My plan to blog every week for the whole month of March almost fell through. I almost missed this week. 😬 But I remembered today. I will get the blog thing down, I know it.
Free Shipping Sale ends soon. Get your mother something that is unique as her or maybe your best friend's birthday is coming up. Or why not just spoil yourself and get something you would love. Go ahead, treat yo self.
I've been busy making new guitar string bracelets. I stopped making these a few years ago because they were difficult and frustrating for me to make.
I solder each one by hand to make sure they are tough enough for everyday wear. I by no means am an expert at soldering, but I get by. Now if you have ever worked with guitar strings you know they kinda have a mind of their own. So trying to hold them in a bracelet shape and solder was frustrating to say the least. So I gave up. I know, I can't believe I just gave up, it's not like me.
Then I was contacted by someone to ask if I still made these. She told me she really loved how mine looked and would love to order one as a gift. So I got out my soldering iron. Problem was, my soldering iron decided to crap out. I mean not even warm up a little bit (Que trombone sounds here). Well after doing a little bit of research I ordered myself a brand new soldering station. Oh yeah. No more cheap soldering iron from the hardware store. A full fledged soldering station.
This changed my life. It heats up instantly, so no more waiting for that. I holds it's heat better. It takes me minutes to solder instead of a half an hour. So I can focus on the fun parts of making these.
I have been making them like crazy and will be listing them soon in my NEW Etsy shop. I've decided to open a second (and possibly third) Etsy shop to keep everything separate and more convenient for you, the shopper, to find things. So keep and eye open for my new shops.
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I've been using a plain white background for a few years now and I have never been sold. I like it because it makes my bright jewelry pop, but I'm just not sure if it's what's best for me
Also, if i have any thing with white in it, like the earrings above, it's hard for it to look nice on an all white background. They just sort of melt into the background.
Here is the same cuff but with the two different backgrounds. I like the white because the purple really pops, but the white starts to get lost. But on the dark background, I feel all the colors look nice.
What do all of you think? Go with the new darker background or stay with the old white one?
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Daylight savings is kicking my butt a little bit today. I'm trying to not let it get to me, but it is. Lots of caffeine in my future.
This weekend was a little crazy for us here in la case de Three Fates. LO fell and split her lip open on Saturday, but quickly forgot about it after we went to the Lego Store. Then on Saturday she had another little tumble. No blood. Just a big ol' bruise. Lots of kisses and snuggles and a little bit of ice and she was good as new. Oh the toddler years. My husband asked me if this would be the last time we had a weekend like this. I had to let him down and tell him she would be falling and getting bumps and bruises for a while. Hahaha. Poor daddy.
But alas, even with all the craziness, I did get a new project finished up. Well almost finished.
I have been working on the idea of small bead embroidered hoop and this is my first attempt. I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out.
I have had this focal bead for a while and I've been trying to decide what to do with it. I thought about making a necklace. But I thought this was a better use of it.
I'm so happy with how it turned out. Simple but so pretty.
I still need to add the backing and a ribbon to hang it, so it's not up in my Etsy Shop yet. But it will be up soon, so make sure to check back soon.
Ugh, I almost forgot to post today. Someday I'll get this whole steady posting down. I promise.
I've been working hard on my SEO and updating my shop. I've also been trying to make some new beaded patterns and maybe work on a small project here and there. But this past weekend I worked on some new photos.
I've been trying to update my item photos and add some model photos. I've been trying to take some photos of myself wearing my jewelry and it's going okay. I'm running into a few problems that I didn't think about, but overall I think it's going okay.
So what does everyone think? How am I doing at poses? Do you think they show off my jewelry or should I keep trying? I would love to hear some feedback on what people think.
Well my goal of blogging every week this year is not really happening. :-( But I'm going to pull myself up and give it another try. I mean, it's only the end of February, so I have plenty of time to redeem myself and I only missed a couple weeks in February.
So here goes try two at blogging every week
If you follow me on IG or Facebook (Hint, hint), you've already seen this beauty. But I want to share it again. BECAUSE I AM IN LOVE. I didn't know what I was going to think of this cuff when I started. I'm not anti animal print, I just don't personally have any. I don't feel I'm one of those people that can pull it off. But this cuff has changed my mind.
I mean, look at it. It's fierce but still delicate.
I'm glad I decided to go with the silver as the accent color because I think it gives it that special something. I have not loved a cuff this much in a long time.
It's available in my shop as a pattern right now and I'm working on photos so I can get the actual cuff up in the shop. But if you are in as much love with this bad boy as I am and you can't wait for the listing to go live. Shoot me a message and we can work something out ;-)
Don't forger that Mother's Day is May 13th, so get those orders in early. Get mom something really special this year. Something as unique as her.
I have been hard at work lately getting new patterns up in the shop. I have a stock pile of patterns that I have never done anything with. I created them and then that was it. What? I know I'm not the best with the whole listing things, but I'm working on that.
So far I have three up, but I'm working on more. My goal would be to add one a week, but we'll see if I stick to that goal.
So check them out! Makes something pretty for yourself of a loved one. Use #threefatesdesign on either IG or twitter or shoot me a message and I'l feature your finished cuff on the website (and IG and twitter) because I love my clients and I love seeing their great creations.
And don't forget that my Valentine's Day sale is in full swing. Free domestic shipping on all orders over $35. No coupon codes needed. See my Etsy Shop for more details.
Looking for that great unique gift for your loved one? Or maybe you want something great for bestie, Happy Galentine's Day! Or you just want to treat your self this year and get yourself something awesome. Here are a few ideas!
This cuff would be perfect for that special someone that likes to stand out in the crowd. All hand embroidered using a variety of glass beads. It's all on a leather band with silver snaps.
These great little earrings are all hand beaded using Japanese glass seed beads and finished with surgical steel earwires. A perfect little pop of pink this Valentine's Day.
This great little red necklace is made with transparent red seed beads around a wooden bead. It reminds me of a little sweet raspberry.
Why not just go for a full set. This set includes a beaded pair of hoop earrings and a great adjustable triangle necklace. They are all hand beaded using Japanese seed beads.
Shop handmade this year and get them something truly unique. And right now I'm offering free shipping on all orders $35 and more. Support small and save a little green.
It's that time of year again. Valentine's Day! Or in our case, it's Valentine's Day and our anniversary (2 years married, 14 years together). My hubs always knows what to get me. It's not the stereotypical gift, because he knows me better than that. Though I do love me some flowers, lilies not roses, and who doesn't like candy. But I digress. He knows I love handmade things. Items that someone put a little bit of themselves into. Things that have personality.
Do the same thing. Don't go out and get the same old, same old this year. Get something unique. Something that no one else will have. Buy handmade this year.
Or splurge on yourself, you know you're worth it. Get your self a gift this year and treat yo' self.
The best part, I'm running a Valentine's Day sale. Free shipping on all orders over $35. No coupon codes needed, just spend $35 and get free domestic standard shipping. It's that easy.
Stop by my Etsy Shop today to take advantage of this great sale.
And if you're interested in a custom order, contact me ASAP and I'll see what I can do.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, only 29 days to be exact, so it's not too early to start thinking about getting your loved one that truly unique gift. Shop small and get them something special.
Or maybe get yourself something special, because you deserve it. Treat Yo' Self.
Check back later in the week because I'll be having a Valentine's Day sale (hint, it might be free shipping).
If you follow me on IG (if you don't, you should) you know that I've been working on a beaded skull for a LONG time. A VERY LONG TIME.
Now a lot of time has gone into it, almost 22 hours at this point. But some of the problem was trying to figure out how to bead with a LO running around the house. She is absolutely obsessed with my beads. Lucky for me, she also understands that she is not to touch them. Well, she understands, but she doesn't always care. I am also lucky, because she doesn't put things in her mouth, so she's not eating my beads. So I think after months of trial and error, I figured out how to work on it with a toddler. So, long story short, I've come up with a method to actually get some beadwork done (it mainly consists of not doing it when she's around or giving her her own craft projects to work on).
So after some beading
And more beading
I've covered the skull with small purple and bronze beads. I used a stitch called RAW (right angle weave). You work in a circular fashion, creating each small circle as you go, covering the whole skull. I knew I wanted to use this as my base from the beginning. It's a great stitch to work with for something like this.
Once I got it covered I was at a little bit of a stand still. I knew I wanted to embellish it, but I wasn't sure how. So I tried a few things and just let the beads speak to me (I know it's hokey but it's what I did).
After some trial and error I decided on a tropical rain forest type feel. Like it had been left alone for a long time and nature was starting to reclaim it.
I used a combination of seed beads in a teal color, glass flowers, and glass pearls to embellish.
This is where I am right now. Well I've gotten a little bit more done, but you'll have to wait until next update, or you can follow me on Instagram and get all the updates as they happen.
I'm really loving it so far. I have it on our mantle right now and I love how it looks. I know I've said how much I love it multiple time (a few in this paragraph), but I really do. This is something that I've wanted to do for a very long time and I'm so glad I'm letting myself work on things like this. Things that I love. It just makes the process so much more enjoyable.
Just a girl that loves to bead, take photos, and cuddle with her new baby and her pug.