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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Carol

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

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Carol

PS Next up – Not So Easy Peasy!

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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Carol

Electric Blue

Electric Blue Quartz

Copper Quartz

Champagne Titanium Quartz

Quartz Peach Multi

Champagne Multi Strand Quartz

Fit for a Princess!

Look what Princess Sophia is wearing!
I’m minding my own business and noodling around Pinterest – What pops up but Princess Sophia at a royal wedding. Is someone knocking me off????

White HL TS Necklace

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Not to be out done, I have also made it into a beading kit just for YOU! (Comes in tons of colors, too!)
Snow white Beading Kit (3)

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All the best,

Carol

Thinking about alcohol consumption?

With the holiday weekend upon us…

I started thinking about the history of alcohol consumption. According to Early American Researchers: Colonial America loved their alcohol. Back then they believed alcohol could cure the sick and make strong those who were weak.
Many of our founding fathers drank – and quite frequently. John Adams, for example, began each day with a draft of hard cider. Sam Adams, at one point, even managed his father’s brewery. Even John Hancock was accused of smuggling wine – and knowing him, it was likely true!
Not everyone was on board, of course. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration and founders of American medicine, was actually one of the first to view alcoholism as a disease and an addiction. In the late 1700s, it was estimated that the annual consumption of alcohol for each person over 15 years of age was a whopping 40 gallons!
Yes, early Americans believed alcohol to be healthy – and given their circumstances, they weren’t that far from the truth. Here’s why: there was a far more dangerous and worrisome drink – water.

One sip could make you seriously ill, and everyone knew it.

In fact, lack of drinkable water nearly wiped out the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, VA. George Percy wrote “cold water taken out of the river…was the destruction of many of our men.”
Later, American history was nearly altered once again during the Revolutionary War.

In the winter of 1777, George Washington suffered huge losses at Valley Forge when 3,000 soldiers were wiped out with illness and another 2,000 had to leave the army because they were so sick. That totaled over 40% of the men Washington had at Valley Forge! One of the causes of these illnesses was lack of clean drinking water.

So what does this have to do with jewelry? I was thinking of champagne (my favorite) and this means BUBBLES!  Introducing my Bubble Series of Designs. Festive Bubbles around your neck and in your glass! Added Bonus: Watch this incredible Bubble Video!
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/KMrvR836TFI?rel=0
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Bubble 5-28  Bubble Blue
Bubble Orange         

Did I Inherit The Wobblejaw Gene?

Wobblejaw lesson for today!

My mother is a wonderful woman and mother. I need to get that out there first but she has a trait that annoys my family to no end. Picture if you will The Tenwalde’s are all piled into the family station wagon about to go on vacation. Mom says she just needs to run into the store and we’ll be off. Finally, I can’t stand it anymore and ask Dad where is she? He says calmly that Wobblejaws is at it AGAIN.  You see my mother can have a conversation with a deaf mute. I swear!  I can remember calling her for the results of  a biopsy and she leads with how cute the Docs new twins are. Aargh!
Last week I am in a waiting room with one other lady. She is having trouble filling out the medical questionnaire so I ask her if I can help. Two pages later and we are fast friends. Another Ohioan of course!
After my appointment I see her sitting on a bus bench. It’s boiling out so I ask her if I can take her home. She lives in Palm Springs! I laugh and say, it’s a good thing I brought my passport. That’s an inside Desert joke because everyone in the East Valley thinks PS is in another state.
Now we have 50 more minutes of conversation. She made the mistake of asking me what I do to keep busy besides picking up old ladies in doctor’s offices? Well,The Wobblejaws Beader is off to the races.
When I get to her home she says to hold on that she has something for me as a Thank You. She gives me 2 broken necklaces. One is a lovely rose quartz and the other is a jazzy chain tassel number. I just finished reworking them and here is their debut! Do you like?

Pink Quartz Lacy

Don’t you think it would make a great wedding necklace?

Chain Tassle Necklace

Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Sing You Beader, Sing! Oh Good Grief!

Daily Prompt

I took a Yin Yoga class this week….

from a wonderful gal, Alison. If you haven’t tried a Yin class, it is a must do. Each week we set an intention. This week it was Failure. Don’t stop reading, this is really uplifting. At the end of class she read a Lucy monologue from Charlie Brown called Failure Face. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Good Grief Image
Now Linus, I want you to take a good look at Charlie Brown’s face. Would you please hold still a minute, Charlie Brown, I want Linus to study your face. Now, this is what you call a Failure Face, Linus. Notice how it has failure written all over it. Study it carefully, Linus. You rarely see such a good example. Notice the deep lines, the dull, vacant look in the eyes. Yes, I would say this is one of the finest examples of a Failure Face that you’re liable to see for a long while. You see, said Lucy, you become wiser when you fail at something. Then I must be the smartest kid in the whole world, said Charlie Brown.
Charles M. Schulz

I just love this. I was think during class about all the fits and starts of my biz and this just really struck me so I wanted to share this with you in case you are dealing with some failure. Take a good look at it. Learn from it. Gather your tools and move forward. Here’s to all my Twisted Sister Charlie Brown’s. The Smartest Sisters in the World!

When I got home I got my blog assignment for the day and it was to write a blog using the days prompt which was SING.  So since You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is a musical I thought this could still be my blog today. You know the Killing Two Birds etc.

While driving home from Yin, I was thinking about Charlie Brown and The Peanut’s comic strip and I recalled that I had some vintage peanut pearls somewhere in my stash.  After much rummaging around, (I really have to get more organized!) I made this piece.
Peanut Necklace
Don’t you think it would make a great wedding necklace?
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Do Friends Spoil?

Not the Stinky Spoiled but more like Spoiled Rotten….

If you’re a parent you know how easy it is to spoil a child. After the fact, you’re kicking yourself for allowing this to happen but what about the ramifications of spoiling a friend? My Friend, let’s just call her Ms. M. She has many passions but the top 3 are Fashion, Chanel and Pearls. Good friend to have if you have a jewelry biz right? Ummm, not so fast. When I first started I was floundering for inspiration and Ms. M. came to the rescue. She started sending me necklaces she liked. Surprise! Surprise! They were all Chanel, Pearls or both. So, here is the first idea she sent me and what I did with it.

Chanel 1 Spoiled

Well you would have thought I invented ice cream she was so pleased. Truth be told, she is partly responsible for my inventing the Twisted Sister Technique but I digress. Next came this:

Chanel for Spoiled Sautoir

I think the ice cream is beginning to melt! She liked it but wanted those cute Chanel C’s like in the original. Where the H am I going to get those? Next up were some Stella McCartney PEARL necklaces that I made but they were technically difficult to make and had no room for any creativity so I made and sold a few and gave up that design. Then we had the Safety Pin and Pearl phase. All the while she is becoming less dazzled by my “Talent” and more about why can’t you do this it doesn’t look particularly difficult? So this begs the question; Can you spoil a friend?  I am not sure I know the answer but here is her latest want.

Chanel Spoiled 3 - 1

Not to worry Ms. M. I still love you and welcome your next inspiration! Spoiled or NOT!
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
PS I have lots of new ideas for the months ahead.  Hope you stay tuned!  If you know of anyone who might like this romp please sign them up HERE!

 

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