Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chaos Doesn't Define Me!




But it sure feels like it right now!

Mr Sunshine Bliss & I aren't feeling very Blissful right now!

Good news is hubby did get the paint & floor done as in today! And not a moment too soon! We move Saturday A.M.!

It's required Hubby to work round the clock renovating the house till wee's hours of this a.m.!




Here's a sneak peek at the kitchen hubby painted! Light Turqouise blue walls & lemon yellow cupboards with Turqouise painted cabinet handles.



Overlook all the cleaning & renovating products on the counter!

One of my BF's works at Ace Hardware so we've been blessed to get a great discount on paint and more!

Ya know Design on a Dime HGTV Show, well our version is more like Design on two pennies!

It goes something like this: Surf Craigslist till you find the perfect amount (sq ft) of flooring and make sure it's something you can work with. Surf Craigslist again for paint. Usually Professional Painters sell off odd lots of paint.
Make sure you can do all the work yourself. And you have a good eye for color design!

Hubby painted the bedrooms all one color from ceiling to baseboard. So you feel like your bathed in that color.

We went with the standard white paint in the bathroom. It's a unique set up. A 1/2 bath, door, shower, door and another 1/2 bath goes into bedroom. It's called a Jack and Jill bathroom! It has gorgeous peach vintage tile that goes up to the side of the walls. And I didn't want the paint to compete with it!

Each of the three bedrooms have a distinct vibe. Studio is Salmon Pink custom made paint color (by hubby!).. Our bedroom has robins egg blue color for the coastal hippie vibe we'll be doing in there. The other bedroom has a light lilac color! There all unique & gorgeous!

Our living room has terra cotta orange walls and white ceiling.

I think we've been able to reinvent the house into a Vintage Inspired Boho Chic Style Design in three weeks........

More pics to come!

-Shanti


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tangerine Tango Challenge Reveal

A few weeks back, Bonnie of Jasper's Jems put a challenge before us jewelry designers to create a piece featuring the Pantone colour of the year, Tangerine Tango. Ok way my Fav colour since third grade! So this was Easy Peasy!!
This is what I submitted for the Challenge:




I created this piece using my favourite colours, orange & turquoise. These colours remind me of the sun rising over the ocean, I feel so blessed to be able to see every day. This bracelet incorporates my love of nature too.
Cute huh? Different for me! But I dig it... Will I wear it? Me thinks not but it will be up for sale in my Etsy Shoppe later today!

PS don't forget to check out Bonnie's blog for the other designers beautiful reveals!

-Shanti

Monday, March 19, 2012

Taste of Summer

Ok I know I mention Florida Alot on my blog but it's only cause I LUV my home (adopted) State!




So here I go again..... Well I have been playing catch up on all the blogs I follow & it seems like the general vibe in the Northern Hemisphere is that everyone's getting a sneak peak at Summer!
I Luv it! I was born in April so this is a Fav time of the year for me!!!

Here in Satellite Beach it's that time of the year that Spring Break Folx are visiting! And I'm so happy they get to enjoy Bluest Skies, high 70's weather & warm breezes!!

I'm enjoying the Summer Like weather too! I've been to our huge Apt Pool a few times in the last week what a treat!




And I finally found someone who cut my inverted bob to work with my hair! When my hair is layered short it's hmmm.. poodle hair & it's way easy to keep up!

House Update!
Mr Sunshine Bliss has our House ready to paint!!! He's priming it as I type! Next color and then the new flooring!!
We ended up finding a brand new still in the wrapper roll of commercial grade linoleum on Craigslist! It was 600 square feet and we needed 580 sq ft! It has cork in it & is a natural stone color! Came with the glue also brand new. And the glue is less toxic then normal! Linoleum is the most environmentally friendly flooring product! It can be sanded and repaired & the color goes all the way thru! My hubby has been a CEO in flooring for a longgggg time so he knows!






Bestest part??? Mr Sunshine Bliss only paid $200 for the whole dealo!! AmAzInG! And since he knows most aspects of building (he use to have Contractors License!) he knows how to put it in!!
Morale of story? Pray and ask for what you need!

And I pray & hope your getting a Taste of Summer!

- Shanti

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Color Bliss

TY for all the nice nice nice comments about our new endeavor!
I totally want to share some of the colour choices were going with.. Variation of..

Think Florida Sun, Bluest Skies, Palm Trees & Sandy Beaches with Turquoise waters!




Meyer Lemons, Key Lime Pie, Palm Tree Green & Turquoise Waters! Very Very Florida!



Lagoon Blue, and Shades of Sea Green



Colors of The Indian River Sunset! Luv Pink & Orange together so Sixties!

Our master bedroom is going to be a Pool blue with hint of robins egg...

The rest of the house will be sunset orange, wispher pink, with touches of turquoise....

My Studio will be Flamingo pink, Sun orange & lemon.. with a large Sun spray painted in all three shades gradient style.

Fitting don't you think?

I luv color & brighter the better! And in Florida that's about standard issue!

I can't wait to start painting! Tony's been working his little booty off & painting we will be doing come Monday!

Then new flooring goes in & we go in!

Two week countdown started today. We have to be moved in by April Fools! No jokes for us!

Ever feel like you'd like to stop clock for a week?

-Shanti

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bead Soup Redo!

When I did the Fancy Smancy Bracelet design for Bead Soup blog party I luv'd it!!! So gorgeous! It was a hit!

But after all the hoopla was over I
was like hmmmm is this what I would wear everyday? I mean it truly does rock out in the photos! Truly Hippie Glam at its best!
But I tried wearing it & was a FAIL! At least for me!

Reality is.......
I'm tuff on my bracelets! I have a very demanding job that has broke a bracelet or two in my time! So if I'm gonna wear a bracelet it's gotta be everyday wear durable! Not delicate, and loose & flirty!!!!

So I redid my beloved Bead Soup Bracelet ala Shanti Style!




Here's the original design! Purty!



Flirty, loose & delicate!



TADA! New design a bit stronger w sexy bling luv!



Along side The Claddagh Bracelet

The Dets: (details)
I decided to use heavy curb Silver Plated chain, a large Silver Plated jump ring that I wire wrapped the Bead Soup Pearl in the middle, on the other side I did curvy wrap silver plated wire connector then i added a few Fire Polished Faceted Silver Grey Czech Dangles, hand sanded and added a hole for the Gratitude charm finishing touches are a OM sign on one end & chunky heart shaped lobster claw on the other!

I likey! Do you?
It's totally my everyday piece!!

And at the very least I still have photos of my beloved Fancy Smancy design!

-Shanti

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rollin Rollin Rollin.....




Watch Video for Song Here!!

What is that all about???
Well big news for Mr & Ms Sunshine Bliss is we're moving back into our house in Titusville!

We've been thinking, chatting, wondering, and dreaming about the possibility of being back in a home...
We've lived in beautiful Apartments from Florida to California for the past 4 1/2 years and that's how long we've been renting out our home.
And ya know we're like just dog ear'd tired of it!
I wanna garden, yard for doggies, paint the rooms any color I like, etc!
And finally we made the decision, gave proper notice to our tenants & the process began.. I couldn't even get excited because we've got so much to do before we move in!

Our tenant moved out Saturday. We went Sundae to start the process of renovating. Unfortunately the house was well not to go into detail but not how I would ever live or leave a rental home..

It's a bit daunting that we have three weeks to do major cleaning, repairing, sanding, scrapping, bleaching, painting, tearing out, new flooring, new doors, new new new and we have to pack & move in also!

OvErWhElMeD is a small word for what I feel!!!!!!!
But I realize that my hubby can do most of the work (Thank Gosh!) he has the time right now & I can help on my one day off.

So soon you will see the finished pictures of our renovation! I can't wait to show you! PS I will be getting a Studio Set up in one of the bedrooms! Think hot pink, Tangerine & a bit of Yellow!

-Shanti

Saturday, March 10, 2012

To Pin or Not that is the Question




Lately I've been reading quiet a few blog posts about Pinterest & deleting your Account...

What???!!!! Really?!!!
Horror, oh the thought of NOT having Pinterest in my life?! I mean come on I get so inspired & happy when I check out the latest DIY's, Jewelry, fashion, etc...,So little time (me thinks I'd need the rest of my waking life!) to do all my fav DIY's I've found thanks to Pinterest!

But......
I've always wondered in the back of my mind if I Repin a photo, DIY, etc how is the original person's work getting credit?
Also when I pin let's say some kewl (I luv old Movies!!) old movie star's photo and pin them onto my board with the Blog address in the link info is that really giving credit to the photo? hmmmmmmm...

Alot of folx who are on Pinterest are deleting their account because well simply put they don't want to get into hot water for Copyright Infringement! Here's Pinterest link on Copyright info. And I kinda see their point... Oh but I wanna turn a blind eye to my lovely addiction.. I luv me some Denial!

I have been (shiver) thinking of deleting all the pins that aren't directly from me and my own creations, photos, etc & just using it for pinning my photos & jewelry designs.. But that's Not considered Pinterest Etiquette! Eeeek I just can't win...

So for now I'm sitting on the fence looking out at the ocean & pondering this particular quandary. Thinking maybe a bit of meditation will give me the clarity I need.......


- Shanti

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Diane's Dream Designs LUV!

I've been so blissed to get to know Diane of Lavender Dreams Blog Fame! She totally is fabulous & She rocks! Did I mention she lives in Florida!! Yahoo!!

Well Lady Di has recently opened her new shop Diane's Dream Designs full of gorgeous I mean GORGEOUS Wristlets & Purses! I'm a Huge wristlet fan from way back I own quite a few!

Well I ordered a lovely Wristlet & Lady Di (my nickname for her!)
served it up piping fresh hot!
I picked The Owl at Night Design! I'm humongous Owl fan from way back!! And can say its my Fav wristlet I own!! I'm in luv luv with it & am nervy about taking it out! It's ThaT nice!!!!
















Way beautiful!! Lady Di also sent me some gorgeous purple stone wire wrap earrings & one of her signature lighthouse pouches!! I luv it & earrings!!!
Ok IMHO run don't walk & get yourself one b-i-t-c-h-i-n (sorry I swore) fantabulous wristlet to carry all your lovelies in!!!
-Shanti
PS Diane just posted some fresh goodies!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

St Patty's "Charming" Giveaway

If you don't already know my fav lady blogger Diane of Lavender Dreams is hosting a lovely giveaway if I do say so myself!



I luv this bracelet! If you can't tell from my designs I'm a big vintage inspired charm bracelet lover!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine the melody it will play on your arm! Jingle Jingle!!


So run on over and try and win this "Charming" bracelet! Get your Irish on!

Good Luck of the Irish!

-Shanti

Monday, March 5, 2012

Organic Spa March/April Magazine FREE

Easy Peasy! You can read it online here!
Enjoy! Warm tea, organic cookies, and in your pj's!
Indulge! You soooooo deserve it!





- Shanti

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party!!!

Come on in! Here's your drink, sit down, relax and enjoy the appetizers!
Hi! Lots of hugs and kisses! I'm Shanti! So glad you stopped by!

Alright let's get this Partay on!
And a Party it is! Confetti and Glitter flying, drinks are being poured, and music's loud hear the beat?!
Can you feel it? I sure can! I am so excited to be able to share my designs for this party day! And be part of this soirée!
PS! More glitter and confetti being thrown (lots of this is gonna happen today)!

Big Thank you and kisses to Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for putting this shebang on again! Let's raise our glasses and give a toast to Lori!

I was randomly (like such a thing even exists) paired with Tracy Mok of BumbleBead Designs! She rocks out Bridal Designs and Pearls are her Thang! Gorgeous work and a groovy lovely lady!

I posted here what my bead soup looked like. Amazing, gorgeous, yummy, elegant pearls, a gorgeous rhinestone focal piece and a rhinestone box closure! Beautiful! Capiche?


But..... What's a Hippie Grrl to do with rhinestones? pearls? Elegant old world glamour?

Hmmmm... I sat and stared at the soup, I stood and stared, I slept and dreamed of my soup.. I was in a quandary....

I told my trusted partner Tracey of my dilemma... She felt similar with what I sent her.....

I finally tackled the soup and put my fear aside.
(Cause really trying something different outside of my comfort zone causes fear to come up for me, that is.)

I made a few necklaces, bracelets, even a pair of earrings.. But I wasn't whelmed by them, well ok underwhelmed is more like it!

So I let them sit... For a few weeks, then I got a idea, and tore the necklace apart (that had the focal bead and clasp on it) and realized my strength lies in Arm Bling.

It's my passion, I luv that arm jewelry is for the person who sports it! You can tinker, jingle and touch your arm jewelry and see the light catching it, the reminder stamped just for you, or use it as a worry touchstone... As I often do!

I decided to funkify the now said bracelet and have fun with it! I added Disco like shimmery Silver chain that I have no idea where I got, a sterling OM sign, Sterling fine rollo chain and Sterling wire to adhere the disco chain to the design.

I made it so it was a movable, ever-changing design and was not stagnant.... Like I felt in the beginning of this Challenge!

So it is a mirror of my growth thru this experience!
Luv that!




It's like a mixed up glammy beautiful chaotic mess! Hmmmm...
Hence the name
The Glamour Chaos Bracelet!

Design number duex:
Then I used the Dangly quartz beads, glass pearls and more from the soup and decided to breakout one of the hand cut quartz crystal angel wings I scored awhile ago!
I also used my 2011 word silver charm Uplift! On the back it says 2011, hehe!



Wind Beneath My Wings Necklace

A ode to Tracy for pushing me further into the great design unknown!

Design 3:
I did up some simple earrings.... I dig simple earrings that move sweetly.... The earrings I designed are out of my zone....but I like them, not luv them and maybe just maybe that's OKay! Funny I showed them to a local client and they're sold!



Design 4:
And my last design is my most fun, simple style and something I would wear... I like the glass pearl power bar look. I do these in gemstones too... The slim delicate silver sparkly chain just looks smashing to me with the silver plated pinwheel connector! Fun, frolic, elegant with a touch of hippie glam, hey that's me! Hehe!




Pearls and Pinwheels Necklace

TY and Curtsy for coming over to my Partay!

Hope you had enuff appetizers, drinks, dancing and laughs! See you next year if not sooner!!

Get your party hats on and come on ride the train... The Bead Soup Blog Party Train!

Check out the lovely, gorgeous beautiful designers and designs below! I'm sure their partay's will be a blast! Can't wait to go!

(More glitter and confetti being thrown!)

Who's gonna clean up this mess anyway?! Hehe!
Oh heck has anyone seen my shoes?


Hostess, Lori Anderson


Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer


1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)


2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)


3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)


4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman




7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu









15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)


16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)






21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski


22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)



24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)


25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs








32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)


33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)





37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)



39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)




41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)



43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday



45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)




48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent









54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)


55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)











65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)


66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)












76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)



78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)






83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)











92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde


93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick



95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)



97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)


98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)




Free March Happy Dance Print




Monthly Free Print Download!
I think print this out in 8x10 put in inexpensive frame & display on your mantel!
What easy DIY!
Let's welcome in March!!
-Shanti

Guest Post At Easily Dunn Blog




Jamie of Easily Dunn gave me 5 tuff questions to blog about & I think (I hope) I rose to the occasion!

You are invited to view it here..

- Shanti

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 1





From Fusion Beads website:

Day 1 - Make Earrings
Our first challenge is pretty simple - make some earrings! Make simple earrings or spend some time making those earrings you dreamt about but never gave yourself the time to create!

I made simple earrings cause I'm that kinda grrl! Simpler the better (earrings that is!)

I snagged some antique bronze earrwires and these really darlin antique bronze charms! I dunno I just likey the heart/lock design.. Somewhat unusual & whimsy w touch of sweetness. And SIMPLE! Their for me so that's how I roll!
Day 1 outta the way....






-Shanti

Irish Inspired Jewelry Designs

Yep it's March! And as we who live in USA & Ireland know its the month of all that is Green! Yah!

Being 1/2 Irish I take a wee bit of pride in this month! I don't partake of Green Beer but I do luv to watch me some QVC (largest Importers of Irish Made goods in this country!) and see all the lovely folk from over yonder showing their handmade goodness, playing their inspiring music and telling their wonderful tales! 24 blissful hours of this! It's the only time of the year I watch QVC!

Here's some of my latest Irish Influenced Designs!



Celtic Key Lime Earrings




Lucky Irish Days Necklace



Shades of Shamrock Necklace



Claddagh My Heart Bracelet



Celtic Dreams Necklace



Sweetest Irish Claddagh Earrings



Irish Day Dreams Necklace



Irish Dreamweaver Necklace

More to come as I've finally got all my Irish style charms, dangles, beads in my hot little hands!

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But really I just wanted to share some Irish Luv!

-Shanti