September 20, 2009

Indulgence, Apples & Oranges and Hessonite Garnet Delight

Three new pieces have been updated to my Etsy shop and Website:

Indulgence Necklace

Apples and Oranges Necklace

Hessonite Garnet Delight Earrings

Whew! Yep, I still have more to add also!! *grin* So let me get back to my studio...Enjoy!

September 12, 2009

Forest and Tropical Breeze Necklaces

I have been having soooo much fun diving back into my true love of gemstones and wire. Spending time searching online for the perfect gemstones, receiving them and drooling all over the place, LOL, and then my fav....just laying everything out and putting combinations together and creating the designs that have been in my head since I spied the gems. *happy sigh* Bliss. True bliss. There are times when inspiration is gone, but, this is NOT one of them. I have designs out the wazoo in my head just waiting for the time to sit down and create to my heart's content.

Anyhoo....LOL, yes, I'm in a blabbing mood this morning (afternoon?? LOL), though I'm sure you'd much prefer I just get to the pretties, eh? Ok, here ya go:

Forest Necklace

Green Hydrothermal Quartz and 14K Gold Fill

Tropical Breeze Necklace

Amethyst, Mystic Blue Quartz and Peridot

Both necklaces are available! Enjoy your weekend!! I hope you have weather as lovely as we're having!

September 08, 2009

Muted Spring, Barest Hint, Simplicity and Plum Clusters

Nope, I'm not done with new pieces for Fall quite yet. Ok, some of the following pieces have spring-like colors, but, thankfully, they can be worn year-round. Sometimes my creative streak just cannot be constrained by "fall" or "spring"....I just have to let my fingers create what they will.

Muted Spring Earrings

Barest Hint Necklace

Simplicity Necklace

Plum Cluster Earrings

I still have more new pieces to take pictures of and post! I also have so many potential pieces laid out in my studio just waiting for me to wire em up. Can't WAIT!! I'm having so much fun creating these new pieces lately! Though I promise...I'm tryyyying to get more earrings for all you earring-lovers. *grin* Oh, and more solid gold pieces will be coming soon. I'm working as fast as I can lately in between homeschooling, etc.

All pieces have been listed on both my sites and are available for sale. The gemstone pieces are one of a kind.

September 02, 2009

Golden Treasure and Lightly Falling Necklaces

Two new necklaces are available and I truly enjoyed creating these pieces. Obviously, I'm having a blast wire wrapping various briolettes and creating mixed pendants with them. And with my never-ending stash of gemstones, I'll be making these for quite a while. *cheesy grin*

Golden Treasure Necklace

Grade AAA Champagne Citrine, Iolite, Textured 14K Gold Fill

Lightly Falling Necklace

Moss Aquamarine, Amethyst, Grade AAA Champagne Citrine

September 01, 2009

Aurora Necklace

I'd have more new pieces to show today, but, of course my camera battery died juuuuust as I was sitting down to a nice long photo shoot. hahaha I only had enough juice in my battery to shoot enough pictures for one piece, so ya'll are just going to have to wait for more in the next few days. *grin*

Aurora Necklace

Moss Aquamarine and 14k Gold Fill. I looove these Moss Aquamarine briolettes! I have a fabulous strand of graduated brios and each one is a different size and slightly different shape. Tons of opportunities for different pendants, just not enough matched brios for earrings. Hopefully I'll find another strand of closely matched brios soon as I looooove this color, especially paired with gold.

This piece has already been listed on both my Etsy shop and Website for sale.

August 27, 2009

Clear Winged Hummingbird Moth

So yesterday my eldest daughter spotted a really interesting *thing* (LOL!) flying around our flowers in the front of our house. At first I had nooo clue what it was....was it one of those huge bees?? A large wasp??? it a hummingbird?!?! I was soo excited that it could possibly be a hummingbird, as my MIL loooooves hummingbirds and of course, so does my husband. I knew I wouldn't be able to get close enough with my little Canon Power Shot, so I grabbed hubby's big ole Canon DSLR. Ran outside and started clicking away. I stayed far enough away until I could figure out if it would either sting me (haha!) or be scared of me and fly away. I just kept clicking away and creeping closer and closer. Than, woops, I ended up by taking so many pictures I filled up the rest of hubby's memory card! ROFL!! So I ran back inside to grab my smaller Pentax DSLR and started shooting away again. I ended up by being able to get about 2 feet away from this flying thing. *grin* I still couldn't figure out what it was. Once I downloaded the pictures, one of my best friends thankfully started on the research trail and we discovered that it was a Clear Winged Hummingbird Moth and NOT a hummingbird. Still....VERY cool. So, here are a few pictures of this wild looking insect! *grin* (Please bear in mind that I had nooo clue what I was doing with the DSLR cameras, LOLOL!!! I was just pointing and shooting. This is a great incentive to me to learn how to actually USE my DSLR!! *grin*)

August 18, 2009

Petite Rose, First Harvest, Deep Ocean, etc.

What do all of those have in common? ha. New pieces of course! Finally. *grin* I actually have a ton of new pieces sitting here, but, have been only slowly taking pictures, editing, etc. The biggest thing I discovered the other day sitting down at my little workspace here in the living room area with my girls, is that I have MISSED working with my gemstones, wire and chainmail!! Oh my goodness have I missed creating!

The first batch of these pieces are delicate pieces suitable for layering with other chains or perfect all by themselves. I have several extensive chainmail pieces planned, but, those will take me quite a while to actually bring into fruition because I have so many other pieces I would like to finish first. Speaking of are a few that have been listed on my Etsy shop and added to my website:

~ Petite Rose Necklace ~

~ Deep Ocean ~

~ First Harvest ~

~ Warmth ~

Enjoy! Hopefully I'll have several more to update soon.

August 15, 2009

Major news about my hand stamped Expressions Collection Jewelry

I have pretty important news about one of my jewelry collections, my hand stamped Expressions Collection. I wanted to let ya'll know that I am no longer able to sell my hand stamped items. While it might seem quite sudden to you, it is a contingency plan that has been waiting in the wings for quite a while based on my experience with my previous pregnancies. Unfortunately, due to my health with this pregnancy and for the safety of both myself and our baby, I can not continue with the stress from the high production volume that results from the popularity of my hand stamped pieces. One of my best friends and fellow jewelry designers, Rhonda Reagan of Prolifique Jewelry will now be creating my custom line of hand stamped pieces. The transition of the transfer of this portion of my business is just about completed. Her Etsy shop is: and she is very convo friendly and is looking forward to working with my fabulous customers. Please just send her a conversation of exactly what you need and she will take care of you!

If you would like to know more about Rhonda, Etsy just recently published a fabulous story about her and her business journey, and you can read about it here: Storque Article

What about the rest of my jewelry you ask? I will absolutely still be creating my non-hand-stamped pieces, just at a more sedate and non-stressful rate. The majority of my new pieces will be one of a kind pieces and I will be adding them to my website and Etsy shop one at a time when they are created.

Thank you so much for your patience during this time!! Ya'll are the BEST customers in the world and I hope and pray you will bless Rhonda with your patronage as mightily as ya'll have blessed me over the years!

Stay tuned for new pieces! I should start listing them very soon!!!

July 29, 2009

Where have I been? LOL

Hi ya'll! Yep, I've disappeared again, LOL. But it was for a very good reason. We are pregnant with our third child and I have been soooo sick with the first few months of the pregnancy. So sick I had to close down all of my shops and website so I could concentrate on staying healthy and taking care of my family. Thankfully the illness part of the pregnancy is almost over and I'm starting to feel like I can handle reopening my shops again. Soooo, that's what I've been doing this past week. My Etsy Gems shop has been reopened, my website has been restocked (uh, except for my cuff main supplier for those is out of my silver stock that I use for the cuffs. grrr...) and I should open my main Etsy Jewelry shop within the next few days. I have a LOT of editing to do there. the meantime I've been able to take pictures of some recent pieces and get them listing on my website for ya'll. Here's a preview:

Whisper Necklace

Teal Smoke Necklace

Petite Dancing Flames Necklace

May 18, 2009

Monet's Garden Necklace - Solid 14 Karat Gold, Tourmaline and Chainmail

I indulged myself while on vacation/break and created this incredible, one of a kind piece. I love to weave chainmail and wire wrap gemstones, and this was such a pleasure to weave!!

Some of the best multi-colored tourmaline I have ever seen, each sitting on their own hand-coiled solid 14 karat gold wire headpin and then wire wrapped within the solid 14 karat gold Shaggy Loops chainmail section. Solid gold chain finishes off the OOAK necklace.

Monet's Garden Necklace

This piece is available on my website for sale, and will be listed in my Etsy shop when I reopen in a couple of days. Shipping is on me via USPS Priority mail and will be insured.

I have several additional pieces (nope, no more solid gold yet....soon though! *grin*) I created while on my break and will try to add them to my website soon. Let me know if you have any requests for solid gold pieces! I'd love to hear from ya'll!!

May 08, 2009

Summer Afternoon and Gentle Expressions Earrings

I know that I'm supposed to be on a break/vacation, but, I can't seem to step away from everything right now. I'm having a hard time just turning my back and forcing myself to relax. One of the reasons is that I'm still processing orders from the surge of orders right before I put my shops on vacation mode. But, Lord willing, hopefully by tomorrow the last of these will be completed and in the mailbox. I also have a gazillion designs racing around in my head and since I'm very familiar with the desert times where inspiration is far from me, I'm trying to get these designs out of my head, off the paper and into fruition. I was able to create two new pairs of earrings. I absolutely tend to create more necklaces (obviously, LOL!!) but I know my customers have been itching for new earrings, so here's a small start! *grin*

Summer Afternoon Earrings

Smoky Quartz, Apatite, Lemon Quartz, Peridot, Sterling Silver

Gentle Expressions Earrings

Amethyst, Green Amethyst, Pink Topaz, Lavender Amethyst and Sterling Silver

These will be posted to my website at some point today after the typical zooishness of Friday mornings dissipates later today. LOL

May 05, 2009

A Glimpse of Heaven - Solid 14 Karat Gold and Grade AAA Blue Topaz

I like to imagine that when God created the Heavens and the Earth, before sin entered the world, when Adam and Eve walked among the Garden of Eden and talked with God, that they would look up at the neverending expanse of sky and it would be this same brilliant, deep shade of blue. A shade of blue so dazzling in its intensity, yet warm and inviting, drawing you in and giving you peace.

A Glimpse of Heaven

My first non-stamped solid 14 karat gold piece! Woohooo!!!! And oh boy...its going to be the first of MANY! I have had so many fabulous comments and requests for variations of the Blue Lagoon necklace ever since I created it, I have decided to create an entire line based on variations of that first piece. I have quite a few pieces drawn and planned out in my head, and Lord willing once my break/vacation is over I can get crackin' on creating them!!! Some of them I will need to find gemstones for, but, that's the fun part! *cheesy grin*

Speaking of getting crackin', LOL, I'd better get a move on and start working!! Ya'll have me so busy before I start my break my head is spinning! LOLOL

May 01, 2009

Spring Cleaning!

*cheesy grin* Yep, its that time of the year again folks, when I realize that my website has gotten overwhelming and I start reorganizing and editing things! LOL If you see one of your favorite pieces you haven't gotten around to purchasing yet has disappeared, just send me an email to custom order it. My Flickr account has most of my recent pieces from the last couple of years and is one of my ways of keeping track of how my work has progressed over time. I have also updated my Clearance section, and once those pieces are gone...they're gone! LOL Quite a few of them are one of a kinds that I CAN"T reproduce, so if you have been eyeballing one for a while, grab it quick because once I send out my next newsletter, those babies will be gone quick! *grin*

I will be taking a break/vacation starting Wednesday, May 6 and will be closing down my Etsy shops for 2 weeks and I will not be processing orders from my website until I come back from my break. I will be back from my break/vacation Wednesday, May 20th...or thereabouts. *cheesy grin* I find that I need to take these breaks every once in a while or I just get too burned out. Its been months since I've had some "putzin'" time with my jewelry and my girls (the last couple of times I've had to close my shop it was because we were all sick! LOL Nooot exactly the break I was looking for. *grin*) and I really want to have some time where I can dive into some things that have been on my to do list for a looong time. Anyhooo...enough gabbing from me. Time to get back to updating my Clearance section!!! *grin*

April 29, 2009

Very Cool! Front Page of Etsy Again!

Woohoo!!! Just found out (thank you Cathleen!!! XOXOXO) that I made it to the front page of Etsy again today with my Mother Daughter Sister Friend Necklace. Yippee!! Here's a screenshot:

Also, I was able to start posting a few of my 14K Gold Fill Small Name Pendant Necklaces today. I was able to get them up on my Etsy shop, but, have not posted them to my website yet. The last several days have been a zoo...requests out the wazoo, orders, tons of new head is absolutely swirling with information and things to do!! My eyeballs are in a permanent "popping out of my head" state right now. *cheesy grin* Anyhoo, enough about about the jewelry! hee, hee!!!

14K Gold Fill Single Name Pendant Necklace

14K Gold Fill Triple Name Pendant Necklace

Here is a view of both of my fonts on the pendants (ugh, HORRID picture!!! sorry!):

Of course there is a double version, but, I did not want to bore ya'll! LOL The above pendants are of course available in either my Elegant Small font or my Casual Small font. I truly prefer the small fonts for these smaller 1/2 inch pendants. I'll play around with both my small and large fonts for the 5/8 inch versions in a few days and see what can fit for both sizes.

Some of you might be wondering how I pick my names for all these pendants, LOL. Well, you'll have to thank all my friends for that inspiration!!! *cheesy grin* I tend to borrow the children's names more frequently than the adults names. Mainly because I love to pray over all their cutie patooties while I"m stamping.

Ok, more tomorrowish, LOL....I must remember to add the potatoes and carrots to the pot roast in a bit!! ack! LOL

April 28, 2009

Due to Popular Demand....

.....I have started listing temporary listings for my solid 14 Karat Gold hand stamped pieces in my Etsy shop. Once things slow down a bit from this crazy rush of Mother's Day and Graduation orders I can shoot proper pictures and replace the pictures that are listed. I have the supplies, just have NOT had a chance (goodNESS ya'll have me swamped!!!) to get any of the solid gold pieces properly photographed and listed.

14 Karat Gold rings are not orderable at this time but will be coming eventually. *grin* I haven't even had a chance to make my own set yet! LOL

Hopefully tomorrow I can finish pricing out more of the solid 14 Karat Gold items for you and get additional temporary listings up for all ya'll who have been clammoring for information! *cheesy grin* Thank you so much for your patience ya'll!!!

By the way...I *will* be needing a break hereabouts for a week or so soon to catch up on...well...uh, everything non-jewelry related. *cheesy grin* I'm thinking mid-week next week is a targeted start date for my break. I'll keep ya'll posted!!!

April 24, 2009

Rose Quartz Starburst Necklace

Just a quickie post today....customers are starting to gear up for Mother's Day and whew! Ya'll have me BUUUUSYY! LOL

Here is a custom piece a customer requested today:

Dark Amethyst, Amethyst, Light Amethyst, Spinel, Pink Topaz, Pink Sapphire and Rose Quartz rondelles are all wire wrapped on handmade fine silver headpins to one of my handwoven Shaggy Loops Necklaces.

And another one of my favorite Starburst necklaces:

I LOVE this piece!!! These will be made in very limited editions as I only have a small amount of these large Rose Quartz brios. I might have to keep this one for myself thinking about it! *grin*

Have a fabulous weekend ya'll!!!

April 23, 2009

14K Gold Fill Custom Chainmail Flower Initial Pendant Necklaces are ready!!

Wow, 3 posts in one day? LOL!! Must be a record for me! *cheesy grin* But, I know ya'll want to know that my 14K Gold Fill Chainmail Flower Necklaces are ready! I've had so many requests for these in gold and mixed metals that I'm thrilled to finally be able to offer them.


14K Gold Fill Teeny Tinies Initial Pendant Necklaces are ready!

Woohoo! My new 14K Gold Fill Teeny Tiny Initial Pendant Necklaces are ready and up for sale on Etsy! (Yep, I promise, I'll update my website with them in a few minutes! LOL!)

Here are some pictures for you to see:

Just a Hint Necklace and more.....

The other day a customer requested I create a Labradorite version of my Blue Lagoon Necklace, and I happily obliged her. I have been wanting to make more versions of of that necklace and this was the perfect time.

Here is the custom request piece:

And here is one of the other pieces, Just a Hint Necklace, that is for sale:

I have one more with a Mystic Pink Topaz, but that is nooot quite ready yet. Soon! OH! And another new piece, while inspired by Mother's Day which is just around the corner, is perfect for all the special Moms in your life year round:
I will be posting again later with more news!! *grin*

April 20, 2009

Woops, has it been that long???

*blush* Has it REALLY been that long since I've update?!?! Ugh!!!! Please forgive me folks!!! I'm not the best at updating my blog. *sheepish grin*

There are sooo many new and exciting things to tell you that I don't think I can remember them all!! LOL

I now have four full sets of Custom made steel stamps for hand stamping. Elegant Large, Elegant Small, Casual Large and now Casual Small. I just received the Casual Small the other day and am going to update all my listings on Etsy and my website soon. Feel free to place orders requesting the Casual Small font. It is the same size as my Elegant Small font. Perfect for the Guitar picks and for adding more text to my larger pieces.

One of my most exciting pieces of news is the fact that I just received my first shipment of solid 14 Karat Gold. Yippee!!!! Yep, SOLID gold folks! Not gold fill! I can't wait to start offering pieces in the solid gold! As an economical version, I will be offering 14K Gold Fill stamped pieces soon! I'm awaiting my shipment of supplies to produce those, and as soon as I have em, I'll be listing and posting away!! So many of you have asked for gold versions of my pieces and I am so excited to be able to offer both solid gold and an economical version for everyone. I *hope* to be able to start playing with the solid gold soon...the first pieces I'll be creating will be my stacking rings. I'll post pictures here when I have them completed!

Ok, I KNOW I had more news, but, time is short and my brain does NOT want to cooperate!!! LOL Feel free to email me and ask away if you have any questions!

And, woohoo! I made Etsy's front page today with my Custom Sterling Silver Hand Stamped Guitar Pick! Thanks Admin!!!!!!