Mother's Day is just around the corner on May 13th. I'm really busy at the store making new pieces of jewelry which I hope will find new homes during the Mother's Day holiday. So here's a little sale to help fund those pieces we'll be making to fill our shops with fabulous jewelry for the occasion.
Use Coupon Code - MOM2012 - To receive 15% off your entire purchase at Havana Beads on Etsy. Type this code in the coupon code area when checking out so it's automatically applied. Sale will run through May 1st. Enjoy!
I've been busy this week creating new beads. I worked this week with a wonderful customer on a new creation, "A double sided head pin". This was a real challenge! I made the head pin on a thicker 20ga wire instead of the usual 22ga. wire to help me work on the other side of the head pin without the bead drooping and falling on my table. All in all I'm happy with the results, but more importantly so is my customer. Here are some pictures of the head pins and some other goodies I posted this week.
It's Earth Day at the Fish House Art Center today. We will be having some fun today at the Fish House with giveaways, music, and food. Come on by between 12 - 5 p.m. I'll be having a little fish pendant giveaway, and Elizabeth the weaver will be raffling off her trike. I'm also making some yummy brownies to share and other artist will be sharing other goodies as well.
Here's my little fish pendant. Come by for a chance to win him. No purchase necessary.
Welcome to the Wrapped, Stacked & Layered Challenge hosted by Tracy Statler of Make Bracelets Blog. Thanks Tracy, this was a lot of fun! The challenge was to use one or two bracelets that you already have and add several more to make for a stacked look. This is what I came up with.
Here they are all stacked up. Not easy to keep them this way for the picture!
Here they are on my wrist.
This one was made with little peanut seed beads, czech glass, silver beads and one of my lampwork leaves and some little flower and leaf dangles.
The lucky winners of a pair of my sparkle beads are:
#12 - Bobbie
#19 - Janet
#6 - Boot-C
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address so I can send you your gift. Also, if you were not sure which ones you wanted let me know in your email. Thanks to everyone who participated I really appreciate your support.
Well I've been in the studio now for two and a half months now and I've added lots of new things. The studio is really small and I have tons of jewelry and beads to display and only one wall to do it in. The other side of the studio is for lampworking. I thought you guys would like to see where I work. Here is the mini tour.
This is a sign I made to go over the front door.
I have a large glass window in the front of the store which I love. Makes the place seem larger. I put this little table outside when I'm open so customers can see some of my jewelry while they pass by. I also have a picture of me lampworking so they can see the process. I need to change the color of the table cloth to something springy/summery.
As you can see lots of jewelry. I've added some floating shelves which I purchased at Home Depot and TJMaxx. I added a large mirror in the center of the shelves to break up the space.
Here are my trays of lampwork and ceramic beads. I have some of them stacked to save space. My larger focal beads are on the wood shelf my brother made for me.
This is my little work table and check-out area. Works well for the space. It's tight when I have customers looking at the bead trays.
Starting from the window on the other side are my glass rods.
My lampworking station and my kiln. I have all my tools, frit, enamel and such in the storage cart under the kiln. Keeps everything nice and neat and in its place.
Table was cleaned before this picture was taken!
When I get tired of working and need a break, this is the view that greets me. Love it!
This is the board walk from the studio to Finz Seafood Restaurant. There are tables right on the dock where you can eat and enjoy the water.
I'm so excited to have my necklace "Cashmere" featured in this months Bead Trends magazine. The picture they took of my necklace is absolutely beautiful. You can find my necklace on page 42-43 of the magazine. Also check out my friend Cherrie Fick's beautiful earrings, "Spring Garden" using some of my lampwork head pins, page 86, and "Springtime Garden" necklace and earrings using some of my mini faceted lampwork beads in her earring design, pages 116-118. You can find Cherrie's beautiful jewelry at En La Lumie're.
These are my pictures of the necklace. I've asked for permission to use the photos from the magazine and will post them as soon as I hear from them. Their picture is so much nicer.
Can you believe I've reached over 2000 sales on Etsy! I'm so overwhelmed with my customer's generosity. To celebrate I will be giving away a pair of my new sparkle beads to three lucky winners. Just let me know which one you would like to receive if you win. I will pick a winner next Wednesday, April 18 via Random.org. Here are some of the sets I've listed on Havana Beads.
I've been working hard this week making coordinated lampwork and ceramic sets. I also have some new fossilized beads in spring and summer colors. These are all listed on my Havana Beads Etsy store.
Since I moved to my new studio I've been watching a very gifted artist Elizabeth Esther Kelly weave the most amazing wraps. They're so soft and luxurious and I've been wanting one pretty bad. So Elizabeth suggested that we barter, which I was thrilled to do. One of her beautiful wraps for a blue orchid set. The necklace will be a choker style necklace and the earrings will be close to the ears. We still have to work on the details of the pieces but I thought I'd share the lampwork pieces with you. The large 3D flower took me almost three hours to make. It's really hard to keep all the petals hot while you're working all the details so needless to say there was glass all over the place when I finished, but I'm really happy with the results.
Here is the focal in my hand, it's pretty big.
These are the two earrings.
Here are some of Elizabeth's beautiful wraps on Etsy.