaos of the day gets going.

In the meantime please visit the other participants:

Finally Friday 4/13/2012

Hello!
Welcome to the Finally Friday Friday the 13th edition!
I am not superstitious. Are you?

Remember this post?
That's where I revealed this week's color palette:


cupcake blues
Design Seeds


When I created the first necklace my husband said, "wow, it's bright. It's pretty but brighter than you usually make."
At first I was a bit disappointed by what he said because I was worried it didn't "fit" into my body of work but then I wore it to lunch with a friend and I really love it. Bright? Yes. Me? Yes. Love? Yes.

So here is that necklace:

Trying a new background



A handmade button that I wire wrapped. A circle link from MarshaNealStudio which I used a lampwork double dipped headpin (can someone tell me who made these?) as a toggle and a squiggly drop in the front. Vintage lucite beads, remember this post? I have been using up this huge stash in almost every piece I have made recently!







 Okay, I got a little crazy this week and made a second necklace inspired by this weeks palette. I just love the spring feeling of it. This necklace is super long and really easy to wear. I wore it almost every day this week! I hate to even sell it I love it so much.






 I started by stamping Queen Bee to the back of a vintage lucite flower. I added a tiara stamp to the top,  added patina, punched 2 holes and wire wrapped it and the flower together.




 I grabbed this flower button and pendant from RoundRabbitExtra. I love the length od this necklace because I found myself playing with the smooth porcelain on this pendant all day long.


A Swarovski Crystal pendant from LimaBeads.com, some more vintage lucite,  a lampwork bead from PinkBeach and VinatjNaturalBrass findings finished this piece off nicely.



I almost forgot to show you the coolest part. I made little charms with my logo on them. They fir on the tip of my thumb, are made of copper and are super cute.



Here is next week's Finally Friday color palette:

indulgent tones
Design Seeds

The rules:
Look at color palette.
Be inspired.
Gather supplies inspired by that color palette.
Create something wonderful.
Anything, jewelry, clothes, a painting, even a big 'ole mess.
Take a picture.
Post on your blog.
Link palette to Design Seeds.
Add link here.
Play again the following week!

Thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate you taking your time to read my blog and leave comments. I just love hearing from you!
~Shannon