Friday, May 27, 2011

Tons of bracelets: 2 for $10! + Earrings & Ring

All of these bracelets are NON HANDMADE by me (thus the price), imported from Shanghai, China!

Most of these are priced at 2 for $10, some are $12 for 2 because they're a but larger, have more unique/precious stones/beads.

Here's a view of some of the bracelets on sale, there will be MORE added soon! I have quite a few, but haven't had the time to take photos. There is ONLY ONE of each set available!

Also made two pairs of earrings:

Celtic Bride!

And I've been wanting to make these FOREVER. I just needed to track down the exact square post earring I wanted, then glued on the appropriate SWAROVSKI flatbacks :)

And another ring :)

... here's KRATOS curled up on my lab! Sleepy head.
Right now, he's napping next to my feet...

... oh yea.. Brian and I also decided to adopt Kratos' littermate... he'll have someone his size to wrestle with! 
Brian's brother is going to be picking him up later to bring over here :) SO expect more photos, haha... man, my bank account is going to dwindle real quick :X. I didn't realize KITTENS were so expensive! GUYS, if you're planning to adopt a kitten, be prepared to spend around $500 on it straight out-- especially if its NOT from the shelter/SPCA-- you'll have to pay for shots, housing, litter/box, toys, food, dishes, exams, spay/neuter. 


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meet Kratos, Fruit Studs, Ring

Sooooooooooooo.... I was browsing Craigslist for cat adoptions and I came across an individual who had some kittens in San Leandro. Brian and I weren't planning on getting a kitten, but something was nagging at me to call this guy and get some info on the kittens...

And that's the abridged version of how we ended up with KRATOS, 8 week old kitten.

hahahah, this picture makes me laugh every time.
His mommy was a F5 Savannah kitty, and the dad was a housecat with some Maine Coon in him-- so when Kratos grows up, he'll be a medium - long hair cat.

Kratos came as an unexpected surprise :) But we are all very happy, and he's melting hearts left and right.

In the three days we've had him, he's racked up $400 worth of bills including vet, food, toys, carrier, etc. I didn't expect it to be so much, and there are only more coming with more shots, neutering... SO pretty much all proceeds from He Qi from from now and forth goes towards maintaining this kitty :)

He's curled up on my bed, sleepy head:

His eyes are blue for now, but they'll turn green as he gets older.

This was a funny comparison photo:

Man, Kratos is soooo tiny.... Achilles looks gigantic!... and they're doing the same pose, lol.

And yes, we did name him Kratos :)-- partly for the Greek mythology, partly for the video game... haha. Seeing a theme in the house? Kratos... Achilles...

Anyway, I promised that I'll show off the new goodies before going to bed tonight, so here they are!

Fruit studs :)

the back;

Other available fruits:

Made from polymer clay! And no, I didn't make these, unfortunately. They came in sticks, and I just cut them into size.

Also made a sterling silver wire-wrap ring:

Only ONE for now, and only in one size--if there's a lot of interest, I may consider making more :)

And lastly, some pear-drop earrings:

Really dark, mysterious and classy :)

All righty! Bed time for me. Talk to you all later :)


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kitty, Wire-Wrap, Feathers, Tutorials? I'm employed!

Hi everyone! This is my last month of my undergrad education... so it's been busy and hectic.
On Sunday, my neighbor found a kitty outside her house, and since she has doggies at her place, it wasn't possible to keep it at her place.... so I took her in, and kept her in the bathroom (away from our current kitty, Achilles).

Here's a shot of her, chillin' on my body pillow:

A teeeny, tiny gal, but the sweetest thing ever. Extremely affectionate, constant head bumps. She'd do this thing where she'll get on her hind legs when I lean down to pet her, and try to bump my face with her head. SLDKFJSLDKFJLSKDJFLS SO CUTE. But she didn't know how to use the litter box, and pooped on my bed (wet poop, ugh). HOWEVER, after that incident, I rubbed her paws in the litter box I provided, and she got it right away, and never had an accident since.

Here's her enjoying a nap in my lap-- she LOVES to curl up in my lab/on my chest. UGH it's so painfully cute.

On Monday morning, I took her to the Vet to make sure she's healthy, etc. Got her some Frontline. Turns out she's about 4 yrs old (she looks so young and kitten-like!) she might be pregnant, which may describe her extremely affectionate behavior. Since I can't keep a stray cat right now (I can't properly take care of her if she's pregnant) I had to take her to the shelter-- but no worries, they will take good care of her. If she's pregnant, they'll help her with the kitten process, and put them up for adoption when they are ready. I did express that I would be interested in adopting her if she check out in good health and has good temperment.

She'll be fine, and I hope to hear from the shelter soon with an update on adopting her:

A good girl.

I was wondering what I should make last night... and after asking around Twitter last night, RightsToBeauty suggested I make something along the lines of a horseshoe/clover. I had no clovers... but I did have these beautiful fern green hearts and gold horseshoes, so this is what I came up with:

And this led to another piece:

^ This is my current favorite :)

Another wire wrap piece:

Cute umbrella earrings:

Mesh Bow Earrings:

^ these are probably a little overdone in terms of design, but they're cute, good quality, and affordable in case you're not sick of hearts/bows yet :)

More Spring earrings:

And... another pair of Grizzly feather earrings :)

I think that I'd like to start making jewelry tutorials in the future-- what do you think?
They'll be in PDF format or something, with plenty of photos on how to properly execute the design, plus you'll have unlimited access to me if you have questions/what not. Any suggestions on what you'd like to see a tutorial on?

In other news, I'm officially employed! I'm truly honored to have been hired by an excellent biomedical device company in Rancho Cordova, CA.  I'm extremely fortunate to have found a job so quickly, and one related to my major. My first day is July 5th! What does this mean for He Qi's future? I think I will continue to craft in my spare time, and may continue this business after work starts. This COULD mean that I will be able to have more monetary support, meaning more variety and goodies for you at a consistent, reasonable price :) ... of course, depending on how work goes, there is the possibility that He Qi Crystal Designs may retire... but it is all up in the air for now :)