Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fragments of summer

Summer is leaving us a little more every day. I can feel it in the crisp night air. I have dishes of mismatched summer beads on my desk. I had a handful of pastel briolettes lingering around like the last days of summer. They remind me of the Fragments of Summer.  I had just enough to make a scrumptious bracelet. There are turquoise, apple dyed jade, hot pink and light pink chalcedony, green chalcedony, butterscotch chalcedony, Aqua blue chalcedony, rose quartz, green adventurine, howlite, and swarovski crystals. The clasp is a 14kt gold filled heart toggle. What I really love is how it feels on my wrist. Very comfortable and rich. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

My work featured on Beading Arts

I want to thank Cyndi from Beading Arts for featuring my profile and work on her blog.

Beading Arts ....  " Come on a journey through a bead and jewelry wonderland, where no item is considered too strange to use in making something ... especially if that item has a hole in it! All types of beads are welcomed and cherished here, and no techniques are off-limits. You'll be amazed and inspired by the bead work that is being done today!" 


Monday, August 23, 2010

Starry Night

This tear drop agate was disfigured but I couldn't bring myself to throw it away. It has such cool colors and patterns. I decided to cover the big chip underneath a wire wrap. I used  balled headpins that I torched. My hunny came up with the description or rather title for me. He said it reminded him of Vincent van Gogh's painting "Starry Night" It fits it nicely ;)

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I love these dyed jade nuggets. They remind me of yummy cherry cola. I wrapped them to a copper frame that I made. I dove into the project while I was caring for my sick dog, Amelie. As we spent the day together, alone in my room, I dove into this project to keep my mind busy. She passed away Friday. She will be missed very much. The necklace is named after her.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hematite hoops

I found this lovely tutorial online from Riqzie's creations blog. She has beautiful jewelry and wonderful tutorials at

I used her tutorial to make hoops from copper wire with hematite beads.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Lily!

My granddaughter is 10 years old today. She is so beautiful and growing up so fast. She stands slightly above my chest and I'm 5"7' tall. I'm so close with my grand kids.We all treat each other like goddesses. Today we're surprising Lily with a trip to the beach. I've never been on a trip yet with her and my other granddaughters so, I'm excited about today. I can't wait to post pictures. :) Have a great week!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Beautiful jewelry

I wanted to take the time to share some beautiful jewelry from some very talented artisans and friends.

This beautiful necklace was made by a dear friend and very talented lady. Her work is very versatile and unique. She has a way of capturing the seasons and nature in her designs. Her name is Monica and you can view her blog here at

I took the liberty to share a few pics of her beautiful creations here.

Check out these pretty flowers made from beads by Almost Precious. You can see her blog at

Nancy Wickman's blog at
She does beautiful wire wrapping and fabulous designs.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy news for me!

I've just been informed I am the winner of a cabochon contest from Beading Arts blog. Cabbing rough has generously contributed a beautiful Kingman turquoise cabochon. It is absolutely stunning!

Cabbing rough is a family owned and run business. They put a lot of care and love into their work and it shows. Be sure to check out their store.

 Thank you to Cyndi from Beading arts and Laura, Karl and family at Cabbing rough.

Midnight Rose

I experimented with some oxidized steel wire on this necklace. I did a free form wrap around a green agate bead and then added a small faceted hematite bead. When finished, I noticed it resembled a abstract rose. It hangs with black onyx nuggets and colorful agate tear drops.

Green Agate

This delicious apple green agate bead was part of a strand I got for my birthday. I decided to go with a simple weave with copper wire so that most of the stone bead remains exposed. I formed the weave to just follow the curve of the stone. I knotted it onto black leather cord and made the hook n eye clasp with copper wire, as well.