Friday, July 31, 2009

Who knew...

Who knew that all those years that I would begrudgingly sort beans (for the BIG pot of beans to go with every meal) was preparing me for work at the bead shop!? This is a random thought that has crossed my mind numerous times before... Including today while I was at work sorting through some horrendously mixed up crystals. I was sorting through them like I was trying to pick all the rocks & spoiled beans out of the pile. Just something I thought I might share! Hopefully, it even made you laugh!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

And the winners are....

Drum roll please!

Polyjuice Potion: Marianna - Use it wisely!
Felix Felicies: Yoli - Save it for something special
Amortentia: Marianna - Yes, I'm completely crushing on Zac Effron too!
Veritaserum: Kathy - Careful! You may hear something you don't want to know about!

Thanks for participating ladies! I'll get those packages to you shortly!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Etsy Shop Updated!

Hey folks! I just updated my Etsy shop with my favorite new pieces!
Grab the Harry Potter inspired jewelry while you can!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"how are you to win my fabulous prize?..."

Time for my first ever GIVEAWAY!!!!!
The prize: Potion Bottle stretch bracelet kits!

"It's the most powerful love potion in the world!"

Felix Felicis
"It's liquid luck"

"...potion that forces the drinker to tell the truth"

Polyjuice Potion
"It transforms you into somebody else."

So listen up class: You don't have to create the Draught of Living Death; but you do have to leave me a comment. What you would do with each potion, should you have it in your possession? I will choose the most creative answers for each potion and inform who my winners are for each. (There are four winners here!) You have a week from today to send me your answers. Be clever and you shall win my fabulous prize!

*All quotes from Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince & Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets By: J. K. Rowling.
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Monday, July 20, 2009


Hey folks! Sorry I slacked off this past was a really busy work week! We got new stock in at The Bead Shoppe that I've been trying to put into proper homes. All while constantly working on broken jewelry repairs and doing one-on-one classes! Then I had my niece Thursday & I really didn't have time for blog!

Just to let you know...I'm planning on doing my Harry Potter giveaways this week!!! Also, I'll be posting new pictures on my Flickr from Harry Potter movie night; as well as trying to get some new things in my etsy shop! So please check back later this week! Until then.... ;)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Brick Stitch Lightning Bolt Pendant

Hello my fellow stitching enthusiasts!
As promised, here is my pattern for a
Lightning Bolt Pendant:

If you need some help with this, I found brick stitch instructions here. Please feel free to ask me any questions if you get stuck!
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Potions & Quidditch

I got inspired by my friend, Melody, at craft night last week.
She was making these wicked awesome pendants using diamond glaze.
When I got home I remembered that I had all the ingredients to make some pendants of my own, and this is what I came up with:

I just used some HP stickers I got from a sticker book at Target, tiles I picked up at the scrapbook store, diamond glaze & glitter ... and voila! Instant necklace pendants. I'm going to make these into necklaces for my niece & I. Pictures of completed necklaces coming soon!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

In Honor of Dumbledore

A bracelet to honor a truly magnificent wizard:
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Can your broom fly?

It's time to get your head out of the broom closet & out to the Quidditch field!
Check out these broom earrings! So they're not Firebolts, or even Nimbus 2000's...but they're possibly Clean Sweeps!?!
Anywho, I flipped when I found these charms! I just knew that they were destined for earring greatness! Enjoy!

Go Gryffindor!
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Golden Snitch Earrings

Can you believe it? Actual flying Snitches! I originally experimented making these using gold pearls and connected angel wings. Not quite the same effect...let's just say, my boyfriend wasn't very impressed. So after a bit of searching on Etsy, I found the wings you see in the picture below. The wings are now stretched out of the golden balls instead of lying on top of them. I wore mine to craft night and the girls loved does my bf! What do you think?

I think they're quite magical myself! Let's play some "Quidditch"!
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

"Hedwig" Snow Owl Bracelet

Hello! Here's the second installment of my Harry Potter inspired Projects:
"Hedwig" Snow Owl Bracelet Tutorial.

Gather your Supplies:
1 - Owl Button (Found @ Jo Ann's)
1 foot Softflex wire
2 - Crimp Beads
1 - Hook Clasp
(I made mine using about 3 inches of Sterling Silver wire)
A Variety of white pearls & "crystals"

Start by clasping the button side of the bracelet.
String on a crimp. Run your wire through a wire guard.
String through the button and then back down through the crimp bead.

String your beads in your desired pattern.

Clasp the hook on the other side of your bracelet.

Trim off excess wire.

Enjoy your bracelet!
: D

This one's for my niece!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Half-Blood Prince

Hey folks! Sorry about the unexpected blog hiatus! We were having issues with our Internet...we could log on for three minutes, and then got booted off. Needless to say, it was very frustrating and impossible to write a blog!

Now back to business. As promised, here is the first of my Harry Potter inspired projects:

Half-Blood Prince Earrings

Please stay tuned in for more...including a giveaway!