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  • Florida Design of the Week: Ambassador Rachel Nielsen

    When I think of Florida, I think of the ocean and walking barefoot along the coast. My kids insisted that I collect seashells for them when I was in Florida and I found plenty that already had little holes in them. That inspired my version of barefoot jewelry, complete with a seashell accent.

     
    These are really easy to make - my girls did most of the work! All I had to do was tie the knot at the end.


    You will need:
    small beads - I used fuchsia and lime
    stretch cord
    seashell with a small hole {or you ...

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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Jennifer Priest

    I have been beading and making jewelry since I was nine years old. I started by selling earrings at craft fairs and working with a wood and metal bead loom to create Native American inspired pieces. It all started when I wanted nice jewelry for myself but I didn’t have access to any, being that I lived in an incredibly small rural town in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Since I couldn’t find what I wanted to buy, I made it with what was available to me. There was a tiny craft store in town with a two foot ...

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  • Florida Design of the Week: Ambassador Lisa Crone

    After a recent trip to Cousin Corporation headquarters in Largo, Florida, I was inspired to be creative! Seeing all the walls (and I mean wall after wall…) of beads in all shapes, sizes and colors made me wish one of the employee work areas had my name on it!

    What a joy it would be to grab supplies and get creative...on the clock!

    I asked myself what I would create that would fit the definition of fun, easy AND slightly left of center. This is what came to me…

    Supplies:
    Cord basics – red
    Jewelry basics – black tassels - ...

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  • Florida Design of the Week: Ambassador Shelly Owen

    Of all the souvenirs I receive and pick up in Florida, I think by far my favorite are the little jars of sand and shells.  Why do I like them?  They have so much project potential!

    In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a cute, Swarovski crusted, keepsake necklace like the one below. You can customize the project to use any color you choose.  I chose a seaglass theme.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Supplies Used:
    One "Florida" mini-bottle sand and shell keychain souvenir with keychain removed
    One 21x10.5 mm Swarovski crystal pendant (6010) in Golden ...

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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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