Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2 Teacup Chihuahuas

Two teacup Chihuahuas.  One Ugly.


One not.

I made a mistake.  Yesterday I listed the first chihuahua (top photo) in my shop without following procedure.  Before listing, I need to get a review and "the cute approval" from my kids.    The first chihuahua was listed without a review and when I did get feedback from my kids, it went like this..."what is that?!", "it's funny-looking!" and gasp..."it's NOT CUTE!".  Oh horrors!  After that scathing assessment, I deactivated my listing.

This is my third try on a beaded chihuahua. Today, I listed the bottom one in my Etsy shop.  Whew...it was cute approved!  The original chihuahua is sitting in the reject bin.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Week 5...And The Design You Like Is...

Well, actually, I only made one new design so I didn't have a poll last week. However, I do hope you still like the newest beaded addition.

This is the pattern for the Basket of Colorful Yarn.


And here is the completed work made into a bookmark.


This was a fun one to work on and I enjoyed all the bright colors although I did not follow the color scheme in my pattern. This basket of yarn is the week 5 listing in my shop.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Happy Day!



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Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Design: Pisces, The Fishes

I am slacking a bit and managed to make only 1 new pattern again for this week.  The pattern is of the astrological sign, Pisces, the Fishes, for those born February 20 - March 20.

Here it is:


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Red for Luck and Gold for Fortune, An Etsy Treasury

Here is a bold and striking Treasury curated by Merri Kitty titled "Red for Luck and Gold for Fortune" in observance of the 2012 Chinese New Year, The Year of the Dragon.  My beaded dragon is in there...yay!


Set of 5 Printable RED DRAGO...
$2.49

Dragon Dance (Set of Two Not...
$7.00

Boxwood Carved Chinese Drago...
$7.85

10 Sided Dice Tray Chinese E...
$25.00

Chinese Dragon Stationery or...
$1.25

Amigurumi Pattern - Zodiac D...
$4.50

Year of the Dragon Silkscree...
$16.00

Chinatown San Francisco art ...
$25.00

Chinese New Year Dragon Plac...
$6.00

Golden Dragon on Red, Mini M...
$14.99

Year of the Dragon Beaded Ch...
$5.00

Chinese Dragon (No. 2) - 75i...
$2.99

Chinese zodiac dragon neckla...
$11.00

The Year of Dragon - chinese...
$30.00

QQice'' Bronze-Chine...
$2.99

Yin Yang Dragons 2, Pin or M...
$4.00



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"I absolutely love crafts and all things artsy. I am very much a mood-crafter, therefore I create what I'm inspired to, when the mood strikes. I dabble in numerous crafts as my interests are so varied and I aspire to achieve my goal, of trying every single craft out there before I die!..." 


Shop at Merri Kitty's Kraftz where you will find hand knits, cards, bookmarks and more!

  • Special Offer - Reduced Ball Gown Card (Purple)
  • Lined Cotton Zipper Coin Purse - Owls
  • Knitted Cell Phone / iphone / ipod touch / MP3 player Holder / Purse (Fully Lined with Shoulder Strap)
  • Friendship Bracelet - Bright Colours (Purple) "Diagonal and Chevron-Mix Design"
  • Special Offer - Reduced Little 'Miss Helpful' Thank You Card
  • Crochet Red Rose Brooch
  • Friendship Bracelet (Blue - Colour Changing)
  • Special Offer - Reduced: Knitted Cell Phone / iphone / ipod touch / MP3 player Sock / Case
  • Coin Purse - Mini Turtles Cotton Lined Zipper Coin Purse
  • Special Offer - Reduced Little 'Miss Giggles' Birthday Card
  • Zig-zag Friendship Bracelet (Lilac, Grey and Burnt Orange)
  • Pair of Decorative Handed-Painted Tea Lights - Black and Yellow Flower














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Monday, January 23, 2012

Week 4...And The Design You Like Is..

This week's choice was between butterfly and piggy.  OINK made it!

I listed this piggy on Luulla, a new online handcrafted shopping site that I'm trying out.  Because of the lower listing fees, it'll be reflected in my prices.  I'll see how it goes...

In the meantime, one bacon was not enough so I created another piggy.  


This fella, I listed on Etsy because I have more traffic there.

Both photos were edited on Picnik Premium and I am very sad and disappointed that Picnik will be discontinued as of April 19, 2012.  Sooo sad!  What photo editing program do you use?

Thanks for stopping by and Rainbow Sprinkle Smiles to You!


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Friendship Friday: ™Photos by Laurie Rae, Inc.

Friendship Friday smiles to Laurie Ryan, Art in Nature Photographer
Etsy Shop:  Laurie Ryan, ™Photos by Laurie Rae, Inc.
Facebook:  ™Photos by Laurie Rae, Inc.
Laurie gives me a cyber hugs,  makes me smile, encourages me and has an amazing ability to capture nature's beauty in her gorgeous photos .

©Photo by Laurie Ryan
A new baby born bison born at the zoo. Isn't she just too cute?


©Photo by Laurie Ryan
 Laurie's favorite place.  A botanical garden near Lake Whitehurst, VA.

*Beautiful!*
Thanks so much Laurie and thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying your Aloha Friday. 



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Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Design: A Basket of Yarn

So this week, I have only one new pattern that I hope you like.  It's a basket of colorful yarn.  I've tried many times to learn to crochet and knit but ended up with very ugly knots and unrecognizable "things".  I admire those of you who can manage these tricky strings.

Here is my pattern:


I use BeadTool to design my patterns.  BeadTool has made creating new designs so much easier!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Two Good Luck Charms

My husband suggested that I make a lucky frog beaded charm and my daughter requested a Maneki Neko Kitty Cat.

Here is what I came up with...


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Monday, January 16, 2012

Week 3...And The Design You Like Is...

Little Chicky!


And, I am so happy to say that Little Chicky has been listed and sold on my Etsy shop.  You know best...and you've helped me make a successful design.

Please come back on Thursday to help me pick a new design.  Thank you so much for your encouragement and feedback!  Have a wonderful day!


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Designs: Butterfly or Piggy?

Thank you to all who have helped me decide on new beaded designs during the past couple weeks.  Your kind words and help have kept me motivated to keep beading.  Here are my next two designs. Do you prefer the butterfly or the pig?




I'm trying out a poll tool and I hope it's easier to use.  Thanks again for participating!



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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hello Panda!

A couple of years ago, we went on a family trip to the San Diego Zoo.  I really wanted to see the celebrity pandas but the line was sooo long.   Instead, I opted to visit the other critters with hopes of saying "Hello Panda!" a little later.  I never got my chance to see Bai Yun or Gao Gao (because the zoo is huge and we never made it back) but the more patient family members who stood in line earlier, gushed about the cuteness of the pandas all day long.

So...although dragon was chosen over panda as the week 2 design, I decided to make panda anyway because I did not want to lose another panda opportunity.  If I left panda in the "do later" stack, well, it would have turned into an "oopsie...I didn't do it at all!"

"Hello Panda!"

Beaded Panda Charm on Bookmark



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Love Is...An Etsy Treasury

This stunning Treasury was curated by Assia who makes beautiful jewelry..."I have had love for the natural minerals and crystals since I was a little girl; I remember my walks in the mountains looking for those pretty unusual rocks, the joy of having them and the hours of just watching them. Well, later on this love turned into passion for making my own jewelry."
Thank you for including my beaded heart. Be sure to visit Assia Designs!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Week 2...And The Design You Like Is...

Thanks again for helping me choose a design, dragon or panda, for my week 2 listing on Etsy.  By a teeny-tiny margin, more people suggested that I work on the dragon design to commemorate Chinese New Year 2012, the Year of the Dragon, that starts on January 12.

Here are my dragons.


Okay, so you may have noticed that these do not look quite like my original pattern.  Well I decided to tweak my beast up a little to give it more personality.  The top, smaller dragon is attached to a cell phone strap, woven out of size 11 Toho seed beads.  The other dragon is beaded with the larger size 8 Toho seed beads and attached to a key ring.  Both are listed in my shop.

Thanks for your feedback and please come back on Thursday to help me select my next design for week 4.



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Friday, January 6, 2012

Two Custom Designs

I just wanted to share two custom designs that I recently worked on.

Wildcat Paw Print

If you want to bead your own paw print, here is the free pattern.

Aquarius Zodiac Sign, the Water-Bearer
Have a great Aloha Friday and thanks for your support!



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Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Design: Do You Like Little Chicky or Pink Feather?

What new design pattern do you prefer?  If all goes well, one of these patterns will be the new accessory in my shop for week 3.

Little Chicky?

(blue background is for contrast only)



or Pink Feather?




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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A List of Valentine's Gift Ideas

Making Valentine's Day gift giving easier with these handmade gift ideas because you're probably still recovering from Christmas shopping.

or how about this simple beaded heart?



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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Promotion: Would You Like A Free Gift?

So right now my shop is basically empty but I have quite a few unsold charms and earrings that outlived the Etsy listing period of 4 months or are seasonal items that I decided to remove.  Spurred by my desire to start the year "fresh and brand new",  I've decided to give my "last year" inventory away as a free gift with purchase rather than re-list them in my shop - sort of like the Japanese custom of Fukubukuro.

The deal goes like this...
*The free gift comes with any purchase from my shop.
*One free item per person, per transaction.
*You won't know what you're getting and I won't know either because it's a mystery gift!
*Free gift will be given until I have no more to give away.

Here is peek at a few of the items in the freebie box.


In the mean tine, I need to start working on new patterns and designs.  I'll have a new pattern up each week.  I'd love for you to help me decide what to work on next.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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