Life Comes Atcha Pretty Fast Is What I'm Sayin'

A Bit of the Personal Stash

Everything finds its way to an ending. Same for this bead work blog.

I'm off to explore a thousand other paths & pursuits, and the time has come to wind this up. Since this will be my last post here, I thought I'd do a little tidy-up.  First, some nerdy stats.

  • I've made 590 posts (not counting this one)
  • which have been viewed, variously, over 144K times (!)
  • and I've managed to accumulate 176 followers thru the years,
  • many of whom have fallen away to chase other interests -
  • after all, I've been doing this for over 10 years. 

Now, some not-so-boring stuff.

This has been one of the most personally enriching endeavors for me, and through this platform I've received so much inspiration, friendship, support, and laughter. I hope I was able to give some of that back to at least a few of you out there.  Most especially I'd like to thank everyone involved in the Beaded Journal Project. I learned more in that inaugural year than I ever dreamed possible. I'm not just talking technique, here, either. In particular, my deepest thanks to Robin Atkins - a truly gifted teacher.

Gosh, this has been a ton of fun for me - and I won't swear I'll not be back. Never say never and all that. My final bead work sale will continue until September over on Etsy*, and the blog will stay out here in cyberspace for some time to come - comments will be disabled in mid-August, though,
so if there's anything you forgot to tell me . . .

Cheers! I really don't think there'll be more later.

*The Etsy shop no longer exists.


Updates! Updates!! Updates!!!

For the sake of argument, let's imagine my little online Etsy shop* and its frantic studio clearance sale has crossed your mind and you asked yourself in an idle moment, "Hey - I wonder how that's going."

Play along and it will go by faster.

Well, pardner, it's going okay but I could sure use more eyeballs on the merchandise, so even if you're not in the market for quality, one-of-a-kind, beautiful beadwork at crazygreat superlow prices, you might know someone who is - so share the info! Link to me here or from my little corner of Etsy or from my Facebook page if you can, 'cause that would just be the bestest thing EVAR.

And thanks!! To everyone who's come by to gander and those folks what saw fit to buy a thing or three,


Cheers! And more later!

*The Etsy shop no longer exists.


OnlyTwo Days Left!

My most fabulous bracelets are about to go away forever -

Now's the time to scoop these up! You will never see their like again!!

Ridiculously low prices on some intensely gorgeous beadwork, particularly the pink one - but I must make room!

More later, for sure.


Final Week!

This, the last week for these gorgeous, intricate, beaded art pieces starts now!

We shall not see their like again for many and many a day to come . . .

Click to Embiggen!

Dropping the prices on these is KILLING ME, but I just have to make room! My tiny house can only hold so much of the fabulous!

Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your casual acquaintances - GO! LOOK! BUY!!


Studio Bracelet Sale!

The CrazyGreatness just goes on and on - and now it's time for the parade of bracelets!
It's totally nuts - $7.50 for a set of three???? Holy kittens!!

So go! Lookie! Buy sumpin!! Help me clean my drawers - so to speak.

More later!!


Dangly Bits!

That's right - it's time to sell all the 


And the crazygreat sale continues!!

(Sorry for overfilling the screen again - had to be done.)


Say Goodbye to the Good Buys!

Here they are, guys - all the pieces that are set to expire on 17 May and 20 May -

We shall not see their like again . . .

Sorry for overfilling the screen here - there's just so much to show! THIRTY-ONE listings at super BARGOON prices!  GO! SEE! BUY!!!!

Click on the picture to embiggen!!

Studio Clearance stuff will be listed next week - so stay tuned for new shiny bits and bobs!


Looking In A New Direction

The CrazyGreat Sale continues through June 14th; some items are disappearing in 10 days:


Around that same time, some NewOld* stuff will appear on the cyber shelves, at ridiculous LOWLOW prices, and with any luck, I'll get the studio cleaned out!

Etsy views have dwindled down to less than 10 a day. A little disheartening, but as they say - if folks can't see it, you can't sell it.

And all this clearance business is in aid of re-tooling the studio: it's my intention to devote more time and energy into doing the work that makes me happiest - creating beaded art pieces, and making couture doll clothing. I might have mentioned this before.

So . . . more later!

*NewOld: These are pieces that were made for specific art/craft shows/shops, personal pieces, experiments, and studio examples. Some have been up for sale online before, most have not, and some have never been for sale.


Say Goodbye!

to these gorgeous pendants!
These listings expire on the 12th - and once they fall off the cybershelves, they are gone for good, guys - and the CrazyGreat Clearance Sale continues!!

MJMullins Beadwork on Etsy!

(that's the link right ^^^^ there ^^^^)

More later!


CrazyGreat Sale Continues!

There's still plenty of stuff on the virtual shelves, but sales are picking up - so if there's anything here you've been thinking about, NOW IS THE TIME!!

Here are the updated pics of what's on hand in my Etsy shop, MJMullinsBeadwork :

The shop clearance stuff should be rolling out before the end of the month, so stay tuned!
More later!


Shop Wide Clearance Ends Soon! HUBBAHUBBA, People!!

As my listings expire in my Etsy shop, they will not be renewed! They will begin to disappear from the shop on April 14th, and the final listing expires 14 June - tell all your friends and family, neighbors near and far - seriously -


Here's some pictures of all the cool stuff I'm practically GIVING away:

Gosh, surely there's something here you just can't live without?
More later -



I'm running in circles with my hair on fire!!

Of course not literally. Emotionally, though, you bet that's how it feels. This is killing me - especially putting the jewelry boxes on sale (OW!) - but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do - *sob*

Everything in my Etsy shop is ON SALE. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends, get your kids to spread the word!

So if there was anything you've had your eye on but felt like you just couldn't . . . now's the time! Once these listings expire, they won't be renewed again!

Right now I'm in the process of getting all the studio beadwork (experiments, favorites, odds & ends) photographed and prepped for listing in yet another crazy bare-bones rock-bottom sale coming soon - 

Here's a peek at what's to come:

I gotta go put my hair out now, but there will clearly be much more later!


We Came. We Saw. We Bought. Oh, and We Sold, Too.

Tucson was . . . a little different this time.

It was still huge - 44 shows and over 4K vendors - but we noticed the crowds were a little thinner this year. We had no trouble finding parking. We never waited for service when we went shopping. Walking those narrow aisles was no problem. I would be very interested to see their final numbers.

We were in a small show of less than a dozen vendors so that by the end of our five days we all knew each other, we all liked each other, and most them felt it was worthwhile to give it a go again next year. All in all we had a great time - the drive (both ways), though long was fun and entertaining. It was great to break our journey by visiting friends in ABQ and dining at favorite places. The weather the entire time was incredible. I finally managed to shake that Cold from Hell while we were in Tucson. Also, I think there was medicinal value in that Tucson Tamale I ate the first day.

If you'd like to see what The Jade Dog acquired for her shop (and for herself), check out her Instagram - HERE.

Here's what I found on my travels - both in ABQ and in Tucson:

On the way to the Whole Bead Show, we stayed with my dearest friend in Albuquerque. She had given me a gift card to Michael's, so naturally we went there and I spent it all.

This is the lovely place we called home for the week:

Now for the swag (and they were all BARGOONS, I swear!):

I took the day off on Friday and just hung out at the hotel - sadly the water in the pool was too cold for me (lower 50's) - and all I could think was . . . I SHAVED FOR NOTHING!
This was the view from my room. I did go out and sit in the sun and read my book, so not a total loss.

On our trip home, we stayed with my friend once more - and this time we went with her on some errands and also stopped at a fantastic local art supply shop in Albuquerque, Artisan, where I found some Tombow doubles I had lusted after for quite some time.  

We got back to my Little House on the Prairie on Tuesday night - and one of the first things I did was of course to spread out all the fabulous boodle and take a picture.
We also got a pile of free beading magazines, the Tucson catalogs, and my one personal indulgence - that beautiful South African handled basket. 

I think it goes without saying that once I stop feeling like I'm still riding down the highway, there will be a whole lot more later.


Tucson Here We Come!

As many of you know, my daughter Darcy is the owner/operator/goddess-in-chief of The Jade Dog, and she's got a table at The Whole Bead Show, one of the fabulous shows going on at the BIG BIG Tucson Gem Show, January 31st through February 4th, and I will be there as her lovely assistant! Come see us at the Quality Inn & Suites, 5251 S Julian Dr., in Tucson, Arizona. We're on the courtesy shuttle line!!

Which is my TVP* way of saying my Etsy shop will be on vacation during that time.

When I get home, I'll be hard at work setting up my finished work/destash clearance sale! Wish me Big Luck with that - and in the meantime, I'll try to make time to post some pictures from poolside at our posh hotel.

I would show pictures of what I've been up to lately, but no one really wants to see a trash can overflowing with snotty tissues and half a dozen bottles of Nyquil. You get the idea.

Before I caught the Cold From Hell, I did make something just for me.

And on the Barb-Way front, I'm in the home stretch for finishing up the Black & White wardrobe for the Jade Dog to work her stylin' mojo upon.

And the Barb-Way doesn't show any sign of coming to end just yet - I got my hands on Even More vintage 50s-60s patterns - it's just a matter now of finding the right fabrics . . . 

More later!

*TVP - Thinly Veiled Promotion


New Section & New Listings for the New Year

As of this posting, Some of the Etsy in the sidebar should showcase my new section & listings - barrettes! Or you can click here ->Barrettes! and scroll down just a bit below the featured listings.

I'm working on new designs all the time, for bracelets, necklaces, all the stuff I love to make, and some of them I love enough to list on Etsy. Some of them get thrown into the WWYT (what were you thinking?) pile, along with designs that were just too impractical to produce on a wider scale.

And one of these days, I'm going to photograph everything in that pile and list all the "studio work" at ridiculous prices, just to clear space for yet MOAR ideas. I may have threatened to do this once before, but I sense my space available will soon make this a priority.

Cheers, and more later!