Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Choker Necklace

This is my newest listing. This is a choker necklace made out of goldstone, aventurine, and copper. I really like the glittery shine of goldstone and green aventurine has always been a favorite of mine. I first started using copper in my jewelry after seeing how many beautiful pieces my husband, Jason, was making using copper and stone beads. I think it's absolutely gorgeous with more "earthy" colors like the colors used in this choker necklace.

If you'd like to see more pictures of this choker or get more information on it, you can view the listing on Etsy by clicking HERE.

365 Days of Self Portraits

A few years ago, I started a project, along with thousands of others on Flickr, to take a self-portrait a day for one year, or 365 days. I finished that set (with one picture missing, I forgot to take a picture one day), and decided to take a break before starting another year, which I fully intended to do. This "break" lasted almost two years. I'd tried starting it back up a few times in between, but I always forgot after just a day or two.

Well, I'm trying it again. My husband was part of the inspiration for doing it now because he started his own two days before I started mine. These two pictures are the first two days of my 365 Days project this time around. I'm going to post two a day here until I get caught up, then I will (ideally) be posting daily pictures after that. Today is day 5, so the double posting will be brief.

In my Day 1 photo, I'm doing a photo tribute of someone who worked at the same library I did. She had a glasses leash for her glasses because they were reading glasses, and she would often look at people over her glasses like that. I've recently connected with a number of people who worked there at the same time, so the photo was done for them. I came up with the idea after having to get reading glasses myself (first pair of prescription glasses I've ever owned) and deciding to make myself a beaded glasses leash (which I'm using in the picture, but it's hard to tell).

In my Day 2 photo, I'm annoyed with myself because I took a shower and then laid down and let my hair dry while I was snoozing (I wasn't even really sleeping). I put in a headband to tame it somewhat for the picture. Hehe.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy taking this photo journey with me. :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Two more bracelets!

Two more new listings today! The first is another purple bracelet. This one is using more "art" beads and most have unique decoration, such has gold glitter swirls, white polka dots, and lines.

The second is another orange and black bracelet. I had so much fun making the first one that I decided to do a second orange bracelet!

If you want to see more information and pictures on them, you can visit my Etsy shop here:

42 Purple Elephants


A while back, I bought some orange beads to challenge myself to use a color I don't normally work with. However, I let them sit for quite some time because I wasn't sure what to do with them. Last night, I decided that I was going to finally use those beads. This bracelet is the result.

Something else is new about this listing...I'm using music as a background instead of plain white paper. I wanted to use a more interesting background, but wasn't sure what to use. Looking around my desk, I decided the best options were either a magazine or music. I settled on music because I've always liked seeing sheet music as a background and have used a sheet music background stamp I have for that purpose in many stamping projects I've done in the past.

The music is from a beginning violin lesson book. I had it close at hand because I've recently decided to re-learn how to play violin. I took lessons from when I was in 3rd grade til I was a freshman in high school. Not too long ago I took my violin from when I was in high school into a local music shop to have it looked at and have all the strings replaced. Now I'm just waiting for my bow to be repaired and I'll be ready to go!

Back to the bracelet for a moment, if you want to see more pictures and get more information on it, you can look at the listing on Etsy here:


I'm always interested in feedback on my new listings, but I'd especially like to hear opinions on this one since I was working with a color I don't normally use, so please comment if you want to share your opinion!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Giveaway on Another Blog!

Mommysmidwestmountain is doing a giveaway in her blog! To celebrate her 100th post, she is having a drawing to give away a beautiful 4th of July painting. Winners will be drawn at noon on Tuesday, June 30th, so enter quickly!

Here's the link to her blog and where you can comment on her post and enter the drawing:

Mommys Midwest Mountain Blog

Good luck!


Originally uploaded by SydB42
This is my latest creation, a bracelet made of all purple beads. I hadn't used a lot of purple in my jewelry for a while and it's my favorite color, so I went crazy and made this one ALL purple. :)

Hello World!

My first blog post. I'm not sure how I'm going to use this yet, but I'll figure it out. :)
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