Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
had an interesting post the other day about BIP -aka "beading in public". The writer asked what projects beaders take to bead in public. Unlike some other crafts such as knitting, it isn't easy to take beading projects. All those little beads are bad enough at home, let alone out in public. I do have a BIP project I like to take and was reminded yesterday when we took a friend to the dentist. (Weren't we kind? - I go today for my 6 month check up. But that is another story I'll not go there)
I took my fiber Kumihimo. Everything fits nicely in a small plastic bag, just a foam disk and bobbins full of fiber. Nothing loose, nothing to fall on the floor and I usually get quite a bit accomplished in a fairly short time.
Now, I just have to add (since I am a people watcher from way back) it was interesting to watch the patients who were waiting to be seen. One man apparently was not looking forward to his visit. Antsy to say the least. He finally got up and went outside for a smoke. Another one was almost as nervous.
The hygienist came out to tell us that our friend was doing a good job. She reminded us of how important it is to take care of our teeth and how it effects your health in general. Well, that was her pitch and I'm passing it on.
Here is a picture of the cord I was able to make while waiting at the dentist. I have a nice pendant to hang on as a focal for a necklace. I'll post it when it was finished.
Now to go do a good job of brushing and flossing before I go off for my teeth cleaning.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I was able to find a great focal pendant to go with the Kumihimo necklace I made on vacation. The Kumihimo fibers show beautifully (if I do say so) While it seems as if the fine beige fibers might be scratchy, they are not. In fact they are very soft and not a bit irritating.
We were out today doing some errands and were noticing the fall colors in the trees.They seem to be in the same pallet as my necklace. The only thing I do not like about fall is that it means winter is just around the corner. But I enjoy the cool fresh air and the lovely colors. The hot humid weather of summer is not a favorite of mine.
I still have some more fiber sets to work with and this makes me want to get started. So, off I go.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Two friends and I were meeting the other day to make our plans for an upcoming jewelry show we are going to have. The subject turned to clothes we buy and the fact that all three of us buy tops that will "show off" our jewelry best, usually plain necklines. One commented (she has trouble finding clothes that fit because she is so petite) that she will buy a top in every color when she finds something that fits well.
This got me to thinking about a possible post about buying clothes. So, I did a Google search on blouses, looking for some examples. Well, I came across these pictures with models wearing jewelry. Just had to share them.
Victoria's Secret - Faux-wrap bodysuit (Remember to hit the back arrow to return ;-)
Victoria's Secret - Sheer tux shirt (Remember to hit the back arrow to return ;-)
Are you back??
The other thing we do is to make jewelry to match our clothes and sometimes buy clothes to match a piece of jewelry we have made.
Ah, the dilema and the problems we have!
I've been trying to make my necklaces adjustable because of all the different necklines I have and how I need necklaces of different lengths to fit right. I assume others have the same problem.
I'll post some of those later.
Friday, October 10, 2008
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Here are my Wordles for this blog. I must use the word "like" a lot.
Go to www.wordle.net if you would like to try it. (Don't forget to eat !)
First, it has to load up quickly. (I'm impatient and don't like to wait too long)
Second, please don't have music. While I like to listen to music, I don't want to have it play when I don't want it to. I often surf when we watch TV. Now everyone looks at me when the music starts until I can find the mute button. Then I forget to turn it back on and miss the beep of when my battery is getting low - not good!
I hope that I provide posts that people like to read. (So they will come back) While it is MY blog, I don't want to be talking to the wind, completely.
When I first started blogging, I had another provider with not many features. So, I changed to a blogspot/Google blog. I've taken advantage of some of their features and thought I'd point them out, in case you have not noticed.
The first thing is my profile (in case you don't know me) Then there is a sampling of my jewelry in a slide show. The archive follows, in case you want to see older posts.
There is the ability to add another slide show. So I added our hot air balloon pictures. I plan to change the pictures in the future. (Something new to look at)
If you would like to know when I add a new post, just subscribe with the RSS (orange button) and you will be taken to the area where you can do that.
My favorite thing however, is the listing of blogs I follow. In the blog list, I've added some of the blogs I read regularly. Check them out. You may like them too. Closet Cooking is one of my favorites. Great recipes with pictures and explanations.
So, as you read my blog post, check out the right hand column for other interesting things to look at. Good reading!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
One of the things people like to give as gifts is jewelry with birthstones. It is a more personal gift and usually very appreciated.
If you do a "Google" search for Birthstones, you will get many choices. With in the choices you will find some disagreement in what specific Birthstone that fits each month. To simplify things, I chose the list of Swarovski crystals. That fits better into my jewelry making anyhow. Most months are pretty much the same in each list. April isn’t a diamond but (clear) crystal. October has a few choices as does December and June. Other choices for October are Opal, Light Rose and Green Tourmaline. For December other choices are Turquoise and Light Sapphire. For June, Pearl is another choice.
Most chain maille jewelry can have Swarovski crystals added to make a birthstone piece. Of course you can make a bracelet or necklace of just Swarovski crystals with some spacers
Another idea is Family, Grandmother or Mother's bracelets. Having the color of each birth month of each child. Here is an example of one with the child's name and October birthstone, sapphire.
Think of the people on your gift list (remember, the holidays are quickly coming). Would someone appreciate birthstone jewelry? For some ideas check out my website at http://www.bevsjewelry.com/ and browse the selections available. You can design one of your own that will be special to the recipient.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
“What is the purpose of your visit?” we were asked.
“We are looking for a lighthouse to visit. Is this the right place?”
“Well, there are two lighthouses here. Just go straight ahead”
But then he requested us to pull forward under “something” (I missed what that was) then to show our driver’s licenses (picture) and to get out of the car, open all four doors, the trunk, hood and glove box. My husband released the trunk and hood from inside the car but he was requested to open them himself for inspection. Another guard peered into the car and everything seemed OK so we were given a “Temporary Pass”. Oh, I forgot to mention that the second guard wrote down our car license. They were very nice and polite but we were not expecting that scrutiny to visit a lighthouse.
After all that we drove straight ahead (really the only choice) and noticed (our focus was on the guards not anything else before) we had entered a very active Military Base. Army, USMC, Navy and Coast Guard were there.
After all that excitement we quickly found the two lighthouses. My husband went up in the Cape Henry (brick) Lighthouse. They had a nice gift shop and my husband bought a tee shirt with a small logo of the lighthouse on the front. Only when he got it home did he notice that, in very large letters on the back, it said “I climbed the 192 steps to the top of Cape Henry Lighthouse” Well, he did but was disappointed in the big announcement on his new shirt.
We also saw the large cross at the point of “The First Landing” in 1607.
THEN, very early this morning (just before 5 AM) the fire alarm went off. We were fortunate to have it right outside our door? It is supposed to wake everyone on the floor (a slight indication as to how loud it was). So, we put on pants, shoes and a jacket and using the stairs (remember the instructions in the elevators?) went down and outside. (Holding our ears by the way.) Fortunately, we are on the 2nd floor. We were met with many other sleepy looking people. One fire truck came with two firefighters. (Our small town in MA routinely sends at least two trucks and 4-6 firefighters even if you call to say it was a false alarm. – I know I’ve had to do that but that is another story. Even jewelry related!)
So, after the all clear, we went back to bed and finally fell asleep again. Now off for our last day of vacation at Virginia Beach. FYI, the seagulls are facing south today.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I found all the people here very friendly.
“Hi, where are you from?”
“Nice day isn’t it?” The results are very nice conversations with people I’ve never seen and probably will never see again.
Our unit has a balcony looking over the boardwalk (actually a concrete walk unlike the ones in Ocean City, MD and Atlantic City, NJ) It is a perfect place to watch all the different people who walk up and down the boardwalk as well as all the dogs and seagulls, sun rise, boats, aircraft, and porpoises (yep a whole school of them visible from the beach)
Here are some other pictures I thought interesting.
I saw a couple sitting on the beach. Now that is not unusual but they were sitting close together, she was covered up with a large shirt and wore a big brimmed hat so she would not burn. He had a baseball cap on and a hooded shirt. They looked like an older couple (from my perspective ;-) Suddenly, he stood up ran around their blanket and then down the beach and back. Appearances can be deceiving! Seeing them up close later they were probably in their forties and not an older couple at all. Makes me wonder what people think when they see me and my husband at a distance.
Then I saw another couple, one in a wheelchair and the other in a scooter. The one in the wheelchair, the man, was being towed by the woman in the scooter. They were having such fun going up and down the boardwalk looking at the ocean and all the sites around and being independent!
Then I saw some seagulls all facing the same direction. It was windy out and if you look closely and think that you are looking at the Atlantic Ocean, you can figure out what the wind direction was.
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about our experience finding a local lighthouse. Stay tuned.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I found out that there are two categories, one amateur and one professional. Big difference and not just in the results, some of the amateurs were almost as good as the professionals. The help was the big difference. One of the ingredients for a sand sculpture in addition to sand is water. The water (ocean) is near but for the professionals, it is piped in from the ocean (including sand) to the location near the boardwalk. The amateurs need to carry water in buckets by themselves. The pile of sand is made by hand digging the sand with shovels. One very clever group in the amateur division built a pipe line with a big ladder and funnel in to a plastic pipe that went to their area. They needed to bring the buckets up the ladder to their pipe so the water could flow down to the site. If you look closely you can see the various parts of the procedure happening.
The amateurs had lots of group help, carrying water, digging and piling sand. Then someone took over with the actual sculpting. That is rather specialized. I can hear the meeting announcement now, “All report to the beach on Sunday for sand sculpting duty!”
You’ll notice many other “boardwalk superintendents” watching. Our view was much better!
We noticed that most of the amateurs were architects. One, Parsons Brinkerhoff was one of the architects for Boston’s Big Dig. (I’ll make no editorial comments other than to point it out.)
Here are some of the professional sculptures.
One of my favorites is Calvin and Hobbes. The other a favorite old Sunday School song about the Foolish man building his house upon the sand.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
First, let me say that we are having a wonderful vacation.
When I was catching up on my email this morning, I received David Weiman’s newsletter, Jewelry Selling Insights. I subscribe to his monthly newsletter. This month’s issue had an editorial I’d like to share with you.
Even though we are on vacation, it is impossible to not know what is going on in Washington, DC and Wall Street. Our son-in-law, a financial planner, is not having much fun at work lately, to say the least. David’s comments give one food for thought for those of us in the jewelry designing business. He puts a positive spin on jewelry designing and we need that right now even if it does not solve a lot of our problems. The first reaction of a jewelry designer might be that of despair. Who will buy our quality jewelry now? There is definitely some truth to that but David presents a different take on being a jewelry designer and therefore on buying quality jewelry.
Here is his editorial:
“Jack Bogle, founder and former CEO of the Vanguard Group, an investment company, was interviewed two weeks ago on the Michael Smerconish radio show here in Philadelphia.
In discussing the current economic situation, Bogle was asked how to improve the economy. To paraphrase, Bogle said that it’s important for people to make things that have real value. By “things,” he meant tangible things that people can buy and possess, as opposed to intangible things, like internet access, where there is no physical product.
Your jewelry has tremendous value beyond the esthetics. The piece you sell will last for generations. I can’t find a toaster that lasts three months, but for the same price I can buy a ring that may last forever. Think about (and promote) the extraordinary value that jewelry possesses.
Also, if you make a piece that doesn’t sell, you can take it apart and re‐use the components to make something else. Think a baker would like that option? ‘Hey, let’s take apart that cheesecake – it didn’t sell today.’
Feel great about your ability to make and sell things of beauty and value. You’re way ahead of the curve.
To selling more!
David Weiman Editor and Publisher”
You can read more about David Weiman and reached him at http://www.marketingjewelry.com/.
What do you think? Will you still be designing jewelry? Will you still be buying quality jewelry? I’d appreciate any comments you might have on the subject.