Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shop In Your Pajamas!

Shop In Your Pajamas!!!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Today is a very special day. Why is that, you ask? Because it's the day of my very first craft fair! One you can attend in your pajamas and fuzzy slippers, if you want to.

So get comfy, grab a snack -- like maybe a slice of pumpkin pie -- and have a look at all the wonderful shops I'm featuring, many of whom are offering discounts and other promotions. Click on a vendor's name to visit the shop, buy your favorite things or bookmark them for later, and most of all, have fun!

(Also, share this post with everyone you know. Let's support some small businesses!)

Happy shopping!

Holiday Ornaments





Other Wearable Art

Pam Kellogg:

Other Awesome Art


Organization Made Fun

Books and Tutorials


(Edit: Tela also released her book yesterday!!)

Kits and Supplies


So there we have it! My first, but certainly not last, Shop In Your Pajamas online craft fair. I didn't have as much time to prepare for it as I did the blog hop, because it was a sudden idea, but I still think it turned out great. I hope you had fun and found the perfect presents for the people you love, and for yourself. I know I will, on both counts!

Thanks to the participants/vendors for letting me use their images and link to their shops. And thank you, my awesome readers, for showing up to support us all today, and for (broken record time!) sharing this post with everyone you know.

And of course, have a sequintastic day! <3

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Beading With Sherry!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Earlier this November, I went on an adventure -- and it was the best adventure ever. I went to my favorite bead store, City Beads, in Chicago. And I spent three days taking classes from my bead embroidery idol, Sherry Serafini!!!

(PS: !!!!!)

A Quick Note

Before I tell you about the adventure, though, I'd like to mention something that's happening on Saturday Sequins next weekend, November 24th. And that's my very first online craft fair! 

(With gorgeous wire jewelry by Ruth Jensen!) 

(And sequin and felt treasures by Carol Meadows!)

 (And jewelry by yours truly!)

(And much more!)
What is an online craft fair, you ask? Well, if you sign up, I'll feature your shop on my blog, along with one or two photos of your work.On the day of the craft show, we can visit each other's shops and shop handmade this holiday season. It's a great way to support each other.

So if you could tell your friends, family, colleagues, pets, and anyone else who'll listen about this event, the other vendors and I would be so very happy. And if you know anyone who might want to be a vendor? Go ahead and play matchmaker. I love meeting new artists.

And Now... The Adventure!

So that's the craft fair. Now it's time for the adventure.

When I learned that Sherry was going to teach at City Beads, I was hysterically excited. I'm a huge fan of her work, like so many people in the beading community, and also of Sherry as a person. I met her at the bead show last summer, and she was one of the nicest people ever.

I signed up for all three of her classes. The first one was her Shibori bracelet, which she'll be teaching at Bead and Button this summer, and which was so much fun to make. Sherry encouraged all of us to take the technique in our own direction, which I think is the very best thing an instructor can do. Here's how mine came out:

 (Gorgeous vintage cabochon and ribbon from City Beads.)

(I used Nicole's BeadBacking for this piece. Nicole, I think I found you some new customers!)

The next class was my favorite. It was all about creating three-dimensional bead-embroidered shapes. Because it was a technique class, not a project class, we all worked on our own things, and Sherry went around and helped us with design and construction.

By the end of the class, my mind was full to the tippity top with ideas! And plans for this piece, a three-dimensional flower. I wanted to put it on a necklace.

 (Sequined bluebell.)

But... designs change. When I came home from Chicago, I tried the bluebell on Ken, who I mention on Facebook from time to time. And it was a perfect fit! I'm not sure he'll give it back.

(Sequintastic Ken, posing in his new hat. It matches his eyes!)

The third class was called Something's Fishy, and it was all about beading on fish leather. I haven't finished my cuff yet, but I will say this: if you have the chance to take this class from Sherry at Bead and Button, do it! Fish leather is crazy stuff. It's gorgeous, and it presents its own challenges.

One of the coolest parts of this adventure was getting to spend time with Sherry and to get a glimpse of how she creates her pieces. It made me realize that we need to trust our instincts as designers. After learning from her, I'm ready to try all the little experiments in my head that I thought were too crazy. Because there's no such thing.

An equally cool part was meeting and hanging out with other beaders. City Beads gets the best students, I swear. I met so many people I wanted to adopt and take home with me. (Hi, Karen, Sarah, Marge, Ellen, Mary, Jan, and Dana! I miss you!!!) Beading with other people is just plain fun, and it totally eliminates the need for distractions. Also, I should mention that Lisa, who runs the store, is amazing and creates such a comfortable, welcoming classroom experience. She's on my to-adopt list, too.

And of course, no trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to Angelfood Bakery. Mr. Sequin took me there for lunch and cupcakes every day, and I ended up bringing Sherry a malted cupcake two days in a row.

There was also an awesome dinner at Zoba, followed by ice cream at The Chocolate Shoppe, because yes, there is one in the Chicago area now. And while we were there, we saw the same guys who were in the booth behind us at dinner. Since we were BFFS at that point, I steered them toward the Zanzibar Chocolate.

So that was my amazing, sequintastic adventure. I would definitely take classes with Sherry, and at City Beads, again. And if you have the opportunity, don't let it pass! You'll thank me.

Special thanks to Mr. Sequin for helping to fund this adventure and for all the nice meals. And to Sherry for being Sherry, and to Lisa for being Lisa, and to my classmates for being awesomesauce. And thanks to you for reading and commenting.

Have a sequintastic day!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Featured Artist: Sweethearts and Roses

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

You'll be happy to know that last weekend's adventure was awesome, awesome, awesome. I plan to tell you all about it next week, in as much detail as I can -- because it was one of the coolest things I've done. Maybe... ever.

Today, however, I want to introduce you to Carol of Sweethearts and Roses, one of my new favorite Etsy shops. I found her through Pinterest -- thanks again to Maneki for the sequinspiration -- and discovered that she makes a lot of pretty things out of felt and sequins.

(Pink sequin heart pendant. Audrey, are you drooling yet?)

I asked Carol if there was anything in particular that she wanted me to include about her shop, and she put it so well, I'm going to quote her:

"For me it's all about the combinations of colours and trying to make small useful things. Large expanses of embroidery are time consuming and unlikely to be affordable by the average person who just wants an every day item to look a bit special."

(Sequin Strawberry Keychain. Absolutely adorable.)

(Card case. It's a little tree!)

(Sequin ornament. I love the colors here.)

 Carol also makes non-sequiny things, which are just as cute as the sequiny ones. Here are some of her favorites:

 (Embroidered pincushion and needle case. Must-haves for embroiderers!)

(Embroidered heart pin. Look at those delicate little flowers!)

If you'd like to see more of Carol's work, visit her Etsy shop. You won't be disappointed! Honestly, there were so many pieces I liked, it was hard to choose just a few to share with you here.

Thank you so much, Carol, for letting me feature you! And to all of my blog friends, thanks so much for reading and showering Carol with compliments (how's that for a subtle hint?). And as always, have a sequintastic day!

PS: Did you see the guest post I did on Audrey's blog? If you've ever wanted to make flamingo soup, this is the recipe for you!