Thursday, August 30, 2012

Updated My Etsy Shop...And A SALE!

I finally got around to taking some photos and updating my Etsy shop!  My camera still isn't working with my computer so unfortunately I have to use my phone for this.  Since it took so long to start listing new items, I have decided to celebrate by having a quick private sale for everyone who follows this blog, and for those who follow me on facebook and twitter.  So enter coupon code AUGUST20 at checkout and get 20% off your purchases.  This is a quick sale, so it ends Friday 8/31 at 11pm EST!  Here are a few of the listings that just went up...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bead Fest and My Loot!

I can't believe Bead Fest PA has come and gone!  After all those long hours in the studio getting ready and looking forward to seeing my went too fast as always!  Molly and I have decided that we will definitely do it again next year.

Here is how the booth looked...
 Poor Molly was up till 2am Wednesday wrapping Irish Waxed Linen thread!  That's ALL she did Wednesday - she recruited her boyfriend Nick who worked for 5 hours with her!  And guess what...we didn't sell any! Well, I sold one 5 yard card but that's it!  It's crazy - I sell a ton of this in my Etsy shop!
 I felt like I had plenty of pieces.  Lots of color, sizes, shapes and textures...

My buddy Marsha came by my booth and made me laugh constantly! 
Saturday night Molly, Kellie and I went to dinner with MarshaJenny, and new friend Cooky who owns a fabulous bead/mixed media shop in San Diego! So much fun!
We always have a great time at Bead Fest!  I love hanging out with my beady buddies.  This year I met a few more in person which is always fun!  I loved having both of my girls with  me for the weekend!  Molly and Kellie had a great time.  Everyone was so nice to them and they shopped shopped shopped!

My birthday was Sunday, August 19th so it was a fantastic way to spend my b-day with my girls and all of my bead friends!  They surprised me with a sweet card and some gorgeous beadiness!  I'm missing a glass lampwork dog bead (I think Kellie snagged it) but these gorgeous pieces are from:  Green Girl Studios, Cooky gave me the 2 disks from MarshaAnne GardanneBarbara BechtelKerry BogertJennyElaine RaySusan KennedyOlivia BrownJan OnipencoLisa LiddyDiana! And there was some yummy chocolates from Cynthia! So much awesomeness! 
And then there was the shopping that I was able to sneak in and here is my loot:
KABs Concepts
 Second Surf
Jan and I had a great time swapping! I went a little crazy at her booth Molten Mayhem!
 I'm not sure if I will actually wear anything with the giant beads but I love them - I may just hoard them.  These are from The Bead Goes On

 Then I hit one of my favorite booths Hands of the Hills
 The gal who had a booth next to me Jennifer makes these awesome enameled head pins!
 and the damage continued at The Lipstick Ranch

I'm going to make a small art quilt and use these in the center...
 This is only a small peek at what I got from Jenny - Molly has the rest!
 and I went a little nuts at Ornamentea on Elaine Ray beads!  Molly has a big pile too!
the booth on the other side of me had some beautiful beads too! Starleen
and I had a crazy good time talking and shopping at Olivia's booth!
and we had a bead swap and my partner was Lisa Liddy
 the amazing Staci gave me this!
and I traded some of my pieces for these awesome silks from Marsha!
I'll have to grab all the goods that Kellie and Molly bought to show you after I recover from the state of my bank account!  Lets just say that the three of us did some damage! lol
Like all the pieces from Diana - I know she was at Diana's booth A LOT!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bead Fest or Bust Sale...

It's Bead Fest PA time again and that means it's also time for the Bead Fest or Bust SALE!!!  I will be selling my pieces at Bead Fest this year (Artisan Table #448), but I decided to participate in this sale as well!
The sale will be this Friday, August 10 - Sunday, August 12!  I will be giving a discount of 20% off on all items in my Etsy shop when you enter coupon code: BEADYGIRL at checkout!!!!

I will be listing new pieces in my Etsy shop over the next few days.

**Please Note:  Because I will be vending at Bead Fest and will be out of town until Monday, August 20, I will pack all orders as fast as I can when I return to the studio on Tuesday, August 21.**

Below is a list of the Participating designers for the BEAD FEST OR BUST SALE! 
This is a great chance to save lots from your favorite designers! 
Think components for Fall/Holiday shows and gifts for the Holidays ~ 
Many of the participating stores will be offering giveaways on their blogs 
please be sure to stop by each!!

Mary Welsh Hubbard ~ White Clover Kiln (YOU ARE HERE)
20% off with coupon code BEADYGIRL at checkout

Melinda Orr ~ Melinda Orr Designs ~ 15% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL ~ Enter for the Leather Bracelet Kit Giveaway on the blog

Karen Totten ~ Starry Road Studio ~ 20% off w/coupon code  BEADYGIRL

Marsha Neal ~ Marsha Neal Studio10% off your entire purchase from my Etsy shop including the special SALE section that has items marked down 30% off. Coupon Code: BEADYGIRL
Every listing purchased during this date from Marsha's Etsy shop will get entered into an additional drawing for a $25 Marsha Neal Studio Etsy Shop Gift Certificate (see her blog for extra info).

Lorilei Eurto~ Lorilei Eurto Jewelry ~ 20% w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Staci Louise ~ Staci Louise Originals ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL
Etsy Components:

Sue Kennedy ~ Sue Beads ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Lisa Peters ~ Lisa Peters Art ~ 20% off with coupon code BEADYGIRL (sorry not applicable for RING KITS)

Jenny Davies Reazor~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wait...I'm A Sculptor?!!! I had no idea!

 I had an entire kiln load of greens and grays!  Here are some of the buttons...
 and cabochons...
 and...wait...I'm a sculptor?  I had no idea of  my talents! 
so stunning! so inspiring! so unique! I can't even tell you the depth of emotions I felt when I pulled this pile of gorgeousness out of the kiln! lol
Have a great day!  I'm off to discover my other hidden tallents!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Started Out Crazy - Ended Happy

So I opened the kiln to this...
 hhhhh, I really loved this shank button but at some point it had slipped off it's post and attached itself to that bar :O(  And then there was this flower who also decided it was in love...
 So in the first 3 seconds I was two down but then came these...
 love them.  And while I was glazing I thought I would do some layering of colors.  I was a little worried because I usually like to do a sample first, but I like this peachy color that I got with a very pale pink (that I don't really love) with a light yellow over it.
 This is the same pale pink with purple over it.  Kinda 70's tie dye thing going on here.
They're a little funky, but I think I like them.  These are my favorites.
 Actually, that big flower was lavender with aqua over it.
I'm not a big fan of matte glazes (I think I told you that before), but I love this matte aqua!
 I've been making these bracelet bar beads too.
 I made a bunch of them, but I think I'll keep this one for me.
What do you think?  Do you like them?
And I've discovered that chewing gum like a cow, snapping it, and blowing bubbles helps my glazing immensely! lol 
and it's prettttty classy too!