Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Back on Track – Creating Again!

Moving is not a fun experience, even though setting up a new place is a challenge I like. If you don't look at all the boxes in the attic, our new place is looking quite good. I've also been setting up the studio and the space is going to work well, once I can find all the things I seem to be missing. Artbeads let us choose some new beads and it was the motivation I needed to get back on track. Sheryl and I worked and made two great necklace/earring sets which are quite different from each other and include both of our favorite colors. The first one is made with a wonderful Hill Tribe Silver Bumble Bee pendant - which you can find here: We used Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and lightweight sterling silver beads to finish the piece. The earrings are quite funky, one of our new designs with lots of little dangles. Not sure why the colors seem so different than in the necklace. The color of the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise beads are more accurately represented in the earrings: We also chose an amazing shell rectangle pendant with a green ivy pattern that reminded us of our logo. You can see the pendant here We decided to use Smoky Quartz and some of Artbeads huge collection of Swarovski Crystals in Mocca and Palace Green Opal to highlight the pendant. Their collection of Swarovski beads are at We decided on making longer earrings to go with the shell pendant for a dressier look: We aren't doing any shows in July and August, which is a good thing given how hot it has been here. So it's a great time to create and experiment with new designs. We are also moving our website to another hosting company and are having the website design revamped. As a way to lessen the amount of product we will have to move, we are having a 40% off sale on EVERYTHING on the website. If you are interested, go have a look and email Terry ( with the name and product number of the piece(s) you are wanting and she will send you the cost with the 40% discount applied. There is lots there but you will need some patience, especially if you are an Internet Explorer user because the descriptions do not open up most of the time, which is why we are moving the website. Difficult to have an online business when the shopping cart is cranky and doesn't work most of the time. Disclaimer: sometimes sends us products to review on this blog. We are free to choose from designated beads/findings and are free to make whatever we choose. We do not receive any compensation from Artbeads and we are expected to review their products honestly.

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