Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's a Creative Circle Blog Hop!

Happy spring!! It's 47 degrees in Ohio this morning and it feels like spring!

Like time, I think temperature is relative. People living in Florida might think 47 degrees is COLD! Ohioans will likely be wearing shorts and flip flops later on today, especially if it gets to 60.

Spring is the perfect time for something fresh and new and I'm excited to share some new designs today, yay! Thanks to fellow Cousin Creative Circle Ambassador, Dawn Doucette, we're having a blog hop!! Thanks Dawn!

She attended the most recent CHA and became inspired and filled with creativity. Dawn suggested all of the Ambassadors design some pieces using the same beads. A fun experiment in seeing how people design so differently.

I'm always up for something new! Special thanks to Shelly Owen for sharing the above pic of the supplies received.

I never really know how things are going to evolve until they do, so it's just as much a surprise to me as anyone else! I ended up making two bracelets and a necklace.

 I LOVE these metal leaves. They are perfect for making little bracelets by gently bending the leaf and adding a chain, so simple. The peace sign and tassle were already attached, so in keeping with my usual philosophy, this felt so easy and effortless.

The chain bracelet was also fun and easy! I'd never just quadrupled up the chain and added jump rings to the ends before, usually I would measure or count the links, this method made it come together very fast. The best part of the bracelet are the little sparkly rondelles nestled in among the chain strands. When it catches the light, it's a little bit of a surprise. :)

This sparkly necklace perfectly feeds my need for sparkle. Simple design, but definitely worth a double take because of the sparkliness.

Thanks again Dawn for the inspiration and the fun! It looks like a good time was had by all the Ambassadors, take a look:

Shelly Owen - Raziela's Designs - razieladesigns.blogspot.com
Allison Cooling - Quiet Lion Creations - quietlioncreations.blogspot.com
Rachel Nielsen - Adventures of a DIY Mom - adventuresofadiymom.com
Molly Alexander - Beautifully Broken Me - Beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
Rebecca Utermohlen - My Girlish Whims - www.mygirlishwhims.com
Carolina Moore - 30 Minute Crafts - 30minutecrafts.com
Dawn Doucette - Bella Amore Legacy Jewelry

Friday, February 6, 2015

Neon Pop!

OMG, there's something about the new NEON POP line from Cousin Corp that makes me smile! The colors are awesomely bright and some of the shapes are reminiscent of the 80's.

Considering it's 30 degrees right now and sadly, it's a heat wave in comparison to earlier in the week, these bright colors are just what I need!

My latest stash arrived this week, but this is the first chance I've had to open the packages and take it all in. Wow!

I'm feeling some tassel earrings AND I can't wait to create with the clear plastic snapped cuff.

The multicolor chain is calling out to me too, yikes. Is this what a psychic feels like in a crowded room? The voices!! :)

Fortunately my voices are all about beads...I think I can take it. ;) I'd probably be more concerned if I got nothing, no inspiration, just silence. Oooh, too scary to think about.

Let me know what you think about the Neon Pop collection. I love it when Cousin puts their new line on their wholesale AND retail site!

Don't forget to share ideas for the clear cuff too!

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Gift of Balance - Snowflake Obsidian

This is a necklace I've been wearing all month. It was a gift from a friend around the holidays. These nesting cages are perfect for carrying your favorite gemstones.

I received snowflake obsidian in mine. It is said to balance mind, body and spirit by drawing hidden imbalances to the surface so they can be released. Snowflake Obsidian can remove negativity from a space or person with ease. Ahh....doesn't that all sound wonderful?

This was exactly what I needed a couple weeks ago when I had jury duty. I did feel calm in such an unusual, awkward and stressful situation. 

If you know of any other little gemstone nests, please let me know. I'd love to find one that holds a stone and lays flat as a focal piece in a bracelet.

Thanks for your help! :)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

In Love with Sparkly Chain

In love? Well, yeah! On a gray January day, I can easily say I'm in love with sparkle!

I'm also loving the Cousin Corporation for sending me all this happiness from sunny Florida! :)

Here's the whole stash. I haven't had a chance to get it all opened and organized, so this is the fun creative phase.

The possibilities are endless! I like to think of two different ways to design.

Something fairly conservative that I would feel comfortable wearing every day and something a little more fun, maybe a little more out there.

That makes me happy!! And, that is what creativity means to me...HAPPY!

How about you? When you get a new stash of sparkle, what do you do first? When do you begin creating in your head? Do you think conservative or fun?

I'd love to hear about your process!! Please share.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Sparkly New Year!

Happy New Year! I wish you all the most fabulous and sparkly year ever!!

My New Year's necklace was finished just in time! Yay!!

I LOVE when things come together in an unplanned and perfect way. A great reminder that everything always works out. Especially when it comes to beads!

Back in an October post, It's okay to go crazy with sparkle, I mentioned I came across these SPARKLY pave connectors on the Primabead.com site.

I had been dreaming about how to use them in a New Year's necklace ever since. It turned out I was able to get them sent to me from the Cousin Corporation as one of their Ambassadors. Their sister company, PrimaBead.com is their retail site.

I also requested the silver plated open oval teardrops from the Cousin.com catalog.

Just after ordering these pieces, Cousin surprised all the Ambassadors by sending us each a giant box of Swarovski swag!!

It just so happened the box contained a bunch of these tiny little top drilled briolettes that fit perfectly in the open teardrop forms.

Ahh, what a great way to begin 2015!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Holiday activity with a twist!

This month has busily flown right by! I hope everyone is well and gearing up for a brand new year.

As I reflect over the last month or so I am truly amazed at all of the activities, events and accomplishments! Craftnight, holiday show, holiday party, super secret elf visits, family gift giving and 5 Cousin Corp jewelry projects due the week before Christmas, not to mention a sinus infection and relapse! Phew!

Most people I talk to have a similarly heroic list, it just happens to be a hectic time for many, but hopefully upon reflection, like me, you'll find evidence of fun too! :)

Before heading into the new year, I wanted to share my excitement in finding out on Christmas Eve that one of my Cousin Corporation projects from last spring made it onto the Joann.com project page.

It's the Holiday Twist Necklace project. Yay, that made me very happy and interestingly content and inspired for what the new year might bring.

I have some fabulously sparkly Cousin connector pieces I picked out to make New Year's Eve jewelry...so, I best get busy!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Making Holiday Jewelry?

Are you making holiday jewelry for friends and family to wear during the upcoming holidays?

I just had to share my latest bead haul, hope you don't mind!! Definitely need to rephotograph when I have more time, so here's a link:

These are some of the latest pieces from Cousin's Tis the Season line...love them! 

I just opened the box and am going to have to force myself to get ready for work without picking up tools!

If you're making holiday jewelry, please share your stories and links in the comments!!

Happy Holidays! :)