Dec 30, 2010

End of Year Sale at MiShel Designs!

As we say good-bye to 2010 and ring in 2011, I wanted to say "Thank You" for making 2010 a great year and what better way to do so than by having an "End of the Year Sale" over at MiShel Designs!


Just in case you didn't get everything you wanted for the Holidays (accessories wise!) - here's your chance!

For all my Blog followers and Facebook friends and fans, enter coupon code NYE2010GET20 upon check out in my Etsy Store and get 20% off your order from now through January 2nd 2011!
There's lots of fun designs that will go great with your January wardrobe - producing a warm glow for those cold winter days!
 
I'm wishing you and yours a very Safe, Happy, Healthy and Mega Prosperous New Year!
 
Until 2011,.....
Peace, Love and Happy New Year To You and Yours!
Cheers,
~Shel~

Dec 8, 2010

"Re-Brewed" Delights!!

Check these awesome earrings out folks!  Rebrewed Creations over on Etsy has some really fun and funky earrings and they're using our custom earring wires from our Shel's Jewelry Supplies (also on Etsy), with their great designs!  (Thanks so much!!)

What better gift for "Beer Loving Enthusiasts" and "Funky Jewelry Lovers" can there be?  These unique and well thought out earring designs are not only great conversation pieces, they look great for everyday wear, too. And, they're lightweight, they go with just about any outfit and what a clever way to 'recycle' your beer caps!  Now that's wise!!

My favorites are Pale-Ale Beer-Rings because I think their design, whether using beer caps or not, is completely unique and modern.

My other fav's are the Porter Beer-Rings because their shape reminds me of sea shells on the beach,...some place I'm likley to be sipping a cold brew! 

These would make great Christmas and Holiday gifts, stocking stuffers and even New Year's treats for your friends and family members who enjoy things a bit out of the norm.  Oh, and another HUGE PLUS - they're having a "Happy Hour Special" - which includes Free Shipping in December, so go check out the details and pick up a bunch of 'Beer-Rings' today!




Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Fun and Funky Earrings!
Cheers,
~Shel~ 

Dec 5, 2010

Colors of Fall Designs for Artbeads.com

Just when you thought all things Fall/Autum were gone - being that Santa figures, Christmas Trees, Winter Scenes, Shopping Malls and Snow Storms are all the rage right now - I'm finally posting my Artbeads.com blog post for their Colors of Fall assignment. 

I've had this piece for a little while now (just not the pictures), so I'm happy to be able to get this posted but it made me a bit sad, too. 

See, Fall is my favorite time of year,...the colors, the activities, the somewhat cooler temps (although not this year here in the desert - it was still in the high 90's until Halloween!!) and I hate to say good-bye to Fall, even though the Winter Holiday Season and the New Year Celebrations are always fun and filled with excitement!

I really love designing jewelry for fall with all the typical fall colors; seeing how I can maybe combine them differently this year than in the years past and possibly throwing in some new and unexpected colors as well. 

I love Artbeads.com  Trends section of their website. And, their section in their Learning Center section under Seasonal Jewelry has tons of great free designs for you to try and the inspiration you can get from this resource is invaluable!  (Plus, it's loaded with all the lastest and greatest colors of the season, too!)

For my designs I started with Artbeads.com's silk ribbon in Multi Browns.  I love this ribbon!  I'm sure you can tell because the photo at the top of my blog of my  'Midnight' necklace was created using this ribbon in the Blue/Grey Color Combo!

I wanted to mix things up a bit, which is hard for me sometimes as I tend to stick to the same materials, so I added some copper chain and an antiqued copper Leaves and Flowers Toggle.  Both were easy to work with and since the toggle was 'antiqued' it brought the shininess of the chain and the matte colors of the ribbon together quite nicely.

You all know I love pearls and I love all things 'sparkly' too, so I chose to use some Swarovski Crystals and Crystal Pearls in my design in some fall-like colors.  I chose to use the Deep Brown Swarovski Crystal Pearls and the Brown Pearls since they matched the browns in the ribbon so well. I wanted some pops of color, so I chose Swarovski crystals in "Cosmic Olivine" and "Amethyst" and then threw in some really soft "Golden Shadow" for that added sparkle!  

With "Tassles" being so poular this season I decided to do a mini-tassle on my necklace and dangle it from the chain, adding little dangles of the pearls and crystals along the sides and using the ribbon so it would lay in the back; soft and natural on your neck!  (great for those sweaters we wear in the fall - nothing to catch or snag them!)  I used the toggle to connect the ribbon with the chain on the side so it would be easy to get on and off. 

I like how it turned out - although the pictures don't do the actual design justice!  But it does emind me of the rich colors of fall, the greens that are turning to brown, the purple hues of the sunsets as the nights get colder and the browns of the woods as the nights get longer.

Oh,...Fall,....sorry to see you go!

Until next time,

Peace, Love and all things "Falling,.....Falled,....Fell.  (On to Winter!!)

Cheers,
~Shel~
*I have received these products free of charge from Artbeads.com and I am honestly reviewing/creating with these products and have not been paid or compensated for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.


Nov 30, 2010

And We Have A Winner!

Woo Hoo!  In our drawing this morning for the book give-a-way, Regina was selected.  She's been a loyal blog follower and I'm so excited that she has won!

(Psst,...Regina,...I will send you a private message and see where you want this mailed! )

Anyway - we had a few folks send us comments here and a few more on FB, but several of you either emailed me or Etsy Convo'd me as well, so there was a nice showing of hands for who wanted to win Irina Miech's book, "Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders" - thanks so much to all who participated.

I'm getting ready this week to blog about a few of the folks who are using my earring wires in their designs.  Their creations are super cool and would make perfect holiday gifts and stocking stuffers,....and of course they'd make wonderful gifts to give yourslef, as well!!  (And this way you know you'll like the gift you get!)

So, Until Next Time,

Peace, Love and Congrats to Regina - here's to making beautiful wire jewelry!

Cheers,
~Shel~

Nov 29, 2010

Beautiful Book Give-A-Way

Happy Cyber Monday to you all!!

In honor of Cyber Monday, I'm giving away copy of Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders (book 1) by Irina Miech today!



This book is full of fantastic wire jewelry designs that incorporate beads!  Full of beautifully photographed, step-by-step instructions, Irina shows you how to create lots of wonderul wire jewelry designs and how to include a variety of stunning beads, crystals, donuts, focal pendants, cabachons and more!  And, although designed as an introduction to wirework, Irena's designs, tips and techniques are not just for the beginner, but for the advanced wire and bead artist as well.

Her new book, Beautiful Wire Jewerly for Beaders 2 is also available and worth your purchase, but I thought I'd my treat my blog readers and Facebook Fans to a copy of this one for free!

All you have to do to enter for your chance to win, is become a follower here on my blog and also "Like" my MiShel Designs Facebook Fan Page by going to www.Facebook.com/MiShelDesigns and then enter a post on FB letting me know exactly why YOU should be the recipient of this fabulous book!  I'll choose a winner tomorrow morning, Tuesday, the 30th, and announce it on my MiShelDesigns Facebook Fan Page, of here too, of course!

So, go enter now and good luck to you all!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Free Stuff on Cyber Monday!!
Cheers,
~Shel~

Nov 13, 2010

Pretty Things!

I've got another wonderful client to feature today - Patricia Barden from Etsy

I'm grateful that Pat has used some of my earring wires in her fabulous designs and wanted to share them with you.

These stones pop with natural colors and would make great gifts for the upcoming winter holidays!

Think of chilly winter weather and then put these on and they instantly warm up your day!!  With their great organic look, they can be paired easily with either jeans and sweater or a nice dress, tights and your new favorite boots!!

There's also some really cool necklaces over at Patricia's shop, too - very unique, with cool stones and colors mixed together - go check 'em out!  Perfect for some attention getting!


Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Great Designs!
Cheers,
~Shel~

Nov 10, 2010

Treasures Galore!

Wow - I've been listed in another Treasury on Etsy!  Thanks so much to Twisted Feather!

You should really check out these shops - they have some awesome items that would be perfect for gift giving this holiday season - especially for your family and friends who already have absolutely everything and you never have any idea what to get them - these items will be a hit!

And, as you're gearing up for the holidays and since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, remember that  tomorrow is Veteran's Day.

Please be sure to thank all those who have served or are serving our country, providing the opportunity for us all to live the lives we live today!!

And, please remember all the men and women (and their families) who have given the ultimate sacrifice with their lives for our freedom,.....words cannot express my gratitude! 

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Good Finds, Great Freedoms and Wonderful Lives!!

Cheers,


Oct 29, 2010

Treats For You!!

Happy Halloween Weekend To You All!

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday - all the autumn colors, the wonderful smells and fun Fall Decorations and the air becoming cooler (well, not quite yet here in AZ - but I'm ready for it!!)  And, I'm ready to watch my favorite Halloween movies such as Halloween, Halloween H2O and Hocus Pocus with my hubby and son this weekend!  Popcorn and blankets and candles,.......what fun!!

Halloween always  puts me in the "Fall" mood and I love giving out candy, but since I can't do that here on my blog, I'm going to give away some great savings at my MiShel Designs Etsy Store this weekend!!

Woo Hoo!!

All of my beloved blog followers (yes, you!!), will receive a 10% discount off your total order (not including tax or shipping) from today, October 29th through Monday, November 1st! And, if you have friends you want to pass on these savings to, just have them start following my MiShel Designs blog and then they can get this same fantastic offer!

Here's how you can get your savings and treat yourself to some great goodies this weekend:

All you have to do is convo me when you order on my Etsy site with the code "Halloween" and I will then go back and refund your discount amount in Pay Pal - it's that easy!! And, it's better than candy cause it won't rot your teeth or make you have to work out any harder next week. 

So, click here to treat yourself to some great ear, arm or neck candy this weekend - guilt free!

So,  Happy Shopping Y'all! 

Until Next Time,
Cheers,

Oct 20, 2010

Bringing Awareness - Stop the Bullying and Judging!

I was contacted by a fellow Etsy Shop Owner today - Christine by Hand - and was told one of my jewelry items - my Faceted Purple Amethyst Earrings - had been featured in her Etsy Treasury today.  

She found out that someone on Facebook had designated today as "Wear Purple Day" in order "to bring awareness to, and put an end to intolerance in honor of the 6 people who commited suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse at home and in schools" and she created an Etsy Treasury to help bring awareness to this crisis. She's also posted this to her blog and you can read about it here!

I was very honored to be included in her Etsy Treasury (lots of great iems - check out all the shops please!) but most of all I was touched by the reason she put the Etsy Treasury together and feel that this is such a great way to honor those who's lives weren't lived to their fullest.

I believe by bringing awareness to why bullying and judging others is such an unhealthy way of acting, thinking and living, that it will help us all to learn how to practice tollerance and help us focus on making ourselves better people.  We need to STOP the bullying and bring awareness of how crippling these type of actions and thinking are to our society (and our world). 

Thanks Christine for reminding us to be aware, to practice tollerance and to "Love One Another".

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Acceptance!!
Cheers,
~Shel~

Oct 18, 2010

Rock Those Crystals And Pearls!!

With the holidays around the corner and all things coming up "Pearly and Sparkling", we thought we'd show you some more earirngs from another Etsy shop who has been using my "Shel's Jewelry Supplies" earring wires.

A. Minton Jewelry is very classy indeed! They've got gorgeous crystal and Pearl earrings that would be perfect for all holiday occassions,...especially holiday wedddings (in my opinion, anyway!).

Also, the wire work on these earrings is so sweet - definitely not your average, run of the mill earrings!!

Add a some "Sparkle" to your fall and winter wardrobe, and of couse, some Pearls, too, and grab a pair of these great earrings at A. Minton Jewel - they're sure to please and they might even cause a little "Sparkle Envy"!!

Until Next Time,

Peace, Love, and Beautiful Designs!
Cheers,
~Shel~


Oct 10, 2010

Good Things!!

Just wanted to post a wonderful Etsy Treasury that I was included in this week.

Kristin, (aka - LoveArtWorks) has included my Silver Petal Pearl Swirl post earrings in her treasury along with several other Etsy Project Embrace Team member shops and their lovely items.

I encourage you to check out all the lovely shops in this treasury.  Some of the shops even have sections, like mine does, where you can purchase certain items marked "TEAMEPE" and a portion of the proceeds goes to help with a cancer charity - so it's shopping for a cause and it feels great!!

Have a Great Sunday and Until Next Time,

Peace, Love and All Things Good!!

Cheers,
~Shel

Oct 6, 2010

Green with Envy!

Ooohhhh,...I'm loving these gorgeous Green, Vintage Inspired, Lucite earrings from LilyLeighs!!  They're oh so HOT - don't you think?!! 

They were created using earring wires from my Shel's Jewelry Supplies shop on Etsy!  (Thank You Karter!!)

These fab earrings are perfect for all the great fall styles out right now.  We can definitely see these lucsious green beauties paired with a striking camel colored coat, cream scarf and lace-up boots (for that super Army look everyone's tapping into) providing you with a very polished, vintage inspired and romantically bold fall and winter staple in your wardrobe! 

They have also been featured in this Etsy Treasury - Go Check It Out!!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and I'm Green with Envy!!
Cheers,

Oct 1, 2010

Falling for New Earrings

 
  
While I'm waiting on more of my "Shel's Jewelry Supplies" clients to send in pics of their earrings designs created with my handcrafted earring wires, I thought I would post a few pics of some of the fall earring designs I've created and recented posted on my MiShel Designs website and Etsy Shop.



                 
I'm really interested to know what types of jewelry you're looking to add to your Fall wardrobe. What latest styles or classic designs are you working into your Fall Fashion Statement this season? 


Post your comments here on my blog or on the MiShel Designs Facebook Fan page and let's see what great Fall Fashion Style everyone has!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Great Fall Jewelry Fashion!
Cheers,

Sep 22, 2010

More Designers Using My Earring Wires - Woo Hoo!

I've asked some of my customers to send me pics of the designs they create using my earring wires that they've ordered from my Etsy Shop - Shel's Jewelry Supplies - and I've gotten some great submissions!

Today I'd like to feature Teresa Original Designs from Etsy. Her designs are very nice and I like her Bridial Designs best as they range from soft and romantic to elgantly bold and stylish - way cool if you ask me!!

Here's just a couple that are on her site now. I imagine a bride wearing these with a low cut, scoop neck dress with little crystals around the necklice and shoulders - scrumptious, don't you agree?

With all the Fall and Winter weddings around the corner and of course, the winter gift giving season that's almost upon us, there's lots of Etsy shops for you to browse through and I'm sure you'll find many treasures that fit your style to a "T"! 


Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Gorgeous Earrings Baby!!
Cheers,
~Shel~

Sep 17, 2010

Sharing With Others,....


I just wanted to pass on this great blog, Making Stuff is Fun!! 

The Blog belongs to a customer of mine and she purchased some of my earring wires from my Shel's Jewelry Shop on Etsy and posted a few pics of the earrings she designed using them. 

These are her beautiful green earrings above!  Love 'em, don't you?!! She also has a "pretty in purple" pair as well!

Go check out the blog and her Etsy shop, Jellisen Designs - it's pretty coolio, I'm telling you!

And, stay tuned, as quite a few of my clients have promised to send in pics of their designs with supplies they've purchased from my little Etsy shop!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Happy Creating!!
Cheers,
~Shel~


Sep 15, 2010

Fall Jewelry Is Fun!


I love Autumn! I have fond memories of the Fall,...leaves falling, hay rides, brisk morning walks to school, (I lived in Illinois then!) football games, the annual fall festival in my little home town and the excitement that built up as I waited for Halloween to arrive was almost as magical as Christmas time. 

I think these are some of the reasons I love creating Fall jewelry so much.  It's always fun for me to create jewelry that can be worn with this season's styles.  All around me there are signs of Autumn, too - setting up the inspiration for fun creations! 

There's tons of Halloween decorations up in every store you can imagine already (those were up before Labor Day actually!) and everyone's got their shop displays decorated with colorful leaves, apples and acorns and commercials show fall scenes of kids jumping in piles of raked up leaves.  All the candles out now are smelling of mulled cider, spicy cinnamon and apples, and woodsy sents fill the air when you walk into any establishment.  All this truly sets the mood for Fall despite the high temperatures that are still looming here in central AZ right now (highs of 107 this week with nightly low's dipping to about 79!).

So, here's a taste of some fall jewelry I designed that was inspired by the season upon us and all the wonderful and delightful treats that it holds!!

This is my Autumn Goddess Necklace and Earrings Set - lovely isn't she? I think so!

And, yes, she's already spoken for. A friend kept coming to mind while creating this and I've already set it aside for her - she gets to see it in person on Monday!!

Okay - quit drooling!!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Happy Autumn!!
Cheers,
~Shel~