Monday, December 10, 2012

BOGO Sale

BOGO 1/2 OFF in my FOCALS section! Buy any item and get a focal, of equal or lesser value, for half off. Refund made through the original way of accepted payment, Paypal or Etsy. Sale ends 12/17. Click Here

Friday, December 7, 2012

Repeat Buyer Discount

I decided to bring back the repeat buyer discount! If you have bought beads from me before, get 10% off when you use a coupon code. Please send me a private message in Etsy for coupon code. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winner of Thankful Giveaway

Finally, the winner for my most recent giveaway is about to be announced... I would like to thank everyone that left a comment. The way my giveaways go is I write down the names of the commenters onto a piece of a paper, wad each one into a ball...
...and throw it for Maynard to pick.....
...and the lucky winner is .....
.... Anonymous!!!!! YAY!!!! Congratulations!! I will be sending you a message shortly! Again, thank you everybody for joining in on the giveaway! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful Giveaway and Sale!

I am thankful for many things. Life, my friends, family and kitties are on the top of the list of course, but I'm also thankful for YOU. You help keep my glass bead dream alive. I want to say thank you by having a giveaway and a sale! The prize is 2 BIG hole beads! Both have a hole size approximately 10mm. They have both been etched and are quite unique.
To enter, leave a comment below of something that you are thankful for. My fun loving cat, Maynard, will be picking the winner!! Sign-up deadline is Sunday, 11/25/12 Good luck! The winner has been picked, results seen here. Now for the sale!! CLICK HERE, get 20% off your whole order between 11/19 - 11/25!! No coupon code needed. Many thanks and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A look at some new work

Here's a look at some of my new work. I've been having so much fun making these evil eye beads. Want to see more? Click here to check out my eyeballs section!

Friday, October 19, 2012

BOGO 1/2 Off Sale in my Etsy

BOGO 1/2 OFF in my FOCALS section only, thank you! CLICK HERE! Take advantage of the sale. I will be adding new focals into the weekend! Refund made through the original way of accepted payment, Paypal or Etsy. Buy any item and get a focal, of equal or lesser value, for half off.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Something new!

I've recently added some new focals to my Etsy, here's one of my ultimate favorites!
Blue Pink Purple Silvered Ivory Etched and Feathered Handmade Lampwork Glass Focal Bead Pendant Also, I recently changed my profile picture, decided that eyeballs were more fitting. What do you think? Do you like?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Green Eyes Results

Here's the results from the Green Eyes post from Sunday. I've tried doing green eye canes in the past, but always had troubles with the colors bleeding too much. This one came out looking ok, there was a little bit, but not too bad.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Green Eyes

Today I will be working on a green eye murrini cane! I'm excited! Can you tell? LOL Hope you are all having a fun and creative weekend! Results can be seen here!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Trip to the Oregon Coast!

My husband and I recently got to take a trip to the Oregon coast. I wanted to share a couple of pictures we had taken on our adventure.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Celebration Sale!

It was brought to my attention that I recently broke 300 sales in my Etsy! Whoohoo!! Let's celebrate! Get 30% off when you use coupon code WOW300 Sale ends 8/26. I would like to thank all of the bead peeps that have helped me continue on with my passion in making glass beads. Without you I wouldn't be able to do what I love to do. Hope everyone is feeling well and happy, now for some bead porn! bowchicabowbow! Thank you everybody!! -Janel

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New Eyeball Beads

Wow, June is already here. The time seems to be going faster as the days go by. Hope you all are well and happy! It's been awhile since I've posted on this blog but I'd like to share what I've been up to lately. Been working on some more eyeball beads...HERE"S A PEAK! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Workshop Photos

For some reason I've always loved the feeling of a workshop. It could be welding, automotive, foundry, glass or any type of medium really. It inspires me and makes me want to create and get to work... or in this case, take pictures.

Here are some pictures I took from our buddy's shop.

I hope you like!

















Friday, March 9, 2012

Struggling with photos

Quick post. I have been struggling with getting better bead photos. While working on that yesterday, I happened to take a picture of this bell from India. Now if only my bead pictures were more like that.

Whelp, back to work!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party - Grande Finale!

Not long ago I had signed up to join Lori Andersons Bead Soup Blog Party. I was lucky and had been randomly chosen, along with 198 other jewelry designers.


First, you are paired up with someone. I had been matched up for the exchange with Cathie Carroll.

Next, the two of us exchange beads that would be challenging for the other to create a piece of art jewelry with. Here's a look at the bead soup ingredients that she had sent.

Then everybody makes something!! And blogs about it!




Now the main reason why I had wanted to join this exchange was to get my creative juices flowing again. It's been quite some time since I have made any jewelry. I always seem to simply string something up, and that's it. So blah, so boring.


That's why I was SO HAPPY when I saw what Cathie had sent. She had included 2 Sari Silk ribbons. Which I have never used. And have always wanted to!


I was determined to have the ribbon be the "glue that holds it all together."
I also wanted to included some of the mesh ribbon that she had used for the packaging. By using simple knots, I was able to use the ribbons, and get the look I had been wanting!




I included some of my handmade lampwork beads, added a knot between each one. Clipped a couple of the base metal hoops and slipped those through the two holes in the hand carved Jade focal. Then linked that to the clasp and hung it from the ribbon knotted beads.

With just the ribbon being behind the neck, it is rejoined at the side by using more knots, the Victorian era molded glass oval, one of my lampwork beads and one of the metal hoops. Which is then completed by knotting the mesh and pink ribbon from the metal hoop to the toggle bar.




WHEW! It's finished! It's complete! It was quite the challenge, believe you me. The rule was you had to use the focal and the clasp in your design. It was tougher than I have let on but I got through it! Now let's go check out and see what Cathie and everyone else has designed!

Follow this link to Lori Anderson's "Pretty Things" to see the list of participants!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bead Soup Ingredients from Cathie Carroll

I received my Bead Soup ingredients from Cathie Carroll recently. I squealed with delight when I had seen what she sent!

Of course she had shipped the goods in a traditional shipping box, but once that was opened, it revealed an envelope made out of sheet music that she had cleverly sewn together and had held closed by a beautiful mesh ribbon.




Of course the excitement didn't stop there. Within the music note envelope there was a hand carved Jade focal reading "Passion/Compassion" * 2 Sari Silk ribbons * Carnelian Square with carved flowers * base metal hoops * Victorian era molded glass oval * peach Freshwater Pearls * Adorned Life, Oval Toggle clasp * torch fired enamel swirls and an antique metal bead. I thought the colors and styles of all of these components to be earthy and vintage/romantic. Just the thing I needed to inspire me to create jewelry art again!




Even though I have finished my piece, I can't show you yet. I know, the waiting is torturing me as well, but don't you just love the suspense! Stay tuned and hang in there, all 200 participants will be revealing what they have designed on March 3rd over at Lori Andersons Bead Soup Blog Party.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Particpating in the Bead Soup Blog Party!

I am excited to announce that I got lucky and was randomly chosen for a spot in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party!

My partner for the Bead Soup Blog party is Cathie Carroll!

I just love her Smile, Breathe and Go Slowly- Sari Silk Mixed Media Poetry Cuff! A wearable reminder to take it easy in a hectic life.




She also does Batik paintings, here is Wheelies I, Batik on Paper
shown with Wheelies II. She used such fun colors and movements in these wrapped canvas.



I got all of my bead soup ingredients together and will be shipping them out soon. I can't wait to see what Cathie and everyone else in the Bead Soup Blog Party makes! Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Time for changes and free shipping

Ah the New Year is here! When everything feels just about the same but fresh starts and resolutions are a hint in the air. Well... maybe not a fresh start or even resolutions, but how about some changes? And new beads?! I mean who doesn't like new beads right?

To start off I will no longer be doing 10% off for return customers, but to try and make up for it I will be offering FREE USPS 1st class shipping for US and Canada. I hope everyone is cool with that.

Also, I have been feeling a bit dissatisfied with my bead photos, I will be working on re-shooting pictures while adding new beads.

I will be switching from my little light box to a set up similar to this one on Handmadeology. Getting better photos is a challenge but the natural light looks so much better. Of course, I'm still learning.

Now time for some new eye-candy! Camouflaged Lampwork Big Hole Beads.

Happy New Year to you and yours!