Friday, December 13, 2013

A Grandmother's Bracelet

This is actually the 3rd one that I've made.  I finished one for my mom, who then wanted me to make one for my aunt and now my cousin would like one for her mother-in-law.  So maybe I've actually made a somewhat 'popular' design.  It's just sparkly and pretty understated, unless you know what the colors mean. 
A stone for each child and/or grandchild.  This bracelet can look all sorts of ways depending on when the birth month of the children and grandchildren.  My mom's looked pretty Christmas-sy since 3 of her children/grandchildren were born in July (Siam/Ruby color) and one in May (Emerald). 
Here's the latest...

Among Other Things...

Once again, I was asked to submit some items to sell as part of the Cincy Craft Cartel at the 1305 Gallery.  They have an annual Yuletide where you can buy locally-made, handmade items from many talented artists.  I was working through November to make more items.  Here's just some of the jewelry for sale there.

I really had fun making earrings this time around - and make 40 pairs for the show - lots of festive things and bright colors.  I think that's what I need when it gets colder and so dark for so much of the day.  I long for the days where I can go for a run at 8:45pm and make it home before the sun goes down (and where its warm enough to be wearing shorts and a t-shirt at that time!).  In the meantime, I'll just have to keep making jewelry. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Beadweaving... A little something special

Oh!  How I've admired these for awhile and awaited the time when I could take on the challenge of these beautiful bracelets!  I finally got the pattern and decided to put other things on hold, while I took this project on.  And they did take time, a little here, a little there.  A little while helping the kids with coloring and workbooks and homework and a little while watching some tv late at night. 
And then the finished product....

Aren't they stunning?  I could tell from just doing the first steps of the bracelet that they would be gorgeous - the beads for the first right angle weave just feel silky.  The pattern and kits are called 'Othello' from TamaraScottDesigns
I would highly recommend the patterns.  Very easy instructions.  And the results are so pretty - I've gotten lots of compliments when wearing them. 

Can't wait to try them in different colors!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Working with Vintaj

I updated some of my Vintaj pendant styles for a more casual look...

 And have been working on some fall earrings with the unique Czech glass elements...

Look for them in Etsy!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

When was the last time?

Wow!  It has been awhile.  I actually took a bit of a hiatus from making jewelry - trying to not spend as much on jewelry components and getting a grasp on what kinds of things I would like to make. 
Instead, I've been working on other crafts - knitting, crocheting, cardmaking, and even a little needlepoint bracelet ....
(This is from a kit by Dimensions called Savvy Stitches)
So what better motivation is there to make jewelry than reorganizing all of my stuff and really figuring out what I have and where it is located.  So I spent some time working on that and just this week, got my groove back with some much desired time at my desk.

And sometimes motivation comes from having a family member pick out beads and designing from there...

I also have some new items that will be listed on Etsy soon!  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


I've also made some new styles of earrings - have you seen some of the new beads or doodads at Hobby Lobby - very bohemian style, very cute...
 And some more gemstones, this time it is jade...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Some Updates

I've still been working on jewelry, even though I may not have posted about it. 
Even tried some new beadweaving - albeit simpler beadweaving items (one pattern from the latest Beadwork magazine and the other from a Bead & Button source) ...

And I'm actually in the process of listing some new items on Etsy!

 And trying some other new backgrounds...  I've figured out that I really like wearing pearl and gemstone jewelry, but yet like to use all different types of material when I'm making jewelry. 


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Hop

Yeah!  It's finally here.  The first reveal date for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Hop!!!
I've been wanting to do this for over a year, so to say I was excited to participate is a little bit of an understatement. 

Here's the reminder of the beautiful beads I received from Kristen Stevens....

You know, some beads really speak to me and I can quickly visualize how I will use them and other, well, they take some time to sink in and figure out. 

This second set (and most of the first set), I knew how I wanted it to look right away and with a few tweaks, it came out rather quickly from the design to the finished product.   All of the garnet red and grey beads look flattering together.  This is something straightforward to highlight these awesome handmade beaded beads (made by Kristen herself!).  The focal is a little off center, which is balanced nicely with some of the other larger handmade beads.  I think I will enjoy wearing this - the best of both worlds of beadweaving and a little wirework. 

And this one I fiddled with for awhile - letting it percolate and trying to think what colors to use with the (Suburban Girl) pendant and how to hang the pendant so it looks like it fits in with everything and not just added at the last moment.  I think it turned out quite nicely, no?  And actually this focal helped me use up some of my own bead soup that I've had for quite awhile.  I liked the hidden patina in the pendant and drew that color out with the green gemstone beads (no idea what they are).  And mixed it all with brass and copper beads - even added a copper coil around the pendant hook so it all goes together.  If you can see the small bronzey coppery beads that make up most of the chain - they have a flower motif on them - which reminds me of the pendant.  And a handmade copper hook clasp to finish it off. 

This has been so fun!  It is nice knowing someone else out there in the bead community.
Thank you Lori Anderson for hosting this blog hop - it is so much fun!
First, check out my partners site for what she made!  Kristen Stevens -
Then, check out everybody else.  The list is long...

Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe*YOU ARE HERE*

Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens*MY PARTNER*
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday