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  • Happy New Year!

    December 31st, 2013 Susan | Posted in About, Jewelry, Seasons | Tags: , | No Comments »

    Winter horse hd wallpaper by Ahmad8Khan

    Photo by Ahmad8Khan

     

    Thank you to Beckett, Wi-Serina, Panther, Charm Boy, Missy and many more (plus their owners and friends) for being part of my 2013. What a great year!

    I hope all of you and your families have a wonderful 2014! Be safe!

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    Holiday Horse Tail Jewelry Orders

    November 20th, 2013 Susan | Posted in About, Horse Hair, Jewelry, News, Seasons, Shop | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

    The Rapitorial Bracelet includes an engraved nameplate. Add you horse’s name, barn name or date of birth to this nameplate. Both the front and the back can be engraved.

     

    I know you’re dreaming about turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, but it’s time to think about holiday shopping, too! What better gift to give the horse lover in your life than a horse hair bracelet made from the tail of your loved one’s favorite horse or horses (I can combine more than one together!)

    Since each item is handmade by me, I need time clean it, braid it, finish it and get a fine piece of jewelry back in your hands for gift giving. Here are this year’s deadlines:

    Horse hair jewelry orders that need to be completed and delivered by Christmas, must be to me by December 10, 2013.

    The horse hair needs to be in my hands with an order form on or (preferably) before December 10 so I can start on your jewelry.

    Orders received December 11 – December 17 that are needed for December 25 gift giving will include a $30 per item rush fee.

    All horse hair must be in my mailbox by December 17 for Christmas delivery. Any orders and horse hair received after December 17 will be delivered after Christmas.

    Your horse hair and order forms can be sent to:
    Red-Tail Designs, LLC
    813 Porter St.
    Easton, PA 18042

    You can send a check along with your order form and horse hair, or I can invoice you when I receive the order so you can pay with PayPal or a credit card over the internet.

    Keep in mind that if you don’t know which jewelry piece to pick, you can always give a gift certificate. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at 610-905-8399.

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    Holiday Jewelry Orders

    November 11th, 2012 Susan | Posted in About, Events, Horse Hair, Jewelry, Seasons | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

    The top bracelet is a Garden Gala Style bracelet with rectangular sterling silver clasp and pink/red bead mix ($83). The bottom bracelet is the Rapitorial style bracelet, which features an engraved nameplate and sterling silver lobster clasp ($95).

    Well, we survived Hurricane Sandy! That was the worst storm I’ve seen in my many years here in Pennsylvania. Unbelievable, there are still homes in the East without power and many people have lost their homes, cars and other possessions. If you’d like to help these folks donate, contact the American Red Cross.

    A week of kids home from school, no power and bailing out the basement, and I lost complete track of time. Did you know it’s November already?

    That means it’s time to secretly harvest some hair from your friends’ horses and send it me so you can wow them this holiday season with some custom horse hair jewelry. It’s really a showstopping gift that’s perfect for any horse lover.

    Since each item is handmade by me, I need time clean it, braid it, finish it and get a fine piece of jewelry back in your hands for gift giving. So keep these deadlines in mind:

    • Regular deadline for horse hair to be to me is December 1, 2012. It needs to be in my hands with an order form on December 1 so I can start on your order.
    • Orders received December 2 – December 11 that are needed by December 25 will include  a $30 per item rush fee.
    • All horse hair must be in my mailbox by December 11 for Christmas delivery.

    Don’t forget to include the order form! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me.

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    Candy Corn Tree

    October 29th, 2012 Susan | Posted in Crafts, Kids, Seasons | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

    Who knew candy corn grew on trees?

     

    Over the years, I’ve made some pretty amazing things with my own two hands. And yet, I think the object that has most impressed my family by far is this Candy Corn Tree I whipped up during our DIY segment of Sticks and Stones #13.

    With a glue stick, $3 (candy corn was on sale!) and about 8 minutes, I was able to create something that my family thinks is crafting genius. And I can’t even take credit. I saw a similar picture online and re-created it with my own spin. A word of warning: if the environment gets really humid, the candy corn melts off the branch. But you can always glue more on to it.

    I’m not sure what to take away from this lesson. That it doesn’t take much to create something spectacular? That I already knew. That maybe I shouldn’t try so hard? …..maybe. Or that candy, especially candy corn, always wins.

    Whatever the lesson, check out how this bit of fall fun was made at Sticks and Stones podcast through our website or on iTunes. Happy Halloween!

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    Strawberry Patch

    May 29th, 2011 Susan | Posted in About, Recipes, Seasons | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

    The first ripe strawberry of the season. The taste tester said, "Success, mom. It's sweet and juicy."

    In Pennsylvania, we know we’re on our way to summer and hot days when the strawberries arrive. Sweet and juicy with that satisfying snap when you pluck them from the plant.

    Our first post-Memorial Day activity is a trek to Trauger’s Farm to pick strawberries. Under the beating sun (because it’s always 95°F the day we decide to go), we fill our buckets upon buckets with strawberry sweetness as we fill our bellies (don’t tell the folks at Traugers, although I think strawberry smeared all over the kids faces give us away).

    My budding chef wrote down our smoothie recipe so I wouldn't forget.

    Our favorite strawberry item is smoothies. We freeze the strawberries so we can have smoothies until next April, when we exhaust our stores of frozen fruit. Strawberry cordial gets me through the dark days of winter. Plus there’s strawberry-rhubarb sauce and strawberries with whipped cream, sometimes jam, and any other concoction we can think of until the blueberries come in and become our new favorite.

    Over the last few years we’ve worked on a strawberry “patch” in our front flowerbed. It began with a novelty hanging strawberry plant. Last year I added a few more plants in tiered barrels so they send runners for new plants into the barrel below.

    For my daughter’s birthday last year we gave strawberry plants as the party favorite. I asked Trauger’s what I needed to do with these tiny plants that looked like no more than scraggly roots. They had very specific directions for caring for these plants. For a Darwinian Gardener like me it seemed very complicated:

    “When the strawberries have flowers, pinch the flowers off so they don’t produce fruit this year. In winter cover with straw and then next year they will produce strawberries.”

    Yum!

    I started off with good intentions, plucking little white flowers. Then, as the plants grew as big as the others, I forgot which were the old plants and which were the new plants. Straw over the plants? I think not. Instead they froze under 3 feet of snow. And unbelievably, we have more strawberries than ever. Further proof that Darwinian gardening works.

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    Black and Silver on Mullein

    May 4th, 2011 Susan | Posted in Horse Hair, Jewelry, Nature, Seasons | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

    Black and Silver on Mullein by Red Tail Designs
    Black and Silver on Mullein, a photo by Red Tail Designs on Flickr.

    I’m so glad the leaf-out has arrived and flowers are blooming. Photography is not my forte and I have an especially difficult time selecting the right background for the item I’m capturing. But incorporate a natural background–a leaf, a flower, a colorful rock– and suddenly the whole picture comes together. Nature seems to give everything a little boost.

    Not that this bracelet needed any improvement. It’s bumping along on a mail truck right now on its way to Texas. My customer there is married to her computer 9 to 10 hours a day and she was concerned that beads on the bracelet would bang on the keyboard. Still she wanted a little silver color peeking out. So I incorporated silver chain and it turned out gorgeous.

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    Yellow Bubbles

    May 2nd, 2011 Susan | Posted in Horse Hair, Nature, Seasons | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

    Yellow bubbles by Red Tail Designs
    Yellow bubbles, a photo by Red Tail Designs on Flickr.

    Sent off this custom horse hair bracelet today to a customer in Ohio. The yellow beads look to me like bubbles floating around the wearer’s wrist. Maybe that’s because spring in the air, which means at my house a new box of sidewalk chalk and new bottles of bubbles for the kids.

    Adding yellow beads to a black bracelet isn’t a color choice that would have occurred to me, but it turned out gorgeous.  That’s the beauty of creating custom orders: Customers have their own visions that I need to translate and that process, in turn inspires, me to think of new and different ways to create jewelry.

    Contact me and we can create a custom piece of jewelry that inspires you!

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    Holiday Custom Orders

    October 25th, 2010 Susan | Posted in Horse Hair, Jewelry, Seasons, Shop | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

    Did you see that word up there in the title?

    Holiday.

    Really? Already?

    Personally I think all the holiday hoopla shouldn’t start until after Halloween. On Nov. 1 you can break out the Christmas carols and stores can heap upon us trees and sparkly ornaments and the like. But until Nov. 1, it’s still fall and pumpkins and trick or treat.

    On the other hand, I think about holiday gift giving year-round. I’m always shopping for the perfect gift.

    The perfect gift for the horse lover in your life is a custom horse hair bracelet! You send me the horse hair, I wash it and braid it, adding beads and sterling silver, even gold if you like. A piece of your favorite horse with you all the time.

    Check the horse hair tab above to check out the different jewelry styles. If you’re not able to sneak into the field and clip a bit of horse tail, I offer gift certificates for purchase in any denomination. You can also order custom jewelry without sending me horse hair and I will use the tails I have in stock. Choose from white, black, brown or any combination of the three.

    Creating this jewelry by hand takes time, so keep in mind these deadlines as you contemplate which horse hair jewelry piece to buy for a friend or put on your wish list.

    • Horse hair must be in my hands for the order to be placed. Send your horse hair to me as soon as possible.
    • I prefer to have horse hair before November 24 for custom pieces.
    • Any horse hair arriving after November 24 will incur a $20 per piece rush fee for Christmas delivery.
    • All horse hair must be to me by December 1 to be made into jewelry for Christmas delivery.
    • Gift certificates are available any time and do not expire.

    Please fill out the custom horse hair jewelry order form and mail it along with your check or money order to:

    Susan Newquist

    Red-Tail Designs, LLC
    813 Porter St.
    Easton, PA 18042

    If you choose to pay with PayPal, I will invoice you when I receive your order.

    Happy Halloween/Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas!

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    The Great Pumpkin Speaks

    October 20th, 2010 Susan | Posted in Crafts, Kids, Seasons | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

    Anyone who knows me, knows I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I love it when it works, I hate it when it doesn’t work.

    And for me … it doesn’t work often.

    In fact, I possess a rare anti-technology aura that causes computers to seize up, sputter and spit at my mere presence. How I ended up marrying a web guy is beyond me (yin and yang?), but that’s another story.

    Yesterday my anti-technology aura was at warp speed. I won’t go into the gory details, but eventually I abandoned my computer tasks in lieu of making pumpkin chains with my little guy.

    I’ve been thinking about making them all month, but PTA meetings and managing homework, driving to soccer practice and more mundane tasks like painting the porch and laundry got in the way. Basically, creativity seems to take a back seat to the everyday tasks required to maintain the status quo.

    Once I started cutting, coloring and taping, I couldn’t stop. My little helper and I have added pumpkin patches to nearly every window in our house.

    My technology time-out made me realize how much I’ve missed creating over the past few months, how much I missed making goofy projects with my kids. Creativity is the antidote to my hyper-organization gene and my family might tell you I can back off from the organization right now.

    As the season changes to fall, hopefully my creative hiatus will also morph into a creative time spilling over with new, fun projects (it can get messy here!), and you’ll see that here in my blog. (Unless my anti-technology aura obliterates it.)

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    Drops of Spring

    April 12th, 2010 Susan | Posted in Crafts, Jewelry, Seasons | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

    In fall my friend Courtney added these beautiful Swarovski briolettes to our Rio Grande order, and I just had to have some, too.

    This is how I envisioned this necklace from the moment I saw those sparklies and here it is finally! Fresh from the creative cave just this morning.

    My studio is almost done, the taxes filed and the house project caught up (as much as house projects can ever be caught up) so this morning I just played in my refurbished studio.

    The Lehigh Valley Guild of Craftsmen I belong to is having a Craft Challenge with the theme being “Spring.” I just may submit this as my entry. Looks liked drops of spring to me.

    Unfortunately these photos don’t show the intense sparkle of the all the cuts of these gems. Anyone know how to capture that with a camera?

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