Wednesday, July 6, 2022

STRINGING BLUES

   

    I belong to a beading group that meets once a week here at Sun City Grand.  Recently two of the women were making multi-strand necklaces.  They were very pretty and very different from one another.  When the other beaders saw them, interest in making these long time favorites grew.  Most of us had made multi-strand jewelry before, but not recently.  They're fun and fairly easy.  The only tricky part is getting the cones attached properly.

     Soon the interest grew into a challenge.  Make one (or more) necklaces and bring them to the club in August.  The only requirement is that they have to have more than one strand.   

      I mixed up a blue bead "soup" and got to work.   Here are the two that I came up with. 



       I'm not sure if I'll make more since we're going away for a few weeks.  If I do, I'll make them in different colors.  But who knows???   Maybe being on vacation will be the perfect time to string a few beads.  

 

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Use the coupon when you check out at Desert Dabbler Handcrafted Jewelry through August, 2022.  

 My shop will be taking a vacation from July 16 through August 12, 2022.  The coupon code can be used before or after this time, until the end of August.  

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Moonstone - Birthstone for June

      Luminous and dreamy, Moonstone is one of the birthstones associated with June.  It's one of my faves, as you can tell if you have searched for Moonstone in my shop.  I have 4 pairs of Moonstone earrings in my shop, Desert Dabbler Handcrafted Jewelry.   

      Moonstone hearts are paired with turquoise hearts in this pair.  A double treat!

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Moonstone also comes in pink, as shown in these earrings.  Blue and rainbow are other popular colors.

Moonstone is considered to be the most feminine stone and brings out feminine energy. It's associated with hope, sensitivity, and abundance.  Many think it inspires intuition and enhances psychic powers.  Whether it does or not, it is definitely one of the prettiest stones to wear.

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If you want to see more about the earrings or other jewelry in my shop, click the button in the top right corner.  But before you go, write down the coupon code below.  You can use it on anything in Desert Dabbler Handcrafted Jewelry during most of the month of June.  My shop will be taking a short vacation from June 20 through June 23.  

COUPON CODE FOR JUNE
  As a Thank You for visiting and reading my blog, here's a coupon code for 20% off:  JUNE2022 
Use the coupon when you check out at my shop on Etsy.  Good on items from Desert Dabbler Handcrafted Jewelry until June 30, 2022.  




Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Goodbye Spring!

 

       You know summer is coming when the snowbirds start leaving and events begin to end.  We haven't had triple digit heat yet, but we all know it's coming.  So this Saturday will be a day to get out and have some final days of fun.

        This Saturday, May 7, will be the last Grand Arts & Crafts Market of the Season.  Since the weather is heating up, the hours are lowering.  It will be from 8 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Find Desert Dabbler and the other Grand Stitchers on the club side of the Sonoran Plaza.   Look for my turquoise tablecloth and wildlife inspired jewelry.  New wolves will be there!


      We're suppose to have a tent and 6 tables.   We never know exactly where our Community Association Management people will put us.  The good news, however, is that the area is beautiful and not all that large.  If you're in the Surprise area, come on out.  We'll be easy to find.

      We'll be at the Sonoran Plaza, at the end of Remington Drive, inside Sun City Grand, Surprise, AZ.

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COUPON CODE FOR MAY
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Use the coupon when you check out at my shop on Etsy.  Good on items from Desert Dabbler Handcrafted Jewelry until May 30, 2022.  


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Spring RV Trip

 

     
     Our longest RV adventure (so far) just ended.  I put my Etsy shop on vacation mode and off we went. We traveled through New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and finally - Ohio!  

       
     The trip started out great in New Mexico's Route 66 RV Park.  It was a quick overnight stop. No time to visit the nearby casino.  But the park is convenient, and the people are friendly.



From there it was three more quick overnight stops. There were a couple of windy nights, but the drive itself was uneventful.  As we traveled east, we met colder weather. Spring flowers were scarce, and the trees were bare.  

By the time we reached Ohio, I realized that I had not packed nearly enough warm clothes.  Still, it was great to see family and friends.  

The KOA campground in Ohio was large, with two ponds, lots of wooded areas to walk, and even a covered bridge.



On the second day there, Tikaan got to see snow for the first time!




We bought some warmer clothes.  Had great dinners and visits with our loved ones.  All too soon we had to leave and make the trip back in reverse.  We left a day early to avoid some very scary weather that was forecast. (Like tornados and severe t-storms)   

Except for some heavy rainfall for a few hours, we escaped the bad weather.  We were tired but happy campers.     


But we'll all be ready to go off again in a few months!

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My Etsy shop, Desert Dabbler Handcrafted Jewelry, is now up and open again.  As a Thank You for visiting and reading my blog, here's a coupon code for 20% off:  SPRING2022 
Use the coupon when you check out.  Good on items from Desert Dabbler until May 30, 2022.  




Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Dog Stamps Plus Contest Update

      Hurray!!! I received an Honorable Mention, with a $20 gift certificate prize, in the Dog Stamps Plus rubber stamp contest!  My entry "Husky Dreams" was chosen for this honor. 


      There were so many great cards in the contest. I'm sure selecting the winners was a hard task.  The company was very generous with its prizes.  
First Place was a $100 gift certificate! You can see all of the entries and winners by going to DogStampsPlus website and clicking on View Entries.  

      This was Dog Stamps Plus first contest. They gave away up to 6 stamps to anyone who wanted to enter the contest. 

       My second entry was made with a stamp that had a Husky pup and a snowman.  A very cute, popular stamp. I think more cards were made with this stamp than with any other one.   

        The contest was also created to draw awareness and support for shelters. A very worthy cause.

       Thanks go out to all the nice people at DogStampsPlus for sponsoring such a fun contest.


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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Going to the Dogs

    A few weeks ago I saw a notice for a stamping contest sponsored by Dog Stamps Plus.  The contest was unique - they gave away rubber stamps plus the possibility of winning gift certificates for more stamps plus the potential of raising money for a great cause, animal shelters.  The contest didn't cost anything to enter and promised to be fun regardless of whether you won a prize.  

     When I took a look at the stamps they were giving away, I was hooked.  The stamps included HUSKIES!  All you had to do in return for the stamps was to agree to send them pictures of the cards you made from the stamps.  I submitted two entries: 





 You can see all the entries on their website, Dog Stamps Plus.  Winners will be announced later this month.  But I think we've all won in this contest.  

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Howling Wolf Pendant



       When we were in Durango last year I bought this great ceramic howling wolf oval.  I love wolves!  

       I wire wrapped it with copper wire and added a leather cord for the necklace.  It's for sale in my Etsy shop now.  You can find it here.   

        You can use coupon code FEBRUARYBLOG to save some $$$ on this or anything else you see in the shop.  Simply type in the code when you check out.  But hurry - there's only a few more days left to use the February coupon. 

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