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<3 keep="" an="" eye="" on="" instagram="" and="" facebook="" for="" a="" different="" sale="" each="" day="" throughout="" this="" holiday="" weekend!!="" first="" up-="" all="" ebooks="" and="" tutorials="" are="" 50%="" off.="" today="" only.="" coupon="" code="" can="" be="" used="" on="" etsy="" and="" in="" my="" webstore.="" coupon="" code:="" bftutorial="" published="" by="" i="" have="" literally="" been="" glued="" to="" my="" computer="" for="" the="" last="" two="" days,="" creating,="" filming,="" editing,="" and="" writing="" a="" new="" ebook="" for="" you!!="" i="" am="" always="" asked="" to="" do="" tutorials="" on="" how="" to="" finish="" the="" ends="" of="" cord,="" leather,="" ribbon-="" you="" name="" it.="" sometimes="" a="" book="" with="" just="" photos="" and="" written="" instructions="" is="" not="" enough.="" i="" am="" that="" person-="" i="" need="" video.="" i="" need="" to="" see="" it="" being="" done="" before="" i="" can="" really="" wrap="" my="" head="" around="" it.="" so="" i="" asked="" for="" some="" feedback="" on="" facebook="" and="" decided,="" to="" just="" do="" it.="" just="" sit="" down="" and="" film="" and="" do="" it.="" so="" i="" did.="" most="" of="" it,="" i="" admit="" is="" unscripted,="" but="" i="" have="" been="" making="" these="" types="" of="" things="" now="" for="" 10="" years.="" yep.="" i="" am="" shocked="" at="" that="" number="" myself.="" how="" can="" i="" have="" been="" making="" jewelry="" for="" 10="" years?="" it="" cannot="" be="" possible,="" it="" feels="" like="" i="" just="" started="" yesterday!="" once="" i="" decided="" what="" to="" do="" the="" ebook="" on,="" then="" i="" had="" to="" narrow="" it="" down="" because="" let's="" face="" it.="" there="" has="" to="" be="" hundreds="" of="" different="" ways="" to="" finish="" the="" ends="" of="" fiber.="" just="" think="" about="" all="" the="" different="" kinds="" of="" fiber="" there="" is!="" so="" i="" picked="" four="" of="" my="" favorites.....="" flat="" leather,="" linen="" cord,="" ribbon,="" and="" round="" leather="" cord.="" and="" then="" i="" narrowed="" it="" down="" again="" because="" think="" about="" all="" of="" the="" different="" ways="" of="" finishing="" fiber="" ends,="" there="" has="" to="" be="" a="" gazillion.="" so="" i="" picked="" four="" that="" i="" tend="" to="" gravitate="" towards="" whenever="" i'm="" making="" my="" own="" jewelry.="" it="" became="" pretty="" evident="" early="" on,="" that="" this="" was="" going="" to="" take="" some="" serious="" brain="" power="" and="" time,="" and="" lots="" of="" patience.="" there="" are="" many="" steps="" in="" writing="" an="" ebook.="" i="" filmed="" all="" the="" videos="" and="" edited="" each="" one="" in="" imovie.="" and="" then="" on="" day="" 2,="" (and="" yes,="" it="" took="" me="" only="" 2="" days="" because="" when="" i="" get="" something="" in="" my="" head="" i="" have="" to="" get="" it="" out="" or="" i="" can't="" sleep,="" eat,="" or="" knit="" and="" that's="" a="" damn="" travesty.="" plus+="" i="" have="" been="" thinking="" about="" doing="" this="" sort="" of="" thing="" for="" a="" loooong="" time="" and="" it="" flowed="" out="" of="" me="" pretty="" willy="" nilly.="" i="" wrote="" the="" whole="" 21="" page="" ebook-="" and="" and="" voila.="" it'll="" be="" ready="" to="" purchase="" on="" my="" website="" on="" monday="" november="" 14.="" here's="" a="" tidbit="" of="" what="" to="" expect:="" i="" have="" put="" together="" a="" small="" collection="" of="" tutorials="" on="" finishing="" the="" ends="" of="" 4="" different="" types="" of="" materials:="" round="" leather="" cord,="" waxed="" linen="" cording,="" flat="" leather="" lace,="" and="" silk="" ribbon.="" each="" time="" of="" material="" will="" include="" 3="" different="" ways="" to="" finish="" the="" ends,="" to="" accommodate="" a="" clasp="" or="" other="" materials="" or="" components.="" i="" am="" including="" written="" instructions="" for="" each="" tutorial,="" but="" will="" also="" provide="" a="" link="" to="" coordinating="" video="" tutorial.="" all="" videos="" are="" available="" at="" (you="" do="" not="" need="" an="" account="" to="" view="" them!)="" and="" each="" one="" is="" password="" protected.="" after="" you="" find="" the="" password="" in="" this="" pdf,="" you'll="" be="" able="" to="" click="" the="" link="" and="" be="" redirected="" to="" each="" coordinating="" video="" tutorial="" where="" you'll="" insert="" the="" password="" and="" view="" them.="" if="" you="" are="" familiar="" with="" my="" other="" pdf="" tutorials,="" this="" won't="" be="" a="" surprise="" as="" they="" are="" mostly="" all="" like="" this.="" for="" each="" material,="" i="" will="" also="" share="" some="" of="" my="" favorite="" suppliers="" to="" help="" you="" in="" your="" quest="" to="" obtain="" some="" of="" these="" materials="" in="" the="" future="" for="" your="" own="" designs.="" there="" are="" no="" finished="" jewelry="" tutorials="" in="" this="" pdf,="" but="" these="" technique="" tutorials="" should="" give="" you="" an="" idea="" of="" how="" simple="" they="" are="" to="" use="" in="" your="" own="" designs!="" this="" pdf="" is="" full="" of="" basic="" fundamentals="" to="" help="" you="" use="" fiber="" in="" your="" designs.="" i="" hope="" you="" enjoy="" them!="" published="" by="" and!!!="" i="" got="" my="" act="" together="" (shocking,="" i="" know)="" and="" got="" some="" of="" my="" tutorials="" up="" on="" my="" website="" so="" you="" can="" actually="" find="" them="" amongst="" my="" other="" listings.="" and="" they="" are="" on="" sale="" on="" my="" website="" only="" for="" 50%="" off="" using="" coupon="" code:="" tutesale="" i="" can't="" offer="" just="" the="" tutorials="" for="" sale="" in="" my="" etsy="" shop="" because="" i="" cannot="" allocate="" the="" coupon="" just="" for="" one="" type="" of="" listing="" like="" i="" can="" in="" my="" indiemade="" shop="" bummer.="" published="" by="" i="" first="" started="" making="" these="" beaded="" chain="" bracelets="" back="" in="" 2014,="" and="" i'm="" not="" sure="" why="" the="" design="" was="" so="" short="" lived.="" not="" only="" do="" i="" love="" the="" overall="" look="" of="" this="" style="" bracelet="" but="" i="" really="" enjoy="" creating="" them,="" although="" somewhat="" time="" consuming.="" i="" use="" linen="" cording="" and="" string="" each="" of="" the="" glass="" seed="" beads="" and="" then="" weave="" them="" back="" and="" forth="" through="" the="" chain.="" these="" three="" bracelets="" are="" each="" different="" -="" one="" is="" double="" stranded,="" 1="" has="" a="" bit="" of="" a="" beaded="" "spine",="" and="" the="" third="" has="" a="" more="" simple="" beaded="" design="" without="" the="" spine.="" what="" makes="" each="" of="" these="" special="" is="" the="" handmade="" pewter="" buttons="" from="" my="" friends="" at="" green="" girl="" studios.="" they="" are="" a="" husband="" and="" wife="" team="" down="" in="" north="" carolina="" and="" they="" carve="" each="" mold="" by="" hand="" and="" create="" cast="" button,="" pendants,="" and="" beads="" with="" pewter.="" each="" one="" is="" a="" work="" of="" art,="" and="" each="" one="" is="" the="" focal="" piece="" of="" my="" bracelet="" design.="" published="" by="" where:="" 88="" hartford="" terrace="" published="" by="" i="" don't="" send="" newsletters="" often.="" maybe="" 1-2="" times="" a="" year?="" if="" that!?="" but="" i="" do="" appreciate="" all="" the="" people="" who="" have="" signed="" for="" the="" newsletter="" so="" this="" is="" a="" special="" sale="" if="" you="" are="" a="" newsletter="" subscriber.="" how="" do="" you="" become="" a="" subscriber?="" you="" can="" see="" the="" sign="" up="" for="" here="" on="" the="" blog="" over="" there="" on="" the="" right-="">
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As I mentioned previously, I had a crafts festival this past weekend in Sharon Springs. this is the 5th (?) time I have done this festival. The past few years, they have designated a street where Etsy sellers set up their tents, and it’s a juried location. The show in general is not juried, but to get into the Etsy village, you have to apply. The traffic I have found, is legitimately better in this area, than in other parts of the show. So I was pleased to get a spot.
We were one of the first people there. There was a bit of confusion in the beginning because the vendors spots weren’t mapped out ahead of time and the volunteer that arrived early to help set up, wasn’t told to do this so we had to kind of wing it. I luckily convinced my husband to help me get the tent set up so we did that first and had to adjust it 2-3 spots to the left and right before we finally settled in after they figured out the numbered spots.
Set up went relatively easy. The weather for Saturday was perfect, sunny and warm and beautiful and even a little breezy but not too gusty. Sunday was calling for 50% chance of rain showers so I was pretty disappointed to wake up to rain on Sunday but after I drove the hour to Sharon Springs, it had stopped raining and there was actually no rain all day Sunday. LUCKY!!
My tent was a bit dark due to the decision for a little extra rain protection – the big green tarp over the tent kept everything bone dry saturday night – VERY PLEASED with that. and I was pleased to have remembered to keep my table coverings up off the ground and nothing got wet. We were located on a street, and so the rain the night before does tend to seep in under the tent walls….
I got lots of great compliments all weekend, not only on my jewelry but also on my sewn bags, (sold a few project bags too!) and my knitting- the Camp Wilkerson shawl I was working on while at the show, and my Campside Shawl (on the bag of my chain there) It is always kind of a renewing of faith when I do this shawl – the compliments keep me motivated to keep doing what I’m doing and the interaction with customers that I have seen year after year is so fun. A few ladies even showed up in my booth actually wearing jewelry they had bought the previous year!!
The jewelry rolls weren’t the hit that I figured they’d be. People were more into looking at the jewelry inside the display model and people looked and loved the fabrics but no one really inquired about them at all. I may take the few that I have made down to the museum gift shop where they carry some of my jewelry.
All in all- success. I found it interesting that a lot of older stock is what sold at the show with exception of a few newer pieces but a lot of the stock that I had been making the last few weeks was left over after the show. SO, I have listed all of this jewelry in my online stores, be sure to check out both shops, Lorelei Eurto Jewelry on ETSY and Lorelei Eurto Jewelry webstore.
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Yes I do realize it has been a while since I last blogged. I am sorry about this. I don’t know why the blog is the first thing to get neglected when I get busy. You’d think it would be a nice outlet to share what I’ve been doing at a time that I have a lot of content but….. it doesn’t ever happen that way.
Instead, I forget about it and the blog languishes and now I probably don’t have any followers left. Because what fun is it to follow a blogger that never blogs??
Today, I’m back. and I’m going to share with you some things I’ve been working on. I am getting ready for the annual Sharon Springs Harvest festival, happening this weekend Sept. 17-18 in Sharon Springs NY. I will be located in ETSY village, with all the other ETSY vendors, and am hoping to God it doesn’t thunderstorm on Sunday like the forecast is saying. :/
Been trying to build up my stock for this show…. in between only want to knit on stuff or sew things.
But this week, I had a lot of fun with some copper riveting tube/wire that my friend Amy sent to me a while back in a big box of jewelry supplies she no longer wanted. I don’t normally rivet with tubing, If I am to rivet, I usually use the little pre-made snap rivets from Tierra cast.
I cut the wire with my tin snips, and then re-rounded the end that gets smushed during the cutting. Then I used these bracelet making pliers to curve the tubing into a bangle or bracelet shape.
These are the first batch I made. I like the versatility of this, because you can string wire or beading wire through the tube to attach the focal/clasp. And then in a few of the others, I cut the tubing into smaller sections and now they act almost as beads where I strung them on beading wire with a few other focals/ beads.
Then I did a few more and now the tubing is gone and I am sad. Til I can order more!!
The ones with the buttons as focals, turned out really well. I just used some copper wire I have on hand. The diameter of these is about 3.5 inches by 3 inches. I am hoping they’ll be large enough for smaller handed individuals. Because, I have man hands. and These don’t fit over my hands.
I tend to like the ones like this ADMIT ONE bracelet, where I formed a hook clasp into one side of the wire, that hooks into one of the links on the bracelet focal allowing it to open up and fit over my wrist instead of acting like a slip on bangle.
If you’re in the NY area, take a ride to Sharon Springs this weekend and stop in to say HI! I would love to see you. It’s worth the trip. The show is really fantastic, over 250 vendors set up in the streets of this little sleepy town and you can even stop by the Beekman b.1802 shop and meet those famous Beekman boys!
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Keeping busy around here, even though August has brought us the stickiest, humid weather and I have no air conditioning in my studio so these pieces represent the true tears and sweat as an independent designer. :)
I have been keeping busy on all fronts, building up stock for my upcoming September show, Harvest Festival in Sharon Springs NY Sept. 17-18. I have also done a little bit of sewing. I do need to get my butt in gear and get a few more jewelry rolls sewn up for the show!! I already know how I am going to display them, and am pretty excited about that!
And of course I’ve been knitting, pretty monogamously on this shawl you see below. I just had the best time knitting it, and the yarn was so soft. Nothing fancy, some Knitpicks Swish DK weight which was probably less than $4 a ball. It took a solid 2 weeks to knit this from start to finish.
I am in love with it!
These jewelry pieces shown are all available either in my ETSY shop or WEBSTORE, right now!!
Hope you’re all having a great week! I am hoping to record a new podcast episode today!
Stay tuned for that!
Hi. I’m Lorelei.
I’ve been a bead addict for 10 years. I have recently taken up a new hobby of knitting.
If you like jewelry, beads, knitting, yarn, giveaways and occasional posts about cats, you are in the right place.
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