September 19, 2014

Round Rabbit Extra Update today!

If you're quick you can snag one of these gorgeous floral double sided box beads. But you have to be FAST. No, I'm serious. You can't just jump in and see everything listed first. Here's how the update happens. Nancy will begin listing new pieces at 12:00 noon est.  Each type of bead, will be listed in groupings. Every 20 minutes til all new listings are up.  So. 12:00. 12:20. 12:40 etc. You will have to keep refreshing your page to be able to view all of these listings as they go up but be prepared to add your favorites to your cart immediately. Once it's in your cart, you will have it for 10 minutes before you have to check out. SO be prepared to check out fast, and not to worry. If you see something listed at the next interval, Nancy will combine the shipping and refund any overpaid shipping fees.

Good luck everyone!

Round Rabbit Extra
12:00 noon est.

September 17, 2014

Jewelry for the Online shops

I feel bad that I've been completely neglecting my online shops this week as I am creating for the craft show this weekend in Sharon Springs. So I think I am in a good position now and spent today creating just for my online shop. However whatever doesn't sell the next few days will go with me to Sharon Springs. But at any rate, here are the new pieces.  The tin studs and telephone necklace are on Etsy and the other stuff is at my webstore.

September 16, 2014

Unexpected Findings Book Tour


Today I'm reflecting on a pretty cool project that landed on my doorstep in 2014. I was offered a contributor spot in an upcoming jewelry book written by my own book editor, Michelle Mach. She was a fantastic editor for Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry and I absolutely adored working with her, so I knew that I didn't need to hesitate about her upcoming project! Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring everyday components is officially out in stores and online this month! 

What's the book about?

Michelle did an amazing job showcasing several contributors who have a knack for using findings in unexpected ways. You don't always have to use a toggle as a clasp, and have you ever thought about the outcome if you used a basic finding like a pendant bail or hook and eye clasp in a totally unique and different way? There are 50+ projects in this gorgeous book that will inspire you to start thinking outside the box when it comes to using different jewelry findings.

I guarantee you'll learn something fascinating and this book will be the book you grab first while working on your own projects this upcoming year. 

I was fortunate to have several designs published and here are just a few that are included in the book:


Use a lobster clasp as the FOCAL!

Owl at the Moon

A creative way to include bead frames in a design but without a bead in the centers!


Bead cones don't have to always have corral bead strands, what about dangling crystals!?

A book/blog tour would't be as fun without a great little incentive eh?  Michelle has some prizes up her sleeve and here is how to be entered to win! Leave comments on my post, or any of the contributors book tour posts this week to be entered to win the following prizes:

Grand Prize
$50 (Fifty Dollars) Etsy Gift Card (1 prize)

You can spend this on anything offered at the many individual shops on Etsy.  This could be fabulous art beads, cool jewelry findings, a hand painted coffee mug, a knitted scarf ... whatever you want.  (Note:  Not all Etsy shops accept gift cards, so if you win, you may want to do a search for those that do.)

Fun with Findings Prize Pack

First Prize
Fun with Findings Kit (2 prizes)

You can win some of the exact findings used in the book, plus a bunch of other findings that I thought were cool. (I ran out of room to add all the page numbers to the photo!) Prize packs include everything pictured here: jump rings, head pins (handmade by Miss Fickle Media and C-Koop), filigree links, clasps (hook-and-eye, ball chain, lobster), bead caps, cord ends, and more!

Second Prize (3 prizes)
To play off the "unexpected" in my book title, three winners will receive a small mystery pack of findings (valued at $8).  No photo or preview ahead of time.  It will be a surprise!


This giveaway is open to all visitors except the book's contributors and author (me).  Contributors are welcome (and encouraged!) to comment, but won't be entered in the drawing.  

One comment per person per blog post for a maximum of eight chances to win if you visit and comment on all eight book-related posts during the September 15-19, 2014 period.  

We'd love for you to help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  No extra entries, but lots of good karma!

Michelle will contact the winners by email this weekend (Sept. 20-21) and post the winners here next week (Sept. 23).   Remember when you comment that we'll need an email address to contact you if you win.

Blog Tour Schedule - September 15-19, 2014

Have a good time hopping around the participants posts this week, here are the links and dates!

Monday, Sept. 15

Tuesday, Sept. 16
Lorelei Eurto You are here!

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Thursday, Sept. 18

Friday, Sept. 19

September 11, 2014

Show Season Prep

I only have 2 shows this season to prepare for. My open house, down the road in November (Nov.22) and the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival next weekend! (Sept20-21)  I wanted to also sign up for the Indie Garage Sale Holiday Shoppes but it falls on the same day of Joe's high school reunion so it didn't work out.  I'm kind of hoping something else pops up maybe in October but I'm not sure it'll happen.

At any rate, I have to some stock built up for the shows. Next weekend's Harvest Festival is my biggest show of the season. They get a ton of traffic, even though it's a tiny little town. The show always brings the big Beekman Boys crowd. But this year is a little different. Etsy will be there. Yep. ETSY!  So I got an email a few weeks ago asking if I'd like to be considered for the Etsy Makers Village, a separate section of the show dedicated only to Etsy sellers. They made us aware that we'd be "considered" but not everyone would be accepted (probably due to space constraints)  I finally got the email yesterday that I got in!

THIS IS WONDERFUL!  However, it adds that much more pressure to have a great looking booth!! For some reason, I feel panicked. I don't think I'll have time to make a lot of big changes to my booth and display. But it does have me thinking of how to bump it up a notch so that I stand out!
The potential to be near more jewelry booths is higher in this new location.

Here's what last years booth looked like.  Not sure I'm going to bring my mannequin this year. But we'll see, I like using it to display my long necklaces.  And I've already started making a bundle of them for the show.

People love this style, it's a nice long comfortable, and they're not too heavy. A nice little attention grabber and they can be worn any time. I tried doing a few different styles and colors.

I like the idea of maintaining collections for the show, so I may do this again with something like my multi-strand bracelets or mixed media Collections necklaces.  What would you do to build small collections. What are the most popular items that sell in your shows? Besides earrings?  I will definitely need to be amping up my earring selection too because that's probably the best thing that sells for me.

Might have to do a bunch of these leather and fabric bracelets too. They seem to get a lot of attention at shows.

Another idea I had, was to do a big bunch of beaded bangles and have a U PICK 3 for a set price.  I like this idea of people being able to choose their own. That is something that would definitely attract me at a booth.

Another great seller for me are these Tin Post earrings. So I definitely have to get some of those made up to have in a display by the checkout station!

busy busy busy, better get back to work!!

September 9, 2014

New Color Mixes at Jewelry Accord

I sat down yesterday and created several new color mixes, all inspired by the Fall season. Be sure to stop by Jewelry Accord: The Store to see what's new. And several of the current palettes are now discounted 50%- check out the RETIRED section!

September 8, 2014

Website of the Week: The Ink Nest

The Ink Nest is a great site to snag some really great graphics for your blog or website. The team of artists who design these graphics are a talented bunch- find out more about them here.

I had fun perusing the site for a good chunk of time so be sure you have a cold beverage and a little extra time to browse! I fell head over heels for so many of the birds and forest creature graphics. They are beyond cute.

September 5, 2014

Happy September!

When September hits all I can think of is finally being able to throw on some Jeans, and a cute sweater, and of course, buying up all the acorn and leaf beads that I anticipate being offered for Fall!! These lovelies above are by Nancy Adams of Round Rabbit Extra. And if you are lucky enough to snag one, they'll be posted in her pendant update today at Noon est. at Round Rabbit Extra. 

Good luck!

Stay away from that teal one in the center, it's got my name on it. I may have to cut someone.

September 4, 2014

Toggles Hot off the Bench Block

Brand new toggles in a variety of tin options, are now available for sale on my website. I hope you dig em!

September 3, 2014

A new Version

Playin around again with stitched chain. In this newest version, instead of adding say, a cup chain along the center of the 2 chains, I added some stitched cup beads!

The anchored the linen on the backside, and started stitching the cup beads - These beads are double drilled making it easier to stitch them onto the chain.
Here is a close up shot of how it looks. I used the long drop beads to stitch the two chains, make a fringe like edge.

The backside isn't really pretty but this piece fits nicely snug against the wrist and doesn't flip around. It's like a cuff, I guess.

This bracelet is for sale here.

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