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Some recent sales at Angelque Creations

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This past month has been good for Angelque Creations as I have made some recent sales of my work, some on my new Artfire site, some on my Etsy site and some at craft fairs.  I usually have really slow sales so I am very happy that I have sold 4 of my pieces.



My Bollywood Necklace has gone to a very good home where I know that it will be treasured, Butterflies are Free necklace is on its way to a cruise of the Med, Eye of Horus was purchased for a birthday present and is now going to Jamaica for vacation, Poinsettia Holdiay Treasures Cuff will be proudly worn during this holiday season.

November Challenge "Holiday Treasures"

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I know it seems that time is just flying by and next thing you know a whole month has gone by and yes I have entered another of the monthly challenges for Etsy Beadweavers.  This month the theme is "Holiday Treasures" and I created Poinsettia Holiday Treasure Corsage cuff to wear throught the holiday season. The cuff is made with one of my new favorite stitches - Russian Leaves in white and red with gold accents, the cuff is a silky ribbon of glass seed beads in Cream Soda color made with an alternating pattern of gold seed beads in a brick stitch.  The slide clasp is hidden amonst the Poinsettia flower.
Voting for the challenge starts today November 9 and runs until November 15.  To register your vote please go to http:www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com and vote for your favorite "Holiday Treasure"  We have 36 entries and all are wonderful so it will be a difficult decision.

Etsy Beadweavers October Challenge Autum Falling of Leaves Voting begins

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The monthly challenge for my beadweaving team is once again at hand, the theme this month selected by Isabella of Bead4me was Autumn Falling of Leaves.  We have had an outstanding number of entries again this month with 59, this is a new record.  The last record was September for the Bollywood them at 52 entries.  My entry this month is Russian Leaves of Fall as seen in the photo below and is listed as number 45 on the blog Etsy Beadweavers. The voting runs from October 9-15 so be sure that you check out the web site above and vote for your favorite entry.

Etsy Beadweavers September Challenge - Bollywood

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This month the theme for the Etsy Beadweavers Street Team monthly challenge is "Bollywood".  Bollywood is India's movie industry and in India is a bigger producing film industry than Hollywood.  The Bollywood film stars wear very elaborate jewely especially in wedding or bridal themes.  I created my "Bollywood Kundan style Bridal Choker" to reflect the intricate and elaborate designs.  I myself like more simple jewelry so for me this challenge was a way to stretch my imagination and make something that I would not normally make.  I used green fresh water pearls, peridot and emerald swarovski crystals and Japanese seed beads to create the choker.  You can see the full descripton at AngelqueCreations

The voting will start on September 9 and run until my birthday on September 15.  Please go to our web site at http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ to register your vote.

Abbotsford Farmers Market - Recent sales

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I have been diligently setting up my jewelry at the Abbotsford Farmers market every Saturday in June, July, and August.  The venture is finally starting to pay off as I recently (today) sold 4 beadwoven pieces. Two of these pieces were listed in my Etsy shop and two were newly made and not yet photographed (so I can't show you).  Nefertiti's Jade necklace and Coral Reef bracelet are off to good homes in Winnipeg and Alberta respectively.  I also recently was notified that I have been accepted into the Abbotsford Christmas craft fair at the Heritage Hall.  This is a three day event and hopefully will be successful for me.  I have been told that it is a widely publushed event with lots of attendance and one of the more popular craft fairs to attend.  Since most of the Christmas craft fairs happen on the same weekends in November and December it is diffuclt to choose where to go. I am also finding that because I sell jewelry I am not always successful in getting into the larger v…

Gothic Chevron Faux Pearl Anklet

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When I was recently on my sailing trip to Monteque Harbour on Main Island I created a fun anklet with some faux pearls that I had kicking around in my bead box.  I wanted to create a fun anklet that you could wear all summer long.  I had seen this chevron stitch before on necklaces but I had yet to test my skill at creating a piece.  I did not have enough of the faux pearls to create a necklace and so I started out creating a bracelet with the intent of using up these beads.  I realized once I had finished one side that it was rather long for a bracelet but decided to finish it off by mirroring the chevron pattern.  The length turned out to be 8" which surprisingly was just the size that I needed to fit around my ankle.  Who knew.
I recently sold the Gothic Chevron Faux Pearl anklet and it is winging it's way off to a new home.  I think that I may need to make one for myself since I am going to miss the anklet.

Time to Vote for the Etsy Beadweavers August Challenge "Gold and Silver"

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Another month has flown by and I can't believe that it is time again for the voting of the monthly challenge.  This month's theme of "Gold and Silver" has had an outstanding 50 entries, I think that this must be a record.  My entry Butterflies are Free necklace is entry #13 on the list and you can register your vote at Etsy Beadweavers Blogspot.  There are so many wonderful entries this month that the decision will be most difficult but I am sure that you are up for the task.


The voting runs from August 9 to August 15 so be sure that you stop in and vote for your favorite entry.  Good luck to all the other 49 beautiful pieces

My Etsy Beadweavers August Challenge - Butterflies are Free Necklace

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The August challenge for the Etsy Beadweavers is "Gold and Silver" Hollywood style.  I had these silver butterflies in my bead box for some time and was waiting for an inspiration to use them.  The August theme seemed to me to be the perfect starting point, so I brought them out of storage and made a rough sketch of how I wanted the butterflies to lay in the necklace (normally I don't make sketches because I cannot free hand draw, I used to draw buildings and construction details for a living but always on the computer using a program, free hand drafting is not my forte).  I started working with the 4 mm Japanese silver square bead in a brick stitch with 11/0 gold tone Japanese seed beads until I had the shape of the necklace, then I added the butterflies.  While working on this piece the movie staring Goldie Hawn kept bouncing into my head.  The movie was Butterflies are Free and is one of Goldie's earier pictures. 
The voting for this month's challenge starts on…

Things are picking up - Sales at AngelqueCreations

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I have been really fortunate these past few weeks and I have had one sale from my Etsy shop where the customer purchased two of my pieces (Seafoam bracelet and Poppies of the Roman Forum) and recently I sold 2 more pieces at the weekend Farmer's Market in Abbotsford. 
Mostly I sell my non bead woven jewelry at the Farmer's Market beacuse thease are lower priced and more affordable but this past Saturday I sold my Evil Eye St. Petersburg single chain Necklace and Dragon's Breath St. Petersburg double chain bracelet at the market.  I was so happy and hope that this coming weekend brings me good fortune as well.

Sumertime in the City

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Well it is finally summer here in Vancouver we have had two weeks of really great weather and I have been enjoying the sun streaming through the port holes and hatches on the boat.  I have even had to open up the port holes so that I can let the warm summer breaze flow through the interior.  I love the warmth and wish that it would stay forever.  Mike and I have been getting the boat ready to go cruising at the end of July, it will have been over a year since we moved Angelique and a year since she was damaged in the fire.  We finally have all the bits and baubs put back and replaced and are looking forward to 5 days cruising the Gulf Islands.  I have also been busily working away and creating several new necklaces and bracelets and trying to get them listed into my shop AngelqueCreations. Mother of Pearl Necklace                                             Pretty in Pink Princess Necklace













Coral Reef Freeform Bracelet                                Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Bridal Necklace …

Lost in Cyber Space

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I know that I have been absent from my blog for quite some time, but I have been around and lost in Cyber Space for the last few weeks.  I have been so busy promoting members from my bead weaving group "Etsy Beadweavers" that by the time I am done with all the places that I need to update with the group I forget that also need to up date my blog, post pictures to my Etsy shop "Angelque Creations",   figure out what I am going to wear today (if I go out), eat breakfast, clean the boat and other life duties.  So today I am finally going to post some pictures of the jewelry that I have made in the last couple of weeks.  I have several more pieces to photograph and list but I am slowly getting there.  Here is the fruits of my recent labour of love. 
Dragons Breath St. Petersburg Stitch bracelet
Sold on July 17, 2010, customer orders welcome Black and White Bracelet








Green the Color of Money Bracelet & Matching Earrings




Amethyst Chip Bracelet

Etsy Beadweavers Monthly Challenge "The Secret Garden"

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I know that I have been absence since I got back from my vacation in Europe, but I have been busy making new jewelry and the first is my entry to the Etsy Beadweavers monthly challenge.  I created Poppies of the Roman Forum (Palatine Grounds) for "The Secret Garden" challenge because during our visit to the Forum the wild poppies were so beautiful and abundant all over the ruins.   We returned 2 weeks later after finishing our cruise and found that the gardeners had mowed down all the wild poppies, so for me this became my "Secret Garden.  My entry is #2 on the list and the necklace sold almost immediately after I listed it on my online shop AngelqueCreations
The voting starts today July 9 to July 15 and I encourange you to check out the web site Etsy Beadweavers to cast your vote.  My entry is listed as #2 but I encourage you to vote for your favorite as there are many wonderful entries once again.

This necklace sold on July 7, 2010 from my on line shop

New listing - Evil Eye Pendant necklace - Sold

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Evil Eye - Pendant Necklace
I had such a wonderful time wandering the streets of Kusadasi in the older fort now bazzar.  The shopping was incredable, my sister bought a handmade lace table cloth that she had been looking for and I bought several Evil Eye beads of various shapes and sizes.  The first of these beads to be made into jewelry is the 1-1/2" diameter evil eye pendant bead that now resides in a lovely St. Petersberg stitch necklace.  The necklace is made with Czech blue, aqua and opague white seed beads and accented with blue glass bicones.  I would love to go back to Turkey one day and spend more time.  Since we were on the cruise ship we only were in Kusadasi for 7 hours, and 4 of those we spent wandering around the ruins of Ephesus.

This necklace sold on July 17, 2010 at the Abbotsford Farmers Market

Formal Nights Hemetite Choker

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Since coming back from my month long trip through Europe I have been trying to finish off several pieces, photograph and post to my etsy shop Angelque Creations.  One of these is Formal Nights adjustable choker/princess necklace.  I made this necklace adjustable so that one would have several options to wear it out to a formal evening with you little black dress, or wear it longer with your business suit during the day.  The necklace is made with a right angle weave (RAW) and is 1" in width and adjust from 16" to 19" in length.  The button clasp I used two recycled coat buttons that have a chrome finish.  When you first put on the necklace the coolness of the Hemeitite stone is refreshing but quickly warms up to body temperature.
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Well I finally have the time after my whorl wind trip in Europe to get back to posting on my blog and making new items for my Etsy shop.  I had such a great time traveling to London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Athens, Rhodes, Turkey, Eygpt, and Venice.  We were moving everyday seeing new sights and taking too many pictures that I now have to edit.  I also starting working at Redwoods Golf course and that has taken up some of my time.  I am happy to be back at beading and here is the first of my efforts inspired by my trip.  I call it the Eye of Horus (Ra) bracelet and it is made with Japanese Delica seed beads from a pattern that I created.  The pattern will also be available on my Etsy shop Angelque Creations.

April Challenge "Light as a Breeze" Voting has begun

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The voting has begun for the April Challenge "Light as a Breeze" I would appreciate it if you could go to http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com and vote for your favorite entry. Once again the challenge is a tough one as there are so many beautiful pieces to choose from. My entry "Ocean Breeze" is listed as #10, but I encourage you to vote for your favorite.

My entry for the April Challenge "Light as a Breeze"

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Once again the theme for the monthy challenge of the Etsy Beadweavers "Light as a Breeze" has inspired me to create a new entry.  My entry is "Ocean Breeze" and while I was creating the bracelet I wished that I was once again traveling down the coast of Mexico and experiencing those soft Ocean breezes. 
I especially wanted to be south again as our friends on R. Genesis transversed the Panama Canel last week and are now heading up the east coast of Panama and I think why are we not with them.  Oh well someday Mike and I will go again.  In the meatime I sit here and dream of days gone by. 
The voting will start on April 9 and run to the 15th at http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ so be sure that you stop in and vote for your favorite entry.  Once again I think that there will be some amazing work come out of our group.

Dark Dreams - Dream Catcher Necklace

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I have finally finished a new project that I started a couple of weeks ago when I received my 10 free beads from Nomad Crafts.  I had signed up on Nomad Crafts facebook fan page to be part of a group of artist that would be sent 10 free beads to use in a project.  Janelle of Nomad Crafts made these wonderfull yellow and black lampwork beads and they inpired me to create my Dark Dreams Dream Catcher necklace.  I used 9 of the beads and then realized that Janelle had actually sent me 15 Lampwork beads.  Whoo Hoo I now have 6 more of these wonderful gems to make a second project.  Gee what will I do, stay tuned. 

If you would like to see more of Janelle's lampwork glass just click on the shop name above and the link will take you to her shop.

Recent Sales at Angelque Creations

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After a long dry spell with no activity I recently sold 3 of my beadwoven items.  One of the items that sold is my March "Fairy Tales" challenge piece called Tinker Bell's Pixie Dust cuff.  This bracelet is 2" wide and created with 3 mm Japanese lime green square beads, size 6 rainbow cream soda Japanese seed beads, 11/0 pink and gold silver lined Japanese seed beads, white and pink fresh water pearls, and lime green dyed (MOP) mother of pearl donuts.  This so far is my favorite piece that I have created and I am glad that it has gone to a good home where it will be worn with pride.
The other two pieces were my Artist Exposed for VickiDiane - Baja Desierto bracelet with 6/0 desert mix Japanese seed beads, fresh water pearls dyed Iris gold and the 3rd bead woven piece is my Cotton Candy bracelet.  Cotton Candy was listed at 50% of in my shop AngelqueCreations and there are still several other beautiful items listed at 50% off.  I am trying to create room in my shop An…

Sunshine Blog Award

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A Sunshine blog award for AngelqueCreations, nominated by Ileana of
Enchanted Beads.  Thank you so much Ileana I always love reading your blog Enchanted Beads Blog . I am honored to be listed as a favorite Blog!



The Sunshine Blog Award is given out to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world. The rules for accepting the award are:
1. Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
2. Pass the award on to 12 bloggers.
3. Link to the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.
I am nominating some of my favorite, who are working hard to create interesting and enjoyable articles in their Blogs:

(in alphabetical order)
Art Beadwork - Iryna Hamilton
Asterope Bead Creations - Carol
Christines Beadworks - Christine
FireDivas
Lovelies From Mihana - Mihana
Maryniky Designs - Maryanne
Mary T Desgins - Mary
NED Beads - Nancy
Rachele's Orig…

March Challenge - Fairy Tales - Voting March 9 -15

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The voting has started for Etsy Beadweavers March challenge.  You can vote for your favorite "Fairy Tales" by using the link above, voting runs from March 9 until March 15 so be sure not to miss out.  Once again the voting will be difficult as there are many beautiful renditions on this Fairy Tale theme.

Angelque Creations's Tinker Bell Pixie Dust's cuff is number #15 and although I would love it if you voted for my entry there are so many other wonderful entries I encourage you to vote for your favorite. 

I love to enter these challenges because the themes are great and it challenges me to better my art form  To be included amounst such talent is a boon for Angelque Creations and a boost for my ego. (We all need a boost once in a while)

Treasury Heaven - 3 treasuries in One Day

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I just found that I am featured in 3 treasuries today on Esty and I am just so happy that I thought I would share with you the treasury features.  I have not been featured for a very long time and so to be featured in three in one day is wonderful.  Thank you (Ileana, Tiffany, VickiDiane and Karin) all for taking the time to add my work to your lovely treasuries. 




The first feature treasury is curated by Ileana of Enchanted Beads and her Long Time No See Treasury featuring some Etsy Beadweavers as well as other talented artitsts.

The second treasury feature is curated by Tiffany of Room3designs and VickiDiane Leads Artist Exposed for VickiDiane, this treasury features 12 amazing and talented Etsy Beadweavers.
And the third treasury is curated by Karin of GypsyEyesJewelry and Once upon a Time treasury featuring some of the talent that you will find for the March challenge "Fairy Tales".  The voting for this challenge starts on March 9 to 15 at http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blog…