Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Coupon Codes

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to update you on my shop's current coupon codes. You'll need to enter the code when you're making your payment.

1. OAHUSHIP ~ Free USPS first class shipping to Oahu mailing addresses. Minimum purchase of $5.00.
2. 5% return customer discount. Please check your invoice for your coupon code.
3. DISCOUNT15 ~ 15% off of purchase before shipping. Minimum purchase $20.00. 

Here are some of the items I'm selling. As you can see, I've been working on patterns.

Click here for more info. about the Peyote Stitch Boxer Pattern.
Boxer Pattern

Click here for more info. about the Cow & Moon Bead Patterns
Cow Jumped Over the Moon Pattern

Click here for more info. about the Brick Stitch Pumpkin Pattern
Pumpkin Pattern

You can find the rest of the patterns here as well as beaded charms, necklaces, and earrings.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Make Your Own Howler Wolf

I don't do book reviews, but, I do love to blabber about things that I love! And, I do love Pierce Brown's Red Rising Trilogy so blabber I will!

Suggested by my husband (who did not read and does not plan to read Red Rising). He happened to hear about this book and thought I would enjoy it. After dragging my feet, I decided to check it out because it is rare to get a book recommendation from him.

I certainly did not think I'd love a book that involved a zillion characters with names I could not pronounce fighting in a dark and violent dystopian galactic world. To be honest, I nearly gave up on Red Rising during the first few chapters but, somewhere between the lines I got caught up in the the drama, excitement and emotions (including humor) of the story that I could not put it down. I don't know how it happened and where I went from "I can't believe I'm reading this!" to "This book is awesome (with a happy dance)!" As a testament to how much I loved this book, upon completion, I zoomed over to the library to borrow the second book, Golden Son. Now I'm impatiently looking forward to the third installment, Morning Star, scheduled to be released in 2016.

Reminds me of Sevro from Pierce Brown's Red Rising
As I was working on a bead order for a customer - this familiar wolf design, I was reminded of Sevro (aka Goblin), a character in the book. (I just can't get the book out of my head!) Sevro is the pack leader of the "Howlers" who disguise and conquer as wolves. Sevro has a soft spot in my heart as the quirky but loyal follower of Darrow, the main character.

This beaded wolf pattern is available here for those who would like to make their own "Howler". It's a pretty simple brick stitch design using Delica seed beads. I think you'll enjoy this pattern but you will need to know basic bead weaving stitches (see sample pattern post).

Did you read Red Rising or Golden Son? What do you think? If not, here is the review on Good Reads- Red Rising Review, Golden Son Review.

As I mentioned earlier, I don't do book reviews but I'd like to mention this blog that does, The Egghead Reviews. I'm a fan of these teen Eggheads because I live with one :) Stop by and say "Hi!" and Thanks for visiting my blog!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Seed Bead Pattern - Cute Rhino

When I first designed the bead pattern for this rhino, I was pretty certain that the horn would look funny and weird. I didn't want the rhino to look like it had a flat white triangle on it's grey face. With a little bit of experimentation on the rhino's cheek, not it's nose, I finally came out with something that I liked. While the rhino's horn really IS just a flat white triangle on a grey face, I think it looks like a horn. My harshest critics, my children, gave it the "grunt" of approval and that's great for me!

Click for a closer look at the cute beaded Rhino!

This easy rhinoceros bead weaving design includes 171 seed beads. The primary colors are two different shades of grey Delica beads. Bead size is 11/0. The weaving technique is brick stitch. I would recommend using 6 lb. Fireline thread if you're making earrings or pendants. For charms that dangle from your bag or keychain, 8 lb. line would be a better bet for durability though the thread will be more visible.

The finished size of the Rhino is approximately 22mm. in width and height but may vary if you plan to use another brand of beads.

This is an easy pattern to bead because the increase and decrease in beads are gradual except for the ears that stick out. If you're buying this pattern, you will need to know how to ladder stitch & brick or peyote stitch. Instructions are not part of the purchase. If you want to review basic bead weaving stitches, there are a lot of wonderful tutorials on the internet. I have a YouTube channel that demonstrates brick & ladder stitches but it's not that fancy.

Now the big question is...what would you do with this Rhino? Would you wear these as a jewelry piece?

Hmmm...I would enjoy this as earrings if I'm feeling especially funky. I could certainly wear it as a whimsical necklace pendant on any day or as a bracelet charm. I would love it as a bag charm. I also like to stick little doo-dads onto packages that I give as gifts. It would be fun to surprise the school librarian or a parent with this rhino to complement Rudyard Kipling's tale, "How the Rhino Got His Skin".

If you are interested in beading your own rhino, click here.
If you are interested in it as earrings, click here.

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