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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...

Put the Fun in Fundraising

So your kids' Glee club needs new outfits; the football team needs new helmets; the bingo gang needs more daubers (that's the word on the street). Whatever the need, how about a fundraiser? With more and more budget cuts these days, fundraising has...

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...

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...

Lucky Clovers

As kids, we were constantly on the look out for four-leaf clovers. The woods of Minnesota contained miles and miles of lush green grassy magical wonders, sure to house many fairies, wood nymphs and perhaps a leprechaun or two. We'd spend hours...

Summertime

One of my favorite summertime traditions is homemade ice cream! My dad used to haul out the old hand crank ice-cream maker and we'd jump up and down for joy in anticipation of those delectable flavors he'd come up with (this was before you could buy...

Peyote Stitch Pleasures

Peyote stitch has turned into my Zen practice. Growing up in the Midwest, I often saw PDK (NOT PDA Public Displays of Affection, but Public Displays of Knitting) and I would watch with wonder and longing to feel the deep pleasure they were clearly...

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...

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...

Are YOU Ready for Your First Craft Show?

Everyone in your family has an entire jewelry wardrobe from you--earrings for their birthdays, bracelets at Christmas, necklaces for Mother's Day. In fact you've given so much jewelry as gifts, they can't even rotate through them in a year and that...

Surviving Your First Bead Show

Whether you're attending The Bead and Button® Show in Wisconsin (the biggest retail bead show in the world) or one in your local scene, there are some survival tactics directly from bead veterans I'd like to share with you. Preparation is key to...

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...

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! Changing up your Jewelry-Making (among other things)

I don't like New Years resolutions, do you? I set them and follow until the bleak mid-February hits, then the resolutions taper off, then stop--followed by feeling like a loser once again for quitting! Just the word "resolution" seems so, well,...

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...

The Art of Gratitude

Living in a "more is better" society, it's become a habit to look at what's missing and to exist in it's-never-enough type of lifestyle (especially when it comes to beads!) Upon my death bed, my last words uttered will surely be "if only I had that...

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....

Bead Along

With the winter blues upon us, I must plan loads of fun events to keep myself charged through the less inspiring chilly months. You know, it's like a battery running low, not all pistons are firing! You want to just tunnel under the down comforter...

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...
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