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we have a winner!

and the earrings go to…
The winner of my LaLa earrings is Miss Pope – congratulations!

I hope that you will like them!


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springtime is here!

here comes the sun.
It’s getting a bit warmer outside. Birds are twittering in the morning. Flowers are growing in the old garden out back. Tufts of green grass are sprouting here and there. Spring is here!

To celebrate spring, I thought I would have a little give-away. My first ever! I have this lovely pair of earrings that I made – I call them my LaLa earrings, because they are colorful and fun and pretty. They are beaded with tiny size 15 beads, in lovely shades of pink and lavender, with freshwater pearls dangling from the center. They measure approximately 2&1/2″ including the dangles, but excluding the ear wire. All of the wire used is sterling silver, including the (handmade) ear wires. The ruffle is about 7/8″ wide, at its widest point. Even though they are larger-sized earrings, they are very light.



Here’s how it works: if you are interested in owning these lovely earrings, leave a comment to this post, by April 15th. On April 16th I will randomly draw a name, and that person will receive the earrings. Good luck!


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I got this darling little bird nest charm from Artbeads. I knew immediately that I wanted to make something sweet and lovely for spring – a fresh time, a time for renewal, time for the birds to come back. One of the first signs of spring is the sound of birds chirping. And they like to chirp very early in the morning, in the dark, as if a sign – it’s ok to get up, this is a beautiful day!

little birds

I also used some birdie connectors, glass beads, and freshwater pearls.

Of course I had to make a pair of earrings to go with. I decided to play with wire and do something a little different. I’m not sure how much they complement the necklace, but I think they turned out nicely.


Disclosure: I have received this product (bird nest charm) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said product and have not been paid to endorse said product.

speaking of beads
I had let my Bead & Button subscription lapse for an issue or two. Then I panicked and renewed it. The other day the June 2010 issue arrived and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was so happy to see it – like an old friend. I can’t be without my B&B. I wish I still had the time or the inclination to do this sort of intensive beadwork, but when Lily was born it seems that my artwork decided to go in a new direction. And that’s cool.


I still love my beads of course, but have turned toward using them in more simplified jewelry rather than beadweaving with seed beads (oh, the good old days, when I had the luxury of spending 30 hours on a bracelet!). I’m still very fond of B&B, and I love to see what other people are doing with their seed beads. Perhaps in the future…you never know. My beads and my John James needles are at the ready! And I’ve got a dish of beadwork projects sitting on my table – repairs mostly, but I’d really like to get to them. Someday!

i can if i think i can
I’ve been watching the latest season of Ruby (I’m a bit behind!). I think she is amazing, and so inspiring. I love her honesty, and she’s funny, flirty, and determined to enjoy life no matter what. She looks wonderful, and I’m so happy that she’s lost so much weight so far. I know she’ll reach her goal.

~sweet dreams~

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glorious sparkle
If you like all things sparkly as do I, then check out these stunning Cubic Zirconia beads from Artbeads. The sparkle is simply amazing! I used the pendant and beads to create this necklace and earrings set, along with antiqued-brass chain and findings.

The facetted CZ drop pendant has a lovely weight to it. I used a simple bail to attach it to the chain. With beads this gorgeous, I wanted to make sure they were the focus of attention, so I kept the jewelry design minimal. To add a touch of elegance I used bead caps and wrapped loops on the beads. I never used or even saw Cubic Zirconia beads before, and now I know how beautiful they are!

I have another CZ pendant and beads that I am using to create a bracelet and necklace. As soon as they are done I will be sure to post them!

Disclosure: I have received these products (Cubic Zirconia pendants and beads) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

glorious clothes
I found a neat website called Ruche that sells clothing with a 1930s/1940s flair. Very nice pieces and the prices are reasonable. I’d like to buy something sometime!

~dreaming of a sparkly Christmas~

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a lovely pair of earrings
I added a new item to my Etsy shop:

catherine, a pair of earrings

The beads are a beautiful deep ruby-red color, with slight imperfections that I think only makes them more charming. I made a similar pair for myself, only with black beads, and they have become one of my most favorite pair of earrings to wear.

by the sea
So we got back from Ocean City yesterday. It started out great, with sunny warm weather, but then clouds and a relentless wind moved in. We still had a great time. I’ve got tons of notes and pictures that I’ll be posting over the next few days.

~still shaking sand out of my suitcase~

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let’s try this again
I added another item to my Etsy shop:

Melora earrings

This is the first item in my November 1919 line, which comprises jewelry that has an antique look to it.

I have been thinking lately of not selling any of my work right now, because it is so hard to find the time to take photos, edit them, and put the items online. Plus I haven’t sold anything (yet), although to be fair I’ve hardly tried. I only have two items in my shop right now, and if I were a buyer I wouldn’t stick around that shop very long.

But this weekend for some reason I suddenly felt excited about it my shop again and trying to sell my things, so I’ve decided not to give up yet and to put more effort into my humble little shop.

I really would love to sell my things, even if I could just make a bit of extra money to help support my creative addictions. Plus I just do not know what to do with all the stuff I make! My creations deserve better than to be stuck in a box, never seeing the light of day again.

Time to roll up the sleeves and get back down to business.

sew sew sew

I finished reading the Summer 2008 volume of Sew Somerset. After reading this particular magazine I always have a desire to get out my box of fabrics and start creating. I love to sew, mostly by hand, but the machine is good too. I’d like to make some cuffs, ATCs, and someday books. Maybe I’ll at least start looking through my fabrics…

My favorite articles were:
Vintage Bling Brooches, by Victoria Gertenbach

The Nature of My Heart, a gorgeous fabric book by Susan Edmonson and Kristin Steiner

Fabric Notepads, by Audrey Hernandez

Voices: Vintage Photo Album, an adorably clever book by Patricia Bober

Embellishing with Fabric, written by Alisha Fredrickson

The Softer Side of Magnet Boards, by Cynthia Grove Robinson

Love Theodore ATCs, by Karen O’Brien

~sweet dreams~

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an ensemble is never complete without the right pair of earrings.

Here are the earrings I made to go with my new pendant necklace.

Chain earrings

I wanted to make something quick and simple, and of course elegant. These are made with two different antiqued-brass chains, antiqued-brass findings, and Czech fire-polished beads.

I made these while Lily played on the computer. I can’t believe I actually got to work on a project while she was awake! Note to self – let her play on the computer more often…

my little french fairies
And here are my aubergine-theme atc’s so far.

les fees francaises

I still have to add words and crystals. I came up with a phrase for each, in French. I hope my meager grasp of French vocabulary and grammar doesn’t embarrass me! Unfortunately I don’t know anyone fluent, so I’ll have to take my chances.

I think they look good so far, n’est-ce pas?

life is in the details
Watching three little bunnies running around the cemetery at the church where Lily’s daycare is. Pinkish light on the house across the street as the sun was rising.

~must renew my French lessons~

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