Thursday, April 28, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award!

What a cool way to network and meet more people.

Okay, I hope I do this right. I have to thank for listing me in her 15. What a pleasant surprise. Now here is how it works. Participation is the key.

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.

2. Tell us seven things about yourself.

3. Award fifteen recently discovered new bloggers.
The 7 things about me: (ugh, this is hard...)
1: I love music
2: I love to make jewelry, rather buy beads than clothes.
3: I still work a full time job and will be glad when I can make jewelry full time.
4: I love classic movies, b science fiction movies and old 70's black movies, don't like girlie flicks. 3 of my Fav movies. Godfather, Goodfellas, 300... lol!
5: I like moscato & sangria
6: I don't like talking about myself, but like giving my opinion :)
7: I'm glad this list isn't longer than seven.
Now here is my list of 15 that I am passing the torch to.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Stand UP

As I thought about what I could post to update this blog, I saw this video. My city is in a a lot of turmoil right now and we need all of the prayer and help we can get. I know that we are not the only city in chaos right now, but this is something that needs attention, quick. There is always negativity in the news about Flint with maybe a sprinkling of positivity, but the bad always seem to outweigh the good. There is more to Flint than criminals. We have super smart kids that are going places and doing positive things too.

I am proud to be from Flint, Michigan, always have been. Even when I moved away and I would tell people that I was from Michigan, the first thing that came out of their mouths would be, "Detroit?". "NO! I'm from Flint!" would always be my response.

There are great people that come out of Flint, always have been and always will be. We have the championship rings, trophies, Grammies and even an Oscar to prove it.  This video put all of that in one little spot so we can remember that we are are great, we are champions. Please pray for Flint.

Great job by The Remedy doing this video.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Items

Made on a lazy Sunday since I didn't make it to service. :(  Here's a few pics of what I have done today. They will be on Etsy soon.

SN: I need to sit down and make a schedule on how I am going to keep up with all of this internet activity, make jewelry, take, edit, upload pics, blog, fb, twitter, among other sites I have to check into and still go to work everyday.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Some Funny Stuff

Here's a little something to make you laugh or at least giggle. I thought they were funny. It's some funny and strange things that happen all of the time... Enjoy

MMMM, that looks soo good, I can't wait! Says Fido.

I guess the cat needed to keep warm too.

Natural Bun Warmer

The Line is always the longest at the Ladies Room!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Decorated Hoops

So I was so excited to use my new stuff and I couldn't wait to use it! I had to share with you how the ear wires came out. First I had some 24g wire that still does not seem to harden enough for a heavy dangle, but I think they will be fine for a light weight bead or crystal or something. The pair below are made with a 20 or 22G (oops I can't remember, the tag got lost). But they seem great. I thought they were perfect for a heavier decoration. That is why I used smokey quartz rondells and a green chrysocolla. I think they turned out pretty good. These are what I call my Decorated Hoops. They will be in the Etsy Shop soon!

New Tools... YAY!

I love the look of handmade sterling ear wires and I have finally got some new tools to make my ear wires better. I have made them before but the acrylic block I was using to harden them on just wasn't good enough. And I was filing the end with some files, but I was always scared they weren't smooth enough. I already had the hammer, so with the help of some coupons :) I've got what I think will make the process and the earwires even better. I haven't made any in a while, so we will see how this works out. Watching Ms. S. from Magpie helped out.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Money, Magic and Mayhem: Video: How to Make Earwires

From one of the blogs I follow - Money, Magic and Mayhem: Video: How to Make Earwires: "I have always loved Szarka at Magpie Gemstones. She is such a lovely person, always helpful and cheerful in her posts both on Facebook, and..." Thanks so much for the great post, I had to share again.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Created My First Treasury

I thought I'd try my hand at treasury making, It's time consuming but I like it. I created one that I thought was fun. Check it out! Paisley Park Treasury
Retro Mid Century Red and Raised Gold Paisley Bar Glasses Set of Four

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Random Thoughts

As I sit here on a Sunday evening thinking about what I could write about on this blog besides The Velvet Box, a lot of things come to mind. First I am not the type of person to tell a lot of my personal business to people, well family and friends let alone to strangers on the Internet. But I am a person  that thinks very deeply (sometimes to a fault) with very strong opinions and the more I read other blogs, the more I feel inclined to share some of those thoughts and a little bit about myself. Because I didn't feel like beading or taking pictures or promoting anything tonight.

First of all I thank God for allowing me to be where I am right now, even though things are not exactly the way I would like them to be, I know that His purpose, plan and timing is right. I have no other choice but to trust God and let His will be done. Now if you are reading this and happen to not believe the way that I believe, I am sorry, I am not here to offend anyone, but to me Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light, I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. I thank Him for loving me and giving me forgiveness, mercy and grace each and everyday in spite of myself. I am not a judgemental person because I never claimed to be perfect. In my eyes we all have a long way to go and much to learn. No one knows everything, the day you stop learning is the day you die.

A little bit about me...

To my family I am somewhat eccentric. Sort of one of the hippies in the family. I have a cousin Sharonda who probably should have been my sister because we are a lot alike and let me tell you we get teased about our ways.

Some think because of your culture or the way you were raised limits you to what your personal tastes should be. Well I say wrong. We all develop our own likes and dislikes according to what you are exposed to or what you let yourself be exposed to, and I just happen to expose myself to a lot of different things. (according to some)


I love music. I played flute and percussion in school and always sang in choirs. My Mother had a wide taste in music, but not as wide as me. I know she planted the seed for my varying tastes in music. I like real music and real singers, not manufactured, auto-tuned pop stars that the record companies force down your throat and brainwash you into thinking they are the best thing since sliced bread. I could write all day about this subject, but I am just going to give you a sample of some of the people that I have in personal collection and admire. NOTE: This list does not include any of my favorite Gospel artists, there are very many of those and I can spark the debate on whether you should listen to secular music or not, although I feel that you should be careful about what you expose yourself to, I am not here to do that. (after I just wrote all of that I just thought why I am writing a disclaimer about my music list?... whatever)

OKAY! Enough!. You get the point... lol.
I didn't think that I wound go on and on, but I just about got carried away. This is just a little insight about me for now. I probably will  talk about some other stuff later, like food, movies, natural hair and fashion in more Random Thoughts

Friday, April 1, 2011

Winner of Giveaway

Congratulations! Rachel E. is the winner of the first giveaway of the year from The Velvet Box. She chose these elegant earrings, and I say she made a good choice. Rachel also has a shop on Etsy. Check her out when you have a minute, she has some very nice items. RaeoLight 

Thanks to those who participated and stay tuned for more giveaways throughout the year.

Congratulatons again to Rachel, I know she will enjoy those earrings!