Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fourth of July Jewelry!

Hello All! It's been a while but summer has had me busy with yard work and a few more hours at work each week and of course, beadwork.

Up for sale in my Etsy and 1000 Market Stores are a Fourth of July Ruffled Bracelet and Earring set. (Pictured below)

I also finished a commissioned piece today. It is a variation of the Zulu Necklace I made a few months back and sold last month. The Client wanted me to use more muted, earthy colors and the piece in the photo below is the result.

Next I'm gearing up to start on next years' Beading-For-A-Cure piece. We have some beautiful beads in lovely colors to work with and I already have a design in mind and on paper. Now we'll just have to see how it comes out!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Big News!

Ok, so it's been a while since I last made a blog entry but that's only because there wasn't much of anything going on that was new in the world of Beaded Extravagance. I have been beading and I also have been working on the backyard a little since our beloved doggies trampled all my Hostas and the pond needed cleaning and rearranging. So, now I'm back to blogging because I have some big news.

Last week Friday I received a letter in the mail from FireMountain Gems letting me know that Martian Queens Necklace is now in the second round of judging!! What does this mean? It means I get to pack her up and send her all the way to Oregon for the final round and hopefully a glamorous photo shoot! I'm really excited about this and am impatient for the results. I will have to be very patient because I won't know about those until August!

My other big news is that I finally have made sales on Etsy! My first was about 2 weeks ago. I sold my Ruffled Bracelet. Then I came home today and was checking my emails and I found that Zulu Diamond Necklace and Ndebele Star Bracelet had sold too! This is very exciting! I'm glad that I've finally started having sales- I was beginning to lose hope.... So tonight I have some packing to do for tomorrow it's off to the Post Office!

On a personal note, this weekend I made a big decision. Most of you that know me personally know that I have grown my hair out to be about waist length. This weekend I had my hair cut and am donating the 16 inch long ponytail to Locks of Love. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and wasn't sure that my permed hair would be accepted. They now allow permed and dyed hair, just not bleached hair. I am happy to be doing this because it will bring joy to some person who has lost their hair because of medical treatments. I have plenty of hair and it grows so fast so I don't mind sharing. Below is a photo taken by Valerie of me wearing Martian Queen's Necklace in my new do!

Have a great week!