Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I WANT ONE OF THESE.......

The Vanquish is Aston Martin’s V12-powered flagship handcrafted sports car that incorporates state-of-the-art aerospace technology. The V12 Vanquish is the most advanced vehicle to ever come out of the Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell. Only 300 hand-built V12 Vanquish models are produced each year, and each is fully customizable to the customer's requirements. The Vanquish S was added for 2005 and is the fastest production model ever from Aston Martin, powered by a 520-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine with a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Performance is also increased with a rounded and more open grille for better cooling; an aerodynamic splitter for better high-speed stability; a redesigned decklid for reduced lift; revised steering geometry for quicker response; standard Sports Dynamics suspension; six piston front brake calipers; and new brake pedal assembly for better pedal feel and reduced travel.
Ok, Ok so I know I must be dreaming, this is definately one pricey car, but I would gladly accept a second, third and maybe fouth job for one of these... The Vanquish is featured in the James Bond movie Die Another Day, but Edward Cullen also ownes one as a "special occasion" car in the Twilight book series!

I soooooooooo want one of these!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Woo hoo! I snagged a treasury!!!


This is a group of items I found using BHV as the search option! Check out all these pretties!

Twitter......

I signed up for twitter last night it is very addictive..lol I have added tons of great etsy members to my following list. Check it out!! Great way to meet others and do some marketing at the same time!

http://twitter.com/honeybearbeads

Friday, December 26, 2008

Sapphires in the Snow


Sapphires in the snow is a beautiful artisan triple strand bracelet I made that features stunning swarvoski crystals and pearls. Adorned in tons of gorgeous Sterling silver. The bracelet closes using a beautiful Sterling silver toggle clasp. Measures approx. 8" including toggle.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."
~Oren Arnold
Wishing you a joyful holiday season!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Listings up.....

I had a productive day on Saturday finished 5 bracelets.
I have 2 up on ebay auction now and will be listing the others as soon as I figure out names for them...lol The Aqua Mists bracelet was made with Aquamarine quartz, natural quartz, and black onyx rondells, as well as sterling silver throughout. The Twilight bracelet was made with lavender natural quartz, black onyx rondells, and sterling silver.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ahhhhh Garnet......

The gemstone of the month for the BHV is garnet. I just love this stone, eventhough its hard to capture in photos. Always ends up looking purple...lol This is the piece I made, a watch with garnet leaves and rounds, as well as swarvoski crystals, pearls and sterling silver findings.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thru Rose Colored Glasses


If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance. ~Author Unknown

I was looking for some inspiration and came upon some of these photos, which quickly reminded me of the phrase ~ Looking thru rose colored glasses. Oh to be an optimist. Is it really that easy in daily life? For me the answer would be no, I always seem to lean toward the negative side of things or the correct term for me would be a pessimist. Don't get me wrong, I don't always tend to go in that direction, but the negative side is always in the back of my mind somewhere.
Anyhoo...I was going to share some photos, here's to living life in daydreams with all the vivid colors, scenery, imagination and inspiration:






I have moved a few things around on my blog and added my favorite playlist to the bottom.

Enjoy!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Finally a few new things...

Having been a bit under the weather I have not been very creative lately, but I did finally get one set of new beads and a bracelet finished this week. The beads are on a light ivory base with adventuring/translucent vines and dark topaz raised flowers:

The Enchanted Forest bracelet was made to feature these gorgeous boro lampwork beads by Russ & Dhea Powers of Fire & Glass Designs here on ebay: http://stores.ebay.com/Fire-and-Glass-Designs

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas is just around the corner.....

Are you ready? I know that I am not!! With thanksgiving done and over with, now starts the holiday rush. Buying for teenagers has to be the worst! If it doesn't cost a small fortune for most this year I will be surprised. Ipods, cell phones, and numerous other electronic gadgets are all the rage. Have been for some time, but they just keep getting more expensive and are only used for a short period of time. What happened to "Its the thought, that counts"? I am sure I am not alone in wondering where the "Spirit" went in having "The Christmas Spirit". I for one dread the holidays, because it seems everyone is out for what can I get, how much will they spend this year, or give you a faint smile saying I love it.....then mumbling under there breath what a cheapskate.

Holiday decorations seem to come out earlier and earlier each year. I think this spoils the some of the fun, or for me it does. I like to decorate and love seeing the lights as much as the next guy, but to see them out in full force before Thanksgiving just doesnt seem right to me. Somehow I get past this and am ready to take it all on, this year its just coming to me slower...lol

Oh the Joys of the Holidays!

Monday, November 24, 2008

YUMMY ~ Pumpkin Bread

With the holidays coming up quickly I thought what better to blog about then my favorite holiday treat!

Recipe:


3 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups canned pumpkin
1 cup salad oil

2/3 cup water

4 eggs

3 cups sugar

Nuts, raisins, or dates may be added.


Sift all dry ingredients. Combine all liquids and slowly add to dry ingredients stirring all the time until smooth. Add nuts, and/or raisions if desired. Grease 4 one pound coffee cans and fill half full. Bake at 350° for one hour. Each loaf serves 8 to 10 people.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Deer Season Open


What is it with men and hunting for sport? As I drove about yesterday all I seen was pickup trucks full of men in bright orange caps and camo clothes. Do they do this for the thrill of the hunt, or just as an excuse to get out of the house? I mean come on yesterday it was in the 30s with a absolutely chilling wind, and sleet-snow mix coming down. Why would anyone want to sit out in that for hours at a time, just hoping to see the "Big" one?
I'll tell you why, so they have bragging rights for the next year on what they believe they accomplished! Or so they have one of them ole' timers stories for years to come, on the "Big One" that got away....... Maybe its just me, but that sounds ridiculous. I would much rather be sitting at home in front of a cozy fire, doing something constructive.
But it could just be me...... Who knows?!?
Do you have a clue?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Makeover


Yesterday I went thru and did a complete makeover to my blog. In the process I found some great tips to increase traffic to your blog as well.

Make your blog look apealing:

The cutest blog on the block has some awesome backgrounds, with step by step instructions, easy peasy!!! Learned a few tips and tricks as well so will be dabling with those as well soon.

Post intersting content and pictures in your blog.

Post often.

Advertise your blog:

There is a site where you can ping your blog when new content is added, this is said to increase traffic. Here is the link:


Also make sure to add your blog to your facebook if you got one!

Comment on other blogs.
Exchange blog links with other bloggers.
Host a contest. Everyone loves free stuff.

I also added a few new members to my blog roll, make sure to check them out! I hope you all like the new look.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Ode to Fairies


By the moon we sport and play,
With the night begins our day;
As we dance the dew doth fall--
Trip it, little urchins all,
Lightly as the little bee,
Two by two and three by three;
And about we go, and about we go
Round about, round about, in a fine ring
Thus we dance, thus we dance, and thus we sing;
Trip and go, to and fro, over this green
All about, in and out, for our brave queen
We have danced round about, in a fine ring
We have danced lustily, and thus we sing
All about, in and out, over this green
To and fro, trip and go, to our brave queen

from-A Midsummer Night's Dream


Anyone who knows me, knows that I love fairies! So I decided to blog about them today. A fairy is a type of mythological being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural. The word "fairy" derives from the fae of medieval Western European (Old French) folklore and romance. Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers.

Here are a few famous Fairies everyone knows: And these 3:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Shameless Promotion...lol

I havn't posted in a while so I thought what better to blog about then more goodies made by me.
I have been working on several things lately, one being new holiday beads here are a few.....

This is a bracelet that was made with my santa focal and some rose rounds by Kim.



I also made this for the BHV Inspiration:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Lesson on Trees


Autumn can be a spectacular season of bright blue skies, cool temperatures, and brilliant leaf color. During the growing season, most tree leaves are green because they are full of chlorophyll. Plants use chlorophyll to capture sunlight for photosynthesis, the process that enables them to manufacture their own food. The amount of chlorophyll is so high during the summer that the green color masks all other pigments present in the leaf. As the days grow shorter in the fall, chlorophyll production slows down and eventually stops. The carotenoids and anthocyanins that are present in the leaf then become visible.

Characteristics of particular species of trees:

Oaks turn red, brown, or russet

Hickories turn golden bronze

Dogwood turns purplish red

Beech turns light tan

Red maple turns brilliant scarlet

Sugar maple turns orange-red

Black maple turns glowing yellow

Sourwood and black tupelo turn crimson

Aspen, birch, and yellow-poplar turn golden yellow

All of the autumn colors in there rich deep tones are so inspiring, I want to go take a drive thru the countryside now.....how about you?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Wow what a suprise!

I have just found out that I am Friday's featured seller on Angie's blog, or jangie on etsy!
How awesome! Here is the link:

http://jangiesetsyshop.blogspot.com/

It also has a link to her etsy store with some adorable hand made cards, scarfs and more!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October is here!

Whew it is chilly out this morning only 41 degrees. As much as I love fall, I could do without the cool mornings. This month not only brings cooler temperatures but my favorite holiday! Halloween are you ready? I know I am not...lol because that means Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Anyhoo not alot been going on lately, sure havn't made much, but I did manage to get my Gemstone of the month for the BHV completed last night. This was made with flourite, czech glass, lucite, swarvoski crystals, and sterling silver. Its more of a spring/early summer piece, but I love the soft muted colors.



Hopefully I can get myself back on track and get some beadies made soon!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Its September already?

Oh my gosh where does the time go? I have a few new things to share, one is a set of beadies that won 2nd place by members vote for the BHV Summer Fun Challenge. They are a set of buttons with ivory, sterling silver, and electric blue.


The second piece is my very first sculptured dragon. Its only the head and wings but its a start. I think he turned out pretty good!
Then my last item was my entry in the gemstone of the month ~ Carnellian, with lampies by me, sterling silver, and swarvoski crystals.

Now to just get in time to torch some more, and make something for the Color of the month which is Royal Lilac.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Stunning Piece

I recently sent out a bead fairy package to a friend of mine she made this Lovely Summer fun piece with one of the sets of beads I had made/sent her. Kim paired these blue boro beads with dark saphire swarvoski crystals and oodles of Hill Tribe and Bali Silver. I just love it!


Here is the link to her eBay store: http://stores.ebay.com/The-Pink-Martini-Boutique


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Check this out~

On the Bead Hive, the ebay group that I am a member of, we have a Bead of the Month (BOTM) club where we swap beads with a designated partner. A few months ago I was paired with a lady named Shelley. I sent her a set of boro lampwork beads with the BOTM, and she created this Gorgeous necklace with them! She added big, beautiful swarvoski crystals, and a pendant made by Dhea Powers. Isn't it just stunning?

Here is a link to Shelley's ebay store: http://stores.ebay.com/The-Rodeo-Rose
And the Link to Dhea's ebay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Fire-and-Glass-Designs

Monday, August 11, 2008

Jewelry Hiatus Over for now...lol

Well after not making any actual jewelry pieces other then a pendant for the last 2-3 weeks I decided it was time to play with beadies again. I bought these beautiful polymer clay coins from an artist on ebay/etsy named Susan better known as Squirrelette . The flowers have a glorious combination of pinks ranging from light pink to a deep pink almost a maroon color. I feel this set certainly inspired me to create! It is full of freshwater pearls, sterling silver, swarvoski crystals & pearls, with some czech glass satin rounds as accents, used to pull the colors of the leaves out of the floral coins.



You can search for Susan on ebay or etsy to find some more of her wonderful polymer clay beads here is her link to etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=79052

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

6/1-6/15 BHV Inspiration Piece


This is the inspiration piece I made for the BHV. I used several different components to create this bracelet. Amethyst/Aragonite/Freshwater & Cultuted pearls/Swarvoski crystals and Sterling silver.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

New Shell Inspired Bracelet

I made this for the Shape of the month thread on the BHV as well...it was a fun bracelet to make I used Ocean Jasper, sterling silver, mother of pearl coins, and various sea life charms.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wow where have I been?

I havn't posted any new items in a month...wow, I got a few to share today. The shape of the month on the BHV is shells, and everyone knows I love making shells..lol

Here is a small collage I made up of my new ones, which include some sterling silver beads I got from Javabead on ebay, they are simply yummy!



Monday, April 14, 2008

4th Woman in History Series Bracelet

Margaret Brown is widely known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," a woman famous for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. She was also an actress, an activist and was a devoted philanthropist. She was involved with the women's suffrage movement, was one of the founders of the Denver Woman's Club which assisted women and children and also worked to begin one of the first juvenile courts in the country. Shortly after she attempted to gain a seat in Congress, even before women received the right to vote. Made with my own Lampwork, sterling silver, swarvoski pearls and crystals.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Fishies!!!


Underwater themes have seemed to become an obsession of mine! I have been making shells and now fishies!!!! They are so much fun!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Shells, Shells, Shells

Over the last month or so, members of the BHV have been sharing fish tanks, fishies and goodies used to decorate. I got on a bit of a kick with these shells...lol I used Boro glass on the majority of them, except the 2 pink ones, they are made with soft glass. They are sooooo much fun!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Introducing.......




This is Luigi. I recently taken a freeform boro class, was playing on the torch a bit last night..started out with a marble and added a bit too much glass and came up with this little guy. Well he isn't all that little...lol about 2" or so long and almost as tall. Hope you all like him as much as I do, for my first fish, I think I did pretty good.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

No. 3 in Women in History Series....






Every- one knows the story of The Queen of Sheba, but just in case here is a little info: Sheba was a biblical character who also figures in Islamic tradition—where she is named Bilqis—and in Ethiopian legend, where, as Makeda, wife of King Soloman, she is credited with founding the first royal line of the Kingdom of Sheba in southwest Arabia.


This was made using some stunning lampwork that I received just yesterday in a ROAB (Random act of beadiness) from a member of the BHV. Every few months one of these are hosted by our fabulous Heather, the members partners are kept secret until everyone who signed up receives there goodies! It is so much fun!!


Bracelet is topped off with swarvoski pearls and lots of sterling silver.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Second In Series...Women in History




So here it is the second piece in my new series. I was thinking of picking just one First lady, but then all I could think of was pearls, so I combined them. The piece features white freshwater pearls, pink swarvoski pearls, and sterling silver. Even though the design is very simple I believe it makes an elegant statement.

The word pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, and admirable. Who better to represent this then the following first ladies:
Mary Todd Lincoln, Jackie Kennedy, & Nancy Reagan

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New Series Women in History


I will be starting a new line of Jewelry. Each Piece will represent a Woman or group of women in history.

The first piece is Godiva. I was browsing thru some pictures and came across this gorgeous print. I just love the colors and textures represented.


The rich texture of the featured inspiration photo match the lucious swirls of color in the lampwork beads by glass artist's, Dhea & Russ Powers. They are accented with shimmering Swarovski crystals in rich light Siam. Lots of Bali sterling silver polishes off this lovely design. If you click the picture you will see a larger one with more detail.


Make sure to check out more gorgeous lampwork by Dhea & Russ here: http://stores.ebay.com/Bead-Shoppe

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Zodiac Challenge


This bracelet was made for the Zodiac Challenge on the BHV. We were challenged with creating a piece, inspired by our own Zodiac symbol, element, planet, flower or gemstone. My zodiac sign is Taurus - The Bull, I chose to create a piece with turquoise as it comes from the earth.

I recently attended a gem show where I acquired the turquoise nuggets used, found this gorgeous focal to make sure it had a certain bold flair and sterling silver to bring it all together.

Count Your Blessings


I recently participated in The BHV Count your Blessings Challenge. This piece was inspired by my blessings. We were challenged to list 5 things in each of the following catagories and create a piece that would represent them: Loved ones, Beautiful things, Things I like about me, Things that make me smile, goals/aspirations. The angel charm is representing my grandmother as I know she watches over us all every day. Flower charms for the beauty of nature, Butterflies for new beginnings, Purple swarvoski crystals because that is my favorite color and they are beautiful, and last but not least the Milk tea agate ovals because they I love gemstones and they reminded me of the moon. Members pieces were submitted and then there was a drawing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. I was fortunate enough to be chosen for 2nd place! I am so excited as I have never won anything for my jewelry designs. We even get prizes!!