Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

If you have questions, ask. If you have tips, share. Same with suggestions - share! I want this to be a great forum for people to brainstorm and problem-solve with a good attitude. Crabby Apples need not respond, this is a feel-good kind of blog :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

And the 1600 Fans Winner Is.....

Thank you to everyone who entered to win the chain maille wrapped cabochon!  It has continued to be a very crazy time in my life and one where I am reminded to count my blessings.  I have many and each of you are among them - thank you all for the encouragement and for being so supportive of my work!

So let's announce the winner, shall we?  Random.org spun and wiggled, then told me #52 is the lucky one.  I consulted my list and I'm so pleased to tell you all that Catherine from Catz Handmade was comment #52!  Congratulations Cat!  I will post a picture this evening of the cabochons I have in stock so that you may take your pick :) 

Thanks again to all of you for making it possible for me to say that my work has 1600 fans!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Appreciating 1600 Facebook Fans!

My friends and fans continue to astound me!  In the midst of a very crazy week, I was given the glorious gift of 1600 Facebook fans - what a lift that is for me!  I want to thank everyone who visited, commented and brought their friends along. 

Some of you might know that Bette of GemsCrystalsAndWire and myself are currently hosting The Great Cabochon Challenge.  We have both been abandoned by our Creativity Faeries (they skipped off to the Bahamas with our Cleaning Faeries - last we heard, they'd found a couple of cute Guardian Angels and they have stopped answering their email!) and thought we'd instigate a little frenzied creativity.  In honor of The Great Cabochon Challenge, I decided to make the prize for this give away my all-time favorite thing to do with a cabochon - wrap that baby in chain maille!

The winner will get to choose from a selection of cabs I have on hand (picture coming later this evening on my O. Sebastian page) and whether they'd like to have it wrapped in sterling or copper.  To enter to win, please leave a comment below and tell me how you found my work.  Was it through a friend?  Have you known me since we were kids?  Did you take a ride on the party bus during a Fanning Party? 

This give-away will remain open through Friday, January 28th and the winner will be announced Saturday morning.  Good luck everyone!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pick A Pair of Pendants Winners!

Let me just start by saying "Woot!"  What a great response this give-away got from all of you - I guess the partners thing was a fun way to change it up!  I'll be trying to think of other ways to make it more fun for the next give-away.  But I know that's not why you all are here - you want to know who the lucky winners are, don't you?  Let's get to it!

Random.org's first pick of the evening was comment #39.  If you weed out all of my comments and the extra comments, you'll find that #39 is Anne Phillips of the Anne and Machell Duke team!  The second number it gave me was #5, which happens to be Cyndi Cox of the Cyndi Cox / Judy Taylor mother and daughter team!  The third number it picked was #29, belonging to Dee Ann Crandall of the Dee Ann and Mary Lou Waldrep team!  Congratulations ladies!  I will announce this on my page as well and do my best to track everyone down to let them know.  All three pendants are shown on my fan page in their own album.  Please take a look and let me know which pendant you would like for your prize.

For everyone who didn't win this time, keep an eye on my page.  I'll be posting a coupon code to use for a great discount off these pendants :)  Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

How Do I Celebrate 1500 Facebook Fans?

Helm Chain Flower Pendant
With a give-away, of course!  Wow - 1500 Fans!  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my work would ever draw that many fans!  So much has happened during this incredible journey and I am grateful for every single moment.  Who would believe that less than 6 months ago, my page had less than 200 fans?  To all the people who told me that I couldn't possibly turn my "little hobby" into a profitable business, I'd like to take this opportunity to say, "Doubters don't get the buddy discount!"  LOL!

I announced earlier this week on my page that you would need a partner for this give-away and I'll bet you're wondering why, right?  Well clearly this give-away is going to work just a bit differently than the ones before.  We're going to call this give-away "Pick A Pair of Pendants!"  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me who your partner is.  Each of you will have to visit this blog and leave a comment in order for your team to be entered.  Once the comment period is over, I will use random.org to choose the winning entry.  If your comment is the random winner, both you AND your partner will win a pendant!  You may choose a sterling Nexus, Helm Chain Flower or Romanov pendant and each will include a sterling silver chain.  Since 1500 Fans is such a monumental achievement (at least it is in my book!), I will be giving away three pairs of pendants!
Nexus Pendant

So pick yourself a partner (if you haven't already) and get your comments in!  I will acknowledge each team as entered once both partners have commented.  This contest will remain open a bit longer than usual so that everyone will have a chance to enter.  I will close comments at 2 PM (US CST) on Sunday, January 9th and announce the winners directly after.  Leave a comment and tell me who your partner is and why you chose them!  Best of luck to everyone and thank you for making my journey on Facebook such a fabulous experience!

Romanov Pendant