Sunday, June 10, 2018

Purple Netting Bracelet and More Tiny Earrings

I've continued to pick away at making some jewelry in between prepping for Bridgefest and Convergence®.  I was inspired by some of the purples I have in my stash to make a faded netting bracelet.  It's wider than I usually make them, but it turned out perfect.

Tiny leaf earrings have been popping off of my needle, so these are the two from the beads hanging around in trays after this bracelet:

 I'll hopefully get around to posting these on my shop too, but today is not the day.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mini Earrings and Bangles for Bridgefest and Beyond

I decided I should probably post a blog, I've been distracted with the changing of jobs and interviews, lawnmower drama, and wanting to fix things and tinker on the house rather than create.  Well, the tinkering and fixing is creative problem solving for me, so I guess it counts, but that's not what this blog is about, I suppose I need to get back to for that.

ANYWAY.  I have been trying to make some smaller items for the artist's village booth I'm doing at Bridgefest on June 21st.  My more expensive pieces don't tend to sell at free concert events and I like playing with color so that's what I'm doing with these tiny bangles and earrings. 

This is this week's productions. I even got them post on my Shopify page (which I still need to get that sorted out but I don't want to sit at a computer any more than required these days).  If they don't sell online, they'll be at Bridgefest since it's my next pop-up type event.  After that, Convergence®

This event was so fun last year, I'm glad to be part of it this year!

Available for purchase HERE.

Available for purchase HERE.

Available for purchase HERE.

Available for purchase HERE.

Available for purchase HERE.

Available for purchase HERE.

Available or purchase HERE.

Available for purchase HERE.

Available for purchase HERE.

Available for purchase HERE.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Rockabilly Cherries Bangle and Earrings

So you saw the first version of my Michigan Cherry Bangle and Earrings.  I had to finish a second version based on cherries patterns I see in in rockabilly dresses. 

This bangle is available for purchase HERE.
(or tonight at Arts Night Out, May 4, 2018)

This paticular bangle I graphed out but allowed it to repeat in some areas but others are more open for a random effect. I am quiet happy how this set turned out!

The earrings are available for purchase HERE.
(or tonight at Arts Night Out, May 4, 2018)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Partial Ginkgo Leaf Earrings

I've been on a Ginkgo and Cherry themed jewelry binge and I forgot to post that I made these earrings to match the most recent Ginkgo Leaf Bangle.  I like the design but at the end of the day you can't really tell that they are ginkgo leaves, so I'm going to have to make a pair of those at some point too.

These earrings are available in my shop right now HERE

Or you can come see me and them at My Arts Night Out on May 4th, Old Town General Store.  You can check out the Facebook Event if you need a reminder!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Small Deco Bangle Variation in Brown and Purple

I have a tendency to carry around this small deco pattern in my traveling bead case and these colors happened to be on-hand when I started this piece on Friday.  I am often drawn to brown with purple, it's a nice dark natural color.  I know that I'm starting to think of digging in the dirt, planting more flowers, splitting hostas and starting a larger garden this summer.

Deco Point earrings are available HERE.

I've done this piece in a few different variations, one being with gold edging, purple and greens HERE.  I think the very first one I made was with gold, pinks and greens which inspired a wedding color theme to the owner of that bangle.

This deco bangle can be purchased HERE.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ginkgo Bangle Variation

I loved the colors of the large Ginkgo Leaf bangle so much that I decided to do a similair bangle, but without the edging.  This makes it more streamline and less expensive.  This is a piece that I created for May's My Arts Night Out at Old Town General Store and can be seen, tried on or purchased there!

You can also purchase this bangle online here:

Clark loves beaded jewelry, it was a struggle to keep him from picking this piece up and running off with it while photographing!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pinball Bangle

We are headed to the Pinball Expo in Kalamazoo tomorrow and I finally came up with a design this year (I thought about it last year, but it never got on to the graph paper).  I'm still up in the air as to how I feel about it, I think the design still needs more tweaking, but this will have to do for tomorrow.

What would I tweak?  I would have the flippers come to a better point, and I think the gunmetal color of the ball is too dark against the brown background. I should have done the ball in silver to pop it out, or a different background color, but I like the brown and lime green with the bone color of the flippers for a vintage feel.

This bangle can be purchased online at

Friday, April 13, 2018

#CCFF Bangle and Earrings

I'm finally in a place where I can start doing a bit of volunteering here and there.  For the past few years the Capital City Film Festival has been one of my favorite local events.  This year I kept seeing the pattern logo for it and I needed to put it into a bangle.

This bangle can be purchased HERE

When I started drafting this piece it, it wasn't looking great and I realized I needed to put it on an angle.  The peyote stitch (which I use in much of my work) lends itself better to angles.

And so, I got the bangle and a matching pair of earrings done for the Red Carpet event last night!

Earrings can be purchased HERE.

A few CCFF High lites:

And it's finally spring so the kittens can enjoy the front porch!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Polka Dot Earrings

I bought a new dress from work that I thought would be useful for a few things coming up, one of which was the swing dance at the Masonic Temple with my dad this past Saturday.  I decided to make a pair of polka dot earrings to match the dress....

These earrings can be purchased HERE

Dad and I at Masonic Temple.

Big Band and people dancing!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Michigan Cherries 1

In preparation for May 4th's My Arts Night Out in Old Town I've been working on some pieces that are Michigan-inspired and came about from a quick chat with Rhea, the owner of Old Town General Store.  She suggested some pieces with cherries on them (a popular product of Michigan) and I jumped at the idea.

This Bangle can be purchased HERE

I usually don't work much in red, but I am LOVING this set I just finished.  I have another wide bangle idea also in the works. Certainly come by Old Town in May and see these pieces (or just say hi and peruse Rhea's awesome General Store!)

These earrings can be purchased HERE.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ginkgo Leaf Bangle 1

This Ginkgo Leaf Bangle came about in some planning for My Arts night Out with Rhea at Old Town General Store.  I've been thinking that making some pieces specially for this event would break me out of the more basic designs I've been doing.  So I asked Rhea what her favorite plants were and Ginkgo was the first one she said without skipping a beat. 

I've only worn this bangle out once, today it juried into the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild's Runway Show for Fiber Feast.  I'll have it back by May 4th though for First Friday's Art Night Out.  

I really enjoyed playing with the shapes and colors of this design and I imagine I'll be using it again soon.  

The next bangle(s) I'm making for My Arts Night Out are leaning towards Old Town General Store's Michigan theme with some Michigan Cherries.

(Photo shoot from yesterday where Clark is trying 
very hard to not jump in the light box or push beads on the floor.)

Purple Netting Bracelet and More Tiny Earrings

I've continued to pick away at making some jewelry in between prepping for Bridgefest and  Convergence ® .  I was inspired by s...