Sunday, June 30, 2013

Znetshows Winnings...

I will have to admit, I had a tough time deciding what I wanted to get from Znetshows GC award for winning on the Diamonds in the Rough Challenge. I really needed more metal pieces to add into my designs so I searched out what Bill has on his site.  Then I kind of went crazy!  I couldnt stop at just a few items. I went a tad over my limit but its all good.

So, here are a couple of pictures I took after I organized all the beads.  I had some down time while visiting my parents and had the package sent there.  My mom was hospitalized the day after I sent in my order and Bill was awesome enough to have the box sent to their house.  I ended up staying an entire week not knowing what was really going on with my mom.  Good news she is doing very well.  They did find a blood clot in her leg which was quickly taken care of.  Although she is in the safe zone now, its still going to take 6 months for the dumb thing to go away.  But she is well supervised and in good hands.  Anyway, while I was there I was able to make a run to Harbor Freight with my dad and picked up a couple of containers.  I received the box within a couple of days and was so excited.  Even my parents were impressed!

Again, I want to THANK everybody who voted for my pieces.  I plan on making many many designs with my new goodies..

Monday, June 24, 2013


Well, I have been busting my rump trying to get my blog revamped.  I think it looks pretty good right now but I still need lots to do.  Im not 100% sure I like it, but its growing on me.  What I really want is to eventually have all my own artwork as the background and so on.  Its so much to learn and I dont have the patience to learn it right now.  I know its not all that difficult, but I have a lot going on all at the same time.  I had it looking good, but for some reason the background image was lost.  I think maybe the original artist must have removed it from his website...thats ok.  Cuz I know little bits on how to do my own thing.  Eventually I will have it standing out with my own style.  But for now, I think this will do..

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Clam Shell Cultured Beach Glass Creations

Bill has given us another little challenge to go along with the Mini Conch beach glass beads.  I received a cute little package with a hand full of fun mini clam shell beach glass beads...  So far I have been able to create  a couple of designs.  I thought it would be fun to do something different than jewelry. So, I made this fun keychain.  All the beads used are from Znetshows, even the chain.  Only part not found there was the clasp and clam shell metal bead.  But who knows...  Anyway, aside from the keychain, I made a pair of earrings.  I am also working on a bracelet.  You know how it goes when you have this idea, you put it together then you look at it and think....hmm...not quite what I imagined, but just needs that something else added, and Im not sure what that is yet...

There is a tutorial in the makings for the Keychain...

Beads used in the pair of earrings are as follows:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June Inspiration - THE BEACH - ZnetShow Challenge begins..OH YEA!!

Good morning...

Yesterday I was quite excited when I checked the mail and my box of goodies was there.  Before opening my other mail, I quickly grabbed a pair of scissors and opened my box.  BUT, before I tell you what I got, I want a little about the challenge and who my partner is.

This months  "THE BEACH" challenge is to have beading partners. Znetshow has a Pinterest page and one of the boards has some wonderful photos for inspiration.  We could either chose a photo from this board or choose our own. I decided to choose my own, which I posted below. Your partner picks out beads from this HUGE list of beads to choose from which is provided by Znetshows.   We dont know what each other is getting until we our box in the mail.  Bill, from ZnetShows is so generous when he fills up our box with beads so that we can make multiple designs.

My partner is Karla  Texas Jelly Jams, an awesome jewelry designer and she also has this fantastic business making tasty JAMS.  I recently made her Raspberry Jam Crumb Cake recipe and it was sooooo good! It was gobbled up rather quickly..hehe I need to write up a little review on that...  Funny thing, is our taste in colors is very similar so without even knowing what we liked yet, we chose beads that we perfect!

Ok, so now you have a little idea what this challenge is about and a little about my partner.  Please check out her website, you will absolutely love it!

Here is my photo of inspiration for my Partner..

I found this awesome site through Pinterest that has all of these great color swatches. Design Seeds. I chose this picture because of the beautiful colors and it looks like a place I would like to sit and relax... listen to the ocean waves and birds...I miss the beach!

This is my Beach Mix which I received in the mail yesterday... Very yummy wouldnt you say?  Reminds me of seaweed with some little fish tossed in.  The beads are a bit larger than what I normally work with so this will be my challenge.  Below is the list of beads which you can find on ZnetShows.  

This picture was chosen by my Partner 

As you see, there are lots of colors here to choose from.  I love my bead mix and I need to sit down and start drawing up some designs... 

Check back with my soon to see what I have created with these beautiful brain is thinking already!!!

Friday, June 07, 2013

Ahhh... Finished! Jujubee Bracelet

While siting and watching the Giants lose... I finally finished making my Jujubee Bracelet with the Mini Conch beach glass beads from Znetshows. I have made bracelets with this technique before and they always turn out so pretty.  Normally though I use smaller beads, but I just love how this bracelet turned out.  Its slightly heavy, but it makes music when you wear it.  I dont know what it is about jewelry that makes music that fascinates me.  I think of work I suppose, you can always hear certain people walking down the hall and you know who it is by the sounds/music that they make.  We wear lanyards a lot, and with keys hanging off of the lanyards along with other fun things, we all seem to make some kind of sound/music while walking. mind is wandering because its late at night and my brain is a little on the slow mode!  LOL  I just had to put the pictures up so you can see how the bracelet turned out...

Please feel free to share and comment on my blog...  I enjoy the company!  :-)

Hope you enjoyed the candy...eye candy that is...  :-)

New bracelet in the makings...

Well, I am still working on those really cute CONCH beach glass beads . from ZnetShows.  I thought of making one of those beaded bracelets that are loaded with lots of beads...  I think I am going to name this bracelet...  Jujibee's.  It reminds me so much of the jujabee candies.  I have not eaten those in years...but the colors are so fun!  I am on the first set of beads right now, but will be adding a ton more..