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It's All in the Details

There are many articles on selling your jewelry such as , and to name a few. And many of us jewelry-making entrepreneurs are wearing quite a few hats these days whether it is an Etsy shop, brick and mortar store, website sales or shows. We are...

The Power of Words

Poet and Nobel Prize for Literature recipient, Rudyard Kipling stated, "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." From the dark depths of devastation of a "Dear Jane" letter in junior high school to the joy of a new baby...

Why Do We Love Swarovski? Let Me Count the Ways

You know you're a blingaholic when any of the following occurs: Fellow blingsters, we're a mighty bunch and wear our obsession proudly on our sleeves (and ears and necks and fingers and wrists and ... ), well, you get the picture. Whether you buy...

Be Your Own Valentine

Gone are the days of our youth when we handmade Valentine Boxes in grade school, laboriously embellished with red and pink construction paper hearts, glue paste (that one kid in class always ate to gross us out), and the pièce de résistance ... lacy...

BEading in the Now

I've often wondered why beading is so relaxing and I lose all track of time whether it's , , or ; size 11/0, 8/0 or 6/0, it doesn't seem to matter. Beading plops me right back into the present moment--here and now. With our busy lives...

Nature's Jewels

As for the colors, I love how the bronze of the pearls reflects the colors of the surrounding strands. I chose gold-colored metal cubes in two different sizes, for their reflective qualities. I was inspired to add in this element based on the...

Angels Among Us

Recently, I found out one of my friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wanted to express my sympathy, support and love by creating a symbolic piece of jewelry to bring a smile whenever she gazed upon it. I perused the looking for inspiration...

Righteous Beady Vibes

There's no denying the power of the almighty bead and I know I'm preaching to the choir here but it's also commonly believed that there are many natural healing qualities of the gemstones and crystals we love so dearly. We're all drawn to certain...

Growing Your Mailing List = Gold Mine

Many artists overlook the all important task of keeping in touch with customers. I mean, let's face it, we'd all rather be in the studio making stuff, 24-7 as in those early days of dreaming what our fairytale lives as an artist would be like, am I...

Flower Power - Kanzashi Then and Now

Kanzashi really reached its peak in popularity during the Edo period (1603 to 1868). The Japanese hairstyles grew larger and more complex, incorporating more than one hair ornament at the same time (this must be where Cher got her inspiration for...

Beading On The Go

I have a theory ... many precious minutes are lost when one could be beading; waiting at the airport, picking up the kids from soccer, chatting on the phone, happy hour at your BFF's, etc. But let's face it, packing everything up, making sure you...

Mixing Metals for the Brave

Not long ago, you were either a "silver girl" or "gold girl" in the world of jewelry; one team or the other. As a jewelry designer with a healthy clientele, I had to make each design in both, silver AND gold to please everyone and make a sale. I...

Homage To The Little Black Dress

The LBD was birthed in the 20's as a result of women tossing off their long, layered, heavy dresses, cutting their hair and enjoying a new social party life, daringly displaying more shoulders, backs, and legs for the first time in history....

Newbie-itis

Everyone gets stuck in a creative rut from time to time. After avoiding ANY bead stitching for years (I seriously was hauled down that path kicking and screaming the whole way), I wound up falling in love with the almighty stitch. And now I spend...

Look Up, Look Down, Looking For Inspiration

Recently I developed a new technique for inspiration (and tried it on myself). So, consider yourselves all guinea pigs and report back to me your findings! Location was --here is how I structured my tour: Turn off the inner critic and any other...

Key to My Heart

and have fascinated us for centuries and although there is no absolute certainty as to where the first lock and key was invented, evidence suggests they came from the Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. One of the first known lock and key...

Bead in the New Year

Resolution is a dirty word. Like a new diet, it always sounds like a great idea in that moment of deep clarity (ha! right after the good luck pork dinner or that extra glass of champagne) then in the light of day, the brilliance fades, you fall off...

"NO" is a Complete Sentence

I blurted this out one day while venting to a beady buddy about a deadline I surely could not meet in this lifetime! The requester kept pushing me, then looked at me in disappointment expecting a legitimate reason for saying, "No." As I relayed...

Springtime

Some of my favorite sunflower, fern green, vintage rose, padparadscha, erinite and now the two brand new colors, rose peach and crystal luminous green, call out to me rather loudly during the doldrums of winter. They're so bright and cheery...

Beading as Meditation

I've taken yoga and meditation classes for eons. I've even stayed at an ashram with a real live guru and participated in a silent 4-day noise fast to tackle my "monkey mind" (quite similar to Julia Roberts in only she has better hair), and I gotta...
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