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Opinions are like noses….

and we all have one but I really need yours, your opinion that is. My time the last month has been dedicated to something I really don’t enjoy (you’ll know soon) but it had to be done. Essentially this task has sapped the last of my creative energy just when I need it the most.  Christmas is right around the corner and every online retailer is gearing up their inventory and their advertising etc. So I walk into my studio and all I see are piles, and I mean piles, of beads and sari ribbon. I have confessed earlier that my solution to a lack of creativity is to stock my stash. Well, I’ve been on steroids! Patti our Postal Carrier now just grunts at me when she use to smile.

So here is where you come in. I have married my two latest loves, The Twisted Sister Technique AND Sari Ribbon. Please let me know if you think it works together. You have been so helpful in the past and I need a little encouragement OR constructive criticism. If you purchase any of my jewelry I will make you a pair of shoulder duster earrings as a thank you.
Here are two of the designs in question.

purple_sari_ts_medium      pinkorange_sari_ts_medium

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
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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!

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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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.  

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Let’s talk soon.
Carol

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

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