Friday, November 25, 2011

Small Business Saturday Sale!

I'm celebrating Small Business Saturday with a SALE!

Select items have been marked down!  I've created a "Small Business Saturday" section in my shop so that everything will be easy to locate.

Enjoy the savings and don't forget about the Winter Holiday Promos!

If you spend $50-$99.99, before shipping and handling costs, use the code HOLIDAY7 to receive 7% off your purchase.

If you spend $100 or more, before shipping and handling costs, use the code HOLIDAY10 to receive 10% off your purchase.

These promotions will run from until 12:59 PST December 29, 2011.

EXTENDED THROUGH MONDAY 11/28! See the "Cyber Monday" Section

Thursday, November 24, 2011

*SOLD* Bohemian Engagement II: OOAK Necklace

Bohemian Engagement II

 This one-of-a-kind necklace is fun, bohemian, and full of texture and pattern. The necklace will make a statement with its asymmetrical design and black cinnabar lucky fish focal piece.  This is the second in my bohemian engagement series, which means it was born on a whim (the materials found themselves together and I liked the way they looked!).

Blue mosaic turquoise, green cinnabar, and black and gold Lucite globes make up the composition and hematite rondelles near the ends of the necklace add interest.  This necklace is 16 1/2", so it rests just above the collarbone beautifully.  (See the first image featuring a life-size bust.)

Kathmandu Dreams II (is finally here)

Kathmandu Dreams II
Kathmandu Dreams II" is full of color and has a bold, geometric-inspired design.  It is the second necklace in my Kathmandu Dreams series. The focal point of this necklace is the solid brass pendant, which features a brass spiral design and turquoise, coral, and lapis inlay. The pendant, which was designed and handmade by a Nepalese artisan, marries geometric styling and feminine details.  Two sets of handmade Nepalese beads add texture and interest: one set is four sided with lapis and turquoise, and the second set is two-sided with lapis and turquoise.  Blue turquoise with lovely matrices, lapis with natural flecks of golden pyrite, faceted red jasper, and pyrite rondelles complete this necklace. 

Lapis and Turquoise are December birthstones, so this would make the perfect gift for the December-born woman in your life.

Lapis is known for its protective, stress relieving, and peace enhancing qualities. It also encourages self-awareness, self-expression, and enhances one's sense of confidence. Turquoise is a powerful healing stone that can help wearers with meditation, balance, and communication. It is also a protective stone that enhances love, friendship, and loyalty.

Coral brings peace, settles emotions, and protects against depression.  It also helps with intuition and visualization.  Jasper, a stone of selflessness, is considered the "mother of all stones bringing about Love of all mankind."  Red jasper helps relieve pain and bring calm. 

Pyrite, also known as Fool's Gold, is grounding, encourages positivity and the release of old emotional baggage. It is also a protective and enhances one's "intelligence, mental stability, logic, analysis, creativity, memory, and psychic development" (source:

Including the artisan-crafted solid brass clasp, this necklace is an impressive 23" long, or matinee length.  The pendant is 2 3/4" long by nearly 2" wide.  The four sided beads are 1 1/8" by 1/4" and the two sided beads are 1 3/8" by 3/4".

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Earrings: Warm Cider and Chestnut Flowers

 Warm Cider Earrings

These fun earrings are perfect for the holiday season (and beyond)!

My "Warm Cider" earrings feature vintage rust moonglow globes, red agate stones with white bands,antique brass discs, and kidney wires.  These lightweight earrings are just under 2" long from the top of the kidney wire to the bottom of the Lucite globes.  The Lucite globes are just under a 1/2" in diameter.


 Chestnut Flowers Earrings
These rustic earrings are also perfect for the holiday season (and beyond)!

My "Chestnut Flowers" earrings feature carved horn globes and floral antique copper globes hung on antique brass kidney wires.  These lightweight earrings are 2 1/2" long from the top of the kidney wire to the bottom of the antique copper globes.  The horn globes are just over 3/4" in diameter.  

More earrings crafted with the holiday season in mind coming soon! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pawfect Match Rescue Howliday Shop Preview!

I've been busy busy busy this week (and last week, and the week before...)!  Here are a few preview shots of what I"ll have at the Howliday Shop (yes, there's more)!  Learn more about this event here.

Sky Heart Necklace - SOLD

Jade Dreams Earrings -2 Pairs - SOLD

I'll also have items from my Etsy shop.  Check out the inventory here on my blog, as I"ll be putting my shop in vacation mode during the Howliday Shop!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

THIS WEEKEND!!! Pawfect Match Rescue Howliday Shop!!!

Dear friends and fans,

This weekend is the big event!  Please join me and many other vendors at the Pawfect Match Rescue Howliday Shop.

Sometime tomorrow, most likely late at night, I'll be posting preview pictures of all the items I've made just for this event, which are not available in my Etsy shop (yet).

I'm looking forward to seeing some of you all there!

Check out this link for more detailed information.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gift Packaging

Gift Packaging...

Art is my first love and I love to draw freehand, so each piece that comes in a cotton-filled gift box will arrive in something like the following pictures.  

No two designs are a like.   They are all spontaneous and free hand.  If you are buying a gift for someone else, and you would like a design that has more flowers, more blue, more tendril-ly doodles, let me know and I will do my best to oblige!   

I will ship a gift to a recipient's address!  Just indicate her address as the Etsy shipping address and make sure you let me know in the "message to seller" field any special messages for your recipient! 

For the holidays, I'll be adding a USPS Priority Mail shipping option.  I'll let you know when it is available.

The gold looks beautiful as it picks up light in this more traditional floral based design.
This is a more bold, bohemian design.
This design is colorful and strikes a balance between bohemian and traditional.

An example of what items will arrive in if it is not indicated they will arrive in a cotton-filled box.

And, local folks, the Pawfect Match Rescue Howliday Shop is just a week and a half away!  Soon, I'll post preview pictures of items I'll be featuring next weekend.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Now on Etsy: Tara Necklace


Closeup of pewter flower pendant

Río de Rosas: Custom Necklace

One more custom order to complete a full week!

Río de Rosas, or River of Roses, is a special one-of-a-kind custom necklace featuring 251 beads plus a beautifully faceted rose quartz briolette.  Well over half of the beads used in this necklace are 1X1mm or less, so stringing this necklace was an intense effort!

Perfectly symmetrical, each side of the necklace has 47 iridescent iris blue Delica® glass seed beads, 10 turquoise rounds, 20 blue turquoise and blue howlite chips, 20 rose quartz chips, 23 pieces of tiny hand-faceted Karen Hill Tribe silver beads (which are at least 97% pure silver), and four rose quartz rondelles.  Three tiny iris blue seed beads complete the rhodium-plated clasp and closure for an added personal touch.  Adding flourish and interest to the rose quartz briolette is a swag of turquoise beads on sterling silver hardware, upcycled from a pair of earrings I no longer wear.  I love how the colors interact in this little space and throughout the necklace, and I hope its future owner will love it too!

closeup of seed beads & Hill Tribe silver
Turquoise is a powerful healing stone that can help wearers with meditation, balance, and communication.  It is associated with Taurus and Aquarius.  Turquoise is a protective stone that enhances love, friendship, and loyalty.  Silver draws out negative energy and encourages non-judgement and self-approval.  Like turquoise, howlite is useful for communication and helps with memory, learning, facilitating awareness and emotional expression.  Linked with Gemini and the crown chakra, howlite helps alleviate stress while eliminating procrastination.

close up of rose quartz briolette and turquoise swag
 Associated with the heart chakra and the signs Aries, Taurus, Virgo, and Libra, rose quartz is a stone of "unconditional love."  It encourages all forms of love including self-love, self-confidence, and romantic love.  It also brings forgiveness and gentleness, tolerance and acceptance, and increased receptivity to colors, sounds, art, music, and poetry.  Rose quartz helps boost creativity and is calming, reducing stress, clears anger, resentment, guilt, fear, and jealously.  It is truly an amazing stone!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New pieces! (Preview)

I'll have more detailed information about these one-of-a-kind pieces soon!  All of these items will be with me at the Pawfect Match Rescue Howliday Shop event on November 19 (as will the rest of my Bohemian Earth pieces). I plan to post at least one of the pieces below for sale on Etsy before the 19th.

Pele's Ocean Necklace - $41

Pewter, Turquoise, & Lava

Pele's Ocean Bracelet - $21

Turquoise, Faceted Silver Beads, Toggle Clasp, & Turquoise and Lava Dangle

Tara Necklace - $52 (To be posted on Etsy this week!)

Pewter, Mosaic Turquoise, Bone, Cinnabar, & Buddha Toggle Clasp

Save 7% on this necklace on Etsy and at the Pawfect Match Rescue Howliday 
Shop when you use or mention (in-person) the code 
HOLIDAY7--see this post