October 29, 2008

Dark Seafoam Earrings

Well, I think we're finally out of the woods with the fevers, etc., and everyone is pretty much back to normal. We *thought* we were finished with the fevers a couple days ago, only to realize that they were still happening. Anyhooo.....its almost back to normal now in the Casady household. *grin*

Soooo.....here's a new pair of earrings for ya'll.... Aquamarine, Apatite, Green Amethyst, Swiss Blue Topaz, and Green Tourmaline gemstones wire wrapped to a pair of my twisted wire ovals. These are the same stones that are in my Seafoam Shaggy Loops Necklace, just oxidized for a different look.

Dark Seafoam Earrings

October 27, 2008

Sickie house is allllmost well.

To those of you who have asked, thank you so much for your concerns and prayers about my family! My youngest daughter started a high fever last wed. and we found out on Friday that it was strep. We got her on antibiotics as soon as we heard, but, its taken three days for things to mostly settle down to a dull roar here. We thought we had the high fever beat yesterday, but, then in the afternoon/evening she started spiking again, so I'm not sure when we're going to be completely confident we're in the clear....Lord willing within the next day or so. Thankfully hubby is conveniently on vacation this week, so its been wonderful having a bit of help, especially having someone to go get things from the store when needed, and to help with our eldest daughter.

I hope to have my Etsy shops open again within the next couple of days and cranking away on orders, etc., soon. Thanks again for all the prayers!!! They have been very appreciated!

October 03, 2008

In a Cascade Type of Mood *grin*

*happy sigh* What a great way to be renewed and refreshed this morning....the Lord blessed me with the verse Isaiah 12:2 during my quiet time this morning.

"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation."

Thank you Lord for renewing my heart and blessing me with this verse!

The last week or so has been delightfully insanely busy (LOL) with custom orders. I absolutely love to interact with my customers and to get to know them better through custom requests. One of my favorite recent custom requests was to remake my Blue Topaz Teardrops Necklace & Earrings for a bride. These are horrid pictures, LOL, but, the pieces turned out better than I imagined them, and I'm thrilled that the bride is sooo happy with her set:

I have also been able to create several new pieces and I discovered that my fingers have been in a cascade mood. *grin* Here are a couple of the new pieces:

These new pieces (uh, not the custom pieces, LOL) are up on my Etsy site and will be up on my website soon!! I'm in the process of updating my website with all the new pieces and uncluttering the site with the sold pieces, so stay tuned!!! More new pieces will be added. I have a feeling that cluster type earrings are going to be next! *grin*

September 23, 2008

Two New Wide Band Rings

I've been slammed with orders and custom requests lately and have not had much time whatsoever to create many new pieces...believe me, I'm not complaining! LOL, but, I do know there are several of you that have been asking when I'm going to get more new stuff up. *grin* And I have a ton of pieces rolling around in my head just waiting for me to sit down and CREATE!!

I just received some new toys...uh, I mean new tools, LOL, and I was able to take a little time to create a couple of wide band rings that I've been dying to get to!!

Birch Wide Ring

Fern Wide Ring

The Birch Ring many of you are already familiar with, as I offer the slimmer Birch Stacking Rings for sale, but, I really wanted to make a wider band of utilizing the same texture and I also had a request to create a wide Birch band for a gentleman's wedding ring. The Fern Ring has delicious fern-like fronds within the textured dimples. I loooove this effect and the fronds give the hammered texture a different look altogether. Both rings are available at my Etsy Shop and should be up on my website soon!

Lord willing within the next few weeks I can get some new pieces created and posted for ya'll! I have quite a few new gemstones I recieved recently that I'm sooooo ready to play with! *grin*

My back is feeling better, though still a little twingy from when I put it out on Sunday morning, thank you to those who have asked!! But I woke up this morning discovering that I'm getting a delightful sinus infection, so I'm quite froggy and am trying to get my orders completed as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!! I appreciate it!

August 23, 2008

Melody of My Heart Hand Stamped Necklace

"The melody of my heart sings forever of your love." ~ Jennifer Casady

*happy sigh* I love this piece as it has a LOT of meaning for me. I have two men in my life, *grin* my awesome husband, and my precious Jesus. This necklace is a lovely reminder of the love that I carry in my heart for both of them. This one is mine, *grin* when you purchase yours, I will hand stamp one just for you.

August 20, 2008

Two blog mentions in one day! WOOHOO!

I am so excited! I've just received word that two of my pieces have been mentioned in two separate blogs today! How cool is that?!?!

The first mention includes my Shine Like Stars Necklace and was mentioned in One Charming Blog here.

The second mention that I was just told about includes my Dark Twist of Fate Bangles - Set of 3 and they were mentioned in the Daily Outfitting blog here.

Very cool!!! THANK YOU so much to the bloggers who have made my day today! *grin*

August 19, 2008

Last Days of Summer Necklace

The description that I just wrote on my website for this necklace says it all. I was literally sitting down to make a Hessonite version of my teardrops bracelet when my eyes spied some gemstones sitting together and my hands just reached for them with a mind of their own to put them together into a gorgeous necklace that reminds me of the last days of summer. *grin* Prehnite, Swiss Blue Topaz, and Apatite are wire wrapped together with 14K Gold Fill, and are all gently suspended from a 16 inch 14K Gold Fill chain.

Hmmm.....I wonder if I have enough time this afternoon to work on that Hessonite Teardrops bracelet!! LOL

August 18, 2008

Wild Rose Nugget Pieces

This mini collection of pieces which include my popular Woodlands and Grasslands pieces has a new color addition, Wild Rose. There is only one of each necklace and one pair of earrings. I also have a purple set which I will post as soon as I get the pictures taken.

A delicate, yet deep shade of pink with darker pinks and a little bit of peach swirled in. All are available on my website and also in my Etsy shop.

August 13, 2008

New Bangles, Twisted Rings & Stamped Jewelry

I've been having so much fun the last few days working on more new pieces. I'm trying to get things posted at my Etsy shop and on my website as soon as I can, but I know I'm behind on the updating. LOL They'll get listed soon! *grin*

Twisted bangles:

Twisted stacking rings:

Several new styles of stamped jewelry:
I am so excited about the stamped jewelry!!! I had an uppercase, lowercase and numbers set made from this font, and I have been having a blast creating new pieces. Tomorrow I have a big silver order arriving with quite a few different shapes and sizes and I already have a list of pieces I want to create! *grin* Woohoo!!! Feel free to email me with custom requests. *Jen dashes off to go play with more jewelry....*

August 07, 2008

Birch and Evergreen Stacking Rings

I have been wanting to make stack rings for a looong time now and am finally getting around to creating them. I am so excited to unveil the first two sets in my new Ring Collection, Birch and Evergreen Stacking Rings. These rings are created from 14 gauge Argentium Sterling Silver which is a low tarnishing silver. Yes, it will tarnish, but, at a muuuch slower rate than Sterling Silver and the tarnish is sooo easy to remove!! With soap and water!!! Isn't that cool? No more harsh chemicals to remove tarnish. Such a relief!

Anyhoo....my stacking rings. *grin* The Birch rings are named as such because the texture reminds me of the graceful beauty of Birch trees. Evergreen rings remind me of the smooth lengths of pine needles, and together these rings contrast and compliment each other perfectly! Without further ado, LOL, here they are:

These rings are available in stacks of 3 and 5, and I'm working on creating the oxidized versions as I type this and they should be available soon. *grin* I have more stack ring ideas in my sketch pad and I should be able to create them this weekend, Lord willing! *grin* So, what do you think? Let me know!!!

August 06, 2008

The Midnight Collection

My favorite time of the year is slowly drawing nearer, and what better time than to unveil my new collection, the Midnight Collection?! Here is a smalllllll, tiny taste of what the collection will be about:

Dark and Light Layers Earrings

Dark and Light Layers Necklace

I'm frantically working on the rest of the collection, as I have so many ideas and not nearly enough time in the day to work to create them! LOLOL But, ooooh, what fun I'm having! *grin* I can't wait to share the next part of this collection! I hope you enjoyed the tiny little glimpse of what's in store for you!

Had to say goodbye!!

Several months ago I started an exciting new chapter in my jewelry business. I began selling some of my handmade jewelry components in addition to my Tutorials and Kits on Etsy in my Gems shop. Within days of starting to sell my components back in March, the business quickly gathered steam. Within a month I was absolutely boggled by how huge the business grew. Unfortunately, it pretty much steamrolled me. LOL Everything else in my life was cast by the wayside as I concentrated on filling components orders. I loved it! Truly I did! My favorite part was talking to my components customers and watching their new jewelry with my components in them SELL!!!! While the business was such an overwhelming success, it gave me absolutely NO time for anything else. My husband and girls were awesome and greatly supportive, but, in my own mind...something had to change. Especially with the start of homeschooling my eldest daughter coming closer and closer. I had to make the decision to stop selling my components. But I did not want to leave my loyal and huge customer base without their new favorite components!! So I asked the girls at Prolifique (great friends of mine! *grin*) if they would be able to add my components to their already successful components line. They are thrilled to take on my loyal customers and will continue to make the same components that I offered in my Gems shop. Don't worry, I'm not going to stop making my Tutorials and Kits available. *grin* As a matter of fact, I plan on expanding my Tutorials and Kits with several other weaves soon.

So while I'm very sad to see that part of my business go, I'm thrilled with the extra time it will give me to concentrate not only on my main priorities of my awesome hubby and cutie patootie girls, but, it will allow me the time I need to actually create the tons of new designs flying around in my head. *grin*

And cleaning the house?? Uh..hm. Well, those of you who know me well know that that is low on my list. *cheesy grin* Buuuut, I suppose I need to get to that sooner or later. *grin* A huge THANK YOU to all of the awesome customers who have blessed me mightily these past few months!! The girls at Prolifique will take great care of you!!! Feel free to convo them with all of your special requests and questions. They will have a blast working with ya'll!!!


I have been planning on making these hoops for months, and have finally been able to take the time to actually teach myself how to solder posts onto the hoop shape. (Thank you Jeanne & Rhonda for all the tips! *grin*) I have several more hoop shapes to make, I just need to find the time to make them! LOL

Shiny Textured Hoop Earrings

Oxidized Textured Hoop Earrings

July 16, 2008

Cosmopolitan Fine Silver Fused Link Bracelet

Ok, this bracelet is going to stay on my wrist a loooong time! *grin* Its going to have to compete with my Beez to Butterflies bracelet I wear all the time! LOL What a fun bracelet to make! I had a ball creating this piece.

Handforged fine silver circles are fused and linked together to make a bold statement with this elegant Cosmopolitan Bracelet. Each link was lovingly crafted, wound around a mandrel, cut, tumbled, fused together, hammered and tumbled again for a breathtaking shine while it lays around your wrist. A handmade fine silver clasp finishes the bracelet to perfection.

Short Break from my Gems Shop

I will be taking a short break from my Etsy Gems shop 7/21 through 7/29. During this time, you can place orders, but, I will not be processing ANY orders until 7/30, and I will then process orders in the order they were placed. I can list custom RESERVED listings if need be, but, I will not begin to process custom orders until 7/30. It will probably take me a couple of days to get caught up on orders, so patience is much appreciated!!

I have been slammed with orders from my Gems shop, and while it is an awesome blessing, and I love making components for other jewelry designers, I do need to take a break every once in a while. I have several projects I'll be doing in the meantime, and I want to give myself plenty of designing and playing time with my own silver and gemstones. *grin* I have quite a few designs sitting in my head that I want to create and this will give me the perfect opportunity. I will post any new designs here as I create them. So stay tuned!!! *grin*

June 25, 2008

Clearance Sale and Changes Again!

I have been on a tear updating my website and making things easier to navigate. While I have been doing this, I have also been updating my Clearance section. All sold and no longer available pieces have been cleared out, and a ton of pieces have been added. You will definitely want to take advantage of my "housecleaning" per se and grab up all those pieces you have been admiring for so long but hesitant to take the plunge on!! I know these pieces won't last very long at this price! I am also listing them (and a few other pieces not on my website) at my Etsy Jewelry shop.

Have fun shopping! And check back frequently, because you never know what I'm going to decide to put into clearance!!!

June 24, 2008

Flat Queen's Link Bracelet

Oh, yea, LOLOL, and I added a new bracelet today, the Flat Queen's Link Bracelet. This is actually an updated version of one I made two years ago and sold. I LOVE this bracelet and will be keeping one just for moi!!!

Available on my website of course for sale!

Entire Ring Collection is on Clearance!!!!

Okeydokie everyone....my entire Ring Collection is on Clearance!!! Only one of each ring is available, with the size listed, and all are 50% off!!!! I will no longer be making these wire wrapped rings, as my metalsmithing skills are sloooowly improving, and I plan on updating the entire Ring Collection at some point in the future with new pieces! Woohoo!!!

Yeaaaa...ok, it might be a long wait, LOLOL, but, I'll get there. *grin*

June 14, 2008

Layers Necklace and Earrings

Yes, yes, I can hear you now...this must be a miracle...I'm posting three days in a row!!! *cheesy grin* I'd have more pieces to show you, but my camera battery died on me! arg. So, I only have the following two pieces, called Layers.

Layers Necklace

Layers Earrings

I haven't even posted the earrings on my website yet because I couldn't finish taking the pictures to show how the earrings hang, so you get a sneak peak here. *grin*

This necklace has swiftly become my most current favorite piece. LOL I've actually been wearing this necklace practically every day since I made it because it goes perfectly with my laid back favorite wardrobe of jeans and polos. *grin*

June 13, 2008

Dark Galaxies Chainmail and Lampwork Necklace

Nothing states elegance more clearly to me than the painstaking beauty of chainmail. The joy I receive from sitting down and going through the entire process of creating a chainmail piece is almost unparalleled. Ok, chocolate might bring a wee bit more enjoyment *grin* and certainly my family smashes to the top of that list every time. But when it comes down to tasks that I truly delight in accomplishing, it is the coiling of the wire, the slicing of the blade through silver, the hum of the tumbler polishing the newly cut rings, the completeness my hands feel as they come in contact with the pliers, the joy in placing rings in a mathmatical pattern and weaving for hours. *happy sigh* I'm in heaven. Chocolate, of course, is in a sphere all by itself, but, thankfully weaving maille does not add calories, so there are times when maille must take precedence over the delights of savoring chocolate. *cheesy grin*

Anyhoo....LOL....I bring you my newest piece in my Decadence Collection, the Dark Galaxies Necklace. The focal bead is a rectangular square boro bead by an exceedingly talented lampwork artist. A deep, dark chocolate background (HA! I can't stay away from the stuff! *grin*) is a perfect setting for exploding starburts of colors including all colors of the rainbow which is remeniscent of the glorious galaxies which our heavenly Father created. While the pictures make the bead look huge, the bead itself is very delicate...smaller than the tip of my littlest finger.

Dark Galaxies Necklace

I have two other rectangular/cube boro beads that will be showcased on the Jen's Pind chainmail necklace in this same style of the Dark Galaxies and the Waterlilies pieces. I merely need to take the pictures. I will post them soon.

June 12, 2008

New Double Twist Necklace Colors

I finally finished 5 more color combinations for my newest and hottest design, the Double Twist Necklace. I've already shown ya'll the Blue Topaz version, and here are the other versions:

Citrine Double Twist Necklace

Peridot Double Twist Necklace

Amethyst Double Twist Necklace

Smoky Quartz Double Twist Necklace

Pink Topaz Double Twist Necklace

I wish I could pick a favorite, but, truly, I can't! LOL I'll have to ask my hubby when he gets home which one he likes the best. *grin* All of these are of course available on my website. Which one is YOUR favorite??? I'd love to know!!

Coming soon....new versions of the "Waterlilies" Chainmail Necklace! I can't WAIT to show ya'll these!!! *grin* I just need to get the pictures taken.

May 15, 2008

Blue Topaz Double Twist, Grasslands Necklace and more!

Finally, I have a chance to post some of the matching necklaces of the pieces I shared in my last post. I have been feeling very discombobulated lately with a weird cold and cough and just lots of "schtuff" going on that has been taking a lot of time.

Blue Topaz Double Twist Necklace

Grasslands Necklace

Green Amethyst Twist Necklace

Woodlands Necklace II

All of these new pieces will be up on my website soon. I will try to add them this afternoon after my next task. *grin* Off to finish lunch and put together a new table for the hallway. *grin* Fun, fun!!! Wonder how long it'll take me?!?! LOL

May 05, 2008

Grasslands and Pink Amethyst Earrings

Wow, the last week has been crazy! Not only with a sick daughter, tons of work, lots of neglected housework and laundry (LOL, stiiiillll being neglected, I can tell you that! LOL), but also an internet connection that was spotty at best! ARG!!! The tech finally left about an hour ago and everything is fixed. Woohoo!!!! I've been pretty cranky without internet access! LOL

Anyhoo...I did have a chance to make about a dozen pieces this weekend and here's a tiny teaser to whet your appetite! hee, hee.

Grasslands Earrings

Pink Amethyst Earrings

None of the pieces are even up on my website yet! LOL But, they'll get there within the next day or so. I still need to finish taking artsy-fartsy pictures of the necklaces, but the four pair of earrings are done. Wait you say...you only posted two pairs! Well, *cheesy grin* you're just going to have to check again in a day or two, eh? *grin* All of the pieces feature one or more of some of my components that I sell on my Etsy Gems Store. And, they are all oxidized. I know, I know...I almost NEVER oxidize my pieces. LOL...welll....I LOS'ed all my newest. *grin* It was fun, but messy...and I have a feeling I will be doing a lot more LOSing soon. I specifically wanted to be able to emphasize the details on my new components, and while I love shiny silver the best, some details can only be seen with the LOS.

Let me know what you think! *grin* And more will be posted within the next day or so.

April 22, 2008

Waterlillies Chainmail Necklace

I am sooo in love with this necklace!!! The focal point of this gorgeous necklace is an artisan crafted cube boro bead, streaked in such a way with blues and greens that it remind me of Claude Monet's "Waterlillies" painting. I did not want to detract from the utter beauty of this boro bead, so I paired it with a delicate 20g handwoven sterling silver Jen's Pind chainmail necklace. Each of the 450 jumprings from which the necklace is comprised was handcoiled, cut, tumbled, and then woven into the maille pattern.

The Waterlillies Chainmail Necklace is of course for sale on my website.

April 18, 2008

Where have I been??

LOL Yep, I've been missing in action again working behind the scenes plugging away at various aspects of my business. I figured it was time to surface and say hello and show you some of what I've been working on.

I mentioned that I am now selling my Teardrops Tutorial and Kits on my Etsy Gemstone store, but, what I haven't shared is that in my Etsy Gemstone store I am now offering various components such as fine silver headpins, twisted sterling silver soldered rings and ovals, fine silver fused links, various shapes, etc. This past month since I've started selling the components has been absolutely crazy!! LOL Praise the Lord!!! *cheesy grin* I have been blessed beyond measure this past month as my components sales have gone through the roof and have kept me busy and out of trouble (Bwaaaa!) and quiet. Kinda. *cheesy grin* On the out of trouble part that is. hee, hee.

So, not only am I selling the headpins and components out of my Etsy Gemstone store, I am also offering them for sale on my website. My website is sloooowly being updated with them, so please have patience! *grin* I'll get to it! LOL I have been working on a ton of different stuff, and with my family as my focus, I only have so much time in a day. *grin*

Yesterday I had a chance to work on some jewelry for myself...oh, yea, and my website, LOLOL. But this first set is ALL MINE!!! *cheesy grin* I LOVE IT!!! Though, don't worry, it IS for sale on my website! LOL I'm so excited to have made it and I"m looking forward to diving into more fusing. I know you're impatient to see what I'm talking about, so here ya go:

These pieces were created by fusing fine silver into circles, hammering, tumbling, and adding the 14k Gold Fill jumprings. I had so much fun with this set and I can't wait to start working on another fused chain set. *grin* Buuut, I have quite a few things to do first before I can complete that! LOL *grin*

Also, I have added a Clearance section to my website with older pieces, samples, and other goodies. All of these pieces are marked 50% off!!!! *grin* And don't forget to sign up for my newsletter to hear about sales, etc. *grin* Mother's Day is coming up soon and I'll be sending out a special coupon code in my next newsletter SOON!!!!!