March 25, 2017

Come on In - it's Bead Soup Blog Party!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog hop!

If you are new and aren't familiar with the blog hop, here's how it works.  We (the participants) were paired up with a partner and the object of the game was to swap our most coveted hoarded beads, along with coordinating pieces if we chose to.   Once we got the beads in the mail, our only task was to create something using the beads we were sent and to blog about it on Hop day. Which is TODAY! yay!

My partner this go-around was the lovely Ann Schroeder.  You can find her blog and what I sent to her, HERE> ANN'S BLOG ....BUT WAIT! Don't go yet!!  You haven't seen MY piece yet!

So as you can see above, Ann sent me a wonderful assortment of coordinating beads.  The top Left was the Piece de Resistance.   A lovely Ceramic lentil from Joan Miller Porcelain.  She also seen some Wooly Wire, some faceted stones, a lovely handmade hook clasp, Linen cording, Sari Silk, and a couple of strands of glass.

I have to be honest. I procrastinated. I only just created my finished piece, yesterday. YEP. Yesterday!  Nothing like working under pressure eh??

So I sat down this morning, and pulled out my beads.... and let them do the talking. It didn't take long! They had a lot to say!

I created a long Lariat style necklace using the Sari silk, the Joan Miller focal bead, and some of the stones and glass beads. I added in my own wire, and pewter Bird button from Green Girl Studios.

I am on a total bird kick lately so it was not a surprise that I pulled in a bird element for my finished piece. 

Flipping around online today, revealed that there is one overwhelming trend these days that cannot be ignored. The tassel. So I knew I wanted to incorporated some sort of tassel element in this piece.

I used the linen cording, to string the glass bead dangles. And frayed the bottoms of the cording for a bit of a more rustic look- to go along with the Sari silk.  On the ends of the silk, I added wire wrapped beads.

The Focal bead- is strung on the linen cording, and anchored onto the silk with knots.  The bird is anchored above the focal bead, And the silk is doubled and knotted, creating a natural button loop at the end, that attaches to the button at the front.

I wrapped wire around the silk necklace, and thread on a few of the faceted stones, for a little extra interest, and it provides a bit of structure to the necklace itself.

 I really dig it! It's just what I had envisioned and I think I showcased Ann's favorite beads in a unique and funky way! I can't wait to see what she thinks of it ... and I can't wait to see what she created!

Here is the blog hop list!

Happy Hopping!

Julia Lund-Trott
Jean Wells
Joelyn Bissing

March 20, 2017

Laurel's Bead Box- Dreaming of Mermaids

Who doesn't love a curated box of beads where all you have to do is pretty much assemble the beads?! I certainly do because it takes the guess work out of it, makes things a bit quicker,  and easier!

Meet my friend Laurel of Laurel Moon Jewelry. She's the mastermind behind the Laurel's Bead Box- be sure to follow her on Facebook:

Laurel was kind enough to let me try a box- and she sent me the current blue green Dreaming of Mermaids themed box.  I agreed to review this box because I have been a long time fan of Laurel's etched copper pieces, and you may have seen them pop up in my designs in the past year. I kind of figured whatever it was she had up her sleeve was going to be great, and I was right.

First of all. Get a load of this- it comes in this awesome reusable round box. I LOVE that!

But the magic, is INSIDE!

Taken from the ETSY listing:
This is the special edition "Dreaming of Mermaids" debut box! It contains:

*a handmade ceramic wave pendant by Melanie Brooks from Earthenwood Studios

*a handmade ceramic "Dream" pendant by Diane Hawkey

*a handmade pewter mermaid bead by Green Girl Studios

*a handmade etched copper mermaid pendant featuring an amazing design by Cynthia Thornton from Green Girl Studios and etched by me - Laurel Moon Copper

*an assortment of freshwater pearls

*an assortment of apatite, cooperite, and amazonite semiprecious stone beads

*an assortment of faceted Czech glass rondelles

*an assortment of shell pendants

*an antiqued copper beadcap

*an assortment of vintage German glass beads

*a thread tassel

That's an exceptional collection of components that all coordinate together for the Mermaid theme! I love a good ocean theme, especially in the dead of winter when all I can think about is having sun on my face. This box retails for $40. You could also check out the rest of the Etsy shop to get any other additional beads and components to go with this collection- Laurel has a large inventory of premium beads!

It didn't take me long to get creating with this set, and I sat down and created two pieces so far. I haven't used all of the components yet. I still have a few more things to work with but have set them aside so I could hurry up and get this blog post up. 

I made this necklace first- using the Pewter mermaid pendant, pearls, stones, etched copper pendant, and large shell pendant. I brought in some other freshwater pearls and clasp from my stash to finish the piece off.

This awesome Curlique hook and eye clasp is from Stinky Dog Beads- and I pulled it out and wondered how the heck I was supposed to use it. I think it could be used with leather and some glue. But I decided to use some brass wire and created attachments with wire wraps.

The second piece I created was a bracelet, using the Diane Hawkey Dream charm, and thread tassel. I pulled in some glass drop seed beads, and some glow-y matte sea glass beads from Stinky Dog Beads. The vintage shell shaped button pulls it all together! I really love both of these pieces!

All in all a really fun collection to work with. If you are looking for a bead kit with EVERYTHING you need to finish a piece of jewelry, this isn't it. This is a collection of focals and beads that can be used with other beads and components such as findings and wire- from your own collection- finish a piece(s) of jewelry. But, most of us have this stuff on hand, right?? I think it's a fun way to challenge yourself, and get thinking a little bit outside the box. I probably could have tried using all of the components together in one piece, but instead decided to make several pieces instead. 

There are kits available in Laurel's Etsy shop now ! Snag yours now and be sure to tag your finished pieces on social media #laurelsbeadbox so that we can see all the different interpretations!

March 10, 2017

Destash boxes for sale....

These are the ones left after yesterday's attempt at destashing. if you want to claim any of these, leave a comment in this post and let me know your PayPal email and which box you'd like.

Details are:
Payments accepted: PayPal or Credit cards accepted. Contact me to make payment arrangements. Please be sure to check your messages- I will contact you if I don't hear from you first. Please do not bid on a box if you have no intention of paying for the beads. I will need payment for the beads within 24 hours. 
Shipping: Domestic Priority shipping will be charged $6.45
International shipping - First Class, in bubble mailer but depending on weight could be quite high. I will have to weigh the package to get the shipping costs for international shipments. This way I can give an accurate quote.
If you have questions about who made what beads, I can try to help but in some cases these were gifts and I'm not sure of the artists. I will try my best.
Plastic bead bins are NOT included. I will baggie up all the beads and send them in the flat rate box.

March 6, 2017

New Etsy Listings

 All of these new pieces are available in my ETSY shop.

Back at it this Monday.

Working my tail off lately to very few sales. It's discouraging to say the least and I'm not one to give up easily.... but I haven't worked this hard in the 11 years I've been making jewelry.  I will not give up but I think I need to either find a new target audience or some other social media to get away from the saturated social media venues that I'm currently in.

Have you thought of any new places to market your jewelry for new customers?  Care to share??

March 1, 2017

Seven Dollar Sale

For a limited time, ALL of my Ebooks and Tutorials are $7!  They are available in my web store and in my Etsy shop. This sale is unheard of. You might want to snag a few while you can!

February 26, 2017


I am currently obsessed with making these Double Zip wallets from Anna Graham's book, Handmade Style. It's a fun pattern but mostly because it almost feels like a magic trick the way it's constructed. Ugh I love it and it's a perfect project for a couple of coordinating fat quarters.

This fabric is a definitely favorite. I love it paired with some olive green zippers and interior card slot pockets.

This is available for purchase in my web store.

February 16, 2017

What I've Been Making

Sewing machine is out and I have been having fun with a new drawstring pattern found on Pinterest, from
It's a nice change of pace from the zippered bag I had been making. I love these little appliqués owls - they have been really fun to do as well. This bag is still available in my web store. 

 Continuing with the theme to try to USE WHAT I HAVE- I dug into the lamp work collection yesterday and put together a nice collection of encased beads, paired with some brass woodland creatures charms for this cute bracelet!  

It has been awhile since I've made a true statement necklace. This one above features  lovely Mokume Gane polymer beads from Florida artist, Pam Wynn. I love the colors especially because they go well with so many neutrals- black, white, brown, grey. You could wear this with anything really! Except stripes. I had a striped shirt on yesterday and it gets lost on stripes. (just sayin)

Another statement piece! This one with chain, linked lamp work beads, and gorgeous ceramic discs with my favorite little Owl Barrel by Swoon Dimples.  This one makes my heart SING.