Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Over-the-top Sparkle

Hi everyone!

Beadwork showcases some Fast and Fabulous necklaces in their December 2019/January 2020 edition that are just the thing to add some glitter and glam to your outfit for a party or night out on the town.  Whether you want understated elegance or a full on statement necklace, there is something for everyone!

Here's my contribution to the glitter - my Silver Sparkle Necklace.  It's got a lot of swing to it, making it perfect for dancing.  These silvery glass beads have a unique cut called step faceting, so they really catch the light.  They are like mini disco balls!

Silver Sparkle Necklace
I decided this necklace wasn't complete without a pair of earrings, and I had some extra beads, so - voila!
Silver Sparkle Earrings

Now, I'm ready for some dancing!  No, wait, maybe a bracelet...

I got my copy a little early, so the issue isn't available generally yet.  But, in a few days, you should be able to find it on the website here.  As usual, it is filled with fabulous designs in bead weaving along with the Fast and Fabulous sparkle.  I love the ornaments on the front cover.  One of these days, I'll try one of those!

 If you like the beads I used, you can find the Silver Iris faceted 4mm beads here and for the 8mm beads, go here.  Or, search

Time to get your sparkle on!
Happy beading,

Friday, September 6, 2019

Gone Country

Hi all!

I haven't shared my Joy Embroidered Letters projects with you in awhile, so here goes.  When I started looking at what I had created lately, I noticed a predominate influence.  I've gone country.

My kitchen is being slowly transformed into farmhouse style, so these projects went right along with that.

This is so easy to make - you need a frame, some scrapbook paper and Joy letters.  All the instructions are on the Creating with Joy blog.

To go along with the plaque, here's a little crate to display your homegrown produce or flowers.
Here's some of our goodies this year.

You can also put some canning jars in the crate and fill them with your favorite flowers.

It's so easy to create your own farmhouse-style accessories.  Here's the link.

Yes, I am lucky to be on the Creating with Joy design team, and I receive compensation for these projects and lots and lots of letters!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Love is the Key

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to share that I have been published in Beadwork magazine again.  I just got my advance copy of the October/November issue.  I hope you will look for it on the shelves soon.  There are so many wonderful designs and information in it.  I am so blessed to be included in such splendid company!

Beadwork October/November 2019
I'm in the 9 Easy Mindfulness Beaded Jewelry Designs that is across the top of the magazine.  These are the Fast and Fabulous designs that are mainly strung designs.  I like that Beadwork incorporated stringing in their magazine along with the woven designs.  Someday, I'll take the time to try one of those fabulous designs.  For now, I am enjoying incorporating different kinds of beads - ceramic, wood, clay, glass - along with a little wire, a little fiber and some patina in my jewelry designs.  Here's what I came up with for this issue:
Love is the Key
It was so much fun designing for a mindfulness theme.  "Love is the Key" represents my philosophy on life's journey and it flowed out in this design.  And, of course, it's in my favorite shades of blue!

Here's a photo that I took showing the necklace in a little different view.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Helping out

Hi folks!

After so many years of creating, things begin to pile up.  I'm at the stage in my life where I am going to start divesting of all these treasures.  It probably should have been done a long time ago, I know.  I was especially reminded of that this summer when my family cleaned out my Mom's house in order to sell it.  We are a family of savers, recyclers and re-users, but you can only use so much!

So, stay tuned as I sort and compile and de-stash.  I'll have some boxes of craft books, magazines and supplies that you may need more than I do.

To make a start, I donated this necklace and some matching earrings to my church festival as a silent auction item.  I'm sure that's better than gathering dust in my craft room.

Looking forward to a clearer space in which to create more fun projects!  What do you do with your extra craft projects and supplies?  Love to hear your ideas.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Countdown to Christmas!

Hi Crafty Folk!

Sometimes I lose track of the time!  This Countdown to Christmas Wall Hanging was designed back in March.  Sometimes Christmas designing is done six months ahead for magazines or catalogs!  It can be confusing!

But, I'm on track now!  Yesterday was the 25th, so we have just under five months until Christmas!  And, plenty of time to make this new design!

Happy Stitching!

You can find this cheerful snowman on the Herrschners site under Plastic Canvas.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Christmas in July Plastic Canvas Designs

Hi Stitchers!

Herrschners has released a few more of my plastic canvas designs, and I can't wait to share them with you.  It's like Christmas in July!

The first is a look through a window at a winter scene:

And, the second set is more Christmas-y - fun ornaments that hold candy canes!
Check them out on Herrschners and have fun stitching!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Plastic Canvas Designs

Hi Everyone!

Herrschners has come out with a few of my plastic canvas designs.  Head on over to their site to see them and all the other new designs.  They have a lot of cute, summery ones.

Here's a Pueblo House Tissue Cover.  You can place those little appliques wherever you want on the box.

And, some Pueblo Pottery Coasters.  Those were fun to design - I love Southwest motifs!

And, last, another set of coasters of Country Barns:
Have fun stitching some summer designs!