I stumbled upon the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day:

Beaded Laughter

A blog by Sylvia(Sylvie) Lansdowne, combines witty beading comments with very hunky photos. Sylvia is a lampwork artist, and teaches classes.  At the moment she is taking requests, but be patient–the girl has to make a living. 😀



2011 Year End Wrap Up

December 23, 2011

Well 2011 comes to an end. For some of us, it didn’t come soon enough, for others (like me) we weren’t ready for Spring to end.

So, let me wrap up the year by discussing a few things I discovered both in beading and life.

1. Color of the year: Tangerine. Actually it’s more of a deep orange/red. Can’t wait to do some more with this color.

2. Purchased Margie Deebs “How to Extract a Color Pallette” download. Very helpful guide for how to coordinate a color scheme without the “matchy matchy” feel.  Also got a sneak peek at her upcoming “coloring book” for jewelry artists.  THAT’s gonna be a hit fo sho’. 🙂

3. Purchased some wonderful finds from Singing Cat Studio, Bead My Love, SilverSilk, and the “Cabachon Man” at BeadFest this August. Here’s a piece for sale using SilverSilk and Singing Cat’s art:

Mixing it up, chain, SilverSilk and a beautiful pendant

4. Made a few new “Twitter” friends, including CraftOptics. I’m digging the magnifiers, that might be a New Year’s gift to myself. Can’t wait for BeadFest 2012.

5. Discovered BeadUnique Magazine is now Bead Design Studio. There’s new features, redesigned project pages and more. I love the new look!

6. Totally enjoying using Zibbet for my Mens/Home lines. Had a few sales right away, so it’s promising. And a special “shout out” to Dani Breitwork for tweeting my stuff. Thanks!

7. Personal stuff: Love my new position. Learning more about the business side of having a business while combining with health care experience.  Lost a good friend, but made/found some more.  Made it through a year at NDB Media, can’t believe the fun I’ve had so far. Woot woot!

As for resolutions, I have none. I don’t make them ’cause the end up broken. However, my quest to lose weight will continue. 🙂

Stay safe, stay fun, stay funky fresh.

See you in 2012!!



Welcome! It’s that time of year again. Pantone Corporation has announced their 2012 Color of the Year.  For 2011 it was pink/honeysuckle. The soft cousin in the red family stepped out in home decor and fashion all year long.

For 2012, it’s the hot, vibrant, dare I say “sexy” cousin of red:

Tango Tangerine

(Click on the color to visit Pantone’s website.)

Here’s a brief quote from the site:

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

It’s time to get out those “tangerine” beads you couldn’t figure out what to do with! Embroider a cuff with a dark background, string some with a light brown, or even a light green. Here’s a pair of earrings I worked up a few months back:

Guess I was ahead of the trend. 🙂

Get vibrant and sexy in 2012 with Pantone’s new Color of the Year.

Trunk Show Debriefing

November 20, 2011


Had my first “in house” trunk show last week. First I have to say THANK YOU to the folks at PHlex Health & Wellness Studio for hosting it.  They’re a great group.

The plan was to introduce my items to clients, and hopefully sell a few “early” holiday  items. It was an interesting experience. First, the table adventure. I rush ordered a folding table from Amazon after the first table I ordered didn’t ship in time.

Well, the other table arrived Monday afternoon–the middle of the first day of the show.  Yeah, big help that was–it was returned the next day.

The display turned out better than expected. Each day I rotated items out, so clients didn’t see the same things.

Nifty set up

The table met expectations, lightweight, yet sturdy enough to hold the display. I did use risers, which made a big difference. No one had to bend over too far to look at the offerings.

Total sales: well, less than $50. However, considering the space was free, I made a profit. 😀

Will I do it again? Not sure. I think the clients just want to come in, work out and keep moving on. We’ll see. One client did comment that my prices were too low. So I made changes at both stores.


November already? No, I’m not ready. Even though it’s my birthday month, I’m so not looking forward to the winter. Fortunately the house is just about complete with repairs–so all that’s left is to keep the oil tank full.

Thanks to all who tuned in to “The Bucket List” last week. It wasn’t an easy show to do, but it helped some people so it was worth it. And yes, I’m looking for an attorney to do my own will.

Idris Elba – a “Hottie 2011” nominee is featured in this month’s Essence magazine. Check it out! http://www.essence.com


Remember the needle holder that didn’t work out as planned? (Check out last month’s post for photo.) I got it to work! It turned out cute. I have another planned, but decided to ladder stitch it directly around the tin.

While the needle holder worked out, two necklaces I’m working on didn’t. Both are too short. 😀 So back to the drawing board…

Good news! I’m working another trunk show: Nov 14-17 in NYC. This time it’s at PHlex Health and Wellness Studio. Show hours aren’t set yet, probably 10-2. I still have to get work done between sales.

Today’s another lucky day! One of my earliest designs was included in this collection.

Handmade Gifts

This is the year of the mobile office. I write this from BeadFest in Pennsylvania. This time I didn’t have the extra day as last year, so no class. Also, the venue changed. The Expo Center at Oaks was chosen due to construction at the old space (Valley Forge Convention Center).  But there was plenty of room for all the vendors. One nice feature – everything is on one level, much easier on the knees. The room map came in very handy.  I was a little disappointed however: some of the vendors I patronized last year didn’t return. You & Me Findings–I missed you! Really needed some of those magnetic 3-strand slide clasps. Chain Gallery—missed you too!

For the vendors I missed, I found others that did return: Bead My Love –that ultrasuede looks nice and funky, Singing Cat Studio–love my new pieces!

Discovered some new sources also: The Queens Beads, Unicorn Beads and a few others.

What’s impressed me the most is the kindness of strangers.

The hotel clerk that gave me a pack of AA batteries when the ones in my camera died.

Sue, the lady who was lost looking for the Expo building. She pulled up to me as I walked through the enormous Lowes/BJ’s parking lot and offered a ride. We found the center, she dropped me off at the entrance then went to find parking. I didn’t see her the rest of the day.

My fellow passenger in the shuttle on Friday: he was from the area, and provided a wealth of information on where to eat. Turns out his wife was attending BeadFest also.

The flirtatious and funny shuttle driver: adding to the fun of my only vacation for the year.

BeadFest can be–okay, is–overwhelming if you don’t have a plan. I never go into the venue without a list, a budget (and I always go over), good sneakers, and a good breakfast. My shopping list is first. BeadFest is where I collect most of my basic supplies for the year. Sometimes I can’t get everything. As with this year, some of the vendors weren’t here, so I have to source it elsewhere. After my main list, then the fun starts!

I look for reasonably priced, yet different items. Sometimes pendants speak to me. Sometimes cabachons/stones do, sometimes new wire and thread. This year all of the above I found. But I had a budget.

What did I get? I can’t say of course! You’ll have to stay tuned and see the new items as they’re ready. 😀

But here is a sneak peek:

The Hampton Inn at Oaks was the perfect place to stay. As promised, it was walking distance from the event. A long walk, but hey  I needed the workout.  The staff welcomed me, checked in to make sure my room was okay, and called tonight to make sure I had a good stay before I checked out. My room is bigger than my old apartment. King size bed, huge living/dining area (with kitchenette, full fridge, and dishwasher!), flat screen televisions.

Beautiful Downtown Oaks PA

All in all, another sucessful trip! Now to rest my tired legs. 😀

It’s August already?? Good heavens to Mergatroid!

Okay I did check the calendar. This past Saturday I volunteered at a friend’s psychic fair. In return, the center she rented allowed me to display some of my work.  The participants were nice, some of them fairly well known, some not. One young lady who does angel readings (or is  it channelling?) gave me a very pretty prosperity candle.

This was the first trunk show in a while. The display turned out great for the size, looked very pretty. Tricia, the office manager at the center was very welcoming.  Credit card slips, bags, and receipt book were at the ready.

I sold 4 items. Mind you, I complaineth not. It’s more than I’ve sold in the past month.  The readers/practitioners did very well.  Since it’s been a few days, I can stand back and analyze if there was anything I could have done differently. How was my display set up?

Small but efficient

  • A mix of items with low to high price points.  The low price point items were near the front ($5 $10)
  • Some of the mid price point items were on elevated displays to bring the eye to it.
  • Price signs were clear and large print.

I wanted to have custom price signs, but ran out of time. One thing that will change is prepping for any show will be at least 3 days before. Up at midnight packing and writing price tags is not cool.  😀

There was another reason why I was excited for the show is that I hoped to try out my new ProPay set up. Several craft blogs recommended it in order to give customers more options. The practitioners took cash only, and cleaned up. Can’t quite figure that one out.

The good news is that I’m now totally prepared for the next show. When that will be, I’m not sure.

There are new items in the store, take a look! Artfire has revamped the studios also. I’m diggin’ the new set up, just one glitch that needs to be fixed, but otherwise it’s very cool.

My next radio show is scheduled for August 31, but the topic has not been set yet. Might do a Freestyle Wednesday, or maybe “Reality TV–for real??”






Well, after having no luck last year, this year I finally accepted a spot to do some live sales. Intuitive Dana offered me some table space at her upcoming event:  Divine Star Wellness Fair

It’s August 6 from 12-6 in New York City.

Digging out the display props. Thank goodness I have inventory…

Friday Surprise

May 20, 2011

I was featured on Handmade Craft Show’s blog, and didn’t know. 😀

Here’s the blurb: New Artisans at Handmade Craft Show

Happy Friday!