Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Long Difficult Journey

It has been so very long since I posted anything.  This past year has been a difficult one, but I am finished with that chapter and can now focus on the future.

For those of my readers that follow me on facebook already know most of what has been going on in my life.  For the rest of you, I will share a short version here.

A couple of years ago, my husband (of 18 years) was diagnosed with cancer.  This past April, he was placed on in-home Hospice Care and I spent all my time taking care of him.  I cherished every moment we had.  He made it to his 70th birthday and then passed away on 25 September, 2016. 

During this time, I also lost two of my cats.  My heart still hurts, but I am blessed with many loving friends and family who are a great comfort to me.

I have since been busy sorting and packing in preparation to move with my mother.  I got everything moved to her house on 13 December and am getting settled in. 

As you can see, I have begun to set-up my beading area and am finally beginning to feel the stirrings of a desire to create again.  I have a feeling that the joy of creating will be a balm to my soul.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spiral Rope Bangle Bracelets

I finally got around to figuring out a simple way to make bangle bracelets with the Spiral Rope scheme.  I don't know why I waited so long!  They are so fun to make, I have had difficulty stopping.  Alas, mundane life pulls me back - to eat dinner, interact with my husband and 6 kitties...etc.

First, I made a couple of them (to match the necklaces in my previous post ).  I liked them so much - I went crazy!

I made these three as a set:

Then, I went "Tropical":

Finally (to date), I went for a fancier look:

I have already listed most of them at my ArtFire shop.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Re-Making and Re-Discovering

In my previous post "In the Beginning", I said I was planning on re-making some older necklaces.  As you can see in the photo above, I have done just that with one of them.  (It is currently listed at my ArtFire shop)  Using size 8 seed beads instead of those tiny size 11s made the work go so much faster.  I liked it so much, I started playing around with making some entirely new necklaces with matching this set:

And, a necklace with a matching "bangle" bracelet - no clasp, no button, just one continuous circle!  I love them and will definitely make more!  Here is one of them:

Then, I made a set with a necklace, earrings, and a bangle bracelet (I'm keeping this set for myself I think):

Yes, I still plan to re-make the other 3 older necklaces...sometime soon.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spiral Rope Necklace and Earrings Sets

My sister likes to make lampwork beads.  Some time back, she gave me a bunch of them.  I have been waiting for just the right projects for them.  I think I found those projects.  Spiral Rope Necklace and Earrings Sets. When I have a special focal bead, I like to put it in a simple design.  That way, the focal bead gets to be the star of the it should be. Here they are individually:

First this set in blue and green.

Then, I made this Peach Set:

Then, because I was on a roll, this one in white, orange, and lavender:

Then, I decided to make some Spiral Rope "Y" Necklaces with matching earrings.  First this one in black, brown, and white with milifiori teardrops.

And, finished up this round of beading and knotting with this set in tan, jade green...with an agate focal bead and some additional agates.

I have listed them all at my ArtFire shop under "Sets and Matching".

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ads on My ArtFire Shop Pages and Getting Rid of Them

Since I stay "logged-in" to my ArtFire shop, I had no idea that there were so many "third-party ads" on my shop pages!  When I view my shop while logged-in, I do not see the ads.  And, since I rarely go on ArtFire's forum, I really did not know what was going on.  More fool me!

However, that has been remedied!  

But there is a little story first...

Today, I received an email from ArtFire about "changes to fees/sales commissions", of course, I went over to the forum to find out more.

And, if I am understanding things correctly, this is basically what has happened:

Apparently, Google recently made changes that charge site owners for ArtFire began to place third party ads on shop pages so as to counter this...and quite a few shop owners got mad and left.  So, now ArtFire has come up with a new "tiered" rate policy.  As a "legacy" shop owner, my base rate does not change, but if I want the ads to go away, I must "op in" to pay a 3% commission on every sale.  I cannot say I am happy about this, but I guess I understand why ArtFire needs to make these changes.

I have "opted in" for the plan without those ads.  Really, go check out one of my item pages.

As many have said in one way or another "The Only Thing Permanent in Life is Change"...sigh.
Copyright 2007 Donna Littlewood