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Monday, February 19, 2018

Acrylic or Not?

A few days ago, a friend of mine gave me a bunch of beads. They came from a friend whose mother recently passed away. Her mom loved crafting and had a bunch of beads. Some were glass, some crystals, and some were acrylic.


I've done some research on these beads, and found that there is a market for them. They are lightweight, and the colors are beautiful!


Chunky jewelry is, and has always been pretty popular. If you were to use natural stones, the jewelry would be quite heavy. 


So, what is acrylic jewelry? It's pretty much plastic. But!!! there are all levels of quality. You can get plastic beads that are fun for kids to make jewelry with, but these are not those type of plastic. These are a much higher quality. The cheaper plastic beads are sometimes rough and you can see seams. These beads are smooth and no seams! 

What do you think? Would you wear these? I love the bright colors, and the fact you can get a chunky look without the weight. I would absolutely wear them. If you look closely, I added a bit of bling to these acrylic pieces...CRYSTALS! 

One can always use a little bling in their lives...right?

Check out TappingflamingoBling for handcrafted beach and cruise inspired jewelry and accessories....

Whether she cruises the high seas on a ship, hang tens on a surfboard or just likes a quiet walk along the shores...Wearing a creation from TappingflamingoBling will keep her favorite places close to her heart and soul. 




Friday, February 16, 2018

How Many of You Make Purchases From Etsy?

Actually, you are really not purchasing from Etsy, but from an individual. Etsy is just a platform used by many very talented people to sell their handcrafted and vintage items. 

Wood Bead Memory Wire Bracelet
from TappingflamingoBling

So, how does this actually work? Well, say you are interested in buying a piece of jewelry. You first begin by hopping on over to the website....etsy.com, and start a search. It's best to narrow your search down, because there is so much to choose from. 

Guitar String Flourite Chip Tree of Life Ornament
from TappingflamingoBling

Let's say you are looking for a gift for someone who loves the beach. You want to get her something that is versatile, and within your budget of $30. You search for "Beach Inspired Necklace." When the search comes up, on the left of the screen, you can narrow your search by putting in your budget. I would also put in "handmade" because you are looking for something that is handmade. 
Beaded Wire Wrapped Shell Necklace
from TappingflamingoBling

This is where you are going to need some patience. Remember, when you are shopping for someone at a store, you don't just walk in, grab something, pay for it and walk out. It takes time to look around for the best bargain and the best item for that individual. You see a lot of really pretty necklaces, and you love that style, so, narrow your search down to say, "Beaded Wire Wrapped Shell Necklace."

Wire Wrapped Scallop Necklace with Carnelian Beads
from TappingflamingoBling

Finally you find the perfect piece! It is in your price range...$25! But then you notice there are some matching earrings that are $10. But wait! It says if you want the set there is a discount! You convo (message) the seller and find out that you get free shipping, and so you are right at your $30 budget for a set! Perfect!

Wire Wrapped Scallop Necklace with Carnelian Beads
from TappingflamingoBling

Now, let me just say this...do not ask for a discount. If there is a sale our discount, the seller will put it in the description. That is why it is so important to read!  Most handmade pieces you find on Etsy, are one of a kind, and these artisans work hard to create these beautiful pieces and at a fair price...so, it's really not fair to ask for a discount. Would you ask for a discount at the mall? Probably not. 

Wood Bead Mermaid Guitar String Ornament
from TappingflamingoBlin

Something you might not know...these sellers do have to pay fees to list their creations onto Etsy. That has to be factored into the cost.

So, now you found your piece. You purchase it, and about a week or so later, you receive it in the mail. When you open it, you know your friend is going to love it! By the way, did you know, sometimes you can ask for gift wrapping and even have it sent directly to the person you are purchasing this for? Yep!

Red Jasper Guitar String Bracelet
from TappingflamingoBlin

Now that you received your piece, there is one final step that most people do not know about. Did you know that Etsy sellers rely on feedback? Not just so they look good, but they want to know that you LOVE your purchase. If there is a problem, before you go giving them a bad review, contact them. Personally, when I package my items to mail, I make sure everything is wrapped so it won't break. I also like to wrap it up to look nice and pretty when you get it. Once it leaves my hands to the post office, I have no control as to what happens. I give out tracking numbers to my clients, so both of us can watch it as it travels to their homes.

Tropical Wedding Cake Pulls
from TappingflamingoBling

If you do purchase, and love what you get, please leave a nice review. I know, before I purchase, I look at the reviews..a lot of people like to look at reviews before purchasing.

If you are interested in something from TappingflamingoBling, I hope you hop on over to my shop and have a look! 

Whether she cruises the high seas on a ship, hang tens on a surfboard or just likes a quiet walk along the shores...Wearing a creation from TappingflamingoBling will keep her favorite places close to her heart and soul. 








Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mardi Gras and Lent


It is Mardi Gras time! Today is Fat Tuesday...tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. 


This week, our Southern Sass line dance group went out and performed. We always have a lot of fun doing that, but today and yesterday, we got to dress up in our Mardi Gras outfits.


We also had our umbrellas and gave out beads.

Did you know that Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday? It is also the day before Lent starts. I am not Catholic, but I did go to Catholic school and have a lot of friends of that faith. I am Christian, and observe Easter, but really have not observed Lent. This year, I decided to so do.

 Lent, which is the time of honoring the sacrifice of Jesus is usually observed by giving up, or sacrificing something during that period...which is about six weeks. I've decided to give up sweets. Yep, I'm going to do it! I really like sweets, so this is going to be pretty difficult for me. I'm hoping that I can continue to put a huge abbreviation on sweets after this time. Lent ends the Saturday before Easter Sunday. 

So....tonight, my husband and I will be headed out for my last sweet treat for a while....
I will be getting a Chocolate Caramel Truffle Blizzard from Dairy Queen....then a fast on sweets....
Wish me luck!!!!!
I'll keep ya posted.....

By the way, the reason I am telling everyone, is so that I will feel more accountable. 
and....I don't want people giving me cookies and candy, or any other sweets during this time...


Friday, February 2, 2018

Custom Wire Wrapped Seashell Necklace


Last night, I was creating, and posted a picture of a beaded shell necklace I was in the process of putting together. Soon, I had a few comments, and one of them told me she loved scallops. So...I posted this picture of a scallop I had on hand.


Then she told me I should post pictures of beads I have and let people pick out what beads they want in a piece of jewelry. What a great idea! I told her that I have made jewelry for people who showed me an outfit they just bought, and I love doing stuff like that.  After sending pictures and brainstorming as to what she wanted, we came up with carnelian, rose quartz, and some white beads I have that are actually made of crushed sea shells. They went perfect with the scallop shell!


I wrapped the shell with some silver tone wire and laid out the beads. It was getting late, so I set them aside until this morning. 


Ta da!!!!! What do you think? I love it, and so does she! She had also asked if I could make a pair of earrings to go with the set, and I just happened to have those same beads in a little bigger size. She wanted a more substantial earring, so these are perfect. 


These colors are prefect together! When you look up the properties of these crystals, they go quite nicely, as they are calming stones. 


I love the look of them together. This set will be great for summer, and will take her right into fall. She lives close to the ocean, so this is a perfect set for her. She told me she has a cute summer dress to go with them. Hope she sends a picture, because I can't wait to see her wear it. 


The necklace is about 24" long plus the 2 1/2" long shell, so it is a great length. I added a fancy toggle clasp, which makes it easy to put on.

So, what do you think?


I love working with natural stones and wire wrapping shells. I also love looking for the shells, because one of my favorite places to be is at the beach!

If you would like to see some more creations from TappingflamingoBling, check out my Instagram, Facebook page and Etsy Shop!  I'm also on Youtube as Tappingflamingo. 

Whether she cruises the high seas on a ship, hang tens on a surfboard or just likes a quiet walk along the shores...Wearing a creation from TappingflamingoBling will keep her favorite places close to her heart and soul







Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Another Bead Swap!!!!

I am a little excited! Why? Well, I am going to be doing another bead swap! WHOOOO HOOOOO!!!!

So what is a bead swap, some of you might be asking? Well, it is when you get paired up with another person who loves to make jewelry. You send them a bunch of beads, and they send you a bunch. Then you create with what you got, and blog about it!


I have actually done a few of these swaps, and usually, I am sent things that challenge me. That is a good thing. 


Some pieces I created a long time ago, and still wear them, like this beaded wire wrapped shell necklace. 



I've even won competitions with some of the beads I've been sent. 


I just found out who my partner is late last night. I am looking forward to "meeting" her. Of course it will be through Facebook, Instagram, and email, as I live in Louisiana and she is in Indiana. Hey! I use to live in Indiana! We already have something in common.


Stay tuned for more bead swap! Reveal is in less than two months!




Friday, January 26, 2018

Upcycling

Have you ever heard of UPCYCLING? Do you know what it is? Well, upcycling is taking something that is about to head to the landfill and making something else out of it. Today's society is all about recycling, which is taking something and reusing it. In other words...returning it back to daily contribution, instead of sending it to the city dump.


To upcycle something would be to reuse an item without degrading the material for it's next use. For example, my guitar string jewelry and accessories. I take old guitar strings, clean them up and make something fun and pretty out of them. Here are a few things I have made with old guitar strings....

Guitar String Ornament
from
TappingflamingoBling

Mermaid Guitar String Ornament 
from 
TappingflamingoBling

Beaded Guitar String Bracelet
from
TappingflamingoBling

Beaded Bird Guitar String Ornament
from
TappingflamingoBling

Mardi Gras Ornament
from
TappingflamingoBling

Beaded Flamingo Guitar String Ornament
from
TappingflamingoBling

Tree of Life Guitar String Ornament
from
TappingflaminogBling

Guitar String Earrings
from
TappingflamingoBling

Guitar String Cameo Pendant
from 
TappingflamingoBling

Guitar String Necklaces
from
TappingflamingoBling

Colorful Guitar String Bracelet
from
TappingflamingoBling

Tropical Guitar String Bracelet
from 
TappingflamingoBing

So what do you think? I love upcycling, and especially love  creating beautiful things from old guitar strings. At this point, the only guitar string accessories or jewelry I have are some keychains. But maybe I should make some more to list. What do you think? Would you buy and wear guitar string jewelry? It sure would make a great conversation piece....

TappingflamingoBling is on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook, as Tappingflamingo on Youtube....












Monday, January 22, 2018

Autism Awareness

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I am about to share. I have two nephews with autism, ages 15 and 12. They live in the state of Florida, and love the beach. Their dad surfs; on occasion he takes them with him, and they LOVE it! They have also been involved with Surfers for Autism and Special Olympics where they competed in surfing, track, swimming, and other sports.

For the last few years, I have been trying to figure out how to do something with my TappingflamingoBling line of jewelry that will help with autism. I handcraft items that are cruise and beach inspired, and I wanted to stay with my theme.
Multistrand Waxed Cord
Surfer Style Bracelet by 
TappingflamingoBling

Well, I think I have come up with the perfect idea. I think I'm going to make something and then donate a portion of the sales toward autism awareness. 


These surfer style multi strand bracelets are perfect for you to wear while enjoying the beach. I love jewelry, but you really have to be careful what you wear to the beach and pool, and also in the shower. Even the 18K gold fine jewelry is not a match for these places, as the salt at the beach, chemicals in the pool and soap in the shower can deteriorate your pieces.

Because I love to wear my jewelry when I swim and head out to the beach, I came up with this new style that allows you to do so. They are made from waxed cording that is very durable. Because they are adjustable, you can wear them as a necklace, bracelet or anklet.


I used the autism awareness colors of yellow, red, light blue and dark blue to put these together, and I used a knotting technique that make them adjustable. 

So, what do you think? Would you wear these, or know anyone that would?

Autism awareness month is April, and I plan to have these available to purchase on my TappingflmaingoBling Etsy Shop real soon! I am already having people asking me about them. Stay tuned for more info on how you can get your TappingflamingoBling Autism Awareness Bracelet. 


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mismatched Earrings?

A couple years ago, I listed a couple pair of earrings on my Etsy Shop, and they hardly got any looks. I think I was a bit ahead of my time....

I had remembered back in the 1980's, that mismatched earrings were pretty popular. I had a gut feeling that they were about to make a come back, but apparently, I needed to wait. In 2016, according to Vouge, mismatched earrings hit the runway. 


Today, when you search the internet for mismatched earrings, they are EVERYWHERE!!!!

So....What do you think? Have you worn mismatched earrings? Would you wear them today? Personally, I think they are pretty cool. Very much a statement piece. I will admit, some of the mismatched pair of earrings I have seen are a bit over the top, but the mismatched pair of earrings that are not so in your face, I like.