Friday, May 14, 2010

500th Post, Studio Shots, and a Give Away, ! (whew! Look,the title was so long it took 2 lines)

buttons, out of the kiln yesterday

Hey Hey! I can't believe it! 500 posts, man time flies when you're having fun. It was March 26th 2007 when I wrote my first post. Then it was another seven months before I posted again! Ha Ha, you guys would kill me if I didn't post for that long now. Even if it's been a few days, people start asking if I am okay. It's fun to look back over the past few years to see what I have been up to, sometimes I even forget what I've done. My second post was the kick off to my annual Ten Weeks of Holiday Projects. I have hosted a Creative Celebration and several open houses on this blog. It's soo much fun! I really never thought I would like blogging, who knew? Thanks for reading all of them and bugging me when there is too much time between posts. I appreciate it more than you know.

Well, I started my studio shots last week and so here they are again this week. Seriously, I just walked around the studio and took these photos. I like the no planning just shooting method so you can see what's really going on, mess and all. I spared you a shot of the jewelry making table this week, but it is still just as messy.

yep, the cycle continues

beads from the show last weekend and some of mine waiting to be sets

button rack for stores

hot kiln waiting to be unloaded

my first packed box for Bead and Button

Okay, so here's the deal we are going to make today's give away about blogging in honor of my 500th post. Leave me a comment here and if you're a blogger leave me your blog address too. I try to follow most of you who comment but I want to get all of you entered in my bloglines list. Blog readers might also find some cool blogs they don't know about this way too. Let's see how many comments I can get between now and Monday morning. If you have never commented before, it's super easy. You don't need an account or anything, just type away. If you're anonymous, make sure you put your name in the comment though. Okay the prize.... this entire set of woodland charms. I will announce the winner on Monday, make sure you check back to see if you're the one.Do a Happy Dance, it's Friday,


  1. What a great way to start a Friday!!! Hi Jen!! Woodland beads make me want to go run through my backyard and sing songs...instead, I'll finish my coffee and get some work done before I head to the job...haaaaaaaaa

    My blog's at

    Take care!!


  2. Congrats on reaching 500 posts! I actually remember part of a dream from last night (rarely happens), and I was in a fabric store looking for your fabrics :o) I guess you were in my head because of the awesome "stuff" bag I got in the mail yesterday...

    As always, LOVE your beads and would love to get your woodland beads set :o)


  3. The woodlands...just full of birdy, buzzing, fungi, snail-y, nesting goodness!

    My blog?

    Bead Happy!

    Stop the vicious cycle--drink some tea! LOL (or take a nap)

  4. Weeeeeee! Happy Dance! You got to love Fridays:) Thanks for letting us in your studio. Rack buttons and this HUGE kiln are awesome.

    Take care and have a great week-end,


  5. WOW!! 500 posts!!! i cant imagine! Your blog is probubly my favorite and inspires me so much!
    my blog is
    have a great friday :)

  6. Those are the cutest! Congratulations on your 500th post, that's definitely something to be proud of! You can find my blog at Have a wonderful weekend!


  7. All that color!!! Certainly brings a smile to my face. I just love these woodland creatures you made.

    My blog:

    Thanks for a great giveaway.


  8. Happy Friday! Love all of your beads, bright and colorful.

    my blog is:


  9. Love the studio pix! And those glimpses of all your fabulous beads.

  10. I look forward to seeing what you are up to each week. Don't have my own blog yet - in the contemplation stages, but need to learn how to take (much) better pictures.

    As always, love your work. Have been carrying around one of your pendants all week trying to come up with a design and will start work on it this weekend. Would gladly add more of your beads to my collection (especially the purple bird!)

    Have a great weekend.

  11. Color, color and more color. Love it!


  12. congrats on the milestone :) I love how colourful your work always is! those woodland beads are so cute.


    (I dont have a beading blog, but maybe if I did I'd actually do more beading. hm.)

  13. Woohoo! Congrats! Your blog is one that I don't miss. Ever.

    Can't wait to see you at the B&B! Getting more excited every day.

    Here is my blog for your list. I would be honored to be included.

    Enjoy the day!

  14. congrats on 500 posts! Would love to win those super cute beads!

  15. This is my first time visiting both your blog and etsy shop. They are both very fun and charming. Congrats on your 500th post!

  16. Hey Jen! Yay for you! Look at all you've accomplished since you first started blogging! I love those charms....would love to win them!!!! Have a great weekend!

  17. wow, congrats on your 500th post! You were actually the first bead-maker's blog I began reading back when I fell hard and fast for all things jewelry. Thanks for introducing us all to your world!

  18. Katie,
    I love that you were dreaming about my fabric, I do it too. Glad you like the bag. Thanks. Will you be at Bead and Button?

  19. Kim,
    I love hearing you like my blog so much! We have similar tastes in fabric and jewelry, I enjoy reading yours also.

  20. Dori,
    You're the person who finally pushed me to keep up with the blog, thanks, I am glad I stuck with it.

  21. I love all your comments, thanks for the addresses, if I don't already have you in my bloglines you will be added!

  22. I love your beads!! Congratulations on 500!


  23. Your buttons are going to be a big success...such fun, creative, colorful buttons are very hard to find. I'd be honored to win the charms.

  24. Hello! Congrats on your blog! I am a new reader and love to see what you have been up to. I also love to see the studio shots. Its always interesting to see other artists work spaces. Keep up the great work!

  25. There are just a few blogs that I read regularly, and yours is one of them. I'm very visual so I appreciate the colorful and fun photos you always include. It's a happy place to visit. Don't change a thing!! I look forward to another 500 posts. Janet in Newnan, GA.

  26. Love, Love, Love your beads and your studio shots! Keep up the great job. I love oogling over your brightly colored beads and buttons.

    My blog, which doesn't have much on it, is

    I'd love to be entered and get a chance at your lovely charms!

  27. wow! 500- that is alot I just started my bog and do find it hard to get in the habit of writing. I would love to get a free set of the woodland creatures. I really like my flower bead I got fom you. I am doing the Bead Soup blog swap and my new friend is sending me accent beads she things will match your stuff. I am excited to see what I get and what I can make about it.Here is my blog:
    Alice from Mi

  28. I love all that great color! Congrats on post #500!

  29. Wow, what a lovely bounty of beads! Can I come over and run my hands through them? No, I'd better no as one or two may find their way into my pocket....

    Thanks so much for 500 posts, for sharing your beads and studio with us, and for some awesome giveaways!

    Your blog really brightens my day!


  30. Love all your beads! Congrats on 500 posts -- and here's to 500 more.


  31. Jennifer, I love looking at your studio shots. I would have never thought to load my tiles in the kiln like you loaded your buttons! What a great space saving idea. Congratulations on your 500th post! Jani

  32. HI Jennifer,
    I am a quilter that occasionally beads- I love all your fun beads and enjoy coming to see what you are up to and what is new in your bead kiln. Your charms are very funky and would work well in a bracelet. I teach kindergarten and my students love to check out my pendants and bracelets!
    Hope you continue to enjoy blogging and making beads. Your new buttons are wonderful too.
    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,

  33. Fun beads!! Happy Beads. Love em

    I love your work. The colors are just bright and cheerful.

  34. Congratulations on 500 posts!
    Love the bright happy woodland charms

  35. Congrats on 500 posts! It's my first time in your blog and enjoyed browsing it. Your new buttons are awesomeeeeeeee! I can definitely use them on my stitching and bead works.

    Love the woodland charms and I can see a lot of possiblities with them. Hope I'll win. LOL

    My blog is:

  36. Jennifer - Greetings from NH. Your beads are so happy - they make me happy! Congrats on your 500th post - way to go!

    my blog:

    Mary Ann

  37. well jennifer,
    i don't have a blog,but i a huge fan of your work and i tell all my fellow beaders about your beads. which i love. i love the colors,
    their uniqueness,i just love them.
    and the woodlands,i would love to get my hands on those for a charm bracelet...hope to see more of your giveaways..thanks for sharing your gift with us...

  38. it's Monday morning and I just woke at 1:30 pm,which is late,even for me.I don't know what to say,except I'm glad you like colors so much-I'm afraid of them.Have a good day!

  39. Congrats! 500 posts is quite the milestone! Please enter me in your contest!

    My blog is at


  40. Hello... I guess I don't feel so bad that I started a blog about a week or so ago and that's all the further I got... One quick comment and my start ended there! Would love to hear about how or where you learned to personalize your blog and great tips that you might have for new bloggers!

    Kris B


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