Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

For the second year, I decided to participate in Lori Anderson's Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.  This is a great way to motivate myself to use beads I've been hoarding for a (long) while.  This year, I chose several beads out of my stash to create this necklace.

The green bead at the top and the brown one below the wooden bead are from Heirlooms in Glass.  The pinecone is a glass bead I picked up a few years ago at a local craft fair (unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the artist), and the red leaf is by Elaine Ray.  

This came together so easily.  I was afraid the green bead mixed with the red leaf might make it a bit too Christmas-y, but I don't think that's the case.  I strung this on a simple copper chain--anything else felt like overkill.  

I'm very pleased with the results and I think it will be a staple in my wardrobe this winter.

To see what everyone else made, hop on over to Lori's blog at

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


For those of you who plan to do some holiday shopping this weekend, I'm offering 10% off everything in my Etsy shop.  Use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY14 and take care of some gifts, stocking stuffers, or a little something for yourself!  

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


It's a cold, dreary day outside and looks like it's going to snow. Unfortunately there isn't any in the forecast, but I decided to pull out some polymer clay and play last night. I made some small snowflake charms and plan to turn them into earrings before the next real snowflake falls!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Big 4-0

I turned 40 yesterday.  Yep.  The big 4-0.  It didn't bother me as much as turning 30, but still I admit it bothered me a little.  The vain part of me doesn't care about the number--I just don't want to look my age!  I think I'll start telling people I'm 50.  I can imagine them saying "wow--you look good for 50" instead of hearing I'm 40 and saying "is that all?"

Moving on, though, I did have a very nice birthday.  Travis brought home dinner and a cake, and we actually got to spend what was a very nasty evening outside at home.  My kind of night!  Plus, he got me tickets to Barter Theater.  If you're ever in this neck of the woods, I highly recommend a trip there.

I just updated my Etsy shop and renewed some fall listings, including my acorn pendants, like this one:

Happy shopping!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Imagine Bead Blog Hop

A few weeks ago I signed up to participate in a mini blog hop sponsored by Charlie Jacka of Clay Space. Charlie chose three people to receive her Imagine bead, create something, and then blog about it. This is the beautiful pendant I received. 

Naturally, I failed to take a picture of the pendant before I started!  

This is the finished piece. 

I used yellow discs to highlight the area in the star, and black rings to coordinate with the rest of the pendant as well as to dress up the chain. 

This is a fun piece that I can see myself wearing often. I can't wait to hop over and see what everyone else made. To see, visit Charlie's blog at 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wrap bracelets

I've fallen in love with wrap bracelets.  I bought a stretch bracelet at a popular department store a few years ago and loved it, but it wasn't long before the elastic frayed and broke.  I kept the bracelet because I loved the colors of the beads together and I knew I would eventually use them in another project.  This is the result.

I loved this bracelet so much, I decided to make a fall version with some cube beads I had.

These are so quick and easy to make I'm sure I'll be making more soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014