July 21, 2014

Impromptu Tag Sale

These pieces were returned to me today from the gift shop at the museum. Some of these have been there for a long long LONG time. I dropped off some new pieces to them about 2 weeks ago and they made room for the new jewelry by returning some of these older pieces. Many of these were at one point listed online for sale, but their listings have since expired. So I will be listing them here for sale instead of my online stores.   Please read all details for each piece, and click the coordinating Paypal BUY IT NOW button.  Feel free to email me with questions.  Shipping international- I will send a separate invoice for shipping to other countries outside of US. Domestic shipping is free.

Seahorse Necklace: Indonesian glass beads, Jade Briolettes, faceted pink stones, Wood coin, Resin and Copper seahorse pendant from Jade Scott. Copper hook clasp. Measures 19.75 inches

Flower Pendant Necklace:  Indonesian Glass. Rubber O rings, Glass rondelles, Waxed linen cording, Ceramic donut from Kristie Roeder, Vintage brass shank button, matte olive seed beads. Measures 18 inches  $45.00

Mushroom Wrap Bracelet: Jobs Tears Seeds, Polymer mushroom disc, disc bead, and charm: Humblebeads. Wire wrapped glass bell flower dangles. Memory wire. Wraps 2.5 times around the wrist. fits like a bangle  $32

Star Bracelet: Wood nuggets. Ceramic beads- Diane Hawkey. Star Charm- MissFickleMedia, brass findings and lobster clasp- Vintaj Brass Co. Blue seed beads.  Measures 8 inches  $38.00

Beaded Necklace: Brass tube beads, bead caps, and focal clasp- Vintaj Brass Co. Seafoam green faceted glass beads, Smoky Quartz rounds, Amazonite rondelles, and lamp work glass. Measures 19.75 inches.  $48

Acorn Bracelet: Wood rounds, Felted wool beads, Lampwork glass focal, Hammered brass clasp. Acorn charm- SummerStudiosEtc. Lampwork headpin (Gardanne beads) . Amazonite rondelles. Peanut seed beads. Brass findings- Vintaj Brass CO. Measures 8.25 inches

July 19, 2014

Happy Weekend

Yesterday yielded these two finished products. They both took me some time to assemble which is rare. I usually tend to be faster when it comes to creating but for some reason I really wanted to take my time and not rush through these. And to be honest I had a lot more fun when slowing down and enjoyed the process.

This necklace was a recreation of something I did a long time ago and the lentils were actually ceramic coin beads from Summers Studios. In this piece I used Golem Studio lentils in an orange, aqua blue and brown palette.  The focal beads are from Gaea and the ceramic toggle is from Starry Road Studio. That section of chain is embellished with glass flower dangles. This piece sold very quickly and will be shipping out to Massachusetts today!

When I was in California, Amy Freeland gave me the most beautiful tin that at one time held hand lotion. It has the most beautiful birds on  the lid and I used one of them to create one of my riveted bracelet Focals. What I love about this piece is that I took some time to think about the connectors and ended up finding these awesome leather components from Tierra Cast. I will definitely be ordering more of these because they work so well with my focal!! I attached some deerskin leather to one side, and then one of Tree Wing Studios handmade leather feathers on the other side with a bird toggle from Green Girl Studios. Especially proud of this little number. It's available for sale here.

July 17, 2014

Jade Scott Pendant Update today


Time: 1:00 pm central time

Where: Jadescott.etsy.com

What: Resin pendants! All handmade and lovely one of a kind components for your jewelry designs!

July 16, 2014

Michael's Challenge and Blog Hop Reveal Day

I jumped at the chance to co-host this new blog challenge and blog hop with Heather Powers when she asked me last month. She had been inspired by a print of paisley and picked out pretty coordinating beads at her local Michaels. We've opened up the challenge to whoever wanted to play along and today we are all revealing our finished pieces in a blog hop! 

Here are the beads we've all used:

Reconstituted Turquoise White Rondel 93741
Aqua 9.5 x 10mm Table Cut Glass 55809
Purple Glass Round 6mm 80842
Aqua Opaque Table Cut Glass 99069
Bone Amber Rectangle 12 x 20mm 93294
Round Cut Horn Beads 91920
Green Ceramic 12mm Round 92927

When I was on the airplane going to California last week I noticed a beautiful girl in the row ahead of me. She was wearing a large stack of beaded stretch bracelets and the look was really great. I think she had to have at least 10-12 bracelets on but they really packed a punch worn all together. That was my inspiration for this challenge. Stacks.

The small bone rondelles are bunched together on 4 strands with some ribbed bone rounds that I got in California. I used some Magenta 4 ply waxed linen cording to tie it all together. I created a riveted leather button loop and put on this pretty filigree vintage button as the clasp. I used one of the bone amber rectangles as the focal piece since I had one left over from another bracelet.

I knotted the 6mm glass rounds on teal 4 ply waxed linen cording, and added in some of the teal and bronze table cut glass beads for this double wrapped bracelet with some brass findings. 

Here I strung the opaque green table cut glass beads with iridescent metallic glass rondelles and one of Gaea's new Flower focal beads. The clasp is actually a piece of stretchy cord strung through a slider bead.

Another stretchy bracelet, this one I used the bone amber rectangles and the round cut horn beads on black stretch cord. Simple but looks great layered with any of the other bracelets.

Another stretchy bracelet, this one with the large green ceramic rounds, but to embellish it I wrapped some gorgeous hand dyed Rayon gimp cord. 

Here is a few shots of them all together.  

Love how they looked all stacked on my arm! They are really fun and there are so many possibilities if you didn't want to wear them ALL together, you could pair any of them and they would look fabulous!

If you are participating in the challenge, go over to Heather's blog http://humblebeads.blogspot.com and add your link 
with the Link Up tool. Have fun hopping through all of the participants today!

July 15, 2014

A Photo Diary of California

We arrived Thursday night and caught this gorgeous sunset. 

We stayed in this Melrose inspired hotel in the heart of downtown L.A. A little sketchy
but we are a tough group. We handled it.

Friday, Amy took me to some bead shops in L.A. Beads and More, BergerBeads- they reminded me of NYC bead shops. Both were really cool. We had a blast.

I got yelled at for taking these pics, but they said as long as they didn't have staff in them.  :)

One of the employees took this pic of us one our way out. 

Walking back to the car, we ran into a pretty sweet flower shop that had these beauties outside on display. Had to snap a quick pic. So pretty!

After the bead shopping we grabbed some lunch at Philippe's and had french dip sandwiches that were to die for.

We went and hung out at The Grove and kept our eyes peeled for celebrities. None. 

Amy smelled every candle in Anthropologie.

I fell in love with the Jacaranda trees.

We chilled at Amy's hotel til Joe was out of his meetings that day.

Enjoyed a fun ride back to our hotel with the top down in Mimi miata.

Amy discovers SNAPCHAT. Look OUT.

We took countless selfies and had good gut laughs.

Saturday we drove down to Venice Beach. And walked the mile to the water. Man, that beach was huge. The ocean was Frigid.

We took more selfies. Well, cuz that's how we roll.

We drove to Santa Monica. And at at this amazing food truck parked right by the ocean. Amy enjoyed the Fish sliders, and I had a fish rice bowl. Both outstanding. 

To continue one with the California Bead Tour of 2014 (*named by Diana P! ) we
enjoyed the afternoon at Beadahs which was AWESOME. 

Had to document some palm trees. I mean come on. They're everywhere.
I like this artsy fartsy shot.

We refreshed ourselves with Sangrias after the bead shopping. A great little spanish tapas joint in Santa Monica.

Saturday night we whisked Joe away from it all and went to Newport Beach where we enjoyed some In N Out Burger and checked out the Super Moon at the pier. A gorgeous night!


Amy took me to the Rosebowl Flea Market in Pasadena On Sunday. An ENORMOUS flea market full of the most amazing things. It was brutally hot on that pavement. But this tin made it all worth it.

Some shots of the beads I brought home!

 This trip was priceless for me. Worth every airplane mile, and every dollar spent on parking. To spend 4 days with one of my best bead BFF's - it just doesn't get any better than that. I count down the days til I can back out there!