Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The goods...

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! I know Milo did...

Yesterday, Hubby and I went out to spend some of our gift card cash and had a delicious sushi dinner. Today, I got ALL of the wrapping paper and bows out of my studio and have been putting away the beautiful beads I received from Santa Clause! Here's a quick look at some of the new things I have to work with:

Jade drops

Crystal, Ceramic and Acrylic bead mix


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Winter finally got the memo...

Brr! It's starting to feel more like winter in my area! I spent the weekend setting up the tree and decorating the house for Christmas, as well as some quality girl time with fellow jewelry maker and my good friend, Kate. Here is a picture of the pair of earrings she made while I was working on some custom orders.

Earrings designed and created by Kate Dufour. Photo by me.

I absolutely love these earrings; hence the feature on my blog.  I could just see myself wearing these beauties. This morning, while sipping my coffee and browsing Pinterest, I saw this great tutorial for a cute diy ruffle shirt. And then suddenly, I had the perfect outfit planned in my head ;)

Photo and Tutorial by Tea Rose Home

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Treasury Time!

I am a bad blogger. Not because I've been slow to update, but because I had my very successful home show on Saturday and I did not take one single photo to share with you all! I charged my camera, but then got swept up in the day and completely forgot. I apologize for not being able to share my wonderful experience with you through pictures. It's such a shame too, the house was decorated so beautifully and the food was so pretty, you almost didn't wanna eat it!

It is Wednesday, but my desk is far away at home and I'm working my admin job today, so there are also no photos of my bead table. Instead, I've put together an Etsy Treasury list for the jewelry lover on your holiday shopping list  ;)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Along the streets of Paris

I have only 3 more days until the open house show, so I have been working very hard to make lots of jewelry. Here are some Bead Table shots from this week.

Beautiful pearls and an Eiffel Tower charm.

Working on more chandelier earrings!

Some amazing Red Creek Jasper beads I recently picked up.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Flowers in winter

This necklace is made with Serpentine and Purple Agate gemstones and pewter findings.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

{Tutorial Love} Handmade Gifts for the Holidays

My top 5 favorite handmade gifts for Christmas!

1.  Vintage Bookmarks

Marci from The Vintage Lemon has a great tutorial on how to make vintage styled bookmarks. These are easy, fast and inexpensive to make. Great stocking stuffers!

2. Infinity Scarves

Sweet Verbena featured this Single Loop Lace Infinity Scarf Tutorial on her blog. This looks like something even I could sew! The single loop scarf is cute and easy to wear.

3. Hex Nut Jewelry

Whether it's a bracelet for your man or a chic necklace for a friend, these hex nut jewelry designs are easy and inexpensive to make! Bracelet tutorial is from Honestly WTF. Necklace tutorial is from Infarrantly Creative.

4. Gifts in a Jar

These gifts are really neat. Choose a theme, choose a jar and fill it with small objects fitting your theme. The options are endless! For tutorials and ideas: Ashley Ann Photography | Frugalicious Me | The Gunny Sack

5. Gift Cards

Kinda seems like a cop out but, honestly, who doesn't love gift cards?  So give them what they want and a little extra surprise too with this is cute Gift Card Box. Heather even includes a free downloadable template!

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