Last Minute Me

Happy Monday, Kids!

Whew, I’m out of breath from running . . .

Not really – but I am just barely getting in under the wire for this week’s Make somethin’ Monday post. ;-)

In my defense, it’s not that I haven’t been trying. I actually have 3 things in progress.

“That doesn’t count, Crystal. You need to have one finished.”

Well, luckily I just completed these!

Measuring 2-1/4″ long, these dangle earrings feature Tanzanite Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystals in a medley of shapes and sizes.

I’m thinking they’d be a fab holiday gift for someone on your list . . . or maybe for you? :-)

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P.S. Sending a great big thank you for the sweet comments and emails I received last week regarding the Cup of Bead Soup Design Challenge.

I truly do have the best blog buddies out there!

Hugs,

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Ode to Spring Jewelry

Happy Monday, Kids! (or whatever day it is when you visit :-) )
Now that we’re officially ensconced in Daylight Saving Time, can Spring be far behind!?!

Whenever I think of Spring, I think of violets. They grow wild around here. When my kids were little – they loved to run in from play and surprise me with violets they had gathered. How I loved seeing the excitement in their faces and those sweet little hands offering up a tiny bouquet.

Hey, Crystal! Is that why you love purple so much?

Hmmm, you know, that hadn’t occurred to me until just this minute – but maybe so!

I currently have a real case of spring fever and it’s spilling over into my jewelry-making. I just finished a necklace – a choker, really. It drapes so nicely – I may not be able to part with it. (I hate when that happens! LOL) It does remind me of a spring bouquet!

Next, I have earrings. The purple tones and the sheen of the pearls could be compared to violets in the morning dew, don’t you think?

And finally . . . we’ve certainly waited patiently enough for the bleak winter landscape to awaken in shades of green! Before we know it, the leaves will be bursting and this next piece, a pendant, showcases lots of spring greens (or was I subconsciously thinking about the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day?).  ;-)

Do you have Spring fever, too?

Hugs,

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Monday Memo

Let’s hear about your holiday weekend, Kids!

Did you have a Thanksgiving feast?

Did you shop ’til you dropped on Black Friday?

Here at Bead Happily, we did the first and skipped the second! ;-)

Let’s see…. I have two topics today.

First: I would like your thoughts about the next Bead Challenge.

a. Should we wait until after the holidays? We’re just about in December now, and I fear that schedules will already be stretched to the limit without having extra assignments! So, I’m wondering if January would the best time to begin the second challenge?

b. Is there a bead in my shop that you think would make a great “challenge bead“?
(Even the non-beaders might want to offer opinions on this!)

Second: Changing the subject now . . .

You know me – I love a QUICK craft project! Quick is really all I have time for these days.

Who knew having a retired husband would leave me with less hours than I had when my kids were little?!? Ok, I’m exaggerating, but it IS a different kind of schedule, lately! (I wouldn’t change a thing, though.)

But back to the project . . .

I loved making this crocheted flower scarf! Don’t they look like little pansies?

And it’s always fun to whip up a pair of matching earrings!

This scarf has an artsy, whimsical, look that really appeals to me. I’m thinking it would look great paired with a light-weight turtleneck sweater.

You can find the pattern here.

‘Til next time,

Hugs,

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Giveaway – Pink Ice Earrings

Happy last day of November! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We’re still working on the leftovers – but that’s a good thing. ;-)

This week’s giveaway is a very flirty pair of earrings that would be perfect for a holiday party or to add a touch of sparkle on New Year’s Eve!

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For this design, I chose vintage Swarovski marquise-shaped crystal drops, which have a gorgeous textured design. Each drop is set with a glittering faceted crystal in a mouth-watering shade of Rose Pink. Swarovski Rose Aurora Borealis crystals dangle below. For pierced ears, the earrings have 14k gold filled, artisan–crafted, earwires with an elegant petal shape.


Contest Rules and How To Enter

This week, you will have up to four (4) chances to enter the weekly giveaway.

You can choose any or all of the following 4 ways to enter:

1st Chance:

Leave a comment answering the first weekly question:

Of all the gifts you have ever given, which one received the most enthusiastic reaction?

2nd Chance:

Leave a comment answering the second weekly question:

For a silly/fun question, let’s figure out the answer to: Which came first – the chicken or the egg? ;-)

3rd Chance:

Subscribe to this blog (See the orange RSS “Subscribe” button on the right side of this page). Then leave a comment here, saying that you have subscribed! (If you are already a subscriber – you only need to leave a comment saying so! :-) )

4th Chance:

Visit again another day this week and leave a comment on any other post except this one. You do not have to tell me that you left a “comment” on another post. The blog program shows me all of the “comments” as they come in – so I do not miss any of them, and all will count to be entered into the drawing! :-D

The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs. old. After the completion of the contest, the name of the winner will be listed here. The winner will also be notified by email. If no valid email address is given at time of entry, or if winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed by USPS First Class Mail.

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 12/06/09, and the winner will be selected on or about 12/07/09.

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Giveaway – Caribbean Waters Earrings

This week’s giveaway is a pretty pair of dangle earrings in lovely shades of ocean blue, olivine and peridot green!

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They’re made with Czech “daisy” shape beads, Czech two-tone baroque teardrops, and Swarovski olivine bicones. Sterling silver Bali spacers accent the earrings, and all of the findings are sterling silver as well.

Equally pretty with jeans or a party dress!

Measurements: Approximately 2″ from top to bottom, including the sterling silver earwires.

Contest Rules and How To Enter

You have up to 4 chances to win . . .

1. Leave a comment with an answer to the question: When you were a little kid what did you want to be when you grew up? That will give you one chance to win.

2. For a second chance to win, leave a second comment that answers the question: How do you like your eggs?

3. For a third chance to win, leave a comment that answers the question:
What nice thing did you do for someone else? C’mon, it’s ok to mention it – you might inspire the rest of us to do a similar nice thing! :-)

4. For a fourth chance to win, leave a comment on any other post on this blog!

You can choose any one, or all, of the above chances to enter.

A valid email address must be given at time of entry. You must be 18 yrs. old.

The name of the winner will be listed here after the completion of the contest.

The winner will be notified by email, and the prize will be mailed by USPS First Class Mail. If no valid email address is given at time of entry, or if winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 02/15/09, and the winner will be selected on or about 02/16/09.

Thanks for participating and Good Luck to all! :-)

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