Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays to All!

 2014 is fast approaching and it is time to set new goals with fresh ideas.  With that in mind, I  have many new bead ideas and ideas for enameled copper jewelry components. I just found out that I can use my little torch to do copper enameling so i purchased a stand and wire platform to do so.  I also may try some bead crochet if I can find the time.  :o)
 I have had a very successful and happy year and hope you have too! Without my customers I would be lost...or buried in beads!  I am thinking of changing my business name to use my own name although Patty Miller is not that exciting. But it is easy to remember!
Needless to say, the new year threatens to be fun with lots to do and explore.  In the meantime, Happy Holidays and a very happy and prosperous new year! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Limited Time Jewelry ONLY Holiday MegaSALE

Happy Holidays from Cabaribeads by Patty! Thank you for the ongoing support of my business this past year. My family and I appreciate it very much. We hope you have a lovely rest of the December and a great 2014!
  • Still have gifts to purchase on your list?
  • Or maybe you need a little something to make your own eyes sparkle!
  • Been eyeing one of my gorgeous embellished cuffs? 
  • OR Can't decide between a couple of different etched cuffs?
Now is your chance to take care of any or all of these situations and save a bundle! Don't wait!

SAVE 30% off (on top of the 30% already showing in my Etsy store) any $100  (or greater) purchase of Lampwork Beads and JEWELRY (cuffs, pendants, earrings,  bracelets ) with coupon code TAKE30PERCENT. This is a flash sale and ends at midnight, Monday, December 16.
All items will be mailed out Tuesday, December 17 with a complimentary Priority Mail Upgrade (US ONLY); however, I can't guarantee delivery by Christmas. That's up to the weather and the USPS. :o)
Please use this coupon for jewelry sales only at:
Thank you! And have a wonderful holiday season!

Still Time to Order Online

You can still order online to get Christmas delivery. I would use Priority mail to be safe. Most Etsy stores use first class but add the option to get Priority mail. That is what I do so you will have the option if you need it.
 I still have my 30% off Christmas sale going for you if you need last minute gifts. I have a bunch of jewelry: necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are ready to ship. All on sale and ready to go. I also have added gift boxes in my shop with a pretty holiday ribbon. I have 3 sizes to fit all of my jewelry.  ;o)
Let me know if I can help you with anything.  Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December's Flying!

I have had a bunch of orders from my Etsy shop and time is ticking away towards Christmas!  But there are still 16 days til Christmas and I have a 30% off sale going until Christmas for you to find components to make some gifts with as well as ready to ship jewelry.
1.25 Inch Polymer Clay Christmas Dove with Whitewash Finish

24mm Fun and Funky Lampwork Disk Beads

14mm Christmas Chunky Donuts

 14mm Blue Christmas Sugar Beads

12- 13mm Gold and White Mini Disks

12 - 13mm Silvery Blue Red Mini Disks
For Earrings or pendants:  One (1 )  inch Winter  Christmas Themed Etched Copper Disks -
 Snowy Cabin, Reindeer, Gingerbread Man

12 - 14mm Red Winter Berries Poly Clay
I also have a bunch of new etched copper bracelets that are ready to ship.

Cute Snowmen! I could not resist making this adorable scene on a bracelet.

Christmas Poinsettias with pine boughs and cones with holly leaves.

Old English Snowy City Scene with Twinkling Stars in The Sky.

Detailed Butterflies with flowing Script.

Happy Holiday shopping and  keep bundled up warm. :o)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am going to my brother's house. He lives about an hour away and since he has Parkinson's disease he is pretty much a shut in.  My brother, Bob, can get around a bit for an hour or two when his medicine kicks in. We sit at his table and talk and laugh about when we were kids until he starts to stiffen up again then us visitors head home. He still lives on his own and prefers it that way. So, I have cooked a full Thanksgiving meal and am taking it to his house.  My best friend is coming with me to help. She has made a fabulous vege dish called southern succotash and got real cranberry sauce. It has bits of orange in it and it is the best! I am so grateful for my best friend.
My brother and I didn't speak for a few years before he got sick but I am grateful that we are on good terms again.  My daughter has a wonderful young man in her life and she is going to his family's house for thanksgiving dinner as it would be too much to have four people over to my brother's house since he tires easily. I am grateful for her as she has been the light of my life since she was born. And I am grateful for her wonderful young man. <3
I hope the roads are good and the day goes well. One of the things I love the most about Thanksgiving is sending leftovers home with people. I always try to cook enough to send some home with everyone!  Must be the mother in me. lol
So,  I hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful day! Happy Thanksgiving and blessing to you all.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Beads and 40% Off Winter Wonderland Disk Beads

I thought perhaps some peeps would prefer donut shaped beads to disk beads so I have made some sets of Winter Wonderland in donut shapes for you! First a set of fourteen 15mm size chunky donut lampwork beads. These are all 30% off to kick off the holiday season!

 And then I posted a smaller set that could be used for a bracelet with 7 beads.

And lastly I have reduced the big set of Winter Wonderland  lampwork disk beads to 40% off!  Come and see them here!

Then I listed some 'made to order' beads from the Winter Wonderland chunky donut sets so you can choose  which colors you want in sets of three. You can see them here. :o)

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope the weather is ok where you are. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Oooo, Sweet Winter Wonderland Disk Bead SEt

I love this bead set! I know I shouldn't say that because I made them but sometimes things just come together with your supplies and the vision you have in your head. I had ordered some new frits from Val Cox the last couple months and they were exactly what I needed to make this set cook.  Or rather freeze. :o)
 I have 3 shades of cool blue, two different snowy whites and icy clear disk beads each having a different frit or powder finish on the edge.  Check them out. They are 30% off right now for a pre Black Friday sale!.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Namaste - A Beautiful Sentiment


I have wondered what this means since I have seen this on bumper stickers, on a commercial on TV, online and lots of other places. It sounds so lovely and I think the word even looks lovely. So I wondered what it meant.  I love the definition below. To bow to another's true self. The one deep inside that maybe no one sees...that perhaps we are afraid to show for fear of rejection or because we feel a sense of vulnerability. There is a vulnerability when showing one's true self but it may depend on what you are wishing to accomplish. Most people want acceptance and friendship. I suppose we must look inside and ask ourselves what we would be afraid others would see. Perhaps we ask ourselves why we would want to be accepted by a person who would be harsh or cruel if they did see our true self. These are all things I  keep stewing inside of myself. With me it is like a pot bubbling on the back burner working these things to fruition...to be comfortable with anyone seeing my true self.   It is not a thing accomplished just by thinking it.  But perhaps it is wise to keep a little of our deepest self a bit hidden. After all as Cat Stevens said - it is a wild world.  I am still stewing.

What does Namaste mean?

At the end of each yoga class most teachers bring their hands together in front of the heart, bow their head and say "Namaste" and the students bring their hands together and respond in kind. Have you ever wondered exactly what Namaste means? A good definition of Namaste would be "I bow to your true self". The true self might be seen as the deeper, more essential you, less connected to ego, social expectations and pretensions. So the exchange of Namaste at the end of class is a wonderful way to honor the true self in each of us, and recognize that all life is interrelated. For a more in depth explanation take a look at this piece in Wikipedia or a shorter piece in Yoga Journal.

Monday, November 18, 2013

To Etch or Not to Etch

That is the question lots of lampworkers ask themselves after making some sets of beads.  At first i didn't think these beads needed etching. And I wanted to leave them shiny and let the light pass through them to mimic  how bright and clear the light  is in the fall.  Here they are unetched.

Perhaps I was wrong and they would look better etched. The bad thing is that once you etch your beads you can't take it back.  So, I did it and I think it's better.  I tumble etched them which gives a smooth silky etch compared to chemical etching. I love it! The only draw back is that tumble etching doesn't work on beads with texture as it doesn't get in the grooves. Also, do not etch silver glass as you lose all of your beautiful silver glass color.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Good Day Lampworking!

You know there can be days that you sit down at the torch and work all day to have nothing thrilling come out of the kiln. How that happens I can't say but it does!  lol   But I had a good day a few days ago.  I was pleased with a couple new beads I tried out. The first
was a new shape of an old color combo and I love it!  I should have made this shape all along.  I also used light ivory as  base instead of dark ivory on the top half of the bead. The base color for the second half is called lipstick red unique. It is one of my favorite colors ever - sort of a school house red. ( the photo is a bit light.) I then used terra frit melted in on the top and bottom then rings of olive green and Picasso blue silver glass melted in. The finishing touch is 99% pure silver wire wound around the base and melted gently. What do you think? I love this color combo!

My next new bead was born out of determination to use that damn! gold leaf that has been laying around for years because it is so expensive.  It was placed on a light ivory base, gently heated and then powdered glass in pinky peach and green was alternately added and melted in. Then blue silver glass accent stringer was added. I love the organic look of this combination!

I made a round donut bead to go along with it in the same colors. I want to use this combo again for more beads - perhaps on a different color base. What base color do you think it would be good on?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Another Lovely Autumn Walk

I can't believe it has been 2 weeks since my last walk post. OK, I admit - I haven't taken that many walks this week. And I just realized it yesterday. I sort of scurry through my day  ( I have been tweaking things inside the house - nesting for the coming winter) accomplishing things and then the day is done and no walk.  I did go out yesterday and it was very pleasant to go to the little wood again. I took just one doggie Jessie - sorry her pretty brown eyes are all shined out. As you can see from the second pic she is very goofy and it makes me love her more.

 She ran through the little wood again like a puppy although she is almost 3 years old.
The weather here has been very mild - we had a little rain last night but for the most part it has been sunny and around 60 degrees.
I picked some pretty dried grasses I found  in the field in front of the wood. As a child I would  pick the round , tall grass pieces when they were still green and suck the sweet out of the bottom of the stem.
 I called the fluffy grasses fairy grass.  I saw a painting once where the fairies were dancing on the tips of these type of grasses.

I also found some fabulous grape vine that has died for the year. It is great to use in various art makings.  I like to use it on my velvet pumpkins. well, off for more coffee. <3

Oh, and the 20% off sale is still going on in my Etsy store. :o)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Back Trouble and New Copper Components

You can't keep a good woman down -  Darn it all! I have been having hip pain and just found out I have 2 bulging disks as well as something wrong in my hip! Well, I may have to stop doing the heavy lifting but I can still make beads and jewelry and components. Yay!  And here are some new etched copper components I have just listed in my Etsy store. Super lots of them.  I hope you like them. I will drill holes where you want them. Everything is 20% off in my store, including all of my lampwork beads.  <3

small tribal pendant/charm/connector

1 inch seashell pendant/charm

light weight 1" earring pair disk

1" sun face pendant/charm

1.5" dog bone pendant/connector 

golden 2' long tribal pendant/connector

2" long koi pond pendant/connector

`2.75" long Mendi paisley pendant/connector

purpleish 2.25" long Sunflower Fields pendant/connector

1.25" light weight whimsical flower earring/pendant

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Autumn Wildflowers

I love this time of year. I never get tired of the brisk air and the changing leaves. The air cools off and is so clear. You can get outside and not sweat like a sumo wrestler!  It is about  40 degrees here in Knoxville and a little overcast which I love. The leaves have not changed here yet. I am still waiting.  I went out meandering today with only two of my 4 dogs because these two can walk off leash. They come running when I call them - my sweet babies. <3

There is a circle about 1/4 mile up the main road in my subdivision where the land is too low for anything to be built. It is all trees - a small wood but my dogs love to run up the paths weaving through it that the neighborhood kids have trodden down. Even my old boy (he's 14) kicks up his legs and runs in there.   It looks like someone was down there recently and built a small campfire in the clearing near the middle.   When I was a child we had a huge wood behind our house and it was such fertile ground for play - physically and mentally.  We spent whole days dreaming back in that beautiful New York wood and never got bored!

Today I found some fluffs of moss on fallen Maple branches. I have been gathering them to use on a Fairy House I plan to make. It's still in the planning stages. I would love to make one that could be in my garden and wouldn't decay....

I also found some sweet white and berry colored weed flowers - just waiting for me to come along and enjoy them. I cut the stems back and put them in an old bottle to use as a vase. They went on the small shelf in the dining room.

And gooseberries! I think these are gooseberries. I am going to try and make some lampwork beads to look like them.  :o)

Off to make beads.

Monday, October 21, 2013

I love the Warmth of Copper Tones

In the last couple of years I have gravitated to using more solid copper wire and components in my designs as the cost of sterling and gold have so risen dramatically.  I find that I love the warmth and earthiness of copper and it is really easy to work with. Here are a few of my designs that I have made with my own beads and components. :o)  
In the first necklace I have layered 3 copper disks in different sizes.  The bottom disk is 1.5 inches and it has been hammered and patina ed with LOS. The disk on top of it has been acid etched with a design I just love. I added a third layer. It is a disk I made with copper precious metal clay. The whole piece is held together with twisted gold filled wire and I used a solid copper chain that is diamond cut so it really gleams.  I tried to purchase more of it but the seller is out of it!  :o(
Time Traveler Necklace

Etched Copper Sticks with My Lampwork  Earrings

Concave Etched Copper Earrings

You can find components I have made in my Etsy shop. I have a super sale going on in the component section. You can see them here.