Friday, November 7, 2014

Swarovski Sampler Bracelet

You've heard of sampler quilts, here's a sampler bracelet!

One of the "strands" I received from the Cousin Corporation in celebration of their new designation as the DIY distributor for Swarovski, was a pearl knotted strand of a variety of their glass pearls.

Since it already had a lobster clasp on one end, I just added on some jump rings on the other end and am wearing my sampler as a doubled up bracelet. It's so awesome, goes with everything AND gets attention.

People have even wanted to touch it! :) I think it's the variety that's attracting attention.

Either way, I'm loving it and have to remember not to stare, I have other things to do. I could really get lost staring at beads! How about you?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Living a Sparkly Dream!

What would you do if you found out a box of Swarovski products arrived at your door, but you still had to get through the rush-hour commute before you could see what was in it?

That's right, ask your husband to open it!

Here's how it went: "It's really big and heavy! There's a card on top from Cousin that says, enjoy your Swarovski swag!"

When I asked what he saw inside the box, the response was "bubble wrap, books and boxes". That's when I realized I wouldn't really know what was in there until I got home, :)

The Cousin Ambassadors were given some exciting news last week. Here's the exact phrasing:

“We are now the authorized distributor for Swarovski Create Your Style (CYS) for the DIY market. We took it over from EK Success effective July 1. This means Cousin will supply CYS to the craft chains like Michaels, Jo-Ann, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, and Walmart US.”

NICE! Congratulations to Cousin Corporation AND a giant thank you for the fabulous, fun and sparkly box of Swarovski awesomeness!

When I actually had a chance to get settled in with my Swarovski box, I had to keep pinching myself and remember to revel in the moment. Here are just a few of the treasures.

I think it's safe to say I'll be sharing more as I make my way through everything. Yay!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's okay to go crazy with sparkle!

Ooh! I am loving this sparkly pave/rhinestone connector!!

It's so easy to picture this connector in a mega dangly necklace. When jewelry pieces create themselves in my head, it must be my responsibility to bring them to life.

I did a quick search on the word "pave" on the website and voila...there it was. Sitting there waiting for me to find it.

Have you ever had beads and components speak to you like that? I often wish they would when I am feeling uninspired, so it's wonderful when it happens.

If you are willing, I'd love to hear your story about beads talking to YOU. Not just to reassure myself I'm not crazy, but because I know it happens to us all at some point.

True inspiration, ahhhh, a wonderful thing!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

What can you make in 10 minutes?

For some reason I'm having deep thoughts about jewelry this morning. :) It's not the first time I asked myself if I tend to wear sparkly jewelry when I'm happy or when I'm in need of a little extra happiness.

Since the answer was a little bit of both, I've decided to do a better job of making fun, happy and sparkly jewelry easy to reach every day. Extra insurance or ensurance of either bringing the happy or adding to it!!

My bead order arrived the night before last and inspiration didn't hit until early yesterday morning. Why inspiration? Why do you come when I am supposed to be getting ready for work?

I took a couple things that could be easily connected thinking I could make something at lunch. I'm so glad I did!!! Since I gave away the necklace I made with this sweet little owl, I'd been wanting to make a new one for myself.

I thought I brought necklace chain, but it was actually a silvery bracelet chain. No worries, I stuck the little owl on the chain and LOVE it!!! It took no more than 10 minutes to figure out how to connect the owl with jump rings, size the chain and add a tiny toggle.

Wishing you all a fun, sparkly and creative weekend. If you have a 10 minute project to share, please leave a link in the comments! :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bead and Craft Blogger Inspiration!

OMG, I am loving Carmi's cuff bracelet! Wow, not only do I love this, I truly admire her vision! Carmi, you're my idol!!

It's so great when you are struck with an awesome vision that's strong enough to set a goal of creating a dozen cuff bracelets! I just had to share!!

Read more about Carmi's cuffs below and join me as I check in with our other crafty blogger pals to see what they're up to TOO! :)

Carmi's Art/Life World
The summer goal of hand sewing twelve crazy cuffs was met with this salute to the fleur de lis!

Teddy's Scarf
The teddy bear scarf is done!

Artist Profile: Photographer Taerie Kelly
Taerie is a good example of how people can find their way from being crafters to accomplished artists. She has her first solo show starting this Friday!

Mini Canvas Making
Cherie's working on some mini canvases to decorate her office.

Beading Arts
The final chapter of "Bored by Back Stitch" is now ready and available for download! The topic is "Textured Surfaces", and features ways to include shibori silk ribbon, metal mesh ribbon, soutache braid, and candy bags in your bead embroidery work!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chain People Love!

This is actually listed as "connectors" on, but to me, it looks like chain.

People LOVE this chain! It's very attention-getting!! There's something so cool about it, I am wondering if it's the different textures.

You don't even need to use beads inside or in between or dangling from it. It's got a coolness about it. Hmm, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Even though you don't need to use beads with it, I can't help wanting to.

I'm thinking some dangles on the links in between...How about you?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Yikes, It's Craft Night!

The "Yikes" means I don't have my craft ready!

If anyone has ideas for fun and easy jewelry projects, please leave a comment!!

I'm getting ready to start digging through bead containers to find inspiration to make a project prototype and put kits together. This is one of my favorite parts of preparing for craft night, but I'm usually a little more ahead of the game.

It's also my b-day weekend and I got distracted by my gift, a Pebble smartwatch (above). :) I'm so lucky!!

There's no app for making a project for craft night, however, it HAS inspired me to make a bracelet that brightens up my rather large new Pebble!!

Any ideas on what would bring the sparkle to either the wrist WITH the Pebble or the opposite wrist that would sort of balance things out? No rush on those ideas, anytime you have them, I'll gladly accept them! :)

I'm not usually a watch-wearer, so this is going to be a real flashback! I became sort of taken with the Pebble because when I was a kid in the 70's, I was privileged to have received a giant white wrist-radio from radio shack. AM radio only, but it didn't matter! I wore it to ride circles around the driveway turn-around on my bike and thought I was pretty cool! :)

Okay, back to the jewelry project! Using shamballas on the same wrist would be too much, but maybe some black and white crystals or maybe just some clear crystals. Turquoise or aqua crystals would be nice too!

On the opposite wrist, shamballas could work! Please don't hesitate to share ideas!!! I could really use them!! Have a great weekend!