Eye Candy Friday

This is a photo I took when I was in Japan, in Yokohama. It seems every big city has their big Ferris Wheel – London, Paris, Yokohama! It wasn’t a very nice day when I took the picture – but you can see how big the Ferris Wheel is. The engineer and I went on it – and as soon as we got 1/4 of the way up, I closed my eyes and held his hands, until we got almost back to the bottom again. Seems I am even more afraid of heights than I ever knew! But at least I can say I went on this one – I did NOT go on the London Eye (learned my lesson in Yokohama!).

Don’t forget about my blog giveaway. Also, I added some more beads to the etsy store. And there’s still a voucher available for my web site made-to-order beads – 15% off any order until the first day of Spring! Have a great Friday!

A New Poll

I have been thinking about this for a while now – I usually make my beads on a 1/16″ mandrel. The holes are pretty small, but they don’t move around when you string on beading wire. However, if you want to use leather, rat tail, or silk cord, I think you need the 3/32″ mandrel hole size. So, my question for this week is, would you rather have beads made on 1/16″ mandrels or 3/32″ mandrels? Please take a second to take my poll! Thanks!

In the meantime, I leave you with a photo I took when I was in Hakone, Japan. I got a picture of the Torii Gate on Lake Ashi, and the elusive and shy Mt. Fuji in the background. The engineer, who is a fantastic photographer, didn’t even get a photo this good!

Three More Days!

Three more days to enter my giveaway that I blogged about here. All you have to do is leave a comment and what you do to combat the February BLAHs! I’ve already gotten some really great comments, but you have to play to win! Anyone in the world can play, but only one comment per person, please! Giveaway ends February 28th, probably around 7:30 pm EST. These beads and more are the prize!

In case you didn’t notice from my little weather gizmo to the right, the weather here in the ‘Burgh is fantastic today! I filled up my kiln with pretties and hope to get some listed tomorrow!

MORE (!) Customer Work

I really like seeing what my customers do with the beads they buy from me – I hope you do too! Here’s a peek at what another customer made – Nancy, from bythebead on etsy, made these earrings, called Vanilla Rock, from my silvered aqua terra beads.

I originally made the beads after I saw a design by a jewelry maker, who used aqua terra jasper beads. I tried to replicate the look of the stone. They came out pretty darn close! I should have more of these beads in my store soon!


Tonight I met my friend Beth at Dunning McNair’s, a favorite East End restaurant, and actually had some girl time. The reason I am blogging this is because I want to remind everyone how important it is to get out of your basement and have fun with your friends! I made some great beads today, but the highlight of my day was being able to talk and complain to a friend that I knew when our 13 year olds were mere fetuses!!!!! That’s a friendship! Love you Beth!

Customer Bracelet – CandysTrinkets

I have a long-time customer, Candy, who has a bracelet made with my beads listed in her etsy shop! She just left a really nice comment on my giveaway blog post. She mentioned that a good cure for the February Blah’s is to buy beads, from ME! I think that’ s a great idea! Here’s a photo of the bracelet made with the Elegance beads, and a link to her store!