6 Thanksgiving-themed beaded projects that made me smile

It's too late to begin Thanksgiving projects for this year, but I've been looking around Pinterest for a few ideas for next year and making note of my favorites for inspiration. I'm thankful for each and every one, because they all give me ideas for my own projects.

Here are just some of the ones I've found that made me smile:

Beaded pilgrims on Pinterest. These are some of the first ones I saw, and I just thought they were so adorable.Beaded pumpkin pie earrings, also on Pinterest. How clever! I think this is the first time I have ever seen pumpkin pie earrings.Turkey charms for a necklace and matching earrings. I haven't bought this pattern, so I don't know for certain that it uses double-hole Czech beads, but I think that's what it is. I love the colors of the turkey feathers and the layered looked.Turkey brooch pin. This might just be the cutest turkey I've seen today. I never think about making brooches. Perhaps I should.Pumpkin brooch. Another bro…

Bead projects for the holidays

A few months ago, I had big plans for this holiday season. I wanted to spend at least thirty minutes every night from October 1 on working on holiday-themed beaded jewelry to list on my Etsy store.

Funny how I keep making plans like that then don't follow through for various reasons.

Rather than make excuses for the umpteenth time, though, I am just going to try to get myself on a regular schedule for everything from time posting for this and my other blogs to making some progress on my beading plans.

I plan to get a few pairs of the feather style earrings up on my Etsy shop, and then I might do some other earrings and necklaces with a holiday theme, maybe Santas or Christmas trees.

Time to get to work.

Beadwork and binge-watching go hand in hand

My husband and I have had some marathon TV sessions over the last couple of days, catching up on season 2 of Netflix's Ozark and giving Hulu's Light as a Feather a shot. We still have a couple of episodes of Light as a Feather to go, and I'm really enjoying it. It puts me in a Halloween kind of mood.

While we're watching, I've been beading. So far, I've made one and a half pairs of feather earrings, and I can't be sure, but I think I might be getting a little faster at it. Or maybe it just seems that way because binge watching seems to make the time go faster.

Once I get the second pair of earrings completely finished, I will list them and a couple of bracelets in my Etsy store in hopes of getting a few holiday sales. Fingers crossed.

Do you binge watch while beading? What shows do you like?

Just two pairs of earrings, but a success nevertheless

Two pairs. That’s the answer to the question I asked myself last week, “How many beaded earrings can I make before Saturday?”

That’s only half the pairs I’d hoped to make, but I’m not complaining. To reach my goal, I would’ve had to bead twice as quickly, and beading fast leaves me with nothing but tangled string and little patience.

I made both pairs in the feather shape I’ve used several times before. I had hoped to come up with a new pattern, but, in the interest of getting earrings made in a hurry — I don’t come up with new ideas quickly at all — I stuck with what I know. I just used colors I hadn’t before. One set was pink and white, the other gold and black.

But guess what? Both pairs sold at the festival last weekend! Yay!

I wish I’d taken photos so I could include them here.

I am encouraged by the speed at which they sold, so even though I’ve been trying to come up with a fresh idea, I think I’ll make more of the same earrings. Then I’ll list them at my Etsy store, Beadwo…

How many beaded earrings can I make before Saturday?

How many pairs of earrings can I make before Saturday? That's the question I'm going to try to answer in the next couple of days.
I've been focused on bracelets for months, but I'm shifting gears. Today, I was talking with an aunt who also does beadwork, and she sells a lot of it. I asked her what sells the best; she said earrings.
With that in mind and with an arts and crafts festival coming up Saturday, I'm going to see how many pairs I can churn out this week, then see if they sell. If they do, I may try to make even more for the holiday season to sell in my Etsy store, Beadwork and Woodwinds.

New and improved peyote-stitch bracelets: Now with fewer beads

I don't have a whole lot to write about this week. I'm still just making some peyote stitch bracelets in a diamond-back pattern, though I realized too late that the last two I made were too big for most women's wrist.

This morning while I was in the shower, I had an idea for a way I could salvage one of the bracelets by adding places for it to "clasp," which would essentially make it adjustable. I was so proud of myself ... and then I thought about how that would when it was done. The unused clasps would be smooshed underneath the band. That would look just awful.
So I started making another bracelet, and this time, I'm going to stop stitching at 6.5 inches.
Perhaps some large-wristed woman will take an interest in the one I completed. Or maybe a small-wristed man will take an interest in it. Or maybe I'll just take it apart and start again.

A beaded lanyard for my reading glasses and a bracelet

I've had a productive past couple of days. I finished a bracelet that I've had "in progress" since about May, and I created a lanyard for my reading glasses. I also started a second bracelet.

The lanyard is just for me. I've been wanting one for a while now to make accessing my reading glasses easier. But the black and blue bracelet ... well, I can't decide if I want to list it at my Etsy store. See that small bend in it? That won't be noticeable to someone wearing it, but if a buyer doesn't notice it from any photos I put on Etsy and bought it, would she feel cheated when it arrives in the mail? I don't think it would bother me, but I don't know how someone else might feel.

Anyone want to share their thoughts?
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