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I am a crazy busy Mom of four beautiful and very active girls. They keep me on my toes! I work from home as the office manager (read: I do everything) for our small transportation company. So when I'm not at a sports event, taxiing kids, cooking dinner while running quotes at the same time, I like to spend my very little free time destressing at my beading table usually into the wee hours of the night.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Awaiting the arrival of a little one...

The end of summer has come and gone, and with that all of my shows for the year. I didn't book anything after the end of September as I await the arrival of my newest little one.

Can't wait to meet my little guy!

 The shows kicked my behind though and I'm glad they are over. The long days, setting up and tearing down, cold and rain, and less than stellar sales at the last two made for an even more difficult time while carrying. I'm happy to be moving on and focusing back on the family and slowing life down a bit.

Set up for my last show 8X10 space

Now I'm spending my days working custom orders as they come in, and trying desperately to get all the jewelry listed in my Etsy or ArtFire shop that hasn't found an online space as of yet. 

Don't let someone dim your light simply because it's shining in their eyes

Winter Tree of Life

Folk Bird Focal and Greek Ceramic Beads On Leather

Sterling Silver Druzy Ring

The evenings and weekends still consist mostly of time spent with the kids- or more accurately running them around to jobs or school events- practices, cheer leading on Friday nights for football and some weekends for band competitions. I love the Friday night games though, and the band competitions. Along with the cool nights and early days as Fall settles in. I'm just going to coast from here on out until my bundle decides he's ready to grace the world with his presence.

In anticipation of the arrival of my 5th and LAST child I'm having a giveaway! Another giveaway will be coming soon! 

Prize will be a random pick just for leaving a comment here on this blog post. 

These earrings are up for grabs- 
Sterling Silver Swarovski Crystal Heart Earrings

Next blog post watch for another giveaway! It's a special one! 

Peace and love peeps! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dad's Day is almost here!

Father's Day is almost here and if you haven't bought a gift yet, I have several options in my shop, including some personalized items!

The money clip and key chain are both available with personalization and less than $30 with shipping!

Some other cools things for guys- 

Plus much more! 

Now if you have a mother who was mom and dad, well my shop is always loaded with goodies for the ladies! 


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Toggle Clasps Available!

I've been working on a few more items to add to my handmade components section in my Etsy shop, and handstamped toggles seem to be the perfect fit.
Using inspirational quotes and short phrases, I've handstamped a double punched copper washer, added a figure 8 hook and created various toggle bars to match.
Some have a design soldered to the bar, and some are a bit simpler.
Here's a sampling of what you might find!
You can find these copper toggle clasps in my shop here.

I'll be adding more over the next few days, so be watching for new ones!

I'm also only 2 sales away from 300 in my Etsy shop- WOW! To celebrate, I'm giving away an extra goodie to the 300th sale in my shop!


Friday, February 15, 2013

I am not afraid ~ New Custom Work

I was contacted a few weeks ago for a custom order using the quote "I am not afraid, I was born to do this". I loved the quote immediately and upon later research found out it was quoted from Joan of Arc- too cool!
Aside from the requested quote and it would be an everyday piece, I had artistic freedom to create what I wanted. I LOVE those types of custom orders. Allowing one to be creative usually become the best pieces and this one was no different.
The quote was a bold statement and I felt it needed something to match that feeling. With the basic idea/form of the Ghandi quote bracelet I've done, I started forming ideas based around that. I wanted it to be different, but with the wearability of the Ghandi bracelet.
I started out by cutting out some strips from silver sheet and handstamping the quote on three different "plaques". I arranged them in a pattern I liked on a copper base plate and included a copper star and soldered everything together.
Afterwards I did some clean up work, filed and shaped it, and added a hammer texture around the edges.
I am not AFRAID, I was BORN to do this
Next I had to decide on a chain. I played around with a couple ideas but wasn't totally happy with them. I played with the idea of a simple scrolled circle, but the original I tried had loops on each end for connecting. Still not thrilled, I pressed on and finally came up with the scrolled circle alone and soldered the end closed.
Scrolled link

Scrolled Circles

The chain came together well, after a few small changes for fitting purposes. The clasp was another story- I think I made 6 clasps for this, until I finally was happy with the S clasp seen below.
Another custom order complete- I hope she loves it!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Yes, a winner!

Finally I have drawn a name for the winner of the moonstone ring or shall I say Random.org has drawn a name! 

I do apologize for the delay but last minute cramming for my upcoming show has taken the lead for now! 

I will be having two more giveaways, but those will have to come after my show! If you happen to be in the area, I'll be setting up at Oktoberfest in the Mainstrasse Village in Covington, KY!

I'd love to see some of you there! 

Now on to the important stuff.....drum roll please...........

I do believe the winner is Jennifer Justman, GulloftheSea! Please send me your addy so I can ship your ring! 

Everyone else, do stay tuned for more upcoming giveaways! 


Friday, August 17, 2012

Did you say a giveaway?


I love giveaways and I've been promising once I hit 500 Facebook fans I would have one.

So now, we've come to that point and you all will have a chance at winning something from me over the next few weeks!

First up is a sterling silver rainbow moonstone ring!

The stone is a gorgeous rainbow moonstone, clarity is excellent for moonstone and the rainbow flash is simply gorgeous!

The band is a domed, 5mm wide band and measures at size 7.5.
(Sorry, resizing not available.)

This ring would normally sell in my shop for $48.

Now let me add, this ring is not perfect. I soldered the setting slightly off, probably more noticable to me than the average joe, and the stone rocks. However because of the off setting and because I don't want to remove the stone and start over, I will not sell it. My loss, your gain!

It has been polished since this picture to remove the tarnish that started settling in, so it's bright and shiny once again.

How to win?

You must be a Facebook fan of BooBeads Jewelry!

Leave a comment on this blog post for an entry!
(If your blogger profile is different than your FB name, please include your name!)

Share my Facebook page on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog for another entry and leave an additional comment here with the link!

Don't forget to leave your additional comments with your "shares"!

Good luck, and thank you to all of you whom have been loyal fans!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cross Pendant- a first for me

I recently thought of trying to make a cross- a first for me- and the opportunity came sooner than I planned. I was stamping some wire when I goofed up and the piece I was left with wasn't quite enough to do anything with- unless I used it for one of the cross sections!

I cut another length the same size for the short arms, and then a middle length. Soldering it was a bit tricky but I worked it out. After cleaning it up, I added a hammer texture, punched holes in the top to hang, and one in the center, and finally darkened it in liver of sulphur.

Last, I added a button pearl to the center for a bit of classy elegance- quite a contrast to the rustic look of the cross. I framed the pearl with the wire wrappings to keep the look organic and natural.

Handcrafted sterling silver cross pendant necklace
I added oxidized sterling silver chain and lobster clasp and wire wrapped catch. It's now listed in my shop!

Now this isn't the ONLY cross I ever made, but it is the first pendant and also the first made in this style.

 A few months ago, I made a ring for my sister but I used copper wire to create an ornate style cross. I soldered it to a sterling silver back plate and used wide rectangle wire for a ring shank.

I'm thinking of adding this to my shop as a custom order.

Ornate Bold Statement Cross Ring Mixed Metal

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