Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thinking of Sun

More of my new suncatchers made with small Swarovski crystals and glass beads. The large crystal dangles are German crystals and antique chandelier crystals. Now if we only had some sun........
All have been  SOLD

Spring green.
Sky blues. 
Purple is always a favorite.
Small, dainty and colorful.
More spring green.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Peruvian Opal

So pretty and delicate.
A small Peruvian opal drop 0.5 inches long hangs from satin brown seed beads
accented with silver plated round beads. The dainty silver-plated toggle clasp is decorated with a heart. 
The necklace is 15.5 inches in length. SOLD

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Maria at Old Town Custom Framing and Gallery in Silverdale sold this beautiful moonstone necklace for me  recently. I stopped in yesterday to add some new items including my new suncatchers. She has a lovely gallery and does excellent framing work. Stop on in the next time you are in Silverdale. Check out her website for hours and location.

SOLD! Fire and Ice red glass beads with moonstones

New suncatchers!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Green

I love this color combination. It inspired by a red headed friend of mine. The green looks beautiful against her pale complexion and the copper is set off by her pretty red hair. This is a 1-inch faceted green jasper teardrop with copper seed beads, small green jasper cubes and copper heishi's. An antique brass button clasp completes the piece. All have been  SOLD

 This one is a 1-inch faceted green jasper teardrop nestled between filigree copper beads. Copper seed beads, green jasper rectangles and copper heishi's end at an antique copper toggle.

Stone Trivia:  Jasper brings joy into life. Green Jasper brings on rain and helps restore the sense of smell.

Healing ability: Medicinal values were long attributed to jasper, including a belief that wearing it strengthened the stomach. Jasper was also believed to cure gynecological problems.

Mystical power: Jasper was thought to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. The Mystical Birthstone for October.

** This information is provided for curiosity only and is in no way meant to be medical advice.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pink Blush Pearls

These are so feminine and soft. Perfect for spring of a gift for mothers day. Pearls are the birthstone for May 21 - June 21. They are also the gift for the 1st year of marriage.

All have been  SOLD
Pink dyed freshwater pearls, pale pink Czech crystals, clear teardrops with dainty rose seed beads encircle your neck. Hearts and toggle clasp are gold plated.

Pearls are less durable than most gems. They are sensitive to acids, dryness, and humidity. If you wear cosmetics, perfume or a hair spray, put these on before wearing your pearl jewelry. When taking off your pearls, wipe them with a dry, lint-free cloth. If needed, clean your pearls with warm soapy water being very careful to not get water into the drill hole as the pearl may discolor. Dry your pearls flat on an absorbent soft (preferably lint-free) towel.

Pearls are said to eliminate emotional imbalances. They help one master the heart chakra, aid stomach, spleen, intestinal tract & ulcer problems. Pearls are also said to help one see themselves and help improve self-worth. As an emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, the pearl symbolizes love, success, and happiness.
(This information is provided for curiosity only and is in no way meant to be medical advice)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Just Listed

I am working to list a number of items in my online store this week. Yesterday I listed this pretty
jasper necklace. Shades of brown, golds, amber and topaz have always been favorites of mine - all things fall.

I make earrings to match all my necklaces, although rarely do folks buy both. I end up with many orphan earrings and often have to remake earrings to match necklaces after someone purchases the earrings. SOLD

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gift of Beads

In the last month I have received 2 very nice gifts of beads. The most recent was a whole box that a friend had been given from her friend. Last weekend I drove up to Whidbey Island where my friend and several women in her family had gathered. We spent a whole afternoon digging through the box and each of them made something. The 3 little girls with us had a blast making some very sparkly necklaces and bracelets.

I have sorted and organized my new treasures into colors and type. Yes I know I am anal, but having them in a jumble makes me crazy! Many of the new beads are crystals and I am using them in my new suncatchers. I'll post more pictures when they are done.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Repair, Remake, Match

I often get forlorn packages in the mail with parts and orphans, sometimes my designs, sometimes not. I also get requests to make something to match a piece a customer already has. Recent projects included:

I repaired a broken bracelet that I had given a friend of mine. It was a very old design and I have upgraded materials since I made this one. I now use wire that is 49 strands - that means it is very strong and flexible and will not break (under normal wear) or kink.

Another friend wanted earrings to match a necklace she had purchased from me previously. Luckily I still had some of the same color beads. I gave her 3 options to choose from. 
The necklace to match.

I like the center one best, but we will see which she chooses.

I had to cannibalize a bracelet of my own for parts for an order. I finally had a chance to remake it. This is a real oldie - but I love turquoise. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


 I just listed four of my ever popular bangles in my Online Boutique. These easy to wear bracelets continue to be my most popular sellers. No clasp makes them easy to put on and take off. Memory wire makes them indestructible. And they come in a rainbow of colors.

Royal Blue Iris

Topaz Brown

Emerald Green

Fire and Ice

Friday, March 4, 2011

Saturday Art Walk

Tomorrow check out the Gig Harbor first-saturday-art-walk and look for Beadware at one of Gig Harbor's newest galleries - Jigamagig. See you there!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Catch a ray of Sun

My newest version of suncatchers turned out nicely. So nice in fact that the gallery I took them to yesterday took all 20 of them (as well as a bunch of other things!). Thanks to Trina of Woven Chains for the gift of many of the smaller crystals in the hangers. You can see the suncatchers in person at Jigamagig Gallery in Gig Harbor.

 All have been  SOLD

Some sun would help make them sparkle.

Browns. The small moon and octagon are $18. The others are $25. The medium size teardrop is German crystal and the large teardrops are antique chandelier crystals. 
Ocean Blues.
This style is my favorite. German crystals.
Round German crystals. 
Royal Blue. Antique chandelier crystals.
Amethyst. Antique chandelier crystals.
I really like the small glass teardrops that decorate these German crystals.