September 22, 2016

Fall Online Retreat and Scholarship

I'm super excited about offering my first online retreat next month! My annual Inspired by Nature Fall Retreat is my favorite event, hands-down. It's such a fun, creative time with a wonderful group of women and in the most beautiful autumn location. It has become so popular that it sold out this year in two days.

That led me to offer this year's course online after the live event. And I've made it my goal to capture the magic of my favorite event for this year's online course. Space is limited.

The Online Retreat includes:
Three classes that are debuting at my live fall retreat! These exclusive classes will be presented in recorded videos and step-by-step instructions with photos to follow along. 
All class materials will go live October 19th. You'll have lifetime access to the class and can go at your own pace. 
Three one-hour live video chats using Facebook's Live Chat. You'll be able to access the videos anytime after the events if you can't make it for the live events. You'll be able to interact with me while I'm live on video! I'll be sharing fun tips, ideas and inspirations.
Printable Retreat Workbook - print off the workbook to fill out and use as your guide for your at-home retreat. 
Private Facebook Group - connect with your fellow retreat participants and share your progress in the group just for our retreat. 
For complete details and to register for the retreat click here.  
Online Retreat Scholarship
I'm giving away one registration for the retreat to someone who is in financial need. 
To Enter: 
1. You must have a financial need and not be able to afford the class. I'll leave what qualifies as need up to you, you know your circumstance better than anyone. This is on the honor system, you don't need to share any details or show anything to qualify to enter. 
2. You have until September 30th to leave a comment below to enter. I will draw one random comment using to pick the winner on October 1st. 
3. Make sure I can easily contact you via email to notify you if you win. 

Please share this post if you know anyone who would like to sign up for the retreat or if you know someone who would like to enter for the scholarship. 

July 4, 2016

One Bead, 5 Ways!

I spent the day working on my beads in this very classic Humblebeads design. A friend recently asked me to revisit the bead in new patterns and so I jumped all over it! 

This bracelet features my Van Gogh Oleander 6-Hole Spacer Bead.  I modified a bracelet design I did for BeadStyle magazine many years ago.  This updated version pairs chain, metallic beads and faceted stones.  The chains were attached using 20 gauge wire. 

Hint: start with the chains and then add the beads. 

On 3 1/2" of wire I created a loop 1 1/2" from the bottom.  Open the loop and slide on the chain, close the loop and wrap to create a messy wrap.  Slide through the bead and repeat on the other side.

For the beads I cut 1 1/4" lengths of memory wire, strung it through the bead and taped one side so the wire was centered.  I added beads on one side, created a loop with the memory wire to close and repeated the pattern on the other side.

You can see on the back I used 20 gauge wire and 4mm fire polished glass beads to create spacers to stabilize the bracelet. The key to this design is mixing sizes and textures to create interest. 

This bracelet is so much fun to wear, whips up quickly and brings the party to your wrist! 
This is the original bracelet I created for BeadStyle magazine.  You can find the directions online here.  

And check out this amazing necklace by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  Erin always thinks outside the box and turned this spacer on it's side.  

Great minds think alike! Designer Lorelei Eurto also turned my Van Gogh Starry Night spacer bead sideways to create a beautiful focal with a copper pendant.  This design was also featured in BeadStyle magazine way back in 2009.  It still sparkles five years later, truly a classic!

Gloria Ewing totally knocked my socks off with her Starry Night design cleverly featuring my 6-hole Spacer on the side of the necklace.  I love this!

Erin, Lorelei and Gloria's necklace are under their copyright, so I'm showing them for inspirational purposes only.  But I'm sure they will get you thinking differently about this bead.  
Feel free to create either cuff bracelet design - but beware: when you wear them you will get showered with compliments!  

You can find my new cuff beads in Etsy shop and use code SUMMER25 for 25% off your order - last night of my summer sale! 

June 22, 2016

Book Launch Party

Today I'm celebrating the release of book #3: the Bead-Making Lab. This book is stuffed to the corners with fun projects featuring all different ways and materials to use to make your own beads. In fact, 52 bead-making projects are included along with lots of tips, beadmaker insights and interviews and jewelry for inspiration. 

I go to play with polymer clay, paper clay, upcycled paper, resin, shrink plastic, felt, ribbons, rope, leather, stones, beach glass, wood, wire and more! The projects are geared towards beginners and anyone crafty or wishing they were crafty can jump right in and start making their own beads. 

So what's a party with gifts? 

I have a signed copy of my book to giveaway. 

To enter share my book on Pinterest, Twitter or Goodreads and leave a comment below. 

Here is the link to the book on Amazon:

And on Goodreads:

I'll pick one random comment on Friday at 10am EST. Make sure I can reach you if you win!

You can also enter to win a copy on my Instagram account:

And I have several giveaways going on today in my Humblebeads VIP Group on Facebook.

Just a few of the bead projects in the book!

Each chapter has jewelry design examples featuring the beads!
Wire abacus, wire next beads, paper clay birds and driftwood beads are all found in the book.

 Learn how to drill seaglass and beach rocks. And discover how to make faux sea glass with resin.

Love being green? I have quite a few projects that upcycle paper into beads and pendants. Little book pendants and paper beads from magazines give you a boho-look and give you lots of options for recycling your summer beach reads! 

Using some of the simplest materials, like cardboard, newspaper and Mod Podge I created these trendy color block pendants. Shrink plastic and Sharpie markers were the start of these doodle charms.

Oh, you can get so fancy with shrink plastic.

Love a good faux finish - here I created faux enamel with wire and embossing powder, You'll have to read the book to get the secret ingredient to complete this project! 

I dived into all sorts of fibers for the book projects and had fun with felt like these embroidered beads that make the cutest earrings! 

The jewelry projects aren't in the book, it's all about the beads - but I know you want some inspiration on how to use those beauties once you make them! 

Here are two videos with a few tips:

June 21, 2016

Workshop Winner

The winner of my workshop giveaway is Melissa Trudinger! Melissa you'll be automatically enrolled in my August workshop. 

Entries were randomly picked from comments from this blog post and the duplicate post at 

Thank you to everyone who shared about my online workshops! 

June 19, 2016

Win a Free Online Workshop!

Win a free space in my next online workshop!

To enter:

Share your favorite online workshop with on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and leave a comment below. 

Click here to view the four classes I'm currently offering, click on the classes to use the easy social sharing buttons. 

Make sure I can reach you through your blogger profile if you win! 

The class you share can be one you'd like to take or one you've already taken. 

A winner will be selected randomly from the comments on Tuesday at 12pm EST. 


Free registration to my next online polymer clay workshop!

Registration for all workshops are currently re-opened and on sale. Save $50 off the Art of Color, Cane Design Bootcamp or Moths, Monarchs & Milkweed and $10 off Feathers & Friends.

Use code CLASS20 to save $20 off any two or more $75 classes. 

Sale ends Tuesday.

Classes are self-paced with life-time access to the step-by-step videos and instructions.