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.

 

 

Turn a Bead into a Pendant

Wire-Wrapped Bead — Turn a Bead into a Pendant — Make & Take Class

Turn a bead into a pendant with ease!
Turn a Bead Into a Pendant Make & Take Class

Okay, maybe you already thought beading was easy, but have you learned how to turn a bead into a pendant in just minutes yet?  Come check it out!  You’ll learn how to use wire to create this simple, yet stylish pendant from a bead!   It’s quick & easy!  Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up!  Bail-making tool sold separately. 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 on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  See times, dates and location information below.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.

Wire-Wrapped Bead Make & Take Class Details

Class fee: $5           Supplies: $5

Daily:   Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016

  • 11:30 – 11:45am Click HERE to register
  • 12:15 – 12:30pm Click HERE to register

Other times available:  Walk-up & ask for availability.

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.   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.

 

 

 

 

Do you, “Own it?”

It’s human nature to point the finger.  As kids, we learn early on that if we get caught doing something we shouldn’t be, there will be some form of punishment–maybe a spanking, a time out, a favorite toy taken away, play time cut short, no TV, no Oreos.  (Well, that would be punishment for me!)  You get the point.  As kids, my older sister learned that if she wasn’t the one carrying out the deed, she wouldn’t get in trouble.  So, she would pose questions to our brother (the middle child, poor guy!) to get him to do something she knew would invoke punishment.  My poor, innocent brother would be intrigued by her question, carry out the deed, and then I would tell!  It took him awhile to figure this out and eventually he stopped taking her advice and stopped hearing “Scotty did it!”

  1968.11 Miller family no title(Here is my family, back in the day. I'm the smiley, littlest one, on the left.)

The funny thing is, I don’t remember if we girls ever got in trouble for our part.  Oh, I got in trouble my fair share, and so did my sister, but who wants to own up to their mistakes?  Nobody WANTS to get in trouble & be punished for their wrong doings.

As adults, we still tend to avoid “getting in trouble”, we still don’t want to take the blame, or take responsibility for our actions, unless we did something we think is worthy of another’s praise!  Then we are all over it!  Human nature, human nature is like that.  We do things we regret, we say things we regret, we avoid doing things we should, we avoid saying things we should, and we don’t want to get caught–all because we are afraid of some sort of punishment.  And we like to point the finger so we don’t have to be responsible for our actions.   We say things like, “My parents never taught me any different,” or, “he made me angry,” or, “she started it,” or, “if you hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have had to …” or, “well, if you hadn’t tempted me to…then I would never have…”  The extreme cases are like the person who files a lawsuit  when they spill hot coffee on themselves. (follow the link to see the comic I posted on my Misti’s Jewelry Facebook Page or go to my Pinterest Board.)  “If the coffee hadn’t been so hot, I wouldn’t have burned myself!  It’s YOUR fault for making the coffee hot!” when the truth is, if they had been more careful and not spilled their coffee, then they wouldn’t have gotten burned.  We humans just don’t want to take responsibility for our actions.  We don’t want to be punished, even if that “punishment” is in the form of ridicule or embarrassment.

But God reminds us of how much He loves us and that we need not be afraid of punishment.  “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”  1 John 4:18  He loves us, and although no one WANTS to be punished or disciplined, it is good for us.  “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  Hebrews 12:11  God isn’t into beating us, He is into helping us grow and be healthy.  He wants us to have abundant life, not to live in fear. 

And here is something else that is amazing about our Heavenly Father.  Daniel tells us God “holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways.”  (Dan. 5:23)  God owns our ways.  Do our ways reflect the God of love?  Do our ways honor Him?  Do our ways speak of His character?  Are there things you’d rather not own up to?  It’s okay, there is forgiveness through Jesus.  You don’t have to be afraid.  Let’s take responsibility for our ways, since God owns them, and confess our wrong-doings before Him.  He will lovingly forgive and accept us.  He will help us overcome, through His lovingkindness expressed through discipline.  “His rod & staff, they comfort me,” says Psalm 23.  The shepherd uses his rod to correct his sheep, and his staff to direct his sheep, but the sheep aren’t afraid of Him because they know He would never do anything hurtful or harmful to them, but to do them good, only to love & protect & provide for them.  Our Good Shepherd does the same for us.  And sometimes the only way He can speak to us is through pain.  But God is doing a good work through the pain.  Like I say to my chiropractor, “It hurts good.”

I encourage you to not be afraid of personal responsibility.  There is life and peace in it–God is in it.  After all, He owns our ways.  And more than that, He loves us!  He loves us!

Thank you! from Misti’s Jewelry

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader

As I am working on my Misti’s Jewelry website, listening to the comforting sound of the rain as it falls on our thirsty California land,

I love a rainy day!

and going through the comments you all have been leaving, I felt it only right to leave a note of thanks.  I so appreciate each one of you who take the time to leave a personal, non-spam, note.  It means a lot to me and I just wanted you all to know how thankful I am for you.  Your input has helped me improve not only my blog, but also my website and my personal skills as a Misti’s Jewelry business person.  You encourage me.  So, thank you!! #FeelingBlessed

As a way of showing my gratitude, I have created a page on my website called, “Because I Care“.  It has information that has nothing to do with jewelry-making–things like internet scam alerts, tax information, neighborhood safety, etc.  I am constantly updating this page, so check back often.  And if you have a helpful note or information you would like me to consider adding to my “Because I Care” page, please contact me via email.  Let’s help each other make the web a better place!

And I’d like to take this opportunity to add in a funny little note, speaking of helpful hints from you all.  LOL  This one is actually from my hubby.  He went to my Misti’s Jewelry FAQs page, you know, “Frequently Asked Questions”.   I’m not going to tell you what he said.  You’ll just have to take a look at it, and then leave a comment on what you guess he said!  It’s just too funny!  Silly  me!

I’m off to bake some cookies for my husband.  What else does one do on a rainy day besides blog & bake cookies, right?

And now my dog is telling me he is ready for his supper…

Snickers is hungry

…so, I better go.

I look forward to hearing from you again soon.  You are a blessing in my life.   Thank you, from the bead mat to the heart.

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Getting Organized

Today’s blog is taken from Erica Duran’s website.    After I posted the first version, I could hear my husband telling me, it’s too long.  No one is going to read all that!  So, if you notice this post changed, you now know why.  Here is the Reader’s Digest version.  =)  You can read the complete article HERE.  It is definitely worth the time to read her complete version, too, if you ask me.  =)

I hope this encourages you that you can get organized and stay organized, too.  I’m gonna’ give it a whirl.  Want to go for it with me?  I’d love to hear your progress, and we can cheer each other on!  Here it is: (“The 12 Essential Lists & Charts You Need To Get & STAY Productive & Organized Forever” By Erica Duran, condensed version)

Getting Organized, Tips from Erica Duran

 LISTS:

Making lists help you focus your energies. Relying solely on memory & will-power will overwhelm you & wear you down, especially in today’s saturated media lifestyle. How? Start with the big picture, and work your way down.  You can hand write your lists, or use a document program like Word & store them in your Dropbox so you can have them on any device you carry with you.

  1. GOALS & DREAMS: Go to a distraction-free, inspiring place & brainstorm all the goals and big dreams you have for your life. Write them down, being precise & clear. If you’re too vague, you won’t be able to achieve them.
  2. MASTER TASK LIST: Write down all the major projects in your life & business from the Goals & Dreams list you just made. Only include CURRENT projects that you will ACTUALLY work on at this time in your life. (Don’t worry, there’s a place for the other stuff on the Someday list.)
  3. SOMEDAY/MAYBE LIST: This is where all those fleeting thoughts of things you’d like to do go, so that you can evaluate them later. These are not ideas that have been thought through enough yet to warrant being on the Master Task List. This is the “write it down so you won’t forget about it, but keep focused on what you’re doing now” list.
  4. QUARTERLY GOALS: In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing lifestyle, evaluating and tracking your goals on a quarterly basis is a more feasible approach than annual goal-setting. Categorize your goals to help identify which goals are important but not necessarily urgent:   God, Spouse, Home, Business, Family, Friends, Health, Vacation.
  5. DAILY TASK LIST: Make a week’s plan, and then break it down into daily to-do’s to avoid the reactionary and overwhelming feeling of trying to fit everything into one day. Evaluate your Master Task List and your calendar to create your daily task list on a daily basis.
  6. WEEKLY MEAL PLANNING: Take a few minutes per week to plan out your meals & make a grocery list. This will help avoid the mealtime panic of what to do for dinner.
  7. MASTER SHOPPING LIST: Keep a Master Shopping List categorized by the stores you frequent. This is where you keep track of all those, “I need to get this at some point, and don’t want to forget” items. Here you can keep track of things you are running low on, or write down the URL of things you’d like to purchase sometime.

RITUALS:

Rituals are charts that list tasks you’d like to accomplish on a regular basis or serve as a reminder of tasks that don’t happen enough to become a habit.

  1. DAILY RITUALS: These could be things you’d like to do daily, like devotions, exercise, make the bed, be a better listener, etc. Some are reminders to help make or break a habit that is on your quarterly goals list.
  2. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, QUARTERLY/SEMI-ANNUALLY, ANNUALLY: These charts are for things that happen less frequently, like flipping the mattress, or wiping down the window sills.

(“Freedom Based Lifestyle Designer, Published Productivity Expert, Web Developer & Internet Marketer, Erica Duran, Teaches “Escape Artists” Lifestyle Entrepreneurs how to Simplify, Be More Productive and Get the Lifestyle of their Dreams! Never Settle! Visit EricaDuran.co to Subscribe Today!”)

 

I would love to hear from you about this.  Let’s get a chat going.  =)  How do you get & stay organized?

Yours truly,

#TheHappyBeader

Rocket Tab Saga — FINALE!

The Rocket Tab SAGA:

I update my IE (or maybe some other program), as requested, near the end of February, as best as I can figure.  I miss the checkbox that says, in effect, that Rocket Tab will be added with the update.  (I hate those stealth add-ons!)

I go to my website, and now Rocket Tab Ads pop-up (that are linked to some not-so-clean & some regular shopping websites).  YIKES!  I want to get rid of it!  But every good computer user knows  you shouldn’t click on a link to something you are unfamiliar with, or is suspicious, right?  So, my hubby & I check my installed programs, and you know the whole nine-yards, as I have documented the steps we took to rid my computer of this add-on over the last month—and all to no avail!  YIKES again!

The GRAND FINALE!

Finally, I tried clicking on the “Powered by Rocket Tab” hyperlink, and it gives me some “schpeal” about the service they give and if you want to turn off the pop-ups to click on the button.  And it gave the option of giving feedback to Superfish.com.  So, I clicked on the button, the pop-ups disappeared & HA!  Now we found the source!  Superfish!  So, Gary hunted until he found a Superfish add-on on my computer & got rid of it!  YAY!  Thank you, babe!

So ends the Rocket Tab Chapter of “On the Bead Mat” with MistisJewelry.com.  Phew!  (Hee hee!)

 

 

Tips — mine & yours

  Happy Saturday, from #TheHappyBeader!  =)

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader

I am hoping that my blog has been helping some of you with your battles, both in beading and in life & I appreciate hearing from each of you.   I appreciate the replies to my newsletters, and my blog posts!    You all brighten my days.  =)  So, thank you.  I feel blessed.

As I was praying about my life this morning, it occurred to me that some of you might have tips for me!   I am a novice programmer, I’m sure you can tell by my website.  LOL  It’s not too bad, I guess, but there are some things I just don’t know how to do.  (And I can’t afford to pay for help.)  I am working my way through Codecademy, thanks to my dear neighbor Zef, and that has made a lot of difference.  But, if you know anything about programming and see something that just doesn’t show up right on your screen (phone, tablet or computer) and have an html programming tip for me, PLEASE email me, or if it’s short, post a comment!  If there are features you know how to do that I haven’t put on my website, like drop down menus, or pop-up mouse-overs, etc., I would sure appreciate an email lesson.  =)   Please email me at Misti@MistisJewelry.com.   Thanks everyone.

“Ask & receive that your joy might be full.” John 16:24   I’m asking!  Hee hee! Continue reading Tips — mine & yours

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

 

A Big Thank You…

I had an absolutely fabulous time this weekend at Gem Faire! So many of you came to see me, took classes and hung out. I loved it! I had a blast! I feel like Tigger personified! Whoo hoo! You all were so nice, too! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you all for a record breaking weekend! God bless you, real good!thank you block