Sunday, February 28, 2010

A custom order, a trade and my new dolly closet :)

I recently received  a request from Rebecca (Squirrel Junkie) to make some custom necklaces for two very special Blythe dolls, Bea and Squirrel. These two dolls happen to be "Besties" and I was to make them matching squirrel necklaces. I wasn't sure if I would be able to do it. Squirrels have more detail than most of the beads I make for dolls and because I make them so small (under 10mm), I wasn't sure if it would actually end up looking like a squirrel. I was really happy with how easy it turned out to be and I was able to make two the same size. The stars must have been aligned properly that day, it usually takes me a few tries with  new designs to get them right. 


 Rebecca has an Etsy shop and makes some very cool things for doll lovers from her bunny nuggets to these adorable little wire hangers. I've had my eye on them and told her I would love to trade the necklaces for some hangers for my doll clothes. Look at the details of the wrappers, they even have a little bar code on them and come with two tiny little clothespins. ADORABLE!

So I picked up this little shelf at Michael's and spent some time painting it. I added a wooden dowel and voila, a dolly closet was born! I love how cute this turned out. I should have picked a bigger shelf though, I have way more clothes than that!

Monday, February 22, 2010

A gift for the girls

Blythe inspires so many people, I love it! We all know the dolls have inspired me in opening my Etsy shop and creating little lampwork necklaces for them but they have recently inspired my friend Amy, a fellow lampworker and knitter to create a truly wonderful gift. She made 4 beautiful hand knit helmets for my dolls and they came as a surprise one day in the mail. I was so surprised and delighted!

I have admired Amy's lampwork beads since before I started learning to make them five or six years ago. I remember having my eye on one of her bead sets on eBay and while I was in my studio struggling with learning to make my own beads, my husband bid on the auction and won them for me! I still have them, they are hanging in my studio. Amy makes really fun beads and uses bright fun colors.  Recently she has been making incredible lampwork glass moons electroformed in copper, her talent is amazing! Below you will see some of my favorites from her flickr. She sells her beads on eBay and through her Etsy shop, please stop by and take a look. You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

It's Been A while....

Wow I hadn't realized it's been almost a month since I've updated my blog. I apologize! I have been working on some new necklaces for my Etsy shop and the time just got away from me.

I've had these "Dangly Dolly" and "Dancing Bear" necklaces in the works for some time now and I'm so excited about how they came out. I wanted to come up with a creative name for them but I'm stumped! My husband suggested the names I'm currently using but if anyone has any clever suggestions, please share, including any ideas for different styles. I have a lot more ideas but I really love your input and feedback.

I'm also introducing my new metal stamped necklaces for doll lovers and collectors.  They are hand stamped sterling silver discs and are really very cute. I have a lot of fun making these and have few more ideas for these as well. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day. I'm really looking forward to spring, it really motivates me and inspires my creativity! How about you?