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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:59 am

In case anyone wants to know what we're talking about, this is a fuschia AB cube. NOT life-size!

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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:02 am

What do you use in between the beads? I usually used silver, but sometimes I used pewter (I think that's what it was.) We have some great bead shops here. Used to be in there ALL THE TIME. Now it's been years. : (

The bead shops are really expensive, but it's so nice to be able to get your hands on the stuff right away, you know?

What do you string them on? I used, what was it called? The 49-strand, I guess? It was 7 strands of 7 strands, or something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:03 am

I order fuchsia, black diamond, colorado topaz and light sapphire. I should bring over a pic of the bicone shape.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:06 am

So far I have mostly used the gold rhinestone roundelles. Or I have alternated colored crystals with clear ABs.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:44 am

Bicone cyrstals

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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:04 pm

Here is the bracelet I am getting for free from Amazon. I want to make some like this in different colors. I will have to buy some cubes though.

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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:15 pm

Lovely. My daughter's birthstone is peridot. She's unhappy about that because her favorite color is blue and the rest of our family has blue birthstones. Her brother's favorite color IS green. Go figure.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:50 pm

I LOVE green! Is your daughter's birthday late Jan? My oldest is early Jan (New Year's Day) and he is a Garnet. My youngest is Amethyst so I already have bracelets in those stones for that reason. I have some pretty summer clothes in pale green and I thought that bracelet would go well.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:30 pm

Her birthday is in mid-August. My son and my husband are in December.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:17 pm

Oh, you were pregnant in the dog days of summer!

The bracelet came late this afternoon. For some reason our mail didn't come until after 5:00. It is so very pretty! It really sparkles and the cubes are gorgeous. I already made earrings with peridot crystals to match. Now if only we would get some warm weather so I can wear my pretty light green spring tops instead of winter sweaters!
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 8:01 pm

Yes, pregnant in August in Texas. Aackkk! If I remember correctly it wasn't an especially horrid summer; just hit the low 100's every once in a while.

A couple of years after that we actually got up to 112! I told my m-i-l that and she asked if we had moved to India.

But I still prefer the summer here to S. Florida. Even when it's just in the high 80s in Florida, the humdity makes it miserable. And the springs and falls here are wonderful. (EXCEPT FOR THIS WEEK.) It's usually like San Diego summer weather. 70s - 80s and low humidity.

I hope you get to wear your lovely jewelry soon!
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 09, 2007 8:08 pm

Trust me, here in the midwest we get some horrid summer days and nights. Many times we have had a week where every day is over 100 with heat index of 116 or more. HATE it. I did spend a week in Florida in July and the humidity was awful. I could not wait to leave. But, I have been in Phoenix (which I love, just not in the summer) and even though they have low humidity let me tell you 120 is HOT!!

This whole week is 40's to low 50's. Maybe next week spring will kick in and I can wear some spring clothes. I look forward to being able to make bracelets and anklets in lots of spring colors!!
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:53 pm

Today was a simply gorgeous day and I was out most of the day. I went to Hobby Lobby and Michaels and between both of them I was able to get everything I wanted to start the bracelets. When I got home my crystals came from NYC that I won on eBay. I also bought two nice books on beading. I don't know if I will get to make a bracelet this weekend. I have a new girl starting in the daycare Tues. (a 4 year old named Delaney) and I always make the whole daycare perfect when I have someone new starting. You know, super clean and organized. I just am OCD about that. PLUS my 18 year old comes home today and says he has to make Swedish food to take to school for a class project. So now I will need to go back to store and then WE will be making food for 25 kids! Of course he wants to do Swedish meatballs too. Wait until he sees how fun making 100 little balls is!!

BUT, I will have time to make some more earrings. I bough some Clear AB cubes to make a pair of those, plus several more cubes for the bracelets. I got everything I need to duplicate the green bracelet up above but in different colors. So wish me luck!!
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:08 pm

Do you have an IKEA near you F/C? We just got one in the fall (I actually almost got a job there). They sell Swedish meatballs by the bag!

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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:10 pm

I hit Michael's today too. Daughter has a project and messed up the first tri-fold presentation board I bought. I had to get another one. $15.99. She's seven.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:26 pm

Well, out here in the tiny farmland town we call home, we don't have an IKEA Sad Though I think buying the food already made is cheating. It would be tempting though Twisted Evil He says he will help with making the meatballs and the Swedish Macaroons, so we will have some time together in the kitchen. That will be fun. He is a cool boy to spend time with.

I cannot believe your seven year old needed a tri-fold presentation board Shocked My kids didn't need one until about 4th or 5th grade! FWIW we get them at Wal-Mart for about $5.00, so maybe in the future if you have a Wal-Mart (and don't object to going there) you can save some money. Trust me, it adds up when a couple kids need boards several times during their schooling!
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:40 pm

austin wrote:
Do you have an IKEA near you F/C? We just got one in the fall (I actually almost got a job there). They sell Swedish meatballs by the bag!


Don't you just love IKEA? I am so fortunate that our only store is very, very close to me!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:35 am

I made my first cyrstal bracelet today!!!!! It turned out perfect!! It is like the peridot bracelet up above except I used silver rhinestome rondelles as spacers and around the cubes. I even added the little dangling charm. I am so proud of myself. I cannot wait to make more. I need to go get some more crimp beads. I hope I can find some in gold. I'm about to make number 2!

ETA: 30 mins. later and #2 is done! It's a light topaz with gold toggles, gold spacers and AB cubes! YAY me!

AETA: #3 - black diamond crystals and silver spacers and cubes! So pretty and easy. I think I will make one of these in every color and than start on ankle bracelets. Another trip to Hobby Lobby and Michaels this week!

FIVE! I've made 5 this morning. I just got faster at it! Now it is a pretty easy pattern and just single strands, but still they look wonderful and I made them for about a third of what they cost on Amazon or many sites on eBay.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:34 pm

FC, five? Cool. Looking forward to the pics.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:06 pm

Look at what I just found on the Austin Cragslist Firecracker. I might contact the person, I don't know. I wonder if it's for real.


Jewelery assembler - no experience needed
Reply to: job-313587846@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-04-17, 12:53PM CDT


I will supply beads and assignments. I have specific designs and directions for you to follow. I will meet with you (come to you if needed), drop off supplies, discuss pay, and coach you on what to do, then pick up work and pay you. Perfect for stay at home moms, disabled, home bound, or second job. The longer you work for me, and if you desire, I will teach you more intricate design, which means more money for you.


* Location: 620 & 2222 or Northwest area
* Compensation: depending on length of employment, and design you are working on
* Telecommuting is ok.
* This is a part-time job.
* This is a contract job.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:25 pm

That sounds awesome! Check it out!! Let me know how it goes! I showed my daycare moms all the bracelets and earrings I made and they think I should sell them!
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:53 pm

Maybe tomorrow. I just don't feel like it today (I get in moods).

I did go to a craft show once at a church and sold some stuff. But that day doesn't bring back very good memories. It was the morning that the space shuttle exploded over Texas, so everyone was kind of dazed. Also I had the flu.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:13 pm

Yes, that was a very sad day. Bad memories indeed.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:52 am

OK ladies, I am going to bore you with lots of pix of the jewelry I made so far. I am pretty happy with it all. The straight green bracelet is the only thing I didn't make. It is the one I got from Serenety Crystals that I used as a sample. Yes, I have very tiny wrists. Here you go!















Sadly, I ran out of Fushcia beads and couldn't make the matching earrings. I will need to hit Hobby Lobby when I have some time and get some more. I doubt I will get much time this week.

BTW, the light green set that is between the red set and fushcia bracelet is made completely from an old necklace of my mom's that I used to play dress up with when I was really little. Actually I used several beads from her old stuff in many of the peices. Makes them extra special.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts   Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:10 pm

Dang, those are so pretty FC! I am so impressed with how quickly you caught on to making such great stuff!

Very cool you were able to use some of the beads from your Mom's collection too!
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