Saturday, February 28, 2009
Okay, I admit it. I put this pair on last evening. I was so excited about how they turned out I couldn't wait to get them on Etsy. There is the evening shoppers I miss when I only upload in the morning, right?
Not only did they turn out great but I got to play with power tools! I love power tools. So what if it was only my little Dremel? I learned I can alter the filigree by using different tips on it. The beads in this pair are long and thin. They were begging for more than just somthing sitting on top of them. Sure, I could have ordered different filigree, but where's the fun in that? I cut and filed and had a wonderful time adjusting filigree I already had to create these beauties.
Posted by Sandy at 6:20 AM
Friday, February 27, 2009
I put several new rings on Etsy today. This is my favorite because I was able to use some older crystal beads I rescued from a once beautiful purple necklace. They shout Swarovski, but since I'm not sure I didn't call them that. The black side beads are the wonderful Austrian companies however. I always like it when I can make something new out of something old.
Posted by Sandy at 5:34 AM
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The mailman was nice to me yesterday. Nothing but beading supplies came! That always gets my creativity going. Today will be spent in the studio for sure. I am still waiting for a large order of floral beads. I can't wait until they get here! In the mean time, here are some little lovelies in pink.
Posted by Sandy at 7:59 AM
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Man it's cold here! Is Spring EVER going to come? I have to remind myself that it is almost March and that is when the Robins start appearing.
While I impatinetly wait for the weather to change I've been working daily in the studio. Here is one of the latest creations. Hope you like it. I had a heck of a time trying to find a name for this style. Anyone have anything better than I came up with?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today is a simple day. I kept it pure, sweet and dainty. Just the way I like my jewelry.
I spent most of the day online yesterday because one of my Treasuries finally made it to the front page of Etsy and another one went up. Lots of people sending me messages, and a couple of sales were the results.
I have been asked to place my jewelry in a shop in Findley Lake, NY! I am excited about that. So, I will be making some things that don't make it to Esty in the coming weeks.
Here are a couple that did:
Posted by Sandy at 7:13 AM
Monday, February 23, 2009
I promised you rings, and rings it is! After another trip to town for things I forgot the day before, I managed to finish a few. Oh, how I hate getting old! Some or the rings that evolved I liked, some, not so much. I am amazed at how different something can turn out with just a small twist in another direction or a different color bead. Here are a couple of my favorites.
Posted by Sandy at 9:11 AM
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I found more "pearls" in my goodie bag. The first one turned out so well I had to try several more. This is one of them.
I spent most of yesterday afternoon experimenting with my wire. I want to be able to make rings. I've had so many requests for them at Cross Roads that I have to come up with something! That is what I will be doing today. Tomorrow's item might just be a ring if my plan works out.
Here is today's info:
Saturday, February 21, 2009
A new personal favorite for me! I wish I could say I just threw these together but it took me several hours to get it just right. What color center? What color crystal? Which piece of filigree to use? I thought I was wasting the day away until I hit on just the right combination! I love them so much I just had to post both colors I made. I truely hope you love them as much as I do.
Posted by Sandy at 8:13 AM
Friday, February 20, 2009
I have had a bag of old, odd pearls around for years. Every once in a while I'd need one for a project. I'd dig past this one rejecting it time after time. I always thought I'd never use it because it was so big. Never say never. It worked up into one of the nicest pendants yet!
Here it is:
Posted by Sandy at 7:02 AM
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Winter has hit Western New York again. The plows are rattling the foundation and the wind is blowing right through the walls of this old house. What better day to think of Spring? Daffidills and Jonquils can't be too far away - right? So, with that in mind, as I put on another sweatshirt, here is today's item.
Posted by Sandy at 7:51 AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I fell in love with these earrings myself. If I actually went anywhere to wear them I'd keep them! But, alas, my country life doesn't get me out on the town often enough to warrent tucking them away. I'd rather they found a home where they'd be taken out and shown off!
Posted by Sandy at 8:27 AM
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I have been working on this piece for weeks. Hubby says it was more like months. It was an in between other projects project. True crafters will know exactly what I mean! Regardless, it is FINALLY finished. So it is today's item of the day.
Posted by Sandy at 8:57 AM
My many thanks to Doda'sCreative Wanderings for posting the template and instructions for this box. I have been looking for a unique, inexpensive way to package my jewelry. To purchase jewelry boxes, even the small ones can get quite expensive. I hate to just toss my beautiful work into a paper sack at Cross Roads Market!
I took the original template and after experimenting with my Print Shop program, came up with a size that will hold the majority of my jewlery. The second picture shows it next to one made from the template I downloaded. (I printed the pattern on for fun.) As you can see, mine is more of a square. I can get two boxes from a letter size piece of card stock. I may tweek it a bit more, but I think it is going to work perfectly for what I need!
Posted by Sandy at 8:38 AM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I have had the pieces to a broken necklace floating around for years. When these silver cones arrived in the mail I knew just what to do with them. They bring out the beauty of these old beads and make perfect earrings.
Today's special item:
Posted by Sandy at 7:09 AM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
It's Saturday and I feel like celebrating so I am putting two items on today!
Yesterday I discovered blog search. Oh my, what fun I had looking at so many different blogs. This could be dangerous. I kept reading and reading and reading, and getting nothing made here. I did find some wonderful people though.
Here are today's offerings:
Top pictue -
Posted by Sandy at 7:44 AM
Friday, February 13, 2009
The snow is back in Western New York. Go away snow - shoo, shoo....
This lovely pair of dangles reminds me of ice. When you stand on the shore of Lake Erie and look across the water in the Winter. You see all sorts of beautiful, very cold looking colors, blue and white predominating.
So - here's to Winter ice, and today's item:
Posted by Sandy at 8:07 AM
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
Well, here we are at day 5 of my 30 day self challenge. Just for some variety, today I have posted one of my sculpted Swarovski Crystal trees. This was a collaboration between my hubby and me. I scuplt the trees, mount them to their bases and felt the bottoms. Don adds the crystals when I am finished. I'm afraid I haven't mastered the technique of photographing sparkling things yet. I wish I could grab the twinkle of these trees with my camera!
Posted by Sandy at 7:19 AM
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I've been to the big city (Erie, PA) and back this morning. I had to stock up on beads if I am to meet my goal! Oh how I love to sort through the beads. Driving on the pot holed roads - not so much.
Here is today's offerning:
Posted by Sandy at 1:07 PM
Friday, February 6, 2009
Made it to day 3! Dave asked how many more to go. To meet my initial goal the answer is 30. If I make that far, we will see...
The beads for these earrings arrived just last evening. I was so delighted with how pretty they are I had to make something with them right away. I bought 24 of them, so you will be seeing more Lily items.
Here is today's accomplishment.
Posted by Sandy at 10:05 AM
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It is February and I admit, I get down right lazy mid-Winter. It is when I should be doing most of my creating for the upcoming season at Cross Roads but I get complacent. I get into that "who cares" or "whatever" mood that accomplishes nothing. So, knowing how lazy I can get I have set a challenge for myself for the rest of the month at least. I hope to come up with at least one new item every day until we leave for vacation in March.
Here is today's accomplishment. They are available in our Etsy store - www.forbesfarm.etsy.com
Amethyst Nights Earrings
A tiny Swarovski crystal crowns an Amethyst colored faceted glass beads with brass and gold colored filigree accents. Hanging from over sized 14K Gold filled loops they will dangle about 2 1/4 inches.
Check back often and see if I can keep up with my own challenge! My family will probably be taking bets.
Posted by Sandy at 11:40 AM