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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey Book Bead Bracelet



Who is ready to see Christian and Anastasia in the theater?? Only nine days from today! Here is a little something to get you in the mood!

I have these bracelets for sale in my Etsy shop. You can see them here: http://etsy.me/18RYb0V and here: http://etsy.me/1v2igpI.

In fact, because you came here and checked it out, I have a coupon code just for YOU! Use the code BLOGFRIENDZ at checkout for a 20% discount.

Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet 


These bracelets were made using the actual book pages - I cut, rolled, glued and poly coated all of these babies. They are water resistant and stronger than they look!


Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet 

 These Fifty Shades bracelets have a set of handcuffs charm.


Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet 

I used alternating gunmetal and sheer blue colored beads. I have plans for a grey and red bracelet as well. 
Do you have other color ideas??

Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet 

Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet  
Fifty Shades of Grey Bracel

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It's a Tule Fog Kind of Morning



My little corner of California's Central Valley hasn't seen much sun lately. You may have seen that California is basking in gorgeous 70 degree beach weather. Yeah, not here. Not that I'm complaining, though. I happen to love my winter here.

The photos below are of the site where I love to shoot product photos.

Central Valley fog
 This little red house is where the girls model their hats. It is a gorgeous, old, weathered red.

Central Valley fog

Central Valley fog




I love seeing this old tree.

Central Valley fog



The orchard is almond. It's going to be stunning when those trees bloom!

Central Valley fog 

Central Valley fog

Central Valley fog

Central Valley fog

However your morning looks, I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Edwardian Inspired Red Tam is Perfect For Cold Weather



     Who is watching Downton Abbey (raising my hand over here)? I love to see what hats all of the girls are wearing. While my own Gemini Vintage upcycled sweater hats are not anything that you will find on Downton, I do draw inspiration from hat styles of the first half of the 1900's.

     Gemini Vintage sweater hats are fashioned from sweaters found during my thrift store hunts. I enjoy the challenge of finding sweaters in great shape and gorgeous colors and love to use them for my sweater hats. My hats are all hand cut and sewn by me in my little home studio.

     This all cotton hat features a same color shabby flower sewn securely on to the hat.

Upcycled Sweater Hat in Red

Upcycled Sweater Hat in Red

Upcycled Sweater Hat in Red

Upcycled Sweater Hat in Red
     Please visit http://etsy.me/154ZwyV to see this listing and all of Gemini Vintage Store's offerings.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jamie Lynn Spear's Spiral Wrap Hymnal Bracelet



     Last year I had the insanely cool opportunity to sit in on a radio station performance by Jamie Lynn Spears at KRTY in San Jose, California. For the record, Jamie Lynn has a naturally beautiful voice. I brought along two of my hymnal spiral wrap bracelets to give to Jamie Lynn and to Britney. I didn't expect much from it, I was just hoping to see a few photos here and there of her wearing the bracelet. I was blown away when I saw this post on iheart.com recently!

Jamie Lynn Spears' hymnal bead bracelet


Jamie Lynn Spears' hymnal bead bracelet


FAVORITE GIFT YOU'VE RECEIVED FROM A FAN:
"Recently a fan actually gave me this bracelet [see above], which is so cool. I've been bathing in it, I shouldn't, but it's old hymnal book pages that she rolled up and made a bracelet out of, and she made my sister one to match and I gave it to my sister. I just thought that was really thoughtful and really cool, because it's musical but then also has that religious part too. I went to a radio station and I played a few songs for some radio people and she was there. She gave this to me and I thought it was so cool. I wear it everywhere. I wear it pretty much every day. I love those kinds of things that you get. Nobody else will have them, and they mean something to me."

Here is the full article: http://news.iheart.com/articles/favorite-things-467903/jamie-lynn-spears-favorite-things-12543398/#ixzz3PO95iHPj


This is really the best testimonial that a maker can receive. It's true that the beads are water resistant and it's also true that no one else will have them. No two of my bracelets are identical, even though they may have the same color patterns. I create the beads from the actual books, not copied pages, and no two are exactly alike.

Jamie Lynn Spears receiving a
 Gemini Vintage Store hymnal bracelet


Jamie Lynn Spears receiving a
 Gemini Vintage Store hymnal bracelet


Jamie Lynn Spears and I wearing our spiral wrap bracelets

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What Happens When You Use Your Kid As a Model

I asked my daughter to help me by modeling my tams for me. She hemmed and hawed and finally agreed. We were about two hats in and she was already complaining. So she made a face and decided that goofing off was fun! Turns out if I let her be silly, I get some great product shots in between!

Goofy teen photos

Goofy teen photos

Goofy teen photos


From this:

Goofy teen photos

.....to this.

Goofy teen photos

Again. This.....
Goofy teen photos

.....to this. Amazing, right?

Goofy teen photos

"Sipping tea".

Goofy teen photos

And dancing.

Goofy teen photos

Goofy teen photos

Goofy teen photos

I know I have a photo of myself looking just like this from when I was her age.

Goofy teen photos

Seriously?

Goofy teen photos


Welcome to this little glimpse of my life.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

An Embarrassing Amount of Selfies

*For any of you who wonder where in the hell I have been lately. I've been, um, busy. Real busy.*

That's what happens when you go to an event where all of the celebrities are available to the public. Waaay too many photographs! So, I thought I would torture you all with them. Cuz my family doesn't care to see them again.

See my cute sunglasses? Ya, I broke them that night :(

Joe Nichols

Jason Michael Carroll (aka JMC)


The sun is so brutal here!

Dustin Lynch

Jon Pardi

Nick Hoffman of The Farm


Jerrod was in the shade. Best photo :)

Jerrod Niemann

Canaan Smith


This event, Golf and Guitars, was a two day event this year. I'm quite sure that the artists were up pret-ty late the night before. Everyone except for Canaan, above, put on fake smiles. What troopers!

Brett Eldridge

Chuck didn't even bother. His adorable sense of humor did return later in the day. 

Chuck Wicks

Thomas Rhett

Jack Ingram

Maggie Rose

Troy Gentry


This photo below was an event from three days before. Steve Holy played this event. I got this photo from Orangevale Pow Wow Days facebook page. See where Steve is standing? I was right under him, at the stage. So my photos were, um, crappy. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen one. 

Steve Holy at Orangevale's Pow Wow Days