Sunday, December 20, 2015

Winter Queen

Usually, by this time of the winter season, I'm complaining about the cold and the snow.

Not so much, this year.  Here in Michigan, the weather has been divine.  We've had one foot of snow, in November, that melted fairly fast.  There's a rumor that more snow is coming this week, 1-3 inches.

But I have snow on my mind.  Mainly, how to embellish this necklace to look like sparkly snow:

Snow Queen - outline
I picked up this bar cabochon in Arizona, a few years ago.  I'm not sure what the stone is.  Agate?  Quartz?  But it looks very wintery to me.  I thought it'd be perfect paired with this cameo, which I think I'll try to highlight with some silver rub, to bring out the texture in her hair and necklace.

I'm thinking I'll use lots of white pearls and crystals, definitely.  But I'm going for a mix of textures, too.  Smooth snow laying on the ground, for sure.  But also, a windy snowstorm, whirling crystals that catch the light.

Probably easier to write about than bead, huh?  We'll see.  :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Just now coming up for air after two busy weeks.

Pinterest picture

The Wings Stadium show was a success.  So busy!  This is always a well-attended show, but this year especially so.  I'm sure the nice weather in Michigan has a lot to do with it!  The crowds on Saturday were non-stop.  The crowds on Sunday were in a buying mood.  :)

Our scarves sold well.  So well that I don't have any nuno scarves left to take pictures of.  Guess I'll have to make more, right?

Felted bracelets also sold very well, as did smaller necklaces.

It's so rewarding to have people find pleasure in the things you've worked so hard to create.  And to enjoy browsing in the booth.  We had lots of positive comments on our display, with many people saying how fun and colorful it was.  Exactly my goal!

One of the other goals J and I had for the weekend was to put positive energy out into the world.  with all of the "terror" negativity going on, we wanted to focus on love.  We set aside a handful of simple jewelry as give-aways.  Always, there are people that come to the booth, admire what they see, but then walk away with regret - from lack of funds or lack of belief that they deserve beautiful things.

Late Saturday morning, a little girl of about 8 or 9 came up to the booth with her dad.  She put one hesitant finger out to the edge of the table, rubbing a pearl.  Dad didn't say anything, but guided her away.  I handed J a plastic pearl necklace and she caught up with them in the crowd.  After showing Dad and getting his permission, she bent down and told the little girl, "Santa told me to look for the little girl in the red coat and give these to you!"

J put the little necklace around her neck.  The girl looked up in wonder at her dad.  We watched them walk away, the little girl smiling.  She even took off her coat, so that everyone could see her new necklace.

It was such a nice reminder and affirmation of what we try to accomplish with our designs.  Simple joy.  A bit of transformation.  Lots of love.

While the great sales are important because they allow us to keep making the art we love, it's the look of wonder on that little girl's face that's worth more.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas @ Wings - Year Four!

Whoo-hoo!  It's here!  Our biggest show of the year.  (And the second to the last, which also makes me happy.)

Christmas @ Wings, 2015
We're in our usual spot - the Cube Lobby - again.  Most of our neighbors are also the same.  It's fun to come into the building and see people you only see once a year.  Linda, the Wreath Lady.  The Jerky People.  Kathy and Mark, the dichroic glass people.  Looks like we have a new gourmet dessert booth in the mix, too.  Might have to check that out...

We're going with one 8 foot table this year, so that we have time for a rack of scarves.  The scarves are selling really well at all our art gallery/museum shows.  I'm hoping that they do well here!  


I never notice how colorful our designs are until I see them all together.  Wow!  How cheerful!

Now, I need a nap, before I finish up a few more projects, make some booth signs, have a cup of tea, and go to bed.

Here's to a great weekend!