Dec 20, 2014

Pine Ridge Treasures Pearl Challenge

Just a quick post to show off some pretties that I made using glass pearls and Tiaria crystal from Znet Shows.  Well actually I got the pearls from Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures for this challenge but they originally came from Znet. 

When I first received my beads, I admit I was stumped.  Gorgeous, rich colors of a deep forest green and a beautiful navy blue but I couldn't wrap my head around just how to combine them.  I finally decided to to make up a couple designs.

This first one ended is actually the second one I made. I love charm bracelets and it has been so long since I have made any.  They tend to be hard on the hands but I figured with the larger pearls and crystals it wouldn't be so bad.  And I was right.

Oh and let me show this gorgeous clasp that I used.  It just adds to the sparkle.

As you can guess, this set was the first to come together and it definitely reawakened my love of knotting pearls.  This necklace has that touch of elegance that comes with knotted pearls with the added flash of the Tiaria crystal.

And of course, it has a fun clasp.  Just love this mermaid.

Oh and I did mention set.  Yeah there is actually matching earrings.

Now both of these beauties will be up for sale at Shaiha Designs on Sunday.
Dec 19, 2014


I am sorry that I didn't have any ramblings for last week.  I had spent most of last week sick with something but this is a new week.

  • One of my best friend's uncle was killed in car accident last friday night.  He was t-boned by a drunk driver.  Personally I think that anyone who drinks and drives should be convicted of murder.  They knew that there was a chance that they would kill someone.

  • I went out on Sunday for a tea party with the Red Hatters.  It was a lot of fun with good company and a tasty tea set. This tea shop, Secret Gardens, is set in an old Victorian house that is just beautiful.
Dec 16, 2014

Word of the Year for 2015

Wow!  This year has really slipped away from me.  It wasn't until I was reading someone's blog and they mentioned that there were only three weeks left this year that it really clicked. 

I don't do New Year's Resolutions because I have found that they are set up so that I am prone to failing.  Instead I choose a word that hopefully guide me through this next year.

My word for 2012 was Focus.  I wanted to focus more on my design business as well as learn to take better pics.  This is still a work in progress.

My word for 2013 was commitment.  I had committed to getting my business up and going.  Again it it a work in progress but I do have a store both online and through FB,  Just click here to be taken to it.  . 

I had a couple words in mind but I really think the winner is purpose.


[pur-puh s]
the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
determination; resoluteness.
the subject in hand; the point at issue.
practical result, effect, or advantage:
to act to good purpose.
I will be going into a new job starting next Sunday and setting goal along with intended results is going to be pretty important.  This word will also for my jewelry business..

So do you do NYE Resolutions or choose a word for the year?  If you have tried both, which works out better for you?