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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Dawn Doucette

    What inspires my jewelry making? The short answer is everything. . .

    Most of my designs fall into 2 categories – custom orders or tropical!  When I’m creating something custom for someone I have them email me photos and we talk about what they love, and what’s important to them.  I intuitively pick up on their energy and create a piece that perfectly showcases who they are and tells their story.

    For pieces that haven’t been custom ordered, I am constantly inspired by tropical things! So much so that after last year’s Cousin Corporation Ambassador Retreat I fell in love ...

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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Rebecca Utermohlen

    One of the biggest ways I get inspired is just by visually being able to see my beads.  I love to play around with different bead combinations and that is generally what starts a new jewelry project for me.  If i can't easily see or access my beads it is hard for me get inspired! Thus, I try to keep my beads out in the open as much as possible.  I blogged about it awhile back but I still LOVE my bead organization magnet board. This board hangs right above my beading desk and doubles as a piece of ...

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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Allison Cooling

    As part of Cousin Corporation's "Finding Inspiration" blog series, I was asked to write a little about how I get inspired to make jewelry and other crafty wearables, and where my ideas for new DIYs come from. I've got a perfect example here of my whole creative process (plus a DIY for you!) - so get ready!

    My inspiration almost always comes from my travels. No, I am not one of these globe-trotters that leaves the country every week (how I wish!); I usually travel only once a year. However, when I do, I always bring along my camera to ...

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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Rachel Nielsen

    Inspiration comes in several ways, but one of the biggest sources of inspiration for me is my girls. I love to make all kinds of things for them, whether it's jewelry, clothing, things for their rooms or just something fun they will like.

    For example, last Christmas I decided to try my hand at Yarn Friendship Bracelets for my daughters and their friends. They turned out so fun, and they were able to personalize them with colors they knew their friends liked.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Shelly Owen

    I was recently asked what inspires me.  It took me a bit to pinpoint the exact thing that has truly inspired me the most.  I create jewelry, but what inspires me to create it? Who or what gives me the idea that I can do this thing that I love so much to do?  Is it nature, literature, colors, other designers, architecture?

    As I thought on this for a bit, I kept drawing a blank.  I thought about the styles of jewelry I make and where does that influence come from.  I couldn't put my finger on it.  I sat ...

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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Lisa Crone

    In March 2015, my husband and I headed for a much needed spring break in sunny Florida. After an unusually cold and frustratingly snowy winter, it was a dream come true!

    I even packed several large Ziploc baggies full of beads and tools just in case I felt inspired.

    We had a wonderful screened porch overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The view, the sound of the water and warmth of the sun provided the perfect environment to bead! The Bob Marley music on my Kindle didn’t hurt either.

    The real inspiration happened when I dumped the Ziploc baggie out on ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Allison Cooling

    Overcoming Organizational Challenges in Beading


    This photo is shameful. But, sadly, it's how the top of my studio desk looked a couple weeks back. Random beads, half-finished pieces of jewelry, plastic animal figurines (why?…) and more littered about left me with no space to work on.

    My biggest challenge in any jewelry making endeavor is without a doubt my ORGANIZATION. I have the hardest time even starting a project, because I can't ever find the right materials - because my desk looks like the above picture! It takes me hours to finish a project that should take minutes, because I ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Dawn Doucette

    Where does inspiration come from when all you see is darkness?  Over the past year and a half, I’ve had some amazing ups and really challenging downs in my jewelry designs!  Throw in a ton of chaos from outside circumstances and I was left looking at an entire studio full of beads with zero inspiration as to what to design.

    My norm when I’m creating jewelry designs brings in lots of bright, happy colors, some earthtones and lots of sparkle.  When I feel inspired, I put together assortments of beads, crystals and cabochons in small, plastic storage bins for future ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Rebecca Utermohlen

    You know what I wish I had? Ends and ends of inspiration and creativity. I would sure have a lot more blog posts to write then!!! I feel like I am a fairly creative person (hence why I have a craft blog...) but one of the challenges I come across most in jewelry making is a lack of inspiration.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sometimes I buy certain beads or supplies because they are really cute and I like them, and then they sit...and sit...and sit ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Rachel Nielsen

    When I heard the topic: Overcoming a Challenge in Jewelry Making, I was a bit overwhelmed. I feel like I've just barely scratched the surface of jewelry making in my abilities. In most of my jewelry, I use very basic techniques. So I used this challenge to try something new. I've always been intimidated by wire, but love how pieces look when they have some wire wrapping element.

    I decided to just go for it. Not too long ago, fellow Ambassador Molly did a wrapped wire loop tutorial. So I decided to try it.

     After finishing the first one, ...

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