Friday, December 31, 2010

Handmade Guardian Angel Necklaces and Charms

Handmade Guardian Angel Necklaces and Charms
Everyone could use a guardian angel for a little extra protection looking over them. This handmade angel is created with a pretty ruffled skirt and golden apron, golden wings and a halo to match.

This little guardian angel charm comes in a variety of colors too. From blue to red, white and yellow as well as pink and green. They can even be made in silver instead of gold.

I've designed them as both
guardian angel earrings or guardian angel necklaces and also as decorative little charms that can be attached to a cell phone, purse charm, key ring or even set to dangle from the rear view mirror of a car.



Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dancing Leaves Handmade Duster Earrings

Dancing Leaves Handmade Duster Earrings
I love incorporating a touch of vintage into my creations. When you shop for vintage supplies, you find a lot of unusual pieces and bits, sometimes with beautiful craftsmanship that is lacking in commercial supplies today.

These handmade duster earrings are designed with inky leaves that dance merrily at the ends and vintage golden links just above them. Little lampwork beads with tiny rosebuds caught inside and a touch of pink then both accent and finish off the set of dancing leaf dangle earrings.



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hot Pink and Dark Wood Fiber Wrapped Bangle

Wood Bangle Bracelet Wrapped in Hot Pink Fibers
Bangle bracelets are a fun way to dress up an outfit and they come in a variety of different styles as well. They come in metal, wood, plastic and can be thin or thick, smooth or textured. There's a long list of ideas and creativity that can be put into making them, let alone skill.

Carefully shaped by hand and turned with care for a smooth, seamless wooden loop, this handmade wooden bangle bracelet was sanded smooth then stained a rich, dark walnut color. The piece was then wrapped in silky nylon, creating a splash of bright color against the dark wood.



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Denim Collection Blue Teardrop Earrings in Gold

The Blues Elixir Teardrop Earring Set in Gold
A collection of wire wrapped earrings made with glass teardrops gently wire wrapped in gold tone wire and set to dangle from matching hooks that are made by hand. Each of these teardrops has been carefully hand-dipped in glass clouding solution to create a soft satin finish to their surface before they were wrapped and hung.

This set of handmade teardrop earrings are part of a collection called "The Elixirs" that are available both sold individually or in sets. They are made in gold tone wire, silver tone wire or with the option of sterling silver or 14K gold fill wire for a slight increase in price.



Monday, December 27, 2010

Seasons Change Honey Jade Gemstone Necklace

Gemstone Necklace in Jade and Bronze
One of my favorite creations
ever!

This handmade gemstone necklace is designed as a celebration of the seasons and from an undying love for nature. The length is designed from small honey jade gemstones in a rosary style, each section of these creamy stones is separated by rainbow jade rounds in a slightly larger size. All of the accents are in bronze tones, with an art nouveau center and a bronze tree charm dangling at the tip.

This jade and bronze necklace is both earthy and elegant from start to finish and is sure to be a beloved piece in any nature lover's collection of jewelry.



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bumble Bee Black and Yellow Eyeglass Holder

Bumble Bee Black and Yellow Eyeglass Holder
Unusual yellow beads with white polkadots are used in this beaded eyeglass holder for a unique touch among the black and yellow colors interspersed along the strand. Silver tone accents have been combined with these alternating colors for an extra touch of sparkle that makes the yellow in this handmade eyeglass holder really pop.

My mother is always using her reading glasses. Or, she used to before I started making these eyeglass holders. Now she has an entire collection that can match any outfit she chooses to wear and no longer has to deal with the frustration of searching for her reading glasses at every turn.



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gemstone Bracelet in Striated Black Onyx

Striated Black Onyx Bracelet in Gold
A gorgeous black onyx gemstone with tan and white striations through it's surface has been used to design this unique OOAK (one of a kind) bracelet.

Combined with black glass beads and other small black onyx beads, the diamond shaped center stone is eye-catching dramatic, and made even more so by the golden accents that are integrated into this elegant gemstone bracelet.

Bracelet measures 8" (20.3 cm) in length including clasp.



Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Summer Swirl Lampwork Pendant Charm

Yellow and Pink Lampwork Rosebud Charm
This pretty little beaded charm is bright and cheerful with soft pink roses caught beneath glass with a sunny yellow swirl of color. Combined with a touch of green and golden accents, this piece makes a perfect accent for any number of uses including being worn as a lampwork necklace pendant or used as a purse charm, zipper pull, car mirror charm or many other options.

I design a variety of handmade beaded charms that can be used for all these uses and more. Many of them make beautiful necklaces with a splash of color and sparkle.



Monday, December 20, 2010

Amethyst Glass Teardrop Earrings - Elixir of Mystery

Amethyst Glass Teardrop Wire Wrapped Earrings in Gold - Elixir of Mystery
Amethyst teardrops in glass make for a rich and mysterious color in these handmade teardrop earrings that have been wire wrapped in gold tone wire.

This pair of earrings is part of a set titled "The Elixirs" and are available both individually or as part of an entire set. They're even available made in gold fill or sterling silver for a bit extra.

These are a beautiful and understated way to add a touch of elegance and color to any outfit!



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Blue Chalcedony Earrings with a touch of Silver

Gemstone Earrings in Blue Chalcedony and Silver
Whether in shades of aqua or blue, chalcedony is without a doubt one of my absolute favorite gemstones to work with. The vibrant, gentle color that these stones give off has a kind of stand-alone beauty and elegance that is both eye-catching and wonderful to create new pieces of jewelry with. The stones also, of course, come in a variety of other colors including lavender, white, buff, light tan, gray, yellow, pink, red or brown, but it seems that I'm always drawn strongest to the blue and aqua shades of this particular stone.

In the handmade gemstone earrings pictured above, I've used a pair of vibrant yet calming blue chalcedony beads to display that stand-alone elegance I'm so drawn to. Designed with silver wire for a touch of cool shimmer, these blue chalcedony earrings are both fun and elegant at the same time.



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuscany in Autumn Beaded Eyeglass Holder

Tuscany in Autumn Beaded Eyeglass Holder
In most Mediterranean areas, olives are harvested in the months of November, December and January. In Tuscany however, they have a cooler climate due to valleys that are often visited by early frosts. For this reason, in Tuscany the harvest can begin as early as the end of September.

Unlike many of the surrounding areas, in Tuscans that an olive that falls to the ground is worthy of being pressed for the oil that they're harvested for. For that reason, in this area of Italy, olives are still picked by hand.

This beaded eyeglass holder is titled "Tuscany in Autumn" because it's creation was inspired by the Tuscan olive harvest. Beaded with rich, olive green beads on a strand of black, the eyeglass chain has just enough shimmer to catch the eye but not so much that it can't be worn as an understated accent.

Like all of my handmade eyeglass holders, this piece is perfect for leashing in those runaway reading glasses that keep getting lost.



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree Beaded Bookmark

Oh Christmas Tree Beaded Bookmark
Christmas is almost here!!

I'm one of those people that loves the holidays. I don't always decorate... in fact, I don't always celebrate, at least not in the traditional sense, but I love the holidays all the same. There's so much pretty out there at this time of year. Sparkle and shine and color. Not to mention the music!

Not only that but it's one of the only holidays that challenges the conventional color schemes to come up with something different for a few weeks out of the year. As a part of my holiday regimen, I love creating new and different Christmas ornaments and decorations. Each year I sit down and make something new, and sometimes I pull others into the fun as well such as friends and neighbors.

This is one of my creations from this year! A Christmas tree bookmark with shiny little bell and matching tassel all set to dangle from the tip of a silver plated steel shepherds hook bookmarker. I have to admit, it's one of my favorites!



Friday, December 10, 2010

Angelite Gemstone Bracelet in Lilac

Lilac Angelite Gemstone Bracelet in Silver and Pearls
This is the first time that I've ever worked with angelite gemstones, and I have to admit that I really enjoyed the feel of the stones as well as the project that gave birth to this, now finished, angelite gemstone bracelet.

Made from a large central angelite stone that has been combined with matching glass beads, white glass pearls and a multitude of little silver plated charms, this handmade wrist cuff is a unique, one of a kind piece that's then been finished off with a matching toggle clasp.

Angelite is considered to be a symbol of the verbalization and communication of love and light to the world. It represents peace to the world and the "brotherhood both within and without.

It is believed, metaphysically, to be a stone for raising the state of conscious awareness and for the promotion of clear and orderly communication while dispelling anger and renewing one's connected-ness to the universe while helping to promote one's creative endeavors.



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Roses are Red Beaded Charm

Handmade Keychain - Roses are Red
I love the vibrancy and romanticism of this rose charm, and I recently made one similar to hang from my own purse for the holiday season.... and possibly quite a bit longer since I love how it looks on there!

Made from vibrant red beads and silver tone accents, this beaded charm is finished with a little rose carved ball bead hanging from its end for a romantic touch. This handmade beaded charm
measures at 1.77-inch (4.5 cm) in length, which makes it perfect for a purse charm, zipper pull, key chain or many other decorative options. It can even be worn as a pendant on a necklace!



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pewter Cross Christian Book Hook Bookmark

Pewter Christian Cross Beaded Bookmark
This exquisitely detailed cross has been designed into a bible bookmark which is both elegant and unique and perfect for all kinds of books from casual reading to journals, datebooks and more.

Attached to a silver plated book hook, the cross and beaded tassel above it create a shimmering dark beauty that's sure to become a favorite. This handmade beaded bookmark is perfect for marking your place with your own personal style without damaging book pages by common corner folding methods.



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Autumn Amber Colored Glass Leaf Earrings

Glass Amber Leaf Earrings, Wire Wrapped in Gold
A while ago I made these earrings in green, and I loved them so much I went back and picked up more leaves, this time in autumn amber!

These pretty autumn colored glass leaves have been securely wire wrapped in gold tone wire and set to dangle from matching gold plated hooks in this pair of handmade wire wrapped earrings that's sure to bring a smile and make a statement.

They dangle at a length of 1.7-inch (4.25 cm), making them perfect for a comfortable, everyday set of earrings and are light weight and easy to wear as well!



Monday, December 6, 2010

Golden Wreathes Aventurine Gemstone Bracelet

Genuine Aventurine Gemstone Bracelet
When I found these golden wreaths, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. And after hunting for the perfect gemstones to accent their graceful shape this beautiful green and gold artisan bracelet was born!

Made from genuine aventurine gemstones including one large coin bead at the center and a handful of smaller rounds interspersed around the wrist, this handmade gemstone bracelet is created to highlight the graceful shape of the wreathes incorporated into it's design and showcase the beautiful mint color of the gemstones and two lampwork beads that contribute to its overall appeal.



Friday, December 3, 2010

Amethyst Gemstone Rosary Necklace in a Pagan Theme

Amethyst Gemstone Rosary Necklace in a Pagan Theme
Spirituality and meditation often go hand-in-hand and many religions use prayer beads to guide their meditations and mantras.

This beaded amethyst gemstone necklace is made with mindfulness and care to serve a dual purpose. Not only does it make a beautiful handmade necklace or bracelet, but it is created in an the age-old traditional style of a rosary to make it perfect for use as a meditational guide for those on the Pagan path.

Created with amethyst gemstones in rows of eight stones separated by the soft glow of white pears captured in pewter bead caps, this handmade rosary-style necklace is perfect for counting out a meditation mantra or your personal goals. Finished with a swirling floral designed center and with a three-bead tassel beneath it, a beautiful moon goddess charm with pentagram dangled at the end.



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pink Pearl and Gold Flake Beaded Lanyard

Pink Pearl and Gold Flake Beaded Lanyard
Whether a nurse, teacher, librarian, office worker or any other type of career that requires you to wear a badge, sometimes your work outfit needs a little dressing up. This beaded lanyard is a perfect way to do that! Not only does it come in pink as shown above, but I've also made a midnight blue lanyard and rich cream lanyard in the same style as well!

Made with the soft glow of glass pearl beads and glass bead accents, there's a feminine elegance to this beaded badge lanyard that is sure to spruce up any outfit and add an extra touch of femininity as well. There's even an optional break-away magnetic clasp that can be added for those that need it!



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cat Lovers Bookmark in Black and White

Cat Lovers Bookmark in Black and White
I discovered this cat charm in a little shop here locally and just had to have it to use in one of my pieces! Enameled in black and white, this charm is set to dangle beneath a tassel of glass beads in shimmering clear crystals and black glass rounds. The tassel is then set to dangle from a silver plated book hook to create a cat lovers bookmark.

With the holidays coming, this handmade beaded bookmark would make a terrific gift for a cat loving reader and is sure to bring a smile!



Monday, November 29, 2010

Elliptical Red Earrings Wire Wrapped inGold

Elliptical Red Earrings Wire Wrapped inGold
The moment I saw these beautiful, sleek red elliptical beads, I was inspired. I could barely wait to get them home and pull out my wire to see how they'd look dangling from a pair of my earring hooks.

The result is a vibrant, sexy set of red glass earrings with shimmering red color and an inner fire when hit by the light. Wrapped in gold tone wire, these handmade earrings are designed to dangle at 1.8-inch (4.8 cm) in length and are light weight and easy to wear.

I've also considered creating them in silver and might list them later in this alternate color!



Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Poinsettia Bracelet

Christmas Poinsettia Bracelet
I love the poinsettia charm used in this bracelet! Large and glimmering with filigree accents, this beautiful charm takes up the front-and-center focus of this handmade poinsettia bracelet that's perfect for the holidays.

The charm in this piece of holiday jewelry is accented with varying sizes of green glass leaves and vibrant berry-red accents for a cheerful combination of holiday colors and the length of the bracelet is adjustable between 7.75" - 8.75" (18.5 cm - 22.5 cm) thanks to the lobster claw clasp and extension chain it attatches to. At the end of the chain is another but of decoration with dangling red berry bead and small silver bell.



Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pocket Rosary in Black, Red and White Floral Lampwork Beads

Pocket Rosary in Black, Red and White Floral Lampwork Beads
These beautiful black beads with white and red lampwork flowers delicately created on their surface have been designed into Paters on this handmade pocket rosary.

In such an important piece as a Rosary, being handmade holds special significance, creating a personal touch and attention to detail that commercial rosaries lack. This rosary is handmade with care, the lampwork beads combined with black beads as the Aves and golden accents both in the links used as well as the saint center and crucifix at the end, this single-decade rosary is small and convenient, easily able to fit over the fingers or slip into a pocket.



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Harvest Goddess Pagan Necklace in Jade and Pewter

Harvest Goddess Pagan Necklace in Jade and Pewter
When I saw the Harvest Goddess pendant that I've incorporated into this piece, I knew exactly what I wanted to use her for. In fact, in my mind, I already had the beads and gemstones picked out and was ready to create long before I had finished buying supplies to create the piece!

This handmade Harvest Goddess necklace designed in the style of a traditional rosary but with a Pagan theme, this necklace is a celebration of the cycles of life and the wheel of the year in the Pagan calendar.

Five sections of eight jade gemstone beads make up the body of this necklace, each section of eight a count of the year's eight Pagan holidays. In between each section are wooden beads meant to represent each season. This makes this Pagan themed necklace not just a piece of jewelry meant to be worn and treasured but also able to be used as a meditational guide.

At the end of the piece is a tassel of three beads representing the Maiden, Mother and Crone trio with the Harvest Goddess charm at the very end. This handmade Goddess necklace is created with care, meditation and mindfulness to the spirit of the piece and its balance.



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Beautiful Earth Beaded Gaia Charm

Beautiful Earth Beaded Gaia Charm
The Gaia (Beautiful Earth) charm is a celebration of the beauty of our green earth and a hope for a healthy planet in the future. Made on Earth Day, this handmade beaded charm is created with earthy green beads and frosted glass accents to create a tassel that's wonderful for so many uses.

Like any of our handmade charms, this charm can be used as a purse charm, zipper pull, cell phone charm, key chain, car mirror charm and much more! In fact, just recently we also started offering an upgrade for our charms so that they can be made into pendants for necklaces or attached to a book hook and made into bookmarks!



Monday, November 22, 2010

The Elizabeth Bathory Gothic Necklace

The Elizabeth Bathory Gothic Necklace
With bloodred drops and an elegant gothic style, this necklace has been titled the "Elizabeth Bathory" necklace and is made with vibrant red drops that have been securely wire wrapped in gold wire then set to dangle from interlinked vintage rings that sweep across the chest just beneath the throat.

This handmade gothic necklace is a unique OOAK (one of a kind) piece that's made with a lobster claw clasp at the nape which hooks to an extender chain and allows this necklace to be worn tight enough to be a loose choker or a little longer to lie against the chest while a small matching beaded bauble at the end of the chain gives an extra bit of decorative touch. The length is adjustable between 18.5" - 20.5" (47 cm - 52 cm).

We also have earrings to match!



Friday, November 19, 2010

Caribbean Surf Handmade Eyeglass Chain

Caribbean Surf Handmade Eyeglass Chain
I was attracted to these beautiful lampwork beads the moment I saw them and couldn't wait to get them home and work with them! Made of lampwork glass, these beads are created from turquoise and aqua colors with an inky swirl beneath the surface that is reminiscent of an ocean wave.

I've used these beads to create a handmade eyeglass chain titled "Caribbean Surf", because the colors remind me of the blue skies and colorful sea of the Caribbean. The lampwork beads have been combined with other glass bead accents in matching colors all strung together on a strand of white. This eyeglass chain is perfect for leashing in those runaway reading glasses that always seem to get lost when not perched on one's nose.



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rosary Bracelet in Bone - Sacred Vow

Rosary Bracelet in Bone - Sacred Vow
When I started making rosaries, my first one was made in glass. And, although it was beautiful and shimmered and was a favorite of many, my mother's first question when she saw it was... "have you made any in natural beads yet?"

This question was what inspired the Sacred Vow rosary bracelet seen here. Made from beads of bone, this bracelet is simplistic and beautiful in gold tones with black bone beads for the aves and a larger white bone bead for the pater near the clasp. The handmade chaplet bracelet comes with a full-color saint charm attached near the pater bead and a delicate brass cross as well as handmade infinity links between each bead.

I've also designed a full sized rosary and a smaller christian charm with this same theme.



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Copper n White Delight Beaded Bookmark

Copper n White Delight Beaded Bookmark
Although it doesn't happen often, sometimes combining metals and textures can create some interesting results. In this bookmark I've combined the shimmer of silver with a touch of copper for a handmade beaded bookmark that's sure to become a well-loved classic.

Many people fold the pages in a book to mark their place when they're reading, but it's not really an ideal method because it permanently damages the pages that are folded. A beaded book thong bookmark is a terrific way to avoid that damage whether marking your place in a book, journal, date book or bible.



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lilac Lace Amethyst Gemstone Bracelet

Lilac Lace Amethyst Gemstone Bracelet
When I first saw these gemstones, I was at a gem show. I fell in love with them immediately, but it took me a long time to find them again! These stones are a form of amethyst called "lace amethyst" and they're a bit harder to come by than the normal darker colored amethyst most are used to seeing used in jewelry.

In this bracelet, these beautiful lace amethyst stones have been combined with silver plated charms and the soft glow of pearls to create a gemstone bracelet that's a perfect accent to the winter season. Named "Lilac Lace" this handmade amethyst bracelet measures at 8.85-inches (22.5 cm) in length and has a style to it that is versatile enough to be worn both casually or as an elegant accent.



Monday, November 15, 2010

Mother of Pearl Rosary Bracelet with a Hint of Green

Mother of Pearl Rosary Bracelet with a Hint of Green
I don't think that there's any other time that it's more important and significant to have a piece that's handmade than when considering a rosary or cherished religious piece of jewelry. Whether purchasing such a piece for yourself or for someone else, there's a certain amount of special significance that comes in knowing the piece you're buying is hand crafted instead of a commercial reproduction.

This mother of pearl rosary bracelet is one of those pieces. Each and every one of the links in this bracelet has been made by hand and every bead picked out and set in place with care. The entire piece is then brought together with a matching toggle clasp.

To add a touch of color to this rosary bracelet, the Pater bead and Saint's charm are both a rich spring green in color and the small cross charm that is included is designed in a combination of silver tones and white.



Friday, November 12, 2010

Dragonfly Kiss Beaded Book Hook Bookmark

Dragonfly Kiss Beaded Book Hook Bookmark
I've made a lot of beaded bookmarks in a number of different styles. But this one has stood as my absolute favorite design since it's birth a year ago.

The Dragonfly's Kiss beaded book hook bookmark is made with an adorable little dragonfly charm attached beneath a tassel of glass beads and silver accents. The main bead in this handmade beaded bookmark is a beautiful glass bead with two tone color in both blue and green combined.

All together it creates a book marker that's sure to become a favorite and is perfect for marking your place, whether in a book, date book, journal or anything else you need to mark. So much better and less damaging than common page corner folding methods too!



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Green Leaves of Glass Wire Wrapped Earrings

Green Leaves of Glass Wire Wrapped Earrings
Inspiration struck the moment I saw these pretty glass leaves! I love nature themes and the color of these leaves is so rich and bright that I couldn't wait to get them home and make these earrings from the glass beads.

These handmade earrings created from green leaves of glass that have been neatly and securely wire wrapped with gold tone wire. The earring hooks are hand-shaped in a graceful loop, finishing off a pair of wire wrapped earrings that's both light weight and comfortable to wear.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hand Carved Beaded Butterfly Necklace

Hand Carved Beaded Butterfly Necklace
I'm not sure how many of my readers have ever used a Dremel tool before but let me assure you, there's just some jobs that little tool is wonderful for and hand-carving as well as shaping wooden beads definitely fits in this category.

The focal bead in this handmade necklace is a carefully fashioned wooden drum bead that's been stained a deep brick red then hand-carved with a beautiful little butterfly motif along its round curve. It was then joined by bamboo tube beads that have been stained a matching shade of red, small cream colored bone beads and a touch of golden accents for shimmer.

All brought together, this hand carved beaded butterfly necklace has a natural charm that's sure to make it a favorite to wear and has been designed with an extension chain at the nape so it can be worn tight like a choker or a bit more loose like a necklace.



Friday, November 5, 2010

Frosted Elixir Wire Wrapped Teardrop Earrings - Set of Seven


When I was in high school, I took a lot of art classes. I loved art. And after I'd exhausted my schools curriculum of art classes that they had available, my teacher "designed" a class just for me due to my enthusiasm under his tutelage.

In this class, he taught me how to etch glass. A skill that I retained and carried on with me into life after high school and even made a decent amount of money at as a side-business for a while. I'd travel to different people's homes and businesses and create hand-drawn designs for the windows, mirrors or sliding glass doors of their homes.

You would be amazed, even to this day, how much etching solution I have left over from this time in my past, and when I decided to design jewelry how useful that solution became again!

Now, instead of buying my beads for my jewelry already clouded, I cloud the glass myself! And that's what I did with each of the teardrops in this collection of earrings featured here today.

The Frosted Elixir earrings set is made from tiny glass teardrops that have each been carefully dipped in etching solution to create a satin sheen to their surface before being securely wrapped in gold tone wire and set to dangle from matching handmade earring hooks.

Each pair of these wire wrapped teardrop earrings is made to be delicate and light weight, making them easy to wear even on the most sensitive set of ears.

Not only are they offered as a set in gold, but also in silver as well as available individually. You can click this link to explore those options further.



Thursday, November 4, 2010

La Femme Goth Pink and Black Catholic Rosary

La Femme Goth Pink and Black Catholic Rosary
Five decades of 5mm black Ave beads in inky black have been joined with hot pink 8mm wooden Pater beads in this handmade Catholic rosary that's both dark and feminine, traditional and modern. The piece is then finished off with a silver plated 22mm Madonna medal centerpiece and a wooden crucifix at the end with silver plated accents.

In such an important piece as personal rosaries, being handmade holds special significance, creating a personal touch and attention to detail that commercial rosaries lack. Every one of the 132 links on this holy rosary are carefully turned by hand with care.



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Tea and Roses Beaded Badge Lanyard


Beads in the colors of rich brewed tea are combined with inky rounds in this beaded badge lanyard finished with a pair of large tea-colored rounds that have been carved into the shape of rosebuds.

The Tea and Roses beaded lanyard is perfect for nurses, office workers, teachers, students, volunteers and anyone else that needs to leash their badge, name tag or keys around their neck. It's an elegant and feminine alternative to conventional cloth lanyards and can even be made with a magnetic "break away" clasp for those that need it.

This lanyard measures at 38-inches (96.5 cm) in length.



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

End of the Rainbow Book Hook Bookmark

End of the Rainbow Book Hook Bookmark
Whether expressing Gay Pride, needing a reminder to help balance your Chakras or if you just love rainbows, this bookmark is cheerful and bright and perfect for catching the eye and stirring up a smile.

Made from a combination of rainbow colors with a bright red bead at the end of one tassel and a rainbow striped cube bead at the end of the other, there's a warm glow of golden accents included in the design of this handmade book hook bookmark which is matched by the gold plated stainless steel book hook it's all attached to.

Corner folding in books is a horrible habit. It degrades the integrity of the book's pages and causes permanent damage. This rainbow beaded bookmark is a perfect alternative for marking your place!



Monday, November 1, 2010

Make a Wish Lucky Charm for Purse, Phone and more


Everyone needs a little luck now and then!

This "Make a Wish" lucky charm is made with a little golden wishbone dangling at the end of a beaded tassel. The tassel itself is created from vibrant green beads and a gold plated "wish" charm. All brought together, this wishing charm is both vibrant as well as shiny and is sure to bring a smile and hopefully a little luck as well!

Like all of the charms I've designed, this little charm is offered with a variety of optional attachments to create versatility and allow it to be used in a variety of ways whether you need a purse charm, cell phone charm, zipper pull or any other creative options you can come up with!



Friday, October 29, 2010

Mustard Yellow Beaded Badge Lanyard


Whether a summer hue or a winter pick-me-up, yellow has always been representative of cheerful dispositions and sunny smiles for me.

This fully beaded badge lanyard is created from bold hues of mustard yellow beads with a touch of brown marble under their surface that are then combined with yellow mother of pearl rounds and sparkling faceted beads in similar shades.

This handmade 38-inch (96.5 cm) beaded lanyard is perfect for a badge or key and is designed so that the nape of the strand is smooth and comfortable against the back of the neck with larger decorative beads further down along the strand so they are shown off to their best advantage.



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Man in the Blue Moon Beaded Charm - Versatility

Man in the Blue Moon Beaded Charm
I love versatility. I love making something that can be used over and over for many different things.

The decorative beaded charms that I design are one of these useful creations, too. Each one is designed to be used in any number of ways including (but certainly not limited to) as purse charms, rear view mirror charms for a car, zipper pulls, key chain, wallet charms, cell phone charms and more. In fact, I offer those that own my charms a variety of attachments, so when they buy them they can choose what kind of attachment will best fit their needs and ideas. I've even had customers request their charms be added to book hooks to turn them into bookmarks!

This handmade celestial beaded charm, titled "Man in the Blue Moon", with it's shiny blue glass beads and brass man in the moon smiling bat the end is one of my absolute favorites, too. Celestial themes have always been a joy of mine and I have to admit that when I made this one, I almost had to keep it for myself.



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tyrian Purple Beaded Badge Lanyard


The actual color of Tyrian purple (also known as Imperial purple), the original color purple from which the name purple is derived, is a color of a dye made from a mollusk. In classical antiquity, this color then became a symbol of royalty because only the very wealthy could afford it and was extremely popular throughout the time of the Roman Empire.

Today, purple continues to hold meaning as something royal and rich, and rich warm colors is what this beaded badge lanyard is all about.

Created in shades of Tyrian purple and plum, this beaded lanyard combines the richness of these historical shades with golden accents for warmth all strung on a creme colored strand that shows off both the rich colors and warmth with elegant aplomb.

Perfect for your badge, keys and more light-weight options, the nape of this 36-inch (91.5 cm) beaded lanyard is created to be smooth and comfortable against the back of the neck with decorative beads further down along the strand so they are shown off to their best advantage.



Monday, October 25, 2010

Beaded Butterfly Necklace of Wood and Pearls

Beaded Butterfly Necklace of Wood and Pearls
Butterflies and dragonflies both represent a change in one's life. Sometimes graceful, sometimes not, but change is important either way. It breathes fresh air into stale spaces and brings about new ideas and inspirations.

This beaded butterfly necklace is created with that theme in mind. Made with a handful of creamy pearls and wooden beads brought together on a strand of matching seed beads to accent the 2-inch circular pendant that dangles front and center. The pendant is made of wood and stained a rich brown color (also available in black) with a beautiful butterfly inlay set off-center on its surface in brushed silver tones.

The lobster claw clasp at the nape of this handmade necklace attaches to an extender chain that allows the length of this necklace to be adjustable between 17" - 19.25" (43 cm - 49 cm). This means it can be worn tight enough to be a choker or loose enough to lie comfortably against the chest while a small bead bauble at the end of the chain gives an extra bit of decorative touch at the nape.



Friday, October 22, 2010

Green Lampwork Glass Eyeglass Chain - Losing My Marbles in Green

Green Lampwork Glass Eyeglass Chain - Losing My Marbles in Green
I absolutely LOVE working with lampwork beads. I love the idea that someone has taken a piece of glass and with flame and craftsmanship, mounded that glass into a piece of art. This is must amazing to me.

The concept of eyeglass chains is that you attach the ends of the chain to your glasses and then wear your glasses around your neck like a necklace. This is an ideal solution for anyone who uses reading glasses, since reading glasses are donned then removed throughout the day and easily become misplaced or lost.

In this "Losing My Marbles" handmade eyeglass chain, I've taken some beautiful green lampwork marbles with tiny flecks of colors inside them and combined them with other matching beads in shades of seaweed green, golden accents and a touch of crisp white to create a stylish beaded eyeglass chain that has easily become one of my favorites.

This piece measures in at 30.5-inches (77.5 cm) from tip to tip.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Grecian Blue and Cream Beaded Lanyard

Grecian Blue and Cream Beaded Lanyard
Inspired by the shimmering Aegean sea and a breathtaking view of Greece with sea and sky as her backdrop, this beaded lanyard is filled with intricate details and accents.

Sometimes when working, a little touch of fantasy is what you need to make the day move a little faster, why not imagine sea and sky and the beauty of a Grecian holiday to help whittle away the time?

Perfect for a badge, keys and more, the nape of this 36-inch (91.5 cm) beaded badge lanyard is designed to lie comfortably against the back of the neck with decorative beads further down along the strand so they are shown off to their best advantage.



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pastel Pearls and Silver Hoop Earrings - Handel in Spring

Pastel Pearls and Silver Hoop Earrings - Handel in Spring
George Frideric Handel was an amazing Baroque composer who is famous for his operas, oratorios and concerto music. He lived from 1685 to 1759 and was born in the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti.

In his lifetime, and beyond it, Handel's works were well-known by many other composers, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

His most famous piece, "Messiah" with its "Hallelujah" chorus, is among the most popular works in choral music and has become a centerpiece of the Christmas season. Another of his most popular works "Water Music" is used often during weddings and was the inspiration for these beaded hoop earrings.

Designed with silver plated hoops that support a grouping of softly shimmering pearls in white and pink joined with a touch of dusky green, these handmade pearl earrings are 1-inch (3 cm) in size and made with care to be light-weight on pierced ears with a delicate appearance. They are earrings are easy to put in and take out with a safety hook clasp so they won't fall out and get lost inconveniently.



Monday, October 18, 2010

Classic Beauty and Versatility - Black and Gold Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard

Classic Beauty and Versatility - Black and Gold Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard
Sometimes, even when you want something to be pretty, it needs to be versatile too. That was the inspiration behind this classic black lanyard with warm golden accents. It's a pretty piece, even elegant in design, but with the versatility to go with a variety of outfits and occasions!

Made with inky black beads that are then are combined together with the warm shimmer of gold plated accents, this beaded eyeglass lanyard is sure to show off a sense of style while keeping eyeglasses easily in reach.

This 30-inch (76 cm) beaded lanyard is made with smooth beads at the nape for the comfort of the wearer and decorative beads at the ends to show off a sense of style while keeping eyeglasses easily in reach. And I've made a similar eyeglass lanyard in silver and black as well for those that like silver accents to their accessories instead of gold!



Friday, October 15, 2010

Elegant Red and Black Beaded Lanyard - Eileen

Elegant Red and Black Beaded Lanyard - Eileen
Named after one of the most elegant women I've ever known, this beaded badge lanyard is created using shimmering red faceted beads combined with a touch more red and a bit of black for accents.

Creamy white seed beads make up the strand of this beaded lanyard, and a touch of golden accents bring it together with a hint warmth and added elegance.

This lanyard is perfect for holding an ID badge, key or many other light-weight options. So many people these days are in need of lanyards for work, school, volunteer work and more. Why not have a lanyard that is more than functional but fashionable as well?

The nape of this 36.5-inch (92.7 cm) strand is created to lie comfortably against the back of the neck with decorative beads further down along the strand so they are shown off to their best advantage.



Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Rainy Days and Teardrops Necklace in Teal Blue

The Rainy Days and Teardrops Necklace in Teal Blue
Rainy days and teardrops is what came to mind when I first saw the faceted teal pendant used in this unique OOAK (one of a kind) handmade choker necklace.

I love the rain. I love how it feels like it scrubs the world clean. In this necklace, that love is brought to life with iridescent turquoise rounds and dark brown marbled beads that compliment each other in this beaded necklace finished with a matching faceted Lucite pendant that seems to glow in the light.

The lobster claw clasp at the nape hooks to a chain that allows this "Rainy Days and Teardrops" necklace to adjust between 15" - 17" in length (38 cm - 43 cm) and be worn tight enough to be a choker or loose enough to lie against the chest while a small bead bauble at the end of the chain gives an extra bit of a decorative touch.



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Poseidon's Daughter Bracelet in Mother of Pearl, Coral and Aventurine

Poseidon's Daughter Bracelet in Mother of Pearl, Coral and Aventurine
Mother of pearl makes a beautiful accent, and in many cases focal point, for a variety of different styles of jewelry. In this handmade bracelet, entitled Poseidon's Daughter, I've strung a total of 72 mother of pearl rice beads on three separate strands that have then been intertwined together to encircle the wrist in shimmering white.

The piece is then finished off with bursts of vibrant color when I used clusters of coral chips and round aventurine beads to complete this unique gemstone bracelet.

The end result is a unique OOAK (one of a kind) shimmering concoction that's easily able to be imagined having been plucked directly from the treasure chest of the most beautiful mermaid in all creation, Poseidon's daughter.

This handmade bracelet measures at 7.75" length (20 cm) including clasp.