Sunday, June 17, 2012

Meet Maggie!

Maggie is Maxine's daughter.
 Maggie has added a few items to our beaded collection. She has practiced beading with mom for a couple of years, making things for herself, but her jewelry box is getting full like moms.  Her items are listed on the Beading Branches site as well. Here are a few samples:



Meet Joe!

Joe is Maxine's son.

While home on break from West Point Joe's brother taught him how to do the survival bracelets.
Joe has practiced and come up with different styles and items to make with the cobra braid.  He finally feels ready to sell his items, so he has become a part of the shop.

This is his newest idea. The paracord is braided around a metal headband and he's added a brass button from an Army uniform to this one. 

This first one was in the Etsy shop for about 5 minutes before it sold. There are more on the way, as well as bracelets, key chains and anything else Joe can think of to make with the paracord.

So did you ever wonder why they are called survival bracelets? Basically because the paracord used to make them is the mil spec 550 cord and can be unbraided to be used for any number of things in a survival situation. Snare - to catch food. Tourniquet or to tie a splint. To make shelter.   You get the idea. The great thing is that you have this fabulous accessory to wear comfortably until you might need it. :)  

Friday, June 15, 2012


We've been spotlighted by the STATTEAMONETSY blog.  I have enjoyed the teams on Etsy so far and really love how the various artists come together and promote each other and their shops. When one gets spotlighted the rest of the team members build treasuries featuring one of the spotlighted shops items and then mixes it together with items from other shops. There is a theme of color or idea and the result is a lot of very beautiful treasuries. I am putting them here to give an idea of just how different each one can be depending on the artist who puts it together. Enjoy these treasuries, each one featuring an item from our shop.
Thank You!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Brass and Glass

First I made a bracelet:
 And I love it because it jingles when I wear it.
I made the first one for me. I have a 9mm and a .38 that I have practiced with and it gives me a lot of brass to work with.

Then on to a pair of earrings. Now I'm having fun right... oh yes.
And the best part, even the husband has started to think this beading stuff is kind of neat. :)  Is it love or the shells???  Either way is ok with me. :) I can't wait to get the rest of the brass ready so I can make some more.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We've been featured in another BNR... take a look and if you are an Etsyian play along. :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Our First Feature in a BNR

We've been featured in our first BNR!  I've been involved with the STATTEAM for just a bit now and am really excited about some of the things they are getting me into.  I am still getting acquainted with how it all works but so far it's a hoot. :)  Here is a blog with the info I have on BNR's, for the newbies like me:

Here is the treasury we've been featured in:


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Oh What a Tangled Web we Weave... Contest 1

Anyone else feel overwhelmed at times? Nah, I'm sure it's just me... between the kids, the hubs, the schooling, and then the bead work I sometimes forget that some of that is supposed to be FUN! I would like to put a little more fun in my life so I've decided to put up a little contest of sorts.  Your best tip for marketing handmade wears, a tip that won't have me pulling out my hair,  in exchange for a chance at a pair of earrings. What do you think? We can decide which ones later but here are some samples of my work....

Well, if you don't like the idea, that makes it easy. OTOH if you like the idea then leave your best idea in my comment box and everyone who does will be entered in the drawing. And because it drives me absolutely NUTS when I can't find a deadline easily here's mine:  

June 30, 2012

Now my blog is not the most read thing on the block as of yet, but that is good news for you - gives you a better chance at getting those earrings. And the good news for me is I will test my skills at getting more people driven to my blog... Win win.

Don't forget to share with your friends. And leave an email address where I can get in touch with you should you be the lucky winner.