July 23, 2013

Inspired by Nature Retreat

What is all this lusciousness you ask? Why these are the class samples for my next Inspired by Nature Retreat and you are invited!

On October 18th we will gather in South Haven, MI for three days of creativity and inspiration.  We'll make metal leaves and bead caps, polymer clay leaves and headpins that look like berries and acorns.  And then we'll create lovely hibiscus flower buds.  We'll create jewelry all weekend with our new components.

Visit the Inspired by Nature Retreat website for complete details and to sign up today!  I only 15 spaces and they will fill up quickly.

Inspired by Nature Retreat

July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

The very clever and creative Lori Anderson, author of Bead Soup Party and blog hop hostess extraordinaire, challenged us to bust our stashes and quit hoarding our beads in her latest blog hop challenge. I have many stashes that are hidden treasures - I looked at them at the beginning of this challenge and chuckled - "No, no sweet ones not yet", I whispered to them with dreams of future book projects dancing in my head. A bead hoarder is not easily reformed!

So I picked some recent additions to my stash from my Bead & Button shopping splurges, trades and a few precious pendants from my very dear friend Erin.

My stash included pewter Green Girl Studios, Tesori Trovati's Simply Truths Pendants and ceramic beads Diane Hawkey.


Oh, look at that - a collection! That's how I design now for items I'm selling. I love working in a series, using a basic formula and changing up the beads just a bit. I wanted to use the wire nest theme to tie the designs together. I added in some of my disk beads to compliment the art bead collection.

Read the rest and see more details on my new blog:

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

July 2, 2013

Bead Giveaway

Visit my new blog for a chance to win this set of new beads!