Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another Day, Another Necklace

I made this one on Saturday, and just haven't gotten around to posting pictures. It will also go up in the shop this week. It's crystal and aquamarine with gold wire. You like?

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Beads = New Jewelry

Here's some pictures of the first piece I've made with some of the new beads I purchased in Tucson. It's three strands, with combination of labradorite, white and grey pearls, and moonstone. This will be going up in the shop soon, as it's running a little low on items!

And these are the sample earrings for the craft night I'm teaching tonight. Email me if you're interested in coming. angelajewell(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sun Shine and Sparkle

So it's been a while! I've been looking forward to going to the infamous bead show for sometime now, and in its shadow nothing else seemed very blog-worthy. But I'm back and have so much to share. I flew down to sunny Arizona last Thursday where I had the pleasure of staying with my lovely eldest sister, Becky, AND was able to meet the latest edition to her family. What a beautiful boy! While there, I was treated to Barrow's Pizza (not once, but twice!) and a delicious lunch at the tasty (and famous) Chino Bandido. Mmmm, Jade Red chicken. Did you know that's where I took my husband for lunch on our wedding day? It's true.

Of course all these fun activities were just pre-cursors to the main event. Saturday I drove down to Tucson with my Mom and sister, Nancy. We heard on the radio that there were something like 45 different show locations all over town, and we only went to two! We're talking tents the size of football fields filled to the brim with beads, gemstones, jewelry, etc. Here's a little sampling a what I bought this year:

(clockwise from top left: moonstone, citrine, aquamarine, labradorite, pearls in various colors and sizes, moonstone, pink quartz, labradorite)

Clockwise from top left: (crystal, Venetian blown glass, glass, lemon quartz, and....I don't remember)

I also purchased some glass beads, and I'll post pictures of those later. I'll be using them at a church craft night class I'm teaching on the 20th. I'll be showing how to make simple earrings. Anyone in the area is welcome to attend, so contact me if you're interested. I also got some non-sparkly things like wire, crimps, ear wires, you know, the boring stuff. Monday morning my mom and I drove back to UT in the rain and snow. The drive itself wasn't so bad, but I was a little sad to leave the sunshine. Fortunately, we loaded up on oranges, grapefruits and lemons from my sister's trees. And it's a good thing I have all that vitamin C, because I also brought home a cold. Bummer. But the rock star had a little something for me at home to make me smile. What a nice boy he is!