Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tree of Life

My favorite wire jewelry creation to make is the "Tree of Life".
The idea of the Tree of Life has been used in Mythology, Theologies, and Philosophies about the connection of all life on our planet.
Yeah, the meaning is cool, but making it is also very interesting. Every time I wire one of these bad boys together, it comes out different!

When I saw that Blue Moon Beads had a bunch of stone-chips on sale, I knew what my next project would be!

Two different gauges of wire (usually 18 & 26), chain, stone-ships, a clasp and clippers and you have everything you need for this project.

I've been making trees for a few years now, thanks to a tutorial on You Tube, and love them more and more every time I make a new one. 

There are so many different styles of trees you could make. 
The different color of "leaves" alone are astronomical. 

You could always replace the rock chips with seed beads or pearls. Those make for some unique trees.

For Mother's day one year, I took the birthstones of all the children in my family and made them the colors of the leaves and gave them to my mother. She loved it. It was such a cool concept that a bunch of people at my job wanted me to do that for their moms as well.

Anyway, didn't mean to rant about trees, just wanted you to know how awesome they are!
And now you know :)

If you would like to learn how to make these awesome trees for yourself and would love if I would make a tutorial on how, please comment so below. 

Bold and Loving it!

Hey guys,
I'm sure you've noticed that jewelry has taken on quite a layered and bold look.
I think it's a fantastic style, but some people seem to think that it means you have to wear a piece of jewelry that weighs a million pounds.
Well, I beg to differ.
This bracelet is bold and has layers and guess what? It's comfortable and easy to make!

I grabbed a couple of strands of Blue Moon Beads pearls, large flat beads, and different chains to do the job.

I wanted to create a bracelet that was striking, but also classy enough to wear with any outfit, so I chose a classic color scheme (you can make this in whatever colors you choose, of course).

It was a simple as stringing everything together and adding a clasp. 
I love the texture of the large beads!
The chain and "bling" are an excellent contrast to each other.
All in all, this bracelet eye-catching.

The bracelet is lightweight and comfortable. 
As if that wasn't enough, it doesn't get in the way, like a lot of bold jewelry does.
It goes perfectly with jeans or a skirt.
(I've been wearing it everywhere and been getting compliments all over the place!)

It's too simple not to try, so go out and make one of your own.

Summer Anklet

I love summer and it seems to quickly be steering into the fall season. 
I am in denial and refuse to accept that soon the leaves will be turning and the weather will be chilling. 
So, in honor of my denial, I have made an anklet to go with my shorts and other rebellious summer outfits.

Anklets are so fun because they can range from a simple strand to a few layers, like the one here. 
If you've been a follower of my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I love layers and use them in anything that I can get away with.

This anklet simply is made strands of cord, clasp and Seed Beads from the awesome and amazing Blue Moon Beads line. 
They offer a large variety of colors, so you can make one for every different summer outfit you own! 

So, join me in this rebellion. Let's hold onto summer for as long as we can!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My first Convention!

2014 Salt City Steamfest has come and gone.
And it was AWESOME!
There was so much to take in that it was almost overwhelming, but months of planning finally paid off.

We didn't have much room to set up, but with a little genius (slanting the table), I fit everything on it!
I borrowed some crates to finish the look and they were perfect! 


As my first actual convention, I didn't know what to expect. 
I had read almost every blog about what to bring and how to prepare myself, but there is no way that you could really know what was coming. 

My neighbor booths on either side were interesting.
On one side, a couple who traveled all over the western U.S. selling at shows like this one. They had a little bit of everything, even Vampire killing stakes. Haha
They were so crazy! Every time there was a lull in selling, they would come over to my booth and chat us up about anything and everything. They were definitely characters who just enjoyed the experiences of life.
On the other side, three girls who were a hoot to listen to as they rattled off to entertain each other.
Actually selling was quite an experience in itself. 
Day 1, there were a lot of lookers and no buyers. That was kind of discouraging, but I did make a few sales.


There was a lot to look at on my table. I had a little bit of everything myself. 

When I go to a show, I like to be drawn to the booth. 
Every blog I read said that presentation is everything. 

It was really fun to hear what people thought about the things I had made.
There were all manner of people. 
I even sold a few hats to stuffed animals.

The costumes were so cool. This lady made her own wings and had to walk sideways down the aisles of the marketplace. 

This woman had two pet foxes!
She brought one out with a harness and everything, walking him around the convention.


I was blown away by the creativity of some people at this show.
It was definitely worth the stress and preparation.

I think it would have been fun to go to participate in the actual cosplay games that were going on.
Apparently, we were on a airship and there was an outbreak of a disease that turned players into zombies.

There were a lot of aspect of the show that I wasn't able to check out, as a vendor, but the marketplace was a world in itself.

Now that I'm done and I reflect, I definitely will be making some changes for next year.
Live and Learn.

And now...I'm left with everything that I didn't sell...
If you're interested in checking them out, I've been posting things on my Etsy page every day.
Check it out HERE