November 17, 2017

October 31, 2017

Trying to find my muse

Have been having a bit of trouble getting back into seriously focused work mode for quite a while now. Going away to Rhinebeck NY for the Wool and Sheep Festival to hang out with all my knitting friends didn't really help matters much.  I usually don't have trouble switching gears like this but right now- all I want to do is knit.

However I forced myself to stay in the studio for the majority of the day yesterday and cranked out some pieces that have revitalized me a bit.

Each unique in their own way but all encompassing that earthy feeling that my work portrays on a regular basis. I feel like I'm getting there.

These are all available now in my ETSY shop.

October 25, 2017


Today I am purging.

As I look around my cluttered office, studio space, and even my spare bedroom- all of this stuff I haven't touched.

This leads to clutter of my brain. I can't concentrate. I can't focus.

SO I am purging.

So far- 1 bag of leather scraps. gone.

9 books. gone.

1 hammer. gone.

A file set. gone.

bead storage containers. gone.

10 gauge Copper wire. gone.

4 bags of vintage buttons. gone.

And that didn't even make a dent.

I haven't even started collecting all of the beads to destash.

October 17, 2017

Rhinebeck or Bust!

I am heading back to the Wool and Sheep festival in Rhinebeck NY this weekend and I could use some fun money. Enjoy this little sale for the rest of the week. Spend at least $25 and get 30% off your entire order!
Etsy site equires no coupon code.

Website requires coupon code: RHINEBECK17
THANK FOR TAKING A PEEK! The shops are chock full!

September 27, 2017

Pretty Palettes September Reveal

Today is the day to reveal the finished projects using the September Halcraft Pretty Palettes beads!! This was such a great selection of beads- it was so easy to put a necklace together in this color palette. The soft purples and bright teals and Blues really sing together - I mean seriously! Look at that yarn in the inspiration photo!!!

Both Molly and I are knitters, and I know she would agree that this palette would make a nice Fade, eh girl?? Fading lights to dark- an ombre effect, is ALL THE RAGE right now in knitting.

Here are the beads:

For my necklace, I used a little bit of everything and knotted the beads on a lilac colored waxed linen cording.  To bring it around full circle, I kept with the knitting theme, and stamped some custom charms for the focal- 1 reads  Keep Calm Knit On, and the other reads K2TOG or Knit two together- a common knitting instruction.

The gorgeous hollow lamp work glass bead is from my friend Heather Sellers! I flanked it between 2 handmade nickel silver bead caps. 

As always, such a blast to use Bead Gallery beads from Halcraft! If you'd like to see what everyone else has made for the challenge this month, head over there to the Halcraft blog!
And as always, follow their blog to find out what the next challenge will be, and
head to Michael's to pick up the beads so you can share your work with us too!

September 19, 2017

Pretty Palettes Challenge September Beads and Inspiration

This month, the inspiration photo is near and dear to my heart. YARN!!

The color palette is a beautiful mixture of light grey, dark grey, teal, royal blue, and purples. GORGEOUS!!

Here are the beads that arrived.... I will be using these for my next Pretty Palettes challenge piece, which will be revealed Wednesday, Sept. 27 over at Which means! You have plenty of time to head over to Michael's to pick up your beads to play along with me!

Now head on over to THIS POST and read the rules!

And I'll see you back there next Wednesday!

September 4, 2017

One Day Only Labor Day SALE

Use coupon code LABORDAY17 to get 25% off all orders placed in my online web store, and ETSY shops today!

August 30, 2017

August Reveal: Pretty Palettes Challenge

I was smitten with the color palette for this month and jumped at another opportunity to participate in the Pretty Palettes Challenge at Halcraft


This month's inspiration photo is this gorgeous scene of a pond laden with lily pads. Soft pinks, browns, greens, and some bling, the collection of beads put together this month were perfect!

Here are the beads we used this month:

I of course, forgot to photograph my beads, and will be sharing Molly's photo here:  THANKS MOLLY!

For this challenge, I created 2 necklaces. The first, a double stranded necklace featuring all of the beads, strung in repeating pattern. The closure, was one from my stash- a porcelain Flower disc from Round Rabbit Extra, and an enameled button from Gardanne Beads.

The button loop was made with deerskin leather, and a Tierra Cast snap Rivet.

The second necklace I created was a single beaded strand, with a gorgeous handmade polymer Lotus flower pendant from Barbara Bechtel that I have hoarded in my stash for many years.  I threw in a Pewter Green Girl Studios bird because well.... I think all jewelry should have one! :)

As always, such a blast to use Bead Gallery beads from Halcraft! If you'd like to see what everyone else has made for the challenge this month, head over there to the Halcraft blog!
And as always, follow their blog to find out what the next challenge will be, and
head to Michael's to pick up the beads so you can share your work with us too!

August 4, 2017

Pretty Palettes Challenge- July Reveal a tad late

What with my current chaotic schedule, I wasn't able to get my Pretty Palettes piece done until today. Sorry about that! I never even had a chance to blog the beads that came from Molly/Halcraft.

This month’s Bead Gallery beads:
Here is the inspiration picture:


I didn't end up using the Orange swirl Czech glass lentils or the double drilled Czech glass squares for my finished necklace... but here it is:

I revisited a design using the wooden house focal and Green Girl Studios bird button and paired it with this month's beads along with a ceramic stick bead from Round Rabbit Extra.  It's a fun asymmetrical design that could work in any season.  The front toggle is from Vintaj Brass Co. along with the pewter arrow toggle bar.
The beads are strung on waxed linen cording.

I am looking forward to next month's selection, you can see a sneak peek of that HERE on the Halcraft blog. I promise to be more timely in showing you the beads, and finished pieces next month!!

August 1, 2017

The Jewelry Roll

It's been a while since I've sewn up some jewelry rolls and after a request rolled in a few days ago I figured I would sit down and do a few. The process took a little bit longer this time just because I was learning the steps again... luckily I had some good notes written for the pattern.

I wanted to create a jewelry roll that would better suit a jewelry collection like mine. Chunky beaded jewelry.

I'm sure I've talked about these before on the blog so I won't bore you too much with a lot of commentary.

These twill loops can hold earrings, bracelets or necklaces.... whatever you have!

The Earring trim is situated above smaller pockets for extra protection of your long dangly earrings.  You can use this for French earwires or studs! To prevent from them poking through, attach the earrings back to front and secure them.

The large zippered pocket can hold a variety of things... bracelets, rings, bangles....

Elastic loops pull around the roll to secure it.
In this new version I included 2 loops on the top edge, so that you can hang it on your wall when it's not being used for travel.

Available HERE.

July 28, 2017

Psssst! There's a sale!

It's been a quiet week since I've been back to work outside the home full time. I hope this little incentive will be a way to rejuvenate me. I'm back in the studio next wed. and Fri.- so expect new work then!
Happy Friday!
Coupon good in ETSY and my WEBSTORE

July 11, 2017

Restocked some supplies

It was getting really bad-  bad, as in- I didn't have a single earring wire, no clasps..... I was mostly using some findings here and there from my local craft stores. I bit the bullet and placed a few orders this past week.
Chain from Chain Gallery at Stocked up on spools of figure 8 chain and some fringe chain.
I got a huge order from Vintaj Brass Co..... all the brass findings, toggles, clasps, headpins, and even crimp tubes. I was even out of crimps!
I ordered several things from Fusion Beads, such as Liver of Sulphur gel, (they have new smaller bottles!) some silver wire, some nickel sheet, and some magatama seed beads.
And finally I placed a large order at Green Girl Studios to stock up on my favorite pewter art beads and should have those soon!

Feels so much easier to create now that I have some supplies to use!! DUH... I know!

June 28, 2017

Pretty Palettes June Reveal

June's Pretty Palettes inspiration this month is one of my favorite color combinations ever. It's so bold and eye-catching and draws you in effortlessly! So you can expect my delight when I opened my bead package from Challenge host Molly Schaller! 

The photo where the color inspiration came from is this :

A beautiful shot of some books, and that black and white graphic zippered pouch- WOW! That's gorgeous!

Here are the beads we used in this month's challenge:

And here are my finished pieces using these beads, plus a few from my own bead stash....

What can I say!? I was totally inspired and it was not hard whatsoever to come up with 5 separate designs- so totally effortless!

The first piece, is this Chunky beaded necklace using the Bead Gallery large silver plated saucers - I used them with some deep red seed beads from Allegory Gallery  - along with some coral top drilled briolettes that I had in my stash.  Separating the beads, are the Bead Gallery silver plated spacers. The clasp is an old vintage button. This would be a great piece layered with a small silver chain necklace or worn by itself as a statement piece.

The second piece is a funky double strand bracelet. I used the Bead Gallery cracked agate ovals and the Bead Gallery 6mm white howlite rounds with  brass double strand toggle clasp. I threw in a few more of those bright red coral briolettes to match the Bead Gallery red dyed bamboo coral chips that are wire wrapped on brass head pins at either side of the center Agate coin. Those Bead Gallery silver plated spacers are so versatile!

Another necklace design is this Fun asymmetrical piece that highlights some artist beads from Heather Millican of The main beads are the Bead Gallery red dyed bamboo coral chips but I added a few of the faceted rondelles in the  Bead Gallery aqua painted glass mix

The dotted tubes are some of my African trade beads from my stash. The gorgeous etched beach pebble from my friend D'Arsie Manzella acts as the button clasp. And of course, there are those silver plated spacers again!

This third necklace was created using more of the Bead Gallery aqua painted glass mix  and the Bead Gallery fire crackle agate 14mm lentils and one of the Bead Gallery cracked agate ovals with a few of those  Bead Gallery 6mm white howlite rounds.  I added an etched beach pebble layered with a pewter Disc both from Mamacita Beadworks...

To pull in a bit more of the silver color I used a Nickel buffalo button, and a small pewter charm from Tierra Cast. The button loop is made with some metallic round leather cord from

And finally.... the second bracelet I created- matches the necklace above, perfectly!  THAT AGATE FOCAL BEAD, thought, AMIRIGHT??
So gorgeous, it had to be the main attraction to this piece of jewelry... no ifs ands or buts about it!

I used a bunch of the Bead Gallery 6mm white howlite rounds paired with the smallest rounds from the Bead Gallery aqua painted glass mix and some deep red seed beads from my stash. There are a couple of these plated spacers in there, and there at the clasp is another gorgeous Buffalo button.  This is my favorite out of all of them, UGH, I just love it!

These challenges keep getting more and more fun to do! They remind of those Michael's Blog hop challenges I used to host back in the day, remember those?? 

If you'd like to see what other participants of this challenge created with these Bead Gallery beads, head on over to the Halcraft Blog today and if you yourself created anything with the beads, be sure to enter your link into the linky thing at the bottom of their blog post!

Happy hopping!

All jewelry can be found for sale on my website. HERE>