Sweet Treats


A little Bead Peeps Swap N Hop update … A few weeks back, I introduced you to my bead swap partner Debra Jeffries of Debra’s Divine Designs … now, let me show you all of the amazing bounty she sent!

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So many goodies, so little time!

 

I can not even begin to describe the feelings I had when opening Debbie’s packages … each so wonderfully wrapped, like perfect little christmas presents, and with such super cool containers!  Included are not one, not two, but 3 of her incredible handmade, recycled butterfly wing pendants (plus an extra amazing bonus one for me, as well!), some gorgeous peacock blue & lime green glass tear beads, beautiful sea sediment jasper beads, lovely yellow lampwork beads, black moonstone, sparkly crystal beads, crackle glass rock crystal, antique silver & brass components, lots of silver (jump) rings, chain, cord, seed beads … oh my, the list is extensive!

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As if that weren’t already plentiful enough … Debbie added so many extra goodies as well! Yummy treats like … chocolate covered pretzels, werther’s toffees & choco toffees, and cool items like … chalkboard signs (perfect for the next art show display!), butterfly washi tape, owl notecards, handy see-thru pouches and a colour yourself ipad case!

I have honestly never been so spoiled in my life (and I have been spoiled by some amazing people!)  Saying a mere Thank You to Debbie is hardly enough. I will have to come up with something better …

I have so many ideas already, of pieces to create …. there aren’t enough hours in the day to get them all made! But here’s hoping to showcase a few of them by the big reveal date of May 2!  Stay tuned …

 

If you were curious about what I sent Debbie, and if this teaser was too cryptic of an image … have a look below :)

While the purpose of this swap is to stretch your swap-ee’s  boundaries past their normal comfort zone – I didn’t want to stray too far … so .. this …

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… became … sent-to-Debra

… this!

Sensing a theme here?  If you’ve ever had a chance to view some of Debbie’s work, you will have noticed how she creates the most stunning jewellery out of butterfly and moth wings. Hence this selection of goodies … chosen to go with how enamoured she is with butterflies! I centered around some hand made (by me) pendants – consisting of two mixed media collage square focals and one handstamped copper & brass butterfly tag (with the saying “your wings already exist all you have to do is fly”).

Included along with the pendants were … some striped lampwork cubes by River Rock Artglass, a strand of prehnite gemstone cubes, a Vintaj floral brass embellishment, cultured potato pearls, swarovski butterfly beads & bicones, a thai silver butterfly toggle clasp, a patina’d round toggle clasp, floral lampwork beads, some brown (and dark green – not shown) leather lacing and a hand dyed silk ribbon (along with a few other embellishments thrown in for fun!). I sure hope she likes her surprise pack, and I can not wait to see what she ends up creating! We’ll all find out May 2nd :)

April 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Earth Month Water “Wish” necklaces – for WaterAid

Peacock & Lime’s limited edition Water “Wish” necklaces for Aveda Edmonton & WaterAid are now available ~ in support of Aveda Edmonton‘s initiative “Walk for Water” campaign to help raise funds for WaterAid and their vision “Clean Water for All”.

This year’s Water necklaces were officially released today in Aveda Edmonton‘s store & made available online in the Etsy shop!

 

press release

April 2015

Edmonton, Alberta – Peacock & Lime is, once again, partnering with the Edmonton Aveda Academy Salon in designing & releasing special Limited Edition Water necklaces to help support their efforts in raising funds for WaterAid – a leading Canadian water charity dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water. Proceeds from the sale of these necklaces will go directly to Aveda’s initiative Walk for Water” supporting WaterAid.

 
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There are 2 different necklaces to choose from each featuring an element representing water –

the Water Droplet image pendant necklace and the Water “Wish” necklace which features a small natural brass tag stamped with the word “wish” & a tiny turquoise Czech glass bead representing a drop of water.

Available in store and online for a limited time.

 

“When you protect water, you protect what you love”. Look down and see this hand-made piece around your neck and you won’t soon forget the difference you can make!

For more information on WaterAid, please visit their websites at either http://www.WaterAid.org or http://www.WaterAidCanada.com

and for more information on Aveda’s inititive, please visit http://www.EarthMonthCanada.com

April 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

the WOW Factor: Designing an Effective Branding Strategy webinar

Chalk this up to another first … a live Interweave Web seminar!

 On Tuesday, March 31 – I will be presenting

The WOW Factor: Designing an Effective Branding Strategy

LIVE at 1 pm (EST)

packaging2-2015This webinar is intended to help those interested in learning how to make their business stand out with a unique brand identity.

In it, I’ll focus on the importance of giving your company a unique voice and how to create brand recognition through packaging and brand design.  I’ll give tips on how to create a logo, share valuable information on the types of packaging to consider, how and where to get marketing materials made, and  how to stay consistent across various online platforms and social media. I’ll include specific examples from various successful brands, and I’ll share tips on how to get your products out where they can be seen by more potential customers!

Anyone who attends the live event will have the chance to participate in a real time Q & A at the end of the presentation.

For those that can not attend the live event, you can still register at Interweave to receive a recorded version of the broadcast complete with the question & answer period.

Hope you can tune in and join me!

March 27, 2015 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

a penny for your thoughts …

Eep! It has just occurred to me that I never posted any photos of what become of the gorgeous Canadian penny clasps I posted a while back … well, wait no longer … allow me to introduce my Canadian Penny clasp mixed media wrap bracelets!

These bracelets showcase the spectacular clasp (commissioned from Niky Sayers), along with some beautiful little tiny polka dotted lampwork spacer beads by Lampwork by Julie, some colour co-ordinating leather and natural brass chain & findings.

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They have yet to find their way into the Etsy shop, but there is one listed here on the website!  Enjoy!

 

*Update* one of the bracelets has made it in to the Etsy shop and can be found here! *

March 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

a Swap N Hop teaser …

Can you guess what’s inside?!

A quick teaser photo of the goodies getting ready to be shipped out to Debra Jeffries – for the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop which was introduced last week here on the blog!

A clearer vision & details of it’s contents will be posted soon (once Debra has had a chance to see it all first!) … be back soon

 

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March 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop – design challenge

A new year, a new jewellery design challenge!

Bring it on! The Bead Peeps Swap N Hop is in full swing!

Bead Peeps 2015 Blog Hop Badge

Thank you so much to Linda Anderson for taking on the enormous task of organizing and hosting a blog hop of such epic proportions. This is the inaugural blog hop of Bead Peeps Swap N Hop … reminiscent of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party from previous years.

Partners were announced a couple of weeks ago and allow me to introduce to you … my swap-ee … Debra Jeffries of Debra’s Divine Designs!

A fellow Canadian (she is in Ontario, I am in Alberta) and fellow Artisan Group Member …  Debra is mostly known for her handmade recycled real butterfly and insect wing jewellery. (Did you know that most butterflies have a very short life span of approximately only 2-3 weeks?! I had no idea – until I read her About Me page on her website!)

Here is a gorgeous example of some of Debra’s work … a real blue Morpho butterfly necklace

 Real Blue Morpho Butterfly Necklace

Her mission is “To create jewelry using eco-friendly, reclaimed, recycled items leaving a healthy sustainable planet. [Her] butterfly jewelry are created using only farmed, naturally expired butterflies and [her] goal is to teach the world about the importance of butterfly farming and keeping our world healthy for future generations”.

Interested to see more of Debra’s work? Be sure to have a peek at her Etsy shop
Well, it’s now time to get busy cooking up a soup mix for Debbie … stay tuned!

 

February 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm 3 comments

happy valentine’s day

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feb 13, 2015 - fluttering heartstags

 

love images courtesy: jonesdesigncompany 

 

February 14, 2015 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

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