Saturday, May 29, 2010

I'm in a Treasury!

behressentials included my Mata Hari Bindi Box in an Etsy Treasury named Gypsy shipping goes through Memorial Day, so check it out!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Free Shipping for Memorial Day Weekend :)

I've got free shipping now through Memorial Day in my 'finished jewelry' shop Gypsybeads. Earrings, Bindis, Bindi Boxes, you name it! No limit on how much either ;) Good deal!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Note on shiny craft makers ;)

Shiny craft makers are uber cool. We have this super-secret shiny club that meets and makes shiny things, and talks about how to take over the world using our shiny things. We meet in a warehouse full of OttLights so that our shiny things are even shinier, or in fields full of sunlight so that our shiny things sparkle to their best advantage.

We have a not-so-secret following that covets our shiny things including Bellydancers (of all varieties), Renaissance Faire attendees, Las Vegas Showgirls, Burlesque Dancers, and other Magpies, and we love you :)

If you are a jewelry designer, glass-worker, costume designer, or use shiny things in your crafts (personal or professional), welcome to the club. If you don't use shiny things in your crafts, please find the nearest shiny craft maker, have them take you shopping for shiny things , then use them in your crafts, and accept that shiny is the only way to go. If you are having trouble finding the nearest shiny craft person, they may look something like this: (Yes, I am the king. Shiny things rule and so do I ;)
Still having trouble? Please contact me and I'll find a shiny craft person to suit your needs ;)

Baubles and Beads,


Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Completely randomly, I came across this artisan on Etsy. Her name is Rachel Pfeffer, and she owns the shop The PacMan ring made me smile :) You can find it Here. She also makes a Mrs. PacMan version!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Great Movies to Bead by...

Cranford (2007)

You know that I can't resist a period drama, and Cranford is no exception From Julia McKenzie to Dame Judi Dench to Imelda Staunton, this BBC series is by no means lacking in fantastic Brittish Actors and Actresses.

Adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell's novels, Cranford gives us a glimpse of the lives of women living in a small town in 1842. Spinster sisters Deborah and Matilda (played by Eileen Atkins and Judi Dench) are, and always have been the height of modesty and decorum in the little town of Cranford, until some younger persons move into the town to shake things up a bit! Will someone end up with the handsome young doctor who has moved to town? Shall one of the hopeless spinsters receive an offer of marriage? Is it appropriate for a woman to walk alone behind a funeral carriage when she is the only family member present? From intrigues and love affairs (or not ;), to their hilarious sense of propriety, the story pulls you in and holds you fast.

This is a 5 part series running about an hour each part, for a total of 5 hours, so it's perfect for a beading day or a weekend run.

Larkrise to Candleford Season 1(2008)

Love to 'watch from behind the curtains' as life ticks on in a tiny town in the 19th century? Try Larkrise to Candleford Season 1. Adapted from an autobiographical novel by Flora Thompson, Larkrise to Candleford follows Laura Timmons (played by Olivia Hallinan) a young girl who moves from her sleepy and safe life in Larkrise to the comparatively burgeoning town of Candleford 8 miles away to pursue an apprenticeship with the postmistress. Excited yet wary of her new surroundings, we watch as she fumbles, grows, and perhaps falls in love with Candleford (and people in it?). From the excessively pious postman, to the extrememly independant for the time-period post mistress (hot, relaxing baths are her ONE weakeness....among other things;), this story has no end of amusing characters to choose from.

Larkrise to Candleford Season 1 is a 10 episode series, around and hour a piece. Might last you the whole week, or one long never know ;)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Beadpunk Skeleton Key

Last night, on my trip home from the shop, I hit some traffic. While sitting in that traffic, I had an idea to us a component that I had been working on for another project as the top of a Skeleton Key. Once I got home, ate, and settled in, this is what I came up! I'm still working out the pattern, but I think it may be a class.

I also thought about how I could use a few other components that I make to work into other Beadpunk designs....I'll let you know what I come up with. :)