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!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

After 3 months of Volunteering, time for some serious Beading!

Hello Everybody!
I know it's been a while since I last posted, but doing cave tours has kept us busy from January to March!
April we're taking a "vacation", relaxing and then resuming travels to the Northwest.
By May 1st, we will be Lighthouse Hosts back in Bandon, OR at the Coquille River Lighthouse!
Talk about one extreme to another! The past 3 days here in Arizona have been near 90!
We have been cocooning under the Air Conditioner!
But I know we'll be going back to a cold Spring in Oregon!
They are water logged from record breaking rain and snow this year!

Here are a few items I have made. Inspired by the Southwest, I just love anything with turquoise in it, and what could be better than pairing it with Silver or Copper? So I made both:

Then I tried a pattern I learned while in Maine a couple years ago. It is called a Bangle with Pearls, but I used Swarovski Crystal Pearls with tiny little seed beads in between.  I made one in Hot Pink and the other in Lavender.

I needed a little more challenge for my brain, always good to give the gray cells a run for their money, to help fight back senility! LOL  My friend, Chelle, in New Jersey sent me a picture of a necklace she bought at a Craft Festival back there. It is worn like a scarf, so you can use a square knot or just let it hang open. I had lots of silver lined seed beads to use and I wanted it to have a pattern, like a checkered scarf. So here is the finished product:

I hope you liked some of my latest creations! Thank you for stopping on by!   Kathy