Sunday, February 27, 2011


Hope everyone is having fun Bead Soup Hopping.  Thought I'd throw in a little giveaway just for fun.  Leave me a comment and be entered to win Pinky the little pink fish set.  Check below for my Bead Soup Creation.
I will pick a winner next Sunday night.  GOOD LUCK!

Enjoy your day,


Saturday, February 26, 2011


BEAD SOUP REVEAL...................................

Welcome to my blog!  First, I'd like to thank Lori Anderson with Pretty Things for hosting the Bead Soup.  Lots of work went into organizing this fabulous event.  Thanks Lori!

What is a Bead Soup you ask? Well, each of us were given a partner and a few simple rules. In the soup we were to send had to include a focal bead, a clasp other than an ordinary lobster clasp, and some complimenting beads. But the only things we had to use were the focal bead and clasp.

My partner for the Bead Soup, is Cherrie Fick, from En La Lumie're.  What a wonderful partner I got for my first time participating in the Bead Soup! We've had some great conversations since the bead soup began.

This is the Bead Soup I received from Cherrie.


This is the necklace I created with the beads Cherrie sent me.  First, I drilled two small holes on either side of the butterfly focal.  I hand wired one row of glass and copper beads on the first strand of the necklace then added an additional chain which I dangled more glass beads.  To connect the chain to the silk ribbon I handmade two copper wire connectors which I antiqued so they would match with the rest of the necklace finish.  For the toggle I was able to pass the ribbin through one side and wrap with antiqued copper wire but the other rectangular side was too small so I just wrapped the ribbon inside of it and wrapped the end with more antiqued copper wire.

Don't Forget To Visit Me Tomorrow For a Fun Lampwork Giveaway - Here's a Sneak Peak

Continue the fun and visit as many of the participating blogs as you can.


1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things (Our Hostess)
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3. Michelle Heim, Life in the Bead Lane
4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto Jewelry
10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22. Janna Harttgen, Palimpa-Lim
23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
25. Deb Hunter, Living on Air
26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, Vanbeads
28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading-Arts
30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under The Bus
33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Designs
35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Island Girls Insights
39. Barbara Lewis, Painting with Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy and Jacks
42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47. Amanda Davie, Articulations
48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent, Pink Ice Jewels
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin De Koning
56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz by Lisa
60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Beads
62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67. Tracy Bell, Copper Glass and Recycled Trash
68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Draftique
69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped in Silver
70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create with Spirit
71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean,  There's Beading to Be Done!
76. Debbie Goering, Praire Emporium
77. Valerie Norton, Hot Air
78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads
80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Design
85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisias Studio
96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs
98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog
101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations
103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs
108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading
110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113. Judy Glende, Judith B Designs
114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
118. Cory Celaya, Art with Moxie
119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie and Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Jud Rocks
125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129. Margaret Saari, Mags Jewelry
130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore Studio
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, Pixy Bug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by JP
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writing
143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads - You Are Here
147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158. Noemi Baena, Fire Metal Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summer's Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher, Lisas Clay Happenings
170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
175. Julie Nordine, Jule Nordine Credit River Art Glass
176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley, Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running On Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug and Company
191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye, Frye Style
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202. Kerry Bogert, Kap's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon, Juls Beads
205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210. Shirley Moore, Homeschooling Life

Thanks for coming by!  Check back with me tomorrow for a fun Lampwork giveaway.

Enjoy your day,


Friday, February 25, 2011


If you've been following my blog you know that I like to make LOTS of different style lampwork beads.  Must be the Gemini in me.  There are days I make neutrals and mix all kinds of different things to see what I get, and other days I like to make fun beads.  My jewelry lately has become my personal preference, but then again one day I'm in the mood and the red and yellow beads come out to play.  Here's some new things in both my shops.

I love how this patina turned out on this butterfly.  I coated it twice with lacquer and gave it a coat of wax to protect finish and for skin sensitivity.

I'm making some new pieces to take to the shows with the beads in the bins.  Sort of for inspiration.  I know a lot of people get overwhelmed with all the trays of beads and maybe some samples might help.

I made an entire tray of different color sugar beads for the two shows next month.  I thought I'd share some on Etsy also.

I have another similar bracelet in my Etsy store.  This one is for a smaller wrist 6 - 6 3/4" or so.  The leaf design is different and I used different glass beads on this one.

I just love this little guy.  I almost kept him.  I still want to keep him!

What do you think about GINGER, sweet little kitty, yes?

This is Baxter the fish.

This is Valerie the fish.

Well I have to start my BEAD SOUP post tonight if I'm going to try to include all the participants and their links, so have a wonderful evening and see you tomorrow morning for the big reveal.


Saturday, February 19, 2011


It's been one of those crazy busy weeks for me.  I have two large bead shows next month; The Intergalactic Bead Show and The Down the Street Bead Show, so I've been trying to fill my bins which are not looking too good right now.  It's amazing how many beads it takes to fill these trays.  I've also been trying to make some jewelry pieces including my Bead Soup piece.  I'd like to report that my Bead Soup piece is all done and I'm ready for the reveal.  I love how it turned out!  Here are some new items on Etsy.  It's over a week's worth so there's a lot of pictures.

I love the multi-strands on this bracelet.  It looks really pretty on a small wrist even though it has a great deal of beads.  SOLD

These are handmade antiqued brass etched plates with freshwater pearls.

These are little head pins.  Listing includes two flowers and two leaves.

Little head pins in yellow.

I love how these turned out.  I have a thing for owls and copper.  The beads are faceted whisky quartz.

These were a special order for a great customer of mine in France.  I made them for a bracelet but never made them again to list for others to purchase.

The following 4 beads are all Pandora/Biagi style beads and where also a special order for a customer.  I just made some more of these and will be listing them this weekend, hopefully.

The following beads are all enameled over copper beads and are listed in my Havana Beads Shop on Etsy.


I have a thing for copper!  How rich can it get with this wonderful material.  This is my own etched piece with beautiful faceted czech glass beads and copper beads.  Bracelet is finished with my own clasp and an extension chain.

This is also my copper etched plate of a maple leaf .  I added faceted Czech glass in a very pretty green with a picasso finish and I love the Czech glass rectangular pieces, lovely.  I finished it with my own handmade clasp.

This bracelet was inspired by the new lampwork beads I just made.  They're on a transparent base with pretty browns, ivory and terracotta.  I'll have the lampwork beads listed hopefully this weekend.  I'm trying to have some lampwork jewelry pieces ready for the shows next month for inspiration.

Last but not least, Camelot.  Totally made with metals yet has a romantic feel to it.

Enjoy your weekend,


Monday, February 14, 2011


Just wanted to drop in and wish everyone a very Happy Valentines!

Enjoy your day,


Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Stroll Through Etsy Favorites

Did you get a chance to take a look at KcSoapsNmore at Etsy this week.  She was the featured artist this week.  Oh my goodness, this artist is so talented!  She makes soap look so yummy.  I would definitely want to take a bite out of these little goodies.

These are on my wish list. I just love all the little cubbies to store your jewelry or even strands of beads to be made into jewelry. You can check these out at bluebirdheaven  on Etsy.

Enjoy Your Weekend!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I guess I was in an organic mood yesterday when I was lampworking.  It happens, sometimes I pull out the reds, yellows, purples and sometimes I'm all for the neutrals, earth tones.  So here's what I listed on Etsy today.

These are etched and have a satin finish.  I made these with a larger hole about 2.5mm great for leather, cord, etc.

I really like how these turned out.  They look like they have windows in them.  I think they look like honeycomb.

These are light ivory with silver and raku dots.  I also etched these to a satin finish.  These have a smaller hole unlike the ones above, good for stringing, headpins, etc.

I made these similar to the ones above but with aqua transparent glass.  I placed the silver differently on these so even though they look alike they are somewhat different.

Well, I have some projects etching I have to check on.  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

New Beads on Etsy

I went ahead and made a little mosaic of the different earring pairs and a tab set I listed on Etsy.  I told you I've been hit by the earring bug. Hope you like these.  I'm off to get some Saturday rest away from the studio with hubby before the big game tomorrow.  Lots of yummy snacks to be made for tomorrow!

Enjoy your day!

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