Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ah, Success!

What a great feeling to have two back to back shows where everyone loves your jewelry! It's been busy with Thanksgiving and getting ready for my open house this weekend. I leave for Sanibel Island next Friday, and I can't wait for that! It is a long overdue time away from home with my best friend, no kids, no stress nothing to do but relax! WOW do I need this vacation! Thanks Ann Marie, you are the best friend a girl could ever ask for.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Coming up

I had a great show on Friday night! What a beautiful home and I got to set up on a HUGE dining room table, so I had a great display all spread out and just sparkling in the well lit room. I got spoiled and now I want everyone to have a nice big spot for me! ha ha I'll take whatever I can get and am just appreciative of being welcomed into people's homes. There was a great turnout, and the response to the swirly earrings was better than I thought. I received a couple orders for them and will have to make more for next time! I have another show this coming Friday at the home of a good friend. We did one last November also and it was such fun! Wonderful people, good friends, and a great opportunity for christmas shopping! After that it's open house time! Lot's of work to do, but it's fun and I am really loving every minute of it!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Here is a new style that I played with today, what do you think?

New stuff

Well I had a chance to sit down a bit this week and work with some beautiful beads, and here is what I came up with. I love these Curved Beads made by Melissa Rediger, they are truly works of art of their own, and I love making necklaces with them. This one is made on sterling wire, and sits perfectly on your collar bone. It's got such pretty colors, and is yet another piece I am having a hard time parting with.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Open House

As promised, below is the information on the Open House that I will be having at the end of the month.
MJM Jewelry Designs
38 Barbara Road Bristol, CT 06010

Friday, November 30 - 4pm – 8pm
Saturday, December 1 - 10am-2pm

Stop in to see my collection of handmade Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces.

Many one-of-a-kind pieces of art!

Just in time for the Holiday shopping season!

Perfect for teacher’s gifts, babysitter’s, daycare providers, support staff, etc.

Custom orders are welcome!

All purchases are gift boxed!

Bring a friend! (Bring your husbands!)

Monday, November 5, 2007


Well, the Craft Fair this past weekend was a total bust. I don't want to insult anyone, so all I will say is that I do appreciate everyone's compliments on how lovely everything was. I wish that more people were there to shop, rather than just browse. I encourage people to touch, feel and try on my pieces, but that clearly was not happening at this fair. I always tell my kids to "Look with your eyes, not with your hands"... I wish I could have said the opposite to everyone this weekend. But it was a good experience none the less. Now I know what to expect from a craft fair, it's actually not what I thought. It was more like a flea market than a craft fair. People looking for bargains, and definately not looking for jewelry! At least not my jewelry.
I make beautiful one of a kind jewelry with artisan crafted glass beads and quality silver and Swarovski Crystal. It's made for people who can appreciate wearing a finely handcrafted work of art. That being said, I am proud of my display, as you can see from the pictures, and it was nice to see people that I run into at the school and put names with the faces. I have two shows coming up in the next two weekends so that will keep me busy. I am also going to be hosting an open house at the end of the month here at my home so that the people that expressed an interest in my work that could not make it to the fair can come and do some holiday shopping. Stay tuned for more information coming on that soon!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A couple of new things...

I had some time today to make a couple of last minute things for the show this weekend. The kids were on their best behavior so I got a few hours to create, and I am so pleased with what I did! I sometimes have such a hard time selling certain pieces, and these are on that list. Meghan has gymnastics tonight and I have a couple more days of beading time available, so I can't wait to see what I come up with next!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Busy Bee!

I have been so busy this past week and weekend trying to get a variety of things done. I have 1 week to go before the craft fair next weekend. I stayed up late last night and made a few more really pretty items to sell. I hope everyone else likes my creations as much as I enjoy making them! Also, I have been editing pictures from two weddings that I photographed in the past two months, in addition to an annual photo shoot with a stunning little two and a half year old girl who I have followed from "belly" pictures before she was born to date. It's nice to see her growth every year and watch her character develop. The weddings are all consuming and not only am I editing pictures, I am building slide shows and gearing up for the holidays. I must say that I am looking forward to going away for a few days in December, man do I need a break from this chaos! But it's all good, I enjoy what I do and as long as everyone else is happy then I am happy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New office space!

I'm SO excited to report that I have finally got a room in the house for myself! That's a hard thing to do with two adults, 3 kids and 2 cat's! My lovely daughter, VOLUNTARILY gave up her bedroom, which was the largest in the house, to my boys so that they could bunk up and she took the smaller bedroom. She's an angel, I swear! I don't know how I got so lucky to have a 9 year old be so accommodating to her two younger brothers. Anyway, the room that Matt was in is small, but there was plenty of room for his crib a table and there is a huge window and closet so I have taken that room over! It has a french door that I can just close when I want to be alone to bead! It's wonderful! I put in my stereo today, and brought up some really pretty pier 1 chairs that I have been storing in the basement. I got my uncle's desk and it is just perfect for sitting and making jewelry at! I'll try to take a picture of it once I get my pictures on the walls and a second coat of "Tennessee Haze" paint! It's such a serene color of green and it is SO me! Can't wait to get some work done, looking forward to sharing the space with my shadow, Mimi (my cat). She follows me everywhere, and has picked out her favorite spot on the floor next to my chair already! This will be great!

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Pieces

I finally got to sit down and make some jewelry this weekend, I am so excited! I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Here are a couple of snapshots of what I did, and what will be available at the craft fair in November. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Here we go!

Well, I decided to start a blog for those of you who are interested in what I am up to! I thought that this would be a good place to tell you what's new and what is going on in this very busy final quarter of 2007! I have many things coming up including a Craft Fair in November. Once that is done I plan to add many things to my online store at, so please check back! Here is a picture of a beautiful bracelet that I just made last weekend, I love it! It is made with all glass beads that I purchased through a glass artist and it's accented with lots of silver and Swarovski Crystal! I am having a hard time parting with this one!