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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ornament Thursday....Lucky

Here it is, my Ornament Thursday project. This month's theme is Lucky. This bracelet will bring the wearer all kinds of good luck, or at least I hope so. The Lucky ceramic charms include a horse shoe, lucky star, ladybug, and four leaf clover. I attched the charms to a sterling silver charm bracelet with tiny, but strong jump rings.

As I said it's Ornament Thursday, so that means that there are 14 other fabulous Lucky themed projects for you to see. Check out what everyone else has made.

Happy Ornament Thursday!
Jennifer


Art Bead Scene Lucky ABS! We're part 2 of Lucky Knots!

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva Luck is knotted up in Part 1 of this tutorial

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Melanie is inspired by a lucky Leprechaun to make a fairy tale, treasure filled necklace

Jennifer Heynen of Jangles Lucky Charms Bracelet...The name says it all. This bracelet has everything to bring you good luck.

Joolz by Lisa As Luck Would Have It...Lucky Earrings

Katie's Beading Blog Make your own luck with these fun, swingy earrings!

Labyrinth O' Luck Hali has created a finger labyrinth journal designed after a 4-leaf clover.

Linda Augsburg at Make It Mine magazine Lucky doesn't begin to describe the adventure I had making this T-shirt...

Lucky Lucky to be... based on a coin holder a friend made for me...

Lucky To Be Me Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Well, YOU, of course. No matter who you are when you look into this magical mirror, you'll be reminded you're lucky to be you!

Lynn Kvigne - Beading Help Web Irish Proverb Window Ornament - step by step instructions for making this year-round ornament that may bring luck right through your window!

Melissa J. Lee - Strands of Beads Good fortune is yours with this cookie-inspired necklace.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! You'll "make Jean's day " if you check out her lucky Pendant with a Clint Eastwood eighties twist

Swelldesigner Swelldesigner gets lucky this month with some super colorful, sparkly painted bangles

The Impatient Blogger Luck starts with a wish...Margot shares an project she created for Simply Beads last August.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bunny Beads

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's way.....

So I was at the store last night and I was reminded by all the Easter baskets and eggs, that's it coming up quick. Isn't Easter usually in April? Well not this year, it's March 23rd. Geez, it's gonna be here soon. Here are some bunnies just out of the kiln.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I'm Back....

Hey Everyone! I am back. Whew, what a trip. I am always exhausted when I return and this year is no different. After five days of standing on a hard cement floor and writing orders and talking to galleries I am beat. After my adventure of getting to Philadelphia in an ice storm, I was curious to see how the show would go. The weather cleared up nicely and there was a huge crowd. I did really well and now have lots of orders to fill.

I promised some of my new work. Here is a picture of my new little flower vases. I know it's not jewelry. I have really wanted to make a gift item for awhile that wasn't jewelry. I still had my full line of jewelry and then I added these too. They were a big hit. I make them with and without the words and they stand about 4 inches.

I am now back in my studio making beads and flowers to fill all my orders. I just put a few flowers up on my Etsy store today. Now it's back to making beads!

Have a good day,
Jennifer

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Buyers Market of American Craft


I made it! It never fails, it's always an adventure getting to the Buyers Market. The weather in Philadphia in February is always challenging. Yesterday was no different. It was only a half hour delay in theirport and then a half hour of sittng at the gate, so I can't complain. Last year my flight was changed three times and they lost my luggage.

I am here and almost set up. Just need to tag my jewelry and get it out. The show conists of around 1000 artists of all mediums. Its such a fun show to walk. Theres is so much creativity. I almost like to walk the show today during set up just as much. The artists are just as creative with the set up as they are with there product For instance, I have a 10 by 10 booth. I have flooring, walls, lights, and display pieces to get t the show. I manage to ship one small box and carry the rest on theplane. I usually have a different display every year. This year I used foam core to make display pieces for my jewelry. Of course I don't have a picture because I couldn't bring my camera. Not enough space!

The photo is a picture of the floor a couple of years ago. My booth is just out of the photo in the bottom right hand corner. Darn it, I didn't make it in the picture. But it gives you an idea of where I am this week.

It's nice to be surrounded with people who all have the same job as I do. You know, I spend most of my days at home in my sweats glazing beads and talking to my dog! These people do the same thing and it's nice to catch up, have some good food, and take some orders. This way I get to go home and get back in my sweats to make more beads!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Spring Garden

It's planting time at our house. This is what we did this weekend. I say we, I did help a lot, but my husband did much more work than I did. With two little boys and a puppy running around the rows its hard for both of us to work. As you can tell we love to garden and now that we live some where warm, we get to do a lot more of it. We planted broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach, garlic, bluberries, and blackberries. This is out first full year of gardening since out move to Georgia. We are really excited to see how we do. There are a lot more bugs and critters than in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Buyers Market or Bust

AAAA! I leave next week for the Buyers Market of American Craft and I'm not ready. For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, let me fill you in. It's a big wholesale only, all handcrafted, by American and Canadian artist show. Buyers from shops and galleries come from all over to place orders. I exhibit every year. I bring my line of Jangles jewelry and set up my booth like a little store. I take orders all week and then come home and make them and ship them all year long. Well, I am still working on my new pieces. I have never been so behind in preparing for this show. I hate to be running late more than anything, so needless to say I am stressed. I have my designs, it's a matter of glazing new colors and assembling. The one good thing here is, I am really happy with my new designs. Once I get the new work phototgraphed, I will post some photos for everyone to see.

Have a great day!
Jennifer
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