Friday, August 31, 2012

I Love Your Smile!

Happy Friday Friends!  Today is the last day of my fun summer "I Love Your Smile!" giveaway and I'd like to thank all of you for participating.  I had a super-duper time getting to know you better and reading the comments you so kindly left for me.  Here is this month's top 5 visitors:

  • I'll let you know who the winner is on Monday!  I hope you continue to stop by my blog because I do love your smile!  Have a great day and enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

    Whimsical Bead Woven Christmas Tree Charm

    These Christmas Tree Charms are carefully hand beaded with Toho 11/0 seed beads in frosted green. I enjoyed making this not so perfect tree with it's lean body and droopy top because it reminds me of those sweet holiday stories of the ugly Christmas tree that no one wants but eventually finds the perfect, happy home. 

    This beaded piece is attached to a jump ring. You can add it to a key ring, phone strap, wear as a pendant or use it in your own craft designs. I like to string these charms through ribbon when wrapping gifts for a fun, festive touch.

    Find it on Handmade + Cute, Etsy.

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    On This Beautiful Day

    This past weekend our family did some fun things.  We spent some time at the Aiea Bon Dance and went to Ala Moana Beach with wonderful friends.  Now I am looking forward to the 3 day weekend coming up and possibly the Okinawan Festival in Waikiki.  I'm thankful for Hawaii's mild weather that allows us to romp and play outdoors and hope those along the Gulf Coast are keeping safe from Isaac.

    No matter how busy or fun my days are, I need to get my beading fix.  Let me show you what I worked on during these past few days.

    Koi Charm bead woven with Delica 11/0 beads

    Santa Charms bead woven with 11/0 Toho beads

    Life is good so I'd like to share these discounts with you.

    Save with these current coupon codes.
    1. discount10 ~ 10% discount when you purchase 3 or more items from my shop.
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    Please remember to enter your coupon code upon check out.  Sorry, coupons cannot be combined.  Ready?  Shop Here!

    And, if you have a chance, take a hop over to MoKeKuMiLei Creations' blog so you can read Mo's lovely poetry entitled Destination.  Mo's ending her Kaua'i vacation and heading back to work to do an art show.  I've been enjoying her beautiful photos and feel like I'm ending my Kaua'i stay as well.

    What have you been up to?

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    I Love Your Smile!

    You made my headache go away with your kind comments!  You're my medicine.

  • Thank you for participating in my "I Love Your Smile" game.  I am having a fabulous time connecting with you through your visits and your wonderful feedback. However, because I'm a bit scatter-brained when I multi-task, I've decided to use my precious quiet time to concentrate on preparing my shop for the holidays and get to work so the giveaway will end this month.

    Please continue to stop by and say "hello!"  You will have until the end of August to add to your entries by commenting on my blog posts.  I'll throw the top 5 names into one of those random contest pickers.  Each of you will have a chance to receive something.  Each comment is worth one entry.

    Now that you helped me to get rid of my headache, I'll have some fun today.  Have a great day as well!

    Showing you my yellow daisy earrings.  I just hung it on the blinds so I could take a quick photo.  By bunching up the beads along the edges, a ruffle is created to make it look like petals.  The titanium ear wires are great for those with ear sensitivity to nickel.  When I wear these earrings, I forget I have them on because it's light weight and my ears don't itch.

    I made these earrings because my kids say I look "kooky" with animals dangling from my earlobes.

  • Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Oh My Aching Head

    It's one of those headache days so I am keeping it short.  If you're a migraine sufferer, here is a clip that might interest you.

    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

    Do you have a remedy for me?  I'm doing my own ice pack version now.

    Here is a pair of sparkly red earrings that I recently added to my shop.
    Red bead woven floral earrings that sparkle on Titanium Ear Wires. These ruffled edge earrings are sweet and elegant. It is great for every day wear and for special occasions. I hand beaded the vibrant red petals with silver lined Delica seed beads and accented it with silver lined crystal Toho seed beads around a white mountain Jade center. The ear wires are nickel free titanium - great for those with sensitive ears.

    Red Sparkle Beaded Flower Earrings

    Enjoy your day!

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Razorback Pattern on Sale

    Peyote Stitch Razorback
    Once upon a time a favorite customer of mine requested a beaded image of a ferocious sports mascot.  From that inspiration, the Razorback was created and it has become the most requested charm in my shop. A few days ago, I received an inquiry for the pattern of the Razorback and after some consideration, I have made the pattern available for others to use.  I have released other patterns on my blog for free but because this red hog is so special to me, I am charging a minimal fee for it's use.  It's the first pattern I'm selling and it is available in PDF form.  The pattern does not include instructions - just a bead legend and a "bead by number" graph (courtesy of BeadTool4); therefore, it is made for those who already know the basics of peyote or brick stitch bead weaving methods.  If you would like to learn these stitching methods, here are great videos to get your started.

    *How to Ladder Stitch - to start a base row for your brick stitch.
    *How to  Brick Stitch
    *How to Odd Count Peyote Stitch
    *How to Even Count Peyote Stitch 

    These kind of special requests gives me an opportunity to experience something new so I am very thankful to all of my customers and readers who nudge me to try something that I may hesitant be to do on my own. Great Big Hugs to you!  The Razorback pattern is available for purchase here.

    With that said,  I'd like to show you a charm I made using Miyuki Delica beads, now available at Ben Franklin Crafts.  I've always wanted to work with delica beads but never had a place to run to if I needed a particular color.  I'm glad I can now make a stop to the craft store in my neighborhood.

    Black Cat, Miyuki Delica Beads

    Thanks for stopping by today!

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    I Love Your Smile!

    Happy Friday!

    This week I gave myself a blog break to work on a couple of projects but I still want to thank you for visiting me and commenting on my posts.  Please be sure to stop by and say "HI" to these wonderful bloggers.  I'm sure they will make you smile!

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    Here is a photo of my latest bead work project.

    Koi Set

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    I Love Your Smile!

    How are you doing Friends?

    Here is my first Friday smiles of August.   Each one my buddies has great blogs that you are able to check out so go ahead and click on the names.

  • Before I go, I'd like to show you the grape earrings that I recently completed.  It's another design that I adapted from the book, The Beaded Edge.

    Juicy Grape Earrings

    I also wanted to share this fabulous DIY Stamped Labels post.  I hope it's going to be my fun alternative to Sharpies when labeling my child's name on school clothing.  

    I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar: DIY Stamped Labels: I've always thought it would be fun to have some type of clothing label to put on the clothes I've made for my boys, but personalized labe...

    Have a great weekend!

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Envelope Exchange

    This summer I participated in the Elevated Envelope's "artistic pen pal project".  I decided to exercise the creative side of my brain and do something different by engaging myself in a form of art that was new to me.  I had to decorate and send snail mail with minimal use of my computer *gasp*!

    This is the envelope I created by tracing over the computer printed words (yes, a little cheat with penmanship) and transferring images to packaging tape for the colorful images.

    Using the "Sweets" theme, I enclosed a recipe for Guri-Guri and included beaded ice cream cones.

    My pen pal from Germany sent me this beautiful hand stitched envelope of the Phoenix constellation.  Look at those tiny stitches.  She put so much heart into her envelope!

    ...and the letter, oh my gosh! I will share a little passage of what was written because it is so precious!
    When we look at stars, we are seeing them as they were when the light that left them reaches us - not as they truly are at that moment.  In a similar process, a letter is made, then goes on a journey before reaching the person who sees it.  This person then has a little window into the letter writer's past - it's basically time travel!
    Time!  I will definitely look at letter writing in a different way now.

    If you would like to find out how you can join in on the next Elevated Envelope exchange and receive correspondence just as amazing as the one I got, the information is right here.

    Have a fun day!

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    A Strawberry Bead Project

    I remember summer break with the kids when they were a bit younger; it meant long days because the little ones managed to get into a lot of mischief.  Now that they are older, our summers are much "funner" and we spend more time doing things together.  Though I am sad, back to school means that I get to spend more time on my bead projects.

    The first thing I hope to do is learn to make a puffy strawberry. I saw instructions on The Beaded Edge book, mentioned here, but it's made for those who know how to crochet (not me).  I'm going to see if I can come up with my own bead pattern to make cute, little strawberries, seed bead style.  If I never mention this project again, that means I failed. 

    Here is something I did manage to complete.  It's special request for a familiar design and popular one of the Razorback Hog.  I plan to shrink the pattern and make these into earrings.

    What are you working on?  I'd love to hear from you!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    I Love Your Smile!

    Yesterday I wrote names on a zillion crayons and sharpened No. 2 pencils until my fingers became calloused.  We have those cheap sharpeners that break off the tip and eat up the pencils so my kids are going back to school with the cutest, mini pencils. I'll be sad to have the house so quiet but I have you to make me smile!

    Here is the top 5 on the grin list.  My hugs go out to you!

    July's appreciation gift has left the mailbox and it's going to Eva.  I know Eva has been really busy lately but she still found the time to greet me on my blog.  This is what I made for Eva.  I hope she likes it!

    (The gray striped washi tape on the cardstock came to me as a gift from Joy, Joy of Crafting.  I love the tape so much that I'm really stingey with it and it's lasted me a long time.)

    Next month I'm going to change it up a little by putting the top 5 names in a random contest picker.  The number of times you comment will be the number of times your name is entered.  I'm also going to let you choose your gift from my shop so you can get what you want.

    Thanks again everyone!  Have a wonderful day and enjoy your weekend!

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    More Chili Peppers

    Once I dried and crushed my own chili peppers.  I used it as an ingredient for my chicken dipping sauce.  My hungry husband dunked his chicken in my homemade sauce and popped it in his mouth.  His face turned purple, his mouth moved but he was silent.  Ooops...I must have put too much chili pepper.  I am not a good cook but, hey, I can craft.

    Chili Pepper Bookmark
    on Etsy