Category Archives: Life as an Artist

The End of an Era

That’s right folks, an era has ended.  What do I mean by that?  Well, simply put, this blog will no longer be hosted on WordPress. I have a lot of reasons, and I wrote a nice pretty post about it on the new site, so if you want to keep following go to:


An Artist Revealed…

I was recently tagged that by Spirit Mama in a blog game!  I’m supposed to reveal 6 secrets about myself and then tag six others so…here goes! And sorry, not all of these are really secrets…

1. I can’t keep my hands still.  I mean, not like they shake (well except for when I’m all drugged up for asthma), but I always have to be doing something with them!  All the time!  If I don’t have anything to play with, I go for my rings, earrings, necklace, bracelet…

2. I once had an ER Tech offer to go through the drive-through at the place I worked so I wouldn’t have to bother with calling in.

3. I deal with severe chronic depression and I was suicidal when I was younger.  No, you don’t have to worry about me killing myself now, and all my etsy friends go a long ways as a natural therapy for depression! Thanks everyone!

4. I’ve danced on tv, twice.  I’ve also been known to dance in the middle of store isles, on random stages not currently in use, on the side of the freeway, and even in a War Memorial that looks like Stonehenge.

5. I own over 400 books – ok, not a secret, but a fun fact 🙂

6. I’ve been known to do whatever I can to freak out telemarketers.  When I was unmarried my phone was listed with just my first initial and my last name.  So when people called asking for Mr. or Mrs. Andersen I’d freak out, “would you people quit calling me? He’s dead ok! Let me mourn in peace!”  Or I’d ask when I’d married my brother…  Yes, I know, I’m mean, but I honestly didn’t do that more than maybe, 10 times?

Ok now it’s your turn! I’m too tired to think of who I want to nominate that I don’t already know has been nominated…so I’m just going to challenge YOU to reveal all!

Rebels Are We – Progress Report

I had these fancy ideas that I would keep track of the hours put in on the project, take a picture every 5 hours, and post updates that way.  Well, that was a nice theory except 5 hours came and went with no ability to take a photo.  Hours tracking has fallen by the wayside as well.  I think I’m a little over 7 hours at this point.

I realized early on that it was a great thing that I had this on my computer so I can write all over the printed design as much as I want.  After the first few times of having to pull things out because I had screwed up, again, I started drawing lines through each row as I finished it.  Helps a LOT.  I’ve still made mistakes and had to pull things out…but no where near as many as I would have other wise!

Anyway, I’m getting close to finishing the first side!  The pattern is dark – but I like it.  Just almost impossible to photograph…

Why yes, I AM a geek!

Manifestations of my geekiness have long been evident in my day to day life.  Everything from the little green Yoda that sits on my book case, to the many sci-fi and fantasy books I own, and of course the jedi-cape that my stuffed Koala bear wears!  Most recently I joined a team on etsy full of people dedicated to the memory of the show Firefly.

And now, the latest evidence of my geekiness, a bracelet dedicated to the show Heroes!

But that’s not all folks!  The geekiness continues…  Over the last few days I’ve been working on designing a whole line of “geek themed” bracelets!  Look forward to Mario, Legend of Zelda, Batman, and more to be debuting in the next few months 🙂

Only problem is going to be fitting this in around my many other projects I’ve got going…

Loving the Beads <3

Ok, so this is SUCH an over due blog!  I’ve been planning on writting this for days and for some reason it just keeps not getting written.  In my defense – life has been insane lately.

One of my goals has been to review items that I buy on etsy so that you guys get to see wonderful things that I get!  Free publicity for the sellers right?

The first is actually not beads.  Despite the title of my blog 😛  I got some AWESOME lip balm from rachel323.  Here’s the pic she had up to advertise it:

I forgot to take a picture of the actual lip balm, but I can say that I love it!  Rachel was really sweet when my original purchase got lost in the mail.  Not only did she send me an new tube, she sent an extra one!  I was so surprised!  And honored 😀  It’s not a scent that I like, BUT I’m going to give it one of my best friends and I can’t WAIT to see how she likes it 🙂  I definitely will be buying more when I have money 🙂  I’m thinking blackberrry, cappuccino, and fresh lime

Now on to the beads!

My friend who runs breathofthedragon recently put up some beads on destash – and I snapped ’em up!  Not sure yet exactly what I’m going to do with them, but they are gorgeous shells 🙂

I recently custom ordered some beads to go with a pendant I traded for with my friend gogokioko:

The beads are shaped like coffee beans!  They are reddish and I’ve got a few ideas of how I’ll use them with some wood beads I have to make a wonderfully addictive necklace 🙂

I also bought these from the same seller, crazyladybeads.  I don’t know precisely what I’m going to do with them yet.  I might put them in a fancy bracelet or I might make some spendy and fancy earrings…

Lastly, but definitely not least I went CRAZY in justDESTASHbeads and bought WAY more than I should – but the price was sooooo righ!  Imagine my joy when I opened the pack and saw all of these…

Oh yes I’m a happy girl 🙂  The only down side is…I had to leave most of my beads in Ellensburg when I came home to stay with my parents for a week while Moses finished packing up our apartment 😦  I’ve been keeping myself busy with weaving projects and doing designing!  And, the good news is, I’ll have plenty to keep myself busy with over the next month or two as I hope and pray for orders to come in to replenish my bank account!

Getting talked about…

I had a customer recently that was really awesome and ordered several pieces from me.  She just e-mailed to tell me I got a mention in her blog!  That’s always exciting 😀

Works in Progress

I have this dream in my head, a dream of myself as a well-established jewelry artist.  Totally prepared for each season and trend that comes along.  Planning in advance and not scrambling to make my ideas a reality in time for them to fit in with the season or current themes.

I think it’s a wild pipe-dream, but a girl needs to dream right?

Right now I’m juggling putting together three lines of jewelry, being sick, and moving.  Yes, I’m insane. 😛  Working hard to remind myself that it’s ok if I don’t reach all of my goals due to my health problems.  I’ve certainly had a lot of set backs due to them recently!

Speaking of which, thank you so much for all the encouragement and support from everyone who commented on my last blog post or who’s been talking to me in the forums.  You guys are wonderful and I don’t know what I’d do with out you!

Now, back to the jewelry…

The Colors of Fall

Yup, that’s what I’m calling my “Fall line.”  I feel rather silly calling it a line, but that’s the term jewerly artists tend to use and since it is a set of jewelry with a common theme…that being the colors…I decided I’ll call it my fall line and just feel silly while I say it 😛

Some of the pieces you’ll find are simply items I already had in my shop that are appropriate to the time and season.  Like this Wise Old Owl Necklace that I have:

I am also working on adding new pieces though!  My recent increase in health problems has made that harder, but here’s one of the new pieces!

As with any project, there have been set backs with this one.  I was planning on putting this line up two weeks ago and I can’t even begin to catalog the problems I ran into with finishing up pieces!  I have one piece I made that I love, but due to apparently needing smaller needles I had two beads break.  I’ve decided to tear it apart and remake it before I list it, but I have to get new needles before I can do that.  Here’s a sneak preview of it though 🙂

If anyone’s interested in pre-ordering it just request a custom item and tell me you’d like my FIRE necklace!

Looking Forward:

We’re only a week and a half from October!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’ve decided I wanted to do what I can to support this cause.  To that end I’m working on a line of jewelry that I will start posting up next week hopefully, and I will be carrying a special section in my shop.

I’m really excited about my pink ribbon bracelet that I’m weaving!  Here’s a sneak peak:

I’m having a lot of fun with it 🙂 I’m adapting it from a cross-stitch pattern I found on-line and using pink thread which shows through the white beads a little to add to it’s over all pinkness 🙂  Only problem: I need smaller needles because the one’s I have keep breaking beads.  So, until I get to the store, I have to put this on hold.  I’m hoping to get to the store in the next day or two though so I can have this piece done in time!

During the month of October any item sold from my Breast Cancer Awareness Section will have 25% of the proceeds donated to the Susan G. Koman Fund, and any other sales made will result in a 10% donation of the proceeds.  I’ll keep you updated on how much that comes too!