Wordless Wednesday

Not quite finished . . . the bracelet needs a clasp. 😉
This jewel-tones color combo (deep fuchsia, olivine green, and gold) reminds me of stained glass windows!

It’s hard to find the time, but I really enjoy bead weaving. This set is done in “Right Angle Weave”. Usually I concentrate on earrings because they’re quick to complete, but I was anxious to make a bracelet for a change.

Sometimes, you just have to MAKE time!



P.S. Hey! No giggling about the fact that I’m not too good at this “wordless” stuff! 😉

Rainbow City

Well Kids, let me tell ya . . .

It’s been a wild and wooly ride trying to get a picture of this baby! I tried on three different occasions, and I don’t know whether to say, “third time’s the charm”, or “three strikes and you’re out’! 😉

No wonder Tiffany’s pays a fortune for photography! Taking pictures of sparkling stones and crystals is both an art and a science. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever be really good at it.

My first attempt was frustrating. It’s artsy maybe – but not sharp enough, even with photoshop . . .


Next try, a few days later, I was going for a soft “mood lighting” effect, but this was still not quite what I was hoping for . . .


Here’s one I took today. What can I say? This set is so much prettier in person!


Oh well, maybe with all three photos you can get an idea of how striking the bracelet and earrings truly are!

I used glittering Swarovski Aurora Borealis Crystals in multiple shapes and sizes, then added Swarovski “Squaredelles” to enhance the cube shaped crystals. The finished effect is absolutely mesmerizing – especially when the light hits just right.

Recently, I made a similar set for my sister to wear for her son’s wedding (the wedding I mentioned yesterday!). 🙂

OK then, it’s back to the tripod for me. There’s still some good sunlight out there and I need to take more pictures – but not of this set.

Maybe on another day . . . 😉


Giveaway Sea Breeze Bracelet

pail-shovelHi there! Thanks for visiting 🙂

Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend!

giftwrapTo celebrate my recent blogiversary, I thought I’d raise the bling factor a little bit this week and offer a bracelet for the giveaway!

~Sea Breeze Bracelet in Teal~


Nothing sparkles like a Swarovski crystal, and this pretty bracelet features 19 of them!

I used both cube-shaped and bicone-shaped crystals in a fabulous shade of TEAL!

Bali silver spacers and silver-lined glass beads serve as lovely accents.

The bracelet closes with an elegant silver-plated toggle clasp with a delicate floral design.

Measurements: 7-3/4″ in length, and 1/4″ wide.

Contest Rules and How To Enter

This week, you will have up to four (4) chances to enter the weekly giveaway.

You can choose any or all of the following 4 ways to enter:

1st Chance:

Leave a comment answering the first weekly question:

Can you share a recipe for a summer meal? If you can’t think of a summer recipe, then share any recipe that you like!

2nd Chance:

Leave a comment answering the second weekly question:

Can you recommend a good book for summer reading? It can be a book you read a long time ago or a current favorite! By the way, is there any book that you have read more than once?

3rd and 4th Chances:

Come back another day this week and leave a comment any other post on this blog. It can be left on a very recent post or an old post. There are over 170 posts – take a peek at the “Categories” on the right side of the page for choices.

Please note: You do NOT have to tell me that you left a “comment” on another post. The blog program shows me all of the “comments” as they come in – so I do not miss any of them! 🙂

The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs. old. After the completion of the contest, the name of the winner will be listed here. The winner will also be notified by email. If no valid email address is given at time of entry, or if winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed by USPS First Class Mail.

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 07/12/09, and the winner will be selected on or about 07/13/09.


And The Winner Is . . .

I’d like to thank everyone for participating in the “Winter Moon” Bracelet giveaway. I truly appreciate the time you took to leave such thoughtful comments and I enjoyed reading every single one of them!

I wish you were all winners, but since that’s not possible, I am going to automatically enter you in next week’s giveaway! That’s right! You’ve inspired me continue with weekly giveaways throughout the holiday season. I’m hoping as the weeks go by that many of you original posters will be winners!

So remember – everyone who entered this bracelet giveaway will have at least one entry in next week’s drawing!!! But enough with the suspense, right? You want to hear who won this week!

Drum roll, please… The winner of the “Winter Moon Bracelet” is heather!

Congratulations, Heather. Please check your email. I’ll be contacting you for your shipping address.

And again, heartfelt thanks to all who entered!

G is for Giveaway!!!

To introduce new readers to our blog and new shoppers to our online bead store, we’re sponsoring a drawing for a pre-holiday give-away!!!

Winter Moon Bracelet in Royal Blue and Purple

Winter Moon Bracelet in Royal Blue and Purple

The prize is a beautiful handcrafted bracelet called “Winter Moon” (pictured above).

This bracelet features absolutely gorgeous Czech glass beads, which were made from vintage button molds!

The beads are a fabulous shade of blue – somewhere between cornflower and royal blue. They have a textured design of soft swirls on both sides, and an aurora borealis finish that flashes every color of a pastel rainbow!!

I’ve accented the “button” beads with Swarovski crystals in both tanzanite and burgundy ab x2, and tiny silver-lined glass seed beads.

The bracelet fastens with a very pretty silver-plated “toggle” clasp.

Measurements: approximately 7-1/2″ long, and 1/2″ wide.

It would make a lovely holiday gift, or perhaps you’ll keep it for yourself! 😉

Contest Rules

To enter for a chance to win:

Visit my blog and leave a comment on up to 5 of my blog posts. You will receive a chance to win for each comment you leave – but no more than 5 entries per person. You must include a valid email address at time of entry.

The prize: Winter Moon Bracelet in Royal Blue and Purples.

The approximate retail value of the prize is $22.00

The name of the winner will be added to this post after the completion of the contest.

Winner will be notified by email only.

Entrants must provide a valid email address at time of entry. If no valid email address is given, or if winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen.

The prize will be mailed by USPS First Class Mail.

All entries must be received by midnight EST on 11/16/08. The winner will be selected on or about 11/17/08.

CLICK HERE to visit the blog and view multiple blog posts! Remember you can get as many as 5 chances to win if you comment on five different posts!

Thanks for participating and Good Luck to all! 🙂

CONTEST IS CLOSED. The winner is heather!
Thanks so much to all who entered!