I love big jewelry, I always have and always will, but I know it's not for everyone. So after so many of you asking for them, here they are, smaller versions of my most popular patterns.
They might be smaller, but they still pack a big color punch. Maybe you're looking for a pop of color on your arm. Or maybe a bright hat band to stand out in a crowd. Or maybe just a unique bookmark for that bibliophile in your life. These patterns are perfect for you.
I feel like I've been in a slump for quite some time. I've been home since March 16th, almost two months. When this first started I saw this as an opportunity to get all the things on my to do list finished. I'd get to spend a lot of time with my daughter. I'd get my studio cleaned. I'd get patterns done that I had stuck in my head. I'd even get some work done on my next big project. But that's not really what happened.
I have to work a few times a week, which is fine. I started making masks for my friends and family. That quickly turned into making them for friends of friends. I've also suffered the ups and downs that a lot of us have. When the weather is beautiful I just want to sit out on the porch and do nothing. When the weather is ugly, I just want to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies. So basically, I have accomplished, well.....not much. And that's okay. I was beating myself up for that for a while, but I've come to accept that it's okay. This is a strange time and I need to be accepting of my feelings. And since I've done that, I've started to be a bit more productive. I've started to actually feel like I want to work on things. Which is a nice feeling. So hopefully that means more patterns, more beadwork, more pretty pictures.
Take care of yourself. Treat yourself right. And do a little bit of beading to brighten your day.
Hey there friends. I know it's been a while since I last checked in. I planned to use the time at home I had to work on newsletters and videos and other cool beady stuff. But things changed and I've been spending a lot of my free time making masks for family and friends. It started with making them for myself and my husband (we are considered essential, so we still have to work). Then I made some for a friend that is a nurse. Then more and more people started asking for them, so I've been busy sewing masks. If only two months ago you would have told me I would be doing this, I would have laughed. But here I am.
Good news, my sewing skills are top-notch now. And My daughter has discovered my sewing skills as well and the number of doll projects on my board seems to be growing by the day. It looks like I'll have projects for a while 😁
So that's been my life for the last month. I hope you're staying safe and sane in these crazy times.
This week's pattern is - Purple Abstract Flowers.
This was one of the first patterns I made when I made the decision to get more serious with my pattern business. I had been making my own patterns for a long time and was encouraged by other beaders to sell them. So I started. For a long time (translation: years), I only sold about 5-10 patterns. But a few years ago, I decided I wanted to put more effort into it and make more of my patterns available. I didn't realize how much joy I got when a beader purchased my pattern and then made that item. When people share the finished product with me I do a little happy dance. It really does bring a little bit of joy to my day!
So I put all my effort into making patterns and this was one of the first ones I worked on. It's based on a photo of a rose I took. I played with the picture a bit, added the purple and of course the ever delectable gold accents. I mean, who doesn't love a little gold, and this one has 24kt gold. I made this one for myself and it is one of my favorite bracelets to wear.
It's available in peyote or loom stitch. I haven't created a pen wrap for this one, but it's on my to-do list. Right after I finish the line of food-related wraps (more info on that soon).
Just a reminder, all of my VIPs get 30% off this pattern this week. If you would like to get 30% off this pattern and all the future pattern's of the week, just sign up to become a VIP today!
I hope you're doing okay friends. It's been pretty stressful here. I'm going on week three of quarantine, with only two half days in the lab each week (I manage a research lab during the day and somebody has to take care of things). My poor daughter hasn't left the house for three weeks and we even had to cancel her birthday plans. But, we're hanging in there and making the most of what we have. I'm stressed and a little scared most days, but visiting (virtually) with friends and family and working on the things I love, seem to be helping me cope with this strange new world. Take care of yourself.
That's all I have for you now. Have a fantastic week. Stay safe and continue washing your hands.
Be Different. Be Strange. Be Yourself.
Hey there, Friend, it's me again with this week's pattern.
This week I'm featuring an oldie, but a goodie. This week's pattern is - Orange Lily.
I first made this pattern ages ago. I bet it was one of the first patterns I made. And it's one that is close to my heart. I designed this pattern for my mom because she loves lilies so much. I remember growing up and always having lilies in the garden. I'm sure that's where my love of them came from. And to make it even more special, it's even based on a flower in her garden. I took the picture and translated it into this pattern. It still makes me smile every time I see it. It brings a little joy and light to my life and hopefully it will do the same for you.
It's available in peyote or loom stitch. I haven't created a pen wrap for this one, but it's on my to-do list.
I'm working on a little special freebie for my VIPs. A little pattern to work on while we all have a lot more time at home. If you're not a VIP, that's okay, sign up today and you'll get this special freebie and you'll also get a 25% off coupon you can use on your next order.
I have been featuring a pattern of Pinterest for a while and thought it might be fun to share them with everyone else as well.
This week is Birth of Stars. I absolutely love science (I am a molecular biologist by day) and I really love space. I'm fascinated by the beauty of it. And a lot of my patterns reflect that. This pattern is no different. I based this pattern on nebula. Those wonderful places where stars are born. They are so beautiful. I'm sure we've all seen the Pillars of Creation, that's a pretty famous one, but there are a lot of them out there. This pattern is based on the wonderful swirly gas and dust particles that will eventually make stars. How fantastic.
This pattern is available in peyote stitch, loom stitch, and as a pen wrap pattern. It's the perfect project to work on while you're self distancing and cocooning at home. And if you want 25% off, become a VIP today. You'll get a coupon you can use immediately, beady news delivered right to your inbox, as well as sales and other goodies just for VIPs.
Here I am sitting at home, planning for the next couple of weeks of being under self "cocooning" (that's my absolute favorite term). My building at the university is closed until further notice (the first case of COVID 19 on campus was in my building). Schools are shut down until April. I have to somehow make it up to my daughter that we had to cancel her birthday trip to Chicago. Poor thing doesn't exactly understand why we can't go to the museum or have a party, but she's taking it surprisingly well for only being four.
I am not under quarantine (I haven't had direct contact with a sick person, that I know of), but we are practicing self-distancing. That means, no large groups, going to the store at non-peak hours, having food delivered, etc, etc. I am doing this to help slow the spread of this novel virus.
The good side of all of this home time is I'll be able to work on a ton of new patterns and maybe I will reach my yearly goal (I'm way behind right now). I'll also be able to bead. I have a really neat project that I can't wait to work on some more. I also have some beady gifts I need to make for some friends. I'll share some progress pics with you as I go.
The main reason for this email is not to sell you anything (though getting some patterns and beading at home is a perfect way to self cocoon), it's to remind you to take care of yourself, check on your neighbors, be good to one another, and, of course, wash your hands (the molecular biologist side of me can't stress this enough).
I have been featured on The Beading Jem blog. Pearl over at The Beading Jem website wrote up a little blog post about my beadwork patterns. Head on over and give her some blog love.
And don't forget to check out all my beadwork patterns in my Etsy shop today. Choose from peyote stitch to loom stitch to brick stitch. Any style to fit anyone.
And don't forget to sign up for my email newsletter. You'll get beady new delivered right to your inbox and you'll get a 25% off coupon you can use on your next order from my Etsy shop. Sign up today and don't miss out.
Okay, I need your opinion. What do you call these? Pen Wraps? Pen Covers?
I've been really loving designing new patterns for these little pen guys. They are fun to design and they are super fun to bead up because they don't take that much time to make (can someone give me a shout out for instant gratification). I'm really building a large inventory of patterns and you awesome beaders really seem to love them as much as I do.
But I've come across an unusual problem. I don't know what to call them.
I usually call them pen wraps, but then thought maybe people call them pen covers. I can't decide.
So what do you call them, pen wraps or pen covers? Let me know in the poll. I want to know what you think.
It's a new year, which means it's time to start planning for the year ahead. Start thinking about goals you want to reach and things you want to accomplish. In the past I have been pretty bad at keeping these resolutions. I don't reach a goal and then I get discouraged. But last year I was determined to not let myself down. I wanted to make sure that I reached as many goals as I could and if I didn't reach them, that was okay as long as I tried as hard as I could. This year I plan on doing the same thing. Make my goals and try as hard as I can to reach them.
I've made myself 5 main goals for myself. Then I have a bunch of smaller ones as well.
First, I want to have 400 patterns in my Etsy shop by the end of the year. I have so many ideas in my head and so many patterns all ready to go, I just have to list them.
Second, I want to double the orders I got last year. I was so proud of my 2019. I worked really hard to increase my traffic and sales. I built amazing relationships with amazing people and I want to keep that momentum going. I want to meet more beaders and I want to get more patterns out there. I never knew how amazing it would feel to see other making my patterns. It's one of my favorite things to see a finished pattern that a beader made using my pattern. Or hearing about how they made something as a gift and the recipient loved it. It makes my heart swell.
Next, I want to melt glass again. My poor torches and kiln have been sitting unused for years. I want to clean everything up and get those bad boys running again. I LOVE melting glass and my heart aches every day that goes by that I'm not working on it. I know that it will be like starting over, but I'm ready for it. I ready to start again and learn how to melt again.
Next, I want to work on my email list. I want to double the number of people signed up for it. I want to meet more people and build more relationships, which I love to do with my VIP group. So I'm working on new content. I'm taking classes on how to improve. And I'm working on new approaches to how to ask people to sign up. This will actually be the most challenging of my goals, but I hope I can do it.
Finally, I want to clean my studio. No, I NEED to clean my studio. I need to get rid of beads I don't need. I need to find homes for finished pieces. I need to clean up the clutter. I need to be able to work in there again without feeling overwhelmed. And if I ever want to work on my torch, I definitely need to get it cleaned up. I bought myself a huge monitor so I could design and edit new patterns, but because there is so much clutter, I hate being down there. So I will get my studio clean. I will get rid of things I don't need anymore. I will find homes for my beads and finished jewelry. And I will be more productive because of it.
I'm hoping by making these goals public I will feel like I have to accomplish them. I will have to work hard to reach them so when the new year rolls around I can celebrate with all of you.
Do you do resolutions? What are they? I would love to hear what others are doing this year. Do you have person goals and/or business goals? Maybe we can be accountability buddies and keep each other in line. Would you like to be my accountability buddy?
Just a girl that loves to bead, take photos, and cuddle with her new baby and her pug.