Who is going to believe me now?

I never consider myself a shiny object chaser….

but now I think I need to reconsider. But while I was reconsidering, I stumbled onto something even more disturbing. (Not for You but for Me!) In my last blog, I mentioned that I ordered sari ribbon not because I needed it but because I have issues with using things up. All weekend, I have been creating and designing new necklaces using sari. Lot’s of fun! I had just finished a really wild piece (Wild For Me!) when I get this blog post about Dsquared2 2016 Collection. I had never heard of Dsquared. Have you? This picture floats by:

Dsquared2

So what’s the big deal? Well, I just finished making a necklace that is VERY similar and I think to myself no one is going to believe that didn’t copy this idea. We all know I have copied lots of Chanel designs and I never tried to hide it. But it’s kind of like lying.  Once you’re caught lying anything you say is suspect. Enough with the suspense.  Here is the necklace Dsquared2 knocked off!!!! Believe it or not!

Kilroy

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But I said I was sari!

I’m loving fiber right now. Sari in particular…

sari pic

I was contacted by a women selling Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon and it got me wondering about how this recycling got started. Here is what I found.

Saree and the Society

Traditional Indian silk sarees, particularly the ones bought during weddings were heavy and had real silver thread or zari in their borders. Unlike the north, where wedding sarees had hardly been worn, they are worn regularly in the south. Thus due to wear and tear, they literally tear or come apart after a few years. The artists would convert them into cushion covers, curtain or make clothes for kids as the sarees were quite expensive to begin with. But they would soon end up with small tears unable to take the pressure of the sewing machine and would be relegated to the attic as people didn’t know what to do with them.
Then in mid 2000s came maverick saree stores with new interesting designs and light weight silks enticing the younger crowd by offering exchanges. Brand new pattern saree in exchange for an old one, whatever be its condition..

This Masterstroke of a marketing campaign led to small business selling lots of new light weight sarees with silver plated or silver finish zari which was a drastic reduction in quality and durability compared to the old ones but people were okay with it for several reason – chief of them not spending money out of their pockets and secondly not having to ask their husbands or inlaws before buying them. Generally women never bought silk sarees for themselves, by themselves, unless they were public figures or very rich. (This did not extend to cotton or synthetic sarees, simple silks  or salwars that women wore on an everyday basis.) Even when the woman worked, it would always be a parent, sibling, husband, inlaws or son who paid for the sarees chosen by the woman though this has drastically changed now. This was not merely due to financial dependence as buying a silk saree was considered a gesture of love and duty, something that is sadly missing nowadays.

Below are a few of the sari pieces I have been working on. Stay tuned as I ordered tons more as God forbid I should use up ANYTHING in my stash!
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Carol

Turquoise Sari motif    Purple Sari

Lavender sari    Sari Collar

Sari Wrapped

Channeling Chanel

Just Karl and Me Baby!

While I was home visiting my folks, I picked up some beautiful Lampwork Black and White Beads from this cute consignment shop. What to do? What to do? As many of you know, I am drowning in pearls (Thanks to my fashionista Chanel crazed friend…) so I set to work on a crochet design. I can hear you…What, not a Twisted Sister? Even I need a change. Noodling and nothing inspires me. Then, I think to see what Karl has in store for his latest Chanel Collection. Take the Chanel Creative Journey with me.

First I see this….

     And made this….

So then I am thinking, why not let my DIY Friends make their own. So I made a kit!

But then I see this…..

Chanel Black Image

And that begets….

Chanel 3 in 1

Thanks Karl! It was a very fun, creative ride. (There’s more Chanel Inspired Jewelry and Kits at: BlingBeadedBaubles.Zibbet.com

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Carol

This is not Flattering!

I’m having one of those days where I am feeling kind of overwhelmed or maybe it’s underwhelmed.

A blogging friend of mine sent me here latest successes with her online store and her blog. It got me feeling very happy for her but a bit down about my own lack of impressive progress. This online stuff is far from easy sledding. The amount of things you need to learn is staggering and it keeps changing by the day. One webinar tells you to do this and another says that’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Just shoot me! Okay, whining is over.  It got me thinking of this old parable I’d like to share with you with the hopes it will make you smile and maybe brighten your day.

A mouse and an elephant are walking through the desert throwing up a huge amount of dust. The mouse turns and looks back and says to the elephant, “See what We Are doing?” There is more than one moral to this story but I’m choosing to hitch my wagon to positive momentum.
I hope you have enjoyed my brief attempt at cartooning!

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White Quartz

Quartz Nugget Motif

Electric Blue

Electric Blue Quartz 

Copper Quartz

Champagne Quartz

My Don Draper is Awake At Last!

After my last post I promised “Not so Easy Peasy!” This was to be about all of the trials and tribulations of having an online biz and blog. Translation: Too much material.

So I decide to break it down into segments of frustration!

Segment 1: Advertising on Facebook.

If you have listened to any webinar on FB advertising you know the mantra is to give FB hundreds of dollars so you can create ads that are designed to entice people to give you their email address. Theory being that if you have their email address you can continue to market to them.  Sound easy enough.  Let’s go. Oh! but wait. There are a few more moving parts you need to acquire and learn. You need to choose an email provider, then you need an conversion integrator like Leadpages, and then you have to learn Canva so you can create those dazzling expensive ads, integrate all this to your online store and then the Mother of learning curves is Facebook itself.  I have renamed Facebook to Facef—! (I must have been a sailor in my past life!) Instagram, Etsy and Pinterest have to wait.

Do you sense a little frustration? Thank goodness you didn’t have to live with me during this period but my poor husband…. I hope you enjoy my FB advertising segment.

Ever since I started my online store and Facebook advertising I have been trying to engage my husband. It’s not like he doesn’t have an EXTENSIVE background in Sales and Marketing. He did software start ups in Silicon Valley – for Pete’s sake. Every inquiry was met with: I don’t know anything about beading and jewelry or Facebook. ARRGGH! Wake up Don Draper, please! To be fair he was willing to be part of my Silk Purse to Sows Ear Series. See Photo Below: Unfortunately, the Silk part didn’t happen. Last night OUT of the BLUE he utters those beautiful words: Honey, why don’t you try…… Brilliant! Mr. Draper so glad you’re awake! Why didn’t I think of that about 6 aggravating  months ago. ARRGGH2! 

Let’s Chat Soon,
Carol

PS I can’t be alone. Please share your stories with me.  Misery Loves Company!

I thought I was being so genuine…

I just read this inspiring post from TheBeadedWireWork, and realized I have gone about this blogging thingy all wrong. Everything you read on blogging says to be genuine and I thought I was until I read the above post. So here is the new me with the REAL story.

I have been crafting all of my life and I have my parents to thank for this talent. My Dad loved to make Halloween costumes and my Mother would transform the American Legion Hall each month into some spectacular venue for their dance club.  I single handedly have the Guinness Record for carnation flowers.  

After retiring from technology, I was free to explore every whim and I did. They say it is not the destination but the journey but for this post it’s my latest destination – Beads and Beading. If you are a serious crafter you know that any hobby needs a serious stash. When you are inspired to create something you can’t slow down the process by shopping for your items. I thought my knitting and crocheting period was bad but OMG beading requires a HUGE stash of stuff. Thus this crazed Beadaholic was born.

Let’s fast forward to 2 years ago. My wonderful husband had a hip surgery that did not go well. He and I, as his caregiver, were pretty much shut ins for at least 6 months. I desperately needed an outlet for all my home time and so I decided to sell my jewelry creations online. This was a perfect solution. Everyday I was here to watch and help my husband steadily improve albeit glacial and I had plenty of time to create. The triple bonus was all those necklaces needed tons of BEADS! At last, we are ready for The Twisted Sister Journey.

It all began when I got hooked on bead embroidery. Beautiful stuff but REALLY time consuming. Weeks to finish one piece and the rage was and is now really chunky collar and bib statement necklaces. Seed beads were just not going to cut it. So, I started noodling around with wire and larger beads.  I liked the wire because it gives the piece dimensions that you would never get with bead stringing. After many failed designs and attempts, I came up with this twisted wire wrap technique I call “Twisted Sister”.

Twisted Sister Method

Then an opportunity arose for me to teach The Twisted Sister and viola I was off and running but I had a problem with not having enough bandwidth to create, sell and teach.  So that is why I now offer Tutorials, Beading Kits AND my Jewelry.
I just finished my Chanel Crocheted Necklace Tutorial pictured here. It is so fun and really easy to make. (Even if you don’t know how to crochet.) 

Chanel DIY 2 Photos White Back

If you would like to get your free copy of this Tutorial just click HERE. I’ll email you your link.  

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PS Next up – Not So Easy Peasy!

From Chicken Breast to Chicken Sunday

I can completely relate to the NourishedPeach’s feelings about chicken but it wasn’t always like this. When my hubby and I worked, we traded off cooking every other night. On Sunday we would always have chicken so we didn’t have to fret about “What’s for Dinner?” This later morphed into a once a month Chicken Sunday dinner party. I would choose a theme cuisine and my husband would choose a discussion topic. Some Sunday’s required costumes but every topic required research.  It was a blast and I highly recommend it. It was so refreshing to have a dinner party where everyone participated in a serious discussion instead of the banal, “I broke 90 today on the links.” Just shoot me!

Below is the delicious One Pot Southwest Chicken & Rice recipe I hope you will try but I wanted to share my Chicken Doldrums Recipe.

Grilled Glazed Chicken and Peaches

  • 4 Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Peach Preserves
  • 1.5 T olive oil
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1.5 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1.5 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 ripe peaches

Mix all ingredients together except chicken and peaches. Oil chicken and grill. Grill chicken for 4 minutes each side. Turning and brush with sauce until cooked. Plate and Cover.  Oil peach halves and grill cut side down.  Turn brush with sauce. Grill 5 – 6 minutes total.  Enjoy.

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Carol

Far, far, FAR too often I end up with boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my fridge with no plan in sight.  Then, what happens is I avoid them…like the plague.  They sort of bore …

Source: One-Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice

Healing Creative Block – Bloggers Too!

So last week I took a break…

But nothing was happening creatively.  Oh no!

Panic could be around the corner so I do what every Bead-aholic does. Buy Beads!!!! For whatever reason I became fascinated with Quartz and thus these beauties were born. So here is a tad of info on the amazing healing qualities of these stones.

Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. It can be used to purify and clarify on the spiritual, mental, and physical planes. It is powerfully protective because of these properties. Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies thought processes and emotions, it can increase inspiration and creativity. It can also help particularly with concentration, studying, and retaining what one learns. So now you know! If you need any of the above, I hope you’ll consider adding these necklaces to your quiver.
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Electric Blue

Electric Blue Quartz

Copper Quartz

Champagne Titanium Quartz

Quartz Peach Multi

Champagne Multi Strand Quartz

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