Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Delly and Jewelry

My cat, Delly, loves beads and jewelry. This seems to be a common trait in cats. I'd just like to share some pictures of her in "quality control" mode.


This is Delly. She's a very silly cat. She loves to be held, rocked, and generally baby'd. She likes cheese, rice, french bread, chicken, ice cream (never anything with chocolate, of course!), and pasta. She can shake hands and do high 5's.



This is Delly in a box of beading supplies. She loves boxes and doesn't care about things like whether something is already in the box, or whether she actually fits.


The picture is blurry, but that is a silver rose earring.
This is the pair of amazonite petal earrings.

The earrings again.
That is the pair of gold pearl and garnet earrings. She insists they are inside the cup.

Can you tell I love my cat? I have nothing new to update with. I have been slow with adding the July items, I know, it's almost August. I don't do very well in our 80-90 degree weather, and have been fighting a flare up of my fibromyalgia. I have the items finished, I just need to take pictures and list them. I've made a couple of my favorite pieces so far. I'll have to remember to do an entry on my favorite pieces of all the ones I've made. Thank you for reading!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ribbons!

Here are some pictures of the ribbon I have, or that are on their way to me. I can not wait to start working with these beauties!

This is turquoise organza ribbon.

Hot pink, verging on magenta, cord. That subtle sheen in the picture is even prettier in person.

This blood red velvet ribbon is my favorite, for today at least. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but it will be very special.
Red satin ribbon
Hot pink satin ribbon
Hot pink organza ribbon
Peach satin ribbon. I have silk roses almost this exact shade. I will probably pair the two in some hair pieces

Orange organza ribbon, I can not wait to use this in autumn and Halloween designs!!

Black velvet ribbon
Black organza ribbon
Black satin ribbon.

Like I said, can't wait to begin designing with these. It will be very fun to incorporate these into jewelry.

July has been slow when it comes to new products, but I do have new pieces just waiting to be listed. I have been doing some great illusion pieces, if I do say so myself, and found that they are really, really fun! I will definitely continue them. As always, thank you for reading. I appreciate any interest in Moonlight Eternal.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Jewelry By Joy

Now it's time for Jewelry By Joy to ride the Crazy Train! And let me tell you, her works is gorgeous. If I could be half as good with wire as she is, my life would be complete!


Now this is simply ingenious! It's called a bracelet helper. One side (top picture) has a little charm. But the other end (shown) has a little clip. This clip holds the loop end of your bracelet (shown) with the hand the bracelet is going on. That leaves your other hand free to work your clasp. Like I said, ingenious!

This one is just plain gorgeous, I love sparkly anything!



This is an anklet, I love the simplicity of it, yet the wavy bits really make it shine.




More of her awesome wire work.



I love this one, it's so cute! What I love most is that the heart is not "perfect". It gives it a unique flair.


I often wonder how wire artists come up with the wrapping they do. I don't think I would ever have thought to wrap it that way.


Another gorgeous example of her expert wire working!



This is a cuff bracelet! I LOVE it!!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ribbons and Lace

While browsing various online and wholesale craft suppliers, I came across some fascinating specimens: ribbon and elastic. Not being at all gifted in the area of sewing and fabrics, I naturally had no real interest in elastic, or at least, no more than stretchy beading cord. As for ribbons, well, they were pretty enough but never used them much, and am still not 100% sure what they were originally designed for. But all that has recently changed.

I found a veritable smorgasbord of elastics! Gone are the days of plain old white or black elastics, or whatever other elastics were the norm of yesteryear. Not only did I find elastics in just about every color imaginable, there were so many variations! There were elastics with little images, with words, lace elastic, even ruffled elastic!! As for ribbons, well the variety is endless. Thick width, thin, colors, patterns, words, pictures, sheer, silk, satin, velvet, ric rac...

Well, while looking at these beauties, I decided I wanted some. Maybe even need some. As a generally crafty person, I have my fair share of crafty items that I bought either because I would use it "some day" or purely because I liked it or thought it was pretty, without bothering to think about what I would use it for. Now that I have a business, I am trying hard to cut down on those impulse buys. I have even gone so far as to try and impose a one-out, one-in policy, where I don't buy anything until I use up one thing, unless they are necessary, like clasps or wire. You fellow crafters out there can probably vouch for how effective such a system is, or perhaps I just have a low level of self-restraint. Now, I tend to follow a 'if I don't know how I'd use it, I don't buy it' policy, which is more effective, overall.

So, while browsing, I decided I needed this stuff. But I had to think about how or if I would use it. And of course, jewelry being my 1st choice for craft love (bath and body, specifically essential oils/natural products), I had to come up with ways to incorporate these! I ordered some black and some clear elastic. I intend to use both for chokers and bracelets. I'm going to use them as an alternative to stretchy cord, because stretchy cord won't work for what I've been wanting to try. So the elastic will form a stretchy bracelet, and on the elastic, I intend to apply silk flowers, for an almost corsage type style. I have also thought of quite a few other things, such as flat backed cabochons, rhinestones, pendants, etc. I can't wait to buy some fancier elastics to work with, but I will have to wait until I use up the ones I have.

As for ribbons...My muse has been working non-stop! Cuff bracelets of 1-1.5 inches made of silk or velvet ribbon. A multitude of different colored thin ribbons, twisted into multi-colored chokers. I want to use them as 'dangles' in hair accessories and bracelets, to add movement and color. Sheer ribbons over solids, wide ribbons 'lined' with contrasting ric rac. Cuffs of velvet ribbon. I can add pendants, flat back cabochons or rhinestones, dangle small charms from thin ribbon. All sorts of things.

This is just an update on what I am working on. My next projects are ribbons and elastics. Lately, I have made a few illusion cord pieces, which I really enjoy. Two pairs of earrings, one choker. Three more men's/unisex pieces. I am also still working on flower hair accessories. I just can not seem to find an adhesive that will glue metal and plastic together. But I am working on clips, barettes, bobby pins, hair combs, and flowered hair ties.

Next month, I will begin to work on Halloween designs, and buying Christmas supplies. I am also hoping to work on general Autumn pieces. I have found some great ribbon that is in leaves. Not sure how to explain it, if I buy it I'll be sure to post pictures. I want to make some fall headpieces, hair bands, etc. I am also hoping to offer some selections in brass and/or copper, but I promise nothing.

Those are the big updates. I am always listing new items to my artfire shop, so be sure to drop by often. As always, thank you for reading!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Daisy Lee Designs

Another day, another Crazy Train rider! Daisy Lee Design's products are all very cute and feminine. Here are some of my favorites:



This one is a cute little flower girl bag. Which is a lot cuter than the traditional basket. But, to be honest, I would use this myself as a purse. It's just adorable and very feminine.



This is such a pretty tote. Brown and pink is a perfect combination, and note the cute little bow!



This is another brown and pink combination, but with splashes of green. This is a business card holder, which is a great way to keep all of your business cards in one cute little place, instead of spread out in the bottom of your purse.


And speaking of things scattered in the black hole of purses, here is a very cute idea. It is really intended for moms as a crayon holder. Now you always have a little 'project' your kids can do while you wait in the waiting room of a doctor's office, for example. But, for those of us without kids, I can totally see this as a cute lipgloss or lip balm holder! I know for myself, I spend quite a bit of time groping at the bottom of my purse for some lip balm. This is a fashionable and practical way to hold them, and it rolls up to save space!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Beadlady5 Rides the Crazy Train

In case you've forgotten, the Artfire Crazy Train is where we go crazy promoting our fellow artisans. Each participant gets 2 days, then we move on to the next on the list. Not only is it good for the artist being featured, but it's a great way of finding new and unique shops we might have otherwise never seen. On to the showcases, and her pieces are just gorgeous, with a lovely vintage feel.




Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Looking for Stained Glass?

I've decided to try and feature at least one new shop (or new to me, anyway) from artfire. Here is the latest gem I've discovered.




I love these, I would definitely buy one if I had the money. Probably number 6 or 8. Go to her shop!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's A Jewelry Thing Rides the Crazy Train

Another one rides the crazy train for Artfire promotion! Her items are very pretty and unique. I love the use of ribbons and color. Here are some of her pieces, be sure to stop by her artfire shop







Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Update

I've finally listed some of the silk flower pieces! Only 3, so far, but I am working on more.



I recently bought a few more silk flowers, they really are pretty. I'll have to remember to take pictures of them in their 'raw form'. I also bought some more glitters, so I will be embellishing a few of the flowers with glitter, and perhaps some with Swarovski rhinestones.

I have begun practicing some flower hair ties. The first few attempts have been, in all honesty, a disaster, but I am slowly getting better. It's the sewing. I wish I could glue it, but it just wouldn't be secure enough. And in case you don't know, I can not sew. I am learning, but slowly. I have a new found respect for anyone who can sew anything by hand!

I also have a few arrangements, for lack of a better term, for hair. One is a very pretty arrangements of white iridescent roses and leaves, arranged in a slightly curved manner. Another has trailing flowers and faux pearls. I also have a little circlet or headband of pink ribbon roses, which would be just perfect for a flower girl, but I am still deciding how it would best be worn. I am debating between hair combs or an actual headband. I may just wire wrap it and add ribbons to trail down the back.

I am still working on beaded bobby pins. I want to incorporate elements like ribbon and wire wrapping.

It's a new month and while we are still firmly in the grip of Summer, I am beginning ideas for Fall. However, all new items are all perfect for and designed for Summer.

I don't think I have mentioned this, but I have dropped the price minimum for free shipping. Now, spend $50 and you will receive free US shipping. For international shoppers, you will receive half off your shipping total. I am also offering a FREE gift with every $25 or more purchase!

As always, thank you for reading and choosing Moonlight Eternal!

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