Thursday, January 28, 2010

Color of the year....

I have been reading a lot about turquoise being the color of the year, so I have stocking up and creating some fun new things with all sizes and shades of this beautiful stone...but truth be told, I have been making jewelry for seven years and turquoise has always been popular and in demand! I think it is a great color that looks good on all skin types, looks great in many color combos and so it is a worthwhile addition to any jewelry collection. I find I like to wear it myself and what a fun color to work with!

So for now it's back to the bead board and hopefully I get some time to list turquoise in my Etsy shop. Check it out!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Craft Hope for Haiti

Dear Friends of Gales Designs,

A site on Etsy has opened up to collect handmade items and give 100 percent of the profits to the people pf Haiti. I have listed a great pair of earrings (see them pictured below) that will look great with any outfit or make a perfect gift. They are long, sterling silver earwires and have hammered squares on the end. Please take a peek and see what other goodies have been listed, too. All the proceeds go directly to Doctors without Borders and almost $20, 000 has been raised so far by this project alone. Check this shop out soon! If you are a crafter and would like to donate check out the website.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Looking for some vintage

Reading about fellow bloggers' flea market adventures this week has me missing one of my favorite I decided to spend this cold, damp day here in PA looking through my old stash. I have jars and jars of goodies, but sometimes not enough time to play with everything. Since my car is in for inspection today, I have no excuse not to see what new designs I can make with some of these vintage pieces hanging around.

I took a pretty pin and added some other parts of bracelets and loose pieces and came up with this great piece...........

It has lots of sparkle and some black crystals and pearls, too.

I took some bling and put it into a shabby chic look with some homemade taffeta rosettes and lots and lots of bronzy pearls........

Here's a close-up of the vintage......

You can check it out in the shop!
Time to get some things listed and maybe some paperwork, too.
Enjoy some play-time today and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Splash of color!

How about this beautiful knitted scarf to break up the January doldrums? My daughter Kristin knitted this one with scraps of fabric, fur and yarn. It is so fun to wear, looks darling with jeans or a jean jacket! Way to go Kristin! Miss you now that you are back at school but have fun and study hard!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy New Year!

I have been a very bad blogger, but sales were crazy and I honestly had to give up something to keep it all together! I also had some camera woes, but new camera, new year, new ideas, woohoo! Enough said!

Another lovely thing that goes by the wayside during the holiday rush is my reading time, so I am double teaming since the New Year started. let me know if you have any good reads to recommend!

I am thoroughly enjoying and almost finished The people of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a great writer! Pick it up if you can!

Also decided to look through some arts and crafts books and some home improvement guides......

As always, work is my passion, so I turn to some good inspirational books to get new ideas and twists on my jewelry making........

And of course you have to throw in a bestseller for some great reading as well!

Great hobby for these cold, cold days of January! Hope the new year brings treats to all of you and thanks for all the support and good wishes in a (thankfully) busy holiday season!