Monday, May 13, 2013

Some of the Projects I learned this past winter

While we were wintering in Arizona, there was a fantastic Beading Group at the Saguaro SKP RV Park!
It was fun sharing beading patterns and learning new ones. I even got to go to the famous Tucson Bead and Gem Show through the group.

Tila Beads, the little square beads, were the rage!
Purple Horizon  #PH 202    $12 plus $2 shipping in USA
Pink and Amethyst Swaroski Crystal Quilted Cuff -Item # CQC #203  $15
plus $2 shipping in USA

Then we discovered Tile Beads, a little bigger, with a porcelain feel! 
Great to work with and lots of different colors.
Here are 4 of the cuffs I made, Item # TC 204  $20, plus $2 in USA

I do ship to Canada, however the rates doubled lately to $7.50 shipping

Seed Bead and Cube Cuff  $12
Pearls and Crystal Cuff $15
Tila Cuff  $15 plus shipping

I can do all kinds of colors to customize these to your wardrobe, just ask me for suggestions!

Here is an example, it is a Double Sidewinder in Turquoise Crystals 
that a client had commissioned me to do. I like it so much I want one for me! :)
This one uses LOTS of Swarovski crystals - over 210 of them, so it will be $20 plus $2 shipping

Then we learned about Czech Rizo Beads and two hole Super Duos!

Single Circle Earrings $5 or
Figure Eights $8
What color goes well for you?

These are Sunbursts $5

Thank you for reading and checking in! Let me be your Personal Jeweler!
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Time to Walk in the Park

I know it has been a while since I posted last, but here is the number one reason:

Molly, the Golden Retriever Rescue, stole our hearts the day before Thanksgiving 2012!
Hard to believe a sweet golden puppy needed rescuing! Undernourished but very well behaved, we totally lucked out!

Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue group ( had no information on her when they called us with a perspective pup. All they knew was she had been a "runner" so many times that the shelter suggested to her owner "how about we find her home?!"  She knew commands, was house broken (thank goodness!), didn't bark, loves other dogs and even cats! Bunnies are another issue, they are for chasing! :)

In our Arizona winter-over community she had at least 200 fans, 2-leggers and 4 leggers! Lots of desert to run around off leash. Then she was the "Desert Diva".  However, with the weather getting hotter in Arizona, we traveled up to the southern Oregon coast mid-April.

It can be quite windy here, we know from volunteering at the lighthouses the last 2 summers, but the cool air is very welcomed!  We have done a few walks along the cliffs, but the wind would have sand blasted us the other day. Today it was calmer in the morning and Molly discovered the BEACH! She was so excited to run off leash again, in soft sand, she just kicked up her heels! Ran so fast all over the beach! So many smells to sniff, chase the waves that chased back at her and meet other canines having fun! She thought they need to do something with the water, though, tasted a little salty after a couple tries! Forget the desert, this is heaven!

After her work out on the beach she has changed her name from "Desert Diva" to "Beach Babe".
Thoroughly exhausted, she took a long deserved nap while sunbathing!

For "Walk in the Park Day", here is a photo of Molly and Dad at Face Rock Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Bandon, OR.

I have made LOTS of creations while in Arizona, at the SKP Saguaro RV Park, a wonderful beading group that taught me several techniques! But I need to get really good photos of them. They will be in another posting.

Happy Spring to everyone!

Friday, December 28, 2012

After the Christmas Rush!

Now we can all catch our breaths! AH!!! :)

I've been busy as one of Santa's elves in learning several new designs.
There is a great beading group at the SKP Saguaro RV Park in Benson, AZ!

When I learn a pattern, I want to do it again in another color, while it's fresh in my brain!

So here are a few new items to show you.

These are "Double Sidewinders" that I have finally mastered! I have done the Single Sidewinder several times, it just took somebody to show me how to start the second row. I was off and running after that! 

Pictured are:
1.  Ivory Pearls 4mm with Gold Fire Polished Czech Crystals also in 4mm. 
Item # IVORY 101 $15.00
2. Lavender Pearls 4mm with Lavendar Fire Polished Czech Crystals 4mm. 
Item #LAV 102     $15.00
3. Glacier Blue Opal Bicone Crystals 4mm with Turquoise Bicone Crystals 3mm  
Item #GLAC 103  $15.00

I also learned to do "The Wave Bracelet" pattern. Since I'm in Arizona, I couldn't resist doing it in Southwest Colors.

1. Teal Seed Beads and Copper Hex beads make this one of my favorites to wear.
    Item # WAVE-Teal  $10.00
2. Turquoise Seed Beads Copper Hex beads make this one an eye popper!
    Item # WAVE-Turquoise  $10.00

I had learned the "Bangle Bead Bracelet" while in Maine in 2010, but now Swaroski has Pearl Crystals in 4 mm size that really add a little punch to this pattern. Originally done as a bangle, I put a snap clasp on mine so that they didn't have to be too large to get over my wrist.

1. The first one is in Lavender Swarovski Crystal Pearls with lavender seed beads to accent, and large Purple Swarovski Crystal Bicone 5mm at the center.
Item #  Bangle-Purple  $12.00

2. The second is in 2 shades of Pink: Hot Pink and Baby Pink Swaroski Crystal Pearls 4mm with a large Clear Crystal Bicone 5 mm at the center.
Item # Bangle - Pink   $12.00

3. The third one is a "Double Spiral Bracelet" done in Cubed Seed Beads, varying colors available.
Item # DOU-Spiral  $9.00

All of these designs can be done in your favorite color combinations! Just let me know via email:

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lighthouse Summer in Oregon Comes to An End

Happy Fall to all of you, especially those who have been suffering the long hot summer!

I type as we head down south towards San Jose, CA,stopping every 200 miles to enjoy the peace of Northern California. There will be enough busy freeways to navigate, let's prolong the landscape and redwoods a little longer!

One of my readers, Finn the Golden Retriever, saw the Hello Kitty Cat pendant and asked, "Do you make one for dogs?"

I always love a challenge and told her, "I will put all of my crystals together and see if I can come up with a new design!"

Well, I'm happy to report, I came up with a Happy Puppy Pendant that looks very similar to Finn. :)

Item #HPP-101    $15 

Using Swarovski crystals, I can make one for you in any color .  Pendant measures 
1.5'' by 1.5", strung on a seed bead chain in your color preference. Cost includes the chain and shipping with in the USA. $2 more for our Canadian neighbors. 

I would love to make more, so send me an email at:

Enjoy the Fall Colors!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

As the summer winds down, I  know a lot of you are hoping for Fall's colors and temps! Here on the coast it is still cool, but we've had more sunny days in the last week to make up for it.

I was pleased as punch when my best friend, Cecilia in Raleigh, NC asked me to make a cat pendant that looks like her Madi.  It is made with 4mm Swarovski crystals, all 81 of them, to form a kitty face. She had seen one that I had posted a while ago and they seem to be very popular.

Here is the one I made of Madi:

I can make them in any color to match your favorite feline. I can also make a seed bead chain to hang it from, in any color you wish and any length you require.  
Item # CP-101, cost $15 includes shipping within US.
For my Canadian friends, just add $2.00

Let me know if there is pendant you wish to order at:
Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Attn: Oregon Ducks Fans

While summering in Oregon, one can't help but feel the fun rivalry between the University of Oregon DUCKS and the Oregon State University BEAVERS! Even in the Gift Shops you can see souvenirs with either team!
Well, I had been asked by one of the gift shops in Bandon, Oregon to do some Doggie Bling and bracelets for their owners with the Ducks in mind! Don't worry, I did do some Beaver Bling, too, I just haven't got the photos yet!

Here's is my latest design, done in size 8 beads, which can be sewn on to a dog collar. Or I can make it as a bracelet in smaller size 11 beads, which are more dainty, for your favorite Duck fan!
Item #DUCK101=$10 includes shipping within USA.

Fall will be here in just a couple of months! Let me know if you would like to order in time for the first game of the season!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hello from the cool and foggy Oregon Coast

Sorry for the delay in not posting! We've been busy with Lighthouse Hosting at the Coquille River Lighthouse in Bandon, OR for May and now at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse near Port Orford, OR until the end of September. 
In between I've managed to find a shop in Bandon that has sold some of my jewelry and
new Doggie Bling on consignment. So, my fingers have been working hard in a few spare moments!
Here is a silver version of the Star Fish I did last year. I made this one into a brooch for a fine
lady in Toronto! I liked it so much I had to make one for myself! :)

I also do special projects, like the one I did for my good friend Cecilia. She had a very pretty carved pendant but needed it suspended on a necklace with matching bracelet and earrings. Here is what I came up with:

Here are some of my Doggie Bling samples. Since we are in Oregon, you're either a "Duck" (University of Oregon) or a "Beaver" (Oregon State University) up here!  I sew these onto a sleeve so that a pet owner can just slide the regular collar through the sleeve and instant bling for their pet!
I also do:
"I (heart) My Ducks" in Green and Yellow. Or any special team you may have in mind! These go for $8 plus $1.50 postage.

Do you have a cat or dog that needs a little personalized collar? I can do any name in any color!
Just let me know!
Enjoy your July and I hope you aren't roasting where you live!