Am I a Forgerer?

As a new blogger, I am learning the ropes. Along the way, I found this fabulous artist Hugo Costa.  He is a an Urban Sketcher. Every day you get a gift of one of his sketches. I hope you will follow him as his sketches are gifts. Below is a recent sketch of the Carroll Bridge in NYC. I loved it and since my name is Carol, I thought it would be a great inspiration for a necklace.

Hugo's Piece

Here is my “Forgery”!  Tell me what you think!

Hugo Piece with Necklace

You can view all of my creations at: BlingBeadedBaubles.Zibbet.com

Let’s chat soon, 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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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

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

To view all of my work and receive your 20% Discount Shopping Pass,  20OFFPASS

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Let’s talk soon.
Carol

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
PS If you know of anyone who might like this romp please sign them up HERE!

Here are a few wedding necklace possibilities! Visit: BlingBeadedBaubles.Zibbet.com

 

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
PS If you know of anyone who might like this romp please sign them up HERE!

What is a Twisted Sister?

I have been crafting all of my life and I never thought it would take me here. As for crafting,  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.  

To view all of my work and receive your 20% Discount Shopping Pass,  20OFFPASS

Lovely chatting with you.  Tell your friends! Enter their email HERE!

Let’s talk soon.
Carol

PS Next up…What does Cate Blanchett have to do with The Twisted Sister???

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