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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…