Sunday, December 27, 2009


Well, that week flew by. In addition to working on a few Christmas presents, I made some progress on the circle quilt and the stocking... I hope you and yours had as nice a holiday as we did! This is one of the gifts I made for my mom. Can I just say how much I admire the nice jewelry stores on Etsy and their awesome photography? I had the hardest time getting a decent picture of this necklace.

My mom has always liked dragonflies. So when I heard from my sister that Mom wanted a dragonfly necklace, I knew I had to try to make her one myself! I found several dragonfly pendants I loved at Dimestore Emporium and used my bead stash to make her this necklace. She loves it!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Behind the Scenes

Working on a couple Christmas presents behind the scenes. Looking forward to sharing after they're gifted!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Long Overdue

Last week was a week of undone laundry, a messy house, and frozen pizza type dinners. I don't know if it took me a long time to recover from our Labor Day trip to visit family or if my burst of 2nd trimester energy is already fading but I'm hoping it's not the latter! Anyway, it felt good to play with beads in my craft room on a quiet Friday evening to finish a long overdue project.

My Aunt Karyn got a new shirt ages ago and wanted a necklace to go with it. She picked out a piece of ribbon to match the blouse and sent it along as a color swatch - what a fantastic idea! She told me the necklace shouldn't be a top priority but I think I took her a little too literally. Finally, her necklace is winging its way to her.

Hopefully with her new granddaughter to occupy her she won't get a sneak peek on the blog!


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Perfect Fit

A tiny folded box...

Filled to the brim...

With a new necklace!

It just barely fit. Loving this necklace! I need to make some more that I keep - this one is already in the mail to its new home.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Better Late?

Hopefully by now Miya has received her package from me for the Maker Swap!

Make Swap

Pleated Pouch

I sent her a zipper pouch with a slightly new design (I'm hooked on pleats) and a pair of earrings. I can't believe I've had this Park Slope fabric since last summer without using it! I also filled the pouch with some goodies I hope she'll enjoy. And only 2+ weeks late!

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Jewelry Bug

My sister's request for turquoise earrings launched me into a slight jewelry obsession! I'm sending these to my cousin Megan to match her necklace.

These are the earrings on their way to my sister, definitely turquoise.

And I made some pink ones just for fun.

Hopefully that got it out of my system because I have a lot of sewing projects on the list!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Something Finished

Vintage glass, bali silver, and handmade earwires.

I had a big urge just to have finished a project so I took a few minutes before dinner and made these earrings for my sister. She wanted turquoise but now these look more like light blue to me...


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Out of my system...

I finished the red necklace and got that idea out of my system! I've decided the necklace is for a coworker of mine who has been having a tough year - she is super supportive of my crafty endeavors and also loves handmade jewelry!

52 Nights Update - Night 37 - We had a volleyball double header last night so there wasn't a whole lot of time to misbehave once I got home!

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Not on the List

I have bemoaned my long to do list on here often enough, so what do I do? Start a project not on my list. We decided to relax and watch a movie last night so I got out my beads and started another necklace. Oh well, I have this weekend to get back on track!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008


My cousin and aunt both live up in/near Chicago, and their necklaces are winging their way northward as we speak!

Megan got to pick out her beads, too, so this was a fun one to make. I was a little worried in the middle that I hadn't arranged it right, but it all came together in the end.

These monochrome necklaces with the wide variety of beads are so fun to make, but they are so hard to photograph!

52 Nights Update - Night 21 - I started to say I was half done with my 52 Nights but obviously I can't do math! I'm happy to report my no-tech nights are easy now, and I've pretty much added Thursday as a bonus no tech night each week. The changes are small - I get a couple more things done, actually complete my chores instead of surfing the web, don't skip exercising. I'm not cooking gourmet meals and living in a perfectly sparkling house like Martha, but I'm more satisfied at bedtime with what I've accomplished after work. And that's pretty cool!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Coral Redux

Thank you for all the sweet thoughts about our kitty. Two days and many phone calls later, and we still haven't managed to get any confirmation about what happened to him. It's so hard not knowing for sure, just taking someone's word that he won't come back in the pet door.

Energy levels at our house have been low since we got the news, but that has prevented time-consuming exercise and promoted couch-sitting and TV-watching. Which is perfect for jewelry-making.

This necklace is for my aunt who visited in June, and picked out these beads. They are some of the same ones I used in a necklace for my mom, and I've always loved them. The clasp goes in the front, and I quite like how it turned out. I've also made my cousin's necklace, but haven't managed any good photos.

Now it's time to switch gears to quilting - my mother-in-law's friend who loaned me all the safety pins comes back next week so I need to be done with the master quilt by then! I always do work better with a deadline...


Friday, July 11, 2008

Thank Goodness

It's Friday! Today was fantastic. We got out of class early so I got to do a little shopping, then I threw my to-do list out the window and went to get a pedicure. A little pampering was just right after this long week!

My mom came over for dinner, and designed these earrings, too. I wouldn't even have noticed the orange in the lower beads if she hadn't seen it. All I had to do was put them together! They're a gift for a friend she's visiting next week. Love them!

52 Nights Update - Bonus! - I've mentioned I spend less time on the internet since I started 52 Nights but last night might be the first true bonus no tech night I've had! I went to the gym, spent some time crafting, did tons of laundry, and started a new book. Let's see if this can be a low-tech weekend...

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Thursday, July 03, 2008


A few weeks ago we added to the chaos of our house by dogsitting for our friends' bichon. Mix three territorial cats, a crazy terrior, and a new dog and it makes for an interesting week.

As a thank you, Kim brought me the conch shell bracelet seen yesterday. Conch is one of the main industries where they were vacationing. The shells are so gorgeous, but as she handed it to me she said it was huge and I'd never wear it, and of course I protested, said it was beautiful.

But the truth is I probably wouldn't wear it very often, so I carefully snipped the elastic and used the beads to make a few new pieces of jewelry.

The conch beads will see the outside of my jewelry box a lot more often this way!


Friday, June 13, 2008

Jump Start

I know I mentioned two special order necklaces on my list, but I decided to take a quick break to make myself a necklace.

I needed a little something to wear with one of my favorite shirts, and it's been a long time since I've made anything with the intent to keep it!

These beads are so sparkly and pretty in person, I kept it simple to show them off.

Making something quick and fun like this often kick starts my crafty drive - now I can get back to work on my other projects!

P.S. - I joined twitter. Picture me rolling my eyes! facebook, twitter, before you know it I'll have a myspace page! Anyway, there's a little gadget in the sidebar to see my updates, in case you don't get enough of me!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Getting Back Into It

Thanks for all your comments on my lost mojo. I'm feeling much better, and got some much needed crafty time in this evening...

Working on a tote for my cousin.

Planning two necklaces for special orders.

Figuring out how to make my master quilt the right size.

It was very... restoring... to have some time in my craft room. I definitely get fidgety when I'm away too long!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Like Candy

Despite a plan to avoid stash enhancing, I have been having trouble resisting all the vintage glass beads I keep finding on etsy.

They are just so pretty and colorful. I get mesmerized and just keep clicking "add to cart."

I have a few upcoming projects that will be a lot easier with a well-rounded bead stash, but that's a pretty poor excuse. I know I would buy them anyway.

Luckily these aren't all new, I have a teeny bit of self control.

Since a lot of these will get used in the near future, I can't make myself feel too guilty!

52 Nights Update: Night 12 I switched it up a little - after work I headed to a friend's house to take pics of her sweet 9-week-old daughter. Izabelle was pretty grumpy, so we're going to try again one morning since she's usually happier! Then home to work on some projects and make dinner. I had a few nights last week with an open schedule that I could have worked on projects and instead got sucked into the Tivo backlog, so it felt good to get back on track!

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Playing Around

Some nights I want to play around in my craft room, but am not motivated to work on any of my "to do" projects. Does that ever happen to you? At times like these, I usually pull out my beads.

I've had a ring blank around forever, and finally made it into a pink party ring to go with a new skirt.

I also figured out how to make my own earwires from silver wire. I love the flexibility this gives me!

And I did eventually sort back out all those tiny silver pieces the cat dumped onto the carpet...


Friday, April 25, 2008

The Other Piece

In addition to her bag, my grandma requested a colorful necklace. I hope this qualifies!

I was able to do something I've always wanted to do to make this - just rummage through my containers of beads and pull together ones I love. I'm not sure I could do this with other colors yet, I do seem to be drawn to blues and greens!

Of course, something also happened I've been expecting but not looking forward to... One of the cats jumped up onto my desk while I was working and knocked my entire divided organizer of tiny silver beads and pins off, onto the carpet. It's all picked back up but it will be a while before I get it resorted! The craft room is off limits to kitties until future notice!

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Auction Jewels

52 Nights Update - Night 6 went well. It was my first true test in a while since our internet is *finally* working again. I took the dog for a walk, got the filing together for our taxes (procrastinator? who, me?), made dinner, and read my book for a while... Not as productive craft-wise as some nights but still a nice break!

I have one more auction bag to share (my favorite!) but I thought we might need a little break from all the bags... Since there was a debate among my friends at work about whether a handbag or jewelry would do better in the auction, I did both.

Above is my first attempt - pretty green beads, bali silver. I really like it but decided green wasn't a versatile enough color to appeal to everyone.

So I copied the exact design in gray pearls instead. It's funny - the work auction just ended, and the purse and jewelry were won for the same amount, so that debate ends up moot!

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Etsy Love!

Thanks for all the positive feedback on the tea towel apron!

I have been having so much fun browsing Etsy lately! Almost everyday I add a few new favorites to my list. Recently I went on a search for cute bookplates for my growing library and instead picked up these stamps from Sweet Paperie.

Wouldn't an address stamp and stamp pad with some personalized stationery make a cute bridal shower gift? I got a bookplate stamp and an address stamp. Here's the bookplate in action...

Rather than use a stamp pad, since I wanted the two colors, I used my favorite stamp pens.

A neat trick I learned - take as long as you need to color your stamp, a different color for every letter if you want, and then just "huh" your warm breath on it before stamping to make the ink moist.

I also treated myself to a new pair of earrings - I seem to wear pink all the time, and that was all the excuse I needed to get these from Shy Siren.

I've even found shops for supplies - beads, fabric, vintage, etc! I sneaked these beautiful beads into my cart the last day of January, just under my "No New Supplies Month" deadline:

And the title of the post comes from a fairly new blog, Etsy Love. Between blogs like this and the always fresh Etsy front page, it won't be hard to keep finding new shops to love!

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Thursday, January 17, 2008


One Sunday before Christmas my sister was hanging out at my house with Charlie, helping me bake cookies for neighbors. (Hmm, my life is well-documented...) We had agreed a little pair of handmade earrings would be a nice addition to my mom's stocking, so I asked if she wanted to check out the options in my bead stash.

A few minutes later we had a very cute pair of earrings! Red chalcedony, a square wood bead, and a little silver.

Since Katy really like the chalcedony beads, I made her a similar pair with a blue bead. She wears smaller earrings so I left off the wood bead, but I thought they were still nice.

Well, turns out I gave her a very similar pair of earrings last Christmas so she asked if I had other red beads like Mom's. Unfortunately I didn't, but she was happy with my substitute...

It's fun to know my family is accumulating quite a collection of "my" jewelry!

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