NEW FOR THE NEW YEAR!!

So I am back, and contrary to plans the laptop has not yet been rebuilt – life just got in the way.  But it really has to be done – every time I use the laptop it gets slower and more error plagued.  Plus I have to install a new Norton AV as the current one will expire in 4 days.  So.  Looks like this weekend will be the time as I have to get out to the PO and do some food shopping tomorrow, and also make a trip to B&N to just sit and browse some jewelry mags and books over a very large cappuccino and maybe a piece of something sweet or savory.  This means I will be gallivanting most of the day, but I really do need to get out for a bit and get rid of the cabin fever that’s started creeping up on me!!

In the meantime, thank you’s are overdue my dear customers – I truly appreciate your support and purchases in this tough economy.  You know what I do when I feel down?  I go browsing through all the awesome feedback you guys leave me.  I get such a tremendous lift reading how happy you all are with your new bling and complimenting me for the fast shipping and great service.  Thank you.  I am sending big cyber hugs to you all because you touch my heart with your kindnesses!

And thank you, too, my fellow Etsian’s who keep honoring me by including my items in your treasuries.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to see all the new treasuries listed in My Treasuries on Etsy.  Thank you for the time you take to do that!  I appreciate your efforts so very much!  So thank you SarahT, grahtoestudio, Denise DeKemper, Linda Hawkins and Linda Hope.

And now, here are some new items for 2012 – new, higher grade pandora style murano lampwork beads, new charms ( including authentic Pugster’s!) and new types of bracelets.  There’s more to come, too.  I’ve been at it purchasing and restocking my supply of handmade artisan lampwork beads to make new Viking Knit and hand strung lampwork jewelry.  It’s been far too long since I sat and created anything – so that will stop very, very soon.  I will be spending less time online and more time creating this year.  I have to make some new and beautiful things for Spring before I burst! 

Here’s a look at some of the new beads, charms and that toggle bracelet – and just a reminder that everything in the shop is still on sale with free shipping!!!! 


SALE and FREe SHIp …

$9.50

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$18.05

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$7.60

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$32.30

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$18.05

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$7.60

SALE and FREe SHIp …

$7.60

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$18.05

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$18.05

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$33.25

SALE and FREe SHIp …

$7.60

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$18.05

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$31.35

SALE and FREe SHIp …

$18.05

SALE and FREe SHIp …

$7.50

SALE and FREe SHIp …

$32.30

CHRISTMAS PANDORA STYLE BEAD SETS !!!!!!

‘CHRISTMAS PANDORA STYLE BEAD SETS’ by CookalasHouseOfCards

A great selection of greens and reds to festivise your bracelet or necklace for the holidays!! These make awesome stocking stuffer, too! Come on over to my shop and check out the large selection of bead sets!!


Christmas pandora s…

$7.50

Christmas European …

$3.97

Christmas pandora s…

$4.97

Christmas European …

$3.97

Christmas European …

$4.97

Christmas pandora s…

$3.97

Christmas pandora s…

$4.97

Christmas European …

$3.97

Christmas pandora s…

$4.97

Christmas pandora s…

$5.00

Christmas pandora s…

$3.97

Christmas European …

$3.97

Christmas European …

$4.97

Christmas pandora s…

$3.97

Christmas European …

$5.47

Christmas European …

$4.97

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

FALL AND HALLOWEEN EARRINGS!!!!!

So for today’s shop news – more new items have been listed – lots of fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving themed earrings and pandora dangles, and a couple of Christmas themed dangles, too!

Check out these gorgeous, hand-made artisan lampwork pumpkin earrings, so pretty and the Swavorski crystal bicone dangles really catch the light and have great movement!

And how cute are these scarecrow earrings? Each scarecrow is 1″ and is hand-made, hand-painted ceramic, and the pumpkins are hand-made artisan lampwork beads – just the perfect size! For sparkle I’ve added some Swavorski crystal bicones and the ear wires are .925 sterling silver.

And what Halloween wouldn’t be complete without the Count? Vampires are a hot trend ever since the movie, “Twilight,” was released so you’ll be very trendy when you wear these to celebrate boo day!!! The Count and his Coffin are both hand-made, hand-painted ceramic beads that are complimented with Bali silver turban beads, .925 sterling silver ear wires and blood red Swavorski crystal bicones – I can almost hear him saying, “I vant to bite your neck! MMMMWWAAHAHAAHHAHAHAA!!”

There are also flying witches and black cats, hip hop ghosts, Jack Skellington’s, witches hats, skulls, haunted houses, booga-woogas, sugar skulls, candy corn – so much more!!! 

Want to see more? Here’s a link so you can browse through all the Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving items I have recently listed – if you see something you want act soon because they are going very fast and I will not be making more.

BANGLES IN THE HOUSE!!!!

Not into fiddling with clasps? Want the look of a bangle? Look no further! Here’s a new way to wear your Pandora style beads! So simple to add beads to – just screw off the ball at the end and add your beads and viola – instant bangle.

What’s really nice about this bracelet (and a feature that other bangles lack) is that it has risers placed at each 1/3 of the bracelet – this allows you to position 2 lock beads on the inside of the risers to keep 8-9 beads on the top of the bracelet so they won’t slide around. In other words, the locks keep the beads centered on the bracelet and on top of your wrist.

And, if one of the little balls should accidentally screw itself off you won’t lose any beads. The lock beads can also be used with the pandora style snake chain/clasp style and leather bracelets. If you’d like to purchase lock beads, I have several nice styles available in my shop – here’s a link.

I’ve also just listed four ready-to-wear bangles in different colors, and I plan to list four more in the colors of green, navy blue, pink and brown. Just click on the link above to see ones I haven’t posted here.

NEW FALL THEMED PANDORA STYLE JEWERY IN THE HOUSE!!

I’ve never been a big fan of the color orange, but wow, when it’s paired with browns and yellows and golds and purples it really is gorgeous! 

I have been trying to find time to make more Pandora style bead sets and bracelets for the fall season, something nice for you to wear to celebrate the harvest season and it’s holidays – Halloween and Thanksgiving! 

So far, I’ve made a few gorgeous bead sets and bracelets, and two limited edition leather bracelets that are so much prettier than the pictures!! 

If you’d like to see more of my fall themed sets, here’s a quick link.

GO TEAM!!!!!!

Announcement Time!!

I am now offering a new, themed line of Pandora style custom jewelry – called “My Design”, and it’s anything you can think of – from your favorite football team, your class colors, family trees, your wedding colors, holidays (like my new line of Halloween leather bracelets) – whatever has special meaning to you I can most likely create and symbolize it with colors and themed charms. 

This is such an exciting concept!! I get to spend some time with you creating a unique, special, one-of-a-kind bracelet or necklace or watch that you will cherish forever because it will be so personalized.  I’ve developed a system of doing this that makes it easy and such fun for me to collaborate with you, my customers, to put together a piece of gorgeous jewelry in as little as a few hours.  And it’s so much fun!!

The photos in today’s blog entry showcase some of the latest stylized bracelets I’ve created – and they are really beautiful pieces!  The Pandora style bangle at the top is a Miami Dolphin’s fan bracelet – designed for one of my awesome customers who love the Dolphins!  The central bracelet was created for another customer’s daughter, who loves turtles and the color green, and the one on the left was created for a new mother with her child’s birthstone (pearl) and meaningful charms.  I know that all of these pieces will be well cherished for a very long time. 

What’s so nice about customizing is that you can control how expensive the final piece is by picking and choosing from all of the beads in my shop (and believe me, there are A TON of them!  lol!!) The prices on these bracelets can range from as little as $8 or as much as $40 – but you control what that price will be because you are the one who is doing the choosing, and that makes this type of jewelry very, very affordable according to your personal budget. 

So come on over to Cookalas Pretty Things  on Etsy and send me an Etsy mail – and let’s get started on that special gift for either yourself (yes!!! you deserve to gift yourself now and then – you work hard for it!!!)  or for that special someone!!  And I have to say, anything like this will make a much more thoughtful and meaningful Christmas gift than some mass-produced item – and Christmas will be here before you know it!!

OOAK DESIGNER NECKLACE – SUN AND SAND

The colors of the sea and the shore inspired me to make this OOAK 21″ necklace.  It features 5 artisan 20mm lampwork lentil beads with bands of metallic blue, silver and gold foil beneath dots and waves of white on a terra-cotta colored base.

When the light shines on these beads, they really sparkle. These are gorgeous beads. They are complimented with czech glass aquamarine bicones, gold foil swirled druk beads, opal Heishi beads, and copper/gold/silver/brass foiled square beads and a high quality silver plated hammered heart clasp.  This is truly a gorgeous necklace. 

And what better way to compliment it than to wear its matching bracelet?  Made of the same beads as the necklace, this is a stunning piece! It’s hard to see it in this photo, by the toggle clasp is hammered silver plate in the shape of a heart.

It’s a great time to shop ahead for Christmas, and right now all of my hand strung designer lampwork jewelry is on sale – but hurry!!!! The sale ends July 13th at 12am.

THE END IS NEAR!!!!

So, how many of you out there are Harry Potter fans? Well, I’m a huge fan of the entire series. I’ve read every book and seen every movie – multiple times – and I still can’t get enough. So I’m a bit sad that this Wednesday will mark the end of the magical ride for all of us Potter fans. True, all good things do eventually end, but you still hate to see it happen (although I am looking forward to Voldemort finally getting his just due!!)

I’ve decided to say goodbye by throwing an owl sale, a sale dedicated to Hedwig who gave her snowy owl life defending Harry most valiantly. If I had more magical Harry related items I’d put those on sale, too. As it is, I just have the owls so the owls it will be!

So, for 1 week only, anything with an owl in it will be reduced 15% (even sale items!!!).  After you check out, I will refund your paypal account the 15% discount on the item.  Sale starts Friday, 7/15, at 12am and will end at 12am on Friday 7/22, so hurry in for best choice as choices are limited.  

 I have earrings and Pandora style charms and dangles you can hang on a chain to make a necklace with, and I’ve made a treasury for you to look at.  I have multiples in stock on the Pandora style charms and dangles, but not on the earrings. If you have a Potter or Hedwig fan in your family, it’s a great time to get a jump on Christmas or birthday shopping!!!

If you see something in the treasury that you want, just click on its picture and you’ll go directly to its listing.  Happy looking and happy shopping!!!

‘IN MEMORY OF HEDWIG SALE’ by CookalasHouseOfCards

To commorate the end of the Harry Potter series, everything in this treasury has been reduced 15% for 1 week only!! Hurry, sale starts Friday 7/15/11 and ends Friday 7/22/11 at 12am!!!


Ooak Blue and White Owl…

$12.00

REDUCED 10% Sale Pandor…

$1.58

Ooak Gray and White Owl…

$12.00

Ooak Purple and White N…

$12.00

REDUCED 10% Sale Pandor…

$1.58

Ooak Green and Yellow N…

$12.00

Ooak Red and White Owl …

$12.00

REDUCED 10% Sale Pandor…

$1.35

Ooak Pink and Blue Owl …

$12.00

REDUCED 10% Sale Pandor…

$1.58

REDUCED 10% Sale Pandor…

$1.13

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

HURRY!!!!!!!!!!! SALE ENDS 12AM ON 7/6/11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PANDORA STYLE BEAD SETS

So, you’ve already got the bracelet or necklace but now you’re looking to add more beads to it and grow your collection. Or maybe are you’re building a color coordinated bracelet that matches the colors in your different outfits? You already have the metal spacers, now all you need are a different color scheme of beads.

Bead sets are an inexpensive and very affordable way to grow your Pandora style collection. Plus, you get to choose which sets you want. Adding two sets will just about fill a bracelet if you add some spacer beads. So you can mix and match your colors depending on which sets you purchase. And right now they’re all on sale!!!! Now’s the time to shop for all those events coming up – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, thank you’s, retirements and even to get an early start on Christmas – which is only 6 months away – and you know how fast time flies these days!!!

I started offering bead sets a few months ago and they have become one of my hottest sellers. Right now, I have over 150 different sets available in all the colors of the rainbow, each set as lovely as the next. What an awesome way to spoil yourself a little after putting in a hard week’s work. They are so affordable – just think, if you can go for just one day without a Starbuck’s venti sized fancy coffee you can buy yourself a bead set, and unlike that fancy coffee the beads won’t disappear – you’ll have the enjoyment of them for a long time to come.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the sets in the photos, just click on the photos and you’ll go right to the shop listing. Dont’ see what you’re looking for here? Why not take a few moments to check out the rest of my Pandora style bead sets, here’s a link.

Happy browsing and shopping!!!

ON SALE NOW – PANDORA STYLE 925 STERLING SILVER CHARMS!!!

Are you looking for a new addtion to spice up your pandora bracelet or necklace?

Why not add one of these wonderful .925 sterling silver beads to it?

Think how nice your existing pandora bracelet or necklace would look with these beautiful charms gracing it!!

And they’re all on sale until July 7, 2011, so stock up now for future gift giving and Christmas!!! Just think, if you can go without one small Starbucks coffee, you can purchase one of these beads, and unlike the coffee the beads will give you years of enjoyment!!

Each sterling silver bead is stamped “925”.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone, so get yours now while they’re still available!

If you’d like to see more of the gorgeous 925 sterling silver beads in my shop, here’s a link, and if you’d like to purchase any of the beads shown here, just click on it’s photo and you’ll go right to it’s listing in my shop.

Happy browsing – happy shopping!!!!

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