Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday Coming Up

In preparation for Black Friday:

In cooperation with ArtFire's Black Friday Promotions, I am offering all my finished jewelry with "No Shipping Charges" for the entire Holiday Season (now until Jan 1, 2012)

I have also marked the prices down on much of my finished jewelry.  You can find it all at my ArtFire Studio.

I have also been putting together some more kits - Several each of Serpentine and Arrow Bracelets - Look for them on Friday at both my ArtFire (see link in previous paragraph) and Etsy Shops.

See you all on Black Friday!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Ring of Flowers Bracelet

First, some news

- I have just finished listing some new kits at both my Etsy and ArtFire shops.  Enjoy!

- I have recently joined a local farmer's (and artisan's) market - Central Texas Grower's Association.  They are a great group of people and I have set up twice so far.  I even sold some jewelry!  If you are in the area, I recommend stopping by (I only set up in the Seguin market, but the others also set up in San Marcos).  There are some veggie growers, a couple who sell pastured/grass-fed beef, pork and chicken, and some artisans who sell handmade soaps, crocheted scarfs and hats, creams, pizza, etc.  Sometimes the Fair Trade Coffee guy shows up as well.

On a personal note, we have lost one of our older cats - Bella - She passed away due to kidney failure last month.   She will be missed.  We have also had a rash of teeth problems, myself as well as two other of our older cats.  All is now well, teeth have been pulled and gums are healing.

Okay, now for what was promised in the title:  A new bracelet - I think it is really SWEET.  You see, I had intended to order flower cone beads with the hole from top to bottom for tassels...and ordered these with the hole from side to side instead.  So I had to come up with a way to use them and this is what I came up with.

I won't be listing it for sale right away, I need it to look at while I make some more with a few variations...plus, I just don't want to let go of it yet (selfish, I know).




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Coiled - A New Necklace Design

After I selected stock beads for my last big bead order, I browsed around for something special and found this lovely glass pendant.  As soon as I saw it, I saw this necklace in my mind.  I finally found the time to make it..  Yes, I will photograph the steps for my upcoming book...



Another Lark's Head Design

 A couple of weeks ago, I was perusing some of my early work.  One of them gave me some inspiration...

Not sure what to name this one - The design is based on Lark's Head Knots and lends itself rather nicely to using two different colors of cord.  Here are the two bracelets I have made so far.

First, my prototype -  I'm keeping this one for myself!


And the second one - Just need to make a couple more and photograph the steps for my upcoming book...


Anyone with any ideas what to call this design?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Just a Few Lines...

To let you all know I am still alive (and well).  It seems one thing after another has served to distract me.  The latest of which is putting in a garden.  Well, now most of the garden is planted and beginning to grow.  If only the nights would warm up so the tomatoes would stop "dropping blossoms" before making baby tomatoes...kind of strange as this is Central Texas and the nights are usually pretty warm by mid May.  Oh well, at least the plants are growing and will be of a good size once the nights do warm up.

My biggest news is that I am warming up to finally get to work on that book I always wanted to write.  I have organized my photography and have written my outline.  Next will be to see what of my previous photography will be useful and then to begin filling in the blanks.  I plan to integrate my current patterns as they are pretty basic.  I have some new "basics" (yes, I plan to include "Lattice") to add and several variations of all the basics.  I plan for the book to be a sort of "course" in the "Basics of Micro Macrame"...beginning with the simple and moving into more complex designs.  I think each chapter will have a "sampler" of variations, followed by specific projects.  I hope to make the closures (both button types and clasp types) modular so people can learn how to adapt any closure to any project.

Thank you all in advance for your patience.  I may not post much in the coming months (what else is new?) but, at least you all know why.
Copyright 2007 Donna Littlewood