Sunday, November 10, 2013

7000 Bracelets for Hope with

As I mentioned in a blog post last week, I was invited to take part in the latest lightening round challenge.
The challenge for this particular lightening round was to choose just two blue beads from Znetshows catalog, and with those selections, design and donate bracelets for The Global Genes Project's 7000 Bracelets for Hope campagn.
Please click on the links, I tried to summarize their mission, but I think it's best if you read for yourself. I'd heard about them about a year ago and with my own family's connection to rare and genetic diseases I felt a need to contribute. Before I was invited to this challenge, I'd ordered several Chinese Tiaria crystal rondelles in blue and white from, whith the intention of donating to the campaign. So I've added a picture of what I've done with some of those beads too. My choices for this lightening round are the teal blue coin beads and the smokey blue 3mm rondelle beads. Which I paired with denim strips, with snap closures, to represent the Global Genes awareness ribbon. There are a total of 16 bracelets so far, five teal coin, two white coin, one butterfly, and eight stretch bracelets. I want to make a few more (I have enough smokey blue beads to make just one more butterfly, but I still have nine teal coin beads left) before I send them off.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Creative Spark Glossie Fall Edition pre-post

First I'd like to thank everyone for the kind replies to my last post, it's going to take time, I know that, and I'm grateful to know so many who understand. I miss my brother, I always will, a part of me will always want to scream and yell, and cry out loud at the whole world as if it were someone's fault. I have questions. I have regrets. And I have hope. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. 

Jeff lived life the the fullest, and I plan to follow his example. He was a creator too, that's our connection. Occasionally he would ask me about my jewelry work, he worked with hemp and beads, knot work, micro macrame. I'll never have the physical strength to finish the pieces he left behind. But my mother insisted I take them anyway. To try. 

First, I'm trying to pull myself back into the creative mindset. I've followed the last two challenges from, but without participating. This summer, the Znetshows Design team put together a Glossi, called Creative Spark, an online magazine featuring the products from, using a theme, "Rings and Bling" and a select group of Znetshows design team members. The next edition of Creative Spark, the fall/winter edition, for which the theme is Pearls, I've been asked to participate. 

These are my bead choices. 
These big black pearls are enormous, heavy, and solid. Like tiny bowling balls. I love them!!

This picture is a bit deceiving, these pearls are quite small, and very slate gray sky cold...or are they glittering frozen dew? Melt from an icicle hanging from the boughs? 

My non pearl choices: to compliment and accentuate the pearls.

And for the next post, Hope has put together 'lightning rounds', challenges with a quick turnaround. I've started a post with my choices and pieces, but I'd like to post it as one post and I'm still working on a couple of pieces. The aim of this lightning round is to make bracelets for the organization Global Genes Project and thier 7000 Bracelets For Hope campagn, who offer hope, encouragement, and blue bracelets to patients and families who suffer from rare and genetic diseases. I'd already planned a donation, and ordered several blue beads from before I was invited to this challenge and so I have a lot to work with. I'll have that post up soon.

Friday, October 4, 2013


I apologize for my absence, it's not that I haven't been creating, I have. In fact, it's the only thing that brings me peace right now. It's now the only connection I have to my youngest brother, who passed away suddenly on August 20th at the age of 33. I have no words to express how much this hurts. I know, logically, that everyone suffers the loss of loved ones, that dying is a part of living. And because I was able to accept this fact when my grandfather, father, and grandmother each passed away, I believed I had a solid grasp of this concept. Even when my junior high friend died from a thoughtless gang related game, I knew that the grief would pass, and life would move forward as it's meant to. But there are days now when I just can't wrap my mind around how the world continues as if there's nothing missing.

It breaks my heart that this is the last photo taken of all of us together, and it's about 15 years old.

I miss you so much baby brother.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Win a $250.00 Etsy Gift Card!!!

Who couldn't use $250 just to spend on handcrafted goodies, right? Click the link to enter (via Facebook). Then share so that all your friends can enter too.

And hey, if you win, accept Etsy gift cards in my Etsy shop ;)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Jewelry Clasp Inspiration

I saw this clasp on Pinterest and couldn't resist an inspiration version, of course, inspiration pieces are never quite as good as the original, but I like it none the less.
The base is 20 gauge copper wire, with 32 gauge copper wire wrapped around and woven through with 2 mm multi-hued pink and green tourmaline beads.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Polymer clay adventures

Some polymer clay beads my niece and I have been working on this summer

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013 Partner Picks Summer Challenge and Giveaway, the reveal

OMG!!! What a disappointing week. I've only been able to get online just now (litterally, got off the phone with a tech in India at 12:01 AM this morning) since a power outage knocked out the power to my computer (my entire living room to be precise) last Thursday. My luck since has been along the same vien. But without my computer or TV, I've managed to read six books since messing up my left shoulder, making it impossible to at least finish the pieces I had only half begun before the due date.

Just a reminder, I've participated in a new challenge this summer. The Partner Picks Summer Challenge and Giveaway was due last Saturday...yeah, last Saturday. You have no idea how disapointed I am not to have been online for the hop. 

So here's how it worked: Hope Smitherman sent out emails asking those of us who've been part of the design team if we'd like to take part in a partner's challenge. We were asked to pick out seven items from a list to be sent to our partners using an inspiration photo of the beach. When we received our beads, we would then design pieces inspired by the beach.
My partner is the very talented Bee Kuhlman of Mixed Mayhem Studios and you should really check out what she's put together from the photo I chose from the Pinterest inspiration board. And the ZnetShows blog for the other reveals and the details of a very generous giveaway.

And so, these are the beads that I was lucky enough to work with.
The links will take you directly to the items from their shop.
zmx-17-01 Chinese crystal designer glass rondelle beads faceted Waterfall mix

S45-B31SFIVE cultured sea glass square nugget bead

BDS1617-18FIVE Glass pearls round beads Kahaki color 4mm 

M0314-AB vine toggle clasps

M0078-AB Base Metal Aloy charm conch shell 30x15mm
M0124-AB Base metal aloy coin beads spiral battern 10mm

And somehow I missed taking a photo of these, but you can see them in the designs pretty clearly
BDS1837-02 Fire agate round beads dyed blue 6mm

And these are the pieces I was able to finish by Saturday July 6th

A Midsummer circlet

Crocheted Bracelet

This was actually the last piece I did. I was getting annoyed by the 'permanently colored' wire I was using flaking off as I manipulated it, I plan to redo the following pieces with actual brass wire when I get it. they'll look so much better with the brass chain.

My wrist doesn't tapper like most, so it's a little tighter than it would be on most people.


Necklace, the original idea was beach wedding, but I kind of like the beachy casual of the crocheted design better.

I thought it would be interesting to have the clasp in the front.

The set

Since I gave up on the wire, I'd started on a pair of crocheted barefoot sandals to match the bracelet, but just typing is killing me and I keep having to take breaks, so I have to finish it later and post it after a short break from jewelry making.

Please visit the blog for all the of the other partner reveals.