Things to ponder . . .
All information in this section has been pulled from the internet, e-mails, my brain, my friends brain’s, the dog (my interpretation because she cannot speak), an old library book that is long overdue,…okay, I’m sure you get the point. Read it, enjoy it, but use it at your own risk!
Are Your Swarovski Crystal Beads Fake?
Swarovski crystals are known for being created to be perfectly uniform in their shape, size and their facets. You can easily look at the crystal even with out a magnifying glass and see they look perfect! Glass substitutes will have the same shape, maybe even a similar size but the facet cuts on the bicone crystal will not be perfectly uniform nor line up at a single point. There will also be a tendency for the crystals to look lopsided with their cuts where one end is very pointed and the other end almost flattened. You should be able to line up your loose crystals and not see any discrepancy. Look for bubbles inside the crystals. If you see bubbles then your crystal is not Swarovski and is glass. You should be able to see through it without any bubbles or marks. Swarovski crystals will definitely weigh more than fake glass crystals, but this is hard to determine on jewelry that is already made.

Happenings Around My Neck Of The Woods . . .
What is happening now, things to come, your opinions, advice, suggestions.
Free Shipping On Etsy This Week!
In celebration of getting my blog up and running, I am offering FREE SHIPPING(sorry, US only) on everything in my shop!
Gift Certificates Are Now Available On Etsy!
Gift Certificates are an excellent gift, making shopping easy! I have them in different amounts, and if you don't see one that you need, just send me an email or post a comment, and I will create one for you!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mama's Jewels

A mom always guards her jewels! And this mama's jewels are very precious indeed - pearls. These babies are light blue pearls nestled snuggly into this hand weaved nest. As mom goes out on her daily flight she decides to take along her babies.

This would be a perfect gift to give for your mother or daughter or any mom. She will be reminded of a special love every time she looks in the mirror and sees the beauty of this brass bird in flight with her babes.
Any bird or nature lover will also appreciate the grace and purity of nature as represented in this natural beauty!
Measures approx. 11 1/2" long.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Your Opinion Counts!

I need your help!  I just got back from a trip to the UP (Houghton) to visit a girlfriend.  We love to craft, and after pulling out some of my Jewelery, she mentioned that the pendants below would make a great pull for a lamp or a ceiling fan.  I thought it was a great idea, and now I wonder would anyone else think the same.  Is there a need for such an item?  Would people like it?  Pushing the idea a step further, we thought about the possibility of making ornaments that hang from a stand.
Would love to hear any feed back!  Ideas, suggestions, thumbs up, thumbs down!

More Useless Information About Me!

I've had a passion for making jewelry as far back as I can remember. My passion was ignited by being a member of a very large family that was always involved with crafts in one way or another.

Dad was a Cub Scout Leader who held meetings at home - sort of the Grand Poohbah of ceremonies. Mom was the Art Director in charge of projects and supplies. I had the dubious honor of being Project Tester; this job involved making upcoming projects to be sure the boys were able to complete them. The logic was, if Debbie can do it, anybody can do it!

The call to anything Vintage!

The look and feel of anything vintage has taken off like Seabiscuit out of the gates in the last few years and continued it's astounding pace. I'm sure there's always been a solid base of vintage fans but until recently, I was out of the loop on that one.

I'm usually more of the sparkle and bling type of girl but more and more, I find myself being drawn into the vintage era! That being said, I have decided to work more with natural brass - almost a rustic type of look.