Saturday, August 22, 2009

Studio Saturday with Jangles

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.

Last weeks winner is Congratulations, Kiwiken ! You have won one of Cindy's White Frost Links. Send Cindy an e-mail and she will get it right out to you.

Welcome to the Studio of Jangles and Studio Saturday!

Hi everyone! My studio Saturday post is the time every month when I sit down and look at what I have been working on. I think about what's new in the studio. This time around, when I thought about whats new I came up with the answer of everything! My children have gone back to school so I am back on a regular work day schedule instead of my summer hours which are whenever I can cram it in. The new schedule makes me excited to create new work and just to clear up the list of things I have put on the back burner. There is just something about the fall that makes me want to turn over a new leaf. Ha!, get it? New leaf. Okay, maybe I have had to much coffee already.

First things, first I finally got a facebook page. I got called out at the Art Bead Scene last month for not having one. I avoided it for as long as I could, but now that I am on there. I have to admit it's a lot of fun. I am still learning things and I still have to set up my fan page but for my first week, I think I am doing all right. My name is Jennifer Heynen Jangles just in case you want to be my friend. (Sorry, I haven't figure out how to link to my page.)

These beads above are new. I am calling them embellishments because I have been using them a lot in craft projects and mixed media projects lately. However they are glazed on both sides and have a hole through the middle so technically they are still beads. I have a project in Creative Jewelry with one of them. I also have a project with them in the new issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.

When I first started making beads I only made them for my jewelry. Eventually I started just selling the beads. But the point is, I have had a line of jewelry and small gifts that I sell to gallery and artisan shops for the past nine years. Stores are starting to place their fall and winter orders so I have been filing lots of orders for the stores. This is one of the little flowers vases I make.

New links were also added to the website this week. I have wanted to make smaller links for awhile, it was the first thing on my list when the boys got back to school. Above is a bracelet and below is a necklace made with the link beads.

As you can see I am busy and quite happy to be busy again. I love summer but I love this time of the year. I feel like I get so much accomplished when the little munchkins get back to school. Tell me about your fall ambitions....what's on your to-do list or what have you been working on? Leave me a comment and one of you will be chosen randomly to win a pair of my new links.

Happy Saturday!

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