I've been busy making new things today! Some of it I'm donating to Jilly's Bead Posse, (a dedicated group of artisans working to raise funds++ for researching Alzheimer's). I made 36 pairs of earrings for the cause, (I forgot to take pictures, but you can view some of them on Jilly's Bead Posse by searching for my name!), and now I'm making some polymer clay pendants, a waterfall pendant or two, and some other stuff!*laughs* It's keeping me pretty busy!
New news! There's several NEW blog posts up in my blog- most of them are about taking stellar photography! Here's the link: http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/ .
You probably don't know that I participated in several cool contests
and blog hops. Their content is on my blog as well! My favorite, so far,
is the Bead Soup Blog Hop run by Lori Anderson. It is wicked fun! In a
nutshell, I was assigned a partner to send beads to, and my partner did
the same for me. The next step was to design piece(s) from those beads!
It is a HUGE bead and jewelry blog hop/party! I had so much fun
designing for this one, that I'm going to do my level best to
participate next year, as well. (The Bead Soup Blog Party post is
currently the third post down, but in case you don't want to scroll for
it, here's the link: http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/2013/04/bead-soup-blog-party-7-reveal.html .
Also recent news for all you beady types- I joined a wonderful
site called Bead Swap USA. It is AMAZING. There are boxes full of beads
to swap, as well as finished item swaps and person to person swaps,
plus SO MUCH MORE. http://beadswap-usa.com/ . It's set up in a forum type format, with each section run by moderators. It is really nifty!
Have you noticed I've been trying to blog more? :) I'm doing my level
best! My good friend Kerri says that I have interesting stories to tell,
and I sure hope that's the case! I surely don't want to bore anyone!
*winks* Maybe each time I write a blog post, I'll email it out. I'd love
some feedback on that! I don't want to spam your inboxes. Opinions on
the matter can be emailed to me at email@example.com.
I also chat passionately about charitable causes I'm involved in. Here's an update from my ZJC Facebook page I posted fairly recently:
can join Jilly's Bead Posse, (it's a crazy group of crazy artists and
jewelry designers who believe in fighting for the cause of Alzheimer's)
by going here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JillysBeadPosse or here: http://www.jillysbeadposse.com/
. I made and donated 36 pairs of earrings to the cause. Others are
making (even more) earrings, bracelets, keyrings/chains, necklaces and
what-have-you. :) Another thing I'm doing is taking over 150 pictures of
earrings & editing them for my friend Kerri, who is donating 163
pairs of earrings!!! (And I thought 36 pairs was a lot! LOL!). ANYONE IS
WELCOME TO JOIN. There are at least TWO fundraisers going on RIGHT NOW.
Please check out the website for details. (It's under Fundraisers!).
I have several new blog posts up, two of which detail photography tips
& tricks + editing. Mostly, I'm just linking to others blogs,
eventually I'll write my own tutorial on how to get good pictures... but
until I do, there are a couple of great ones that link from my blog!
Here's the link to my blog: http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/ .
Tonight I made five new polymer clay hearts! Yes, the pretty rustic
ones. I recently bought some LOVELY vintage cabochons from Lindsay, (a
Bead Swap USA member: http://beadswap-usa.com/
), and had so much fun incorporating them into my heart designs. I hope
you'll like them! I promise to show some pictures tomorrow. And I don't
think I'm done playing with polymer clay yet tonight! :) I am having
WAY too much fun. You can view a rustic polymer clay heart component
here, to see what I'm talking about: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123593014/rustic-polymer-clay-heart-set-with . Woot woot! Lots of new news! PS-
if you've read this far, I'm having another GIVEAWAY when I reach 400
fans! I only have 31 more peeps to "like" my page and we're good to go!
If you'd like to help, please do so by "sharing" this page with your
friends. I'm very rarely boring, I promise!"
So that's what I've been up to! :) Have a wonderful, fantastic
day, and don't forget to give me feedback on whether or not I should
email about blog posts! firstname.lastname@example.org!
Here is the lovely sea glass and pendant from Antelope Beads Andrea Trank sent me. :)
A big old pile of goodies!!!
Another shot of the goodies Andrea Trank sent me!
This is the very first piece I made using the beads Andrea Trank sent me. The only bits I added in were some goldstone beads, some copper/brass beads and a touch of smoky quartz... plus all the findings minus the chain & clasp at the top!
I used both the clasp and the focal sent to me in this one piece... I really love how it turned out! And the earrings are just too cute! But this isn't the end.... I made even more! (See below...!!!)
This is the SECOND piece I made from the beads my partner sent me. :)
Those are lovely sea glass spears she sent me, and some rounds (which I
paired with stick pearls in shades of green), Swarovski baroque drop,
Swarovski cubes, Czech glass rondelles which my partner also sent me...
with a blend of baroque freshwater pearls at the very top mixed with
peridot Swarovski crystal.
This is the whole necklace. And it's LONG. I thought it needed quite a
bit of length to balance the weight of the "focal" I made. It's called a
"Waterfall Pendant"... I used bits of copper tone chain between the
spacers. Incidentally, Andrea (my partner in crime for Bead Soup Blog
Party), sent me all those lovely rondelles in the necklace &
pendant... two different shades of green!
But no, that's not even all I made........ (See below!!!)
I made these GORGEOUS sea glass earrings. Andrea, I don't know how you matched two of the spears so well, but I thought they'd be PERFECT for dangly earrings! I wrapped the spears in copper, with all copper findings... those little rounds are even more sea glass she sent me... plus I ended the earrings with just a touch of purple Swarovski crystals. Yay! I absolutely adore Swarovski!
Now, not to toot my own horn, I did make one other thing using some of the beads that Andrea sent me- but I submitted it to a different contest. The Czech glass tubes were perfect to blend with the Zebra Jasper. (Andrea sent the Czech glass tubes). The other beads are vintage golden seed beads, crackle crystal quartz, baroque freshwater pearls and of course the large Zebra Jasper ovals and the Czech glass tubes.
I didn't think I'd be done making stuff yet, but I plumb ran out of time this time around to make anything else!
So, I've been entering a lot of contests lately, (actually, I can't seem to resist them!). And oddly enough, I've been winning some really cool stuff! I guess it's true that you can't win if you don't enter. :) Don't be afraid to enter contests!!! They're a ton of fun and you get to meet new people through them, which in my humble opinion is the best part! :)