Thursday, June 18, 2015

How many is TOO many? might just be thinking, "what in the world is she talking about?" 

Well, bracelets!!!  From a single braided strand to an armful of arm candy, there seem to be no rules!!  Despite this intense heat in North Carolina, I've been doing my due diligence in scoping out the trends.  Bracelets are the "flavor of the year".  Bold, big, brassy bangles, multi-layers of wrapped, charmed and chained beauties to beautiful silver bracelets reminiscent of the 70's like the ones I had when I was a little girl, and the big heavy sterling silver bracelets given to me by my grandmother.  It seems it does not matter how many you wear, just that you WEAR them!! 

So...what do you think?  Do you go with just the lone bangle or you one that goes for an armful of jingling music that comes from the clinking of metal bracelets?  Do you love ornate beadwoven artistic cuffs and wooden bangles?  Do you love the macrame friendship look or the multiwraps?  Let your personality, your happiness show in your bracelets and most of all, HAVE FUN wearing them!!! 

In keeping with this trend, I added some New pieces to my ETSY shop!!

Red LoveKnot Macrame Bracelet

Amethyst and Gold Crystal Leather Wrap Bracelet

Red and Clear Twisted Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

AAAA....Very Merry Birthday to Me!!! And a wonderful Mother's Day to you!!

Hello everyone!

Yes, it's been a little while, but I'm back  into my routine and I'm going to try and post a little something each week.  It's been a hard few months, but I'm getting back to business and I'm having a lot of fun!!!

This week, we celebrated Mother's Day and I celebrated my birthday yesterday with yummy cake, baby back ribs and a mango strawberry moscato that is beyond delicious! (woohoo!)

I have new items up in the shop and soon I will release a short YouTube video of the new items of 2015 so keep a lookout for it!

Here's the newest product uploads:

"In His Name"  Beaded Lace Bracelet

  "Roses & Lilies" Lace Beaded Bracelet Cuff
Many more designs in my shop!  Stop by and stay awhile!  Until next time...toodles!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Slowly Getting Back to the Business of Beading

I am so glad to be back!  It's been a long, hard, arduous 7 months.  Anyway, I'm in a new place, in a new town and it is beautiful here in North Carolina.  I've been setting up the Etsy shop to add jewelry pieces, but I have lots of inventory to go through before I do that.  Right now, the beading patterns will be available and I will post here when the jewelry will be on sale again. 

It's great to be back.  Here are the patterns that are available now:

New Jewelry!!

So many pieces!  So much work to do!  Come and visit me in my Etsy shop!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

First Sale on Etsy! New Products in the Stores!!!

 Hi Everyone!

Still working on the Etsy shop!!! So much work!  But it's paying off!  I got my first sale this week!!  Woohoo!  I'm also working on making new loom and peyote bead patterns.  Store is filling up quickly!!!

Right now, I have new stuff to show you for both stores!!!

New in my Handwoven Beaded Jewelry by Patricia Bowe Designs

Poppy Jasper Necklace - $70.00

Beautiful hand beaded necklace is made with a vibrant red brecciated poppy jasper gemstone, pewter glass seed beads and lots of jet and black diamond Swarovski crystals.

Tasia Necklace - $72.00

This vintage inspired necklace is done in a cagework technique using carnelian gemstones, freshwater pearls and a vintage resin flower in the center.

New in the ETSY shop:

"Sherbert"  Wrapped Wooden Bangle

Annabelle Beading Pattern

I'm a busy little bee!  More coming soon!  Toodles!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Learning Curve...New product uploaded to Etsy!

Hi everyone!

Whew!  I thought an outside website is hard work, but optimizing the Etsy shop is just as harrowing!!!  LOL!  But I think I'm getting the hang of it.  Now you can access my shop via Beadweaver Dreams or on my fanpage Handbeaded Jewelry by Patricia Bowe Designs.  Just scroll down to the "app" portion of the page on the left and click "Etsy Shop".  It will take you to a page with links to my products. 

Now...newly uploaded:  Diva Kitty Pin!!

People have been asking for this ever since I first posted her on Facebook.  Now that I have a few of them finished, I am happy to present them to you.  I have 5 available so far and I will be making a few more. 

So...back to work!  Lots to do!  Have a fantastic week!  Toodles!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Etsy Store!!

Hi friends!

I have a new Etsy shop!  In addition to, I also have a new shop.  This one also sells some of my beaded jewelry pieces, but it also has handmade perfume oils and now beading patterns!  I'm so excited about this!  Hope to see you there!

I was going to close this blog, but I thought I would keep it for updates and new happenings in my Etsy store!  So here I stay!!! 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rules of Perfume Wear

Since I also sell hand-blended perfume oils in my web-boutique, I thought that I would write a post about perfume this time around.  Hope you like it!

Article: Rules of Perfume Wear
by: Patricia Bowe

The sensual practice of wearing perfume has been around for thousands of years. Oils, resins, juices and nowadays alcohol based fragrances entice and stimulate our senses. Here are a couple of guidelines to help you wear your favorite fragrance.

#1. The #1 rule of wearing perfume...don’t wear too much. You want a light aura of fragrance about you, one that leaves the ones you pass by spellbound and curious, not retreating out the back door looking for a gas leak. If they can smell your perfume and you are more than two - three feet away from them, or worse yet, if they can smell you 8 stories up or on the wind 5 minutes before they actually see you...chances are you’ve used too much.

#2. Your sense of smell can be deceiving. Just because you can’t smell the fragrance on you after 10 minutes or so, does not mean that you need to reapply. Reapplying every two minutes because you can’t smell it can cause you to be in violation of rule #1. Simply put, your olfactory nerves naturally become desensitized to the fragrance after a couple of minutes. Even though you can’t smell it, rest assured the people around you will pick up on it just fine.

#3. Spray or apply your Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum or perfume oil to strategic pulse points: wrists, cleavage, nape of the neck, behind your ears, behind your knees. I remember reading somewhere that you should apply your perfume to “places where you would like to be kissed”. A very sensual way to remember how to apply scent.

#4. Don’t apply perfumes to your clothing, pearls, jewelry or your hair as the alcohol and oils in the perfume can ruin your clothing and strip the color from your pearls and jewelry if you are not careful. Alcohol and oils can dry your hair or react negatively with your hair care products. I usually apply fragrance to my skin first, let it dry a bit then dress. If you wish, you can reapply in the evening.

#5. Layering. A good rule of thumb is layering. If you want a single fragrance to stay with you, try showering or bathing with a perfumed shower gel or soap, following with a body powder(optional), lotion, then perfume. That helps a lot with the fragrance staying with you longer without having to reapply copious amounts of scent.

#6. Know your skin chemistry. I know for a fact that there are some fragrances out there that smell heavenly when they are sprayed into the air, but once they settle on my skin and interact with my body chemistry, I smell like I haven’t showered in a couple of months. Always test the perfume against your body chemistry. I usually go to the perfume counter first, spray on a fragrance I am interested in on my hand, then walk away and do my other shopping, returning to the perfume counter last. This gives the perfume a chance to mellow and react with my skin and to test it’s staying power. Ask a friend to sniff your hand and tell you if they can still smell the fragrance. Smell the scent yourself at intervals and see if it has changed any and if it is still pleasing to you. You may love floral fragrances, but if they smell like a compost heap on your skin, you may want to try another fragrance group.

#7. Change fragrances with the seasons. An overly sweet or spicy scent in the summer can actually smell stifling and cloying, in some cases, even sickening (ever smell roasted sweet peanuts or cotton candy in 90 degree weather?). On the flip side, lighter scents in the winter can get lost in the cold. Try to use fragrances that will complement the season, eg. light florals, greens and fresh water type scents are great for the spring and summer seasons, while heavy spices, musks and sweet foody scents are best left until the autumn and winter months where they carry better in the cooler temperatures.

To me perfumes and colognes should enhance, bring out your beauty, your handsomeness, the sensuality and sexiness in you. They are supposed to leave the ones you pass by with an air of mystery, a sense of seduction, curiosity. The bottom line...finding and applying the perfect fragrance is a quest. Have fun in your search.

 © 2014 Patricia Bowe

Welcome to July!  This month's fragrance is...

LILAC - Pretty summertime fragrance of lilacs in bloom.  This month Lilac Perfume oil is only $7.50 (reg. $8.50)

Our July Sale is still going strong!  Come and check out our sale pieces!  From beaded bookmarks to beaded bracelets and necklaces!  Sale ends 7/6/14!!  Don't miss out!

Have a wonderful July 4th weekend everyone!  Toodles!!