Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Trim The Tree" Contest At Happy Mango Beads

Ever since I discovered it, Happy Mango Beads has been one of my favorite online bead stores.  They are currently sponsoring a contest, and each lucky winner will receive a gift certificate to spend on the unique selection of beads that can be found on their website.

An entry into the contest would be a beaded Christmas ornament, suitable for hanging on a Christmas tree, and would fit into one of ten categories listed in the official rules.

One thing that I like about contests at Happy Mango Beads is that, unlike contests sponsored by other bead sites, they do not require entrants to use beads that were bought at their store.   You don't even have to be a customer of theirs to enter. 

Check out their Facebook page to see photos of the ornaments that have been entered so far.  Then try your hand at making your own ornament to enter into the contest.  Good luck with your entry!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Beader Crochets

I have spent the last several days finishing up a project that I began almost a year ago.  The project was a request from my son to make him a blanket-sized afghan.  Yes, blanket-sized.  I had to take a few longish breaks from this project as life intervened.  Even so, the prediction I made when I first started working on this afghan about how long it would take me to finish was uncannily accurate.  My son asked me if it would be done by Christmas, and I said, "Yes, next Christmas."

The finished afghan is 85x110 inches and fits comfortably on my double-sized bed.

And then I began the next requested project, which is the scarf in progress, pictured below, in camo yarn.

This project will definitely be done by Christmas--this year.  :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"I Craft, Therefore I Am!"

It's always nice to get a little freebie along with something you've ordered.  (That's why I always try to include something extra when I package orders from The Midnight Beadery.)

Today I received an order from Create For Less which included the above tattoo.  Normally I don't go in for tattoos, but this one is different.  It's me.  It expresses who I am.  Besides having dedicated myself to crafting, I was also a philosophy major in college and can appreciate so well the allusion to Descartes.  I just had to put it on right away!

So, what did I order?

Camouflage yarn for the next crochet project my son has asked me to work on.  He wants a scarf and a hat.  Small potatoes compared to the last thing he asked me to make him, a gigantic project which I am almost finished with, but more on this later.

For now I need to go around and show off my tattoo!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Find The Santas On ArtFire

There is a contest going on at ArtFire, and the lucky winners could end up with extra money, up to $300, to spend at their favorite ArtFire shops.

Hidden Santas can be found in participating shops, including The Midnight Beadery, and other shops on the ArtFire website. Find all the Santas and you can enter the contest.

Information about how the contest works, including how to enter, rules, and guidelines can be found at the Find-Santa blog.
Thanks to Linda Jackson at Moonstone Creations for her time and effort in putting this contest together :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Art Every Day Month

When I first read about Art Every Day Month last year I thought it was such a great idea to get your creative juices moving and to give your artistic impulses a place where they can be shared with other people who also have wonderful creations to share.  So this year I decided to commit to creating something every day during the month of November.

To help me with my task, I am borrowing from Sarah Bush, whose blog Make Great Stuff I have admired for some time.  Sarah has been promoting her 20-Minute Technique as a way to help us creative types to actually get down to work, even if for only twenty minutes at a time.

So, I set my timer for twenty minutes and I went to work making the earrings pictured above.  I had just gotten the black Swarovski crystal pearls, and I was looking for a way to use them.  I paired them up here with red aventurine beads.  It took slightly more than my allotted twenty minutes to make these earrings, but that's okay.  And by the time I finished with the photography, a collateral creative process that frequently bogs me down, it was about an hour later.  But that's okay, too.

As soon as I get the opportunity I will be posting these earrings for sale at my Etsy shop.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Triangles Are Speaking To Me

I wanted to add some new skills to my repertoire, so I decided to  take a jewelry design and casting class through my local recreation department.  I was working on some designs and looking through them to figure out which ones I liked the best.  As it turned out, most of my favorite designs included triangles in some fashion or other.  The instructor told me that it seems that triangles are speaking to me.  This was something that I never would have thought of without having done this exercise.

Serendipitously, when I got home I saw the triangular silver leaf jasper beads on sale at one of my favorite beading websites and I ordered them right away.  I was able to make these earrings before the next class session, and walk in with my triangles on.  This was a super fun project for me.

BTW, these earrings are not intended to match one another.  They belong to a new line that I have just begun working on and that I'm labelling "non-conformist."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New For Halloween--White Mouse Earrings

Today I visited the Spirit Halloween store with my son.  Among other things, we picked up these wonderfully squooshey rubber rodents.  After we got home we were playing around with our new squooshey toys, and I tried hanging one of the rodents by the tail from my son's ear (should have gotten a picture--darn it!) when I got this far-fetched idea that these rodents could actually be made into serviceable earrings.


I grabbed a rodent and some miscellaneous findings and created this:

And then I tried it on:

It works for me.  We'll see if my son makes good on his promise to wear it to school.

Afterwards, I continued decorating my workspace ( now dubbed The Creatorium) :

Whether the rest of the rodents will be safe from Halloween earring-making is anybody's guess.