Sunday, August 17, 2014

Starman Trendsetters Team 2014 - 2015

I got some very exciting news on Friday afternoon: I've been accepted onto the Starman Trendsetters Team for 2014 - 2015!

Starman is a bead company that creates amazing beads, like the CzechMates system.  Each year, they select a team of designers to work with their new beads and develop promotional designs and patterns with them.  These designs are used in advertisements and taught in bead shops all over. 

I recognize the names of some very talented designers on this list, and I'm so honored to be included among them!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Featured In: Create Jewelry 2014

Natural Beauty by Megan Milliken in the 2014 Issue of Create Jewelry
Sometimes, different people look at an object and see different things.  It's pretty cool, actually, when you create something that can be interpreted in different ways.  When I created my piece: Natural Beauty for the 2014 issue of Create Jewelry, I made a long, multi-wrap bracelet.  When the team at F+W took a look at it, they saw a necklace.  I love it!  I like this piece both ways, and it can be worn either way. 

Pick up a copy of Create Jewelry and take a gander at all 101 bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that pack its pages!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Playing with Resin!

Here are my favorite results from my latest resin playtime:

Hand Painted Resin Pendants by Megan Milliken
I painted my bezels using Vintaj Patinas before I poured my resin, and I just LOVE the way it looks.  At the top is a pink, cream and gold background with a hint of honeycomb and a lovely golden bee stamping.  To the right is an autumn tree that I painted.  Bottom left is a fantastic new arrow from Nunn Designs that sits on a bright turquoise background.

I am looking forward to creating jewelry with these pieces!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

My First Sewing Pattern & Kit!

I started this project ages ago, but finally finished it yesterday, and I'm so excited.  I've been making patterns for years, but I have been wanting to make them for sale.  I'm very happy to say I've listed my very first sewing pattern for sale in my MyCatHatesYou Etsy shop.

The Half Hostess Apron Pattern is a quick and easy stitching project and makes a very cute, functional apron.

In addition to the pattern, which is available as an instant PDF download, I'm also offering pre-washed, pre-cut kits.  These kits include all of the fabric, cut out and ready to go, with buttons and the pattern.  All you need to add is some thread and some quality time with your sewing machine.  These kits allow you to get right to the fun part - the sewing!

I have some ridiculously cute fabric combinations on the way, and the first one is available now: It pairs colorful Matryoshka Russian nesting dolls with tiny multicolored hearts.  This little beauty is finished off with shiny red buttons.

Stop by to take a peek at these new offer
ings, and be sure to stay tuned for more kits and patterns!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mae's Faves: Gingher Fabric Shears

Okay folks, if you or someone in your household sews, you will understand the importance of a good pair of fabric shears.  You will be familiar with the phrase, "Don't cut that with THOSE scissors!" and the accompanying look of panic and/or fury.

The Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears (affiliate link) are the only fabric shears for me.  I got my first pair of these beauties in college and have never looked back.

Odds are, you've tried them, or are at least familiar with them, if you sew much.  They're pretty much the gold standard, and yet they won't break the bank.  It's an uncommon combination.  What the manufacturer says about these badboys is sufficient, so I'll let them do the technical explanation: "The 8 inch Dressmaker’s Shears have a versatile longer length cut and blades strong enough to trim and cut multiple layers of fabric effortlessly. The longer cut is ideal for cutting out patterns and trimming seams. Gingher’s precision ground knife edge cuts flawlessly all the way to the points. The bent handle allows for smooth, comfortable cutting across a tabletop or counter."

Basically, if you have to cut fabric on a regular basis, I can recommend no shears as highly as these.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Obsessed with Gemstones!

I've been meaning to create a line of gemstone jewelry for ages.  In March, my friend and I went to Gem Faire, and I was floored by all of the incredible stones available.  I came home and started creating some new pieces - and I am in love with gemstones!  Here are a few of my new pieces.  You can new more at meganmillikendesigns.com

Blue Titanium Quartz Sterling Silver Earrings by Megan Milliken

Apatite Tiny Bar Necklace Gold Filled by Megan Milliken

Labradorite & Moonstone Hoop Earrings Sterling Silver by Megan Milliken


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Playing with Triangle Beads!

I've been playing with CzechMates 2-hole beads a lot at work lately, and I decided to bring a few of the brand new Triangle beads home to do some experimenting with them on my own as well.  My favorite result is these herringbone bracelets, which combine the triangles with SuperDuos in a version of herringbone stitch.  I'm especially partial to the black and silver one - it looks all rock and roll and spikey!