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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Happy Customers Photos

I enjoy it when my customers send me pictures of their order they purchased and received from my shop.  I also enjoy it when customers send me pictures of jewelry they designed and created using beads and charms from my shop! Thank y'all for sharing your designs with me, and your order photo's and bringing a smile to my heart.

 

This customer created this lovely bracelet using beads she bought from my shop.


This customer made this beautiful bracelet stack using red and white beads, and rose beads she bought from my shop!

 
This customer made this beautiful bracelet set using an anchor and rose charm she bought from my shop. 

 

Happy Customer Order! Thank you! 

 
Happy Customer Order! Thank you! 



 
Happy Customer Order! Thank you! 



 
Happy Customer Order! Thank you! 



 
Happy Customer Order! Thank you! 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

My Sweet Shiloh

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The day we brought Shiloh home was an exciting day for me.  Let me back up, the day we got him loaded into the horse trailer was an exciting day for me as well. He does not like horse trailers. The 4-5 hours it took to get him to Alabama the day we left Mississippi for our new home in Alabama, Shiloh road in the horse trailer like he had been doing it all his life. I am so proud of him. 

When the gate to the horse trailer was opened so he could go into the pasture, his new home, he walked out of there like a pro. 

Welcome home my Shiloh! I thank Jesus we brought you here.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Strawberry Festival in Castleberry Alabama


In April of this year I did my first Strawberry Festival in Castleberry, Alabama. What I mean by that is I set up a booth with my handmade jewelry, accessories, and some DIY Supplies.  The people in charge of the festival painted strawberries on the road. I think they were cute. 

 This is me waiting to get into the festival to set up my booth. We had to wait for almost an hour because another vendor was blocking the road while setting up their booth instead of pulling over to the side.  There was a long line of other vendors waiting to get to their spot. I am sure they were as nervous and anxious as I was watching the clock. All of the booths had to be set up by 8am and it was after 7am.  


That Saturday was a hot day! 


My booth! We set it up with time to spare because the gate opened at 8am! Thank you Jesus!!



Instead of using business cards I decided to make one big business card and put it in a picture frame. I read the idea online. It was a good idea, but next time I do a festival I will be sure to have business cards on hand. 


This was my necklace display. My Daddy found and bought it at a store, the store was going to throw it away.  Mama covered it with paper. It had hooks, but I decided it needed more, so I added some thumb tacks for extra hooks for my necklaces. 

I had a container field with $5.00 Surprise bags.  They did not go over well because they were not displayed in a good spot, but that is okay. Lesson learned for next time. 









I like how my booth looked.  This was the second festival I have done. In my opinion the look of my booth was a big improvement over what it looked liked when I did my first festival in Mississippi in 2010.   I see a lot of room for improvement, and I have a lot of ideas.  For example instead of using blue computer paper to make the signs, cutting the edges with decorative scissors and using a maker to write on the paper,  next time I want to go for a more professional look and print my signs off on the computer and laminate them for sturdiness and to be able to use over again. 

 My brother-in-law Rick, sister Kristi and I shared a booth. The woodwork belongs to my brother-in-law. He is amazing at woodwork.

My display for beads!

I decided to add a basket of charms in the props suitcase that was displaying my beads. 

 It was a hot Saturday!

 The stage in the background was where the music entertainment sang. 

 I had to take a few breaks during the day. This was my first time being in big crowds since my brain injury, I had a few panic attacks and a few seizures.  This picture I took in the truck. My house was not far from the festival so my Mama and I left to go get my dog Bama, while my Daddy, Sister, and Brother-in-law watched our booth.  

 Thirsty puppy! 

 Bama was happy to be with me. This was his first festival.

 Hey!! 

My sister Kristi and I.  

 Sweet Bama! 

 I love my dog Bama! 





Handsome Bama!  I was glad to have him with me. 

I enjoyed it. I had fun.  Festivals would not be complete without concession stands. I ate chicken on a stick, nacho and cheese and a cherry snow cone from the Kona Ice Truck. Yum!

We were suppose to stay until 5:00pm but, I had a major seizure and we had to take down my booth and leave early, but that is okay.  I am proud of myself for being able to do it. I had fun.  I had been wanting to do a festival since I wrecked in 2012 but was not able to until this April. Thank you Jesus for the opportunity! 





Friday, June 23, 2017

Throwback Jewelry Photos: Unique Item for Jewelry Making

 

Several years ago I spent a lot of time making jewelry using unique items you would not normally consider making jewelry out of, like the pair of earring above. I made them using brand new sponges you use in the kitchen to wash dishes or clean the stove and counters. I cut the sponges into small square to make sponge beads for the earring. 
 
 
I made this pair of earring by using twisters from a package! 
 
 
This pair of earrings I made by straightening paper clips, twisting two color together and twisting them into the shape I wanted for the earring. 
 
 
I made this pair of earring be using two dog bone shape paperclips that I bought at a store. 
 
 
This style of earrings may be one of my favorites I have made using unique items. I made this pair of earrings using brand new rubber bands you use in hair!

What type of unique items do you use when you make jewelry? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bead Bundle Kits


Last week I sold my very first bead bundle kit in a big container.  The kit you see above sold for $50.00 with free shipping.   In the past I have made smaller kits with acrylic and resin beads geared towards jewelry making for children.  The kit in the picture is geared towards jewelry for adults.  It contained a mixture of glass beads, metal beads, clay beads, bone beads, seed beaded beads, leather beads and rhinestone beads.  Beads came are various sizes from 8mm to 20mm. 

This video shows the beads up close.

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'I plan on making more bead bundle kits in the near future.  If you would like to purchase them, comment below, send me an email, follow me on social media for updates when they are ready for purchase, or check out my website for frequent updates in the "New" section.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

DIY Keychain Holder Display


In April of this year I set up a booth at the Strawberry Festival in Castleberry, Alabama. I needed displays for my jewelry and accessories, so I went to Pinterest to find a tutorials for making displays.  I found a display for earrings and thought it would be perfect to modify the display to use for displaying my handmade keychains.  

Material:  

1. Flower Vases.
2. Wooden Dowels. 
3. Glass Stones. 
4. Cloths Pins. 

 

I filled the flower vases half way with decorative glass stones, next I sat a wooden dowel in the center of the vase and added more glass stones around it to hold the dowel in place.  Next I added cloths pins to the wooden dowels. 
 

For this display I added more cloths pins. 
 
 One display filled with my keychains!

Second Keychain Holder Display. 

Simple, easy DIY Project to help make display tables at festivals look nice and organized. 


(Credit: My inspiration for this idea can be found here.)
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