September 1, 2014

Website of the Week

If you are ever looking for some new fonts, patterns for your blog, themes for your website or just some inspiration for your online presence I recommend! What a great site! I got lost in it for hours yesterday morning and I'm not kidding. There are so many great images you can purchase, fonts, and even freebies each week. 

I love all of the options for things like icons for your blog, and hundreds of fonts available too. If you want your site to be unique, this is a great place to start shopping around. Thinking of how to brand your shop or business cards? They've got you covered there too. You can design your own business cards or create your very own icon. Many of the options do require certain software to edit them, so make sure you pay attention in each of the listings to see what you'll need. I love how each of the listings includes this little info box that tells you what each option includes.

August 29, 2014

The latest

Some matte hematite rounds on top of these awesome Yellow Turquoise Rectangles, on paddle headpins. Swingy and modern!

It's rare that I would put 2 Humblebeads into one piece but these just work so well together and I love that little pop of lavender in the flower lentil! And the Gold Mum connector worked well with all of the other elements! This was a fun piece to assemble!

This little owl set was one that I got at Bead Fest from Karen at Starry Road Studio. I loved how it looked next to that box of Magatama seed beads from Twisted Sistah Beads and resulted in this 
statement necklace!

I cut into that beautiful strand of Mexican Jasper and showcased it in this bracelet with copper chain and toggle. I wanted the jasper to stand out and added a few embellishments for extra movement!

These will be listed this evening at Etsy/webstore.

August 28, 2014


Congratulations goes to....

I bet this is a great book!

Pattie, please email me your mailing address and I'll get your kit and book
out to you today!! 

Thank you everyone for your great comments!

August 27, 2014

Book with Kit Giveaway: Beaded Bracelets

Please leave one comment on this blogpost to be entered for the giveaway! Winner will be announced tomorrow (Aug 28) morning.

Good Luck to all!


Beaded Bracelets
Running Press
150 pages
Soft Cover
25 Projects included
Technique: beadweaving, seed beads

August 25, 2014

The BEAD FEST Round Up

Whew! What a trip! Drove the 5 hours down to Philadelphia on Friday and met up with AmyNCognito on the showroom floor. We shopped til we dropped, literally- the entire weekend long. I'd have to say this was one of the most fun BeadFests ever.  There just isn't anything better than hanging out, laughing and shopping with friends who have your same interests and same sense of humor.  It just doesn't get better than that!!  Friday we met up with all of the Creative Bead Chat peeps at our annual dinner at Legal Seafoods. Saturday night was the annual Meet and Greet at the Courtyard Marriott. Saturday night was fun, but I indulged a bit too much in the wine and Sunday morning I woke up and seriously thought I was going to die from the hangover headache from Hell. Nothing a little water and Aleve can't help!! The 5 hour drive home was pretty long though and I was quite happy to finally get there.

Well without further ado, here are the beads I brought home.
Click each photo to be redirected to the vendors website.

                                 Sue Beads              Starry Road Studio             Diane Hawkey

(Mexican Jasper)

(Matte Hematite)

(jasper (i forget which kind, Leopard maybe?)

The only thing I didn't photograph was a couple sheets of patterned brass and aluminum from 

August 23, 2014

Beadfest Coupon

 Beadfest is awesome. I'll be taking more pics at the show today but this one was from our annual dinner at Legal Seafoods last night. 

I ended up figuring out how to create a coupon code from my phone! 

Use coupon code AMYAANDLORI to receive a 25% off discount in my Etsy and webstore. 
Expires Mon Aug. 25

August 22, 2014

August 21, 2014

Bead Fest or Bust!

That's right. It's that time of year again! Snuck right up on me, it did!   I am looking forward to getting there to see Amy and all of my BeadFest friends. Unfortunate to announce the budget is verrrrry small. Eeensy Weensy tiny small. Especially since I went to Bead and Button AND California and didn't budget very well. So this trip should be interesting. I have a list.  yep.

I am working off a list and hopefully I stick to my own guns and only get what I really need.

Amy and I promised each other that we would help each other stick to our guns. No buying Lampwork discs. And no buying outside the budget.

In case, that doesn't work out- well-
I've got a box of wine ready to go as well.  Well because, if you know anything about me and Amy, we likes to drink wine.

So there.

Also packed - some earrings for Leslie Pope. And a big ol' showy necklace for Karen Totten's booth. My Swap partner's beads for the Saturday night bead swap. That I will still need to get together.
I've got my Paypal card.  Lotsa copies of my tax id. The gas tank is full. My bag is packed.

I'm ready.

Let me know if you're going to be there!!

August 19, 2014

NEW Anthropologie Design Boards 2014 Edition

I spent some time this morning putting together some new Anthropologie design boards. I picked out some outfits that I think go well with some of my current jewelry designs and put them into collages using All jewelry is from Lorelei Eurto Jewelry. All clothing and accessories is from


I can absolutely see myself wearing this sassy outfit. I love that comfy tee, paired with my Wonderful Moth Necklace and those shoes. OH! The SHOES!!! So cute.

I probably wouldn't be able to pull off this little romper but isn't it cute with those shoes!? I picked out some sweet eyewear, and a clutch to match. And the magnetic wrap bracelet ties everything together!

Pretty in Pink! Inspired by my sister Franny who I know would totally rock this outfit! Pretty little short sleeve flowy top over a pale pink tank. I love the shorts and everything matches perfectly with my Urban chic bracelet.

This dress - it was love at first sight!  I paired it with some new Harbinger Collection earrings, a leather handbag, cute hat, and amazing mary jane heels! Definitely love this outfit!

August 17, 2014

It's Riveting!

Watch this great video by Beadaholique to learn how to use Compression Rivets and snaps from
Tierra Cast. These components are wonderful and fool proof and a fantastic 
way to finish off your leather projects!


August 15, 2014

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August 10, 2014

How to Start Your Own Etsy Shop Live Web Seminar: Tues August 12

I'm doing this webinar for the second time, for! Come join me Tuesday August 12th at 1pm est. and I'll be talking for a good hour on starting your own Etsy jewelry shop. I will be talking you through the set up of your store, how to customize it to fit your needs, and tips and tricks for a successful jewelry business.

Sign ups are available HERE!  But if you can't make the live event, you'll be able to listen anytime when the recorded version is available online.

Live Web Seminar Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Start Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Price: $19.99
Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the event as well as any handouts referenced during the presentation. You do not have to attend the live event to get the recording of the presentation or the handouts. In all Beading Daily web seminars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the web seminar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.
Thinking of starting your own shop on Etsy, but intimidated by the seemingly never-ending steps? Join jewelry artist and author, Lorelei Eurto, as she walks you through the process of opening up an Etsy shop to help sell your jewelry online and grow your jewelry business. While the Etsy Marketplace can be intimidating for many, Lorelei makes the process easy to accomplish. Learn how to set up your shop, important photography considerations, and important listing tips and tricks that will help you obtain optimum success in selling your jewelry online.
In this web seminar you'll learn:
  • Important considerations for setting up your store from start to finish.
  • Tips for creating eye catching photos and writing appealing descriptions.
  • Important ways to dot all of your I's and cross all your t's when it comes to fees, billing, shipping, taxes, and how to adequately ship your items.
  • How to set up store policies so that buyers know what to expect when purchasing your jewelry.
  • And much more!
  • Artists who want to sell their jewelry online.
  • Artists who want tips for creating photographs and appealing descriptions for their online store.
  • Artists who want important information about fees, billing, shipping, and taxing your jewelry correctly.
  • Artists who need help setting up store policies.

August 5, 2014


I know. Incredibly boring posts with just pictures.  I promise to get my act together soon.