Friday, August 28, 2009

Two New Necklaces

Here are two new necklaces I just finished recently. The first one features a beautiful calico lace agate stone. It's the nicest piece of calico lace that I've seen and it is hard to find such good quality anymore. Truly a collector piece!

The second necklace features an amethyst cluster. This is a creation I've been thinking about and wanting to try for some time now. Most clusters are done up with wire wrap so I thought it would be nice to see one with beadwork instead. It's a very different look, a little more natural looking I think.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Artist Friends

I wanted to take some time today to introduce everyone to a new friend of mine from Etsy, the online shopping source for handmade items. He's known as Teaman on Etsy and for a good reason, he makes some of the most delicious tea I've had and that's saying a lot! He's originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada and relocated to the US in 1996. He lives in the quaint little town of Howell, Michigan with his wife, two daughters and a pug.

Teaman has worked with the production and custom blending of tea for years. His tea is bagged with the highest quality tea paper providing great flow through ability yet prohibits product dispersion keeping its contents intact. Whether it is Assam, Ceylon, Kenyan, Chinese, Indian or Japanese, his teas are always fresh and are of the highest quality. Hand blended with real fruit, spices, roots, or beans then enhanced by adding flavor flakes. A fairly unique process which sets his teas apart. It is like flavor crystals that enhance the flavors of the fruit and spices. Along the lines of flavor crystals when added to chewing gum. The crystals flavor is dispersed with the addition of boiling water filling your cup with robust flavor!

His Etsy shop (click here to visit his shop) even has a recipe for making iced tea!

Right now he's running a special offer available through the month of August – receive 25 FREE cherry, orange & almond teabags with EVERY purchase of $5 or more.

Purchases of under $5 will receive 10 free teabags.

Please check out Teaman's Etsy shop, you'll be glad you did!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gem Show in Springfield, MA

News from Beadworks by Kerri..... What a wonderful trip I had with one of my very good friends, Kristie-Lou Brigham, this past weekend. We took a couple of days off from the daily grind to attend a gem show in Springfield, MA. It was the first gem show of this magnitude for me to attend and I must say, it was a little overwhelming at times. We drove up the day before and spent the night so we would have a shorter drive the next morning. Got to the show about 9:30am and didn't leave until 6:30pm. It was a long day, but well worth the time and effort. We both got some beautiful treasures and will be busy making new jewelry for quite some time. Kristie does wire wrap using mostly crystals and minerals and I do beadwork using mostly cabs, so we shopped in different booths for the most part. It sure was nice to have someone keeping me company, though, for the 5 1/2 hour drive up there and back home again. We had quite the adventure getting back home too, what with signs posted wrong on the highway, almost running out of gas, and almost getting run over......we sure were glad to be back in PA!

This is me right outside the gem show was packed full of people in no time!!
Here's my good friend, Kristie, wire wrap goddess....heehee