Saturday, June 25, 2011

Summer Earrings

It's more butterflies and blue sky!

Celebrating the season with earrings.
This one has Venetian glass beads and Niobium earwires from
Bright orange enamelled butterflies from Gardannebeads.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Celebrating the Arrival of Summer!

It's the beginning of Summer!
It's is hot down here in Florida!
There are some 400 wild fires raging in the State, but nothing like the ones out west in Arizona.
Where are the hurricanes when you need them?
But its a case of being careful what you wish for...

So I am thinking some cool thoughts, light and breezey thoughts, pretty pink thoughts...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pushing Up Daisies

Some Fun Earrings for Some Summer Fun!

I call these my 'Pushing Up Daisies' earrings! Love the carved magnesite skulls, they come is such happy colors.
Have a great weekend with all the Dads in your family!

Friday, June 17, 2011

$200 Worth of Glorious Beads!

All you got to do to win them is hop on over to Andrew's blog and leave a comment!

The selection of beads are from the following designers/stores

Are they not truly glorious?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

What's Old is New Again! - Swimming the Devonian Seas!

As a Design Partner for I am taking part in their latest blogging challenge, where we were asked to draw inspiration from the past. The only requirement for this design challenge was that we incorporate an 'old' item and add modern elements to make it 'New Again'. Well, I decided to go with really old as in ancient and extinct old!

I had bought this beautiful pendant of an Ammonite encased in sturdy sterling silver during my recent trip to Sri Lanka, and thought it would serve as a great center piece for this challenge.

Swimming the Devonian Seas!

Ammonites are extinct mollusks, related to modern day squids and octopuses. They were abundant in the Devonian seas some 400 million years ago. Then, as with the dinosaurs they became extinct some 65 million years ago. The familiar spiral pattern is seen when the Ammonite fossil is cut lengthwise in half and polished to be used in jewelry. Gem quality Ammonite fossils are often iridescent. The name Ammonite is derived from the spiral shaped ram's horn associated with the Egyptian God Ammon or Amun. The soft-bodied animal lived in the outer larger chambers of the shell, while the older smaller chambers, which as it outgrew them, were walled off and filled with gas to provide buoyency for movement in the ocean.

Ammonite fossils are quite abundant in Europe, Canada, and found also in Madagascar and even in Nepal. The are valuable to geologists as 'index fossils' as they help date the rock layers in which they are found. They are also known as 'snake stones' or serpent stones' as medieval Europeans thought they were coiled snakes. In Nepal, they are sacred and worshipped as a manifestation of the Hindu God Vishnu.

This ancient creature, is swimming in a sea of Swarovski Crystallized Elements, teeming with life. I have tried to capture the abundance and iridescence that is found in deep ocean waters with four strands of Montana Sapphire bicone crystals, some peacock blue freshwater pearls and sterling silver rondelles. Two large Bronzite rondelles, so similar in color to the fossil pendant, marks the sea-land boundary, and then more Swarovski Smoke Topaz bicones and Swarovski Copper Pearls. Since there was so much going on in the front of the necklace, I was looking for a simple closure and found this perfect hook and eye clasp in shiny sterling silver.

So what do you think?

A word about, it is amazing the selection of quality beads and supplies that they carry, so much so, that any design idea can materialize with the variety available to be purchased. I have been a customer of since 2004, and highly recommend the store for both their varied selection and excellent customer service.

Disclosure: Some of the beads described above I have received free of charge from
I have been asked to use/review these beads/supplies and give my honest opinion of them.  I am not being paid by for my endorsement of any of the products received and reviewed in my blog postings.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Andrew's Thursday Giveaway!

The picture says it all.
No need for words.
If you want to win these beads,
Hop on over and comment to enter!

These gorgeous beads are from Golem Studio!
Look what I made the last time I played with their stoneware beads.

Have a great weekend!
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