a pretty penny

” See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.”


image courtesy: Niky Sayers, Bits of NikNats

Yesterday was definitely a good luck day :)

A package of highly anticipated supplies arrived, and they are more beautiful than could have been imagined!

After first setting eyes on Niky Sayer‘s amazing coin clasp (shown here in the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party mix) … I’ve had it in my head to convince her make some for me using the now-out-of-circulation Canadian Penny.  The Canadian Mint ceased distributing them in February of 2013, and I have been collecting the little copper currency, in hopes of having that vision turned into a reality.  And yesterday it did.


How gorgeous are the hand painted clasps and penny beads?!

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Thanks to the tremendous response to the wrap bracelet I made for the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party, my idea is to turn these beauties into Canadian wrap bracelets!

Coming soon … :)



October 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

cosmic galaxy series ~ variations

For the star gazers …

Last month we introduced Peacock & Lime’s new Cosmic Galaxy necklaces, and, as promised, have a few new pieces to share!

The Cosmic Galaxy collection now also includes 2 different styles of earrings and bracelets.  They will be making their debut at the Riverbend Art in Our Park sale this Saturday (September 20th, 2014), and will be found on the Peacock & Lime website and in the Etsy shop soon after!


dainty drop earrings …



ultra micro (faux) suede wrap bracelets …

cosmic-galaxy-wrap-bracelet-webcopyand – simple leather and copper bracelets




“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh


September 15, 2014 at 10:14 am 2 comments

Cosmic Galaxy

A sparkly new series is now available!

The Cosmic Galaxy series from Peacock & Lime … necklaces are first in this series, but watch for bracelets & earrings coming soon, too!


cosmic-galaxy-necklace-3  cosmic-galaxy-necklace-4

cosmic-galaxy-necklace-2  cosmic-galaxy-necklace-1



See them all for the first time – live and in person, at Riverbend Art in Our Park

art in our park 2014

August 13, 2014 at 10:50 am 1 comment

Sunny Summer Fair comes to Rutherford House


Looking for something to do this Sunday in Edmonton? Family fun!

Originally posted on Alberta Culture & Tourism:


Fairs are the traditional way to bring people in a community together to mingle, browse for goods and eat different foods. On July 27, Rutherford House is hosting its fifth annual Sunny Summer Fair in the spirit of agricultural festivals of the past.

There will be classic carnival games, old-fashioned toys, crafts, musical entertainment and a market. . Lemonade and popcorn will be available for purchase.

Vendors participating in this year’s fair include:

The Lilac Tree Museum Shop will also be open and features unique merchandise including specialty tea, old-fashion candy and toys, kitchenware and unique gifts for all ages.

Rutherford House is a post-Edwardian mansion built in 1911 for Alexander Cameron Rutherford, Alberta’s first premier and his family. For many years, the home welcomed the political and social elite of Alberta. Today, Rutherford House is a designated historic…

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July 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Summer Features

This just in … we’ve been published again (twice)!

The current issue of Create Jewelry (a special edition publication also known as 101 Bracelets, Necklaces & Earrings) is out on newsstands/available online and it features a gorgeous array of tutorials for creating your own inspired jewelry projects, including a pair of Peacock & Lime earrings!



Also, now available, is the Summer 2014 edition of Jewelry Stringing Magazine – which features a few Peacock & Lime pieces … “stylish stackables” – a trio of bohemian chic wrap bracelets including the triangle wrap bracelets & the copper and leather “not all those who wander are lost” wrap bracelet. There are a lot of great design ideas in this issue, so if you’re looking for a bit of style inspiration … this is a great place to start!  Happy reading :)

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July 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

Not all is quiet on the western front

Despite the lack of posting since the big Bead Soup Blog Party reveal (sorry about that!) … not all is quiet around these parts.

Things have been brewing in the background for the past few weeks … and I’m finally getting a bit caught up and am able to share what has been happening!  I’ve recently been given the opportunity, through the Artisan Group, to submit a few pieces to not one, but three (!) costume designer/stylists for consideration to use on different television series. Curious about which ones?!  Well …. no need to wait … here they are!

for season 6 of …

 the Vampire Diaries,


for season 5 of …

Rizzoli & Isles,


and for a new show …

Chasing Life


Who knows what may become of this? If we’re lucky … we might just see one (or more!) of these necklaces on a t.v. series coming soon near you!  Fingers crossed and here’s hoping … :)


June 13, 2014 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

bead soup blog party reveal

Oh … so exciting!   Today is the day … the BIG REVEAL for all those participating in Lori Anderson’s 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party! I can.not.wait. to see what everyone has designed and created!

My beautiful bead soup (if you’ll remember, from the lovely Niky Sayers) has been simmering and stewing away for a few weeks now.  It has finally finished percolating, having left a delightful aroma and an amazing array of ideas to create with.

{a reminder of what Niky sent me (isn’t it gorgeous!?) Thank You so much, Niky!! }


With such a beautiful assortment, only a few extra ingredients were added to get things going … and they were;

~ a pinch of Czech glass beads, and copper beads,

~ a splash of leather,

~ a drop of chain,

~ a handful of copper rivets,

~ a pat of fabric bias tape,

~ and a little dash of brass & copper wires.


And the end result?


Similar to last year, with so many pretty components, I decided to create more than 1 piece to give them all the spotlight they deserve.  (and besides that … there were just so many ideas running around in my head!)  The initial reveal date was set for May 3rd, and by that time, I had created 3 different pieces … a mixed multi media wrap bracelet, a fabric and chain double strand bracelet and a prominent focal pendant necklace.


This mixed multi media wrap bracelet features Niky’s handmade coin clasp up front and centre! It is surrounded by the  polka dot lampwork spacer beads by Laura Sparling, the pearl beads, some added Czech glass trumpet beads and a leather band with copper rivets and accents.


This fabric and chain double strand bracelet features the pink (possibly rose quartz or jade?) round beads surrounded by Liberty of London fabric (in a nod to where this soup originated!) and added natural brass chain & findings.


This prominent focal pendant necklace features the stunning lampwork focal by Moogin Beads, Niky’s own fancy head pins tripled up with the focal bead and also used as a design element & connector for the Roman glass bead on top surrounded by an added natural brass ring, and copper findings.


bead soup pieces


Since, the reveal was postponed a week – until now …  a bit of extra time was granted, which gave a little incentive to create a few other items, so for this year’s celebration …  5 pieces materialized out of  my beautiful bead soup (I guess I just wanted as many of the beads to get to go to the bead soup blog party!)


The newest editions were the butterfly dangle earrings, centered around the beautiful lampwork head pins by Earth Shine Beads, and paired with copper butterfly beads and simple natural brass ear wires.


And lastly, another multi strand bracelet (hmm … I’m sensing a trend here!)  focusing around Niky’s lentil coin bead and featuring square czech glass beads, liberty of london fabric, purple leather and a mixture of copper and natural brass wire and findings.



Participating in an event such as this is so incredible.  It is beyond amazing to see the creativity of such a collective group of talented participants – to see what they were sent, and how they chose to work with that to design truly spectacular pieces. It is also so wonderful to receive a package of gorgeous goodies that one would not ordinarily find, and to have been teamed up with a fantastic partner who has now become a new overseas friend :)  I can not thank Lori enough for creating/ hosting/organizing such an extraordinary event, and for choosing such a perfect partner to work with! And a huge Thank You to Niky for making this so much fun! I hope you like what became of your beads!


Now … I can’t wait to see what Niky came up with, from the soup I sent her!  Interested?  Let’s go check out Silver NikNats …


Need more!?  To see a list of all of those participating, and their amazing creations, please visit our lovely host – Lori Anderson’s site


Have fun!

May 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm 140 comments

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