Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Stuff!

A couple of neck pieces in the making:

 In the geometric style that will be hopefully shown in Kate McKinnon's new book (fingers crossed!)

I sold the first two I made already, so now I feel the need to make more.  Especially since the book will be out soon :)

And some new-ish beads:

I have made these in the past, but not for a long while.  Textured hollows, in a pleasing color palette.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Color Palette!

I am calling this on "Barn Wood".  A lovely collection of grays and browns.  On ETSY today!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Knitty Things

Knitted cuffs:
 I have about 15 of these ready to go for the next show :)

And a fabulous knitted necklace:
 It's about 6 feet long with a glass button closure.
You can wrap it up to four times around your neck, depending on the look you're going for.  I have a couple of different colorways ready to go.  Making progress!  Almost ready?  Who am I kidding?  I have a TON of work yet to do before I am good to go to my first show of the year!

Monday, January 21, 2013


 They're not just for February, you know :)
 These are all NEW focal beads!
 I guess I am on a big-bead kick for some reason.
Enjoy :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

More Spacers!

I know, I know.....NOT NEW!  I have lots of these sets listed in my Etsy shop.  But for the first time ever I will have sets of 30 spacers at my shows!  Each set saves you $2.00 off buying them individually.  So save up your pennies because I'll have lots to sell in Des Moines next month!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thanks for the Memories Blog Hop!!

My "Thanks for the Memories Blog Hop" contribution:

 This bracelet has a couple of meanings for me.  Mainly it's about the spacers.  I sell a LOT of spacers at shows and online.  Let's face it....making spacers is boring.  Nothing to get excited about.  Cleaning them is a pain too.  But I make them.  Why?

  For this guy:

This is Ayden.  He had a rough start.  He is the reason I do whatever I have to do to make sure his life goes as smoothly as humanly possible from now on.  So every spacer I have to make (and clean!) is for this guy's future.  And believe me, most days I need a reminder why I make these little buggers:)

Have I told you that I come from a long line of crafty/creative people?  This is bracelet is also about them.  See the vintage crystal at the end of this bracelet?  (sorry about the crappy light today!)

That is a nod to all the people that have come before me.  My grandmothers, my mother....I would like to think they are proud of me, and my business.  So a tiny reminder to carry on.  Even when it gets tough.

Now...please go visit the other participants in the blog hop:

Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things

 Adlinah Kamsir                   Dream Struck Designs
 Aimee Biondolillo               Aimee's Jewelry Treasures
 Alicia Marinache                 All the Pretty Things 
 Andra Marasteanu               Handmade by Indra Marasteanu 
 Andrea Trank                      Heaven Lane Creations
 April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Barb Solem                         Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery                         Stories by Indigo Heart
Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper's Gems
Cassi Paslick                       Beads: Rolling Downhill
Catherine King                    Catherine's Musings
Cece Cormier                      The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz                     Juniper Goods
Charissa Nesler                   FireStorm Designs
Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space
Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry

Christine Stonefield            Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                      It's My Sea of Dreams
Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts
Debbie Rasmussen             A little of this, a little of that
Denielle Hagerman             Some Beads... and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas
Diane Hawkey                    diane hawkey
Dita Basu                            ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington             Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell     Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant
Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz                  Treasures Found
Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements
Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry
Heather Marston                 CSW Designs
Inge von Roos                    Inge's Blog

Jacqueline Marchant          Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp                         Celebrating Life!
Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Do!
Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo                   Peppa's Dream
Jennifer VanBenschoten    Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren                  Cellar Door Jewelry
Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams                     lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton            It's a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne                   josjewels1
Jodie Marshall                    Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations
John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC
JuLee Wolfe                       The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean                           Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                   Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                         The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton                       Backstory Beads
Kat Douglas                       Washoe Kat's
Kay Bolton                        Toodles and Binks
Kelly Hosford Patterson     The Traveling SideShow
Kim Ballor                          Vitamin C ... A Daily Does of Creativity
Kim Dworak                       CianciBlue
Kim Houston                       The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs
Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Lena Adams (Mari's daughter) -- TBA
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Florian                       Lily's of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Linda Inhelder                     Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                      Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver                            Fancee That
Lori Bowring Michaud        Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                    Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry
Marie Covert                      Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite     bennubirdrising
Marlene Cupo                        Amazing Designs by Marlene
Martha Aleo                           Ornamento
Marti Conrad                          Marti's Buttons -n- Beads
Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars                        MLH Jewelry Designs
Mary Lindell                          Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry
Maureen Connolly                 Mrs Beadsley's Workshop
Maybeline Tay                       The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                         The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                      one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta                         Menka's Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz              la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi               Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody               Who Does She Bead She Is?
Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles -- Spirited Earth
Nancy Pedersen                    Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                      Bead It and Weep
Pam Farren                           re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister        The Crazy Creative Corner

Priya Krish                           Hellopalz  
Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca's Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
Sabine Dittrich                     perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe                          Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff                    Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode                         Pookledo
Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence
Serena Trent                         All Things Made Jewelry
Shai Williams                       Shaiha's Ramblings
Sharon Palac                        Sharon's Jewelry Garden
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson    Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner        Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre'z                         Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler              Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G.                                Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo
Terry Matuszyk                    Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art
Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten's Jewelry
Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi's Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets

Friday, January 11, 2013

New Beads!

Large focal cones!  Love them :)

Each beads measures about 1 3/4 inches long.  Nice.  Just the tip of the iceberg over here......lots of new stuff for you to fondle at my next show.  February in Des Moines. Who does not love that?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Christmas Swap!

Okay...due to the fact that BOTH Ayden and I have been horribly sick over the holidays.......I did not get around to opening my swap gifts.  But today I sat at the kitchen table and had a little Ayden-is-back-to-school-so-I-will-open-all-my-gifts party.

Not exactly how it is supposed to be done, but what can I say?  Illness is running through my town like swamp water.  A quick pic is all you're gonna get too.  Sad state of affairs over here, let me tell ya!  I do love all my gifts, and so appreciate everyone making them and going to the expense of shipping them!

Now i am going to go take a nap.  Maybe tomorrow I will actually get around to making a few beads?