Noodling Around

Monday Greetings!

On Friday, Carapace hoped I’d be “swimming in beads” over the weekend . . .

I was! 😉 (And I hope she had a chance to paint!)

I began by working on some jewelry orders, but I made sure to spend a little time “playing”, too.

I wanted to come up with a creative use for these beautiful Vintage Swarovski jewelry components.

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Because they’re such sparkling “hoops” – earrings seemed to be a natural choice, but I didn’t want to go the usual route of using wire or jump rings to make them dangle . . .

Ever since I returned to using thread last month with my Summer Wind flat spiral bracelet, I’ve been reminded just how much I enjoy it.

So I dug out the 11/0 seed beads and here’s what I ended up with. Earrings!!!

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They’re based on a Dulcey Heller design, and I may have to make some in other colors, as well! I have some gold rings with ruby red rhinestones that would be gorgeous for the holidays!

If you like to “play” with beads – the rhinestone rings seen above are available in my shop.


Are you ready for a weekly question? 😀

Here at our house, whenever we lose power during a storm, we have multiple clocks blinking as soon as the electricity is restored. Sometimes, right after we get every one of them reset, the power goes off AGAIN – for a minute or two (kind of a practical joke from the electric company, I suppose) so we have to do all of them a second time. Grrr! This has had us wondering if we really need all the clocks as we have.

How many clocks you have in your house? And could you function without a few of them?



Giveaway – Spring Fever Earrings

arkHi Kids!

It’s been raining like crazy here for several days. When I looked out the window this morning, I thought I saw a man in a boat with pairs of animals!!! 😉

Do you have “spring fever” yet? Our daffodils haven’t bloomed, but they’re making good progress. I must admit that I love the spring flowers best – all the gorgeous violets, daffodils, forsythia, iris, lilacs . . .

So in honor of the season, which arrives on Saturday, here’s this week’s giveaway!


These pretty earrings are made with Vintage Swarovski “drops”, which have been prong-set with Rose Pink Swarovski crystals. I’ve used coordinating Swarovski bicones in three sizes as accents. For pierced ears, they measure a very showy 2-1/4” in length – including the 14K gold-filled earwires.

Contest Rules and How To Enter

Any day you leave a comment on this blog – it is counted as a chance to enter that week’s giveaway.

For example, if you answer today’s question (you’ll find it below!) that will give you one chance.

But if you then come back another day this week and comment on a different post – you will have earned another chance in this week’s giveaway!

When you comment you do not have to mention that it’s an entry in the giveaway. My blog program shows me all of the “comments” as they come in – so I do not miss any of them, and all will count and be entered into the drawing! 😀

Today’s question is:

You can only have one kind of sandwich, but every sandwich ingredient on earth is available to you. Please describe the sandwich you will make! 😀


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 the 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 via USPS First Class Mail

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 03/21/10, and the winner will be selected on or about 03/22/10.


Lend me your ears . . .


The lovely Julie of the The Play Date Cafe has let me know that we are not limited to one entry per week in the creativity challenges! Earlier today, I made and entered a greeting card for this week – which was really fun – but I kind of missed making a jewelry entry! 😉


Soooo, for Challenge #7 I’d like to add…


They absolutely glitter in person – truly gorgeous for the holidays! I love the combination of pearls with the Vintage Swarovski crystals in Siam Ruby and Green Turmaline!

‘Til next time,