Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter Series - Photography

Winter Series - Pendant

Winter Series - For Baby

Winter Series - Scarves

Winter Series - Buttons handcraft in Minnesota

Winter Series - Beads

Winter Series - Art

Winter is Officially Here !!

MINNEAPOLIS -- Our first significant winter storm of the season will be winding down Wednesday afternoon. The accumulating snow will be done in the Twin Cities metro area by noon and the rest of the day will be very cold with gusty northwest winds and sub-zero wind-chills.

But a Blizzard Warning is still in effect for the south metro and a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the north metro Wednesday.

Snowfall accumulations with this storm across the Twin Cities metro range from 3 to 5 inches on the north side to 5 to 6 inches on the south side with some +6 inch amounts toward the Hastings area in the southeast metro. The snowfall totals west and north of the Twin Cities were mostly less than 2 inches while to the south and southeast much higher amounts were reported with over 15" in Winona. Many areas from Albert Lea to Owatonna and east to Rochester picked up 9 to 11 inches of snow. Lake effect snow in northwestern Wisconsin was heavy with over 15" at Bayfield near Madeline Island.

Temperatures will range from 10 degrees (wind-chill -8 below) at noon and then 9 degrees (wind-chill -10 below) at 4 p.m. Sunset Wednesday is 4:32 p.m. Cloudy, windy and very cold Wednesday night - temperatures at 8 p.m. will be around 3 degrees (wind-chill -16 below) then overnight lows by sunrise (7:39 a.m.) Thursday will be near -4 below with wind-chills from -15 to -20 below.

Beautiful Things Series - #10 Beads

Beautiful Things Series - #9 My Shop

Beautiful Things Series - #8 Photography

Beautiful Things Series - #7 Paper

Beautiful Things Series - #6 Vintage Clothing

Beautiful Things Series - #5 Scarves

Beautiful Things Series - #4 Housewares

Beautiful Things Series - #3 Earrings

Beautiful Things Series - #2 Shoes

Beautiful Thing Series - #1 Pillows

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Shack

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!

The Shack is the most absorbing work of fiction I've read in many years. My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith along the way. The Shack will leave you craving for the presence of God. Michael W. Smith, Recording Artist --Michael W Smith, Recording Artist - personal endorsement

Reading The Shack during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul. Wynonna Judd, Recording Artist --Wynonna Judd, Recording Artist - personal endorsement

This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress' did for his. It's that good! Eugene Peterson, author --Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.

The Shack

The Shack is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself. With every page, the complicated do’s and don’t that distort a relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for the first time in my life.
Patrick M. Roddy, Emmy Award Winning Producer of ABC News

Friday, September 4, 2009


Blacksheepbeads's Shop Announcement
***LABOR DAY WEEKEND FUNDRAISER FOR Etsy Project Embrace***~~From 4PM on Friday, Sept. 4th through midnight on Monday, Sept. 7th, 20% of all sales will be donated to Etsy Project Embrace. Etsy Project Embrace is a coalition of artists who are joining together to raise awareness of cancer by donating the profits, or percentage of profits, from one or more of their listings to the American Cancer Society (ACS) for cancer research. We'll send you a convo letting you know how much you donated with your purchases! :)

Black Sheep Beads offers unusual jewelry supplies for your beading needs. We specialize in vintage glass/Lucite beads and funky bead caps. All of our vintage beads are unused, and most are "sourced" in person. Don't let our sales figures fool you - we're merely a husband and wife team working out of our home. :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
I've been to London to visit the Queen.
Pussy cat, pussy cat, what did you do there?
I frightened a little mouse, under her chair.
Photographers of Etsy Streat Team member

Origami Dress BreakUp Card

Origami Dress Cards

Emily, the adorble tabby here! This shop rocks and so does the name! (hummmm... wonder why?) My mom says you really need to check out this shop for amazing cards, and origami embellishments.

You Rock Card - Know someone who's going through a tough time or just needs a reminder of how great they are? Give her some encouragement with this origami dress card! The card features 3 personally folded origami dresses and is accented with rhinestones and card stock. The card is left blank for your personal message.

Party Dresses by Laura L. Trevey

Extend your summer with this watercolor painting entitled "Party Dresses." Also, if your summers include gardening and flowers please visit Laura's Etsy shop to see her additional paintings, including "Summer Geraniums."

Beach Chairs

I love blue, the beach and this painting - "Beach Chairs" a Limited Edition Watercolor by Laura L. Trevey. This is a reproduction of her original Beach Chairs watercolor painting. Please click in the link and browse her shop and surround yourself with fabulous bright colors emanating from her paintings. I've marked many paintings a "favorite" and you will too.


We are featured in a Treasury!! Thank you

Please check out her shop, and this beautiful bracelet:

We are working to reduce our bead supply, so please check out our shop Specials. Also, check back on a regular basis to see what's new! To entice you to browse, we have great prices outside of Specials Section too.

Graduation Photos Sheet Wrapping Paper

No more teachers, no more books! Ah, the joy of graduation! Our keen take on all those dopey yearbook pictures will bring a smile to any graduation gift. And for ribbon, may we suggest their school colors? Part of our PS Green Choices line, this pattern is printed on our Eco-White, 100% recycled, 30% post-consumer waste, paper. It's both archival and acid-free. Sheet size - 19 1/2" x 27"; 70# txt

Item 44360650
Price $2.25 Sale: $1.13

On sale now at Paper Source online!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blue Willow Earrings

New in our shop - Blue Willow Earrings! These vintage beauties remind me of Blue Willow china! I grew up with Blue Willow china for dinnerware, so I just had to have these beads! They have an ornate etched pattern filled in with navy blue. They measure 16mm in diameter, with lovely brass bead caps and fine Swarvoski crystals in the new indigo blue - very lovely blue!!
Established in England over one hundred years ago and currently a member of the Wedgwood Group, Johnson Brothers has earned a reputation for creating high quality earthenware products. Johnson Brothers is now made in China using the original designs and high quality standards.
Purchase for only $3.00 - find in our Specials Section.

Blue Willow Poem

Whilst we sit around the table,
Please allow me to relate,
The entrancing ancient fable
Of "The Willow Pattern Plate."

Every picture tells a story,
Like the Willow Pattern Plate,
Where two lovers dwelt in glory,
And defied paternal hate.

By elopement from the castle
You observe upon the ridge,
Where the violent old rascal
Chases them across the bridge.

Tries to catch the rogue and whip him,
'Ere he steals the daughter fair;
But the loving pair outstrip him,
Let him languish in despair.

Thrown upon their own resources,
In a junk they emigrate,
To a splendid little oasis,
Near the margin of the plate.

Dwell in peace, whilst unmolested,
In most perfect harmony;
Till at length they are arrested,
by his Nibs' gendarmerie.

Then the tyrant lord appeals toLaw and lucre,
with their pow'r;Caught, confined,
they have their meals too,
In that horrid little tow'r.

When the pair are executed,
To appease their lord irate,
To a pair of doves transmuted,S
till they fly upon the plate.

Every picture tells a story,
Like the Willow Pattern blue,
A nd true love will reign in glory,
To infinity! Adieu
by B. L. Bowers

Friday, August 7, 2009

Beyond Our Galaxy Earrings

A new addition to my son's Star Wars inspired line of earrings.These are really lovely and fun beads which remind us of the awesome pictures sent back the the space Hubble telescope. I've attached a few Hubble pictures for your viewing pleasure.They're bright blue glass with pitted "facets" and a shimmery aurora borealis (AB) coating, and measure 11mm.Large (1 1/4 inch) kidney earwires in antiqued brass

French Vanilla and Lace Earrings

~ ~ NEW ~ ~
Now in our shop!
Special Price of $3.00

Rose Colored Glasses

ROSE-COLORED GLASSES* noun: a cheerful or optimistic view of things, usually without valid basis. Example: He saw life through rose-colored glasses.

Instead of rose-colored glasses, we offer you earrings. They may have the same effect! I have a pair myself because the bead color is so lovely. I’ve added no embellishments – some beads are better left alone. Beautiful vintage Lucite beads (16mm) with 1 1/4 inch antiqued brass earwires.

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. Our Painted Ladies are Victorian like lucite earrings - aren't they beautiful! Available now in our shop.

My Friends by Emily

These adorable little guys are my friends who keep me company while my mom and brother are away during the day. They don't even mind if when I drink out of their tank. They are Clouseau, who is almost white, like Steve Martin's hair in the new Pink Panther movies; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn - fantail goldfish master Jedi.

~Emily, the adorable tabby

Favorite Male Group
I hope this links to you Amazon for a sneak peek. My favorites - She and Amazing Grace!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Shop Early! Shop Etsy!

I've already started my Christmas shopping! Hard to believe? Yes, but it's true.
I have found fabulous items at affordable prices from very talented Etsians, and have found out that great items go fast!
Please check out our shop for your needs, and if you can't find what you are looking for then please support someone else in the world of Etsy.

Hunter Green Flower Earrings for Fall

These darling flowers in hunter green were purchased from Sue of Blue Marble Beads on Etsy. They are the most fabulous color and perfect for fall. They are currently offered in our shop for an affordable $3.50 - what a deal!
As many will be tightening their holiday shopping budgets this year, please check out our shop for sweet deals - and thanks for looking!

Very Paris Scarf

The photo doesn’t do the look justice, but this is one of my new favorite scarves. Because the price was right, I also bought the black and white version, but I preferred the red with my black jacket and white t-shirt. The black and white version looks fabulous with jeans and a white t-shirt.

They were purchased at the fabulous Porch shop in Buffalo, MN. The Porch on the upper level is an occasional sale shop, open five days each month: the first Wednesday-Sunday), and offers handcrafted jewelry, gift items, all unique and affordable. The Atelier (street level shop: open every week, Thursday-Sunday) offers refurbished furnishings, at fabulous prices and home d├ęcor.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009