A New Year So Many Goals

I can’t believe another year has passed and we are already into a new one. I haven’t written anything in a few months.  I am hoping to change that this year. No resolutions! Perhaps some goals. Or maybe chose a word for the year………consistency? drive? motivation? faith?

Not sure yet! or maybe a phrase?

Trying new techniques?

Belief in my art?

Better marketing?

Many things to ponder.  Here is wishing you a wonderful new year. 

Thought I would share one of my favorites I made this past year. The picture is from an altar from a Basilica in Germany that I have been visiting every year since I was a child. Brings back such wonderful memories.


Shop Handmade for the Holidays

The holiday season is here! Yay! I absolutely love this time of year.  I enjoy everything about it. Even the shopping. Being a jewelry maker myself I try to purchase handmade items for gifts whenever possible. I love to support handmade and enjoy the community support. So check out this link for some shopping deals for handmade items!

Black Friday Cyber Monday

October Fest 2013 Blog Hop

When I came upon the information for this blog hop I though to myself “What a fun blog hop this will be!” It is sponsored by Toltec Jewels: The theme being “A Home & Hearth Blog Hop Celebrating Autumn’s Splendor with Beads, Jewelry, Home Decor, Food, Friends & Family!”  I have been pondering what exactly am I going to share? So many options! Being that I make jewelry well of course I will share some fall inspired jewelry.  My 4 year old and I like to take walks and gather fun things that we find. One beautiful day early in October we collected the following things:


After bringing our finds home it hit me that these beauties from nature were perfect for some fall inspired jewelry. I usually don’t design around the seasons so this was a fun challenge for me. Here are a few of the pieces I made using the above photo as inspiration.


Each piece is different yet they reflect the color and textures found in our “collection” pile! The bird necklace obviously picks up on the green and brown theme.  For the second necklace I chose the large vintage brass focal because the texture reminded me of the pine cone. All the rest is playing with the colors.

Being that it is almost Halloween I thought I would also share some spider cookies made with my four year old. They are so easy (not too pretty!) For the bodies any brownie like cookie works. Some icing between the two or you could just use one cookie for each body. We then added thin licorice for the legs. There are many options for the eyes and legs.  We made some using just M&M candies for the eyes and pretzel sticks for the legs.


Obviously these are works in progress but great fun for the little ones! We also made some monsters!

Hope you enjoyed the jewelry and spider monsters and if you want to see more check out all the wonderful offerings of the other participants.

Caroline                                       http:// Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick-Zenith                     http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Dolores Raml                               http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Karla Morgan                               http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Susie Harris                                 http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Susan                                          http://libellulajewelry.com
Mischelle                                      http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Billi                                               http://billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson                           http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Jean Yates                                  http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hosford Patterson               http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer                           http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Liz E                                            http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel                              http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Christie Murrow                           www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jodie Marshall                             http://marshalljodie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Trank                              http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dini Bruinsma                              http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Elsie Deliz Fonseca                     http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Pepita                                         www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                              http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathleen                                     http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Vera Lynn                                   http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/
Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Catherine King                           http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com/
Lily Vincent                                 http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/
Janice Hidey (Janimar)               http://drawingthelinesomewhere.com/
Cory Tompkins                           http://TealwaterDesigns.blogspot.com
Candida Castleberry                  www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Cynthia Kent Machata                http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                         http://www.allprettythings.ca
Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Leah Curtis                                 http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)              http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed                                 http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti                        www.tjewellicious.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge                                  http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/
Ingrid A.                                      https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Judy Turner                                www.silver-rains.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett                               http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Nelly May                                    www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
Tanya McGuire                           http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Ahowin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Sonya Stille                                 http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Pam                                            http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Carol D.                                      http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Asri Wahyuningsih                      http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/
Ginger Bishop                             http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Janine                                         http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Shaiha Williams                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Toltec Jewels (Rita, your hostess)  www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Inspirations from a Travel Box Part Two

It has been a while since I have posted anything.  Guess the daily routine of life sets in and the time management skills go missing! In August I posted about the “travel box”.  A quick recap of what this is: It is a jewelry creating challenge that is taking place at B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group with the help of Paula Gaskill. Inside the box are various jewelry creating goodies.  Each participant chooses a few items to use and places a few items from their stash and mails it to the next participant on the list. We were then given the task to create a piece of jewelry using the items taken from the box.  We were then given a “reveal” date to reveal the finished product.  Mine was at the beginning of October. These are the pieces I chose.


Here is the finished product:Image

In addition to the items taken from the box, I used a brass crescent necklace blank that I wrapped in sari ribbon and wire.

I wired on the beads,hung the pendant and used some vintage chain. This was a great and fun challenge for me as this is a totally different style of jewelry for me. 

Thanks for taking the time to check this out.


Bats Aren’t Just for Halloween

I was sitting outside on my deck last night enjoying the beautiful weather.  The air was crisp:a prelude to fall.  It got me thinking about how I love the autumn season. Big orange sun, pumpkins, apples, falling leaves…( though I don’t enjoy raking all of the leaves). As I was thinking about the upcoming season I saw some bats swooping through the air.  We often see them as we enjoy the summer evenings outside.  I quietly thank them for eating millions of mosquitoes! This got me thinking about bats and of course Halloween.  Why are bats just associated with Halloween? Are they scary to most? Legends of vampires? I find them to be lovely and important creatures.  Sometimes they are called flying fox. Here are two bat necklaces that I made….and they are not just for Halloween!!


Inspirations From A Messy Workshop


I decided that it was time to clean up my work space. I had bits and pieces of various things all over my space. As I began to sort and organize the little treasures I found I decided to stop organizing and make some jewelery! At the same time there was a jewelry making challenge hosted by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques. This challenge was called the Kitchen Sink Jewelry Challenge. Basically this style of jewelry is to load as much as possible onto the piece while still being appealing and seemingly balanced. You can read more about this at her blog.

These are the two necklaces that came out of my “clutter”.


More Ice Resin Fun

As you can see from my previous posts I have recently discovered Ice Resin and am now addicted! It such a wonderful and versatile product.  I have poured it into molds, used to over painted brass, as collage media and now I have tried their newest products Iced Enamels.

My designs tend to be inspired by nature and vintage jewelry.
The pendant on this necklace was made by pouring Ice Resin into a mold I have made from a vintage brass art nouveau piece. I then painted the Nouveau goddess with acrylic paints.


This second necklace was made using Iced Enamels in turquoise blue. I used a vintage style frame bezel and added vintage enameled flowers and leaves. I love how it looks like fired on enamel.

Check out some other Ice Resin creations or join the fun Friday Ice Linky