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Jewelry - BareMoose

Jewelry Supplies - SecretSolaceSupplies

Crochet - RoseCottageCrochet 

Sunday, August 23, 2009


This is my last week of training for my new job - WOOHOO!!!!
Thursday will be my last day of traveling 130 miles everyday!!!

So...I need to celebrate. I am celebrating by hosting a giveaway, what better way is there to celebrate?? My followers (YOU) are the BEST!!!

How to enter -

1. If you are already a follower - You do not have to do anything!!! You are automatically entered.

2. If you are new to my blog - Become a follower and leave a comment here.

That's it!!!

The rest of the giveaway details will be given at the end of this post.


If you are not a jewelry artist or beader but would love to make simple jewelry for yourself or as a gift, this project is perfect for you. I am going to show you how to assemble a necklace. It requires very little tools, supplies or money but will give you the satisfaction of making a beautiful necklace. Of course, you will inject your own style and personality by the pendant and clasp you select.

What you will need:

Chain - 1
Jump Rings - 3
Closure (toggle, clasp, lobster claw, etc) - 1
Pendant - 1
Wire Cutters

Measure out the amount of chain you will need to make the necklace the length you want. Cut the chain with the wire cutters.

Open 1 jump ring with your pliers. Make sure you open the ring by twisting sideways - DO NOT open the ring by pulling the 2 ends apart.

Hook the jump ring on the ring of your pendant and close the ring by twisting the 2 ends back together.

Now slide your chain through the jump ring you just placed on your pendant.

Open another jump ring and insert it through the last link on one side of your chain. Place one end of your closure on the same open jump ring that is attached to your chain. Close the jump ring.

Open your last jump ring and repeat - placing the second half of your closure on the second chain end.
That's it!!!! You now have a pretty necklace you can wear or give as a gift. Why not make all your friends a necklace for Christmas?!!!

Every once in awhile you will find a pendant that does not need a jump ring. The chain opening on the pendant will already be in the proper position. This pendant did not need a jump ring but I included the instructions because you will need to add a jump ring to the majority of pendants.
As you can see in the picture below, I have removed the jump ring and just inserted the chain through the pendant opening.


1. The winner will be announced on Sunday - September 6, 2009

2. The winner will receive the necklace that was just made in the tutorial above.

Also, if the winner owns an Etsy shop (or any other shop - Zibbet, Artfire, your personal website, etc), I will blog about your win in a feature and put your Etsy mini on my sidebar :)

Thank you for following my blog!!!


Saturday, August 8, 2009

We Need Votes, Please!!!! (UPDATED)


Cynthia entered a new picture for this weeks contest. So...we need votes again, please.
You can vote once a day. I have changed the link below, it will take you to the new picture :)

My daughter entered a picture in The Cutest Dog Photo contest and she needs your votes!!!

Just click on the link below and click on vote, it's that easy. It only takes a second.

Thank you in advance :)



I Am The Lucky Winner!!!!

I am so glad I finally have time to blog about winning a giveaway on this beautiful blog
The blog belongs to KTPaperCrafts who offers elegant, fun and personalized cards and more.

Here is an example of the lovely Cards:

Awesome Personalized Notepad:

And adorable Gift Tags:

There are many, many more beautiful items in KTPaperCrafts Etsy shop.
As for my wonderful prize....
I won this fabulous Scrubber/Soap Saver from FunnyFace12345 !!!!!

I am thrilled with this Scrubber/Soap Saver!!! It is such a clever idea and the craftsmanship is just wonderful!!!

I want to share a couple more items from FunnyFace12345's
beautiful Etsy shop.

Sweet Crochet Dish/Wash Clothes:

Beautiful Hexagon Ecru Doily:

I have been crocheting for 42 years and I can honestly say FunnyFace12345
is a very skilled crocheter!!! Her work is very professional.
This is her blog: http://www.giftsandmore-funnyface.blogspot.com/

Please visit both of these Etsy shops and follow their blogs!!!

Once again, KTPapercrafts and FunnyFace12345 , thank you so much for the great giveaway and the super nice prize!!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Let Me Follow Your Blog

I just got home from my first day of training for my new job.
I am tired but happy. I feel so fortunate to get such an awesome job, especially now when jobs are so hard to find. It's really a career rather than a job!!!

I am posting this because I came home tonight and had 4 new followers. I found 2 that I wasn't already following and I am now following them. I am not sure if I am already following the other 2.

I think it's disappointing when you take the time to follow someones blog and they do not bother to reciprocate. I do not want anyone to be disappointed by me!!!

This will probably be my last post until my 4 weeks of training are finished.
I will only have enough time to check my email and take a quick glance at my blog, Zibbet and Etsy.

So, please, if you follow me in the next 4 weeks, leave a comment on this post. Let me know you are following my blog and rather or not I am already following you.

I will check this post every evening so that I can follow everyone.

I will be actively following all of your blogs once my training is finished.
I love to read blogs, enter giveaways and leave comments.

Thank you!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

New Banner!!!!

I just had to share my beautiful new banner with you!!!
I won this awesome banner from Muskmallowdesigns!!

I am also using this new banner for my Etsy shop.
I am thrilled to have such a beautiful, professional banner!!

You can see Muskmallowdesigns' Etsy mini on my sidebar.
Please purchase your next banner and avatar from her. You will not be disappointed.

Some of the items in my Etsy store. Stop by!!! http://www.baremoose.etsy.com