Monday, October 27, 2014

The Summer Creations

Ed and I spent the summer on our mountain lot that we love - we enjoy wonderful friends and fun volleyball games in the pool, feeding the hummingbirds and once in a while a cool day cones along and we are stuck indoors and I pull our my beads and go to work. 

Voila - here they are...some I may have posted before but just enjoy them all over again
Most of these ar using real stones along with Swarovski crystals because I love SPARKLIES!!!

Golden Jasper Necklace and Earring Set
19 inches in length 
 Golden Elegance Necklace and Earring Set
25 inches in length

 Copper Twist'
19 inches in length
Goldstone flat ovals paired with fire opal swarovski crystals ad black and copper glass twist beads

Copper and Black Twist
22 inches
Same copper and black glass twists with black stone beads and copper designed bead 

Cream and Rust Necklace and Earring set

University of Utah Pride
Red and White with a touch of black (and crystal)
$20 for the set

19 inches in length
Lavender Garden'
Pastel Pearls Necklace and Earring Set
19 inches in length
12 mm pearls with silver toned bead caps accented with 6mm pearls

Mini Pastel Necklace and Earring Set
8 mm and 6mm pastel toned pearls with filagreed silver toned bead caps

Pink Pearl Chic Necklace and Earring Set
19 inch necklace w/ 2 inch drop
Bronze Mint Necklace and Earring Set
Mint toned matte pearls with bronze toned bead caps and separator beads
19 inches in length
Peach Cobbler Necklace and Earring Set
19 Inches in length
Peach pearls with copper toned bead caps and fire opal Swarovski crystals
Spring Flower Necklace and Earring Set
Green Swarovski crystals add the bling to these soft green pearls and flower imprinted silver toned beads and bead caps.
19 inches in length
Marblelized Pearls Necklace and Earring Set
19 inches inches in length
Oval Glass bead with imprinted marble pattern with brown pearls and crystals
Goldstone and Marble Necklace and Earring Set
Flat oval goldstone beads with the same marbleized beads as the necklace above with cream pearls and copper crystals and separator beads
19 inches in length

Of course, we can't forget the beautiful Tree of Life pendants that I created all summer.  This is 
The Tree of Life in chocolates
20 inches in length
$20 includes chain with magnet closure
The next post shows all the different choices available 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Tree of Life Pendants

I have been having fun creating some gorgeous new pendants.  I call them The Tree of Life.  Actually that was the name given by the Bead Shop in Layton where I learned how to make them.  I have added my own twist on things though by using a solid ring, either in silver or gold, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter rather than making them 4 inches in diameter as we were taught..  I really prefer the smaller pendant.

I make the regular Tree in monochromatic tones (shades of greens etc.)  using 4mm  Swarovski Crystals and top quality  nontarnishing silver, gold, or copper wrapping wire .  As  you will see I have made this in tones of blacks, pinks, greens, purples, blues,  yellows, oranges, and so on.

The  Mother's Tree of Life is a beautiful variation on this.  I take the birthstone colors of the children and wrap the tree in Swarovski crystals with them.  I can also put the parents birthstones in the roots!

I sell these pendants for only $18 each without a chain. 

 If you need  a  chain  I have several to choose from that range in price from $2 to $7 apiece.  

Tree of Life in Blacks and Silvers

Tree of Life in shades of Topaz

Tree of Life in Oranges

Tree of Life in Yellows

Tree of Life in pinks

Tree of Life in Greens

Tree of Life in Purples

Patriotic Tree of Life

Custom Made -- Mother's Tree of Life

This is the Mother's Tree in Gold - using 3 and 4 mm sized Swarovski crystals.

This Mother's Tree of Life has parents with April birthdays (diamond) 
and a child born in May (emerald) June (pearl) and September (Sapphire).  I make these with 3 mm Swarovski crystals and pearls.  

I can custom design one for you or a loved one - just comment the months needed - please designate the monthes in the order of the birth of the children with the oldest child's birth month listed first.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


We've been back home almost a month and I have not done a lot of beading!    But here are a few new necklaces....some that I made in Arizona and some that I made here at home - actually the majority of these were created in the desert in Arizona ---only the first three were designed after I got home.  All of these necklaces are made on 19 strand necklace wire (the best quality for strength and drape).  They are all 19" in length and they can ALL be adjusted to your preferred length of necklace.

 I call this one Floral Copper.  The rectangular bead is an acryllic bead with a design that reminds me of flowers.  I paired them with lightweight beads and copper toned rounds.  This is a visually stunning necklace set.  $20

 Funky Yellow!!  This large white & yellow bead caught my eye when I was wandering through the stalls at Quartzsite and I bought them on a whim.  I have paired them with round beads and black flat circular beads.  $16 for the set

This stunning necklace is made of chunks of man made turquoise, bright copper colored bead caps and a rich turquoise chinese crystal.  Then the whole necklace is framed with a simple copper chain.  The matching earrings incorporate the turquoise rock, bead caps and crystals with dangles of chain hanging below.  $20 a set

 This stunner is made up of pale green crystal cubes, antique silver toned bead caps and mint green Swarovski crystals.  Matching earrings.  You can see the true tones of the necklace in the closeup sanpshot below.

Everyone can use a set of warm creamy pearls.  The picture above is more yellow than it should be but it shows the set with the matching earrings.  Of course at only $20 a set
 they are manmade Swarovski pearls .

This set is made up of  a warm creamy toned bead that is pillow shaped so  I named the necklace Creamy Pillows.  I added a rectangular but rounded stone and separated each bead with a warm golden translucent crystal cube.  $20 set

I made this dusty blue necklace set during my bead cap period (they add depth and class to the necklaces - so you will see more of them in the future too!).  I have combined a delicate oval shaped stone bead to a frosty round bead along with beautiful blue Swarovski crystals for a little bit of sparkle.  $20 for the set

 Black onyx beads combined with goldstone make this set very beautiful. The earrings are included in the price of $20

 Golden Jasper $20

Sandstone and Gold $20

Bright and Beautiful

 Study in Browns $18

Crystal Rectangles  $20

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hello from Arizona!

I decided to give you all an overview of some of my favorite pieces - I love making jewelry.  It is so fun to sit down with my beads and my bead box and start designing.  Some of the necklaces flow from my fingertips, some I dream (!), some I struggle with.  Hopefully each turns out beautiful.  There are so many styles out there.  Some I make are definitely NOT my style but I am creating for YOU.  However I love it down here in Quartzsite because you can wander through the open air markets and discover some gorgeous beads.  I bought a bunch yesterday and my brain has been going like mad coming up with ideas and things I want to try!
I will continue to add new designs as I make them so check back often and see what I have added.  The price on these necklace sets do NOT include shipping.  It would be $3 for the first item, and $1.00 for each each additional item for shipping.  That just about covers my expense for the mailer and postage.

Be sure and double click on the photos so you can see the beauty up close.

Rhinestone Red - $20 - SOLD
19" in length with TWO 2 inch extenders so you can make it 21 inches or 23 inches long.

Deep Forest Necklace and Earring Set
19" - $20
 19" $20
Gilded Cream

Lariet In Blue - SOLD (although I can make another one - just a little bit different!)
34" chain  $18

Lariet In Red - 33 inch chain - $18 SOLD
(I could duplicate it easily)


Gilded Pearls - $22 - SOLD
I already had these pearls and when I saw the square cut crystals I fell in love.  You will probably see these golden crystals again as I use them in conjunction with other beads I  have.  This 19" necklace has a beautiful gold toned toggle and bar closure.  The pearls are glass and the crystals are plastic as are the mini rosettes found throughout the necklace.  The earrings are a triple drop dangle made with the pearls and the mini rosettes.  The crystals would have been too big and clunky for earrings.

Blue Ice

This necklace is 29 inches in length.  The main blue bead is a fun plastic bead that looks kind of like a shiny paper mache up close (You can see what I mean when you look at the photo below of the matching earrings).
 I created it with Teal blue Swarovski crystals separated by cute flower spacers in silver tone metal.  It is long enough to just go over your head.  The matching earrings are Single dangles and come free with the necklace.  

Blue Ice Necklace and Earring Set - $22 for the set

 I named this necklace Simple Pleasures because it is a dainty lovely necklace.  At 19 inches in length it sets above most necklines to frame your face.  I made it with a plastic pearl that is ALMOST but not quite irridescent.  (It glows but not in colors!)  It sparkles with 4mm Swarovski crystals and lovely flower spacers.  It could look lovely in pearls of any colors.  It closes with a magnet closure for easy on/off.  The matching earrings are made of the same beads.  $18 for the set.  -SOLD - 

 Snow and Ice - These fun glass twists are available in a lot of different colors so even though I have already sold this one I can surely make more in almost any color you would like.  19 inches long with a toggle closure this is a beautiful necklace set.  I made the matching earrings out of the crystals and silver caps because the glass twists would be too heavy for earrings.  $20 -SOLD-

Carved Jasper - 
There are three pieces of stone in this necklace, each with its own personality.  I have added pink quartz beads and black chinese crystals to add interest and as fillers as a whole necklace of the stone beads would weigh a ton.  $18

Autumn Flower - $12
Painted on plain metal with Vintaj paints adds depth and beauty to this simply necklace.  It is available in oranges (as seen), blues, greens, cream and rusts, and yellow and black.

Viking Knit Autumn Glory - $25
19 inches of hand woven wire decorated with beads, crystals, pearls and leaves
matching earrings below

Last Spring I learned how to weave colored wire into beautiful pieces of jewelry.  It is called Viking Knit and I use a tool to produce a 'chain' from 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch thick.  Then we wire on coils of the same wire and matching beads.  This is the only one I have left with the leaves added also.

I have made them in red, purple, green, orange, black, gold, silver, and best of all Copper!  (I am partially to the copper ones!)  You will see one of the viking knit bracelets further down the page

Butterfly in Rust and Creams
More of the Vintaj painted metals - this time a 3 inch butterfly with Swarovski crystals set into the center.
Available in cream, yellow and black, rusts and creams, oranges and brown,  or a color of your choice.  $14

Viking Knit bracelet in Silver and pastel pearls and Swarovski Crystals.

Magnetic Zebra Stripes -
Fun and Quirky necklace with two inch zebra striped circles
 dangle from a necklace of magnetic beads,  Double click on the picture to see the small magnetic beads  $18

Lovely Lavender - $20
 Soft tones of lavender  are used to create this dainty and feminine necklace - the beads are a lightweight plastic with silvertoned bead caps, Lavender Swarovski crystals and silver toned spacer beads used to complete the picture.  The matching earrings are a single dangle made up of the same beads

Another example of Viking Knit - the bracelet done in silver and greens has a magnet closure for easy on and off  -