Quote about my angel pendants

One of the best quotes from yesterday’s craft fair: “You know what these remind me of? In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, when he made an angel out of silverware.”

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                      Angel charm pendants

I currently have three angels listed on Etsy here.

Practicing creativity and self-care

Yesterday, I was feeling a little anxious.  There’s something soothing about creating a chain through connecting beaded links.  It’s methodical, detail-oriented, and repetitive.  So I decided to make something.

I have a bag full of beads leftover from other projects, or given to me by a friend who didn’t want them.  I’d seen a picture somewhere of necklace created with leftover mismatched beads, and wanted to try it.

This was my result:

Assorted Bead Necklace
Assorted Bead Necklace

This necklace is simple,  yet it stands out because it doesn’t follow a pattern.  I appreciate its asymmetry and variety.

How did I feel after making this piece?  Definitely calmer and more focused.  Creating is part of my self-care practice.  I’m so grateful there are times when I can take care of myself and make something beautiful in the process.

September 2015 Gallery and Recap

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of September.

Me at craft fair
Me at the OFF Center Folk Art Festival in downtown Albuquerque

This month, I participated in one craft fair.  I didn’t sell too many things, but the atmosphere was pleasant and I learned from it.   Looking ahead, I’m trying to sign up for at least one craft fair a month through the holidays.

It’s been hotter than usual for this time of year:  the high temperatures are still lingering in the low 90s and high 80s.  It’s definitely feeling more like Fall at night and in the mornings, though.

This past weekend, I went on a hike with my dad and his friend and saw some of the fall colors.  I came out of the forest, turned, and saw this:

The Sandia Mountains, late September 2015
The Sandia Mountains, late September 2015

I’ve also been busy making things.

I hope to create more custom orders, some seasonal and holiday items, and more.  I’m looking forward to seeing how Fall inspires my creativity.

Custom circlets!

I am not what you would call a sports fan.  I played soccer for a few years when I was younger.  I sometimes would stop and watch the last minutes of a basketball game my dad was watching on television.  Simply, I lack the patience and the interest to watch the full game of any sport.

One of my regular customers recently bought this circlet and she sent her family pictures of her wearing it.  The next thing I knew, I had a request for two circlets in Broncos colors.
I enjoy commissions:  they give me a chance to be creative, experiment, and collaborate with my customers.   This particular request gave me a new challenge:  I am used to working with the colors and energetic qualities of gemstones.  However, this project required a different approach.  When trying to match beads to Broncos team colors (navy and orange), could I successfully bring out the kind of team spirit a sports fan might have?  Could I succeed in making something visually appealing?

 I went to several bead stores to find what I needed:  orange, white, and navy seed beads; a strand of dyed orange bamboo coral beads; and finally, several triangular-shaped cobalt blue glass beads.

Then I took my beads to my design board and came up with this:
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which evolved into this:
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I’m pretty pleased with the result, and the chance this project gave me to practice and come up with something completely new.

The two together, complete with ribbons
The two together, complete with ribbons

My circlets are great for Halloween costumes, dressing up, and other occasions.  If you’re interested in a custom-made circlet, please contact me here.
One of my other circlets.
                    Me in one of my other circlets.