Friday, June 20, 2014

June Show Follow-up

Thank you all who visited my booth at the Dundas Street Festival on June 14, 2014. The weather was a tad cold for the vendors, but the day was mostly sunny and I think the show was well attended. Lots of volunteers were available and one gal helped my husband move the table to my spot. Here is a photo of my new tent and my display. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. Must have been my cold hands, not to mention brain!

If I'm going to do any more outdoor shows, I will have to figure out how to cover up the UCLA logo on my tent, although I only had one person make a comment. Unfortunately, after the show I noticed that Giant Tiger had tents for $10 less than I spent on this one. Plain white with no logo. Oh well. I really do prefer the indoor shows where I can escape the weather, be it the cold, sun, rain or wind. All four have their own particular problems to deal with.

Monday, June 9, 2014

June Show - Dundas Street Festival

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This is my first outdoor sale on my own. I will even have my own tent. However, if you're expecting professional you will be sorely disappointed. I've been in denial about this outdoor event and have only just purchased a tent. From Kijiji. I'm glad I got a good deal because the top and eaves are advertising NCAA UCLA in bright blue and yellow. A nice, clean white would be much better, but beggars can't be choosers. Please join me in hoping for calm, clear and sunny skies on June 14!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Getting Ready for the Easter Bazaar

It's almost time again for the Easter Bazaar at True Blue Bay resort. The cruise ship season will have closed and families will be making plans to get together, but I've decided to set up shop. Gotta get my name out there!

I also want to get out the fact that I have new necklace in my collection. This cute little sea turtle was made up with peyote stitch and accented with teal and gold glass beads. It's strung on nylon coated wire that I stole from my husband's fishing stash. Good to 60 lb. and non-corrosive in salt water! A great catch!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Gallery Additions

I've added some new photos to my Photo Gallery Page. I'm still catching up with the photography as I had a hard drive crash and lost a lot of work.

Please click on "Photo Gallery" from the top menu, then choose Photo Gallery 2.

Thanks for having a look!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy, Productive New Year!

Here's hoping for a more productive year. With that in mind, I've re-awakened my Etsy store and have been gradually adding new items. It's hard to justify the time spent on having an online presence, so we'll see if more time spent equals greater returns. Please visit my store and see what I've been creating!

Fran Selinger's Etsy Store

Sneek peek:

"Circle of Life" ring. Coming soon!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Evolution of a Design/er

In 2011, I made this bracelet from a Fusion Beads kit called Peyote Ruffle. I loved the colours and always had it in mind to do another one, but to really make it my own this time around. If I want to call myself a designer, well then I'd better get designing...

For the first time, I laid out my own peyote stitch pattern using computer software called Easy Bead Patterns. To make things go easier, I decided to try a 2-drop peyote stitch - not entirely a "first", but my first time doing 2-drop for an entire bracelet. However, because I wanted a symmetrical pattern, I had to go with odd count peyote, meaning an odd number of columns. Not so easy now! I went with the traditional method of odd count where you do a turn-around within the beads at the end of every other row. The tension was off a bit, so another time I'd like to try a different method.


Here it is...

Welcome to "Razzle Dazzle Dots"! I decided not to do the ruffle like in the kit, to keep the lines more simple. I also found out that it was much easier when adding the picots to go down and up two beads instead of trying to go through one bead. Of course I didn't figure this out until part way through. I decided not to go back, so the second edge went easier and I just hope that no one, except me, notices the difference!

I used the same clasp, a gun metal plated sliding tube because it is so easy to use and the colour works well with the beads.

The bracelet isn't perfect, but I'm very proud of my progress.