Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Did a little planning yesterday

So yesterday while I was trying to relax and be quite I wrote down all the videos that I could remember people asking for. I then went ahead and wrote down dates for each thing so that way I could just go to the note card and see what is on the agenda for videos each week.  So far this is what I've got....

2/28 Peyote Stitch Tube Beaded Bracelet
3/6 Montee Pearl Earrings
3/13 Right Angle Weave Bangle with fire polish base
3/20 3D Right Angle Weave Cross
3/27 Easter Egg Brick Stitch Earrings
4/3 Tubluar Right Angle Weave Earrings
4/10 Tubular Right Angle Weave Bangle
4/17 Triangle Weave Bracelet
4/24 Flowers Using Dagger Beads
5/1 Flower Earrings on Shower Components
5/8 Peyote Stitch with Tila and Twin Beads
5/15 Rectangle Bangle
5/22 Tubular Herringbone Stitch
5/29 Peyote Stitch Shapes - Triangle
6/5 Peyote Stitch Shapes - Diamond
6/12 Peyote Stitch Shapes - Circle
6/19 Peyote Stitch Shapes - Square
6/26 3D Peyote Stitch Open Pointed Oval
7/3 3D Peyote Open Tear drop
7/10 Brick Stitch Earrings on hoops

I know that the plans will probably change and there will be no way to stick to this exactly but at least you and I both know what to be planning on for the videos. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oh man!

For the last 4 or 5 days my left jaw has been hurting.  I went to the dentist this morning and he told me that the disk that sits between my jaw and skull has popped out of place.  Oh my!  He now has been trying to relax and taking some muscle relaxers to see if the disk will pop back into place.  If not then I will have to see and oral surgeon to have it set back into place. So i'm off to relax because setting of the jaw does not sound appealing to me!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Twin Beads

The new twin beads arrived at the shop this week and I was searching the web for projects.  I found this great facebook page dedicated to twin beads. People post free patterns or post their link for sale patterns on the page.  If you get a chance you defently need to become a fan.  You can find it at:

Hopefully this week will be calmer this week and i can get a chance to try a few of the patterns!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Sunday Sunday

It has been a good day here at the Dale household!  I have been on weight watchers for a little over a year and have lost 78lbs.  For the last month and a half I have been at a stand still. My body has refused to lose any weight.  This morning I got up and had lost 4.7lbs for a total of 80lbs lost!  I was so happy!  I wanted to shout for joy!  I am so lucky to have such a supportive family who stands behind me all the way. 

We then went to church and then our Sunday usual of going out to eat. I then came home and took almost a 2 hour nap.  It has been so nice.  It has been raining all day and so it has been a good day just to lay in the bed and be lazy.  Think I'll go read a book for awhile.

Friday, February 17, 2012

This Weeks Video

This has been a crazy week! My schedule has been all messed up because I had to work on Monday and normally that's my day off. I normally take my Mondays and get things caught up at home for the shop and get ready for the following week. I also do my videos for the website on Monday. This week my Mother in Law, who normally works on Monday, was on Vacation. My husband volunteered to work and he ended up having to have a tooth pulled Monday morning so he too was out of commission. I have been ahead a day all week and to say that I don't do well with change is an understatement! I took off this morning so that I could stay at home and work on this weeks video.  Sammy has been busy trying to get it ready this afternoon. Here's a sneak peek at the video. I teach this week how to do a double St. Petersburg Stitch bracelet. It mainly a technique video but it's still a fun piece to make.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day! I don't know about anyone else but my husband spolied me rotten. He got me a new Swarovski Pen in Aquamarine. The only picture I could find online to show you is in purple but at least you can see what i'm talking about....
I already have a pearl and clear one that I adore. So, the blue one is has now been added to the collection. He also got me two really pretty dresses. I had to have a new black dress because my friend Norlina invited me a ladies meeting and the theme of her table is breakfast at Tiffanys. She asked us to wear a black dress and now that I've lost weight I didn't have one.  Sammy to the rescue.....with not one but 2 black dresses!  I was quite proud of my sweetie! 

I hope each of you have a fantastic Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Custom Orders and Designs

I was on a roll blogging and then after January I seemed to fall off the wagon! I have had a busy February working on new designs and Custom Orders. The Blue Necklace is a new design that I have made using pearls and Montees. I loved the way the necklace turned out. I really wished that pictures did some jewelry justice.

The brown pearl necklace is my moms Valentines Day gift from my dad. I can go ahead an show you guys because my mom never reads my blog. I used bronze pearls, Light Colorado Topaz Montees and a pretty rainbow topaz seed bead. I also made simple earrings to match. My mom wears a lot of browns and khaki's so I think she will love this new set.

These final two pictures are of a custom order. The flower center comes out a book by Diane Fitzgerald. I am a big fan of her work and I loved how this flower turned out. The customer is going to give it as a gift and wanted the recipient to be able to wear it with jeans and all things blue. I think it will go great. I also made some simple peyote triangle earrings to match. I love it when I can make a customer happy and I know that they are going to give the piece to someone who will appreciate it.

I better be sure to take some beads home with me just in case because they are calling for snow/rain mix tomorrow. We haven't had a snow all winter so I'll believe it when I see it. My luck, if I didn't take anything home with me I'd be snowed in for days. I'm not going to tempt the weather! This girl will go home prepared!~

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One Happy Girl!

I love my youtube viewers and they are always asking me to do certain projects or asking how to convert certain designs to something else. One of my most viewed videos is one called the Pearl Montee Bracelet. I have had many requests over the past year to make it into a necklace. I finally got to sit down today and create. I used Cocoa Pearls, matte cream seed beads, and Pacific Opal Crystal Montees. I was so happy with the results.The colors made me want to run to the beach!  My goal is to come up with two different necklace designs so that people can have their choice. I told my husband that I was going to have to take a loan out from the bank to purchase all the montees i needed for the shop. My etsy people are going to want montees even more once they see this design. I can hardly keep them in stock as it is. The video will be made this week and get put on in two weeks so if you are one of my youtube followers be sure to keep your eyes out for this one!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday

My friend Gina has been trying to get me to go with her to get our Concealed Handgun License. She has to travel a good distance to work everyday and she wants to feel safer. So, I finally gave in and she came over yesterday and my dad took us shooting so that we could try and get comfy with a gun. I really don't want a gun and I'm so afraid of them but I did pretty good. This was our target:
I went to the Sheriffs Department this morning and applied to get a gun so watch out world.....I might be a gun toatin bead store owner soon.

After an afternoon of shooting it was time to watch the super bowl. I pulled out all of my beads too! I started playing around and ended up making some earrings for the shop. I pulled out all my extras from my stash and came up with some really simple and fun designs.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Earring In the Making

There are two things that I really love....Hoop Earrings and Montees! I loved the earring challenge so much that I guess I decided to keep on with it. I started stitching a right angle weave pair of hoop earrings this afternoon. When I got them finished I still wasn't happy with them. Well what's the first thing that comes to my mind....montees! I ran to the rack and grabbed a couple of packs and history was made. I'm pretty sure that once I finish this pair I am going to make a larger pair. They are cute but they are not big enough for me. I wanted to go ahead and show you my work in progress. Hopefully I can show you the finished pair tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Peyote Tube Earring Design

I have been working for a few weeks trying to design a peyote stitch tube bead that would have an awareness ribbon in it. I needed something that wouldn't be too big but you would still be able to see the ribbon and understand what it is. I finally came up with a design today that I was happy with. I did them in pink because Breast Cancer seems to be one that gets lots of attention. The great thing about the pattern is that you can do whatever color you want. A quick google search will tell you what color is associated with each cancer or disease. I plan on doing a quick tutorial in the next few weeks on our youtube channel on how to read a peyote stitch pattern and I plan on teaching how to make these tubes. I am going to go ahead and post the pattern for you guys. All I ask is that if you make the earrings please don't sell them for profit. If you don't give them away then any money you sell them for please donate it to a charity. I made this pattern for awareness and hopefully it will lift someone's day.