Beginning Bracelet Design Class

Bracelet Design–you’ll love it!

Learn Bracelet Design with Misti's Jewelry
Learn bracelet design–it’s fun & easy.

Bracelet design can be fun!  Come see!  In this 1-hour class you will learn construction basics as well as theory behind color selection & design.   First, you choose a pre-designed kit, like the one pictured.  Then, you get to choose from a variety of beads to create your own bracelet design.  I’ll be on hand to coach you along the way & make it fun!  Hee hee!

Click HERE for more information.

Stop on by!
Misti’s Jewelry booth

Class is held at the Misti’s Jewelry booth at Gem Faire, Costa Mesa daily.  See times, dates and location information below.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.

Beginning Bracelet Design Class Details

Class fee: $35                   Supplies: $28.99 – includes complimentary instruction guide and supplies.  (Other colors & style available.)

Friday – Sunday, October 13 – 15, 2017

  • Daily:  2pm,  Pre-registration by Monday, October 9, 2017 required

Admission to the Gem Faire: $7  (Get a FREE pass, if you join my mailing list by the Monday before the show)

  • Parking is $10, I believe.

Location:

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Come ready to bead!  I will have all the tools & supplies that you need.   (This class replaces DIY Jewelry-Making, Course 1.)  For more information, visit Misti’s Jewelry Calendar HERE.   Also, you can visit the Gem Faire Website for my Class List.

I suggest you bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll most likely want to spend the day shopping!!!  Hee hee!  Gem Faire is so much fun, and so is this project!  So, I really hope you can make it to my class. And don’t forget to at least stop by and say hello!  I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to say hello to you and see all the goodies you’ve found.  If you need help or suggestions of what booths to visit, I can help with that, as well.  Gem Faire–it’s only a few short weeks away, so make sure to start planning your classes now!

Visit Misti’s Jewelry’s Square Market to register for all Misti’s Jewelry’s classes at the Gem Faire.

 

 

Freestyle Wire-Wrapping Class

Gem Faire Class Beginning Freestyle Wire-Wrapping
Beginning Freestyle Wire-Wrapping

Have you tried Freestyle Wire-wrapping yet?  I don’t know about you, but I like to be creative and do my own thing. That’s what my Freestyle Wire-wrapping Class at Gem Faire Costa Mesa, October 14 – 16, 2016, is all about.  In this 1-hour class, you will learn how to design your own wire wrapping style.  Do you like swirly?  Maybe you like the clean look. Or maybe you just like to see what happens!  And with some basic techniques, you can do whatever you like!  So, let’s create!

Stop on by!
Misti’s Jewelry booth

Class is held at the Misti’s Jewelry booth at Gem Faire Costa Mesa Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016.  Register online at my Square Store by Tuesday, October 11th.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.

Also, if you would like to be on my mailing list to receive my approximately monthly email newsletter with classes & events, and free passes to Gem Faire, please click HERE.  To receive your FREE Gem Faire pass or October’s Gem Faire, you must join my mailing list by Tuesday, October 11th.

Freestyle Wire-Wrapping Class Details

Class fee: $30                   Supplies: $19.50 – includes complimentary instruction guide.

Date & Time:  Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016

  • Daily:    10:15 – 11:15am: Click HERE to register12:45 – 1:45pm: Click HERE to registerOther times available:  Walk-up & ask for availability.Location:

Gem Faire Costa Mesa, OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Stones pictured are samples only.  Actual supplies differ.  For more information, visit Misti’s Jewelry Calendar HERE.   Also, you can visit the Gem Faire Website for my Class List from August’s Gem Faire in Costa Mesa.  Check back regularly, my October Class list will be up soon.

Bail-making tool sold separately.  Click HERE to purchase one.

I suggest you bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll most likely want to spend the day shopping!!!  Hee hee!  Gem Faire is so much fun, and so is wire wrapping!  So, I really hope you can make it to my class. And don’t forget to at least stop by and say hello!  I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to say hello to you and see all the goodies you’ve found.  If you need help or suggestions of what booths to visit, I can help with that, as well.  Gem Faire–it’s only a few short weeks away, so make sure to start planning your classes now!

Visit Misti’s Jewelry’s Square Market to register for all Misti’s Jewelry’s classes at the Gem Faire.

 

 

 

 

Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!

Beading? It’s Easy?  Really?

“Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!” you read and think, “Yeah, right!  I don’t even know where to begin!”  Maybe you want to try beading, but just don’t know if you can do it.  Well, I’m here to say, “It’s easy, really!”  If I can do it, YOU can do it.  Or maybe you are already beading jewelry & you KNOW how easy it is.  Either way…

Here’s my Beading Story.

This is me. I'm the Happy Beader. Read "My Beading Story, It's Easy!"
The Happy Beader, who discovered, “Beading, it’s Easy!”

My first time making a bracelet got me hooked.  It was so easy, I couldn’t believe it.   A friend called me up and invited me over for a beading party.  I was a little skeptical, never having done it before, but agreed.  “It’s easy, really!”  she assured me.  So I figured, “Why not give beading a try?”  She provided the beads, I picked the colors, strung them on & she showed me how to add the clasp.  My very first bracelet and it was really easy!  Easy & fun!  (Hey, we “Otter personalities” have to have fun!  If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it!)

As a child, my story was that I when I didn’t understand something in class, it was very stressful to me because the Golden Retriever Personality part of me wanted to please.  So, I worked really hard to do well.

Part of My Beading Story is that my personality is part "Golden Retriever". I care, I want to help, I'm loyal, just like Gold Retrievers.
Golden Retriever Service Dog Changes Owner’s Life. Click to read the story.

Let me explain a little more about my challenges.  My chiropractor, Dr. Rod Melvin, says I live inside the clock.  What he is referring to is the Clock Tower in Back to the Future Movie–you know the scene where the Doc has just climbed out of the Clock Tower?

My Beading Story is that I can see things from inside the clock tower (seeing the back side of the clock face) or outside the Clock Tower, like the majority.
Doc just climbed out of the clock…

Inside the tower, the clock chimed loudly but you could see the back of the clock face.

My story is that I can see things from both sides.  I can imagine being in the clock or outside–seeing it like everyone else.  Afterall, clockwise is relative to which side of the clock face you’re on!  LOL  That can be a really good thing, it helps with creativity & being able to show others how to do things in many different ways, but it also can make learning new things (like Math or even creative arts) a real challenge for me at times.  For example, when I was in Geometry class in high school, what would take others only 3 or 4 steps to prove took me 14!  My story is I just see things differently, and usually make them way harder than they really are.  But once I’ve conquered something, then I can usually explain things really well because I can see it more than one way.  Math was my biggest struggle in school, and I had many a tear over it.  BUT I worked & worked at it & even majored in it in College.   Then I went on to be a (very understanding) math tutor.  Now, as an adult, I don’t want the kind of stress I had learning math.  It’s gotta be fun.  If I don’t get it, it’s stressful!  And stress is not fun!

Okay, so what does all that have to do with to my beading story?  Read on…

After the beading party was over, I wanted to continue this fun beading story!  (Of course, right?!)  But then I found myself feeling lost in the bead store with no one to help me make good selections.  I wanted to get some beads & supplies so I could do more beading, but just didn’t know  where to begin.  My friend wasn’t an instructor, and didn’t know how to help me choose.  But that didn’t stop me!  LOL  My beading story didn’t end there!  This little otter girl was up for the adventure!

Once I had a collection of beads to play with, I did some basic stringing & loved it!  I was hooked!  I decided to try out some beading patterns.  Man, oh man!  That can be tricky for a beginner who lives “inside the clock”!   But being the determined little otter I am, I worked at it until I got it!  And is it fun!  And my beading story is, “It’s easy, really”!   You don’t have to worry–even if you are inside the Clock Tower like me!   This little otter girl is here to help!  I have beading classespatterns, kits & supplies, and even FREE Resources to help you on your way, and lots of experience in helping others.  I even schedule Gem Faire Shopping Experiences, for personal assistance.  And whether you are experienced and just want to follow the charts, or are brand new and need the step by step words & pictures, my goal has been to provide that in all of my patterns!  Granted, there may be a few that aren’t as thorough as others, but I’m here to help either way.  Just call or email me!

 

 

Do you ever feel this way?

I had this fabulous weekend at Gem Faire with some really great people.  I did well, and happily paid my fees to Gem Faire. 20140510_093836 I was even blessed by my next door vendor with a hot dog for lunch!  I loved the whole Gem Faire, then had a great day a church the next day, and then visiting my folks & some very dear friends.  #GREATWEEKEND!  (How was yours?  I hope you had a super one, too. )

Monday comes.  Then the swarm of things I have to do hits again.  Are you a big picture person like me?  Do you see a mass of things to do and all the details overwhelm you?  Boy, they do me!  I love what I do, really.  I love all of it.  I love the inspiration of shopping for my projects, I love the creativity of actually making new items, I love the computer art necessary to write a pattern, program a page, make flyers, etc.  I even love sorting my beads! — But I’m no expert juggler.  And I have a lot of balls in the air.  Am I alone in this?

Then here is today’s verse.  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”” –Joshua 1:9 (Did you notice it near the bottom of my home page?  Cool, huh?  It auto-updates!  I love programming!  Thanks, Deb, for encouraging me to go for it!)

Amazing, huh?  God is listening.  I’m so thankful we are HIS workmanship, not our own.  If I had to do this alone, I don’t know how I would handle it.   There’s this song that comes up on Pandora, that has a line, “You make me brave”.  Yes, He does.  What a blessing!

Be strong & courageous today.  =)  And may the blessing of the Lord rest upon all you do.

Delightfully beading away (amongst other things, hee hee),

Misti

The Happy Beader
#The Happy Beader

 

Encouraging words for life…

Good morning, readers!   I hope this finds you stressing less, trusting more, and more at peace than yesterday.  I have been amazed at how much God is listening to me–my prayers, my thoughts, the blog, my talks with my hubby & family–and is responding.  When I’m out and about, I like to listen to KSGN 89.7FM  here in the Inland Empire of sunny Southern California.  When I’m home, I like to listen to Pandora Internet Radio  while I’m working.  Over and over again yesterday songs came up and little messages about letting go, not being afraid, and keeping our focus on Him.  One thing that stuck out to me yesterday was a minister who said our thoughts should be focused on Jesus twice as much as our cares.  Wow!  How much time I have wasted on my cares instead of the One Who cares.  That has really helped me redirect my thoughts and give me peace.  It’s still a battle, but I am finding that I am stopping myself when I start to worry about something,  I redirect my thoughts to Christ and that I don’t have to worry, then I pray.   It really is helping.  Then when I came to my computer this morning to look at Biblegateway.com‘s verse of the day, this was it:

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”  NIV

See how much He loves us?  I feel His love extending out to you through this, too, as I know He wants you to find peace as well.  Jesus cares!  And I’m so thankful!

Blessings on your day and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Misti

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader

 

P.S.  If you live in the area, I’ll be at the OC Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa teaching for the Gem Faire this weekend.  Come find me & please let me know you’re reading my blog!  Thanks!

 

Welcome to Misti’s Jewelry Blog!

Hi all!

I’m excited to share with you my first Misti’s Jewelry Blog using WordPress!  As some of you know, I have been using BlogSpot.  But with WordPress, I can actually add my blog to my website with personalized backgrounds, etc.  This makes for a very #HappyBeader!  I am seeing there are a lot of features to figure out, so I hope you enjoy my discoveries along the way.  For now, I thought I would just keep it simple, and tell you a little bit about what’s on the docket for Misti’s Jewelry.

So, #WhatsNew with Misti’s Jewelry?  If you click on Shows & Events, you see I will be at the Gem Faire in Costa Mesa this coming weekend.  I’m happy to be sharing for the first time at Gem Faire my “Spirals & Swirls Earrings”,2014-10-24 10.30.54 my “You’ve Captured My Heart Pendant”, and a beginning bracelet class.  “Spirals & Swirls” is a beginning wire working class.  I will share a little bit about the nature and kinds of wire available, as well as teaching how to create these cool earrings.  =)  The “You’ve Captured My Heart Pendant” You've Captured My Heart Pendant is a class on how to make a 3d cube with a crystal inside.  It’s fun.  No needle working experience is necessary, but it helps.  The Beginning Bracelet class is pretty self-explanatory.  You don’t have to know a thing about jewelry making to take this class.  It’s a kind of ‘get your feet wet and see if you like it’ class.  =)  You can see pictures of the projects and a sample bracelet for the Beginning class on the Classes page or on the Gem Faire Website.  These are all new classes to Gem Faire.

I have a super cuddly kitty on my lap right now, as I’m typing.  Bless her heart.  Muffin is so prrry & sweet.  She’s funny, she’s a licker!  Go figure!  I have a dog that doesn’t lick people, and cat that does!  LOL  Oops…there she goes, kitty bath time!  LOL   121110150316

And…I better get going.  Gotta spend some time doing something other than blogging and beading–husbands need TLC, too.  =)  So long for now.  And hey, I’d love to hear what you’re up to!  So leave me a comment if you like.  =)

Delightfully beading away,

Misti — #TheHappyBeader