October 6, 2011

Donations To The American Cancer Society

I will be donating 10% of sales (excluding shipping) from my shop to The American Cancer Society through the end of October. I will have my donation targeted to Breast Cancer in honor of all the women and men in our lives affected by this devastating disease.

If you would like to donate directly without making a purchase you can click here.

August 22, 2011

Bead Crochet Bangle Bracelets

I came across these great beads in 2 different sizes and I knew that I had to make a chunky bead crochet bangle from the. In lower light these beads appear purple with a rainbow finish, but when held up to the light they appear a translucent red, almost like pomegranate seeds.





I found the beads for this bangle when I was online shopping for supplies for a custom bracelet. I loved all the colors and how they blended together so seamlessly. The bead mix is called Summer Sunset and I think that the name describes these colors perfectly.

August 1, 2011

Grandmother's Bracelet For A Friend

Last week was a friend's birthday. Her third grandchild was due any day and she was so excited. I thought, what could be a better gift than a grandmother's bracelet. I made a shiny aluminum chainmaille bracelet of byzantine segments. The segments are divided by Swarovski crystals, each one representing the birthstone of a grandchild.

I just gave her this special gift and she loved it. It made me so happy to see how thrilled she was to receive it. As an added bonus, it is also a mother's bracelet. Her birthday and the birthdays of her 2 daughters are in the same months as her grandchildren. So this is a double duty bracelet.


July 4, 2011

Fourth of July Sale


I am having Fourth of July sales in both of my Etsy shops. Today only 15% off your entire purchase (excluding shipping) by using coupon code JUL4TH.

If you are looking for some great jewelry that can be worn for work or play please visit my jewelry shop, Morning Sky Jewelry.

Shopping for some 100% cotton eco friendly washcloths or scrubbies?
Maybe you need a cute cover for your Kindle, ereader, ipod or other gadget.
Tired of chasing all those reward cards and credit cards around your purse?
Visit Morning Sky Creations and take a look at what we have that is just right for you.

June 5, 2011

Shiny Aluminum Chainmaille Jewelery

A few weeks ago I posted about the amazing aluminum rings that I bought. Well, this is what has finally become of them.

Thick Byzantine Bracelet



Shaggy Loops Bracelet



Beez to Butterflies Bracelet

All three bracelets are for sale in my Zibbet shop as well as a wide selection of copper chainmaille and bead crochet. Stop by and have a look.

May 17, 2011

Trying Out Aluminum

One of my biggest loves is making chainmaille. I had been coiling, sawing and tumbling my own rings. It takes time, but I loved being able to do whatever weave I wanted without having to order rings and wait for them to ship. (Different weaves require different ring sizes.)

Fast forward to today. I am back to work full time, my youngest son is involved in sports year round and I have a very old home that I am trying to maintain. The thing that fell by the wayside, besides cleaning, was chainmaille making. And I really miss it! So, I decided to try purchasing my rings. With the price of silver sky high, I tried to give aluminum a try.

My precut rings just arrived and they are beautiful!!! Keep an eye on my Zibbet shop shop to see what they become.

May 9, 2011

Root Beer Float Bead Crochet Bangle Bracelet


I picked these beads for a nice neutral bracelet and as I was crocheting it I was reminded of a root beer float. The brown beads are shiny and translucent and the cream color beads are opaque. What do you think? Does it stir any cravings in you for a trip to the local soda shop?

April 22, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival

Last weekend we took a drive to Branch Brook Park in Newark to see the cherry blossoms at their peak. It was phenomenal.








March 19, 2011

Twitter

Well, I finally did it. I am now officially on Twitter. I signed up for an account quite some time ago, but I never tweeted. I finally took the step and started following people and tweeting and I'm having fun.

You can find me here if you would like to follow.

February 9, 2011

An Etsian Needs Our Help

If you frequent the Etsy forums then you have probably read one or many posts at some time from Cindy of DesignedByLucinda. She suffered a terrible tragedy last week - a fire took the life of her 11 year old son, her pets and destroyed her home.

A Big Cartel shop has been set up to raise money for Cindy and her family. You can find it by clicking the Helping Hearts below. Proceeds from sales will go to the family.





If you would like to make a donation to the shop or a monetary donation all details can be found here.

Please keep Cindy and her family in your prayers.

February 6, 2011

I'm Jealous


Yes, I'm jealous of Emma, my cat. I have trouble sleeping and have for years and years. My son and I were in the family room on a freezing cold Saturday morning and Emma was sitting in the sun. My son started laughing and I looked over. Emma had fallen asleep sitting up and gradually went face down onto the beanbag chair - and kept sleeping. She woke when I turned on my camera and proceeded to go back to sleep sitting up. Damn right I'm jealous!! I have no idea what it must be like to be in such a deep sleep.

January 17, 2011

Kindle Ereader Case

I received a Kindle ereader for Christmas this year. I love it!! I wanted to bring it to work with me so I could read on my break, but I was afraid that it would get scratched in my bag The answer - crochet a Kindle cozy to keep my Kindle safe and secure. I used a self patterning yarn and loved the result so much that I decided to make another and list it in my Etsy shop, Morning Sky Creations. That one, pictured below, sold the day after it was listed.



This is the one that is for sale now. It is also made from self patterning yarn and is composed of a variety of colors. If you look closely you will see tan, black, gray, lilac and a dark blue-green. Instead of using a flap with a buttonhole to close these cases I use a loop closure with a handcrafted button. This way if you want to charge your Kindle you simply put it in the case upside down and plug in your power cord.





The next one that I made was from a fun bright pink yarn that I came across. The picture doesn't do it justice. This yarn has pieces of metallic bright pink thread woven through. It is a fun cozy that is super soft. This case closes with a loop and button also, but the button is not handcrafted. I found a bright pink button with sparkles that I feel complements the case very well.

I also have added matching pouches to my shop that can be used to carry business cards, credit cards, rewards cards or whatever else you would like.