Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"Vortex Flowers" blooming in the shop!

Hello friends!

Well it might be winter, but "Vortex Flowers" are blooming in the Etsy shop today!

So just a few notes on today's listings before going ahead. The sun was NOT cooperating today so I do wish I had gotten some better photos of these beautiful beads. To those of you who own some you can attest to their beauty ;) Did I mention that under lights the colors change making them a PITA to adjust?

Also some of the newer photos show two beads. I don't normally like to do this because I find it to be deceiving when the listing only says one, however due to the gravity shaped nature of the beads I would have to take a bagillion photos for just one bead. Sooooo hopefully that doesn't piss anyone off . So you will actually receive one of the beads pictured, it just depends on which one you get ;P

Lastly, these VF's ended up smaller than the last time I made them so they are listed as: Large, medium or small.

Vortex Flower "Sea Breeze" - These babies have  a grassy green center, a super pale aqua inner ring and a nice medium lime outside ring.

Vortex Flower "Sea Foam" - Medium aqua center, pale yellowy green inner ring and light aqua outer ring.

Teal inside, olive green ring, pale yellow green outside ring.

Vortex Flowers "Sea Green" - The best photos today taken under lights since the color stay true! Grass green inside, yellow green rings, and olive green outer rings.

Vortex Flower "Sea Splash" - Teal inside, dark aqua and pale yellow green outside.

Vortex Flower "Sparkling Crest"- This one has to be my favorite with it's color and shape. Bullseye glass, of course! Streaky lime green, light aqua, light cyan, glittery green, and soft teal.

Thanks for stopping by! 

I hope you are recovering from the Christmas craziness!

xo Genea

Thursday, December 22, 2011

What I've been up to- Story in images

Hello friends!

Here is what I've been up to lately. My story in images....

Bead-inside-a-bead-hollows.

BIBH's and Vortex Flowers 


Recycled Scrabble tile Dog and Cat necklaces. 
 










Caged Heart






Thanks for stopping by and visually catching up :)
xo Genea






Saturday, December 17, 2011

Collaboration- Second Surf and Genea Beads

Hello friends!

Remember my and Barbara's trade? Well she has gotten some WONDERFUL earrings created and listed in her shop Second Surf! She is even offering a discount on purchases! 






Do you make your own jewelry? Well you can even go to her shop for components and create them yourself with her tutorial she just posted on her blog!

All you need from my shop is some Wing Dings and then you are well on your way to those amazing last minute handmade gifts!

Happy Holidays!

xo Genea

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Need a cup of coffee?

Hello friends!

I have been getting a few things done around here! I got some more coffee themed goodies back in the shop! Here's what is back in stock...




xo Genea

Monday, December 12, 2011

Still alive and catchin' up

Hello friends!

Yes, I kinda did drop off the face of the earth,( or well it felt like it) but I'm back!  It's been a crazy last few weeks! I whirl winded for our black friday/cyber monday sale, then tied up loose ends until mom arrived, hung out with mom for a fantastic 6 days, was sick for the last 3-4 and here we are.  I guess that would sum everything up, but I'm not known for my short blogs or lack of pictures, am I?!  So what did this look like with images??....

Well mom came in town and we took her to some of our favorite places. I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I would have liked to, but we were literally running around town for 6 days straight and then off she went on the morning of the 7th back home to KC. 

So before you laugh and notice that most pictures involve food, our family loves to eat ;)  I took mom to my favorite Thai food cart, Run Chicken Run for some pad thai.

In this same pod of carts there is this amazing cart(pictured) that is the solar powered Vegetarian cart, Off the Griddle . Mom got a yummy drink from there and to my surprise my darling husband got a veggie burger! He's normally a carnivore so I was shocked that he was feeling like  something vegetarian.


We took mom to Voodoo doughnuts, as you know it's a "must see" when you are in Portland! I didn't take more pictures since I already have tons from my first trip there in my facebook album. I did click this one of a painting they had inside. I love it! I love the style and that the Voo Doo guy is making the doughnuts get inside the box.
We took mom to Saturday Market since they were having their "Festival of the Last Minute".  This is where the vendors are open every day(instead of just saturday and sunday) all the way up to Christmas for people to purchase their last minute gifts.  

I was excited to have located the "Portland Oregon" sign at the Saturday Market. You always see it as you are crossing one of the city's bridges, but I didn't realize it was right here. It's a little hard to see from the angle, but the deer has a red nose for Christmas! I thought it was pretty darn clever!

As you may remember Ricky and I are gluten-intolerant so there is no just walking up to bakeries and scanning the case for a tasty treat, but we were in luck when we stopped at a bakery Ricky used to pass while living in SE Portland.

Here we had some sort of GF chocolate and passion fruit treat. It was incredible!

We also got a GF chocolate coconut macaroon :D

Mom got some sort of pastry with Marion Berries, for which this area is known.  Marion berries are kinda like long black berries that are more tart just incase you have not heard of them. I didn't until I moved here ;)

One evening after mom was pooped from our entire day of trekking around town, we met our friend Nick and some other friends to celebrate the December birthdays this month. Here you can see Nick with his flight of sour ales, which are f*ing amazing! I do wish they didn't have gluten in them! They are some sour beers blended with all sorts of amazing things. The first one was a ginger lime. I forget what the rest were, but they were really fantastic! 

This is part 2, but since I am too lazy to make multiple blogs, this portion is called "BETTER BEAD MAKER THAN BAKER"....

One of the things that was really important for me to do with mom while she was in town was to bake Christmas cookies. My mom is a baker and bakes all sorts of amazing tasty treats. So when she visited I got some GF stuff for us to bake. 


The first recipe we made were my version of GF peanut butter blossoms. These are pretty much peanut butter cookies with hershey kisses pressed into the top after baking. 
My little tweak in the recipe was using the GF recipe with crunchy peanut butter, not smooth and using dark chocolate covered peanut butter cups instead of Hershey kisses since they are crappy chocolate and the Trader Joe's PB cups are f*ing amazing! 

....Mistake #1. When it calls for creamy peanut butter there is a reason. Just because you like chunky better(which I do) doesn't mean it's a good substitute. There is a reason Betty Crocker was known for baking....The nuts make the cookie not stick together as well.
Mistake #2, just because Hershey kisses are nasty and Trader Joe PB cups are better doesn't mean they make a compatible substitute! The cups got super soft when the chocolate and creamy peanut butter inside melted. As you can see they slid off the cookies making an ugly mess.
After this first instance mom and I were laughing hysterically saying we were going to open an Etsy shop called "Ugly Cookies" our tag line would be.. "Guaranteed to look HANDMADE"! LOL. 

Although these cookies looked awful, they were AMAZING!

This disaster continued onto the next cookie we made, another Ricky family cookie, Kolacky(Co-lot-chee), a Polish cookie. Ricky's nana made these so I thought they would be a nice addition to our baking since I had a recipe for them in the Gluten Free Bible

For some reason I don't have a picture of them :( Anyways, Mistake #1 was not having a rolling pin! I had to roll the cookies out using my misto olive oil sprayer bottle since it was cylindrical. The dough, eventhough chilled in the fridge stuck to the damn thing and it was a PAIN IN THE ASS to roll out! After awhile I just mashed in my hands until it was relatively thin and cut out the squares with a pizza cutter. lol.

Again with the not so perfectness, but they were delicious!!

Here is a pic of mom balling up the Buckeyes. 
 

While our family traditions didn't include making Buckeyes, Ricky's family always did. This is an Ohio state thing as buck eyes are some nuts or seeds? that fall from some local trees. The "cookies" are made to resemble them. They are a chocolate and peanut butter treat.

Here are the buckeyes cooking after being dipped in chocolate.So what may look like a success was a DISASTER. What you didn't see was that the shitty $7 mixer I got from Walmart DIED while trying to mix up the buckeyes. The beaters overlapped too much and would stop spinning and just make noise. This rendered them useless and luckily this was the LAST thing that had to be mixed.  If only my kitchen aid would have fit in mom's luggage!

This cookie is supposed to be an easy recipe, but as you have read, it wasn't. Unfortunately I did botch the ingredients as well. In the chaos of the mixer dying I added an extra cup of powdered sugar so they cookies tasted like YUCK and we threw ALL of them away :(

So on to the final cookie. This one was the most special one because it was a tradition for my dad. My Aunt Rosie used to make Rum Balls for my dad for Christmas every year. I remember the smell of Rum wafting from the cookie container as dad excitedly opened the metal tin. A few years back she stopped making them and I remember how disappointed my dad was. This year I contacted my Auntie Annie to ask her if she could get the recipe from Aunt Rosie. Luckily she did and my aunt was very excited that I was carrying on the tradition for my dad :D

Now since all of these ingredients are blended up in a blender and then rolled in the powdered sugar and cocoa you would think I couldn't have messed it up, right? Well... I kinda mixed everything together instead of leaving the powdered sugar and cocoa out to roll the balls into after forming. Luckily for me, they were still just as dad remembered them!


Well I hope you made it through my LONG blog update and I hope you are keeping all of those Christmas tradions and family get-together's going where ever you celebrate this year!

xoxo Genea

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Introducing Barbara Bechtel

Hello friends!


I would like to introduce to you my friend, Barbara Bechtel of Floridity and Second Surf! Barbara is really amazing! She is so sweet and talented. I have really enjoyed writing back and forth with her during our trade. So speaking of talented. She does it all! Yep, from her packaging, to her beads and even her prints!
Here you can see her lovely stamped cloth bags and her super cute 2S tag. I love that the bag is hand stamped with this aqua glittery paint? Everything is carefully packaged with detail and care!
Here is a close-up of the wonderful little print she added to my package! I was super excited to not only receive beads,but some of her artwork as well! It even came in one of those wonderful shiny bags, which I really think showcase stuff so well ;)
So Barbara and I got a little carried away in our swapping and it had that extra element of surprise because I didn't know exactly what I would receive from her when I opened the package. I was FLOORED by it's contents! Everything was carefully labeled with it's name and price all in their own little bags. Can you believe ALL of this was in that little cloth pouch?!

In the box I received these AMAZING items! I was really excited that Barbara sent me so many of her little treasures! She even sent things that all went together :D
I LOVE everything she sent, but thought I would take a few close-ups of things so maybe you could get a better idea of the details that go into her work...

Just look at her "Carved Rainbow Nuggets". They are so colorful and "painterly". They look like little water colors carefully faceted. The wonderful rainbows contrast well against the white facets!

I especially LOVE this new style she is doing. They have this wonderful "scratchiness" to them. They look like the are dry brush painted, but they also have these teeny tiny scratches in their surface as well giving them this wonderful visual appeal. 
You can't really tell without holding the pieces in your hands to inspect them, but all of the pieces are very carefully cut and beveled. The edges are smooth and the holes are perfectly cut.  You can tell each piece is lovingly detailed through each part of the design process.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Barbara a little more through my post and that you will stop on by her shop and pick up some gifts for the creatives on your list this holiday season!
Thanks for stopping by!

xo Genea




And the winner is............

Hello friends!

We have a WINNER!
The winner for this amazing focal is......
Literally picked from the hat by Ricky....



Debra Beach!!!! Congrats Debra! We will get this out in the mail to you!

A HUGE Thank You to everyone that stopped by to enjoy our holiday sale!! You all are AMAZING!

xoxo Genea





Monday, November 28, 2011

CYBER MONDAY SALE- 40% OFF- code "cybermonday"

Hello friends!

Today is  our Cyber Monday sale in the shop! For all of you that didn't make it on Black Friday we also decided to give the same amazing discount on Cyber Monday for all of the online folks since this is the biggest internet shopping day! 


Use the code "cybermonday" at check out to receive your discount of 40% OFF! Each item you buy will also put your name in the hat to with this focal bead ($65 value) so that's an extra bonus!

Happy Shopping!
xo Genea

Saturday, November 26, 2011

WEEKEND SALE 25%OFF- code "shopweekend"

Hello friends!

Thank you to everyone that made it to our Black Friday sale! We are very excited and honored that you shopped with us and supported handmade!

Our weekend sale promo is 25% off by using the code "shopweekend" at check out! Genea Beads

Stay tuned for our Cyber Monday sale as well! Stop here to get the code!

Happy Shopping!

xo Genea

Friday, November 25, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNT CODE "blackfriday" 40% OFF!

Hello friends!

We decided to post the discount code on our way home since it was already midnight for our East Coast friends!

Use the code "blackfriday" at check out to receive 40% off your purchase in our shop Genea Beads!  

This discount is ONLY good through MIDNIGHT! Then our other sale promos start!

Happy Shopping!

xo Genea

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY/ CYBER MONDAY SALE! 25-40% OFF! Plus a GIVE-AWAY!

Hello friends!
It's that time of year again, can you believe it?!  I can't hardly believe it myself! Infact, we just figured out what our sales would be the other day! I guess working at home and mostly making trips to the grocery store or gym you get caught up in what's going on in the studio more than the outside world.

So if you want to avoid the chaos outside the safety of your home and want to shop in your pajamas you can shop with us right here! 

We have decided with the busy season we are going to keep the shop "together" until after cyber Monday for easier shopping for our customers!
We are offering 40% OFF on BLACK FRIDAY(Nov 25th)/ CYBER MONDAY( Nov. 28th)and 25% OFF on Saturday and Sunday( Nov.  26-27). How do you receive this discount? We will be posting COUPON CODES HERE the days of the sales! There will be DIFFERENT CODES for Friday, Monday and the weekend! These codes will expire at the sale days end. YOU MUST ENTER THE COUPON CODE AT CHECK OUT TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNT. We will be checking EVERY transaction to make sure that you receive your discount, but making sure to enter the code will keep things simple ;)

BUT THERE'S MORE.... Every person that makes a purchase this FRIDAY-MONDAY will be put in for a drawing to WIN this AMAZING FOCAL BEAD!


Each item you purchase will put your name in the "hat". So if you buy 5 items, that's 5 chances to win! So what happens if you don't make jewelry and you win this bead? We will make it into a pendant for you and send you an adjustable black 18-20" cord!

Happy Holidays from Genea Beads!
xoxo