Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dakota Stones Trunk Show

Ooh La La. We just got a Trunk Show from Dakota Stones in at the Bead Shop. There are tons of Beautiful beads to dig through and I can't wait to see what people create with them!
The Trunk Show will only be at the Bead Shop for 3 weeks so if you want anything you better come now before it is all gone!
I am trying to be a good girl and let the customers buy what they want first. After a few days I am pretty sure that I will cave and have to pick some things out for myself.
The Bead Shop at WillowBridge
220 South Ashland Street
Cambridge, MN   55008

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Swap Blog Hop REVEAL!

The day has come! Hurrah!
This is the first time I have ever participated in a blog swap hop and I could not be more excited!
Back in March I signed up to be a participant in the Button Swap Blog Hop by Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio. A few days later I was partnered with Michelle Hardy of Firefly Visions and my hunt for buttons began. Michelle and I swapped our buttons and I was so happy with the ones she sent me.
There were so many great buttons that I had a hard time choosing which ones I wanted to work with. My favorite buttons were the little glass shank buttons with the mushrooms on them but I did not get around to using those ones (yet).

This is what I made for the reveal. I used the Lansing buttons on the card.

I had to surround my new bracelet with shells because my partner kept referring to herself as "Shell" in out emails.
I love the peyote stitch and I really like simple designs. My biggest concern about using buttons was that they would flip flop all over the place. I came up with a design where I used the shank on the button instead of a bead in the pattern. It worked great, no flipping all over the place. I like this bracelet so much that I think I am going to teach this pattern in one of my fall classes. I came up with the design all on my own and I am real happy with it (I am sure that someone somewhere has thought of this before me..blah..blah..blah..).

Here is a picture of me wearing the bracelet.
I did get to play with the other buttons as well. I have a major problem with editing sometime, I always want my jewelry to be so colorful that it just ends up tacky and over done. Here is an example of what I mean.
I was thinking that I would make a rainbow bracelet and started bezeling the buttons. I spent so much time playing with colors that I did not want to pitch the idea. Finally I decided that I really did not like how this bracelet was looking and gave up. I am going to take this apart and start over. I will most likely still bezel the buttons but I am thinking that I will choose just one color instead of the rainbow idea.

I had a lot of fun working with buttons and I can't wait to see what everyone else did. As soon as my Mother's Day dinner with the boys is over I am going to come home, relax and look at everyone else's projects!
Oh and if you would like to see what Michelle "Shell" Hardy made with the buttons that I sent her just visit her blog at http://fireflyvisions.blogspot.com/

Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
* Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
* Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)
Oh and check out my cute little guy! He made a book for me this Mother's Day. He came up with "The Hill of Hearts" all by himself.
Best gift ever, I love you Jimmy!

Button Swap Blog Hop

Hey bloggers!
I am just waiting for my shift to end at work so I can go home and post my button swap project. Stay tuned, it is coming soon!