Chrismas Spirit

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I finally put up my Christmas tree today. I don’t know why, but I just haven’t been ‘feeling’ it this year.Yesterday my son (24, but living at home) wanted to put out the gifts he had wrapped. When he asked where he should put them since we didn’t have a tree up, I felt pretty bad.

So, I guess guilt made me do it, but I’m really glad I did. I just kept it simple this year and didn’t put out everything, just the tree and a wreath. Well, I also got out the sweet little tree that my mom made for me, gosh, at least 20 years ago. She’s been gone for 12 years now….miss her . I believe I got my creativity from her. I KNOW I did. More about that in another post.

This was in our Church bulletin today…

What To Give?
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all men, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
~~~Oren Arnold~~~

My Bead Soup Creations!

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Hope you are having fun visiting everyone’s blog and checking out their jewelry.

This was really a challenge for me….I don’t work with beads very often…I’m more of a ‘found objects’ kind a gal!

My partner Lisa sent me lots of beautiful beads…. I bet I tried 20 different ways to use them all, but I just couldn’t make it work.  So I chose just a select few and I had much better luck.  The focal is a cute pewter dolphin jumping over a large crystal.  I added a gunmetal (black) filigree piece (from my stash) to the back of it.  I like mixing metals in my pieces…I also decided to use gunmetal chain.

I loved the turquoise crystal beads. The hammered pewter square finding were really nice but  I wanted to change them up a little, so I added a bead in the middle and surrounded the bead with seed beads.  Those tiny things are hard to handle, but I was determined to use at least o few of them!I added a little surprise to the back of the necklace…a dangle of ‘water drop’ beads hanging from the hammered pewter clasp.  It will look pretty hanging down your back.

I’ve shown you bits and pieces…..

Here is the whole necklace.

I really wanted to use the abalone shell I received, but I couldn’t make it work for the necklace.  So, I made some earrings using the abalone, blue crystals, ‘water drop’ beads and some brass filigree from my stash (another different metal).  I think they turned out very nice.

Thanks for stopping by.

If you get a chance, please stop by my Etsy Shop.  It’s a little bare right now, but I hope to be adding more items soon!

Sorry my photos aren’t better…. I working on trying to improve them…

Be sure to check out my partner’s shop.  Lisa did a lovely job with the goodies I sent to her.  See her work here.

Shaking Things Up

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I’m working on my blog’s appearance… I wasn’t really happy with the theme I had.

I like some things about this one….but, not the background picture and color. Now, I know you are saying… But, Monica, that’s all you see! I know, I know… What I really like about this theme is the way the titles of the blog are highlighted…looks like brush strokes, or torn paper.

I’ve got to work on a new picture for my background.

Then I’ll have to get my 24 year old son to help me set it up.

So, it’s a little WILD right now, but it will calm down in a few days (hopefully)

Stay tuned…

My Bead Soup From Lisa Lodge has arrived!!

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Dolphin Focal

Yea!!  My soup is fabulous!

The focal is a dolphin jumping over a large crystal.  She included a beautiful Rhodium plated clasp and lots of beads and other components. There are Czech Firepolished beads, Czech teardrop beads, Abalone shell, Mother of Pearl round beads, Rhodium plated pewter links and Miyuki Seed Beeds.

Everything else!

I have never worked with seed beads, so that kinda scared me….they are so tiny!  But I feel confident that I can make something pretty.  As a matter of fact, I have already been playing around with them and came up with a couple of cool ideas.  I’m sure I will go through lots of ideas before I make a final decision!  It’s really going to be a fun challenge.

Jewelry Class today!

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This morning I am taking a jewelry class with Diane Cook. She is teaching us to make her Etched and Layered Cuff. I am so excited!
I’ll tell you about it later.
I also need to post pictures of my Bead Soup….
Life has been getting in the way, but I’ll catch up this week-end….
Have a fun Saturday…I know I will…