Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Soap, Jewelry, and Hummingbirds

I haven't been making a whole lot of new soap. Mostly, I've just been doing necessary restocks. I've been doing a little more in the jewelry department.

New soap listings -

Dark Desert Soap with Agave Nectar

I have a couple on the curing rack, ready to list. One is a Fragrance Free Carrot and Goat Milk soap. The other is Salty Citrus Spa. I usually call it Hawaiian Citrus Spa, but I only had a very small amount of the Alaea Hawaiian Red Salt that I usually use. So I used white sea salt to make up the difference. :) I should get both of these listed by the end of the week.

Also on the curing rack, and needing a couple more weeks of cure ... Spiced Cinnamon Sandalwood, and Pineapple Crush. 

I've been a little more prolific with my jewelry making. Take a look! :)

Bronze colored glass seed beads. I found a tutorial for doing this spiral weave on youtube. 

Another spiral weave necklace. This one with copper color seed beads spiraling around a core of bronze color seed beads. Tiger Eye beads as the focal.

Dark Pink Rose Necklace. The rose focal is antiqued brass. The sparkling pink beads are Swarovski crystals. I included 2 pics of this one. :)

This next little bracelet I was practicing the right angle stitch. I used 3mm bronze beads, with just a few gold color faceted glass beads. The glass beads give it a lovely twinkle! For the clasp, I wove a button, well, actually kind of built it onto the beads. Used some of the beads in the bracelet as the base of the button. I was impressed with myself! LOL

A Peacock Pearl Necklace. These are some really pretty freshwater pearls in slightly iridescent purples and greens. I wire wrapped each one with gold tone brass wire. The padlock clasp is also brass. I didn't really get a good pic of this necklace. No matter what color background I put it on, I just couldn't pick up the colors properly.

Another Flat Spiral Stitch Bracelet. This one with the same pretty bronze metal beads that I used in the right angle stitch bracelet. The core beads are 8mm Swarovski pearls, with a couple of blue Swarovski crystals to make it sparkle.

A Turquoise Heishi Necklace. This heishi is teeny tiny, about 2mm. Turquoise is from the Nacozari mine in Sonora, Mexico. Such a pretty dark blue with black matrix!

This last one I kept for myself. :) It's a simple necklace, the beads are Zia Stone that I picked up at last fall's gem show, along with a few turquoise heishi beads I had left over from another project. 

Now, let me show you what Ray has been up to. There is a lovely little hummingbird that has been building a nest in the oleander bushes right outside our bedroom window. He's been taking video of her  working very hard! I'm going to steal one of his videos and post it here, but follow his blog so you can watch over the next few weeks as she completes her nest and hopefully produces a family!

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