Posts Tagged ‘jewelry’

Calla Lilly Blooms

Calla Lillies are one of my favorite flowers. Watch this bead “bloom” with Calla Lillies. It is a fun and simple tutorial.

My Interview

Today I had the opportunity to be a guest on Webcast One Live’s Insight on Business, with host, Michael Libbie.  It was great fun and Michael is a great interviewer so here it is, I thought I’d share it with you:

Watch live streaming video from desmoineslocallive at

Big Savings Saturday

snowman beadI’m going to do something I’ve never done before, so here goes:

Saturday, December 18th, I will be doing my last vendor event before Christmas at the Baldwin Patterson American Legion, 2211 E. 42nd St, DSM, 5031 from 9-2pm.

Wait . . . it’s coming . . .

Anyone who wants to come shop from me at this event will receive a 20% discount on their total purchase.  Here’s your opportunity to get your last minute shopping done and have change enough to get a little something for your self too.   Make sure you mention that you saw this post on the website.

I’ve never done this before and may never do it again, so make plans to come over and do some shopping. Tweet this to your friends and share it on Facebook so more people can partake in this one day discount.

(offer only applies to in person sales at the American Legion, no web sales and no custom orders apply)

Can’t wait to see who takes advantage of this big sale!

Just Beadiful Girlz Launch with “Noel”

Noel Doll

Just Beadiful Girlz first doll - Noel

I am so excited to announce the launch of Just Beadiful Girlz, a limited edition collection of darling little girl dolls.  They are each handmade from imported Italain glass, wire, and small glass beads and designed by me.  They stand about 2 1/2″ tall and can be ordered in either a pendant style or pin.

The first Just Beadiful Girlz doll is “Noel” and she is a cutie.  Noel has a lime green dress with candy cane trim.  She’s wearing red and green stockings and has red curly hair.  Each doll comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed and numbered by the artist. If you’re a collector of all things cute, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to own Noel, who is the first in the series.

Visit the shop and order your Just Beadiful Girlz Noel doll before they are all gone.

The Art of Friendship

friendship bracelets


The holiday season is an often stressful time of year.  We feel pressure to be like Martha Stewart and make everything just right, say everything just right, look just right and have the perfect gift for everyone on our list. Sometimes this can become overwhelming and that can just add to your stress level.  But lets face it, in today’s society, gifts are just part of the holiday.  So . . . what do you give?

Dig deep and ask yourself, “what gift would make you truly happy, deep down inside happy?”  Is it some big expensive gift?  Oh sure, grand gifts are always a show of a persons wealth, or maybe it’s just their foolish spending habits.

I have some super great girlfriends who I love dearly.  We are all very busy with our own lives and careers and sometimes we may not get to talk for a month at a time.  But around this time of year, we try to make a point of getting together and catching up with each other over drinks and food.  Yes, gifts are involved, but they are small and personal.  It is mostly about our friendship and spending time with each other if only for an evening.

In this very fast paced world we live in, I think we can all say that we don’t get enough time with our friends and family to sit down and really catch up with them or whole heartedly listen to them. I think the best gift you can give a friend is your time. (and a great piece of one of a kind jewelry or art, made by me – that’s just the icing on the cake!)

What’s your favorite friend gift?

Photo by: Amanda Venner and Flickr

Cyber Monday Don’t Miss Deals

peppermintsIt’s cyber Monday!  Welcome to the world of shopping on line.

In staying with the cyber Monday tradition, I too, will offer a special deal to all who order on line or custom order via email directly to me ( only.  You will received a special gift valued at $20. Why won’t I tell you or show you what it is? Because it’s the holiday season and it’s about giving.

So, take a chance, place your order either by email or directly from the website.  You won’t be sorry!

Photo by: Yezklor on Flickr

Murrini Cane Makes a Beautiful Addition

Murrini cane, what is it?   I had the opportunity to take a class in which we made our own cane.  They were faces and each component of the face, the eye, nose, lips had to be made first, then combined to complete the face and pulled to make cane. It is very labor intensive to make just one small piece of cane.

I want to share a video with you that I saw in which Murrini cane is incorporated into a beautiful blown glass piece. As you watch the video, watch the guy’s face and the intensity and sweat involved in creating just one piece.  Enjoy!

Display – Simple and Effective

display in rice

be creative with your displays

When selling at an art show or vending event, there are many cool and unique ways to display lampwork beads and glass art. I’ve tried several different ways of displaying my beads in the past, but the beads would always do their own thing and roll off the display tray.

Out of necessity to stabilize my wandering beads, I purchased long grain, white rice.  I spread a thin layer of rice on my display tray, then lay out the beads where I want them.  They stay there perfectly still, no rolling around.  White rice works rather well to allow the true colors of the beads to show nicely on the display tray.

Another display choice can be lentils.  Lentils come in a variety of colors and are fun to add color to your vending display.  One thing I’ve learned from using lentils though is that the colored ones can distract from your bead work.  So, choose your colored lentils wisely or your jewelry won’t pop on display.

What cool display props do you use?  Do tell.

Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday Everyone! I just want to share a couple of pictures of some of the projects I completed this week.  Special orders are  pouring  in for the holidays so make sure you get your requests in early.   I love a challenge and love collaborating ideas with clients so get creative and challenge me!

lampwork bracelet

turquoise and glass bracelet

Here is a turquoise and Italian glass bracelet accented with sterling silver and an Indian head replicated coin.  It is a great piece and compliments the necklace and earrings that go with it nicely.

black and white bracelet

black. white and clear dance well together on this bracelet.

I had such a good time creating this great piece.  I love how the black and white contrast but compliment each other and the swarovski crystals are the disco ball at the dance and make everything sparkle.

Hope you enjoy your weekend and create something that makes you smile.

“Jewelry Duty” Friday

As we wrapped up another week and look forward to kicking back and enjoying the weekend, I want to spotlight a couple of artists that command recognition.  I am totally fascinated with glass blowing and am just dieing to try my hand at it.  Watching a glass blower do their dance with hot, molten glass commands respect as well as recognition:

Burchetta Glassblowing Studio & Gallery –  I follow John on Twitter and recently watched his video on his and Elizabeth’s website. I would love to visit this gallery someday located in Wilmington, NC.  Nice video John!

Ciccotti Art Glass - Though not a native of Iowa, Art Ciccotti is known in Iowa for his blown glass.  I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Art, but I am totally excited to visit his studio in the near future and watch him work in person, or maybe take a class from him.  I’ll be calling you Art!

Photo by:  walknboston on Flickr

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