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Just when I thought I was so clever…

A friend of mine asked me to create a necklace from a Pinterest Pin she found that she really liked. I’m always looking for new ideas and things to create so I was all in. Per usual, I had to order some new beads which we all know was totally unnecessary. But buying beads before a creative process is like stretching before running. Here is my new design or is it?

So what’s the problem? A few days before making the necklace, I was cleaning out some drawers and came across this card my niece sent me years ago.

Is it just me or did I copy her design? Carol the Human Copy Machine. Back in the Dark Ages I did work for Xerox.  Just sayin!
Here is another version. Let me know if you like it.

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Carol
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You Could Ruin Ice Cream!

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Now that’s just NOT NICE!!!!!

Last week I asked you for your opinion on the marriage of a couple of my jewelry techniques. I thought I handled the negative comments quite well. I actually giggled at the Bleck comment and laughed out loud at “I don’t want to look like a badly decorated Christmas Tree”. So not to be out done, I kept at it and came up with a brooch design I really liked. I showed it to a friend who shall remain nameless as many of you know her. (Don’t worry she is not seeing this post.) Her comment RUINED it for me. Being the mature person I am I told her she could ruin ice cream on a hot day. Here is my creation. 

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She said it looks like a Smashed Tarantula!!! Sorry to my dear friend that got it as a birthday gift. 😦 What Say YOU!!!!

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Being in a Sour Mood from the above post. I thought you might enjoy the article on the 39 ways to reuse Pickle Juice. My tip is if you suffer from Leg Cramps this or caper juice works wonders. Click: HERE

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Productivity Tips – Better Late Than Never!

This summer has been particularly stressful for me…
I am launching a new e-commerce website, creating a new line of Twisted Sisters, Selling in a lovely store in Vermont, teaching at a new studio this season.. Blah, Blah, Blah.
Needless to say, I am not feeling very productive so I found this article on PureWow enlightening and I hope you do too. If you’re short on time make sure you read the last one!

7 Secrets of Super-Productive Women

We all have that enviable friend, (not me) who somehow gets everything she needs done yet never seems like a massive ball of stress in the process. She’s simply a highly productive person. And you can be one, too, by stealing some of these seven secrets.

They don’t multitask 

According to a study at Stanford University, people who multitask “do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time.” Focus on one thing and complete it before moving onto the next.

They say no often
It’s not easy, but when you have a ton of stuff to do already, saying no is necessary. It’s about knowing your limits: If an extra task is going to push you over the edge, deny it in a polite but firm way. You don’t want to come across as rude, but you also don’t want to overload yourself and hinder your overall progress.

They’re experts at delegation 
This could mean starting a carpool with your neighbors and their kids to clear up time in both parents’ schedules or assigning part of a presentation to a colleague who has a little more time than you do. The sooner you delegate, the sooner you can refocus on your most crucial responsibilities.

They aren’t perfectionists 
Productive people value a job well done, but they aren’t obsessive about everything being flawless–nor do they agonize over every little detail, which slows down the entire process. Let things go, learn from imperfections and adjust your routine accordingly.

They take care of themselves
Being truly productive requires firing on all cylinders, and to do that you have to be at your best. That means getting enough sleep and living a healthy lifestyle where diet and exercise are concerned. Listen to what your body tells you and prioritize your health and happiness.

They value quality over quantity 
Quality and quantity of time, that is. The most productive person in your office might be the person who spends the least amount of time there. It’s not about how long you work; it’s about how much you get done. Train yourself to have only a finite amount of time for something, and you’ll soon adjust your approach to finishing tasks.

They define their own success
Just as productive people aren’t perfectionists, they also don’t measure themselves against others. It takes too much energy away from their own responsibilities. Instead, put your head down, do your own thing and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing.

I did find time to create two new beading kits.

Sari Necklace Kit 7%2F24   Cats Meow Beading Kit

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Meet Jasper…The Friendly Gem :-)

Jasper

Known as the “Supreme Nurturer” …

Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security. Who does’t want that in their life? Jasper comes in a rainbow of beautiful and very interesting colors.  I have chosen Poppy Jasper because it is known to inspire a positive, joyful attitude.  What does this piece inspire in you?

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Noodling around Pinterest and Whoa!

I’m minding my own business and noodling around Pinterest ….

When I come across this picture of Princess Sophia at a Royal wedding.

Princess Sopia

Is someone knocking me off????Something about “Imitation is the best form of Flattery”? I just finished this necklace. (Comes in many colors too.)

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Carol

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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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

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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PS Next up – Not So Easy Peasy!

June is for LOVE!

Were you a June Bride?

June is all about weddings and I got to wondering about engagement and wedding rings and just why the third finger of the left hand.  So here we go…

Here is an approximate timeline of this evolution from a fellow blogger:

ANCIENT PAST
As Egyptian fortunes were excavated, they were found to be buried with a metal wire tied around the third finger of their left hand. According to legends, this finger is believed to be directly connected to the vein going to the heart.

MIDDLE AGES
As per most historians, the first official use of an engagement ring was made by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 when he gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with tiny diamonds set in the form of an M.

1600-1700
In the 15th and 16th century, the engagement rings were mostly exchange of poser rings, gold or silver bands with a message engraved on them. Sometimes, silver was seen as a sign of engagement and a gold ring was given during the wedding.

1800
The romantic era saw a high demand in diamonds after a large deposit was discovered in South Africa. This saw the making of Tiffany & Co. and the trend of huge solitaires, flower designs and high setting of the rock on the bands.

EARLY 20th CENTURY
In the Edwardian era engagement rings became a social norm and a must in every wedding. Fine jewelry was in the reach of more population as industries revolutionized class. In this era, the rings were made of a platinum band and ornate designs in which the diamond was set.

1920-1930
In the 20s and 30s, the designs became less feminine and more geometric as the era was about all modern things. The most frequent were diamonds set in platinum or white gold and were accompanied by gems like rubies and sapphires.

1940
In this period, even after the economy being hit by World War II, the designs were bold and big. The designs had motifs like flowers and gold was used to make the band. The population turned to synthetic rubies and sapphires as their budgets tightened.

1970
The princess cut and radiant cuts were invented or perfected in the 70s and their square shapes became very popular for engagement rings, fitting for a generation that embraced the new and different and did away with many of the traditions of the past. This became the year of radiant cuts and princess cuts as their square shapes became popular. They were the new and different thing during this time and attracted all those modern brides.

1990-PRESENT
There has been no set trend and no popular design stayed for very long. There have been trends for sapphires and emeralds but now that is fading. Today people are choosing everything. It’s no more about the trend but about the taste and desire. There are couples that are going for the traditional solitaire set high on a platinum band, some want to go antique and buy emeralds and Victorian designs and some want to customize their own thing.

And, aren’t we blessed that we have the freedom to express our love for one another however we choose!

Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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