Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Another Ring GIveaway and a sale

Hi All,

I have been super busy since I posted 2 days ago!!

I finally finished a cuff that I've been working on for around 2 weeks while we were moving. I was super stumped for a name so asked my Lovely FaceBook friends for their input and was given the name "Emerald Empress" which I thought was an awesome name for it.

I was in a bit of an emotional turmoil at the time and couldn't figure out whether I was coming or going and this was the result. The sides of the cuff are ALMOST identical but opposite, and it's like looking in a warped mirror.

I also finished a hair barrette today, which was nice and easy for a change.

The Barrette is called "Deep Purple" and I am quite please with the end result of my "quick" project.

Now onto the giveaway…….

My car died on me the other day….literally, blew the engine, it was covered by warranty BUT my warranty company decided it was too expensive to replace the engine on the car and said they would give me another car to replace it…….NOW that's excellent……except……the dealership is a 2 hour drive away, I have no money, and I have no car to get there…..One of Hubby's friends has kindly offered us his car BUT we still need money to put petrol in his car to get there and money to put petrol in the new car to get home…….

SOOOO…….My offer is, Blog, tweet or Facebook about the 25% off sale I am having in my Etsy shop to (hopefully) raise funds to go and get my new car so hubby can actually get to work again, and go in the running to WIN this gorgeous (If I may say so myself) ring…..It's an adjustable sterling silver ring, bead embroidered with sterling silver  and matte blue seed beads around a Lyn Owen's dichroic glass cabochon which is super stunning in itself……

After you have ranted about my sale, come back to my blog, pop a link on the page to where you did it, and go in the draw which will be drawn this Saturday the 1st of September.

The Coupon Code for the sale is BLOGSALE and the discount amount is 25% off….and remember, the more you share and talk about this, the more likely I am to do another giveaway LOL!!!

Don't forget to check out my Etsy Shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/josjewels1

Thank you in advance for your help

Until next time

Happy Beading

Jo :D

Friday, 24 August 2012

BSBP Reveal and my Battle of the Beadsmith troubles

So, my blog has been super neglected, not for a horrid reason but because my life has been totally turned upside down in the last 3 months.

We have literally JUST finished moving house!! It was not something that we wanted to do, but after a "disagreement" with our neighbours at the last house it was recommended that we leave (and for all of those who know the story, stop laughing LOL)

On top of that, my car has continuously had problems in the last 8 weeks. It finally gave up on me last Friday and is now in the workshop around the corner getting a new engine (which is THANKFULLY covered by warranty as it's a lease car)

I had the Battle of the Beadsmith which was an AWESOME, AMAZING and very humbling experience!!! Humbling because I got knocked out in the first round, but Awesome and amazing to be included in this SPECTACULAR group of people.

I had so many problems coming up with the right piece for the Battle. I wanted it to be beautiful, and colourful, and represent me without being too much like my other work. In the end, I am my own biggest critic and I ran out of time so I had to stick with project attempt number 6 which I called "Soft Metal"

ALAS my beads were the FIRST thing to be unpacked in the move (after the kettle, and coffee mugs), I opened the box to absolute TURMOIL!!!!

I can't find ANYTHING in this mess!!! I'm still trying to sort through everything, BUT I am going to apologise to my Bead Soup Partner Mandy as I forgot to photograph the "soup" when I got it, and when I went to photograph them last night I couldn't find HALF the things that you sent me!!!!

So here are some of the gorgeous things that Mandy sent me.

Not pictured is a gorgeous blue donut (which I have great ideas for) a bracelet/cuff blank thing, some super cool huge purple beads and the pendant I used!!! (I apologise if I forgot anything Mandy)

I LOVE the gorgeous feathers that Mandy sent me, I am currently working on a project (in my head) which includes feathers in a cuff but I'm sure you'll hear more about that when I finally start really making it!!!

Everything was so gorgeous, but with limited time and trying to make something whilst moving, I made a simple spiral rope pendant necklace with a gorgeous purply/blue/white focal. I couldn't quite capture the gorgeous colours in the focal so you may have to use your imagination LOL!!!!
I ended up using the really cute bronze clasp at the front of the picture to clasp it!!

It has a very nautical feel to it I think, and looks perfect with a blue shirt (I'm actually wearing it as I type, with my favourite blue shirt LOL)

Mandy I hope I did you proud, I will get around to working with everything else that you sent me, and I will post them as I make things.

I sent Mandy some Bead Embroidery items as she said she'd like to try it and has never done so before. I can't wait to see what she made!!!

And hours later I'm not editing because I thought I should actually give you a link to Mandy's blog so you can check out what she made with the goodies I sent her…...http://mimisbeading.blogspot.com.au/

And also a link to ALL the other people that participated because they ALL deserve an honourable mention

So Happy hopping……

Until next time, Happy Beading

Jo xx

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents

Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs