Beads, beads, beads...

Beads, beads, beads...

Friday, January 6, 2017

Herb Garden!

For Christmas I got the best gift from my husband!  He found an indoor herb garden.  I love it!

He purchased it from Amazon that you can find in the link below.

So far the dill, basil, thyme and mint have sprouted.  The curley parsley and chives have not.  The bottom is full of water and added nutrients.  The light raises up as the plants grow taller.  I am looking forward to being able to harvest fresh herbs soon!  

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Trash to Treasure

In cleaning out my husbands parents home we came across an old upright piano.  They were about to chop it up and throw it in the trash  pile when I noticed the detailed wood work on the front of it.  They were able to save the piece with that detail for me.

We were able to carry it from Pennsylvania to Delaware with other treasures we found there!  It was a few months before I was able to re-purpose it into a coat rack.  I had two colors of Annie Sloan's   chalk paint left from previous projects.  I had a small jar of a salmon color that was a gift from taking a class on using Annie Sloan paints.  It was not a color that I thought I would use so I painted it as the base coat that would show through just a little after sanding.

What I love about the chalk paint is that you do not have to prep the surface that you are painting. The soon to be coat rack had crackled from age so I wanted some of that texture to show.  The top coat is a cream color. I also used a burnt sienna acrylic paint wash to give it an antique finish.

We found coat hooks at Hobby Lobby.  Love that store!

So ta-da!

So happy to have a piece of history hanging in our entry way!

Wishing you a very happy 2017!

Sunday, April 5, 2015


New life! Eternity! Rebirth! Life is all about that this time of year! Here in the Mid Atlantic area of the US we are waiting for it with baited breath.  The winter coolness doesn't want to go away!  The daffodils and crocuses are coming up anyway!  Thankfully!

I have created something new too!  A scarab that I made was featured in a piece designed by Meg Mullen of Bead My Love in the February issue of Bead and Button.  I have had a great time with selling cabochons on Etsy and making them for Meg to sell at the bead shows.  It has been fascinating to see the response to the different colors of the beads.

I had a request from an Etsy customer to make a scarab bead into a pendant.  I worked on a few different ways to do that and came up with this! Just add a ribbon and you have a pendant!

Scarab Pendant Purple

The back has details too!

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Princess Party

We are three friends who spend time together watching Downton Abbey.   We have had Downton Abbey marathons watching a season at a time to catch up.  One episode was a dinner party where the women were all wearing tiaras.  It made me want to wear a crown.  All of our lives we are treated to dreams of princesses... Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Princess Diana!  Well life isn't going to pass us by without having a little dream ourselves!

I decided to get tiaras for the three of us.  Amazon here I come! 

We wore them one of the days we were having a DA marathon.
Linda and Pat
Linda and Me
It was our turn to do some entertaining so I decided to have a Coronation Party!  It was so much fun to set the table for a formal dinner.
The tiaras were presented with roses for each of us!
Our husbands had the honor of crowning us!  With lots of smirking from them of course!
Princess Linda and John
Princess Pat and Scott
Princess Marian and Keith
Linda and Pat brought the cutest favors!
And the most beautiful flowers!

 It was so much fun! 
Live well, laugh often and love much!  That is what we did for Valentine's Day!
 Hope you enjoyed yours!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Cabs in My Etsy Shop

As seen in February Bead and Button magazine!
Stone Patina Scarab

Blue Bells

Bottom of the Sea

Long Face

Friday, December 26, 2014

Bead and Button Magazine!

My friend and business customer Meg Mullen owns the company Bead My Love.  Bead My Love sells supplies for bead embroidery and carries polymer cabochons made by me.  This summer Meg asked me to design a scarab cabochon for her.  She was designing a bead embroidery piece.  I will tell you that her work is stunningly gorgeous!  I was honored to do this design for her! She made me proud!  Not only does she do awesome bead design and bead work but she is a really sweet person. 

Scarab Kit
The Scarab Bead Embroidery Design by Meg Mullen

The bead embroidery piece (with my scarab cab)  and the tutorial designed by Meg is in the February 2015 issue of Bead and Button  magazine!  For those of us in the jewelry making business Bead and Button is one of the best publications in the industry. It is exciting for me to see my artwork and name in Bead and Button magazine!  I am also so proud of Meg and that her design is being showcased.

The scarab beetle is an ancient Egyptian symbol for "rebirth".   A perfect project for bringing in the New Year! If you are interested in making this project Bead My Love has the complete Bead and Button Scarab Design Kit on their website.  They also carry seed beads and have the smaller stone cabs that are in the project.  I have the scarab cabochons in my Etsy shop MsPlace.  

Thanks for stopping by and happy beading!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Drop Earrings

Loving the look of white clay with chalk and guilders paste.  Made these this week. 
 Green Drop Earrings
Had some fun wire wrapping too!
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas week!