Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Fresh Batch of Beads Brings a Fresh NEW Design!

The possibilities are endless!
I LOVE this new design--just denim and silver findings!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Easiest Curtain Tieback Ever!!

The only materials needed for this project are some paperclips and teacup hooks and you will have yourself the easiest curtain tieback solution ever!!

We've all made connecting chains from paperclips...for fun, to pass the time, to wear as jewelry, or just to annoy the teacher.  Now you can put that creative pastime to use right at home, right now!!

With all the fun, colorful paperclips in the local office supply store and some creative embellishments to complement your curtains, you are only limited by your own imagination. 

1.  Grab a handful of paper clips, and make a chain.

2.  Screw a teacup hook into the outer wood frame of the desired window at the desired height.

3.  Loop one end of your paperclip chain on the hook.

4.  Gather the curtain material and wrap the chain around it; secure it by placing the other end of the paperclip chain on the hook.


It could not be more simple!!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Casual Day Designs Gift Boxes

Just in time for the gift giving season!! I'm so excited to offer one-of-a-kind packaging for my one-of-a-kind denim jewelry. These unique gift boxes look so classy and elegant that they won't even need any extra wrapping, bags, or bows.

I met a delightful artist at a craft fair this summer where my jewelry was on display. Charlotte Michalek has a business out of her home called "Down on the Farm Cards." Charlotte handcrafts unique greeting cards, gift tags, and custom boxes. She enjoys what she does so much that it's more like therapy rather than business. Her enthusiasm about creating packaging specially to accommodate my denim jewelry was extremely contagious. Now that I have such pretty packaging for my jewelry, I love watching the recipients react not only to the contents but also to the gift box!!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Northwood Artist to be Featured in Upcoming Iowa Crafts Exhibition

-- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- A handmade denim bead necklace created by local resident, Deb Rohne, has been selected to be featured during the upcoming Iowa Crafts:40. The necklace along with other craft media by Iowa artists will be on display from November 10, 2011 - January 14, 2012 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. Rohne submitted her design to this juried show prior to the October 8th deadline this year and recently received confirmation of eligibility from Associate Curator and Registrar Mara Linskey-Deegan.

Rohne's original necklace has 28 of her handmade denim fabric beads. She crafts each denim bead out of long triangular shapes which she cuts from reclaimed denim jeans. Rohne says each bead is then rolled and sealed, and for this necklace, strung on nylon coated stainless steel wire along with some Czech glass beads and a toggle clasp. This is just one design in her one-of-a-kind line of denim beaded jewelry which she calls Casual Day Designs - jewelry for your jeans. Rohne has displayed her denim jewelry which also includes earrings, lapel pins, key chains, and bracelets at various craft fairs including Founder's Day in Northwood, IA and Bolan, Iowa's Fall Festival.

Rohne came up with the idea of the denim beads about four years ago when recalling a paper bead necklace craft she had made in grade school and decided to try using denim fabric instead of the paper for making the beads. She says it has been a real learning experience and she continues to refine the bead making process and enjoys coming up with unique accessories that can be worn with everyone's favorite item in their wardrobe--their jeans.

The competition for the Iowa Crafts: 40 exhibition is open to all residents of Iowa above high school age. Entry categories are clay, fiber, metal/wood, jewelry, and other craft media. All works are to be original, entirely by the entering artist, and completed since September 2009. Cash awards total $1,750 along with a one-person exhibition. The purpose of Iowa Crafts is to provide the public with further enriching arts experiences and to promote interest in and recognition of the accomplishments of Iowa artists. The juror for this year's Iowa Crafts exhibition is Kent Shankle, Curator at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Contact Mara Linskey-Deegan or call the Museum at 641-421-3666 for further information.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Hallowed Weenies

Day 31 of NaBloWriMo (National Blog Writing Month)...

As darkness fell on this sleepy little town, the throngs of trick-or-treaters thinned to just a few ghosts and goblins roaming the streets. The rustling of the leaves and the occasional bark of a neighboring dog signaled a few other candy gatherers wandering close by looking for that last porch light on per chance to secure one more sugary snack. The dimly lit jack-o-lantern flickers and eventually the flame is extinguished. A pile of candy wrappers lay at my feet, and the muted television still displays images that will haunt my dreams. Another Halloween has come and gone, and the porch light can follow suit to the darkened candle inside the pumpkin.

Perhaps it is just my old age and crotchety demeanor, but it seems that beggar's night has changed over the years--not for the better. Most of the kids don't even utter a simple "Trick-or-Treat" let alone a "Thank You." It is just plain inappropriate that some of the kids that beg for treats are driving age, and don't even get me started on the parents that hide behind the facade of their infant's stroller with their hand out...I was born on a day, but it wasn't yesterday...I know who that candy is really for (certainly not the baby with the bottle of formula).

As this month of daily blog writing comes to a close, I reflect on my successes as well as my failures of keeping up (or not) with this challenge. November begins National Novel Writing Month - the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel within the month of November. Am I up for that challenge? There's no time like tomorrow to find out :)

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Exercise Your Right to Exercise

Day 30 of NaBloWriMo (National Blog Writing Month)...

I used to tell people I didn’t exercise because of my beliefs. I explained that I believed in the limited heartbeat theory. I felt we were all born with a certain number of heartbeats. When your number is up—your number is up. I would go on to explain that exercise, of course, increases one’s heart rate, and I didn’t want to tempt fate. Better to be safe than in shape.

That was 30 years ago. Now that I'm older and wiser (and tipping the scale has taken on a whole new meaning), I've come to realize the necessity of physical activity and that staying in shape doesn't just happen naturally. I still don't think much time should be spent on the necessary evil of exercise, so I have found some very effective 20 minute-a-day workouts which done first thing in the morning gets it out of the way for the day. Yoga and walking are good forms of stress relief and should be done as needed in addition.

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