Screw Perfection

Teaching at an all girls schools in Memphis, TN in the mid 1990s was the best professional, and in many ways personal, experience in my life. Never before had I had the pleasure of being surrounded by so many girls and women. It was beautifully female 24/7…..I was drinking the Kool-Aid of single gender education and boy was I hooked. These girls and young women were spectacular. They came to school to learn and to achieve and to grow and to lead and to succeed. The standards were high. The girls rose higher. This is how to raise our daughters.

Years upon years in middle school classrooms have given me an awareness into not just beautiful adolescents, but our larger world. They are little mirrors of the million things that are right and the million things that are wrong in the world around them. We don’t watch them closely enough. We are far too quick to dismiss them because of their age, or their immaturity, or their hormones….. But they are, and they live, truth.

Perfection in our girls rears its ugly head and wreaks havoc far too often in their young lives. Perfect grades. Perfect shoes. Perfect binder organization. Perfect hair. Perfect color coded notes. Perfect skin. Perfect attendance. Perfect life. A young woman in the choke-hold of perfection is one of the most heart wrenching tug of wars you will ever see. There is a battle deep, deep down in her soul that consumes her every thought.  And it isn’t just our teenagers is it, friends?  I see it everywhere around me in my own peers. Perfect family, perfect home, perfect marriage, perfect life….  This ideal world we design in our minds stops us from being REAL.  And if we can’t be REAL I suspect we can’t find the elusive HAPPINESS we all desire.

I cannot help but notice how many articles, books, posts are written around the theme of finding happiness.  (Trust me the irony of that statement is not lost one me).  I have declared over and over again that the brain tumor has been my gateway to finding my happiness, my true joy.  I have thought and thought a lot about why that is and I can only come to one conclusion…..I just don’t give a shit about most things anymore.

I no longer want the perfect house, the perfect children, the perfect body… I understand that all of it is a farce.  Fake.  NOT REAL.  I just want to be real.  I want things around me to feel real.  REAL lets me know I am alive.  REAL inspires me.  Real can’t be faked and it sure as hell is not perfect.

I would love to replace how we perceive the attainment of our goals (and the goals we set for our children) to shift thinking away from perfection and towards the idea of practice.  My fellow yogis out there are smiling a little because we know, don’t we?  Hold on though, this is not just a “yoga thing”.  It is simply a lesson that can be cultivated from the practice of yoga.  Yoga is never, will never and does not never strive to be perfect.  There is no end game.  No finish line or perfect time or promotion or raise.  It is simply a practice. (ok, not so simple but I won’t get on my yoga soapbox in THIS post)

How awesome if our children practiced skills needed to be life-long learners?  How spectacular if we practiced being the best parents we can be?  What if we practiced being a good wife or friend or community member?  What if we used our strengths and practiced the art of creating a new business venture? Do you feel it?  The relief of practicing.  Maybe you could practice writing a blog (no don’t, I don’t need the competition).

Think about how freeing it is to say I practice having a great life.  No perfection, just practice.  Fall down?  Keep practicing.  Mess up?  Keep practicing.  Fail?  Keep practicing.  And what if you knew everyone around you was just….practicing.  Whoa.  Mind-blowing.  Life-altering.

The unattainable is everywhere we look.  And our girls….oh our poor girls…. not only do they see the unattainable perfection, they now live in a world where they have to also show their perfect selves.  Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, Facebook…..(oh wait…Facebook is where we as adults try to show our perfect lives….)  What if we changed their conversation in their heads.  No more perfect anything.  Just a life in practice.

Wow.

Tess

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Just A Few Things

Hi,
Just wanted to send you a few reminders today.  Whee! are looking for a jewelry designer/bead maker interested in writing for this blog.  At least one post a month.  If you would like to, just click on Contact Us and send us a message.

7th Do Over Challenge
For all my Do Over participants I’m posting the Blog Hop list again incase you missed it.  I just hope you follow my blog.  Reveal date is April 19th.  Let me know how you’re doing.  Is anyone using an art bead in their re-design?  I’m using one of my Gin Blossoms.

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Yup, this one.  Isn’t she pretty. I Love them.

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The Echo Creative Club reveal is the 25th.  There have been some changes.  One, I changed it back to the old format, which means there will be no bead exchange.  If you want to know more about the changes or why, you can P.M.  Want to join for 2015, just click on the link above.

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Check out my Bead De-Stash. ALL proceeds go to Doctor’s Without Borders.

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New Faux Stones here.  Let me know what your favorite shapes and colors are.  I’m working on some other shapes too.

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My cogs.  Tell me what you would do with a pair.

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Purchase a polymer clay art bead grab bag for only $10 and get $30 or more worth of beads.

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Tab Charms in lots of different colors.  I have many more, mucho not listed on my website yet.  Same for the Versatile Rings. If you’re looking for a particular color, let me know.

Versatile Rings

Versatile Rings

Ring-A-Ding-Ding Versatile Rings.  They can be used for earrings, clasp, connectors or focal for bracelet or necklace.  What else?

Make any purchase now through April 13th and I will send you a discount code for your next purchase.

If you have any suggestions about a blog post, my website, sales, newsletter…ANYTHING, let us know.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Little Artists

I love making with kids. While some may be blind to the absolute beauty in the artwork of children, we could all learn valuable lessons from the makings of young artists.

Despite their differences… boys, girls, shy, funny, loud, neat, messy… they all seem to leap over the hurdle of creative inhibition and are fearless in their making. They explore new mediums with true curiosity, like tiny mad arty scientists.

They will not be rushed or forced. “Are you done yet? Is it finished?” Kids relish the process of making. With little tongues sticking out, they focus on the task at hand and the clock be damned!

Want to make some messes with little fingers? Here are few tips for creative exploration with younger kids:
• Give as little direction as possible. This may sound silly but by providing only the necessary instructions you encourage creative play. Absolutely help when asked, but give them the opportunity to do it for themselves.

• Work in stages. Putting a huge variety of materials out all at once can be overwhelming. By working in stages you can ease in new materials and techniques.

• If you are worried about mess don’t provide glitter, glue, stamp pads or paint. If you don’t mind being messy, plastic tablecloths, paper plates, and sponge brushes make messy work a little more manageable.

• Don’t put anything you don’t want used within eye-shot. Kids have a built in radar for the most expensive, the sharpest, messiest or dangerous objects. If you don’t want it used, keep it hidden.

• Offer a variety of materials to work with. Stamps, paint, buttons, tags, paper, trims, ribbons, stickers, tape, scraps. I like to always provide at least a few nice quality supplies because I think it’s important for them to have that opportunity if possible. Children can absolutely tell the tactile difference between inexpensive and quality supplies. Even as adults it’s nice to have a crafty treat once in a while.

• Expect everything to be completely obliterated. It’s just easiest to have this mindset from the get-go.

• Bring extras. At the end of every workshop I have done with kids, many want to make seconds. Because time is usually an issue, I tell them they can take some supplies home to make another there. Kids are great and generally not very greedy.

• RELAX! Art, craft and creativity isn’t always about a pretty end result. Sometimes it’s just about the joy of gluing this to that. Don’t pressure, don’t push, don’t criticize. Guide, praise and play. Offer help, give suggestions, but don’t be grabby and do not take over and do it for them.
Finally, a word of thanks to the little artists that came out today! You were so much fun to work with and your blocks are amazing!

P.H.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Jewelry Affaire 2014

Spring 2014

My friend, Deb Floros sent me a private message yesterday on facebook congratulating  me on my earrings that were published.  Say What?  I had no idea they were going to be published, in fact I forgot all about them.  I don’t subscribe to magazines cuz I don’t have the luxury of time to read them or page through them.

UC (2) UC If you would like these earrings, quote me a price.  All proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Rock Study

Amethyst Geode

Amethyst Geode

I love rocks and have been collecting them longer than I care to admit.  This amethyst geode I found over 10 years ago on the shores of Lake Superior.  Most of the rocks I collect are from there.  I teach a lot of classes up there.  I find a lot of agates and gemstones too.  Found some really cool rocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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The amethyst geode is pretty and a very rare find, but these are the rocks I really love.  The ones with all the texture, layers and what I call steps.  I love to run my fingers across the bumps and crevice’s and feel the weight in my hand.  I use these in my home décor, office, studio, landscape, even candle holders.

I also collect small pebbles I use in my mixed media art work.  Some I paint and write small messages on them and give to people who are having a bad day.  I always try to hide them like in a coat pocket instead of handing them out.  Though people always figure out it’s me because of the art work on them.

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I have been working on these for over a year now.  Chiseling, texturing, shaping, cutting, shaving, sanding, refining.  Blood, sweat and tears…literally.  Loved every minute of it.

My earlier attempts looked like big piles of poop, but then I finally figured  out the problem.

The picture above are just a few of the larger stones that made the cut and I made molds from.  If the day ever comes I stop making beads, I’ll sell these molds for a hundred dollars….EACH!

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These are some smaller stones I used in the earrings pictured below.  Not sure I’ll produce these for sale just yet.  For now I’m sticking a pin in it.

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About 1-3/4″ 47mm

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3-1/2″

 

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1-1/2" - 1-3/4"

1-1/2″ – 1-3/4″

43mm - 47mm

43mm – 47mm

The two top ones look like asymmetrical hearts.

2" - 2-1/2"

2″ – 2-1/2″

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You can purchase my Faux Stones here.

SHOP HERE   Make any purchase and ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.

Until next time.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Cogs And Tabs

I have been hoarding these beauties for years and I have dozens more.  These range in size from 3/4″ to 1″

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Here is a pair of earrings I made with them.

My Tab Charms are new to my polymer clay collection.  I posted some of these in a previous post, but not these.

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Let me know what you think.

I’m working on some new stuff and will be posting soon about that.

Make any purchase and ALL the proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Echo Creative Club With Susan Kennedy

Name:  Susan Kennedy

Business Name:  SueBeads

 Website:  www.suebeads.com; www.suebeads.etsy.com

 Blog:  www.suebeads.blogspot.com

 Facebook:  www.facebook.com/susan.kennedy.10

 Pinterest:  SueBeads

 Where is Home?  Pittsburgh, PA

What is it that you design and create?  I make glass beads, beaded beads, polymer clay beads and I enamel beads – beads beads beads!

What is your favorite part of the design process?  Color – I love picking out colors!

How did you come up with your business name?  Pretty simple right?  I bead and I make beads!

When and how did it all begin?  In 2004 I found out I had cancer; after going through surgery, radiation, and a divorce, I needed something to do!  I took a class at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and was hooked.  My ex-partner helped me set up my little basement studio and I have been selling beads since 2009, first on ebay, then on my own web site and etsy, and now at shows like Bead Fest!

Who or what inspires you?  Sometimes I feel like I just “make” things, so I am really inspired by friends who are truly artists – whose pieces have inner meaning.  And by many lampwork artists who do amazing things with glass!

What advice would you give other independent artists who are just starting out?  It’s a hard economy right now – you have to stand out and use quality, artisan products!  Please purchase handmade!

What music are you listening to?  I don’t listen to music very much, but when I’m in the car I listen to classic rock or the Sirius satellite radio 80’s station.

What TV show are you hooked on?  Big Bang Theory and Sunday night Showtime!

What was the last movie you saw?  August Osage County

What is your favorite food?  Toss-up between Italian and Asian!

What is your favorite candy or treat?  Right now I am enjoying chocolate a bit too much!

Coffee or Tea?  Green Tea!  Or Thai Iced Tea!

What store could you walk around in for hours and be happy?  I don’t shop much, but I do love a kitchen store!

Any pets?  Sadly, no.

Favorite place to visit or would like to visit?  Italy is my favorite place in the world and Japan is second.  I would love to go to Fiji someday!

If you could be a superhero, what would your name be and what superpower would you have?  Blanking on the name, but invisibility is the power!

Celebrity crush?  Bono.  ‘Nuf said!

Favorite holiday?  Thanksgiving – I love stuffing way too much!

Tell us something about yourself we don’t know.  I can drive tractors and backhoes!

What do you secretly wish you could do or be?  An attorney in the manufacturing industry!

Favorite piece of clothing?  To me the best part of the day is getting into my jammy pants!

Do you speak any languages or want to learn one?  I can help my kids with their French homework, and words of Spanish.  I want to take a Rosetta Stone class someday, either in French or Italian.

Plans for the yourself/business?  Well, I feel that I’m at a crossroads right now about what I’m going to do in the future in the bead business – but probably I will have to cut back to hobby status again in order to survive!  I don’t want to sound negative but this economy is killing me!

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I forgot to take a picture of the beads. :(

Love this.  So easy and light to wear everyday.  I had one of my Cherry Blossoms on this necklace, but it drew too much attention away from Sue’s beautiful lampwork beads.

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Look at those puppies.

I dug through my bead stash for days to find the perfect beads and colors.

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When I saw these flower beads I melted.  I had a very complicated design finished and ended up taking it all apart.  The flower beads got lost in the design.  I decided on the KISS approach instead.

Thank you Sue for such beautiful treasures to work with and for joining me this year.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Huge Bead Destash

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BEAD DESTASH TODAY.  As soon as the sun comes up I will be listing a whole bunch of beads.  Keep an eye on my website.  I have some things listed now, but I’ll be adding all beads later.  The more I sell the more I’ll list.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS.
PLEASE SHARE.

DESTASH

I hope you will take part in this noble cause and please, PLEASE share this information

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Echinacea

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My original sketch

I started with a sketch and then hand carved out of clay.  The sketch was easy, the clay not so much.

Echinacea, queen of the Daisies, is called Coneflower for its dome-shaped center. Plants continue to bloom from June into the fall. Breeders have teased out a considerable range of pinks, purples, yellows, and oranges, plus white, with more hues coming every year. There are double-flowered forms as well as varieties with petals pulled back like a badminton shuttlecock. These are first-class garden plants for full sun.

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New Echinacea flowers are waiting for good homes.

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Check back on the 25th for the Echo Creative Club reveal.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Gin Blossom Inspiration

I love my Gin Blossoms.  They are my favorite creation.  These went from a vision in my head, sketched out on paper, then carved out in clay.  I put together some Gin Blossom eye candy together for you today.

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nuff said

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Need One More

This spot is now filled, but 2015 is open

Need one more person to fill the August 2014 spot.

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I’m looking for one experienced jewelry designer with at  least 5+ years designing jewelry and has been published.  I don’t consider Bead Chat published.

 

guy-with-binoculars-213x300 How it will work

I will send you one of my polymer clay art beads.  Then you will make a piece of jewelry with it and post it on your blog.  The reveal date is the 25th of every month.   My blog post will be a bead maker/designer spotlight about you.  Just by answering some questions I will send you so our readers can be introduced to your work.

If this sounds interesting to you or someone you know, please send me an EMAIL with information about how long you have been designing  jewelry AND  a link to your shop. 

Open to U.S. residents and NEW participants only.  If you are not an U.S. resident and want to pay shipping and handling, please apply. 

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Blog Hop List For 7th Do Over Challenge

7th Do Over Challenge
Hey Do Over Challengers,

Here is the blog hop list for the 7th Do Over Challenge Reveal.  Please copy and paste them into your blog post.

Your Do Over pieces have been mailed out.  I do not know what you were sent so I’ll be surprised on the reveal date.

My apologies to those I had to turn away.  I want to keep this challenge small.

Very small.

CHECK YOUR LINK BELOW AND MAKE SURE IT WORKS.  Check back on THIS post for any revisions before the reveal date.

These are in the order you signed up.

Jeannie K Dukic

Dagi

Judy Campbell

Veralynne Malone

Christine Murrow

Shai Williams

Lola Surwillo

Christina Hickman

Katrina Taylor

Becky Pancake

Roxanne Mendoza

Charlene Jacka

Inge von Roos

Mary Govaars

Penny Houghton

Beti Horvath

Ginger Davis-Allman

Molly Alexander

Linda Britt

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Hair Twists Tutorial

My girls have worn their hair long — shoulder length or longer — for years now. It wasn’t always so, and I’m sure it won’t always be so. But for now, like many families, we keep a generous stash of hair bands in our bathroom drawer ready to secure hair into ponytails, braids, and buns as needed.

They work just like a standard rubberband — you put them on with a typical figure 8 twist, then adjust them so the beads are on top. The beads are such simple accent, but they add loads of charming personality!

Of course, they remind me of the hair bobbles of my childhood — with colorful plastic balls at the ends. But these are much gentler on your hair and more modern looking. Plus, you can make them in any color you like!

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I think a small box with 3 or 4 of these would make such a sweet gift. You could create them in springtime colors and include them in an Easter basket. Or they would be wonderful to make a birthday party — a happy little activity that guests can make and use right away.

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I’m just crazy about the contrast of the glittery band or colorful shiny elastic against raw wood. If you prefer a glossier look, you could paint the beads to match or compliment the elastics. The combinations are endless. These hair twists are easy to make; fun to make alone or with friends on a craft night!

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A special touch for the girls in your house — and for yourself as well. Let’s start making!

 

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SUPPLIES

- Wooden beads (1/2-3/4″) – 5/8″ fold over elastic (you can do a search for folded elastic to find tons of sources, Sunshine Shoppe is where the elastic pictured came from. – wooden skewer – scissors

INSTRUCTIONS

Measure and cut one 12 inch piece of fold-over elastic. (Optional: Once cut, seal the ends by singeing their edges over a candle.) Choose 2 wood beads. These beads can be raw wood or painted with hobby paint, if desired.

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Carefully thread the elastic through the bead and pull close to the end. It’s helpful to coax the elastic through the bead by pushing it through with a wooden skewer.

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Tie a knot about 1 inch in from the end.

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Repeat this same threading and knotting of the elastic band on the opposite end.

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Fold in half to estimate the middle…

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… then gather the beads and knot the band together as close to the beads as possible. Once the elastics have been knotted, your beaded hair ties are ready for wearing and giving!

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HOW TO WEAR

These hair twists are worn like traditional hair bands. Start by fitting the elastic around pony tail, keeping the beads on the outside.

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Twist the elastic into a figure 8 and draw the second loop up and over the pony tail.

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Adjust the double elastics that are now holding the pony tail into place so that the elastic is flat and so that the beads are on top.

Wear with a beautiful smile. : )

THIS WOULD ALSO BE GREAT FOR:

- Easter gifts
- Classmate Valentines.
- A birthday party/slumber party activity.
- Party favors.

Have Fun,

The happy Crafter

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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A Few Things

JKD STUDIO will be closed until March 10th. Working on some new things and getting ready for a huge bead show.

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NEW Headpins will be added to my polymer clay art beads.

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An old favorite with a new twist.

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NEW rings. Both styles.  In the past these were exclusive to my designs only or custom orders, but no more.

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So were buttons.  Some awesome colors and designs coming.

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Back by popular demand my Gin Blossoms in NEW colors.  (not these)  These are my best seller at bead shows.

Cherry Blossoms Spring Collection

Cherry Blossoms Spring Collection

I still have some left.  These are available for sale right now if you’re interested.

Tab Charms

Tab Charms

This is what happened when I literately doodled in clay with my handy dandy PC tools.

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My Polarity Beads used in this bracelet with lampwork beads from Credit River Art Glass and pewter button from Green Girl Studios

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I’m giving away this necklace and bracelet set.

Sign ups for the 7th Do Over Challenge CLOSE TOMORROW.

Just found out we are looking for someone to add to our blog team.  Send inquiries to Jason.

Until next time, have a GREAT Weekend.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Sign Ups For 7th Do Over Challenge

SIGN UPS CLOSED

Visit Beading Daily  and read the article by Michelle Mach about the Do Over Challenge.

 

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Badge For Your Blog

Feel free to post this badge in the sidebar on your blog with this link.

Hello,

It’s DO OVER time again. I do have to limit the amount of people so don’t delay.  Read carefully, there has been some changes.

I will be posting the list of participants for the blog hop on my BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!, so make sure you are following.  I will not email this information to you.  From past experience, too many emails get lost in spam.

PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND YOUR BLOG LINK IN THE NOTE SECTION WHEN YOU SIGN UP.   If you forget I will not follow up and your blog link will not be added.

NOTE:  I will no longer send an invoice, so you will have to print your own when you sign up.

Here’s how it works:

I will send you a piece of my jewelry for free and you will repurpose into something beautiful and amazing.   You will receive a bracelet or a necklace. There will be a small entry fee of $5.45 to cover shipping and handling.  Canada $8.95.  International $10.99  You can thank the postal service for those amounts.  Rates subject to change without notice.

The jewelry I’m sending out for this challenge are designs I made when I was new to jewelry-making. This is NOT jewelry currently listed on my website!  There will be no art beads of any kind in what you receive.

Can’t guarantee the quality nor do I know what you will receive or that you will even like it. Just have fun and keep within the spirit of what this challenge is about; DO OVER! CHALLENGE! It will not be in any fancy packaging when you receive it.

Guidelines:

Make sure I have your blog link and a valid email address when you checkout.  If you forget, I will not follow up.

You have to have a blog to enter

Take a “before” picture. I don’t have pictures if you forget.

Try to use 50% or more of the do over piece. You can add beads from your own stash.

I do encourage you to use an Art Bead from a bead artist in your piece.  This is not mandatory, but it may be in the future.

Everyone will post it on their blog the SAME DAY, April 19th.

I hope you will consider this, we have a lot of fun.

Sign up HERE.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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We’re Looking For You

Ow ya goin mates

Whee! The People is looking for someone to add to our blog team.  Specifically we’re looking for a someone with strong ties to the jewelry/art bead community, who is well-known, knows who’s who, someone who has a pulse on what’s going, lots of experience with beads and business, has been around the block and back.  You get the jest.

Like the Holy Grail

We would like to have a weekly post about all things beady and more.  Best or new tools, beads, art beads, book reviews, bead/shop reviews, who is hosting a blog hop challenge, eye candy pictures, studios, techniques, tutorials.  So on and so forth.

Please send me an email with your talents/experience and who you are.  We’ll even let you name the new category.  We would love to hear from you. Send to the attention of Jason.

Thanks from all of us at Whee! The People

if you are currently doing this for another blog, please do not apply

Hooroo

 

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Echo Creative Club With Evie & Beth McCord

Name:
Evie and Beth McCord

Business Name:
EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC

Website:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/EBBeadandMetalWorks

Blog:
www.ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com

 Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/EB-Bead-and-Metal-Works-LLC/134056376618929?ref=hl

Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/emccord13/

Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebbeadandmetals/

Where is Home?
Lafayette, Indiana

What is it that you design and create?
We are a mother/daughter team creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from our handmade flameworked glass beads, enameled copper and Viking Knit.

What is your favorite part of the design process?
Collaboration

How did you come up with your business name?
EB is a combination of our names and we work with beads and metal, so that is the rest of the name.

When and how did it all begin?
June 2004 for Beth – Beth took a management class and had to interview a small business owner – Sharon Owens of Inspired Fire.  Beth had a wonderful talk with Sharon and Beth remembers talking to Evie about the store, so Evie bought Beth a beginning flamework class.  Then Beth found out the Purdue University offered a Jewelry and Metalsmithing major and that is when her passion started.

During Beth’s time in class and making beads, Evie would help her by cleaning beads and measuring necklaces (Beth is not good at measuring).  Evie would also help with Beth’s design ideas.

In 2006, Beth brought Evie into the madness of sawing, flameworking and enameling.  That year Beth bought Evie a beginning flameworking class and Beth also taught Evie how to saw and enamel.

Evie finds sawing a soothing process and does most of the intricate piercings in copper, while Beth loves to play with the enamels to see what kind of colors can be created – that is the same with the flamework beads.

Who or what inspires you?
Colors inspire Beth – seeing what kind of colors she can create from the enamels on the copper pieces and the glass when she makes beads.

Evie – likes to see the visual lines of a piece as she is sawing out the copper and how far she can take the saw blade before she breaks it.

What advice would you give other independent artists who are just starting out?

Stay true to yourself – don’t let others tell you what and how you should create!

What music are you listening to?
Beth – iPod is on shuffle

Evie – Jonathan and Charlotte, Jason Derulo

What TV show are you hooked on?
Beth – Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Almost Human, and Ancient Aliens

Evie – Ancient Aliens, Dancing with the Stars, The Following, Grey’s Anatomy

What was the last movie you saw?
Beth – Red II

Evie – Christmas in Conneticut

What is your favorite food?
Beth – Chicken Pad Thai

Evie – Pot Roast

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Beth – Reese’s Peanut Butter – Easter Egg

Evie – Crème Brule (fixed properly – hot)

Coffee or Tea?
Beth – Coffee (Starbucks) and love my sweet tea

Evie – Neither (as she makes a yucky face)

What store could you walk around in for hours and be happy?
Beth – Von’s and Inspired Fire

Evie – Von’s and Inspired Fire

Any pets?
Beth 4 cats and my mom

Evie – 3 cats and Beth

Favorite place to visit or would like to visit?
Beth – would love to go back to Munich Germany and visit New Zealand

Evie – New Zealand and go back to Munich Germany

If you could be a superhero, what would your name be and what superpower would you have?
Beth – never thought about it

Evie – have no idea , but would like to have healing powers to heal the soul

Celebrity crush?
Beth – Lucio Bubacco

Evie – Sean Connery

Favorite holiday?
Beth – any time I get off work

Evie – Christmas

Tell us something about yourself we don’t know
Beth – lots of tattoos

Evie – use to do Judo and Kenpo Karate and tattoos and piercings

What do you secretly wish you could do or be?
Beth – I wish I could do beading, enameling, and jewelry making full time!

Evie – retire from full time job and devote my day to sawing, sawing, sawing

Favorite piece of clothing?
Beth – Dansko shoes and jeans

Evie – Bohemian blouses and blue jeans

Do you speak any languages or want to learn one?
Beth – learned Russian, German and Japanese in high school and was a Russian Linguist in the Army.

Evie – Spanish in high school and learned conversational German from her time in Germany. Evie started to learn Russian while Beth was in the Army to speak Russian with her. But Beth got out and said she never wanted to speak Russian again.

Plans for the yourself/business?
Now that the house is done (extension built on the back of Evie’s house for Beth to move back home) and both of us back on the road of healthiness, we can focus on creating and enjoying what we love.

collage

These are the beautiful Lamp work beads these two wonderful ladies bestowed upon me. :)  Pinks, reds, orange, golds. Yummy.

B&E (1)

I used all Vintaj beads, and components.

B&E (2)

Vintaj Soaring Sparrow

B&E (3)

Vintaj clasp and jump rings

B&E (4)

Shell beads that pick up the hints of gold in the lamp work beads perfectly

B&E (5)

The pink rounds are 8mm Rhodonite gemstones.

B&E (6)

B&E (7)

Thank you Evie and Beth for sending me these beautiful beads to work with and for joining me this year.

I also invited Melissa Meman this month.  Please visit her blog to she what she cooked up.

I’m giving this set away if you pay priority shipping and handling costs. If you’re interested just send me an email with your address.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Legendary Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker Recipe: Three Bean Chili Deluxe. This recipe has won chili-cookoffs all over the country!   |   Design Mom

Three Bean Chili Deluxe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 heaping teaspoons chopped garlic (about 3-4 cloves)
3, 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
2, 16 ounce cans light kidney beans (do not drain)
2, 16 ounce cans dark kidney beans (do not drain)
2, 16 ounce cans black beans (do not drain)
1 entire packet of powdered Ranch Dressing mix
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 spoonful’s of the secret ingredient (which is cream cheese)

Directions:

1. Have a large slow cooker ready. In a skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. Drain the fat. Transfer to slow cooker.

2. Add the remaining ingredients. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.

3. Ladle into bowls and top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onions. (Bacon is also delicious if you have any on hand!)

We also think this chili is just right thickness for chili-cheese hotdogs. Yum!

Slow Cooker Recipe: Three Bean Chili Deluxe. This recipe has won chili-cookoffs all over the country!   |   Design Mom

TIPS – If the chili seems like it’s getting too dry while it cooks, add a little more tomato sauce or water. It’s supposed to be pretty thick, but you don’t want it to burn on the bottom. – This chili just gets better as it sits and the flavors meld. You can make it several days in advance. – This makes a big batch perfect for a big family or group. You can freeze the leftovers or keep them for about one week. – Our recipe isn’t very spicy. If you like a spicier chili add more chili powder and cumin, or add some cayenne pepper, to taste.

B.B.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder

In honor of the Olympics this story came to mind.

Have you heard of a man called Cliff Young?

No? Gather round.

It was a dark and stormy night…no, no, no.

Once upon a time there was a man called Cliff Young.

He was born in 1922 in Australia. He grew up on his parents sheep farm and the best way to herd the sheep, according to Cliff, was to…um..run after them by foot.

He gave up sheep (the farming of them that is) in his adult years and became a potato farmer instead. But him being a potato farmer really has nothing to do with this part of his story.

Where was I?

Oh yes.

Fast forward to 1983, while the rest of the world was shimmying along to Billy Jean or stomping it to Beat It by Micheal Jackson, Cliff, now 61 years of age, entered himself into a marathon. Not the usual 26 miles, easy-peasy-squeezy marathon. No, he decided on the (now defunct) Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra-marathon, a mere 544 miles (875 kilometers).

He trailed at first.

Lagged behind the main runners.

But here’s where it becomes a story of awesome…

Instead of sleeping during the first and second night of the race, like every other runner did, he kept on running.

Not stopping.

He won the race by a 10 hour lead.

It doesn’t end there.

He completed the race in 5 days, 15 hours and four minutes. Knocking 2 days of the fastest record held.

Why?

Well. The first time I heard this story that answer was ‘he didn’t know he had to sleep’. Further digging I read that he said, ‘As a young sheep farmer it wasn’t unusual for me to run for 2/3 days at time straight.’

He didn’t do what everyone else was doing.

Whether he did or didn’t know about the sleeping arrangements is irrelevant really.

He just didn’t follow the crowd.

Go with the herd.

Do what was expected.

He ran in his own unique way.

Not for one second do I believe life is a race. Meh. But I do think it’s about stepping out and away (if needed, required, wanted) from the herd in order to just get on, hit your own darned ground, and get busy on running with your own thing.

No looking over the shoulder.

No comparing.

No wondering what the hell everyone else is up to.

Get it?

Excellent.

Task: For today. Just today. Only one little day. Or a day soon when Cliff Young pops into your head. No looking over your shoulder. No glancing at what others are up to. No comparing. No ‘wanna be like’. Today, stay on your own ground.

D. H.

Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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Treat Box Tutorial

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

 Let the countdown begin! Valentine’s Day is in one week. And I’ve got the perfect little project for you just in time. Present your Valentine with a handmade felt box, complete with a custom design cut out made just for them. Simple construction with a sophisticated look that can hide any number of sweet treats and gifts inside.

Make them for your kids, your honey, or even for classmates.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

I should note, these little gift boxes aren’t just limited to the heart-filled holidays. They can be modified and styled for any time you need to give a gift. Think birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day or a random Wednesday when you feel extra kind.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

I love how the top-cutouts add another dimension, more color options, and a whole different feeling to the boxes.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

The gift recipient of these will have so many reasons to love you. It’s a kind gesture, includes a thoughtful gift and is encased in a beautiful gift box. Win, win and win.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

Grab your scissors and glue gun and let’s get started.

 

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

Supplies:

- felt – stiff felt is best but there are more in-store color options with regular felt — I used some of both for the boxes pictured – felt box printable found Here   – scissors – glue gun – cutting blade

Note on felt: My tutorial calls for stiffened felt. However, stores offer more color choices in the regular felt. If a more flimsy box doesn’t work but you must have a particular color, consider doubling up and using two layers of felt. Or wrap regular felt around the stiff stuff.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

Follow the steps of cutting out both the top and bottom of the box per your dimensions.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

Fold and adhere the triangle flaps to the square edges flaps. Take notice of creating 90 degree angles at the corner. Do this for the bottom of the box.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

Before putting together the top, cut a simple shape wherever you want it placed. I found scissors were best for me but you might find a cutting blade works better.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

Then assemble the top, again with the glue gun.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

Add a contrasting color behind the shape and glue in place.

DIY Felt Boxes for Valentine's Day — make cut outs in the top in any shape you like!   |   Design Mom

Last step: Stuff with goodies!!

If you decide to make some, I’d love to hear about it or see photos. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Happy Crafter

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