Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Still Here


I just wanted to do a little post to say that I'm still here. Life has been really hard these last few weeks, but I'm still here. 

For those who don't follow my Instagram, or haven't stopped by my store and seen the away message, my family is dealing with the death of a close friend to Covid. He had been living with us for the past 6, almost 7, years. He moved in with us when he fell on hard times, and we were working with him to help him get his own place. He fell sick while my husband and I were on vacation; the last time I talked to him in person was the day that we left. He died on September 3rd.

Everywhere I look, there are memories of him. There is a lot of work ahead of us, cleaning out his things and redefining our home... I need to remember to be patient with myself during the process.

I have no idea when I'll start posting here again. Soon, I hope--especially since creativity is a healing outlet for me. I just wanted to let everyone know what's been going on in my life, and that my absence isn't me just being negligent. There really is a lot going on.

Hold your loved ones close, and be kind to yourselves. I'll see you when I get back.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Giveaway Announcement


I'm just popping in to let everyone know that I'm currently doing a giveaway on my Instagram, @anafiassa

What am I giving away? This journal and necklace set:

...What can I say, I've been having a lot of fun making journals and necklaces to match.

Be sure to stop by my Instagram to see more pictures--and, if you're interested, feel free to follow the rules to enter!

Best of luck, everyone!

Friday, July 16, 2021

Wonder and Whimsy - Summer Break

Hello everyone!

It appears that I have, inadvertently, taken a break from my blog this month. I had a challenge all planned out--even have all of the supplies!--and here it is July 16th already and I haven't even blogged about it. Hah!

So, I have decided that it probably makes the most sense for me to take a step back for a bit. I have some major house reorganizing projects going on, and it's honestly been a week since I've made any jewelry. It's all good, though! I'll be sure to check back in soon... I don't want to be away too long!

Thanks, everyone, for being so kind and following me. I look forward to being back--and maybe even with a newly organized craft room! 

Until then, I hope you all have lovely, lovely days!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - June 2021 Reveal

Well, here it is the last day of June, and my technical issues still haven't been resolved. Ah well... the show must go on! This reveal is not what I had planned, but I would rather post something than end the month empty-handed.


You want to know about the super secret project that I've been working on this month?

*drumroll please*

I've been putting together bead kits! 

Specifically, bead kits to sell. You see, I have come to the conclusion that buying beads and making jewelry are two completely different hobbies. I have also come to the conclusion that designing is one of my greatest joys--and that I have way more jewelry ideas than is physically possible for one person to make.

Put those two conclusions together, and you get my craft room: a wonderful treasure trove of beads and projects that long to see the light of day, but are currently buried beneath years of accumulation.

So! The bead kits are part of my solution--my endeavor to give those projects a second wind, a new lease on life, and a home that will love them... and get them out of my craft room! :)

Which leads me to this month's challenge. 

For some of the kits, I actually had enough beads to make two of them. For fun, I decided to keep one and list the other for sale, and then make something with the one that I kept. You know, just to show what might be possible.

...Sadly, this is where things kind of fell apart. I had three kits that I made jewelry for--and was only able to get good pictures of one. Also, my new Etsy store is supposed to be up and running, but there is a problem with my payment account and I had to put it in vacation mode while working with support to get it straightened out. Oh well! I suppose I'll be posting more as things get ironed out.

Anyway! Here is the one good picture I was able to get of the necklace I made with the above kit.

Best laid plans, and all that!

Still, despite this challenge not completely working out, I'm really excited about this new little project. I realize that bead kits aren't a new idea, but I'm pretty excited to share some of the lovely things I've acquired over the years. I also have some plans for a giveaway at some point... stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I've been up to! Have a wonderful last day of June, everyone, and I'll see you in July!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - June 2021 Reveal... Postponed!

Hello, lovely readers!

This month has truly gotten away from me. Granted, it's been absolutely lovely--I got to visit my parents for the first time in a year and a half, and I got to see the ocean, among other things--but that does mean that I'm running a bit behind on this month's challenge.

Now, I actually have the jewelry part of it done. However, I'm also having some technical/logistic difficulties with the other part. So, instead of doing only part of the reveal, I decided I would hold off for a few more days in an attempt to get everything up and running.

So! Please come back on Wednesday, June 30th. Everything should be straightened out by then.

Thanks so much for understanding, everyone! I look forward to showing you what I've been working on. Until then, have a beautiful weekend everyone!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - June 2021 Edition

Happy June, everyone!

For this month's Wonder and Whimsy challenge, I'm doing something a little different.

...And it's a secret.

You see, I've been working on a secret project for awhile now, and my plan for this month is to keep working on it. Then, I'll have the grand reveal for it at the end of the month to show you what I've been up to.

 The reveal date is Friday, June 25th... so, come back then to see what I've been working on behind the scenes! And be sure to check out my Instagram, too... I'm planning on posting teasers for it throughout the month, if all things go according to plan. 

Thanks for stopping by today... I truly appreciate all of your support. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Friday, May 28, 2021

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - May Reveal

How is it the end of May already? This month has truly flown by!

Since it's the last Friday of the month, it's now time for the reveal for this month's Wonder and Whimsy challenge! As a reminder, this month my challenge was to make jewelry with 10 beads or less. 

...10 beads. This was quite the challenge, for someone who likes making tassels as much as I do!

Still, I made two pieces to show off. I had planned a third, but time go away from me. As I said--this month has flown by!

This first necklace was made using 8 beads... 8 6mm mermaid glass beads, to be precise. I paired them with silvertone chain. I originally made it with 10 beads, but it was a bit too long for liking. So I removed 2 beads, and this is the dainty result!

Even though my bead number was limited, I still wanted to make something with a dangle, so that is what I did for my second necklace. 

I've actually been putting together some bead kits (more on that at a later time!), and while I was doing so, I was inspired to make this with one of them:

Count them--there are 10 beads! They are all glass, paired with copper for contrast. (I usually pair silver with blue, but couldn't pass by the copper this time.)

So, there you go! Those are the two necklaces I made for this month's challenge.

I know that this is a simpler reveal than most--but it was also a challenge that highlighted simplicity. It's nice to know that, while I usually make elaborate complicated designs, I haven't lost the ability to pare things down. Sometimes less really is more.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, everyone! I hope you all have wonderful days!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - May Edition

So... it's no surprise that I like to make large necklaces. I can't help it--I like tassels!

But, as I was thinking about what to do for this month's challenge, I decided to revisit a challenge I did back in June 2016, when my husband challenged me to make necklaces with 15 beads or less.

Except this time, I'm going to make it harder. This time, I'm going to make jewelry (specifically necklaces) with 10 beads or less. 

...10 beads.

Or less.

Woo-hoo! Time to bring on the minimalism!

My favorite piece I made in that June 2016 challenge... 
the necklace is made with exactly 15 beads, including the triangle piece.

Oh, and some fine print... I can use as many findings as needed--chain, wire, beadcaps, maybe one or two tiny little seed beads to make sure that beads don't slide off headpins... You get the idea. If I use a pendant, it will count as at least one bead--possibly more, if there is more than one element to it. And, last but not least, I'm going to aim to not make anything that is just a bead on a chain--although, depending on how much my muse cooperates, it might come to that! ;)

So, come back on Friday, May 28th to see what I create for this challenge! This should be fun.

Thanks for stopping by today... Have a great day everyone! And Happy May!