Monday, April 2, 2018

New Badge Awarded

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Hi. I participated in a Read-A-Long with Geeky Girls Knit and was awarded a badge. You could read whatever you wanted, but had to try to read at least 15 minutes most days. As I usually do devotions in the morning, that wasn't too hard to accomplish. Geeky Girls Knit is a Mother/Daughter group that podcasts on YouTube and also has a group on
Come, join us!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Fawn's Angel Prayer Shawl

It's been quite a while since I posted a blog. Previously, my interest was mainly focused upon making jewelry, and I still do that. But I have also started crocheting again, and am teaching - very slowly! - myself to knit. It has been suggested that I start blogging about these experiences, so here it goes. I wanted to just let you know where I've been for the past 8... EIGHT? ... years since I last posted, and perhaps why I haven't been inclined to keep on blogging.

For one thing, I'm homeless, and have been so for almost a year. It was a result of a bad marriage, a worse divorce, being betrayed by numerous people, and having severe health issues that this all came about, and I won't bore you with the details. One of the things that has happened was a heart attack and two heart surgeries. It has changed me in profound ways I'm still trying to cope with. But since my energy is low and my stamina almost non-existent, I began crocheting to find a way to deal with being less physically active.

And, in a way, crocheting has saved my sanity. By giving me something constructive and creative to do. By taking my mind off of my troubles. By finding a caring community that shares my pain.

Today I'd like to share with you a shawl I made for my new sister-in-law, Fawn. I haven't given to her yet (I still need to weave in the ends). I used a pattern from, that I did modify slightly. If you want to read the details, please see my project page here:  Fawn's Angel Prayer Shawl.
This collage was taken at Myrtle beach where Seth (my son) and I went for a short vacation. See that huge ball of yarn? I still have a lot left! I did make the shawl a bit longer than is depicted here, and then added crocheted edging. I really enjoying making it!

How about you all? How have you been doing? Are you still interested in making jewelry? Do you knit or crochet? What topics would you be interested in hearing more about?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

New Listings at JustBeads!

As some of you know, JustBeads experienced a server failure and was offline for quite some time. I've not had time to list anything until this weekend. I have a GREAT deal on some jewelry, most of it vintage, 30+ pairs starting at just 99 cents! I'm also adding some bonus jewelry as the bids rise!

In addition, I've listed some lovely botswana agate nuggets, a full 1/2 pound! These have the dove gray, cream, peach and mauve markings that seem to be hard to find these days. You can use them for wire wrapping as they are undrilled, or glue a bail on them.

And I'm listing some great kits, most $9.99 or less! And shipping is free if you Buy It Now!

If you haven't joined JustBeads yet, it's a wonderful site and is making a great comeback.

View my listings here:

It's great to be back! Thanks for looking,
Karleen/Vibrant Jewels

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Spring is almost sprung?

How can it be JUNE already? And look, it's been nearly three months since I posted anything. I did get to go to an awesome Gem and Jewelry show two weeks ago and was able to buy a few things, I'm going to post my finds here so you can share in their beauty.
I bought this lovely lentil, it's some kind of gemstone, probably amazonite or a jasper. Anyway it reminded me of sand, sea and sky, so I bought it, with coordinating beads of course. I LOVE the beach, haven't been able to go in several years and I miss it so.

And OH congrats to me! I won a doorprize, the lovely rhodocrosite heart pictured below. I bought coordinating beads, of course, and hopefully that will be the start of my next project!

Also other assorted items, wish I had more time to visit and more money to spend, like I NEED more beads, LOL. I was going to post more pics but my camera gave out on me. Sigh....

What are you all working on these days?

Friday, March 27, 2009

My First Award!
from Ann Marie at Heart's Desire Jewelry
Be sure to check out her entry about pinks for spring! I love pink...
And now to pass it along:
wonderful collages and she gives away great freebies!
lovely creations, most featuring hearts, with instructions!
lots of eye candy, love her style!
OK girls, now it's your turn, go and nominate someone fabu! :)
Fresh Kiwi Jade Set Finished!Necklace & Earrings

Fresh Kiwi Set

I finally finished the Fresh Kiwi Set for my daughter, I was about 2 weeks late for her birthday, but she thinks it was worth waiting for. I think the addition of the kiwi jade rounds to the necklace helped balance the design. And I decided to add the butterflies to complement the clasp - plus my daughter LOVES butterflies. I had a lot of fun doing this... now I need to start something new!
The watch is still on hold, can't find those beads, I may have to take it apart and remake it... :(
What is everyone else working on?

Monday, March 2, 2009

YIKES where have I been?

I can't believe I've not blogged in almost a month! Here's the dish: I got a new job and promptly became ill, so all I've done is work, sleep, work, sleep, etc. You've got the idea! And I haven't finished my daughter's set and her birthday is in 3 days! Will probably have to do a rain check.

But one of my groups has honored me by voting my Sun-Moons-Stars set as their fav and posting it on the main page! I'm not sure if you can see it as a non-member or not, but you might consider joining yourself!

Sheesh, working FT sure does cramp my beading style! I am feeling better so maybe I can get back to beading soon!