Favorite Thing # 1:
As some of you who know me are aware, at times I like to dabble with a little mixed media in my jewelry making. One of my favorite things to do is to combine bead work with filigree or metal stampings, so I thought I would share with you my #1 favorite place on the internet to purchase filigree and stampings from. Whenever I am looking for a unique but affordable piece of filigree... this is my go to site!! Vintage Jewelry Supplies The site is owned by Susan Street and as I said, has one of the best selections of filigree and stampings to be found on the web.... AND the prices are incredibly affordable!! Not only do they carry filigree and stampings....you can also find beads, cabs, settings, findings and even chain.
Susan has kindly agreed to give our maven readers a free gift with their first order. Immediately after you place your first order send an email to the attention of their shipping department (Susan@VintageJewelrySupplies.com) mention the Maven blog post and she will send you a free gift of a bead size guide along with your first order!!
Favorite # 2.... Drum roll please......
Cablella's Braid scissors!!
These little gems are the bomb! How many pairs of scissors have you ruined cutting fireline? I was on my third pair when these were made known to me by a good friend. They are about four inches long, very lightweight and are specifically made to cut fireline and the braided fishing lines! They are stainless steel and have tiny serrated blades and talk about affordable.... only $3.99 for these scissors at Cabella stores everywhere! It is so nice to cut the fireline and have it be a nice even smooth cut--no more mashing or fraying for me! Find them online here: Cabella's Braid Scissors
Favorite thing # 3:
I am sure all of us would love to be able to afford a pair of the wonderful Craftoptic lenses, right? I know I would.... unfortunately, I am not at that place yet.... so for me the next best thing is my magnifying readers. I love them.... You can find them at Fred Meyers, Walgreens or Walmart for about $7-8 dollars, among other places and they come in varying strengths. I like them because they give me the flexibility of being able to look over the top of them to see normally or to look through them and see things up close and personal. No more neck and back strain for me, thank you very much! :)
Favorite Thing #4:
Last but not least.....
I mentioned in my bio that Kelly Wiese is one of my favorite Bead work Designers so I thought it would be a fitting culmination to the "Few of my Favs blog post" to do a Special Giveaway of her newest and latest book: A Beaded Romance, plus I am throwing in a pair of the Cabella Braid Scissors!! What do you have to do to have a chance at winning this prize? Simple.... Go to my personal blog: Lady Abeada, follow my blog and leave a comment on my blog telling me why you would like to win the book and the scissors. If you are already a follower of Lady Abeada.... just leave a comment for me. The winner will be chosen by random draw and announced on my blog October 17th, 2013. Good Luck to All!!
Do you have some favorite things you would like to share with everyone??Please share them with us in the comment section below! :) Til next time--Bead True to Yourself!