Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Goodbye and Hello

 Day of The Dead Shrine  - my first project in my reclaimed Studio.

It has been a while since I have posted anything on this blog. I seem to have outgrown it. I started this blog originally to help promote selling my beadwork on Etsy and to keep in touch with other beady types. But I have grown a bit and I'm flexing my wings differantly, so it is time to start a new blog. It is called Cenya 600 and in it I will be discussing inspirationsl bits about lots of differant types of artisan crafting and art. I still make and sell beadwork, but I sell much more at our local Saturday Market than I ever did on Etsy. I have made many friends in the art world and it has helped me to move into new territory which I find very stimulating. In addition, I have finished painting the studio and have moved all of my art supplies back in there (except for my beading, which stays in the beadroom inside the house). So I now have a very inspirational place to create all types of art.
I think you will like the expanded interests - not just beading anymore - and I invite you all to come follow me there. This will be my last post on Emerald Window. It has been a wonderful ride with all of you and I hope it continues on Cenya 600.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sherbet Sugar Skull and A Sweet Little Heart

I have been playing with some new color combinations and came up with this skully in sherbet colors.

And I made this sweet little heart in blues and a bit of purle. It's an itty bitty heart.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Two More Barrettes

Finished 2 more barrettes and wanted to show them off.

This large scarab stamping has been sitting in my "bits and bobs" drawer for more than a year. I never knew what to do with it.

This blue number has a calla lily and lots of crystals. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Release the Kracken!

I'm still working on Barrettes. But now I'm making another kind to suit the discriminating tastes of long hair everywhere.
I made my last batch of barrettes using a base that looked like this:
But many would-be customers complained that they wouldn't stay in their hair and asked if I had any of the other types of barrettes. So off I went to the hair supply store to buy differant barrettes. And this is what I found:

I was hoping that they would have differant names, so I could distinguish them, but the word "barrette" didn't even appear on either package. One simply said "Effortless Beauty" and the other was labeled, "No - Slip Grip".
So my "No - Slip Grip" Barrettes are pictured below and my "Effortless Beauty" Barrettes may be seen on the prior blog post.

I call this an octopus, but my son said it looked like the Kracken from "Last of the Titans".

This is one of my favorite colors of green and I wish I had long hair so I could keep it.  I'm working on a blue barrette now. Hoping to have it ready for Saturday Market tomorrow.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


In my pursuit of beady goodness, I have decided to make barrettes!

I thought of this when several customers asked if my Winged Hearts were pins or barrettes. And some seemed disappointed that they were pins.

So I whipped up six or so and shuffled them off to Market where I sold one immediately.

Most were Winged Hearts, but not all, as you can see from this sweet little purple item.

I used to have very long hair, but never really wore barrettes, so you can imagine my perplexion when one lady said, "Oh, those aren't the type of barrettes I use". I hadn't paid close enough attention to the differant types in the store, so I asked her what type she used and off I went to the hair care supplier to buy some differant types of barrettes. So now I am beading away again and by Market this week-end, will have barrettes of several differant ilks for the discriminating customer. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012


I had a very good day at Market last week and sold almost all of my Winged Hearts. So I've been busy making more. Here's a sample.

I haven't put any of them in my shop, but would be happy to sell them if any of you are interested. They are $20 each with free shipping.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012