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 1 comment

happy valentine’s day


feb 13, 2015 - fluttering heartstags


love images courtesy: jonesdesigncompany 


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

Trend Alert: Look Ahead to Spring/Summer 2015 – Inside Jewelry Stringing Magazine – Blogs – Beading Daily

A New Year .. New Trends.

Looking for some 2015 fashion style inspiration? Inside Jewelry Stringing Magazine has selected a few key trends we can expect to see this year …

“Trend Alert: Look Ahead to Spring/Summer 2015 Dec 30, 2014 by Debbie.Blair

It seems as department stores are emptying their shelves of holiday merchandise, they are already stocking their spring and summer goods! C’mon, admit it–you’re just as anxious to shed those bulky sweaters by February as you were to start wearing them last October! Although fun to look forward to, “sweater weather” is appealing for only so long.

Enter the spring and summer fashion trends. What better way to pass the time during the waning weeks of winter than by planning your spring outfits? Or to clear away the bleakness of gray winter days than by making colorful jewelry?

Our editors are always on the lookout for what’s trending in the fashion and jewelry world. We scour runway reports, fashion forecasts, Pinterest, details of Pantone’s color of the year–just to name a few. Here, we list the spring and summer trends that are sure to be a home run:

Spring 2015: (clockwise from top left)

La Vie en Rose–pretty and feminine, garden-party florals, airy or ruffled (photo: eBags)

Convertible–interchangeable components turn a set of bracelets into a long necklace or allow a multi-strand necklace to be worn various ways (photo: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads)

Peaches and Cream–warm and velvety, sweet and springlike, pretty and pastel (photo: Marie Fly Fly)

Leather and Metal–warm, soft leather accented with cool metal components (photo: Arhaus Jewels)”

to read the full article, including some trends for Summer … click here


via Trend Alert: Look Ahead to Spring/Summer 2015 – Inside Jewelry Stringing Magazine – Blogs – Beading Daily.

January 3, 2015 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Star Struck

Just in time for the party season … the stunning latest Winter 2015 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine has hit store shelves!

In it, amongst all of the gorgeous glittery gifting projects, are a few peacock & lime pieces (and tutorials)!

Featured are the Wish Upon a Star Necklace



the Butterfly Raindrop earrings, and the Sing a Song of Sixpence bracelet (featuring Liberty of London fabric and a gorgeous sixpence bead by Niky Sayers of Silver NikNats)

winter 2015 content page fabric,-bead-and-six-pence-coin-bracelet-by-peacock-and-lime


Looking for ideas to create a last minute gift for someone?! This is a great source of inspiration!

winter 2015 cover


December 10, 2014 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Since you asked …

The January 2015 edition of BeadStyle Magazine has come out, and amongst some beautiful jewelry tutorials is a little section called String & Sell – Since you asked … by Lorelei Eurto. In it she answers some sought after questions from readers, and includes a response from me on jewelry inventory systems. Have a look …

beadstyle magazine january 2015



December 9, 2014 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

a little sparkle …

Creating a little sparkle for the tree!  New limited edition ornaments …

bling ornaments




steampunk ornaments

November 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

Western Cowboy Chic

As alluded to in the previous post … a new collection of pieces have developed out of the incredible components from Elements of Antiquity.  With the addition of some turquoise chips, a little rustic leather and a few bits of brass … these 2 new necklaces and leather wrap bracelet are ready to be introduced!




Leather wrap bracelet with turquosie chips & aged pewter textured cuff …




Leather wrap bracelet and Distressed leather pendant necklace with turquoise chips, aged pewter winged heart connector and aged pewter shark tooth charm …


Leather wrap bracelet and Turquoise Hubei heart pendant necklace with natural brass, aged pewter native feather pendant and aged pewter bull skull charm …


There are so many ideas flowing on how to use these gorgeous charms & findings … can’t wait to create more & show them all here soon!

November 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

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