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!!!! 


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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

…a little late.  My apologies!  I do hope you all had an awesome New Year’s though!  Been having some problems with my laptop, which is why I wasn’t able to write this sooner, and it looks likes the damn malware has done me in again. 

My laptop is working, but barely.  I am going to have to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows, all my programs and all my files and photos and music.  *sigh*  Not how I wanted to start the new year!  But before my system dies completely, I have to back up my extensive files and then it’ll take a day or two to rebuild it. 

So, before I disappear again for a few days, I just wanted to let you know the shop will remain open but I won’t be able to respond to emails for a few days.  And I am still having a sale and free shipping, so if you have a coupon now’s the time to use it to get the bling Santa didn’t bring you :-)) 

Here’s a treasury of some of the new items I just added recently, plus some items that would make wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts!  February 14th is right around the corner, as is St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and Easter (April 8th).  I’ll be making new items with those holiday themes, plus new items in spring colors.  *sigh* so much to do, so little time….

 


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Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

RAINY SATURDAY

So, I wanted to take this opportunity to say Happy Easter to everyone out there.  Here it is raining off and on, and damp and cold.  Not a very nice day for an outside Easter Egg hunt!!  But, it is still a time of love and rejoicing, a time of peace, and a renewal of hope, no matter what your faith. 

That said I also want to say thank you to all my customers for your support.  Running the shop is a lot of work, and I know I whine about that every now and then because I get tired, and it really is a ton of work, but ultimately I do enjoy running my shop and meeting new and returning customers each day. 

It makes me happy to create something of beauty, something that will bring a smile to someone’s face – and these days, we can all use a lot of that!!  It feels great to send my jewelry off to a new home.  There is a lot of satisfaction in that for me, so thank you.  Your orders are what keep me going, as well as those of you who honor me by sharing a little bit of your lives with me. 

Yesterday I started designing some new lampwork jewelry.  I haven’t strung any beads all winter and I need to get going.  I have some gorgeous beads that I can’t wait to make into necklaces, bracelets and earrings. 

Right now, to make room for new stock, I’ve just started a few new sales!  I’ve just reduced all Pandora style earrings 20%,  all hand forged jewelry 10% and all lampwork jewelry 10%.  So, if you have an RC coupon, now is the time to buy and get another 10% off !!!  Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and so are the proms and graduation, and birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, etc etc etc – now is a great time to buy and put away for the future dates!!!

Also, the US Postal System had just raised its rates on shipping packages, so you will see a small increase in my shipping rates and postage stamps will go up in June.  Also included in my shipping charges are Etsy and Paypal fees, which is why they may seem a little high.  I do this because if I add the fees into the base price then in effect I will pay fees on fees, and currently there is no provision for separating the fees into a category/charge of their own.

So, that’s it for today and again, Happy Easter everyone.  May your day be joyous, uplifting and filled with love, just as God wishes. 

OOAK Lampwork Necklace – “Purple Passion”

Just in time for Mother’s Day!!  What mom wouldn’t love to add this gorgeous designer necklace to her collection?
 
This adjustable 17″ – 21″ necklace is a vision in soft pink and pale purple and features a 1-3/4″ handmade pink lampwork heart with silver dots on its sides. The pendant features the pink heart, a plum freshwater pearl and a pink swavorski bicone bead, bali silver bead caps and flower motif slider bail.
 
The necklace also features 4 gorgeous pink and purple with a mere touch of spring green frit lampwork rondelles, pink swavorski bicone beads, satin plum czech druk rounds, fancy bali silver oval beads, bead caps and a scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.
  
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And if you’d like to make a complete set, why not purchase these matching earrings?   These fun earrings dangle 2-1/4″ and feature handmade frit lampwork beads with dots of pastel pink, purple, and a mere hint of spring green, satin purple czech druk rounds, pink swavorksi bicone beads, bali silver bead caps and daisy spacers. The ear wires are .925 sterling silver clasp backs. 

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HAND WIRED BRIOLETTE EARRINGS

 

Wouldn’t a pair of these earrings look great dangling from your ears? And they’re so versatile – they’re suitable for the office as well as a night out.  These hand-wrapped, hand-made briolette earings are really gorgeous – they really sparkle in the light! Wear these and you’re sure to get oodles of compliments.

The two gorgeous green aventurine faceted briolettes are hand wrapped with .925 sterling silver wire and hang from hand forged .925 sterling silver ear wires. They measure 1-3/4″ long.
 
Here are two gorgeous cobalt blue faceted briolettes are hand wrapped with .925 sterling silver wire and linked to .925 sterling silver laser cut out tulip findings, and hang from sterling silver ear wires. They measure 2-3/4″ long.
 

Here are two gorgeous blue opal faceted briolettes are hand wrapped with .925 sterling silver wire and hang from .925 sterling silver ear wires. They measure 1-3/4″ long.

Finally, here are  two gorgeous lavender amethyst faceted briolettes are hand wrapped with .925 sterling silver wire and hang from hand forged .925 sterling silver ear wires. They measure 2″ long.

 So, if you’d like to purchase any of these beautiful earrings, just click on its photo.  If you’d like to see more briolette earrings in the shop, here’s a link.

And don’t forget – Easter is on April 24th, and Mother’s Day is May 8th!!! And before you know it, it’ll be Prom time!!!!

 

Easter’s Almost Here!!

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Before I get into talking about Easter (April 24th) I need to say some thank you’s to my fabulous customers and promoters.  Thank you for your orders Kim M, Marie O, Kimberly B, Sonja H, Leta M, Janelle P, Amber S, Erica Z, Sarahina B, Lisa M, Stephen B, Diane T, Paula E and Brittni D.  Thank you’s also go to LunaPerro and English Rose Designs for including me in their treasuries here and here. And I just made a new Handmadeology Team treasury, featuring what else, the Easter Bunny! You can see it here.

To purchase, just click on the photo

So, before you know it Easter will be here, and what better way to celebrate Easter than to dangle these fun little earrings from your ears?  Bunnies and duckies are so indicative of this holiday!  I’ve also made a treasury of some chic items in my shop that would jazz up your Easter outfit quite nicely!  Here’s a link
 

To purchase just click on the photo

 

And how about sprucing up your Easter outfit with some new bling?  Designed and created with Easter in mind, the colors chosen specifically for this holiday…

To purchase just click on the photo

Or perhaps you’re looking for a new charm to add to your Pandora collection?

So come check out my shop – there’s much more to choose from!  Happy Shopping!!

Pandora Style Earrings

If you’d like to own these, just click on the photo!

Pandora style is THE hottest thing in jewelry right now, and I’m betting a lot of women received Pandora jewelry for Christmas this past year.  So, what better way to creat a set for your Pandora style bracelet or necklace than to purchase some Pandora style earrings?  And even if you weren’t one of the lucky ladies who received a Pandora bracelet or necklace, these earrings are so nice you can wear them any where, any time!

I thought it would be really nice to offer my customers coordinating earrings to complete the bracelets I sell. These particular earrings on the left are made of Pandora style beads, Swavorski crystal bicones, fancy Bali silver bicones and beaded end pins. The earwires are .925 sterling silver hooks. They are 2-1/2″ in length. 

If you'd like to own these, just click on the photo!

All of the Pandora style earrings are about 2-1/2″ in length, and right now there are quite a few nice sets to choose from.  All of them feature Pandora style beads and .925 sterling silver ear wires, and most are strung together with color coordinated Swavorski crystal bicones and Bali silver bicones.  There are a few that have small drops that move around at the bottom, like the ones in  the photo to the right.

These earring would make an awesome gift for mom on Mother’s Day (May 8th), or as a compliment to you Easter outfit!  They are really very pretty – so much nicer when you hold them in your hands than the pictures show.  They are so versatile they can be year round,day or night, fancy or casual dress.

To see more earrings like these go to
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If you'd like to own these, just click on the photo!

OOAK Lampwork Bracelet

Click on the photo if you'd like to own this bracelet!

 

Well, if you’re in the mood for pink gorgeousness, this bracelet sure fits the bill!!  So pretty, this one of a kind, handmade lampwork bracelet features burgundy, pink and white lampwork rondelles and round, pink and white quartz gemstone rounds, Bali silver bead caps, drum beads, daisy spacers and a scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.  I’ve added a dangle to weight the bracelet on your wrist so it sits properly.

Close up details of bracelet.

I think this would make an awesome gift for mom on Mother’s Day, May 8th and it’ll be here before you know it!  We all know how fast time passes when you’re busy working or taking care of the family, or having a girl’s night out!  The bracelet would be equally impressive if worn to compliment your Easter outfit.  But truly, this bracelet is so pretty and so versatile it can be worn any time of year and for any occasion.

Adjusts from 6-1/2 to 8-1/2″.

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OOAK “SECRET GARDEN” LAMPWORK NECKLACE

Click on the photo if you'd like to purchase this stunning handmade OOAK artisan necklace.

This 18-20″ adjustable necklace is a romantic study in pink and gray. The heart pendant is 1-1/2″ long and has a cluster of pearls and faceted acrylic beads and repeats the words “secret garden”. The handmade, artisan designer necklace is strung with dove gray freshwater rice pearls, fuscia ab coated myuki beads, berry quartz rounds, faceted pink czech glass ovals and 6 handmade lampwork rondelles – 2 white, two silvered gray and 2 that have pink cores and lighter pink swirls encased in clear glass with bumps. Complimenting the various beads are fancy Bali silver bead caps and 2 Celtic heart beads. 

Close up of focal beads

The colors are so pretty – gray and pink compliment each other very nicely.  This is a classy and stylish necklace – perfect for Spring or all year round – and it can be yours for the phenomenal price of $32.00 plus shipping.  It’s stylish enough to be worn to any occasion.  This piece would make an awesome Mother’s Day gift for mom, or for yourself – it would also be a smashing birthday gift for that special someone in your life!

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Close up of pendant

OOAK HANDMADE ARTISAN LAMPWORK BRACELET

OOAK Artisan Lampwork Bracelet LB081 - Click on the photo if you'd like to purchase this stunning bracelet!!

This counter balance dangle will help keep the bracelet centered on your wrist.

This exquisite handmade lampwork bracelet screams spring – and would make the ultimate compliment to your Easter outfit.  It’s loaded with gorgeousness and features pink/peach aurae lampwork rounds with silvered scrollwork, purple silvered lampwork sugar beads, pink quartz gemstone rounds, green apple quartz rounds and purple myuki delica seed beads.  It’s further complimented by Bali silver bead caps, daisy spacers and a scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.  The bracelet is also adjustable from 7-1/2″ to 9-1/2″, making it very easy to give as a gift for mom (Mother’s Day is  May8th – only a month away!!) or to that special person in your life.

I’ve added a dangle so the bracelet stays centered on your wrist and it features a pink quartz gemstone rondelle, amethyst swavorski bicones, apple green myuki delica seed beads, Bali silver bead caps, drum bead and end pin. I tried to capture the sparkle and richness of this piece but the pictures really do not do proper justice to this gorgeous, OOAK artisan designer bracelet.  You can own this stunning piece of jewelry for just $30.00 plus shipping, and don’t forget Mother’s Day!! I don’t think there’s a mom out there who wouldn’t absolutely love to get this as a gift on Mother’s Day!!!

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A close up of the focal artisan lampwork beads. You can see the silvery aurae surface. These are really gorgeous handmade beads!

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