Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fiber Wire on Art Jewelry Elements

You gotta check out the Fiber Wire created by the daughter of one of our AJE Team Members Karen Totten. I've had my eye on it for awhile and after seeing what Lorelei created with it I think I have to have some. Go to the AJE Blog and get the rest of the story.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday - Evening Grosbeak

This week was a very lucky week for me!
2 new lifers!!!

The above picture is my first sighting,
major happy dance for me.
Turns out it was a mom and a baby, I saw her feeding him a little later.

A lovely male, older juvenile I would guess?

Pretty little female.

And the baby, the feathers on the top of his head are so poofed up, a cute little pompadore!
At one point later in the day I counted 5 of these new visitors,
hopefully they'll keep coming cause there is always food at the table here.

I've also had both Evening and Black Headed Grosbeak at my feeder which I guess is a little unusual.

My second new bird this week,
A Eurasian Collared Dove.

I also had this surprise visitor, only the second time I've seen them come through out yard.
He came down our driveway went right by the feeders and jumped over in to the neighboring yard.


Monday, August 27, 2012

New Owls and more

6 Owls are made and ready to ship!
There are 8 in the photo 2 of them are sold and will be mailed shortly.

Sea Urchin Big Button
Eight Point Star

Tapestry and Ammonite Focal

Tribal Big Button Earrings


Saturday, August 25, 2012

I Heart Macro - Opportunist

All of these plants I think came from what the squirrels buried when they feed on my bird feeders.
This is the silk on an ear of corn, looks like a nice head of hair doesn't it,
I have always loved the silk on corn!
There are 3 ears on this plant maybe I'll have to plant it on purpose next year.

This is the stalk of a corn, didn't know it was hairy too!

And of course a beautiful Sunflower, this one is very small, maybe 4-5 inches.

I hope you enjoyed my Opportunistic photos today!


studio waterstone

This weeks new Copper

Let me just start by saying I LOVE these new pieces,
I'll try to only say it this one time and not when I talk about each piece.
It's so much fun to always be thinking of new things to make,
 new shapes new textures,
 tweeking something old so it's different and fresh!!

These Owls fit in the NEW category,
you know how I feel about them so I won't say the L word again.

Not a new Shape or Texture but this time I put Ammonite in Leaf Shapes

Again a shape and texture you've seen before but I put them together.
Large Ammonite Button

Another shot of the Ammonite Leaves.

Tribal Texture in Large Button!!!
This is one of the first textures I made and I'm happy you all seem to like it as much as I do!

A grouping of the Big Buttons,
Ammonite and Tribal.
One of my lovely customers suggested using the Tribal Texture in this shape and I think it's amazing!

It's still pretty early in the morning and I wasn't sure the early dawn filtered sun would give me anything I could use but after lightening them a little I can't complain.
I'll take more pictures later and get some of these listed over the weekend.

As usual if you want something let me know and I'll reserve it just for you!

I had to stop myself so many times from using the L word,
I did good!!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Copper in the Kiln tonight

Love these new Copper Owl Pendants!

And these big oversized Earring button pair in 2 new textures.
Tribal and Ammonite!


Earrings Everyday

It's my turn again, I'm super excited about my new Key Fob Earrings.
I used amazing Lampwork beads by TwoSistersDesign
and Lampwork headpins by HavanaBeads.
And of course some of my copper!

Please go take a look and let me know what you think!

I'll also be firing tonight,
I hope to post some pre-fire pictures here later today.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First Components - Where I Started

In conjunction with the Art Jewelry Elements Blog
 I'm sharing some of the first Components I started making to sell well over a year ago.

The above Bronze pieces I actually really love and should make more of.

I had been making components for myself to make jewelry for a few years before that which wasn't going all that well. I struggled for months with the idea of making components to sell and it's been the best decision I could have made. I honestly think I would have had to give up the whole thing if I had continued on the way I was going.

This is the very first post I made announcing I was going to be having components available to sell.
At that time I was doing mostly bronze.

Shortly after I sent components to a few of my online friends for them to create with and they made some beautiful creations!

As many of you know Copper is my metal of choice these days. I'd love to find the time to make more bronze but copper keeps me pretty busy and I do love it!!!

Lately I've been trying to combine more than one texture and I like the results.

A fun little walk down memory lane,
thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

New Copper

Some new Copper I had hoped to get listed today but didn't get a chance.
Hope to list tomorrow, if anybody wants one of them before I list them just let me know.
$17 per focal.

Smaller Focals approximately 1.25" larger approximately 1.5"

Flower Basket

Flower Basket Pair, $15
I can add holes to the bottom of these if you like.


Small Ovals with new texture I'm calling Sparklers.


Featuring Jean A Wells

When Jean showed me the unusual way she had used a pair of my Ammonite Components
 I just had to share them with you!

Check out these very cool African Boho Earrings
Created by Jean A Wells!

Those of you familiar with Jean's work will not be surprised how creative and unusual her work is.
Those of you not familiar with her work....
well you just need to go check it out,
 here is her


Go check it out!!


Today is the last day of my 15% off PITYPARTY sale

Coupon Code PITYPARTY at Checkout


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Earring Giveaway

I'll be giving away these wonderful Falling Leaves Earrings today
 on the Creative Bead Chat Group on Facebook.
You have to go join the group and watch for it, I don't even know when it's going to happen!!

If you like these and aren't able to win I'll have more available for purchase in my Etsy Shop
Similar components are also available if you'd like to Design Your Own.

Don't miss my
PityParty SALE
15% off everything in my
 Etsy Shop
Use Coupon Code
at checkout!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Pity Party Sale

Couldn't make it to Bead Fest? Neither could I!!
We're having our very own Virtual Bead Fest right here!!

You can get 15% off everything at
 Components and/or Finished Jewelry!
Use coupon code PITYPARTY at checkout.

Check out the other handmade discounts at
the HumbleBeads Blog for the list or participants.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Third Thursday is tomorrow!!

It's tomorrow and of course I don't feel ready,
so what's new!

I pulled together a couple brand new pair of earrings,
if I still have them after tomorrow they'll be available in my Etsy shop.

August 16th, 2012!
located at the
 Coldwell Banker Bain Office
 108 5th Ave S in Edmonds WA

I will be featuring my Jewelry creations
but I'll also bring my componenets if anybody who uses them wants to stop by and shop!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Spotted Towhee

A cute little juvenile Spotted Towhee, finally starting to show it's adult colors
and notice the eyes are beginning to get that intense orange color too.

And lots of watering hole pictures,
I'm happy to provide a spot for them they seem to really enjoy!

Black Capped Chickadee

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch just about to take off!
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

White Crowned Sparrow

Male Anna's Hummingbird
This little jewel spent a good half an hour atop my Butterfly Bush,
 right where I could set my camera up and click away, that was very kind of him.