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On the Process of Giving

Hi guys!

For the last week, I've been downsizing both my bead stash and my collection of handmade beadwork. In my last post I detailed the rigors of handing out jewelry to unsuspecting friends. I encountered many of the same question and answer scenarios but have gotten better at the convincing part. ;-)

In contrast to gifting jewelry out of the blue, it is incredibly easy to give away the beads themselves. I held a destash giveaway on my Facebook page with spectacular success! And I had a helper:


Pythagoras is a handmade Katamari cousin. We found the crocheted bit at a Goodwill and sewed on the face and antennae! I hope there is a future game of Katamari where you can build your own cousin, because this dude would totally make it in!

He's been busy helping me roll up ALL THE BEADS! And now, we've been packing boxes:



And this is what my living room floor looks like. 19 boxes waiting for shipping payments and addresses:

I am entirely too ready to start beading again! I just…

Why is FREE so difficult to understand?

Warning: parts of this post will probably sound a bit whiny and self pitying, but I need to vent and organize my thoughts on the subject.

Hello! I've come to the point in my beading career (if you can call it that) where I desperately want a new start. After my last job ending in the strangest fashion, I have been unemployed for two months. I have found myself again attempting to make a business from beading jewelry, with little success. Today (or rather, yesterday afternoon), I had an epiphany. I've been going about the selling aspect of jewelry making in entirely the wrong way. My attempts at simplifying my work in order to pursue a wholesale supplying career is being severely hindered by my staunch refusal to make do with the supplies I already have on hand. My solution? Why, to get rid of any useless supplies from my hoard and the multitude of finished designs that I don't want anymore, of course!

Before I go any further, here's the link for my current finished jew…

New Work, New Listings, New Look!

Hi guys! I've been in the process of re-branding and unifying the look of my Etsy store. I've been adding new items that I'm excited about. (By new, I mean mostly made last fall and just finished photographing, fyi.) Here they are:








Comments? I like to think I'm doing slightly better than in the past. Plus, since I gave up craft shows for this year, I've been wanting my online presence to be more professional looking.

I did the math the other day. Since I live so far from most art and craft show venues, it costs me on average $600 in total expenses. For that same amount of money, I can list 3,000 items on Etsy. My mind is boggled right now. I don't even have that many finished pieces on hand to list.......

Featured Book Models: Prisoners of Space by Lester Del Rey, Project Pope by Clifford D. Simak

Still Up For Grabs

So I was right a few weeks ago when I said it's harder to give away beadwork than it is to sell it. Guys, you don't have to feel guilty for taking a gift from me. I mean it, truly.

These fabulous pieces are still available for FREE (let me stress the free bit, here) to anyone who wants to own them.





If you're interested in any of the above, please do comment with a "I want it!", a "Send it to me!", a "I know the perfect person for this!", etc. On the other hand, please let me know if you think my work is hideous and I'm trying to pass off ugly work on unsuspecting strangers.
First come first serve, I'll even pay for shipping. Must make room for new designs!

FREE: Asymmetrical Lampwork Necklace Beadwork Giveaway

Good afternoon! Another necklace if anyone's interested. Look how shiny the lampwork leaf pendant is. I got all the materials at the local bead store. The Strung Out Bead Shop. (Sorry, I'd link to the FB page, but it's really not worth your time.) Great selection of beads though, if you happen to live in Wichita Falls.

Now the necklace......


Any takers? Just comment below.

The winner will be selected by random. Check back tomorrow to find out who gets to have this treasure delivered to their home! If you miss out, I'll be posting a new piece of beadwork every Monday. for an undetermined amount of time.

FREE: Something Blue Hairpiece Beadwork Giveaway

Hi guys! I have another piece available. Does anybody know a June bride (or have any friend) who'd be interested in this lovely piece.......


I made it using two standard hair combs attached together! The flower design I found in an Australian beading magazine, but no longer have it, so I can't properly credit the original designer. (If you're out there, and this is your design, thanks for the fun I had with this!)
Anyway, this something blue can be yours for only the cost of a comment.
The winner will be selected by random. Check back tomorrow to find out who gets to have this treasure delivered to their home! If you miss out, I'll be posting a new piece of beadwork every Monday. for an undetermined amount of time.

FREE: Blue Lariat Beadwork Giveaway

Hi! This will be my first ever timed post. Written on the 6th, hopefully seen on the 13th! (Not that it's anything complicated, but I'm just playing online for now.)

About the giveaway: the materials for this lariat were part of a bead swap with Rita Juse-Cirkse from Latvia. I never did see what she made with the materials I sent her, but here is my creation!


And now it belongs to one of you! Just comment below if you're interested.
The winner will be selected by random. Check back tomorrow to find out who gets to have this treasure delivered to their home! If you miss out, I'll be posting a new piece of beadwork every Monday for an undetermined amount of time. :-)

FREE: Art Noveau Stained Glass Bead Embroidery

Hello! I'm feeling in a generous mood lately. I've discovered it's sometimes harder to give away my beadwork to deserving people than it is to sell it, but I'm going to go ahead and try.

Take a look......

It's an Art Noveau stained glass design I found in a pattern book and translated into bead embroidery. I especially love the blue faceted seed beads, which I got given back in high school. In fact, I think I made this when I was around 17-18.
Now, one of my lucky followers can have it for themselves (or a friend)! Please comment below if you're interested and spread the word!
The winner will be selected by random. Check back tomorrow to find out who gets to have this treasure delivered to their home! If you miss out, I'll be posting a new piece of beadwork every Monday for an undetermined amount of time. My designs need good homes as I broaden my horizons and move on to new work.