Crystal AB Czech Glass and Silver Earrings

Crystal faceted 4 and 6mm Aurora Borealis finish Czech glass rounds and coiled sterling silver spacers dance beautifully together in these elegant handmade earrings. The gorgeous beads capture light and flash it back like a prism. Oversized chain links add a dramatic flair. Earrings dangle 1 1/2 inches from the tops of the sterling silver ear wires.

Czech glass beads are renowned for their excellent craftsmanship dating back to the 11th century. Made of quality glass, the vivid colors will not fade and are consistent throughout the line. Czech fire-polished beads feature exceptional color and size consistency. The beads are optically polished, creating maximum brilliance.
The stunning finish on the beads in these earrings is AB, also known as Aurora Borealis, and is a striking play of color inspired by the Northern Lights.

Crystal AB Czech Glass Wide Link Necklace

4, 6 and 8mm faceted, crystal AB Czech Glass rounds take center stage in this dramatic handmade necklace and are the perfect compliment to the wide link silver plated chain. Sterling silver spacers beautifully bring focus to the main stones. The chain sparkles and shines much more beautifully and is a little lighter and brighter than the photo shows. Necklace is 19" and closes in back with a lobster claw clasp.

Moms Love Pink

My 2010 salute to Mother's Day.

Heart Mother of Pearl Earrings

Mother of Pearl hearts and accent beads, creamy freshwater pearls and white glass pearls make up these lovely handmade earrings. Earrings dangle just a touch over 1 3/4 inches from the tops of the hypoallergenic surgical steel ear hooks. 

Matching Mother of Pearl Pendant Necklace in shop.

Mother of Pearl Pendant Necklace

Linked Mother of Pearl heart-shaped leaves and accents, white pearls and cream freshwater pearls provide the chain for this lovely handmade pendant necklace. The 21" chain holds a 3 1/2" drop, featuring a beautiful 2 1/2" art deco Mother of Pearl pendant. Necklace closes in back with a lobster claw clasp. 

This necklace would be extra cute with a little white tank top and blue jeans but is gorgeous enough to spice up that little black dress.

Tiger Eye, Pearl, Antiqued Brass Pendant Necklace


Tiger Eye rounds, freshwater pearls, ivory glass pearls, antiqued brass chains and spacers and a floral and butterfly bone pendant make up this handmade necklace. Three more amber and cream freshwater pearls and a Tiger Eye round drape down over the beautifully carved cream colored pendant. Necklace is 21 inches long and the pendant drop is 3 inches long. Closes in back with a lobster claw clasp.

Quartz that is formed not of one single crystal but a number of finely grained microcrystals is known as chalcedony. Tiger's eye is a member of this beautiful group of semi-precious chalcedony. 

Spiritual and Healing Properties of Tiger Eye:
Tiger eye is a balancing stone said to calm fears and give perspective to upsetting circumstances. It can also help you become more attuned with planetary energies because it serves as a bridge linking sky and earth energies. Tiger eye offers light to dark energies. 

Remedy Benefits of Tiger Eye:
Gives clarity
Balances solar plexus chakra
Promotes intuition
Yin yang balancer

Reflects light

Chocolate and Ice by LilHipsters

My Swarovski and Silver Spring Song earrings have been included in this lovely Etsy Treasury East by LilHipsters.

Red and Black by Poetry Jewelry

My Crimson Red Trumpet Flower earrings are featured in this beautiful Etsy Treasury East by Poetry Jewelry. Clicks and comments appreciated.

IndieJunction Holds Earth Day Challenge

My Apricot Calla Lily earrings are entered in the IndieJunction Earth Day Challenge. Click on the title above to enter your vote. Voting ends 4-21-10.

Outrageous Orange!

My Apricot Calla Lily earrings have been featured in the "Outrageous Orange" Great Finds by Made for Me by Oaklie.

Bright Ones From IndieJunction by Among the Ruins

Check out this warm and beautiful Etsy Treasury East featuring some of the amazing talent coming from IndieJunction.

Should Government to Mandate How Much Salt We Eat?

This just might be an overstepping by our government legislators, but more importantly, my cookies just wouldn't taste the same ...

Handmade Artists Forum Etsy Team--Some Gifts for Mom! by Zur Designs

Stop over and enjoy the beautiful selections in this new Etsy Treasury East by Zur Designs.  http://www.etsy.com/treasury/e024b47baa76cb4bb04b2b00

HAFteam Featured Artist: Paradise Purls

Located in beautiful North Carolina, Elizabeth Humphries of Paradise Purls is the featured artist from the Handmade Artists Forum. A former Human Resources Generalist and Technical Recruiter, Elizabeth spent her spare time teaching herself how to knit using a "how to" booklet and recruiting a little help from her friends and her Mother in Law. Says Elizabeth, "I fell in love with all the yarn...the colors and textures. One of my favorite things to do is spend time in a yarn shop touching all the different yarns. I'm very tactile!" 
When she's not creating beautiful works of art, Elizabeth spends time blogging about knitting, life, family, books, arts/crafts and lots of other things. Some of her other interests include jewelry design, politics and, of course, the UNC Tarheels. Here is just a small sample of Elizabeth's work. Initially, when I saw this first piece, I thought it was actual metal link chainmaille, but it's a fabulous hand knit bracelet:
Hand Knit Bracelet - Fiber Bling, Jewel Tones
Buttercup - Yellow Cotton Neck Warmer
Red Floral Glass Beaded Bookmark
For more examples of Elizabeth's beautiful work, click on the title above for her blog and visit her shop on Etsy:

A Blushing Kiss: An Etsy Treasury East by VOLEUR DE BIJOUX

Monique of Voleur de Bijoux is a bronze sculptor and abstract painter by day and a jewelry designer by night. Shown here is her Etsy Treasury East entitled "A Blushing Kiss," in which she generously showcases the talents of some of her friends. But Monique is an artist in her own right. Her love of Paris, fashion, bright colors and  natural beauty has inspired her lovely line of jewelry.
According to Monique, "This whole process of designing and creating jewelry was a dream come true for me. It's the perfect combination of working with my hands and using my creativity to turn ordinary objects into a thing of beauty. I call it my wearable art because I look at each piece as an artistic design. I specialize in distinctive handmade creations with a romantic flare that invokes a retro glam feel. I love collecting unique and lovely vintage findings, pearls and gemstones to incorporate in my jewelry designs. I feel like a little bird that loves to collect bits of treasures and store them in her nest until Spring comes. As the flowers bloom, so do these pieces of jewelry which are incorporated with these special vintage beads and colorful gemstones."
Below are a few examples of Monique's work:

Verona Venetian Blush Pink Quartz Earrings
Cerena Urban Glam Silver and Blue Pearl Necklace
Talle Venetian Ocean Blue Glass With Purple Blue Pearls Earrings
For more photos and information, visit Voleur de Bijoux on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/voleurdebijoux

Flowers for Mother, and Etsy Treasury by Haffina Again

I'm so happy that my Orange Sherbet earrings have been included in this beautiful treasury by HaffinaAgain.

My Virgin Voyage as Curator on Etsy East

My first offering on Etsy Treasury East as curator is A Little Lace, featuring some old and some new friends from HAFteam, Indiejteam and elsewhere.

Etsy Treasury East is Up and Running!

Lauren of Lapisbeach, a seasoned curator of wonderful Etsy treasuries, has dipped her toe into the cool new waters of Etsy Treasury East with this beautiful collection called, "Don't Mess With Mother Nature". The wider format seen here is a taste of things to come on Etsy.

HAFteam "Nature Calls" Challenge Results

I'm excited to announce that my Irish Eyes earrings took first place in the HAFteam Nature Calls Challenge! Every entry was amazing, and all the participants should stand up and take a bow. The Handmade Artists Forum Etsy Street Team totally rocks!!
A special thanks to the founders of the Forum, Andrew and Kim, who just celebrated HAF's one year anniversary yesterday ... many, many more happy, creative moments to you both!
If you have a moment, stop by the HAF blog for links and information about how you can join this caring, sharing, amazing group of artisans!
http://handmadeartistsforum.com/

Passion For Beads


An IndiePublic friend of mine, Passion For Beads out of Winnipeg, Canada is an online shop selling handmade Swarosvki crystal jewelry. Here is just a sampling of this creative artist's lovley work:






For more information about this amazing artist, visit:
http://www.madeitmyself.com/user/passionforbeads.aspx
http://PassionForBeads.artfire.com
http://passionforbeads.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/passionforbeads

Featured Artist: Made for Me by Oaklie

Out of Saint George, Utah, I would like to introduce you to Made for Me by Oaklie. In business since June of 2008, this shop is full of beautiful handmade jewelry and knitted and crocheted items. Here are just a few examples of this amazing artist's work:
Bracelet - Ebony n Gold
Wire-Crochet Bracelet Apple n Cinnamon
Beaded Scarf Lotties Lace
For more information, click on the title above for Made for Me by Oaklie's Artfire shop, or check out these other locations:
Website: http://madeformebyoaklie.com/
Shop on Made It Myself on Ning: http://madeitmyself.com/user/madeforme.aspx

Chained Czech Glass Earrings

Sparkling 6mm faceted tortoise shell and 4mm faceted smoke Czech glass rounds are paired with antiqued gray metal links and spacers in these handmade earrings. Dramatic 35mm x 18mm gunmetal kidney ear wires bring these earrings to a little over 3 inches long. Lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Etsy Treasury: A Li'l Somethin' for Everyone

This Etsy treasury features fellow members of the HAFteam and Indiejteam. I hope you'll come see it and give it some love!

Smoky Czech Glass and Antiqued Brass Earrings

8mm faceted Czech glass rounds in a shade very similar to smoky quartz are paired with antiqued brass leaf bead caps in these lovely handmade earrings. Earrings dangle a little over 1 1/2 inches from the tops of antiqued brass no lead, no nickel ear wires.

Burst of Blue: An Etsy Treasury by ParadisePurls

My "My Heart is Blue" necklace is included in this lovely Etsy Treasury by ParadisePurls.

HAFteam Challenge: Nature Calls

My Irish Eyes earrings are entered in the Handmade Artists Forum Challenge, Nature Calls. A prize drawing will be held for those who vote and comment. All are welcome to stop in and cast your votes!
http://handmadeartistsforum.com/nature-calls-hafteam-challenge/

Copper Swarovski Pearl and Czech Glass Earrings

These simply lovely handmade earrings feature glimmering copper Swarovski pearls, copper daisy spacers and 4mm faceted AB copper Czech glass rounds. Earrings hang approximately 1 1/2 inches from the tops of the no lead or nickel antiqued copper ear wires.

Brass Czech Glass Earrings

The focal point of these unique handmade earrings are gorgeous charcoal, white, butterscotch and ebony multicolored Czech Glass beads. A delicate chain of tiny copper brown seed beads adds style and interest. Earrings hang approximately 2 inches from the tops of no lead or nickel antiqued brass ear wires.

Marie's Cottage

Phallin of Marie's Cottage on Etsy grew up in the beautiful Ozarks. According to Phallin, "Beauty to me is seen in a country road, a run down farmhouse, old barns, peaceful cows and sweet little kitties." She shares her amazing outlook on life and her own little world on Etsy through her photography and selected vintage items. 
As a tribute to her youngest daughter who battled pediatric cancer in her first year of life, 10% of her sales are going to St. Judes Children's Hospital. Here are a few of my own personal favorites from Phallin's wonderful shop:
Vintage Long Wood Rustic Caddy Box...Extra Large
Pink Princess.....5 x 5 fine art photo by Mariescottage
rusty red murray bicycle fine art photo note cards....set of 4
For more of her wonderful nostalgic treasures, click on the title above or visit Phallin's blog:
http://cottagehomestead.blogspot.com/
or follow her on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/mariescottage1

Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF

Regretsy Thank goodness I didn't make the book ...

Would You Like a Little or a Lot?

A treasury celebrating opposite sides of jewelry creation featuring some of my talented friends from the Indie Junction and Handmade Artists Forum teams.

HAFteam Featured Artists: Dream River Designs

Debbie Downs, DreamRiver Designs owner and creator lives on a small farm in Cannon Falls Minnesota with her husband, two children, and Heritage Livestock breeds, Dexter Cattle and Olde English Babydoll Sheep. Designing jewelry was a childhood dream for Debbie. Expressing her love for her craft, she says, "I love the feel of the metals, and the fluidity of movement that the chain maille pieces have. Maille pieces bring to mind a more chivalrous time, full of fantasy and Knights. Each pieces is created from one single ring that is woven and entwined with others using ancient patterns & techniques. Wire wrapping of minerals and crystals allows them to be worn as pendants. I try to feel what the stone 'is' and wrap to accentuate its properties and appearance. DreamRiver Design pieces are handcrafted to last a lifetime of wearing and carry a lifetime craftsmanship warranty. I use only top quality gem stones, crystals and precious metals, and other quality materials for finished work. I also craft heirloom quality rosaries and chaplets." 


Here are a few examples of Debbie's lovely work:

Heritage- necklace using great grandma's vintage glass beads
Twilight



For more information about Dream River Designs: