Friday, April 27, 2012

Pottery Preview

Side Door Pottery and Self Centered Pottered are all ready for shoppers 
at Beadware's Spring Preview Sale! 

 Self Centered Pottery's rainsticks and butter urns,
 Coffee mugs and,
Spoon rests and yarn bowls.

 Side Door Pottery's plates and mugs,
 glazed and painted with spring scenes,
and bird houses and feeders for your feathered friends.

And don't forget the jewelry!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blue Fox Glass Preview

Just a few of the new pieces from Blue Fox Glass that you will see at Beadware's Spring Preview Sale starting tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Count Down to Beadware Preview!

The countdown is on to Beadware's Spring Preview Sale!! Less than 48 hours to go. The tables are up and displays being designed. Here is a shot from a previous spring sale to give you a taste....

Thursday, April 19, 2012

This Weeks Work

I am busy trying to get ready for my home show and the start of my show season. Repair and improvement of displays and signage, going through my inventory, adding new pieces to go with orphans and finding time to make new items. My first public show is Wenatchee so that got me thinking I need to add to my turquoise selection for all the cowgirls out in that area. Here are things I have created in the last week.

All have been  SOLD

A springy combination of periodot, amethyst and turquoise with a handcrafted loop and bar toggle clasp.

All have sold.

The inlaid bear pendant I picked up a trading post in New Mexico a number of years back.(SOLD)

I picked up the African trade bead in Austin Texas. The clasp is a handcrafted loop with a flat piece of coral a friend brought me back from Bali. A true international necklace! 

This turquoise and Magnesite necklace uses a button in the toggle clasp.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spring Art Preview!

Invitations are out for Beadware's Spring Art Preveiw!

Ann Haines - Beadware
Linda Ricci - Side Door Pottery
Kandyse Tobias - Blue Fox Glass

Friday April 27th  4pm - 8pm
Help us kick off the show season and
be the first to see our new items!
Shop and enjoy refreshments as you gaze at the gardens and Sound. 

Saturday April 28th 10am - 4pm
Stock up on handcrafted gifts for Mother’s Day,
graduations, showers, birthdays or yourself!
Select from beautiful glass ware, pottery bird houses and garden art,
wind chimes, sun catchers and fine beaded jewelry. 

Contact me for an invitation and directions.  

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Green

Jasper brings joy into life. Green Jasper brings on rain and helps restore the sense of smell. Perfect for spring! 

Jasper is said to bring one what they need, aid in attaining a sound sleep, increase the ability to feel joy and carries a protective power. It is a stabilizing and balancing stone. Jasper was thought to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites.

These two necklaces combine green jasper with moss agate. All have been  SOLD

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Today's Stone Trivia


Birthstone: Aquarius (Water Bearer): Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Wedding anniversary: 4th and 6th year of marriage.

Care and treatment: Amethyst often becomes paler if kept out in the sun. Clean with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Keep away from strong chemicals and avoid sudden temperature changes.

Healing ability: Amethyst magnifies psychic abilities and right-brain activity. It strengthens immunity, while energizing and purifying the blood. Amethyst relieves headaches, improves blood sugar imbalance.

Mystical power: Amethyst is given as a symbol of sincerity, security, and peace of mind. Amethyst is said to cure impatience, balance high-energy, eliminate chaos, promote clarity, and help keep one grounded. It activates and balances the 6th chakra (third eye). Ancient folk believed it protects against drunkenness. As the myth goes, drinking wine from an Amethyst goblet would prevent one from becoming inebriated. The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.  Amethyst is associated with a number of superstitions, being regarded as a love charm, and as a protection against thieves. Placed under the pillow at night, the beautiful amethyst is believed to produce a calm and peaceful sleep.

Again - this information is provided only to entertain and is not meant to serve as medical advice. It makes for a fun story to go along with a gift you give to someone! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Stone Trivia

This morning I was updating some of the interesting information I have collected on the various stones I use in my jewelry. When I list things in my online store I refer to this as "stone trivia" and put a note that the information is provided for curiosity only and is in no way meant to be medical advice. That holds true here, I am only sharing it because I find it interesting and fun. 

I have a number of agate necklaces in my shop.  Agate is the birthstone for Taurus, April 20 - May 20. As a healing stone it cools, reduces fever, quenches thirst, and is beneficial to the stomach area. It quiets the pulse and heart throbs and insures good health and a long and prosperous life. Mystically it guards against danger. it grounds, centers and balances you. And it helps you become temperate, continent and cautious. It helps you see yourself more clearly and helps you view the world with a broader view point. It can also cure insomnia and insure pleasant dreams. 

  Another stone I use often is Jasper. Jasper brings joy to your life. For healing properties it is believed to strengthen the stomach and cure gynecological problems. Mystically is is said to bring you what you need, help you sleep soundly and increase you ability to feel joy. It stabilizes and balances you. It is also thought to drive away evil spirits. 

Green jasper brings on rain and restores your sens of smell while red jasper stops bleeding, helps you breathe easier and aids in childbirth.

For more fun trivia take a look at listings for turquoise and for amethyst. Any item in my store with stones or pearls will include this information.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Green Opal

A few quick pictures of what I was working on this week. 

I liked the first necklace and earrings so much that I decided to keep them for myself. 

 Pictures do not do this stone justice. The colors are so warm and rich.

Some of these others will get listed into my online store tomorrow. Act fast if you like them as much as I do! Necklaces $49 with length about 22 inches, bracelets $25, earrings 12. All are mixed with copper and glass.
All have sold.
All have sold.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Colors

There is blue sky out my window today! A dry sunny day will encourage my flowers to begin popping out of the ground. My garden has been lacking color this year as things are late due to the cold wet weather. So I will let Pantone, the leader in colors, provide me with a spring color fix. Which are your favorites?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Stones, Stones, Stones

I seem to always be drawn to jasper and agates for pendants.
They both come in an amazing variety of colors. All of these have since sold.


Now on my work table are some simply amazing green opal. This is my newest favorite!! They are similar to this one below. I have 2 necklaces, 2 bracelets and a myriad of earrings all ready to complete. I'll post pictures when they are done. All have been  SOLD