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2 in leather band and crystals

2 in leather band and crystals

@ in leather band with crystals

@ in leather band with crystals

Large bangle braclet/watch

Large bangle braclet/watch
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday and still gray and rainy.

I am so busy today, have a bit to finish on painting doors and then upward and onward. I don't think I will get any crafting done today and maybe not even this week? We are excited here at my house, because we will be seeing Tim and Wendy and Chalium our grandson next week, They are coming for a spring visit and I'm just thrilled.
Yesterday, I was talking about the expense of being a crafter and there is a huge expense involved. I registered my business with the state of IL. a couple of years ago, and so now I have to save all my receipts from purchases, and I have a drawer full of them. I amaze myself when I open it,most are for beads, I try to buy good beads meaning real stones, for my projects and I also really love crystal beads, Swarovski as they are really the prettiest, I have a collection of their crystal, its their collection items each year and they are so beautiful, cut to profection, as are their beads. I do have other beads, some wood that I hand paint, and some funky ones for braclets, but I really like beading with the nicer beads. I also buy a ton of Jacquard Lumiere and textile paints, they are my favorite for many years now, I use their silk paints also and a few others and have always bought these products from Dharma, they have a wonderful site and I have been a long time buyer there.Their prices are usually the best around,and they give you lots of information, if you are looking for it. I also use Copic Markers and Paintstiks, and Stadedtler colored pens and watercolor crayons, these are considered the best and so far, I have to agreed with this, I know there are many others, which I have not tried, that are probably good also, but so far haven't seen anyone giving me a better recomendation. There are a few other products, that I use in painting but can't think of the names right now, except for a newbie for me, which is the Viva's Precious Metal Colours and I loved them right away, especially for painting on wood beads and polymer beads, that I make. One gets choosy about paints because you want them to last, on the item you are creating and for textile painting you, want somthing that will stand up to being washed. You also want good results with deep colors and clear colors, without hurting the item or paper you are using. Enough of my thoughts for today, got to get busy with other important thoughts. Till tomorrow.

2 comments:

  1. hello!!! just read e-mail and bookmarked your link!! Its fantastic. As you know i'm not much of a chatter but have my moments lol. This is brilliant your passion shows threw and so interesting about all the different type of beads and what you do. Will be keeping up with your blog (as i remember DOH!!) Have a great day and read you again soon, luv ya xxxx

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  2. Hugs to you my dear, thanks for the approval. Please do stop by...

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