Sunday, December 30, 2012

Winter Snow, Sunsets and Spring Earrings!


Volume 10 Issue 1, January 2013

What's New in January?


It is so hard to figure out where 2012 went, and yet, there was a lot that went

on in 2012. Some of the things that I got to do in 2012 was spend a few days

in Yosemite again and do some hiking. I also got to see a huge lava field in

Idaho and I saw two spectacular meteor showers.


I learned a couple new techniques in clay and I finally got my lampwork bead

stash out and created some beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings.


I baked a lot of cookies for the holidays and sent them all over the country to

family and friends. I went through seven pounds of Blue Bonnet!  I made it a point to buy all handmade items

for Christmas gifts and I supported my local indie businesses.


I went on a Christmas stroll downtown and enjoyed the sights, sounds and

scents that do with a street party. There was popcorn and caroling, horses

and lots of dogs, hayrack rides and window shopping. It was a festive small

town gathering that was magical in many ways.


The year has ended and the new one has begun. While it may seem like

the same days as usual, there is an excitement in the air as we head into a

new year. It always seems like we start with so much hope and happiness,

and if we can continue it throughout the year, then we have been successful.


A beautiful winter sunset      

lights up the sky as I was

drawing the shades for the

night. The mountains are

glowing with the fiery sun

and the snow is starting

to flow over the Bridger clip_image002

Mountains as a night time

snow storm begins.




I decided to do some more flat buttons. I only did three sets of the same at

this moment. I got a bit sidetracked with holiday cheer. Look for more in

the upcoming year.



I went earring crazy! I made up a ton of my earring bead pairs and then spent

a couple days winding them into earrings. I had a blast!


New Canes and Beads

Here are some new beads that I have come up with for

the winter season. I have them in my Artfire studio, my Etsy shop and my





Until next month,

Julie & Blu





Things to Look Forward To:

New Products:

New Beads—Euro Style handmade polymer clay large hole beads to

fit the popular cable bracelets.

New Bracelets—Finally! I have taken out my enormous stash of lampwork

beads and began to create new bracelets.

Thimbles— I am back to creating thimbles. I have included my latest

thimbles in the vision of Santa and snowmen! I also am working on new

techniques that I decided would look good on the thimbles.







Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On the 12th Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me….

12 Drummers Drumming!

These 12 drummers are leading the parade of the best of the best!

Here are the best of the best of each participant in week 12. This parade will delight and entertain you, it will astonish and astound and it will make you hurry to add these gifts to your gift giving list.

Drum roll please!

Wave your flags and feel free to applaud as each of these spectacular artisan creations parades past you,.


Hand Crafted Table or Bench Ponderosa Pine



Biwa Pearl Wedding Bride Necklace Handmade Sterling OOAK Elegant



Hand Painted Monarch Butterfly in Yellow Orange on Crepe Silk Scarf



Aquamarine and Gunmetal Swarovski Charm Necklace


Flowers Organic baby toddler dress with pocket blue



Chunky Natural Rainbow Moonstone and Blue Angelite 20 inch Necklace


Beaded Pendant Necklace Glass Beads Crystal Rhyolite Black Olive Green


Tibetan Dzi Glass Bead and Gemstone Necklace, Carnelian, Amethyst, Coral, Obsidian


Stained Glass Fossil Ammonites Beaded Necklace


Antique Our Lady Embroidered Postcard Artist Signed



1960s Small Ivory - Off White Lucite Owl Necklace - Vintage Pendant - Trifari - Choker Jewelry - Bird




Hand Crocheted Aqua Baby Blanket



TREE Of LIFE.Warli Painting.Indian.Folk Art.Acrylic Painting.Handmade



Gift Box - ScentSmith Favorites - Have It All - Lotions, Soaps, Candles, Lip Balms




Winter Berries - a nature inspired statement necklace



Silver pewter necklace set bracelet earrings small bead Celtic design



Utah Septarian Oval Cabochon Gemstone Sterling Pendant




Handmade Polymer Clay Bead Tiger Stripe Necklace Tigereye Swarovski



Original Painting "Illuminated Armadillo", Intricated, Nature, Texas


Red Creek Jasper Necklace




Wall of Legend DreamCatchers



Completed Quilt Top Bubble Gum Fun With Applique Top Plus Backing



Necklace - Vintage Lace Necklace - Vintage Lace Earrings - Set - Pink




Leopard poster wall art handmade with oak wood in a black lacquer frame



Earrings: Long Hand Forged Dangles Lapis Lazuli - The Vampire Diaries



Richard Hudnut Perfume Bottle - Very RARE Vintage Yanky Clover Perfume Bottle (circa 1920)



Whale Tail Pendant with Whale Silhouette on Leather Cord Necklace




pearl necklace, cultured freshwater, Daybreak



.50ct ribbon diamond ring baguette and round cut channel diamond twist


Champagne Gold Swarovski Crystals Wedding Sterling Silver Bracelet


Black Fused Glass Platter w Bright Crayon like Accents, 14 x 7 Inches


Christmas Moose Mini Sugar Cookie Bites - 2 Dozen


10K White Gold hand wire wrapped Swarovski crystals hoop earrings



Set of Handmade Octopuses Gift



As you can see, all of these wonderful handmade items are tops in their class and perfect for anyone on your gift list.



Julie and Blu




Friday, December 7, 2012

Countdown to Christmas Week 12

Well, here we are - when we started, I thought - wow, 12 weeks, that is a long time! Now that we are here, I think - whoa, 12 ALREADY??

I sincerely hope that you have seen an influx of sales and additional saves of your items and people adding you to their favorites.

It is hard to say where sales come from, but if we all got a few from this, then it was worth all the hard work that EVERYONE put into this. It is a collective effort that required everyone to work hard and I thank you so much for joining in the fun.

Without further ado - here it is!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On the 11th Day of Christmas …

My true love gave to me,

11 Pipers Piping

Copper pipes, brass pipes, metal pipes, Santa smokes a pipe, Santa loves a parade. Heck, Santa is the parade all decked out with reindeer and wreaths. Put your hat and scarf on for the parade; it is cold out!

Enjoy these piping hot creations that would be worthy of anyone’s Santa list – This parade of wonderful creations is brought to you by all those who participated in the Countdown to Christmas Week 11

Agate Necklace with Copper wire



Copper Pendant on Brown Leather Necklace with Mood Beads



Green Turquoise and Copper Leaf Chain Chandelier Earrings



Lord Jesus Christ Wood Keychain Handcrafted Oak and Walnut



Copper, Brass, and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings


Ornament Owl,all copper wire-wrapped with Fire Opal Crystals



Antique Brass Pendant hand Embellished Swarovski and Czech Crystals



coffee cup cozy, coffee cup sleeve, fabric, Christmas: Santa's face cup cosy


Handmade Earrings Carved Bone Diamond Cross Garnet Ethnic OOAK Jewelry


Brighter than the Sun




.25 carat Diamond Journey Curve Jewelry Necklace, Nine Diamond Pendant


Spiral Hands Earrings, Leopard Jasper, Rose Crystals, Copper Wires



Botswana Agate and Copper Handmade Earrings OOAK



Just Want to Say Hello Greeting Card – Poppy Parade



Copper rondelle beaded Tassels.Teal Dangle.



Santa Claus Puzzle and Room Decor - Christmas Decoration


Glittered record album Abbey Road - The Beatles on Parade


Handmade Large Solar Eclipse Cocktail Ring - Upcycled - Layered Metal Tones



Christmas Wreath Mini Sugar Cookie Bites - 2 dozen




Antique Postcard - Christmas Greetings - Red Santa - Green & Gold Gilt Holly




Copper Hearts Earrings with Spirals and Red Coral Wire Wrapped


Christmas Santa Centerpiece Gift and Keepsake


Copper Wall Decor Plate Last Supper/ Pencil Shaving Flower



Antique Brass Crystal Charm Necklace


Santa Profile Counted Cross Stitch Pattern


Happy Holidays Hanging Santa Dish Towel With Hand Knit Topper and Ties



Copper Hammered Clasp Interlocking Round Pair Handmade Jewelry


Vintage Postcards Retro Look Santa Two Unused


Desert Sands Star Shaped Tan Copper Cotton Mat or Large Trivet - Rustic Style


Unique Wavy Copper, Bronze, Gold and Silver Owl Bracelet OOAK




Orange Red Dichroic Glass Dangle Earrings, Sterling Silver Ear Wires


Handmade Crochet Hat and Neckwarmer Set Adult Size



Have a blast at the parade of items that all these wonderful artists have provided. Share with all your friends!

Julie and Blu