Wednesday, March 30, 2011

FREE charm necklace offer thru March 31st at Risky Beads

It's time to start shopping for Mother's Day and Graduation, keeping in mind that production time for custom and made-to-order handmade goods will lengthen as we get into April. Shop today and/or tomorrow at Risky Beads at get a FREE charm necklace with any purchase of $39.95 or more. (Free shipping to the U.S. ends April 1st!)

Charm necklace must be valued at $13.95 to be free choice. You can choose from any of my Weapon of Choice charms (list below). Necklace will be 16" unless requested otherwise. If you choose a brass charm, you'll get a brass chain. Offer good thru March 31, 2011, one per customer. Request your free necklace in notes to seller at checkout.

The following charms are available:
artist's palette
ballet slippers
beer (various)
binoculars (brass)
birth control pills
boom box
cell phone
cheer leading
chef hat
chocolate (Hershey bar)
cowboy boot (brass)
dental mirror
golf clubs
hammer (brass)
hand cuffs
hand mixer
hockey stick
hope (awareness ribbon)
musical note
medical Caduceus
needle (sewing)
paint brush
piano (brass)
pick up truck
purse (brass)
remote control
rolling pin
saw (brass)
scales of justice
skein of yarn
sneaker (brass)
soccer ball
television (brass)
tennis racket
toothbrush in cup
trumpet (brass)
trowel (brass)
vodka (Smirnoff can)
watering can
whiskey (Jack Daniel's can)
woman’s shoe
wrench (brass)

Thanks and enjoy!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Creature Comforts America - a little weekend fun

I am hooked on this show Creature Comforts on Netflix.  It was originally a BBC show, but there's also an American version.  It's absolutely hilarious.  This video does the set up for you... so just watch and laugh!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Get Ready to Geek - New Science Designs at Risky Beads

By popular request, I've created more science-centered designs!  I've been anxiously waiting for these charms to arrive, and they're finally here!

First up is the microscope key chain that started the science craze.  It's a best-seller!

The microscope led to inquiries for other science-centered pieces, so we now have the beaker:

And the molecule...

You can turn any of my key chains into a necklace for her or him or as a stand alone charm:

I'm always on the look out for more charms, so if you have a request, please let me know!

Happy Monday,

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers ... to Japan

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone dealing with the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and threatens the west coast of the U.S.

Take care and be safe.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Designs at Risky Beads - Early March 2011 Round 2

More newness today! (Free U.S. shipping ends April 1st, so order now! If you'd like access to special deals, email me to get on my mailing list.)

(I can make a necklace out of most of the charms in my shop. I several of them listed, but please ask if you don't see what you need!

See the last post about new designs (late Feb.) here and early March here and be sure to check out my new product line... pet tags!


Monday, March 7, 2011

New Designs at Risky Beads - Early March 2011

I've been busy, busy, busy designing new pieces.  I have a bunch I've made that I haven't even photographed yet!  Here's a sneak peek at some new goodies!  (Free U.S. shipping ends April 1st, so order now! If you'd like access to special deals, email me to get on my mailing list.)

(great gift for groomsmen!)

See the last post about new designs (late Feb.) here, and be sure to check out my new product line... pet tags!


Friday, March 4, 2011

Repopulating My Life

I need to repopulate my life.  While I absolutely love (and covet) the freedom I have as a self-employed jewelry artist, it can be a lonely trade.  I live by myself save my two cats and have always been a solitary person by nature.  I have a tendency to make socializing more difficult than it needs to be, so I'm trying to change that.

My first real step is to start volunteering once a week at the Raleigh LGBT center.  I went to a Volunteer Orientation a couple of weeks ago and found everyone there to be very friendly.  It's a very welcoming place and much to my surprise, has only existed since May 2010.  I'm looking forward to meeting some new people and getting out more, especially now that the weather will start warming up.  Guess we'll see how it goes, but I'm hopeful.  I brought a few of my new rack cards to add to the business display as well.  I never seem to have anything on hand to really show people what I do (make), so I made new cards to show them!  I think they came out well.  I created them myself and ordered them from Vistaprint.

The front:

The back:

I made more new designs today as well that I'll likely photograph this weekend. I've noticed that the more listings I create, the more inquiries and sales I get.  I know; that seems rather like DUH, but I'm at about 350 now, so it's been a journey and a learning experience the entire way!