Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Weekend Deals!

Free shipping on Gypsybeads Finished Jewelry and Accessories Black Friday, November 27th- Cyber Monday, November 29th. Includes bindis, bindi boxes, etc. !
* Simply purchase the item through Paypal, and your refund will be given the same way :) Yay shopping in your pajamas!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's almost Newsletter time!

It's just about that time again, and I wanted to thank you all for your support in opening my little shop, so I decided to say 'Thank You' in a way that most persons can appreciate!

Sign up for my e-mail Newsletter between now and December 1st, and be entered to win one of several fabulous prizes, including a $25 gift certificate, Free Class,and a Fabulous Pair of Earrings! You can sign up for my Newsletter via my website There is a sign up box in the middle of the page, part way down.

Already signed up for my e-newsletter? Then you're already entered, so wait to hear the announcement in the Newsletter!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Great Gift Swap!

Last January, me and a bunch of friends posted that we would exchange handmade gifts with one another with a few conditions:

1) We couldn't guarantee that the person receiving the item would like it; and
2) We would exchange the gifts this year.

Sounds like a simple task, but it turned out to be harder than I thought because I'm just now getting around to making the items for my friends (and Joanna Oborn got me started because she brought me the most wonderful Strawberry Rhubarb Jam made from scratch). I decided to start with Joanna's Ring.

I had these great square pillow-cut Swarovski Crystals in Fire Opal. Joanna has a dance costume that's orange and red,and yellow, so I thought this would be perfect for her. I started to make a ring for her last night, and realized that, when I added a beaded bezel, it almost entirely lost the square shape, but I guess it didn't matter much in the end because I ended up weaving a sort of daisy around it in 4mm Bicones.

So here's the result. I hope she likes it. Not as much burgundy as I would have liked, but it's a start!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A long few weeks :)

The last few weeks have been very full for me. I spent a lot of time cleaning in preparation for Chris's Mom to visit, so I really didn't get a day off last week. (Housework is for people who don't bead!) Mom's trip came and went. It was pleasant, and we tried our hands at glitter stained glass pictures, which didn't go as well as we would have liked. We canned the project in favor of chocolate covered Ritz crackers (not bad, but not as good as chocolate covered pretzels), and a marathon of Cake Boss and Project Runway.

Last week I taught my first private lesson since I opened, and it went great! Still some room in classes this week for Crystal Snowman Hats, and Brick Stitch Santa Earrings, so sign up if you're in the area. Work was very slow this week, and now I'm itching to get started on some projects that have been a long time coming. On the agenda for today? Collage boxes and pendants. I hopefully will finish early-ish so that I can start beading projects that have been 'waiting' around for a long time. Only problem? I didn't get to the Bead Room when I was on my cleaning spree, so I will have to work around the extreme mess in there.

Oh, and something else: I've been nominated as next year's Secretary for the Rocky Mountain Bead Society! Yay! It will be nice to be a part of a group again, if I get voted in that is. This week marks the Bead Society's annual holiday dinner. I have to make a pair of earrring to donate to Dress for Success, and have the chance of winning some great prizes if I donate 2 pairs, so I'll probably do that.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Beadwork Challenge Deadline Soon!

Beadwork Challenge

Submit a photo of your best beaded creation. One reader will be chosen to design a project with an upcoming Challenge kit. If chosen, you will have about three weeks to complete your project. Due to international shipping costs, this Challenge is limited to residents of the United States and Canada.

Complete Rules

Sponsor: Beadwork Magazine

Deadline: November 20, 2009

MusetteMade is in a Treasury!

My friend Shannon Conlin is in a Black and White Themed Etsy Treasury!