Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cast of Characters

Let's start off with Alice, otherwise known as Marianna:

{Costume made by Kathy Garcia, Jewelry by Rain's Embellishments}

Next up we have a couple of Cheshire Cats:

{Costume & Jewelry made by Rain's Embellishments}

Rain (Me)

Followed up by some Royalty:

{Costume by Kathy Garcia, Jewelry & Crown by Rain's Embellishments}

The Duchess (Rachel)
& a not so royal Dormouse (Xavier)

The Red Queen/Queen of Hearts

{Costume by Torrid & Kathy Garcia, Jewelry by Rain's Embellishments}

The White Queen

{Costume by Old Navy & Target, Jewelry & Crown by Rain's Embellishments}

Then a grouping of Mad Hatters:



And a frolicking group of White Rabbits:

{Costume by Torrid & Kathy Garcia, Jewelry by Rain's Embellishments}


(Small Sarah)

(Big Sarah)

And a fresh crop of Talking Flowers:



{Costume by Kathy Garcia}

& (Mara)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We're All Mad Here!!!

Planning a birthday party is a piece of work! We couldn't have pulled off a successful party without some help (internet & local people/businesses)!

First off, I would like to thank The Long Thread for your Alice in Wonderland Blog! It's awesome! Thank you for your FREE downloadable (Alice themed) PDFs (garlands, party hats & stickers)! They helped set the scene of the party!

(Other "poker suit" garlands from Party City,
Black & White striped ribbon from The Paper Garden)

Next, the look would not have been completed without the help of
Angel contacted her to get the Mad Tea Party Decorations (mushrooms, flowers, large tea pots & signs). I have to say, they were incredible!

The other tea settings (both miniature & normal cups & saucers) are from my mom's personal collection. Chairs supplied by our cousin Lacey at Celebrations.

I can't forget to thank a good friend, Jacqueline, for creating this wonderful & yummy Cheshire Cat cake! It was breath-taking (even though her daughter Mara decided to jostle it around like it was a toy)! Thank you for all your time & effort!!!

(candles found at The Party Concierge)

It certainly put a smile on Mari's face!

I also found some help and inspiration from Disney - Everything Alice
(cupcakes, shrink charms & party favors including other FREE downloadable PDFs).
Including these scrumptious tea cup cupcakes:

Thank you also to Mona at Gatherings! You went out of your way to get this top hat out of storage for me! If you look really closely at the first picture of this blog you might see a fantastic Alice clock I found in her shop! I gave it to Mari as a birthday present.

A BIG Thank You to all who helped make Marianna's 12th birthday tea party a success! Hopefully I didn't leave anyone out! Please forgive me if I did!

....Stay tuned for costumes! >^..^<

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Free Class @ The Folsom Bead Shoppe

* FREE CLASS: March 17th, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Make this beautiful button lariat necklace with Lorrain free of fees. Must purchase supplies at our store. Call to reserve your seat. A $20. class fee will apply if you bring your own materials. Arrive at least 30 minutes early to shop for your supplies. Photo below



Introduction to Wire Work:

Learn to construct great looking necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings using your favorite beads and wire. You will learn to make strong links with coil-wrapped loops. This basic technique is essential to modern jewelry making.

Fee $20. (Supplies Extra.)

Saturday, March 20th 10:30-12:30

Thursday, April 8th 6:00-8:00

Wire Findings:

Learn how to wire wrap briolette for pendants and earrings, as well as the construction of headpins, ear wires and hook & eye clasps. The use of a hammer and bench block will also be available to enhance your findings. Fee $20. (Supplies Extra.)

Thursday, April 1st 6:00-8:00

Wire Pendants:

Simple caging and pronging techniques will be shown to help enhance stones for necklace pendants. Fee $20. (Supplies Extra.)

Monday, April 5th 6:00-8:00

Wire Ring:

Add a little sparkle to your hand! Learn this special wire-wrap technique while implementing the use of a ring mandrel and a pin vise. Previous wire wrapping experience required!

Fee $20. (Supplies Extra)

Thursday, March 25th 6:00-8:00pm

Royal Tiered Pendant:

This pendant is sure to receive royal attention! In this class you will learn the wire construction in creating this exquisite pendant!

Prerequisite: Introduction to Wire Work.

Fee $20. (Supplies Extra)

Monday, April 19th 6:00-8:00

Spiny Pearl Bracelet:

Learn how to wire wrap stick pearls in this charming pattern...dangle some crystals for a little sparkle!

Fee $20. ( Supplies Extra)

Sunday, April 11th 1:00-3:00pm


Learn how to create a rosary using the traditional technique. Great for gifts!

Fee $20. (Supplies Extra)

Wednesday, March 24th 6:00-8:00

Vine Necklace:

Learn how to create this necklace using crystals and headpins. Once you learn how, you'll want to make more!

Fee $20. (Supplies Extra)

Sunday, March 28th 1:00-3:00

Bead Knotting:

Learn to use silk cording to knot between each bead or pearl and to use bead tip ends to finish. Complete a pretty “floating bead” necklace or you may string a conventional strand of pearls.

Fee: $20. (Supplies Extra.)

Wednesday, March 31st 6:00-8:00

Thursday, April 29th 6:00-8:00

Introduction to Bead Weaving, Peyote Wave Bracelet:

Learn how to use various seed beads, a needle and thread to weave intricate beadwork. We will start a peyote stitch “wave” bracelet which may not be completed in class.

Saturday, April 17th 10:30-12:30

Satin Pearl Bracelet:

Learn how to assemble this amazing bracelet using Right Angle Weave with crystals and seed beads.

Fee $20. (Supplies Extra.)

Sunday, March 14th 1:00-3:00pm

* See class details for the Roseville location (click on “classes” near the top of the page).

* A detailed listing of the Folsom classes can be found Scroll down to the Folsom listing of classes.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Indie Sacramento Vendor Spotlight!

Thanks Amy for the Spotlight!!! ;) (repost from the Indie Sacramento Blog below!)

Hey there! My name is Rain. I've lived in Sacramento all my life, and I love making crafty things. Being a daughter of a seamstress I developed an interest in crafts at an early age. It all began with me rummaging through discarded fabric scraps from my mom’s sewing to make clothes for my Barbie dolls. Eventually, my love for creating evolved into making more intricate and complicated projects. I discovered beads around the age of 12, and have been addicted ever since. Rains Embellishments is a concept I had considered for quite while before I began to actively sell my wares. I have a ferocious love of color that stands out in each piece of jewelry I design. I like to use a diverse range of materials such as natural stones, sterling silver, glass, etc. in my work while incorporating various beading mediums (stringing, stitching, wire working, and bead knotting). I have also learned how to create my own beads and pendants using glass fusing, soldering and casting. My jewelry collection includes an eclectic array of designs that stand out for themselves. I strive to create one-of-a-kind pieces because I love unique things. In my heart, there’s no better feeling than to create something rare that people love and can’t wait to own! XoXo ~ Lorrain “Rain” P.S. I’m a bit of a bead snob, so you should feel safe in knowing that you’ll get the best from me.

Check out my Blog:


Indie Sacramento THIS SATURDAY!!!

Hey Folks!

Just thought I'd send a reminder about my upcoming show THIS SATURDAY!!! Please stop by and say "HI!"...peruse the new support independent crafters & artists! Please remember to bring ca$h!!! I hope to see you there!

Lorrain "Rain"

IndieSacramento will be going on hiatus. The good news is that you
have one last chance to shop from our fantastic lineup of vendors

Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10am-3pm
The California Museum
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Located in the California State Archives building on the corner of
10th and O Streets in downtown Sacramento, one block south of State
Capitol Park.
Click here to view a detailed map
Parking is free on weekends and holidays. Look for the Museum Parking
signs indicating the lot directly across the street from the Museum,
at 10th and O Streets.
* FREE Admission to The California Museum
* Shop for hip, handmade goods, clothing, and accessories
* Support local artists
* Celebrate Woman's History Month
* A FREE day of fun for the whole family
Click here
or visit the IndieSacramento website for a list of participating
Click here
for a list of museum exhibits.
For those of you interested in events like IndieSacramento
, please check out the IndieSacramento blog at