Do What You Love With Passion!

It's been said that if we do what we love, it stops being a job and becomes a passion. I love to write as much as I love to design jewelry. With this blog, I will share both with you!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When Things Go Bump in the Night



Dear Friends,

Do you enjoy Halloween as much as the rest of us do? I love the colors of Autumn so very much and this holiday takes them to another level with darkness, spookiness, pumpkin patches, corn stalks, ghosts and witches. Oh, my, just so much fun!

I created a number of Halloween jewelry pieces for the shop and would enjoy sharing them with you today.

This first section is comprised of earrings made with lampwork designs in gunmetal:

Bats and Candy Corn



Green Witches

Large Pumpkins with Vines

Pumpkin and Candy Corn

Small Pumpkins and Vines
Choice of two shades in green
lampwork spacers, shorter length earrings.

Black Cauldrons


This second section focuses on bracelets. I love charm bracelets for that soft sound they make, as well. Here are bewitching and fun designs:

Oversized Spiders on their Webs
White Skulls and Orange Beads

Large Shiny Pumpkin Bracelet

Skulls in Stretchy Bracelet with Earrings

Choice of Ghost Bracelets - BOO!

Brass Charm Bracelet with Happy Pumpkins


Happy Halloween!

"Thank you for reading and have a great day!"

Friday, October 18, 2013

Seed Bead and Metal Blog Hop


Saturday, October 19, 2013

hosted by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

Sharyl's Jewelry & Components

featuring the work of artist Shirley Moore


Dear Friends,

Once again I have the opportunity to participate in a blog hop created by friend Sharyl McMillian-Nelson. Sharyl is featuring beautiful seed beading pieces by artist Shirley Moore of Beads and Bread. Both gals are designing jewelry for this blog hop along with nine participants. A list of those links appears at the end of this blog. I hope you have time to see each artist and her designs.

My package arrived from Sharyl and I was eager to discover what materials I would be working with:

We were asked to feature Shirley Moore's seed bead focal and to choose among the other items as we felt led. Immediately I saw that a necklace with earrings would be fun to work on.

I spent some time with colors, thinking at first that I would highlight the tiny soft green seed beads. It was not working for me, so I decided a hint of olive green would work best with emphasis on soft pink.

I chose lentil beads with deep brown and warm golden colors highlighted with pink and green in the pattern, deciding they would add weight and balance with the focal bead. 

I liked the idea of using two sizes of chain, creating a necklace with three rows. Sharyl's patinated metal connectors and elongated beads pre-determined that I would use copper cable link chain.

Four inch dangling, articulated earrings came together easily, pulling elements from the necklace's beads. I don't generally like matchy-matchy pieces and liked the way these looked with the necklace:

Each has an element or more that the other does not have and that appeals to me:

The three strands in the necklace are brought together and joined on round copper connectors (not visible in these photos). They are strung to a cable link chain about three inches in length on each side, around the neckline, and finished with a metal clasp.

Grateful hugs and thanks to Sharyl
and Shirley for creating this blog hop event!


1. Sharyl McMillian-Nelson - Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections (co-host)

2. Candy Wham - posting on Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections

3. Angi Mullis - posting on Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections

4. Shirley Moore - Beads and Bread (co-host)

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5. Laren Dee Barton -  Laren Dee Designs

6. Beti Horvath - Stringing Fool

7.  Tanya Goodwin - A Work in Progress

8.  Marybeth Rich - Forest of Jewels

9.  Amy Severino - AmyBeads                        

10. Carolyn's Creations - Carolyn's Creations

11. Toltec Jewels - Jewel School Friends

"Your thoughtful comments are truly appreciated by each artist.
Thank you for reading and have a great day!"