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Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Expo

October 20-21, 2017 we vended at the Golden Spike event center for the Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Expo. 

On Friday we had a trickle of customers, most just looking at what was available. Saturday there was a steady trickle of customers, many looked at my jewelry, but didn't buy. I found from other vendors that their sales were far less than expected. 

I usually sell from $250-350 for the entire event, this time I sold $30!!

Talking with the other vendors we came to the conclusion for our low sales, 1. The economy is poor right now, and most of the items are items people want, not need. Luxory items are the last things people buy. 

I did however sell an ornament and a pair of earrings.

Ornament I sold.

I bought more from other vendors than I sold. 

Jasper pendant I bought from this vendor.
Scott Tuckfield draws these amazing pictures in free had form. His art is incredible. Take a look at his website for more beautiful work.
Lamp work pendant by Mike Hurst. Mike and I belong to The Local Artisan Collective here in Ogden Utah. If you're ever in our area please look up the store, it's really amazing how many artists live around me. Maybe it's the water?!

Over all I had a good time, bought beautiful items to make into extra ordinary jewelry for amazing customers. Be watching this page for new jewelry.

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Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Festival

This past weekend I vended at the Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Festival. At this event the following happened….in the cold….in winds up to 60 mph…drumming circles, hula hoop dancing, yoga, art, tai chai and fire rituals. Luckily the winds had died down to a measly 20mph by the time the fire rituals started. Seriously Utah was doing its best to confuse us all. Would it rain, will the wind stop, will we ever get warm again??!

Despite all the confusion, mother nature sent some of the nicest people to my booth. I loved all the colorful hair and clothes and the smiles and laughter were great too.

If you missed this event you can catch a similar event from the same person who puts this on, it’s called the Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Expo. Yep same name, different time of year, one’s in January (Expo) and the other’s in May (Festival). I loved both of them, the energies we’re high, laughter was everywhere. The balloon lady was a hoot, seriously, her hats are amazing and her balloon art is really great!

Hopefully I’ll see you next year!

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Ogden OM Fest

Picture by Roderick Dye.
Picture by Roderick Dye.

I’ll be at Ogden OM Fest this weekend, August 19-21, for my first vending gig. Gasp! I’m scared, excited and wondering what I’ve gotten myself into, all rolled up into one messy emotional rollercoaster.

Ogden OM Fest is in its third year now, it started out small but has grown into a medium sized event, with a large army of volunteers. There’s nothing like a group of your neighbors, friends and people with common beliefs and ideas coming together to create an event focusing on body/mind wellness.

I’ve lived in Ogden since 1977, as a young wife of a military man. The husband left, but Ogden always was there to see me through the tough times. The LDS church is very much the main religious belief in Utah, but the Mormons are very inclusive about the religious rights of others, most likely due the past events in their history of intolerance. The Ogden OM Fest is not actually a religious event but more of a spiritual experience. It’s been in nature where man has sought out and found spiritual guidance, and what better place to find this than Fort Buenaventura.

WARNING: personal information, skip this if not interested. No offense taken if you skip this part, I’ll understand completely.

I hope I’ll see my friends on and off Facebook. And I’m hoping to participate in the events beside vending these three days. I’m bringing my daughter and my best friend with me. This will be a hugh stepping stone for me. Because you see I’m in a wheelchair, working my hardest to remove myself from that chair. It’s not something I talk about or tend to bring up, but my struggle is real. I yearn to walk again, without losing breath or feeling like my legs will collapse. You see five years ago I was active, walking, working, on the go all the time woman, mother and wife. What I didn’t realize at that time was I was carrying a time bomb in my DNA. At some point in my life it went off. Why? We still have no clue. The short story is I have heredity lymphedema. I remember as a child the struggle my great grandmother had with this disease. My mother told me of her great grandmother, my great, great grandmother and how she also had the same disease and the suffering she went through. Today there are numerous treatments which include wrapping and massage. Back when my great, great grandmother had this disease little to nothing was known about lymphedema or hereditary disease.

So come by, see me, say hello, talk a while. Take a load off, we’ll have extra chairs.

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New beading book purchase 💗

I recently bought a new beading book. This is a history and art lesson with a tutorial attached for all 30 projects. 1468022972774

I’ve unsuccessfully hunted for ancient designs of jewelery until I came upon this book. The designs run from beginner to advanced. The beads used are what I’d call your base beads, seed beads, bicones, and drops. Many books I’ve tried to use for designs have beads from other countries that are either too expensive to ship or just too over priced. Ancient craftsman used what was avaiable in their area. In egypt beads consisted of coconut coins with a hole bore through them, today we have wooden coins or glass too. Either way they made/make a lovely collar. Egyptians were big on collars, yet Greece was big on plant shapes in beads or glass, and Romans loved big pieces of semi precious stones strung with other glass beads.

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Book Reviews on Beading Books

Recently I bought a new book on beading. I thought I had them all, the magazine’s, the books and the free projects online.

So here’s a great book I reccomend. I really like the step by step instructions using everyday common to find beads. Some books use speciality beads and not list a store or resource where to find them. Not in this case, most times I had the beads or wire on hand. A valuable resource guide and tutorial also.

This is one book every beader should own. From size charts, to identifying hard to find beads, and a list of resources in the back of the book. Many of the projects are simple yet beautiful with great tips and tricks.

This next book is great for both beginners or advanced stitchers. The book only has 79 pages. But each page is packed full of projects. What makes this book so unique is it uses components and builds from there. You’ll start out with a simple circle, then a triangle, square and onto create rings, bracelets and so forth with each component. The Venezia Pendant uses the square, triangle, and toogle clasp and that’s just one part of the necklace. You won’t regret this book purchase, it’s one of a kind.

This is a serious beading book duplicating the jewelry worn by some of the most famous women of the world. The first piece I created were the post earrings worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961. These earrings included a 14mm Swarovski rivoli encased in a circular peyote stitch of beads, with an outside fringe strands. Other designs are based on jewelry worn by other actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ann Sheridan, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and many others. Each piece has a synopsis on the actress and what movie she wore the jewelry in.

I hope you liked these book reviews, I’ve enjoyed each book and you’ll find many of my pieces come from several of the books listed here.

Until next time! Keep on beading…

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Beaded Bezels

Beaded bezels are some of the most beautiful parts of a piece of jewelry. There are two kinds of people when it comes to making beaded bezels, you either love them or you hate them. I’m of the latter, I’m really bad making beaded bezels and it’s limiting me on what jewelry I can create. So I’ve started on lessons on making beaded bezels on the beading daily website.
beaded bezel tutorials