What I got in the mail yesterday.

 

I am blessed to have some lovely talented nieces who are each special young women.  I really enjoy them and find them interesting in many ways.

One of these young women is Melissa Santiago she is beautiful, smart and a darn talented knitter.  She made these awesome fingerless gloves that I got in the mail yesterday.

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They are the perfect color and fit my little Hobit-like hands great.  I asked her to make the fingerless kind because I have such short fingers I can rarely find gloves that both fit and are comfortable.  I can’t wait for cold weather so I can wear them.

I think she did a great job I love the cable detail running up the front of the gloves.  I can knit but not as well as she can, I will enjoy these for years to come.

Thank you so much Melli I love them.

p.s. sorry everyone has to see how messy my work table is,lol.

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Great way to use single beads

I always have a few awesome beads left after making a project that are to pretty to not be used.  I think making wire wrapped rings is a good way to use my orphan beads.

Today I was playing in my bead stash and practicing and made these 2 rings..I like the look of the flower one and I think with some tweaking I would like the bold black one a little better.

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I like the flower one so much I think I’ll make one in my size.

Now I think I’ll go ferret around in my Cabochon stash and see what kind of trouble I can get into.  I am so glad I am feeling a little better and my creativity is starting to kick back in.

I am making a change in my ArtFire shops

 

I have 2 Shops on Artfire.com..

My main shop is http://Gingerbells.artfire.com this is where I sell all of my finished handcrafts,jewelry and bath and body products  My second shop is http://GingerbellsToo.artfire.com  in this shop I carry all of the beads and baubles for my craft supply hoard, handmade beads and buttons.

Managing my online shops takes many hours of computer work,having 2 just multiplies the work.  I enjoy the work but really I would rather spend the time making pretty things.  So to that end I have decided to combine the 2 shops.  Over the next few weeks I will be moving the supplies from my Gingerbell’s Too shop to my Gingerbell’s shop.

I will be having a “Moving Sale” in Gingerbell’s Too Shop starting this week end and begin listing all new items to my Gingerbell’s shop…..

Here are a couple of new items I will be listing this weekend….

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100_6955photos..1.pink peachblow cabochon 2.black and blue agate beads 3.Picasso jasper beads

I am happy to be able to free up some of my time for creating once I get done with the move….Don’t forget to take advantage of the moving sale at http://Gingerbellstoo.artfire.com this weekend…

Learning new things is fun

I have always found that the best way out of a creative slump is to teach myself something new. 

As of late I have been dealing with some health issues and that has put a strain on my energy and creativity.   I don’t have much control over the health stuff it is in my Dr’s hands but I do have control over my creative mind.  I have decided to pull up my big girl panties and take control of what I can and get on with it……..

My friend Moe can tell you I am not much of a wire worker.  For some reason I find it a little intimidating so I force myself to incorporate wire wrapping into some of my projects.  My skills are very basic but every time I master a new wire skill I feel happy and it sparks my creativity.

Yesterday I was determined to make a basic wire wrapped ring; and guess what it wasn’t as hard as it looked….

Here is my first one………..

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not bad for a first try and it is surprisingly comfortable and fits perfectly.  So I tried another……

100_6944100_6945100_6942 There it is on my hobbit hand; the wrap is much neater and it fits great too.  Now that I have the basics down it is tine to start adding some creative flair to the basics.

I do a 10 day craft show every fall and I think it would be great fun for the people to pick their own bead and watch while I make their ring for them on the spot.  I have until October to perfect my skill set for it and come up with some pretty designs.  I have ordered some more wire and will get to practicing when it arrives.

I felt much better after playing around with the wire and felt a little of my spark come back……….yeeehaaaa!