Creativity Burnout

Hi my Luvvies!
I’m so sorry I fell off for so long!

As you remember I had a craft show in July. I will still post more in-depth on that later. But shortly after the craft show I experienced only what I can describe as creativity burnout.
I had all but stopped working on all my unfinished projects, I and incredibly behind on custom orders ( very unprofessional 😦 ) and I have simply not wanted to do anything crafty. This is probably the first time that I’ve felt this way in a long time.
The problem is when you’re trying to start a creative business obviously this is a great impairment on your ability to run your business.
At this time I still have a lot of things going on in my life: I left my day job of six years for another more intensive and higher paying position, my daughter started fifth grade and is having a hard time adjusting to the curriculum, I am taking hybrid college classes for the fall semester ( just finishing up my current class this week on IT Systems and will be taking Algebra in two weeks, ugh 😦 ), and the lease is up at the end of the year so we will also be looking for a new home.
Despite it all I’ve feeling the creativity coming back. I picked up some beads and yarn, and I’ve been talking with two of my customers in regards to their orders and I have some ideas on some things to make for the holidays.
Just wanted to check in and let you know I’m still around. I’ll be checking back in soon with my updates from the craft show and my experience with that.

See Ya!
Jasmine

Making Bracelets for the Men-folk

When making jewelry I have the tendency to gravitate towards bracelets. Bracelets are quick to make, use minimal amount of materials and can be done in one sitting with the proper planning. Also bracelets can add just a touch of sparkle or class to a minimal outfit.

My boyfriend is the hardest person to buy gifts for. He has a hobby ( that is steadily turning into a business ) of dabbling in photography and so most of the things on his wishlist are expensive lens and other expensive photography equipment. So instead of bankrupting myself with his gifts, he gets handmade bracelets.

The trouble with his bracelets are that obviously he’s a man. Most men want something masculine yet stylish. Making bracelets for him give me a little challenge each time to get out of my comfort zone.

Between December, January, and February we celebrate his birthday, Christmas, our anniversary, and Valentine’s Day so I have to make sure I plan ahead.

For his birthday and Christmas I bought him a giftcard towards his new iPad and made him a pair of cotton pajama pants ( which he wears nearly everyday ). For our anniversary and Valentine’s Day I made two bracelets; one with leftover sardonyx beads and pewter skull beads and another with just leather with my kumihimo disc.

The skull bracelet was a simple wrap bracelet with a button closure.

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The button was a strange one from my stash that had an interesting texture. I had to re-do a week later with silk thread it since the KO thread I originally used wasn’t strong enough for the size of the beads.

The leather bracelet was an interesting “adventure” since I had never used leather for Kumihimo before. I used the directions that came with my disc as a guide and cut four strands of 1mm black leather and threaded it through a large hole bead. I like using those beads as clasps sometimes. I did everything as usual measuring as I went along making sure to leave enough for a loop. I tied and secured the loop with a little glue and let it dry overnight before trimming the leftover pieces (those have ended in my scraps collections for other projects.) I wanted it to be kind of snug since leather stretches over time.

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I think it turned out nicely 🙂 Its a simple masculine piece. Using only leather for kumihimo has also opened my eyes to using different color combinations and leather sizes to make all kinds of different versions. Plus the bracelet works up so quickly it would be easy to make many in one sitting!

Definitely something that I’m thinking about adding to my shop 🙂

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Until next time!

~Jasmine

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everybody! I know  I’m  late with welcoming everyone into 2014 but with New Year’s Eve being my DD’s birthday as well as my family recently moved so ALOT  has been going on!

Its amazing how fast a year can go. A person can make so many resolutions but end up with only a handful completed. However I feel 2014 will be my year and I am going to use a new approach to meeting this year head on.

A dear co-worker and friend and I talk about faith and crafting and how we are supposed to use our gifts. I am a Christian and I believe that God has a plan for everything and that people are given gifts for a reason.  Otherwise we could all do everything and therefore people would not be unique. This is my opinion and belief and I know and respect other opinions and beliefs, but this is what I truly believe.
My friend continued on to talk about the lack of progress she has made in her life with her gifts and with 2014 approaching she began as most people to think of a resolution involving using her gifts. However she began to tell me of a devotional she read where this pastor was so inundated with the concept of the all the sacrifices and the time being spent achieving these goals. She forwarded me an email explaining the concept which this pastor, Mike Ashcraft, where he chooses one word that will describe all the goals he was looking to accomplish for the year. He went on to write a book, My One Word.  A Blogger I follow, Adrianne with Happy Projects also called it the One Word Challenge. You can read about her take on it here.

I thought this was a fantastic idea. I am ALWAYS feeling overwhelmed and under accomplished with the goals I set and the goals I completed at the end of the year. So I thought good about my word and how it can describe all the goals I have set for myself.

My word is Discipline.

Discipline can sound like such a harsh word but discipline is necessary to lead a happy and prosperous life. Can you think of how many ways that discipline makes its way into your life?  I can think of several..
Like when I choose to have a sandwich from Subway instead of a mushroom bacon burger from Wendy’s or when I decide to save my $20 instead of buying those booties that are on sale. How about when I decide to organize my yarn instead of just throwing it all in a bin? These are all ways I need to use discipline in my life. I have the usual goals that most people have at the start of a new year such as weight loss, organizing, and bettering my finances. But I am choosing to look at them differently so I can create life changing habits rather than just meeting goals.

One of my discipline “goals” is to post more often so look to see more posts in 2014. Check back later this week as I have  a post lined up on crochet and knit patterns.

 

See ya!

Jasmine

Pre Black Friday Special and New Things…

Hi Everybody…

Preparing for the holidays…  BUSYBUSYBUSYBUSY… Although I wish I could have been more productive this past week the rest was well needed.I am planning on listing new items every week in both of my shops. Please stop in often to see the new items : )

So from now until November 28th, purchase anything from either of my shops and you will receive  25% off your next purchase automatically.

This weekend I was able to get two out of the three projects that I was working on done. I got my inspiration from Happy Hour Projects for both. Her blog is full of lots of jewelry and food tutorials.

I chose to make her Grapevine Earrings and Mixed Media Bracelet.

Black Cluster Earrings

I chose black glass beads and a focal grey Swarovski bead which is a little different than how she did it but I like how it turned out. I also used chain instead of the jump rings since I didn’t have any off the large jump rings on hand. I didn’t have any of the large jump rings that she used. The result is very elegant and lightweight :). I will have these in my Etsy shop tomorrow.

I’m not as pleased with how my mixed media bracelet turned out.

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The cones that I had on hand turned out to be too small. Instead I used a thread strand clasp. Its still very pretty but the openness of the clasps make it look like its a little empty. Like its missing something. I went to the store and got a new set of cones to try another bracelet.

I also saw these little angel beads in the store..aren’t they so cute!Angel Earrings

 

Perfect for the Holiday season coming up. These will be in my Etsy Shop as well.

This week I’ll be working on more crochet and knit items for my shop as well as kumihimo bracelets.  See you later this week!

 

~Jasmine

Updates, Valentines Day and New “Toy”

Hello luvies!

Just some quick updates. The baby shower that I mentioned in my last post was quite a food filled fun filled event. The mother-to-be was tickled by the hat and booties I made for the bouncing girl. My special self didn’t take the time to take pictures of the hat and booties before gifting. I’ll make sure to do that next time. The hat IMO is a little large for her to wear right away so I plan on making another smaller hat with a finer yarn. The first hat I made with Red Heart in the Plum Pudding colorway. I crocheted the boots to look similar to the pattern sample, cream with a gold/brown sole so they can be worn with more outfits.

Valentine's Day Sale
I’m starting a sale in my Etsy shop today!  Anyone using the coupon code BEMINE214 will receive 20% off their order.
I also will be listing new items between tonight and Sunday for a better selection. I’ll keep the sale going until Midnight on 02/17.Valentine's Day Coupon Code

Also I have added a new “member” to my family :}

I have “adopted” a Pullip! Her name is Fraulein but I’m changing it to Nozomi which mean rare/beautiful and hope. Pullip Fraulein - pullips Photo

I purchased her on Ebay nude to save cost since if you are not familiar with pullips, they have be upwards $200! So I am working on building her a little wardrobe 🙂

So be prepared to see future posts involving this little sweetie :}

So check back again soon to see what other goodies I have in store. I promise more pictures and goodies when I return and take the time to peek into my shop over the weekend!

 

Take Care!

Luvvleigh

Post-Halloween Sale!

Decided to have a post-Halloween sale. Time just wasn’t on my side and I did have more goodies to list I figured I could give people a head start for next year.. or next week. Who says you have to wear Halloween themed jewelry only around Halloween? Psssh!

So all items in my shop are on sale for 20 % with the coupon code HALLOWSEVE.

The sale will be from the 1st through the 15th including any items I list in between! So take a few minutes to peak in and look around and check back often over the next two weeks for any new additions to the inventory!

~Jasmine

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So that was a fail…

Ok So remember that last post? The one where I said I would post every Friday or Saturday making things that were inspired by things I’d seen?

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So first let me apologize. Life got in the way. And by life I mean my computer died and I had to wait until I was able to repair or buy a new one. This left me with no way to manage posting anything for some time.

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In the meantime now that my computer has now been dubbed my Frankenstein Computer I have also taken the time to create some jewelry for my Etsy shop to sell. You can find a link to my Etsy at the lower right hand corner of my blog. I have more items that I’m getting ready to list. I’ve really taken a liking to the Chan Luu style wrap bracelets and macrame bracelets. They are such a quick and easy accessory. And because they can pretty much be customized in everything color and texture, they can be made to match so many outfits and styles. I have a few things for Halloween. If they are still around I’ll most likely have a “Day of the Dead” sale 🙂

I also have a geeky side to my crafty-ness and would like to incorporate that in my jewelry as well.

So just drop in and take a peek. I’m still working on getting my Facebook page going. My time is pretty much crunched between crafting, working full time, college part-time, and mommy full time.

I will try to post pretty regularly from now on to show you what I’m up to and any new goodies that will be going into my shop. Until then see you later!

 

~Jasmine

Luvvleigh Creations on Etsy

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