Is There a Baby in Your Future?

Maybe not your own, but a new baby coming in the near future for someone you know? A gift of baby booties would be appreciated for the new mother. You’ll find several new, hand-crocheted booties for the baby on my Amazon site, Amazon.com/handmade/MizMlu.

There are blue booties for boy babies, pink for girls, and white for everyone.  They will make a delightful gift for the shower or for showing off the new arrival.

Take a look.

Dare to be Different

Are you looking for a necklace that is like no other?  How about one that is in a color or design that you have never seen on any other lady? Do you want your friends to ask you where you got it?  Well, look right here for a selection of unusual designed and colorful accessories.

Each of the individual necklaces shown here is an original design which takes advantage of the beads themselves.  I like to choose the beads I use for their color and/or the shape or distinction.

While making my creations I picture in my mind who might wear it, at work, or play or on an evening out.

These items were originally listed on my Etsy site and were discontinued when the listing ran out. I renewed them for your consideration. Search for dare2bd in my shop and you will find these pieces.

I am describing them here so that you can get an idea of the style and variety I have in my stock.  If you see one, or more, that you like, make a note of the item number and go to my Etsy shop in the discontinued section for a more precise description and picture.  They are all listed with the “dare2bd” item designation. Remember I offer free shipping to a US destination.

#6109 is 24” long and is made with 1/2” white beads in the form of knots and splashed with gold accents. $15.97 It is called “Uncommon white beads twist with gold knots necklace”

#7004 is 26” long with ½” black round beads separated by an assortment of silver beads. $18. It is called “Big, black and silver tone bead necklace”

#0421 is 23” Long with red and white alternating beads. $15.  It is called “Red and White color splashes necklace #2”

#3061 is 23” long with a variety of black and silver beads. $19 It is called “Dynamic Black necklace, handmade, stunning, big, bold”

#5010 is 23” long with ½” black beads decorated with violet flowers and separated by silver star beads. $18

#5428 is 25” long with flat oval 1” smoky beads in the center and ¼” smoky beads around to the back.

#9726 is 25” long with gold, flat, oval ¾ etched beads and 3/8” spacers. $12

#0754 is 33” long vintage with matte beige 1/4” beads & gold spacers with a drop cluster of tiny beads.  $34.97 called “Vintage pink necklace with chandelier pendant”

#4894 – 34” long with ½ black & ¼’ silver beads with gold splashes. $15

#4396 – 22” long, black 1/8” cubes & rhinestones spacers at 1” lengths. $15

#2563 – 25” long, dark matte blue 5/8” ovals with 1/8” shiny spacers. $22

#4813 – 19” clear blue glass ovals streaked with glitter. $24

#7008 – 48” pale peach ¼” beads with sparkling stars. $19.97

#3837 -25” Six black ¾” blocks with painted lavender flowers & seven 1/8” matching swirls, then black bicones to finish. $10.97

#9453 – 22” black oval pendant with carved white flower on a chain of 18” white pearls. $16.97 “Elegant pearl necklace with pendant”

#0355 – 22” with 1” carved beige pearly, satiny flowers. $27.97

#1676 – 25” with ¾” pink polymer painted circle in center & ¼” & ½” painted disks and ¼ “ pink beads. $19.95

#8527 – 41” vintage wood 1” barrels & tiny wood spacers, $10

#9918 – 44” crescent 1/8” pink beads with sparkling shiny dots. $15

#3178 – 20”  ¾” globes with leathery covers & assorted black beads. $24.97

#0139 – 23” Three 1” rings with painted flowers & bicone spacers. $13.97

#9546 – 23” Three striped turquoise 3/4” & four solid color center with seed beads to complete. $34.97

#5815 – 25”  Pink on beige ½” blocks and dusky pink 1/8” spacers. $18

Let me know if you find anything you like, or would like to see more.

 

 

New Etsy Items For Your Pleasure

I just added four new items to my Etsy Shop that can go from the office to after-hours with ease and style. They are all different, featuring my original designs in various colors.  The red one in particular has five different beads in the front of the necklace that I found interesting.  This unusual necklace features a variety of beads from my large collection.

The others are fashionable as well.  The dark blue, smooth, beaded necklace is a classic piece for your day or evening wear,  The two   pastel blue necklaces feature the beads themselves to make them distinct and special.  One is made of sculptured beads and the other is paired with small oval beads and octagonal shiny crystal beads.

I think you will find them interesting and I hope you like them. I enjoy the process of creating new, different and original  items and hope you will share the pleasure of wearing something that no other woman can wear.

http:mizmlu.etsy.com

New Etsy listings

If you are a jewelry maker as I am you should take a look at my recent listings on Etsy, at http://mizmlu.etsy com.  I have been listing various beads that I used once and will not use again.  (all my creations are one-of-a-kind and not repeated.)  These are mostly leftovers from my supplies.  Some are very unusual and with a little imagination will make an original jewelry piece for your collection.  They are priced from $1-$3 plus shipping.  I have much more and will be listing them soon.  Hope you find something to your liking.  Mizmlu

Take advantage of free shipping

Next week, between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, 29 pieces of my handmade jewelry will be discontinued for sale from my Etsy shop. If you would like to purchase one or more of them, shipping in the US will be free, as usual. All of the 29 pieces will go up for sale on my Jewelryalamode site, where I do charge for shipping for any item over $10. If you are interested in saving the shipping cost, take advance of this feature. After February 9, they will no longer be listed on Etsy.

Follow your heart

Necklace (1)Don’t let Valentine’s Day just slip by.  Let your significant other know what you would like for this special day.  Along with the candy and flowers add a new red necklace.  Find the perfect piece to wear in one of my three places where I have listed several colorful accessories for you to choose from.  You’ll  have a choice of many different types in every one.

I ship within one day and shipping is free in the US from my Etsy shop.  Every necklace is enclosed in an organza pouch to make it special and protect it when not being worn.  Take a look.  Thanks.

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

http://jewelryalamode.com

www:amazon.com/handmade/mizmlu

 

How Marlene’s Necklace Affected My Jewelry Making

Marlene-necklaceI belong to a group of ladies who meet once a month for brunch and to exchange the books we have read and pass them around. We originally began meeting to discuss our yearly trips to the library for family research in Salt Lake City. Four of us, Pam, Ruth, Kay and I were avid genealogists and made the trips each winter along with a few other friends. Kay has since passed away, too soon, and the three of us no longer make the trip to Utah although Pam is still involved in finding her ancestors.
It’s been a long time since those days, and as our small group grew in numbers the book exchange was the next step giving us a reason to meet and compare our activities. There are now up to 9 of us who meet, but often there might be 7 or less each month. I am, no doubt, the oldest of the group. One lady who was older recently passed away in her sleep. But I have a story to tell about her and her necklace, and how it affected the necklaces I now make.
All the ladies know that I make jewelry and I wear a different necklace to each brunch gathering. One day Marlene asked me if would make her a black necklace and I said, “I’d love to.”
Marlene couldn’t describe exactly what she wanted, but knowing her, I thought I could create something she would like. I had some beads in mind and I put together three different short length bead patterns with alternating black and silver beads. She chose one and I made the necklace and gave it to her. Needless to say, she was delighted and wore it many times. However, it broke. Beads fell all over the floor. She and her daughters collected as many as they could find and gave them to me. I made a new necklace for her at no charge. I don’t remember what she paid for the original necklace. I had offered it to her as a gift, but she insisted on paying me.
That experience made me think that if that happened to one of my necklaces, it could happen again. And indeed it did. One necklace broke while a friend was looking at it. That is not good.As any necklace is worn there is friction on the clasp as the necklace is put on and taken off. The friction rubs the small wire and wears it away. I finally found what I think will help to keep that from happening to the necklaces I now make.
I use a very tiny metal guard that holds the wire and keeps the clasp away from direct contact with the wire. The horseshoe shape guard prevents that friction so the movement of the clasp doesn’t erode the wire. All necklaces are susceptible to wear and tear, but this guard makes it less fragile.
The guard is very, very tiny and it is a bitch to put the ends of the strung beads together. My hands often shake, making it a tedious process, but I do it now for every necklace I make. Some of my necklaces are long enough to easily pass over the head, but not all. So the guard is used on those.
I think that what I do is a reflection of how I feel about the jewelry I make.

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

Hooked!

I am hooked on beading! I have finally realized that what I enjoy doing most is making jewelry. I sit at my table in my little studio and look at the projects I am currently working on. Then I get out the containers with pieces that need help. They may be short on the number of beads required or the clasp didn’t work or they came apart, (worst of all), or I just didn’t like the finished product. And I make myself fix the problem on at least one. A fixed piece is my redemption.
But then the outrageous amount of beads that I currently have prompts me to use some of them by putting together a finished piece. That is the most satisfying.
In days past I have given preference to reading, knitting, crocheting, doing a crossword puzzle, or a jigsaw puzzle, or playing a game on my computer. (I especially like free cell and solitaire.) But the studio calls me. And despite my prior convictions, I find myself back there, looking at the beads, putting them together to make a necklace, a bracelet, or earrings from the leftovers. And usually I find that I need something to complete them such as a clasp, or a type of bead to fill out the design that the beads call for. And they certainly do that.
So, I am off to the bead shop. There are two nearby. Or I check my Fire Mountain catalog that has everything a jewelry maker can need.
And I am hooked. When in the shop I find a strand of beads that speaks to me. It has a special color, or an unusual design, or it says, “Buy this, it’s not expensive, and you know you’ll love it.” And I do. I come out of the store with more than I intended to buy. I have little will power. I cannot wait to get home and see what I can do with my purchases.
I try to imagine who will see my jewelry. I think that it should appeal to the working woman who needs an accessory to add to her daily wardrobe, or the stay-at-home mother, maybe on a budget, who would like to wear something new and pretty.  And a pretty necklace, bracelet, or earrings make a nice gift. However, I do dream about the woman who is out in the world and needs to wear something different and attractive. I like to say that my jewelry is one-of-a-kind. She can say that it is original, handmade, and especially, different.
I hope that this gives you a picture of me and my world as of today.
Come see my creations at 2 sites: http://mizmlu.etsy.com for the newest pieces or http://jewelryalamode.com for the necklaces that haven’t yet found their owner. There are over 135 currently at that site

MY HOME JEWELRY BUSINESS

MY HOME JEWELRY BUSINESSMizMlu'S Creatives
The aim of my jewelry business is to provide attractive, unusual, colorful, wearable and affordable accessories for the working woman, or the stay-at-home-mother or as a gift. My jewelry is not made with silver and gold materials. I could buy and use them but I would have to charge quite a bit more and would not be able to provide the large variety of jewelry that is currently available from my 2 shops, at http://mizmlu.etsy.com and my own online shop, http://jewelryalamode.com.
When I shop for materials I look for the unusual, either in color or design. I want my finished product to be one-of-a-kind and different in shape, color or design. I have never repeated a piece for the simple reason that I don’t buy the same beads a second time. Sometimes my purchase comes in an amount that allows me to make more than one piece, but the design of each is different.
I actually don’t see the finished product in my mind when I purchase the beads. I see the color or the shape and know that it will come together with what else I buy or what I already have when I put them out on my working table. Sometimes I imagine who will be buying my creation as I’m making it. Will she be an executive, a waitress, maybe a mother who spends her day making a good home and children happy or any number of women who just want original designed jewelry?
Because I like beautiful colors I look for them in other items than just jewelry. I have made booties for babies and crocheted afghans or embroidered pillows for my children and grandchildren and personalized wedding gifts for the children of friends. I used to sew all my own clothes, hence making jewelry to match was obvious. I made clothing for my children and my husband until his death.
When I began working for a living I no longer had time for these creative projects and they ended. Now I buy the clothes I need. And I can always find a piece of jewelry in my vast inventory to go with whatever I choose to wear.
Now that I am retired I have re-entered my jewelry making vocation. I had some materials to re-start and then found online shops as well as neighborhood shops that sold supplies. But I got carried away. I have more supplies than I can ever use. I have several finished pieces that are ready to have their pictures taken so that they can be shown to the public, as well as ideas for new pieces with the materials I have.
I like to give little advantages to a purchase. Therefore each necklace I sell is shipped in an organza pouch, just for protection, or if you want to give it as a gift, and shipped free of charge to US customers. My shipping is usually next day.
I hope this gives you an idea of what my business life is like. I am always busy with one thing or another. Aren’t we all? And I hope that never changes.
Look for me on Amazon in about a month. I have applied for a spot in their new section for handmade items. Looking forward to being there.
I’d love to hear from you.
Mizmlu in sunny California

An Invitation to My Readers

I would like to invite you to make a visit to my Etsy shop. I have been busy making new jewelry items for your fancy. I just listed 27 new necklaces and will be adding several pairs of earrings as soon as I can get photos taken.
The new necklaces come in all colors and forms of beads and I am sure that you will find something you like.
Some are fancy for a night out on the town and others will be just right for your business wear or just to look pretty while doing errands. All are original designs I created and are handmade by me. Some do not have clasps so they fit easily over your head and are noted as such in the description.
Prices range from one at $24.95 to one at $10, but most are priced from $15 to $19. Shipping in an organza pouch is free in the US. I ask customers in International countries to contact me for charges because each country has a different shipping cost.
I enjoy making jewelry. I have been making my own to complement my apparel for many, many years. I would like to share my original designs with you and in doing so create a name for myself and bring in a little extra money. I am a retired senior and can always appreciate the return on the materials that I use.
I would like to hear from you as to what your thoughts are. Your comments would be of great value to me.
Thank you,
Marylou Denyer, (mizmlu at mizmlu@gmail.com)
Etsy shop: http://mizmlu.etsy.com
If you don’t find anything to your liking in my Etsy shop, take a trip to
http://jewelryalamode.com where you will find 130 necklaces at bargain prices. I do charge for shipping from this site.