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Want to see my work space?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2010 by jillian416

I absolutely love designing and creating jewelry and spend a good portion of my free time doing this.  Since it is where the majority of my time is spent outside of work, I thought I’d share my ‘area’ with you.

To make jewelry, you don’t necessarily need a lot of space but I will admit that I’d love it if I had more.  🙂

On weekends, the first thing I do is start by making myself a cup of coffee.

My favorite coffee mug!

After I’ve made my coffee and I am feeling slightly more coherent, I proceed to my first stop almost every morning….Etsy! I check for any sales or conversations (this is what Etsy calls their email message system).  I check the front page bc they are typically always beautiful.  I look through the most current treasuries, I look through my items and renew some or add new ones and then possibly do some of my own shopping.  🙂

When I say my workspace is small, I RRRREALLY mean it.  I work on a vinyl covered card table.  I’m not complaining because I definitely make it work but it does get tight when I am working on a big order.

 

Those blue lidded bins in the back are my supply bins.  I have a total of 10 of them and they are all pretty filled.  Yep! I enjoy beads and beading supplies.  The pink, green and purple items in the front are my usual tools, the ones I use most frequently.  It’s definitely cluttered but I find my way around just fine.

Here’s a closer shot of those bins…  Look how full they are (remember, there are 4 more)!  I started out with six but had to expand because I was having such a hard time finding anything, I would get frustrated and quit working and never got anything finished.

 

Here’s a picture of some beads I recently used on a custom order of a friend.  That furry rug looking item they’re laying on is a bead rug, it keeps the beads still so they don’t go rolling around.  This is especially important when you live in an older home that is slanted just enough for beads to roll off the table.  My fiance got me this little piece and I love how handy it is!

So there’s a sneak peak into my work station.  Nothing exciting but it is my little sanctuary from all the regular world stuff.  I have to admit, I like my little space. ❤

Custom Order

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2010 by jillian416

Recently I was fortunate enough to be asked to make jewelry for a very dear friend’s wedding.  I had the most amazing time designing and then creating it.

Her wedding was this past Saturday, 10/23/10 and I wanted to share some pictures of what I made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it all gorgeous???

I am really proud of the work I did and just couldn’t wait to share it with you all.

I have a couple craft shows coming up at the end of November and early December that I have been working hard on getting all my products ready. Which is why I’ve been absent for so long, I hope to be around more and keep you updated of the great things to come in my shop!

Bead Show!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by jillian416

Today was the Rings & Things bead show in Rochester, NY.  They happen about twice a year but I’ve only gone once before.  The first time I went I was so very overwhelmed.  Just picture an entire banquet room full of tables AND tables of beads.

Any kind of bead!  Czech glass, gemstones, crystal, Quartz, Agate….on and on, it is like a bead Utopia.

The first time I spent hours, pouring over almost all of the beads there.  Each table has oodles (yes I said oodles) of different beads so it pays to spend the time perusing through each tray.  I wanted to touch every single strand and see if I could envision some sort of special jewelry made with those beads.  When it came time to go through and see what I could afford, it broke my heart to part with some of the strands because they were just so beautiful and I feared I’d never find them again.

This time was a entirely different experience!  I knew what to expect when I walked in.  I was beyond happy being surrounded by some of the things I love most in this world (beads & findings) but I wasn’t overwhelmed.  I didn’t feel the need to spend hours and hours pouring over each table and tray. I walked slowly past each display and scanned through what they had.  I found many beautiful new pretties (see below) but I was in and out (including checkout) within 1 hour.  I didn’t feel rushed or pressured but I knew that they would come back again and I would find even more gorgeous stuff the next time they came around.

I thought I’d share pictures of some of my new beads below:

It is only a matter of time before these beads become beautiful new, necklaces, earrings or bracelets.  I had a blast today, it is so fun to be surrounded by people that have a similar love that you do.  You just feel inspiration emanating from the room.

Till next time…