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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Project Time Flashback


Hey Hey Everyone, It's project time. I just sent out this project to my newsletter subscribers. With the Holidays past us, it just reminds me of how quickly "Time Flies". Therefore that's what I named this months project. If you would like the instructions on how to make this necklace sign up for my e-mail newsletter and you'll get them. I send out a new project every month.

Have a great day!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Springy Necklace Flashback

Hello everyone,

I have noticed that this week everything has bloomed here. I know you are all sick of hearing about how my spring has arrived. But if you have allergies, like all of the Heynen family does, it's not all rosey. Along with all of the beautiful blooms comes a coating of yellow pollen. Yes it's so thick you can see it. By April, if you park your car outside, you have to wash the windows to see through them. Something I learned about when I moved to Athens, the countries worst region for allergies, is the pollen count. I have seen mention of this on the weather channel but never really paid attention to it. This count tells you how much pollen is in the air, duh. An example of a moderate pollen count is somewhere between 30-60. Today in Athens ours is 191, which is in the extremely high range. Last year at the end of March, our pollen count was 5768! Yes I typed that right 5768. What the heck? Okay, probably more than you ever needed to know about the pollen count.

Above is a necklace I made that is very springy and has no pollen.
Have a great day!
Jennifer

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Easy Earthtones Flashbacks

Check out this fabulous necklace designed by Katie Hacker for Simply Beads. The instructions are all in the August issue available now. If you have never checked out Katie's Beading Blog you should now, she has loads of great beading ideas. I love the necklace she has across the top of her blog right now. It's so cute with the chain and shell beads. I might need to make my own version of the necklace with some Jangles beads. Hmmm.....the wheels are a turning in my head.

Have a great day,
Jennifer

(photo used by permisiion Simply Beads 2008)

Friday, December 26, 2008

More Inspiration Flashback






Welcome to day two of my online bead show. You can read Friday's post below for further explanation. You can also find out the details of my free shipping offer.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Earring Project Flashback

Here's a snazzy pair of long and dangle-ly Jangle-ly earrings.

I had a project in my email newsletter today for an necklace. I couldn't resist making a pair of matching earrings. I thought I would share the project instructions with you.

Supplies Needed:
1 pair of Seaside Jangles Ceramic Hoops
2 10-12mm wooden discs
4 Montana blue 6mm Crystal bi cones
8 Ecru size 6 seed beads
4 inches 20 gauge sterling silver wire
2 silver 4 inch headpins
2 ear hooks

Tools Needed:
chain nose pliers
wire cutters

Instructions:
Step 1. Start by string a seed bead, a wooden disc, a crystal, and another seed bead onto one of your headpins. Make a simple wire loop just above the beads and slide it onto one end of the ceramic hoop before closing it. Trim the excess wire.

Step 2. Make another small simple wire loop with your silver wire, slide it onto the remaining loop on the ceramic hoop and close.

Step 3. Next, string a seed bead, a crystal, and another seed bead onto the wire. Just above those beads make a simple wire loop. Trim the excess wire. Attach the ear wire to the loop you just made. Congratulations, you have an earring.

Step 4. Because you don't want to walk around lop-sided you'll need to make another earring. Follow steps1-3 to do that.


Enjoy your project,
Jennifer

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Orders, shipping time, etc

Hi everyone...
I thought I should officially post about Holiday orders, shipping time, and things like that. Usually things just kind of wind down on their own and so I never really say, "Jangles is closing" and I won't say it this year either. But just in case your e-mailing me and I am slow to respond...you can read this and understand. Don't worry, I will get back to you it just might take a day or two.

I will ship any Etsy orders until the 24th...if you need it by a certain date, please send me an e-mail right away and let me know. For website orders, if it's in stock I will also send it out, if I need to make it...well, it could take some time. It's Christmas break at my house so I won't be in the studio much. After the first of January everything will go back to normal...whatever that is:)

Keep checking back at the blog, I will still be posting and I am going to do some project reposts for inspiration. I hope everyone has Happy and Relaxing Holidays.

Jennifer

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snowflakes

I wanted to share my craft project with you this weekend. I always have seen these wire snowflakes in stores and websites, but I never thought to do anything with them. My boys like to string beads so I thought we would get some and give them a whirl. We had so much fun making them. We did some with patterns and others just however the beads went on. I am now going to have to head to the store for some suction cups so I can get them up on our windows.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Morning Y'all


Morning Y'all,
It's 6:30 and I am just about to head out to the studio. Yikes it's early, haven't even had my coffee. I am working funny hours today, because I have sick little people home from school. Nothing is going to stop me from getting my open house orders through the kiln today. I am determined to finish. I will be shipping everything today or tomorrow.

So beyond glazing, I don't have anything to report from Jangles studio. Therefore I will direct you to the fabulous Art Bead Scene blog where there is lot's going on. It's the 12 days of Christmas. It's a new project everyday for twelve days. Have fun looking.

Have a great day,
Jennifer

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My New project


Hey Hey, thought I would show you what I bought last night! I have been searching for a craft project, one that I can do during the holidays. (No, I don't know how to sit still.) I wanted something that was not jewelry and that I could take with me. I got my Etsy newsletter yesterday and became entranced by this felt food. I have seen a lot of it around but I think this is just the cutest. So I spent all night online searching for the right colors of wool felt and ordered my book. I can't wait to get it now. I want to make cakes, because ever since I was little I wanted to be a cake decorator. I do make quite a few but they are so full of calories, I hate to have them sitting around. Here is the perfect solution, felt cake! Plus I am imagining all of my goodies will have sprinkles on them, which will be beads.

Here's a link to the Etsy article, there's even a free project.

I will post sme pictures once I make some.
Have a great day,
Jennifer

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tis The Season...

Hey all...Sorry I haven't been blogging. It's that time of the year when everyone is super bus, including me. As you know I had my open house last week so I am still trying to get beads made and out for those orders. I am trying my best to get everything shipped by the end of the week. Therefore, I am spending a lot of time in the glaze studio and not near the computer. Luckily it's supposed to be warm today, almost 60, so I wont be freezing while I glaze.

I have to tell one funny story before I head out to the studio. If you read my Open house posts you saw that I have a lot of mishaps at the holidays. We had another one on Sunday, but his wasn't my fault, really. My husband was out of town Friday so the boys and I went to get the tree. Now setting up a live tree by yourself is really difficult, but I managed to get it done. The boys were anxious to decorate. We got is up and the next morning we decorated it. It was really nice and as always looked huge once we got it in the house. My youngest guy, slept out in the family room Saturday night. At six in the morning, he comes into our room and says, "mommy, the tree just fell on me". It had! we ran out to the family room and saw it had landed across his legs on the footstool of the chair. Luckily no one was hurt and we only had two ornaments break. He wasn't freaked out at all, very calm, unlike his mother. So after an hour of struggling and finally tying it to the window the tree is back up. Hopefully this is the only mishap of the season.

Have a great day,
Jennifer

Thursday, December 4, 2008

We have a winner

Hey everyone...I don't know about you but I had a blast at the open house last night. It was so much fun to have all of my favorite people online at once. We had people from all over the country and Canada. Someone did suggest that next year we have to say the state we are from. I love that idea.

So the winner of the 50.00 gift certificate is Debbie Strong! Woohoo! Congratulations.

I have spent the day packing and shipping so if you placed and Etsy order last night..it's coming soon.

I gotta get back to work, but thanks again for such a fun night!
Jennifer

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you


Oh, I couldn't have asked for a better open house. Thanks so much everyone! It was so much fun getting to talk with all of you semi-live. We will have to do it again. I don't know about you but I am exhausted and going to plop on the couch! I will bring my lap top with me so I can still answer questions for you late night shoppers. If I don't answer it's because I fell asleep!

Good night,
Jennifer

It's Drawing Time...

It's drawing time and it's the last one of the night! I am going to reach into my big bowl of names and the winner of the ornaments is Beth Taylor! Congratulations, I will mail off your prize tomorrow.

Almost over


My open house is over in fifteen minutes but don’t panic, if you are still shopping, keep going, as long as you get our orders in before midnight est. you will receive the 25% discount and be entered to win the fifty dollar gift certificate.

Don’t forget kits are included in this sales and they have everything you need (except tools) to make the jewelry pictured on the website. The make a great gift for someone just starting out beading or an experienced beader. They come packaged in these cute boxes with ribbon. Plus don’t forget, my free gift wrap offer too.

Pin feature


Oh boy only a half hour left in my first ever online open house. I hope you guys are having as much fun as I am. I wanted to show you one of my pins being worn. These make fabulous gifts for teachers and friends. Here’s one on my sweater, I wear this one all of the time.

The details of the sale one more time

Everything in the Etsy shop and everything ceramic on my website is 25% off. Here are the details…

Etsy sale…If you haven’t been to my shop before, you will notice my beads are different designs or color combinations than what is on my website. They usually come in a set or with coordinating beads. So if you are afraid of putting colors together, this is your place. I also have finished jewelry, ornaments, and gifts there. For the next four hours you will get 25% of the price shown. I will credit the 25% back to you once I receive your order. The best part of Etsy is the beads are in stock. I will ship your order tomorrow.


Etsy
Buy Handmade
Jangles

Jangles Website….Everything ceramic is 25% off, this does include kits and bead mixes. Really, it just excludes the accents and glass beads. I have a lot of beads in stock right now and I will try to ship your order as fast as I can. It usually takes me a week to get orders out if I need to make beads. You can always e-mail me if you are in need of beads by a certain date. I always try to get everyone their stuff when they need it.

www.jangles.net

So go ahead and look around…don’t forget I am here so by all means if you have a question ask away.

If you have a wholesale account with me. please e-mail me for the detail's of your sale.

I am sorry I can only offer these discounts to orders placed this evening, not on previous orders.

Make sure to keep checking back to the blog. I will be posting new posts all night long…next post is about the door prizes and it will be coming soon.

And we have a winner!



We have a winner! Debby Beck, you are the winner of the bead box. I will mail out your prize tomorrow. Congratulations!

Didn’t win? There is still one more drawing tonight and then the big one tomorrow. The next prize is a set of holiday ornaments. These are fun ornaments for your tree or wherever you want to hang them. You get the ones shown in the photo, but here is a picture if one I took in my yard. I stand by this little tree everyday when I fetch with my dog. I am always careful to not let Otis trample it because I want it to grow up to be big. But for the time being, it reminds me of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. It really needed an ornament, now if it would just snow here in Georgia.

If you have already sent your name into me, don’t worry you are still in the drawing. If you haven’ sent me an e-mail or a comment, what are you waiting for, get your name in. The drawing will be at 10:00.

Side Stories, the mishaps of Jennifer at the holidays, part 2


Side Stories…Getting ready for Christmas..more resons why I am a Holiday nut

My best friend, Tarin, and I would start out getting ready for the holidays early and earlier every year when we were little. We would start in September making our paper chains that would count down the days until Christmas. We would also have sleep over’s and practice sneaking out to see what Santa had brought us on Christmas. We would have flash lights and walky talkies and would compare notes on how to do this at each others houses.

These days at my house, my boys are 5 and 7 and so far I have had to wake them up every year to see what Santa has brought them. I just don’t know where I went wrong…is it because they are boys or is it just that there mom is crazy? I remember starting at 4:00 and waking my parents up every half hour until they would finally let us get up at 6:00.


Details of the Sale

Everything in the Etsy shop and everything ceramic on my website is 25% off. Here are the details…

Etsy sale…If you haven’t been to my shop before, you will notice my beads are different designs or color combinations than what is on my website. They usually come in a set or with coordinating beads. So if you are afraid of putting colors together, this is your place. I also have finished jewelry, ornaments, and gifts there. For the next four hours you will get 25% of the price shown. I will credit the 25% back to you once I receive your order. The best part of Etsy is the beads are in stock. I will ship your order tomorrow.


Etsy
Buy Handmade
Jangles

Jangles Website….Everything ceramic is 25% off, this does include kits and bead mixes. Really, it just excludes the accents and glass beads. I have a lot of beads in stock right now and I will try to ship your order as fast as I can. It usually takes me a week to get orders out if I need to make beads. You can always e-mail me if you are in need of beads by a certain date. I always try to get everyone their stuff when they need it.

www.jangles.net

So go ahead and look around…don’t forget I am here so by all means if you have a question ask away.

If you have a wholesale account with me. please e-mail me for the detail's of your sale.

I am sorry I can only offer these discounts to orders placed this evening, not on previous orders.

Make sure to keep checking back to the blog. I will be posting new posts all night long…next post is about the door prizes and it will be coming soon.

Bracelet Feature


I tried to get several of these bracelets made for the open house, they have been my most popular in the Etsy shop. They have one of my ceramic toggles and three of my medium ceramic beads. Then I add a little bit if everything to the bracelet. These bracelets have glass, shell, wood, nuts, and more. I don’t use plastic beads in my work. I have some funky hoop earrings to match in the shop also.

Have fun looking and don’t forget I am here for questions.

8:00 And the winner is


Guess what? We’ve got another winner! Yay! The winner of the hoop earrings is Pam Zimmerman if you’re still online send me your mailing address and I will send out your earrings tomorrow.

Next hours door prize is this fabulous box of beads. There’s just a little bit of everything in this box. You can take a look at the pictures and see what’s included. It should get your creative juices flowing.


Good Luck!

Hair Sticks


I thought I would share another recently added item to the Etsy shop. My hair sticks. There were featured in Simply Beads this month. I like to wear these; my sticks are shorter than what’s usually used. They don’t stick out so far. Sometime those sticks can be pokey to others, they are so long. My sticks are about four inches plus the doo dads on the ends. I usually use two but one would work just fine.

Side Stories, the mishaps of Jennifer at the holidays



So if you pay any attention to my blog you have probably figured out I love the Holidays. I get pretty excited about stuff, sometimes too excited. So over the years I have had some pretty funny and not so funny stuff happen. I thought I would share some of these stories with you….

When I was about 10, I was getting Christmas punch out of peculator and pushed so hard on the handle it tipped over and burnt my hand. I had to have it medicated and wrapped for a few days after that.

The following year, at our Christmas ever dinner, I stuck a fondue fork straight out of the hot oil into my mouth; I have blisters for a week after that. That same Christmas our friends were about to come down for a party. Our artificial tree that had seen better days, had tons of presents under it, my mom asked me to pull out the presents for the party. I did but I guess I pulled to hard, because the tree went crashing over onto the coffee table. The crash broke almost all of my great grandma’s antique glass ornaments. Oops!

I did have a few years free of mishaps but when I was in high school, it was the last day of school before Christmas break. It was snowing really hard and the phone rang at 6:00 am, it was my friend calling to tell me school had been cancelled. I not being a morning person went running for the phone half asleep; I caught my foot on the floor heater ad broke my toe. Good thing I got out of school that day.

So the most recent mishap, which was my most costly, was a few years ago. My boys were little and we were on or way out to drive around and look at Holiday lights. I got really excited about it like I always do and backed my van into my husband’s car. His card was dented in and my bumper was hanging off. Since that Christmas, I really try to not get so worked up. But it’s kind of the standing joke now, what will Jennifer do this Christmas to hurt herself.

The Details of the Sale

Everything in the Etsy shop and everything ceramic on my website is 25% off. Here are the details…

Etsy sale…If you haven’t been to my shop before, you will notice my beads are different designs or color combinations than what is on my website. They usually come in a set or with coordinating beads. So if you are afraid of putting colors together, this is your place. I also have finished jewelry, ornaments, and gifts there. For the next four hours you will get 25% of the price shown. I will credit the 25% back to you once I receive your order. The best part of Etsy is the beads are in stock. I will ship your order tomorrow.


Etsy
Buy Handmade
Jangles

Jangles Website….Everything ceramic is 25% off, this does include kits and bead mixes. Really, it just excludes the accents and glass beads. I have a lot of beads in stock right now and I will try to ship your order as fast as I can. It usually takes me a week to get orders out if I need to make beads. You can always e-mail me if you are in need of beads by a certain date. I always try to get everyone their stuff when they need it.

www.jangles.net

So go ahead and look around…don’t forget I am here so by all means if you have a question ask away.

Make sure to keep checking back to the blog. I will be posting new posts all night long…next post is about the door prizes and it will be coming soon.

If you have a wholesale account with me. please e-mail me for the detail's of your sale.

I am sorry I can only offer these discounts to orders placed this evening, not on previous orders.

7:00 And the winner is...




We have a winner! Tonight’s first winner is Susan Gunderson. I will mail out your prize tomorrow Susan. Congratulations!

Didn’t win? There are still three more drawings tonight and then the big one tomorrow. The next prize is the hoop earrings. They are lime green and royal with black polka dots. They go great with jeans or a black suit. These hoops are approximately an inch in diameter.

If you have already sent your name into me, don’t worry you are still in the drawing. If you haven’ sent me an e-mail or a comment, what are you waiting for, get your name in. The drawing will be at 8:00.

New Bead Feature


Here are some new beads that I have in my Etsy shop tonight. I made these little marquis shaped bead for earrings. They are about a half an inch tall plus loops. Here’s a picture of some that I added into these wire loops, but they could just stand along with some little beads dangling. You could like several together for a delicate bracelet.

Free Gift Wrap


Free gift wrap! Tonight anything you purchase will be gift wrapped for free if you would like. Either put it in your comments box or send me an e-mail and I will wrap it up.

Here’s a fun fact about me…I won grand champion in 4-h for my gift wrapping. Who knew it would come in handing later in life? However, I can't promise grand champion quality tonight, but I will do my best.

Door prizes

I promised lots of giveaways for tonight and here we go! Every hour I will be giving away a prize. To be included in the drawing, send me an email or comment in my blog and I will put your name on a piece of paper and stick it in the bowl.

I also have a grand prize drawing for a 50.00 retail gift certificate. Anyone who places an order tonight during the open house will be entered to win. I will announce this winner tomorrow on my blog.

The first door prize for tonight is these four bead mixes. You get the four colors you see here. They are great for mixing in with my Jangles beads. You can see them here in my website. Each box contains abut 36 inches of beads.

Get your names in now; I will be announcing the winner at 7:00.


Welcome


Hey there, Welcome to my first ever online open house. I am so excited to get this started. I have been planning and working on new things for a few months now. Hopefully, there won’t be any computer glitches tonight and everything will go smoothly. I hope you brought your cookies and punch and are wearing your jammies. I know there are a few wild women(Suzanne) out there with their wine…I will be joining you soon. :)

Now onto the real reason you are here! The sale right? Before we get started I want to say a few things…I have never ever put my beads on sale. But tonight is different; I want to thank you for being my loyal and faithful customers. It’s like my gift to you, my Christmas gift. Okay, here are the details….

Everything in the Etsy shop and everything ceramic on my website is 25% off. Here are the details…

Etsy sale…If you haven’t been to my shop before, you will notice my beads are different designs or color combinations than what is on my website. They usually come in a set or with coordinating beads. So if you are afraid of putting colors together, this is your place. I also have finished jewelry, ornaments, and gifts there. For the next four hours you will get 25% of the price shown. I will credit the 25% back to you once I receive your order. The best part of Etsy is the beads are in stock. I will ship your order tomorrow.


Etsy
Buy Handmade
Jangles

Jangles Website….Everything ceramic is 25% off, this does include kits and bead mixes. Really, it just excludes the accents and glass beads. I have a lot of beads in stock right now and I will try to ship your order as fast as I can. It usually takes me a week to get orders out if I need to make beads. You can always e-mail me if you are in need of beads by a certain date. I always try to get everyone their stuff when they need it.

www.jangles.net

So go ahead and look around…don’t forget I am here so by all means if you have a question ask away.

If you have a wholesale account with me. please e-mail me for the detail's of your sale.

I am sorry I can only offer these discounts to orders placed this evening, not on previous orders.

Make sure to keep checking back to the blog. I will be posting new posts all night long…next post is about the door prizes and it will be coming soon.


I am always happy to combine orders between Etsy and Web orders to save you shipping costs.

Online Open House Start Soon

Not much longer and the fun starts. 6:00 EST to be exact. If you are excited to get started early take a look around my Etsy store and my Jangles website. I will announce the sales and begin all the fun precisely at 6:00 see ya then!
Jennifer

Holiday Open House Tonight


Woohoo! It's tonight, make sure you stop by for all of the fun. I have lots of new work in the Etsy store, plus all of the beads on my website will be on sale too. Make sure you stop by between 6-10pm EST for all the details. At 6:00pm EST I will announce the sale, plus the door prizes and more. I will be online the whole time to answer questions.

In the meantime here is some holiday inspiration from my ten projects this season. I've got to get back to work preparing for tonight.
See you tonight!
Jennifer

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Hey Hey, sorry I haven't posted for a few days. I have been soooo busy getting ready for my holiday open house. I can't believe it is tomorrow night. I still have lots of new things to photograph and get up in the Etsy shop. So its back to work for me!

Here are some great links to keep you inspired.

About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy's drooling over the big and beautiful cloisonne beads.

Art Bead Scene Inspired by Steam
Art Bead Scene picks for Steampunk Style.

Art Jewelry Magazine
A holiday gift to you: a sale on downloadable patterns from BeadStyle, Bead&Button, and Art Jewelry magazines.

Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
Getting to know Barbe - 7 random facts!

Jennifer Jangles Blog
It's time to get started on those Holly - day projects, here's one from Jennifer.

Jewelry & Beading
Cyndi has rounded up a few fast and easy projects from some of her favorite suppliers.

Naughty Secretary Club
See what fun baubles Jen and her collage artist buddy Traci Bautista come up with this week. Hint: there are vintage cupcake toppers, chunky plastic chain and fabric involved!

Strands of Beads
Melissa is inspired by astrolabes and orreries to create a pendant from a beautiful lampworked bead.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Magic Words – Text-based jewelry components can be a great source of inspiration. Andrew investigates these worded beads and pendants in six new designs.
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