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>

June 27, 2017

Pretty Palettes JUNE 2017 Inspiration and Beads

I received the currently bead selection for the JUNE 2017 Blog Challenge and wanted to show them to you today!

Here is the color palette inspiration - beautiful chocolate, teal, white, red, and khaki! Perfect BOHO colors in my opinion and not hard to imagine something beautiful!

These are the beads I was sent from Molly Schaller.

If you want to participate, head on over to Michael's and pick up the beads:
Better to be quick though- because not all the beads will be available at all Michael's locations. 

Meet me back here tomorrow June 28th, for the reveal of what I create! And of course I'll be linking you to the Halcraft blog so you can see what the other participants come up with as well!

June 19, 2017

Mark Downs

Happy Monday y'all!

In case you missed it on Facebook, I have marked down several items in both my ETSY and Webstore shops- there are SALE SECTIONS in both- just click SALE and you'll be shown all of the marked down listings!

Trying to clean out some older stock so that I can make room for new work!  In some cases, things have been discounted up to 30% off.

QUICK- head on over before it's gone!

June 15, 2017

Free World Wide Shipping!

I definitely know the burden of expensive shipping fees especially overseas. I definitely know the burden of expensive shipping fees especially overseas. I am offering this FREE SHIPPING COUPON CODE for the next two days as a way to say thank you for supporting handmade all over the world!

Valid: June 15-16 2017

June 9, 2017

Stitch Marker Necklaces- Knitting Jewelry

I had been seeing some simpler style Stitch Marker necklaces floating around the internet recently and I thought that maybe I could do something that appealed to a more artistic knitter. Not saying that these don't appeal to artistic people but I just wanted to throw in a few art beads and maybe create something a bit different than what was already being seen out there. You know what I'm saying right??

So this week I started making longer style necklaces, with focal beads at the forefront, situated above a large lobster clasp that would hold all of the stitch markers and some even include a progress keeper if that's more your jam.

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to their favorites markers. And if you are new to the whole knitting terminology - a stitch marker is a small loop or dangling charm that slides onto the knitting needle between stitches to mark a specific technique, stitch, or number of stitches on the needles.
A progress keeper is usually a charm or beaded dangle on a lobster clasp that can be hooked onto your knitted fabric to show how much you've knit since your last session or even to show the right side of the fabric if it's hard to tell.

I have sold a few of these so far, and I have to be honest- I am having such a blast assembling these that I just can't seem to stop! Don't worry- I'm sure I'll get it out of my system and get back to making other necklaces, and bracelets and earrings.... but for today... there are a few more in the works!