Yep, time for more butterflies.  I’ve had a lot of free time the last few days making stuff for the yard sale and watching over the sale and all that, so I finally used the three green glass butterfly pendants I bought a few weeks back.  I had to find some bails the other week though so that I would be able to use them as a jump ring wasn’t big enough.  I didn’t take pictures of the full necklaces this time, so if you are interested in seeing more pictures (laid out flat or being worn) please email me.  The first one I put on a strand with dark green clear seed beads and a larger silver lined bead in small increments.  I think this one looks pretty nice, especially if you love green.  In addition, the card I made myself using a label with my blog address to encourage anyone that purchases something to visit my blog and see more stuff and whatnot.  I think the cards make it look more professional as well.

The second one I made with a silver lined green because I had (I thought) ran out of the other kind, I only had about 20 or so left after making the first necklace.  This one I decided to do a double strand style, that is doing two strands of small beads between each large bead, using the same large beads as the first.

And the last one, where I *thought* I had run out of the clear dark green beads… I found a whole other flip top full of them, so I decided to use those again because it goes better with the green on the butterfly.  However, I did actually run out of the large green beads so I decided to go with a dark blue silver lined.  I think the blue really pops on this one and it was my favorite.  I also didn’t personally like the double strand so I did another single strand.

As usual, if you like any of these, they are all for sale (unless I manage to sell them in the last day of the yard sale tomorrow, which right now looks doubtful).  The prices will be up on the How to Order page.  I have more posts to come, including more earring designs and some more bobby pins (mostly to show case some different colors) as well as the success (or failure) of the yard sale this weekend.

Not real pins, but bobby pins!  I’ve seen a few videos on YouTube on how to do these, and my previous idea for bobby pins was a flop (flowers, but I couldn’t figure out how to attach them well).  Here’s the first one I made.  It’s very simple, just blue seed wrapped bobby pin, just a simple accent.

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I know I’ve posted about bangles a lot, but today I just wanted to make a quick post to show of the second fully enclosed bangle I made.  This time I used a solid pastel mix.  I think it looks very nice, better than the other mix.

And just another view of it, I can’t actually put it around my wrist, as my hand is too big hah.  I have one more mix I want to make one of these with to see how it looks.

Yeah, that’s it for today I didn’t have much to say and gotta get back to work.  But like always, check out the How to Order page if you’d like to purchase anything you’ve seen on my blog.

Okay, I’ve been promising this post and talking about it for a loooong time, so here it is!  Like I’ve said a million times… yard sale blah blah blah, trying to sell stuff blah blah blah, making non-geeky stuff, and yeah, that’s about it.  I have a lot of ideas and a lot of patterns made up, it’s just been a matter of time in being able to do it and all.

So the first thing I wanted to show you guys is… a TRIFORCE wee!  These patterns were made in a program called Bead Tool which you can download and play around with, it’s pretty neat.  Can’t copy or print from the trial version though.  So here is my version of the Triforce, I’d use two shades, a gold and a more yellow gold like here.  This size would be the larger version, such as large mushroom.  This type of stitch would be very simple to make a smaller version that would look just the same.  Like the mushrooms this could go on necklaces, key chains, earrings, anything.  Even though I haven’t made one yet, if you just have to have one please email me and see the How to Order page for pricing info and all.

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In case you guys haven’t noticed… I love butterflies.  I tend to make things I find attractive or pretty, even though I don’t wear much, if any, jewelry.  I also love purple (it is epic ya know… okay bad WoW joke…).  But anyways, today I’m going to show and talk about two necklaces I’ve made.

This first one doesn’t really use a charm or anything, but I had ordered some butterfly shaped beads which I expected to be well… big.  What I got was iiiiittty bitty.  But that’s okay, I didn’t know, so I maded a use out of them anyways.  It might be hard to see, cause they are so small, but this necklace features four small butterfly Swarovski shaped crystal beads and one larger glass butterfly bead.  It’s a simple strung necklace with alternating pink and white, with just white after the butterflies start.

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Our yard sale will be held on the 4th of July weekend, so I thought I’d make something festive to sell for the weekend.  This thought didn’t occur to me when I purchased some of the supplies, but I had found these packs of 9 pairs of earrings on sale at Wal-mart for $3.  They were a good size so I figured I could do something with them.  The packs had silver, red, and black hoop earrings in a small, medium, and large sizes.  As I was riding with my boyfriend after finding the earrings it came to me that I could make red, white, and blue earrings for the 4th of July with the red earrings, brilliant idea I think and they actually turned out quiet well.  This picture is pretty bad, I’m not sure what happened and was too lazy to take it again, but I tried two different styles, one with a silver and one with a white.  The white version looked  so much better that I only made one pair with the silver.

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I had a bunch of nice shapes of glass beads, some of which I’ve used in bookmarks, but I did find some that matched pretty well, so I thought I’d do earrings with them.  Sorry this isn’t the best picture in the world, but these are pretty simple earrings.  Red glass heart shaped beads and another circular shape with a few seed beads.   I was excited to make these because I got to use my magical crimping pliers for the first time!  So they’re not really that magical, but they do make a nice crimp in the crimp bead.

Here is the second pair of earrings I made.  Similar style, but with blue glass beads and a different shape accent bead, just happened to be what I had that matched.

If you like either of these, or anything else you’ve seen on my blog please look at my How to Order page.  Both of these items are unique and I can only make similar items if I can find the same shapes of beads again.  Thanks for reading and please keep posted for some more of the items I’ve been making lately (including some festive 4th of July earrings and more butterfly stuff!) and of course, future geeky projects.

In preparing for the yard sale, I’ve been trying to think of how to display my jewelry.  I don’t just want to through it out on a table or leave it in unattractive little ziploc bags.  So I thought that I might make my own jewelry stand.  However, as I was going to yard sales myself this past weekend I found this niffty little rack that I think will work pretty well.  It was originally gold, but my dad spray painted it with a chrome colored paint, I think it looks really good.  It looks like a coat hanger, but it’s less than a foot high.

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I know I just posted something about all my supplies, but recently I found a better way to store stuff.  I got a large Rubber-maid three drawer container, which I thought I’d use for make up and hair stuff, but that didn’t quite fill it up.  I was looking at my beading stuff (which I had squeezed into the small thing my make up and all was in) and decided I had way more beading supplies than make up.  It’s one box (besides the little bucket) and everything fits!  And I can easily find stuff instead of having to dig through things.

Here’s the first drawer, which holds all my beads (and room for more!)

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