Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party...Soup is On!!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party coordinated by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things!
First things first, thank you so much, Lori, for coordinating this Bead Soup Blog Party.

Hmm, a what? What is a Bead Soup Blog Party, you ask?

 Well, each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
 ~ Some coordinating spacers or beads
Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

Here's what I made!

My partner was Charlene over at GrayGirlStudios. She sent me this great pendant and several beads. Many of which you see here. I did hoard a few for future beading. :) It's funny...Charlene and I must've been on the same wavelength because the colors of beads that we sent each other to use were very similar.

I named this piece Day At the Lake. :) My initial inspiration for the piece came from the pendant. When I look at it, literally I see earth and water. And many of the beads Charlene sent me supported that theme. I added two silver fish beads and some other glass beads from my stash. The dragonfly is a brad that I cut the back off of. I thought twice about using him because I also sent one to Charlene to possibly use in her design but it really added a whimiscal feel to the necklace. And the toggle is very nautical, don't cha think?

So, all of the components in this necklace are things and colors that one would see while sunning out at the lake. :) But that's just my interpretation...what does the pendant make you think of?
Now, come check out what everyone else made!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, LeeLu Creations (You are here! Thanks for stopping by.)
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig 
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading

110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 

120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
175.  Julie Nordine, Credit River Art Glass
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011 on Lori's blog.  Don't miss it!

And be sure to check out this post. My sister is giving away a free digital print card that she made. All you do is send her your email address to You may be one of five, yes five!, lucky winners. Below is one of her cards. 

Support small business and handmade! :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

David Tutera is Coming!

David Tutera is coming! David Tutera is coming!

What? You don't know who I'm talking about...

He is only THE best wedding designer, like, ever! He makes every girls dreams come true on their big day. If you haven't seen his show, My Fair Wedding, on WeTV you simply must check it out.

He's coming to Charlotte, NC and I would love to go. Of course, it's a little bit pricey, after all, that's money I can put towards the wedding. Celebrity wedding designers don't come cheap! But still, anyone want to go? Pretty, pretty please?? I might can be convinced to dish out some change to hobknob with Mr. Tutera. I like to think of it as a little wedding present to myself.  :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spring Cleaning

I'm doing some spring cleaning 'round the shop. Use the code SPRINGCLEANING30 when checking out on Etsy to get 30% off your entire order.

Monday, February 21, 2011

DIY Ring Bearer Pilllow

I'm a Broke Ass Bride that's all about DIY (do-it-yourself). But this project is more like Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade.  Back before I was even engaged, we were talking about it, but hadn't made it official, I scored at Big Lots a Martha Stewart, I know! Martha Stewart, shut up!, i digress, I scored a Martha Stewart flower girl basket/ring bearer pillow set for $2. Yes, can you believe Martha Stewart anything for $2?!

I liked the set but it was a little safe for me so I gussied up the ring bearer pillow.

I started with this: the ring bearer pillow with tan ribbon, a purple doily, a vintage bauble (formerly a vintage earring).

I removed the ribbon that was already on the pillow. It easily pulled right off.
Then I folded the doily around the pillow. Making sure the doily is centered, stitch the center of the doily to the top of the pillow. If your stitches are messy, that's ok, the bauble will cover the stitches.
Next, i stitched the four sides of the doily to the underside of the pillow.
I thought I was done sewing at this point, but then I noticed that where the sides came together on the bottom, they kinda stuck out a little, so I also stitched them together, but this step could be optional.
I used the ribbon for the rings that was already on the pillow. Glue it to the center of the top of the pillow, making sure it is centered. You don't want one side way longer than another or it won't look right.
Center and glue the bauble to the top of the pillow over the ribbon.
Let dry.

And I ended up with this: Ta da!

So, I made this ring bearer pillow for $2!

Martha Stewart Ring bearer pillow: $1 (set was $2 so I'm counting this as half)
Purple doily from Michael's: $1
Purple vintage bauble and ribbon: No cost, the bauble was already in my stash and the ribbon came on the original pillow
Total cost: $2


Saturday, February 19, 2011

No Love

Do you ever make something, whatever your creative something is, and you can’t wait to get it online because it’s so fabulous and you just know it’s going to sell immediately? Not that all my items aren’t fabulous, mind you, but every so often I create a piece of jewelry that I love so so much and think it is just going to jump off the shelves, figuratively speaking, of course….because I don’t really have shelves…because it’s an online store….And that would be funny if jewelry really could jump off shelves...Why do I remind myself of Sandra Bullock in All About Steve right about now {insert laugh, snort, laugh, snort}…I could keep going…really, I could…. :)

…I digress…Or even vintage sellers, you find that great vintage item, in perfect condition, just a little dirty but it cleaned up so nicely and you can’t wait to list it for all to see, and you finally get it listed online, and then, nothing, nada, no views, no interest…{insert cricket noises here, please}…

Do you have any items like this hanging out around your store?

A few of mine are below. All can be found at my store on Etsy.

Friday, February 18, 2011

FREE Digital Print Card

We all like free stuff, right? I know I do.

My sister makes digital print cards. She's just starting out so I thought that I'd pimp her on my blog. :)

She is giving away one free card to five, yes five!, lucky winners. Here is what you do:
Send your name (first and last) in an email to to register for a chance to win a greeting card and to sign up for the mailing list. Five winners will receive one FREE greeting card. You will be contacted if you win and asked to provide a mailing address to send your free card. You can view available designs at her website, here. There is no obligation and it's totally free, so why wouldn't you enter??

In such an impersonal society, greeting cards are an excellent way to show you care. Do I sound like Hallmark or what?

Here are some of my favorite designs.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Want These!

You know how there's that one thing (so far) for your wedding that you want but it's not really practical, or even necessary? Well, I want these. They are those paper lantern thingys.

image source here 

We haven't even confirmed a venue yet, but, the venue that i'm leaning towards, I don't know that we'd be able to use them. But I love them! Don't they really finish off the venue?

...And how do they hang from the ceiling? I'm not getting on a ladder and climbing all the waaayyyyyy up there!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Some Good Finds

So I went to Carolina Thrift yesterday after work. They have got the best finds for super prices, at least I think so anyway. When I googled them to link them up they seem to have a bad rap, but really, it's a thrift store people. You don't get the white glove, VIP treatment here, lol.

I've been looking for things for the wedding, or just for whatever. I'm going for a shabby chic, vintagey vibe. Even though the wedding isn't until 2012 I'm super excited and can't help it!!!!!!!

Here are some of the things I found:

Found these plushy silky hangers, pack of 3 for 75 cents! I read that you need a nice hanger to put your dress on when taking pics. Also got this great embroidered table runner for $1. It's almost sad that someone worked so hard and that their piece is being sold for so cheap. Oh well, my score!

 Isn't the little glass bird the cutest? He will look oh-so-cute tucked in a little corner somewhere. Also got these embroidered napkins, i guess that's what they are. It's a pack of 4. I think they will be cool to make pillows out of. 

Found this awesome beaded purse. It's vintage, made in Hong Kong. Label says John Wind, if I remember correctly. I think I'm gonna try to sell it. It's in almost perfect condition. No beading is missing but some of the iridescent finish on the larger beads is rubbing off, but it's hardly noticeable.

Also got this eel skin clutch, also made in Hong Kong. At first I thought it was vintage but I'm not sure. This one is soooo soft. I've never felt anything like it.

I'm gonna spraypaint this heart box white. I'm sure I can find somewhere to put it in the wedding. I mean, it's a heart!

 I also plan to spray paint these white. They are card/photo holders. I'm gonna use them to put a sign of some sort in.

I think the best find is this little kitten planter. It's in perfect condition, just a little dirty. Made in Korea.  I just might keep this little cutie for myself!

 Just look at that sweet face! Meow......

Pose from the side. Isn't it the cutest?!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dads Say the Darndest Things

Sometimes dads just say the darndest things, don't they?

I went home yesterday to see my parents, as I usually do on Sunday since I am the good daughter. No jabs towards my little sis. :)

First let me fill you in with a little background info. In case you don't know, I have just started planning for my wedding. Hmm, that's all the background info you need, i think, hmm, yes, that's good.

So, here is a conversation between me and my dad yesterday:
Dad: (Totally random and out of the blue) "What size do you wear?"  (Two things a man should never ask a woman: her age and her size-unless she has a bod like Pam Anderson then I wouldn't mind sharing my size-or age, for that matter.)
Me: "A big one."
Dad:  "There's a wedding dress at Toni's house."
Me: "Ummm, ok, what size is it?" (And who the heck is Toni??)
Dad: "Well, I don't know, maybe a size 10 or 12."
Me: (As I'm now on the floor laughing hysterically) "Um, thanks dad, but I don't think it will fit. I mean, maybe if there were two of them....."

You see, I'm a plus-sized girl. Sure I'm like to be, um, not so plus-sized but it is what it is. No amount of lying on the bed while sucking in trying to get the zipper up would do any good because I still could not get into a size 12.

It was just cute that dad was trying to be helpful. :)
Don't dads say the darndest things?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Meet My Friend...Shabee Stitches

Woohoo!! TGIF baby. I can't wait for 5:30 to get here today. This is one week that I am ready to just get over with.

Anyhoo, have you met my friend Jennifer over at Shabee Stitches?  I met her when she ordered some button covers from my destash shop, One Thrifty Diva, be sure to check it out if you're in the neighborhood :). Turns out, she is also from North Carolina, over the river and through the woods in the tres lovely city of Asheville. Really, the buzz is that Asheville is THE spot for all things fabulous. I've been trying to get up there for a weekend but life seems to get in the way. What's up with that?!

Again...anyhoo...I'm so easily distracted, lol. Jennifer makes unique wedding accessories such as ring pillows and garter sets. Ooh la la in the boudoir! But seriously, ahem, she can design anything for any style. Her items are very unique and different from the those that I've seen...And you know I've been shopping around because I also have a wedding to plan for! And I just love that her items are keepsakes that can be handed down through the family.

So, which item is your fave? Ooh, ooh, I just love the boho hippie chick ring pillow in down in the corner. It's so colorful and bright. The butterflies are sooo adorable. What a great accessory to add a little fun to a wedding. Sometimes they can be so serious! I mean, it's only a little thing called a lifetime committment, what's the big deal? :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I'm in a Treasury!

Included in this awesome treasury by StringofJewels on Etsy. Thank you for including me. Aren't these some great items to be in the company of?

Some folks are included in treasuries all the time, but I am truly thankful when someone picks one of my items out of the gazillions on Etsy to be in their treasury. It would be even better if it made the front page!!! You can check it out here on Etsy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Life is Short...

Today started out just like any other day....wake up on time, hit snooze three times, get up late...fall back asleep while sitting on the toilet (like you've never done this),  rush through a hot shower, can't find clothes to wear because they all shrunk overnight, the dogs won't go outside even though we do this every day...late to work, depending on whose clock we're using, of course...

I finally get to work and am chatting away on the phone with our travel lady when I get the bad news...via email, of all things...

A friend of mine at work, her husband passed away overnight of a heart attack. I didn't know her husband, only from the stories she would tell, but still I am deeply saddened by this news. You see, my friend is hurting...

He wasn't young, per se, in his sixties, i think, but still, this is young...too young to die. They had such plans...plans for vacation, spending time with the grandbabies as she calls them, dinner plans on Sunday afternoon...Plans that "they" will now never do together....

My friend is hurting and I don't know what to do. For me, death is and always has been uncomfortable territory. Generally in uncomfortable situations I either ignore them or make jokes. In this case, neither is appropriate...All I feel I can do is offer to be there for whatever she may need.

...I hear this often, but it's so is too short...if you love someone, tell them. Why is it that we so often have to be reminded of this?
So, pick up the phone and call that friend or family member that you haven't talked to in a while. Maybe it's time to call a truce to an old feud? Make time to go to that school play or football game. Forget about how dirty the house is, go out to lunch with the girls...

Dear friend...thinking of you.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bead Soup Challenge-I Got My Beads!

If you've been a reader of my blog you'll know that I'm participating in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Challenge. I received my beads-actually last week but I haven't posted because I haven't been able to get good pics. I tend to procrastinate so I haven't started on my piece yet, but I have been thinking about it. Been mapping it out in my head, yeah...that's it. :) 

Ooh, confetti, I got confetti!!

I just love that tissue paper! So funky and fun.

Also love those silver beads. They are quite large and I just love the scroll pattern on them. 

You can see the focal in the background and extra beads. 
 All together, what do you have? Bead soup! :)

I actually re-used the box and some of the tissue paper she sent me to send my beads in. Is that tacky? I like to think of it as recycling. :)

How's your bead soup coming along?