Friday's Feature: Val of Miss Val's Creations

Meet Val.

AE:  Who are you and what is it that you do/make?    
VB:   Hi, I’m Val of Miss Val’s Creations.  I have an online jewelry business consisting of both finished pieces as well as findings and supplies for other jewelry designers around the world.
AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
VB:   My business started as a hobby back in January 2007. After coming home from Michael’s Craft Store one day with jewelry making supplies and tools I was instantly hooked on the craft. As many of you know, most crafts are quite expensive to have as just a hobby! That was when I decided to try selling on ebay. Back then I was just making necklaces, bracelets and earrings, typically gravitating towards gemstones accented with sterling silver. This is still my first love but competition is fierce out there. I also had fun doing jewelry parties and receiving face to face feedback!
Over time I started adding lanyards and eyeglass chains. I love being able to make fun accessories that women adore and wear daily! I also like to offer affordable prices which was when I started purchasing supplies at wholesale.
Then it dawned on me that I could earn some extra money selling supplies and tools to other jewelry designers. Luckily this allowed me to leave the work force back in May. It also made my dream of being self employed come true. What an amazing, rewarding ride it has been. If you have an attainable goal, just go for it! I thank my customers every day for allowing me this opportunity. In the future I hope to expand into gemstone beads and focal pieces, although it will be difficult to part from that inventory!
AE:  Where can we find your work? 
My main store is on ebay at:

My finished jewelry can be found on Etsy at:

Jewelry making supplies can be found on Etsy at:

AE:  What is your website/contact information? 



I am delighted to finally be able to share Val's beautiful creations with the AEE community.  It's always exciting to me to hear of an artist who is able to pursue her art full time.  Please stop by Val's shops and check out her wonderful creations or her supplies so that you can make your own adornments.   

Peace & Love,

Bathroom Renovation Project: Phase I (Gutting It Out)

So, Phase I of my bathroom renovation project is complete.  The tiles and all the yucky cement has been removed.  Because I had so much tile, basically the bathroom was gutted out.

I enjoy stopping by my home after work each day just to see what differences have transpired while I was away.  So far I am super pleased.  The project is a slow-go and I don't have a projected end date, but I'm not in a rush.  When people are working for you and their work is steady and they pay close attention to what they're doing, oftentimes that means that you will love the final product that much more.  I'm not worried about whether something got missed because of being too hasty.

Check out the video below to see the gutting out phase of this project.

Happy Monday!

Bathroom Renovation Project: The Background Story

Hello my lovely readers!

If you recall, I mentioned that I was embarking upon a bathroom makeover.  Well, it's been going on for a little less than 7 working days, although those days have stretched over a couple of weeks.  Interruptions have been due to weather, family emergencies, and weekends, but we're trudging along.

I wanted to present a bit of a background story, so you'll know why I chose to renovate my bathroom - my only bathroom.

I feel that I will love my space when it's done, but let me put this on record by saying this - renovating your only bathroom takes careful planning.  I'm a family of one so I cannot imagine what would happen if I were not.  Thankfully my mom has graciously opened her doors.  I think I'll be curled up in my brother's old twin bed for quite a while though, but it's worth it to be able to bathe and use the toilet on a regular basis.  I'm just saying.  :-)

Before Pictures:
 Towels to catch the water that runs behind the tub (and yes, there is a hoop shower rod behind the standard one)
Cracked bowl on the pedestal sink
  4' walls of tiles (some tiles are original and some are newer - mixmatched)
There is a small closet in the bathroom.