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Showing posts from December, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I will see you all again in 2018!  Hope your holiday season is wonderful :-) Nate, Lizzie, Cyndi, Mike (back) Katherine, Dani, Julianna (front)

A few more things to amuse you!

I don't think I've told you yet about a couple of the Pinterest boards I've been busy filling...and two of them actually have something to do with jewelry and beading!  The third one, you might be able to guess from the image above, is purely self-indulgent :-) Inspiring Handmade Beads Trade Bead Beauties AND... Amazing Shoes !

heART beats from other blogs!

Gifting from the heart Gifting from the heart...a video tutorial with quick and easy ideas! Leather cord wrap bracelet tutorial "No technique" earring video tutorial Winter Wonderland earring video tutorial Bead loom cuff bracelet tutorial Celtic spike chain maille pendant tutorial Jewelry designs to hang from your tree! This post contains affiliate links: Jesse James Beads

Recent publications: October through December 2017

A Passion for Flowers in 3-D Peyote Stitch by Sheila Root Not Just for Show: The Archaeology of Beads, Beadwork, and Personal Ornaments by Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer and Clive Bonsall Chain Mail Plus: Jewelry Projects Using Crystals, Charms & More by Sandy Haugen Creative Wax Carving: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Craft with 15 Jewelry Projects by Emilie Shapiro Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam by Valerie Bothell This post contains affiliate links: Amazon

Do you need some more ideas?

  Holy cow!  As if you didn't already have enough projects on your list, I've got a Pinterest board for you to (at least) double your list!  Jewelry making tutorials is open for your browsing pleasure!  Some are free, some cost a bit, but you'll find all different media covered here in jewelry making.  If I've missed any that you've found particularly helpful, will you drop me a line?  Thanks!

12 Days of Beadsmas at Jesse James Beads!

  Special sales start today !  20% off the Make it Merry collection...but what will it be tomorrow? This post contains affiliate links: Jesse James Beads

heART beats from other blogs!

  Dozens of quick and easy jewelry items to make as gifts (some shown above) Make it Merry design contest   Memory wire bracelet tutorial with shaped beads Torch-fired enamels Snowflake necklace tutorial   Get 20% off Blick orders of $99 or more, plus $35 free shipping! Use code CELC. Offer expires midnight (CST), Saturday, December 9th 2017. Exclusions apply.  Maple syrup creme brulee recipe Dangling ornament Christmas necklace tutorial   Make beautiful beaded snowflake ornaments (shown below)   This post contains affiliate links: Beadaholique, Dick Blick, and Jesse James Beads

Gift books for the holidays!

Each year, I like to share a list of books with you that I think are really the top picks from all the books published in this past year.  I still think that many of the books from prior years' lists are good too, and if you'd like to see them, they are linked at the bottom of this post.  Also, I keep running lists of all the books that pertain to specific topics and media , like wirework, bead embroidery, etc, all linked up at the Books tab at the top of every page.  And finally, if you are looking for all of the bead and jewelry books published this past year , just scroll down to the bottom of the linked page and you'll find them all listed by month. My Top Pick for Everyone This Year: Jewelry Making with Resin For Beginners: Jewelry Made with Wire and Fiber by Nealay Patel   Jewelry Making with Resin by Theresa Abelew   One Jump Ring: Endless Possibilities for Chain Mail Jewelry by Lauren Andersen   Beginner's Guide to Beadweaving by Diana R

Twelve Giveaways of Christmas!

  Did you see that Beadaholique has started their T welve Giveaways of Christmas and special sales?  They run every weekday until December 21.  You do not have to buy anything to enter! This post contains affiliate links: Beadaholique

Book review: Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam

I have several books on stitching seams for crazy quilts, and each time a new one comes out, I hesitate.  Do I really need another one?  But fortunately, I usually come to my senses and realize that I always learn something new and delightful in each new book!  So I joyfully (no pun intended) bring this book to your attention: Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam by Valerie Bothell.   Not only is it visually beautiful, but it is also possibly the best organized of all the CQ books I own.  The emphasis is on the seam stitching, although there are basic instructions for CQ piecing as well. The photos of the stitches are beautiful and easy to follow, and many many stitches are shown in beaded varieties as well!  This section is followed by 500 different stitch combinations, using thread embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, and beads.  You will want to start immediately! This post contains affiliate links: Amazon

Red bead embroidered pendant with drops

  I made this bead embroidered pendant a couple of years ago, but it looks so good with this year's Fall + Winter colors that I had to pull it out of my drawer again!  You'll find the free tutorial for it at the link.  

heART beats from other blogs!

  Interchangeable necklace tutorial with Nealay Patel (shown above) Victorian chain earrings tutorial Advice on being a professional jewelry artist   Jewelry kits that make great gifts (one style shown below)   Stamped stacked rings tutorial Graphite and enamel pendants tutorial     This post contains affiliate links: Beadaholique and Jesse James Beads