Smile Makers

Lately, I’m lovin’ . . .

* These gorgeous roses from Sir Beads!
We celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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* My (finally finished!) bead-woven necklace in plum, gold, and midnight blue.
I wanted to make a design that was showy but still understated enough to allow the artisan-crafted polymer pendant to take center stage.

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Plum Beaded Collar


* Aquamarine AB Dangle Earrings with Textured Brass Rings! These were fun to make. They remind me of a pair I had as a young “hippie” (well, not really a hippie but I was a teenager during that era and wore the fashion of the time.)

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Hope you find lots of things to make you smile this Labor Day Weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€



I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Click the envelope to leave a comment or to read what the other kids are saying! ๐Ÿ˜€

The Countdown Has Begun

Itโ€™s just around the corner you know . . .

And I donโ€™t mean the first day of school.

I mean Christmas!!!!

Ok, ok, stop pelting me with your assorted slippers, sandals, and salad vegetables! ๐Ÿ˜‰


ornamentssmSeriously though, Kids, itโ€™s never too early to think about Christmas – especially if youโ€™d like to make gifts, ornaments, or design your own Christmas cards! Those things take time and you don’t need me to tell you itโ€™s more fun to do them at your leisure than last minute.

(I do need to tell myself, however. In fact, I need reminding every year!)

For me, getting a little jump-start on the holidays brings an added incentive. You see, thinking of Christmas during the steamy days of summer makes me feel cooler!

So, hereโ€™s Exhibit 1, my first ornament of the 2012 season.

The components are Czech glass seed beads, glass bugle beads, and Swarovski Crystals. Definitely more sparkly in person . . . I think it will just twinkle on the Christmas tree. ๐Ÿ˜€

Also perfect to tie on a package, a box of chocolates, or even a bottle of spirits! It was fun to make… quick and easy, too!

(You can find the pattern by clicking here!)



Worth A Thousand Words

Sometimes a picture really can be worth a thousand words.
In these photos, I see many of my favorite things . . .

Tea, bone china teacups, flowers (especially pansies), the act of making jewelry, (and jewelry, itself!), bracelets, BEADS!, the color purple, aurora borealis . . .


Not too long ago, I spent an afternoon making this bracelet.

It was a welcome break during a particularly busy week.


What are you up to lately? ๐Ÿ˜€



Candy Corn

This year . . . the very humid days at the end of August had me dreaming of Fall, so I started to work on some autumn-inspired jewelry.

Here’s a pair of earrings that I’m calling “Candy Corn”. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I think they have sort of a subtle Autumn/Halloween flavor. Wouldn’t they be pretty with a jacket done in earth tones?

The pumpkin-colored teardrops are vintage lucite, and the very unique “candy corn” beads are Czech glass (currently available in my shop).

pumkinx3As a native New Englander, I fell in love with Autumn at a very early age. They say the foliage in this area is more colorful than in other parts of the country. I don’t know if that’s true . . . but it is breath-takingly beautiful here during the Fall.

Of course, there are so many things to love about this time of year, like apples and cider and pumpkins and mums. ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s sweater weather, and time to make soup!

On crisp Autumn days, the sky’s more blue; the air more refreshing! It’s a magical time – not too hot . . . not too cold . . . when Mother Nature allows us a last little respite before the icy winds blow.

Happy Fall to us all!

(The pretty “Harvest” card that’s shown above is from etsy artist: FrenchCountry)