Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Jewels

This week I have made two new bracelets. I used Vintaj Natural Brass findings, beadcaps, charms and altered blanks.  The beads are dyed Jasper, czech glass and crystals. 

Autumn Days

Last weekend we went to Winterset to the Covered Bridges Festival. Lots of vendors selling crafts and food.  Beautiful day!  The weather was perfect.  On the way home we stopped at Howells Barn and pumpkin patch.  It was very busy. The barn is about 100 years old and the owners grow flowers in the fields behind it and then dry their flowers upstairs in the barn.  I love going there because of all the different flowers and the colours.  The mums were in full bloom - very pretty - Karen  

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What a beautiful day.  Started out by walking a couple of miles before going to work at 10am.  Short shift today until 3pm.  Back home now.  Played frisbee for a short time with Manny.  Have a couple of errands to run in town and then down to some serious designing.  I bought myself the latest edition of "Stringing" yesterday so I plan to have a good look through it tonight.  Looks like there are loads of great tips and online bead suppliers that I haven't seen before.  Oh no!  I think I will be parting with some money!  I also have to take a really good photo of my "Maple Glow" necklace for the Vintaj October Challenge.  I'd better get busy.  Karen

Sunday, October 3, 2010


My son Mike is currently living with us.  He has a dog called Manny.  Manny is an English Bulldog.  He is very sweet natured.  I wanted to share a photo of him on the blog since he keeps me from doing things that I should!  Look at that face - how can I resist that face!!  Karen
Great Fall day today.  Sunshine, cool breeze and a slight frost this morning.  Em and I  have been busy photographing our jewellery and have finally put some pieces on our Etsy Shop!  I have also been busy working on a piece of jewellery for a competition.  I am entering the "Maple Glow Challenge" on the Vintaj Blog.  I am reasonably happy with my creation and will post a photo on this blog later in the week.  Voting starts on Saturday October 9th through midnight October 15th.  Wish me luck!  Karen