Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A new BLOG :-)

Thank you for checking out my blog Casa de Everly. This blog began as a way to chronicle our journey as a Navy family, including my little hobby of TTE Designs.

Happily, business has been growing, and so recently I have made the leap into a dedicated blogging place for all things TTE. Please join me at http://ttedesigns.blogspot.com/

I appreciate your support, see you over at our new home!
Warm Regards,


Friday, May 25, 2012

"Cocktail Hour" Jewelry Blog Hop

Hello & Welcome Dear Visitor,
  I've been a Navy wife for almost 20 years. Transferring with my husband and kids from duty station to duty station. I grew up a gypsy too. As you can imagine, I'm actually pretty good at moving.  Recently I decided to join my first ever blog hop to challenge myself creatively and promote my little venture, TTE Designs.  I chose the "Cocktail Hour" hop by Amy Freeland of Copper Diem. 

  The real challenge for me is that we are moving right in the middle of this event.  What's a girl to do? Both of course! 
I applied for the challenge and got my inspiration beverage~ The Screwdriver.
Perfect, I don't often do a lot with oranges and yellows so it was truly a challenge artistically too. My other 'self challenge' is to use items from my stash only, we are moving and I don't want to add anything right now.
I spent a weekend gathering any supplies that I thought might fit the bill and watched a couple of episodes of Mad Men to get me in the groove.  
Wikipedia says the first written reference to 
the Screwdriver was in a 1949 issue of Time magazine. I am a baby of the 60's and I certainly remember my folks serving these at parties, so I am going for more of a 60's vibe. 
  I spent  Sunday working on some other things while looking at my stash. Suddenly, it hit me, a 'groovy' charm bracelet and earrings, in citrus colors and silver like a cocktail shaker!  Once the picture was in my head the execution came quickly.  I combined Mother of Pearl circles in sunny yellow/orange with orange and yellow faceted crystals and lime green AB seed beads. Silver plated head pins, silver plated
 jump rings and chain. Finished off with 
a silver plated hammered toggle clasp.
I am writing this ahead of time, we start packing out next week, and by the time you read this I will be in a new city, moving in and unpacking. 
I will most certainly be in need of a cocktail!

Thanks to Amy Freeland for hosting.
I appreciate you looking  today, comments are appreciated greatly and please check out my FaceBook page for  TTE Designs.  
Additionally, I was so inspired by this blog challenge that I have created a new blog dedicated to my TTE Designs~ 

Stefanies Sammelsurium
My Bead Journey
Adventures with Kelly
Mama's Got To Doodle
Wait Just One More Bead
Cynth's Blog
Palm Coast Art
Green Shoot Jewellery Designs
Cianci Blue
Dreamin Of Beads / SAS Jewelry Designs
Beads for Busy Gals
Oregon Made Jewelry
My Addictions...Handcrafted Jewelry by Patti
Moods by Mari
Soul of Mine Embodiment
Uniquely Yunikua
Fabric of My Life
Firefly Visions
Indigo Heart
The Peaceful Bead
Casa de Everly
Heaven Lane Creations
Sue Beads
Durga Jewelry
Honey Bijou
A Bird in the Hand Art
Rainy Day Designs
Tell Your Girlfriends


Ingredients  60 ml vodka  +   freshly squeezed juice of 1 large orange

Shake vodka and orange juice well with ice cubes. Or pour into a blender and blend with ice at high speed for five seconds.   Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Finally ...a Website

I have wanted a website for my TTE Designs for quite sometime. Through one of the FB groups I follow I got a lead on a free hosting site called WIX.  
I have been playing for the last 2 days, including an internet outage last night that nearly pushed me over the edge LOL.
So, without further ado, I present 

As always, Thank you for looking :-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Winning Wednesday

One of the nice things about crafty people is their desire to share their talents and treasures. Alicia at  'All The Pretty Things' blog is hosting a giveaway of a pretty wire work heart & crystal necklace set. Check her out at

Sunday, May 6, 2012

TTE Designs First Bead Challenge

I have been  seriously working on growing and solidifying my little TTE Designs business for just over a year now. So far I am reasonably happy with what I have done. It's certainly all been trial and error and most of what I have learned along the way has come via the internet. You Tube, blogs, how to tutorials, Etsy, Art Fire, frankly just GOOGLE what you are looking for and viola' there it is.

One of the things I have hooked into lately are a few groups on Face Book that are bead/jewelry-centric. These groups (of mostly gals) have been a wonderful resource for inspiration and knowledge. 

I started this blog a few years back while we were stationed on Guam as a way to chronicle our adventures and for the friends and family back home to see what was going on.  Since we've been back in the states and time zones are more friendly, it hasn't seemed so important to write every thing down. Until recently that is.
One of the many interesting things I've been sucked into is reading crafter and artisans blogs. I love seeing what others are creating, media's that are foreign and some that are familiar. How inspiring. From these blogs the concept of a 'Blog Hop' arose.  What a great idea to encourage people to check out MY stuff.

I finally decided that I had the nerve to jump onto one of these hops and so I began to look for one that suited me.  Into my lap fell the "Cocktail Hour Blog Hop" hosted by Amy Freeland of 'Copper Diem'.
I love fun cocktails and even though I am a light weight now I still enjoy one or two with the best of them. I eagerly awaited my assignment ~ the "Screwdriver".  Now the real fun begins.  
I am certainly challenged by the color. Now time for the research
I think I will go watch a few seasons of MAD MEN. I bet Joan and Betty slugged down a few screwdrivers in their day......

"Why Yes Don, I'll have the Screwdriver"