Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bead Stash

Most jewelry makers love beads. To put it mildly. You could go so far as to call us obsessed. Well, I can't speak for my fellow jewelers but I'm addicted to beads. love with...Pick a term, it applies. One of these days, I will go through my current beads and past projects and see if I can come up with some sort of list of all the separate beads I've ever used. Seeing as that will take forever, I have something a bit more "instant gratification" to show you instead. Yes, my bead stash.

It's not all of it (which may surprise or scare you). I took the pictures around two weeks ago and have since acquired even more.

I don't know if I can post them all in one entry. That would probably make for an incredibly slow-loading entry. But I'll start with the Swarovskis and see where we can go from there.

These are the swarovski bicones I currently have "in stock". Except for the beads in the bottom right corner, those are Swarovski butterfly crystals. If you click the pic, it will take you to a larger pic where you can read the names of the colors, if you'd like to know. I didn't add all of them, because after the first couple, I realized that you can't exactly tell the difference between 4, 6, and 8mm beads when collaged like this. And I think I've ordered some since I took these pictures.

Here are some of the pendants. I think the hearts are in rose, but I'm really not sure. The flowers are crystal AB, light siam, and again, I think it's rose. Then flowers in jonquil and fuchsia. The bottom are snowflakes in crystal AB.

These are padparascha briolettes.Flowers in fuchsia and hearts in either padparascha or Indian pink.

Baroque pendants in crystal.And a view of the snowflakes with flash on to see the sparkle and shine of the AB coating.

Don't worry, I have a LOT more beads than this. These are most of the swarovski crystals, the ones I have pictures of, anyway.

The third is my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! If you go to my shop, you'll see all the fun details. I'd take advantage of this, as this will be my last sale for a while. I'll write all about it tomorrow, but like I said, the sale has already started and the details are posted at my shop!!

Thank you to everyone for making this first year a LOT better than I ever could have imagined!

Friday, January 22, 2010

One of Our Fellow Artists Needs Our Help!

From the IndiePublic Newsletter:

Last and most important, one of our members and fellow sellers on Etsy and ArtFire, Tanya Boden, Owner of Aardvark Silver, an Australian Teacher living in Bangkok, needs emergency surgery for a life-threatening heart condition. She can't
have the surgery until she can pay the costs first and she has only 1 week until she has to have it.

I am asking all of you to donate anything you can. Even $1 will help.


Please join the facebook group to help spread the word!

There is also a thread in the forums on Etsy, please help bump it up when you can!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

White Rose Ring Give Away!

That's right, I'm hosting a give away! Just a small one, but a give away is a give away! It's completely free, I'll pay the shipping, too! The shipping alone makes it a good deal with the price of shipping these days :)

This is an adjustable ring, so it should fit just about everyone. The rose, as you can see, is white. What is harder to see is the glitter.

The rose isn't small, as you can hopefully see.

This is one of the few pieces I have that is not one of a kind. Of over 350 individual items, this will be the 5th item that is not one of a kind. In all instances, including this, they are two of a kind. But even if it isn't one of a kind, the odds are pretty darn good that you won't meet the buyer of the other ring. And if you do, great, you've made a friend--you already have one shared interest: jewelry!

Here's how to enter: go to my shop. Browse around and pick your favorite piece. Come back here and leave me a comment. If you tweet this give away you'll get another entry. Just send me the url so I can see it (a link to your twitter page should do it). I'll give you another entry if you blog about it, again, just send me the url.

Contest ends the first of February. This should arrive to you before Valentine's Day. Just in case ;) . Winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck!!

**Yes, international entries accepted, you'll just have to be patient if it takes a while to get to you :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund  

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund | Home

Something many thought impossible; three former presidents standing united. But for the greater good, at the President's request, Bush and Clinton have teamed up to do as much as they possibly can.

No one can even begin to give estimates on the lives lost, people missing, or dollars of damage done; the figures are almost incomprehension. By no means a wealthy country--indeed, Haiti is actually the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere--Haiti has been hit hard by this earthquake, in terms of structural damage and, most importantly, lives. Aid is getting there as fast as possible, but for many it isn't fast enough. And the need for aid far outweighs what is available.

"Our immediate priority is to save lives. The critical needs in Haiti are great, but they are also simple: food, water, shelter, and first-aid supplies. The best way concerned citizens can help is to donate funds that will go directly to supplying these material needs."

As far as I know, every relief effort wants money. They don't want canned food or blankets; what they need is money. They know how to spend this money far better than the general public. They also need money for things they can't solve with food--for instance, fuel. They need to get there, and for that, they need money for fuel, supplies for themselves, and equipment, a lot of equipment. They need cranes and other heavy duty machines; medical equipment; sanitation supplies and more that we would never think of. There is also a desperate need for water. On top of water and food, relief efforts bring with them tablets to purify water and equipment to produce drinkable water.

"Clinton and Bush oversee the CBHF through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. One hundred percent of the donations made to the Clinton Foundation go directly to relief efforts. Ninety-nine percent of the donations made to the Communities Foundation of Texas go directly to relief efforts."

You can donate directly to the Clinton Bush Haiti fund here or by mobile phone: Text the word "QUAKE" to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, charged to your cell phone bill. I said it before and I'll say it again: even one single dollar will help.

It will be hard, but everyone can help. The strength and determination of the aid parties is matched only by that of the Haitian people, as President Obama points out:

Yesterday we witnessed a small but remarkable display of that determination – some of you may have seen it – Haitians with little more than the clothes on their back marched peacefully through a ruined neighborhood, and despite all their loss and all their suffering they sang songs of faith and songs of hope.

Donate Here

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Relief Effort

By now, I'm sure we've all heard of the disaster in Haiti. The news out of Haiti is just catastrophic. It's shaping up to be one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time. I will cut straight to the chase and provide links to a variety of reputable organizations that desperately need our help. Haiti is already the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. They were ill-equipped to take care of their citizens in the first place, and this earthquake has devastated what little resources they had. You've heard it before, but it is true: even one dollar can help. Do you know how much money could be raised, if even a quarter of the US population donated just one dollar? I don't, but I bet it would be a lot. Just keep that in mind if you feel bad you can't make a 'substantial' donation or difference.

Red Cross: Priority needs in Haiti are food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. Thousands of local Red Cross volunteers are aiding their fellow Haitians. American Red Cross Disaster management specialists are scheduled to arrive today from the United States, Peru and Mexico to join local Red Cross staff already on the ground in the disaster zone. As soon as airports begin accepting relief shipments, tarps, hygiene items and cooking sets for approximately 5,000 families will come from the Red Cross warehouse in Panama.

The American Red Cross has already released $10 million dollars. The Red Cross is
not looking for volunteers or supplies. The best way to help is through a monetary donation. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make a donation. Donors can designate their gifts to Haiti relief. For an even easier way to donate, donors can text "Haiti" to 90999 on their cell phone to send a $10 donation to support Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. The mobile giving effort raised more than $3 million by Thursday morning, and all money raised goes to support Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

If you go to the Red Cross website, there is a large button in the upper right hand corner. It's hard to miss. Click to donate.

The Red Cross also has a very useful tool for those who have friends and family in Haiti. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is helping reconnect separated families in Haiti through a special web site which enables people in Haiti and outside the country to search for and register the names of relatives missing since the earthquake. In the first twenty-four hours, more than 6,000 people have been registered.

Unicef: You can donate to UNICEF through this form. You can also call this number to donate by phone 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437). Make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, supporting UNICEF’s emergency response in Haiti. Any amount you can give will help save lives. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is absorbing all associated administrative costs so that 100% of every dollar you give to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will support UNICEF's relief efforts for children in Haiti.

UNICEF has been on the ground in Haiti since 1949. While the UNICEF compound in Port-au-Prince was damaged, we are very lucky that there were no UNICEF fatalities (though we've lost many valued UN partners). UNICEF Haiti staff have been working nonstop since the disaster. But the needs are overwhelming. Last night, a cargo plane landed with $500,000 worth of supplies including tarps and tents for much-needed temporary shelter. Supplies are streaming in from UNICEF's enormous warehouse in Copenhagen, and from Santa Domingo, where a task force has assembled to coordinate UNICEF relief. UNICEF is supplying water, shelter, blankets, therapeutic food, medical supplies… We're coordinating with other humanitarian organizations, and taking the lead on water and sanitation issues.

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti

Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams in Port-au-Prince are treating large numbers of people who suffered fractures, head injuries and other major trauma during and after the January 12 earthquake. More than 1,000 patients have received care in the four tented facilities MSF set up near the damaged buildings in which it had been working. The primary concern at the moment is the overwhelming numbers of people who need immediate treatment and major surgery. An inflatable MSF field hospital, equipped with two operating theatres, is expected to arrive by air in the next 24 hours. Crucial personnel, including surgeons and anesthetists, and supplementary stocks of medical supplies are on the way as well. You can read a Question and Answer article to read more about their efforts. Go here to donate.

Habitat For Humanity: A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, destroying thousands of buildings and homes. Habitat has been at work in Haiti for 26 years and will use its local expertise and mobilize resources as part of the rebuilding efforts. Habitat has provided more than 2,000 families with housing solutions through a variety of initiatives, including new home construction, progressive building, home repairs and improvements. It also builds capacity in construction skills, disaster mitigation and financial literacy and works in coordination with community and government agencies.

“Habitat for Humanity will mobilize all available resources to address shelter solutions for low-income families affected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday,” said Torre Nelson, area vice president of Habitat’s Latin America Caribbean office. Donate Here.

International Medical Corps: International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team is in Port-au-Prince assisting survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti Tuesday. The team is providing medical care outside the general hospital near the Presidential Palace where hundreds of people have congregated for help.

“People are afraid to go indoors because of aftershocks, so most of the care is being provided outside,” says Margaret Aguirre, Director of Global Communications for International Medical Corps. “We are working with the few Haitian health workers that are here. The goal is to provide triage and basic treatment with the limited staffing and supplies that we have.” Donate Here.

Those are just a few of the organizations gearing up to help Haiti. You can find hundreds more through google and new sites. Remember what I said: one dollar doesn't seem like a lot, but imagine if only 1/4 of the US population gave only one dollar. If you can't donate--and many can't--keep them in your hearts, thoughts, or prayers. Some believe they are just as powerful as money.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Look!

A new year and a new look! I have been busy lately and neglecting this blog but that is something I plan to rectify for 2010. Wow, 2010! Am I the only one who slips and calls it oh-10, like we did with 'oh' nine? (09)

I plan on trying a lot of new things this year. I have a few bath and body samples up right now, and plan to work on bath and body items intermittently throughout the year, as I have time. Jewelry will always be my #1, but it's interesting to 'play' with bath and body to prevent that burn out that can happen when you focus too hard on one thing. Most will be samples and small quantities, I do bath and body for fun, not business (at the moment, anyway ;) ). I also want to try my hand at making tarts or wickless candles. I love these little tarts, they suit me perfectly! I adore scents and have many perfumes, and never wear the same perfume two days in a row. My capricious nature loves variety. With tarts, I can switch out scents all the time, instead of burning a candle three times before putting it away and forgetting about it.

I have a bunch of new items just waiting to be listed once I finish all the pictures! Lots and lots of new rings! Also rainbow moonstone, goldstone, and freshwater pearls. Cupcakes, roses, and hearts. Valentine's is coming up, after all!

In keeping with the "new" theme, I am learning a lot of new jewelry techniques which I hope to put into use as soon as possible. One of these is beadweaving, which has always interested me but is so very intricate with those teeny tiny beads. I don't have the patience for loom work, but I'm excited to try lacy patterns and fringes.

I am also going to start a new line of jewelry called Intention Jewelry. Think of these pieces as a physical embodiment of things you want or are close to. I'm creating these pieces based on spiritual properties, folklore, history and traditional knowledge of various gems and natural materials, such as pearls and shells. These pieces will work on the basis of positive thought. They are designed to remind you of what you want to do, become, attain, and give you a gentle nudge to keep thinking positive. They are meant to focus your intentions and provide solace on those days when nothing seems to go right. On that note, I would simply love to create custom pieces along these lines. What you hope for, personal tastes, such as favorite colors or animals, things or symbols that are special to you. But the regular line will include things like love, success, luck, friendship and the like.

There are many more things I have planned, but I have to keep a few surprises tucked away. As always, thank you for reading and supporting Moonlight Eternal. I very much appreciate your support. And for your viewing pleasure, check out the gorgeous beads below and be sure to visit their shop to find even more lovely lampwork beads.

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