BACK IN ACTION!!

So, ok!   The laptop has been rebuilt and I am back up and running, yay!  There are still some tweaks I have to make, but generally it’s 90% done.  It’s so nice to have a quick, well-disciplined laptop again.   But enough of that, today I want to promote some of my gorgeous, handmade lampwork jewelry because it’s 1 month until Valentine’s Day.

We’ll start with this pinkilicious lampwork heart necklace.  It adjusts from 18-20″ and the heart pendant is 1-1/2″ long.  The heart is artisan made and has exquisite detail.  The necklace part is composed of handmade white silvered lampwork rondelles and air bubbled glass encased rondelles, pink quartz gemstone rounds, river stone rounds, tiny ivory lampwork rondelles, bali silver bead caps, pendant slider bail and scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.  This is a really, really pretty necklace and the photo does not do it proper justice!

Next we have this rich, classy study in pale yellow and black.  This adjustable 15″ to 19-1/4″ OOAK designer lampwork necklace features a large, puffy handmade lampwork heart pendant that is 1-1/2″ long. The heart measures just over 1″ and its base color is black with pale yellow, brown and a hint of dove gray in the raku design. The necklace also has two 8mm bronzite rounds, two black with gray dotted rectangle beads, two pale citron yellow faceted czech beads,  black onyx rounds, fancy bali silver bumpy beads, bali silver round Celtic motif beads, fancy bali silver bead caps, bali silver bicones, bali silver serrated rings for the adjustable links and a fancy bali silver heart-shaped lobster claw clasp.   There is also a 1″ dangle at the end of the 8mm links that is made of a small 15mm black lampwork heart, a fancy bali silver end pin, a citron yellow faceted czech bead and fancy bali silver bead caps.

Last but not in the least is this ultra feminine, one of a kind designer handmade lampwork necklace featuring a pink, black and white with pink roses heart pendant, lampwork flower rounds and pink base bumpy ovals, black and pink foiled myuki delica seed beads, white quartz rounds, crystal crackle glass rounds, pink and black swavorski crystal bicones, bali silver bead caps, daisy spacers and a scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.  The necklace adjusts from 17″ to 19-1/4″ and the heart pendant is 2″ long.

If you’d like to see more of my handmade heart necklaces, here’s a quick link to them.  And don’t forget, I am still offering free shipping and everything is on sale.  Enjoy browsing, and happy shopping!!

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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TIME TO SHOP FOR LOVER’S DAY!!

So, it’s right around the corner – Valentine’s Day.  Now’s the time to shop so you get your order in time for the day of romance.  What to get, what to get…….  Looking for something special for someone special?  Take a look at these gorgeous, handmade artisan lampwork necklaces and pandora style jewelry- anyone who gets one of these will be more than thrilled!

‘ALL HEARTS DAY – FEB 14TH’ by CookalasHouseOfCards

Been hankering for a pretty piece of valentine’s day jewelry?


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Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

‘LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!!!’ by CookalasHouseOfCards

Snowmen have invaded my shop!!! Check out my Christmas themed Snowmen pandora/european stye beads, bracelets and watches!! Perfect for holiday giving at affordable prices!

 


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HALLOWEEN SALE ENDING FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gosh, how the days have been flying!  I have to apologize for not writing sooner!  That said, I also have to apologize to my customers and fellow Etsians for not thanking them promptly!!!  The good news is that I have finally, FINALLY!! finished editing all those deactivated listings.  *sigh* what an enormous, annoying, irritating thing.  Well, at least it’s done.  Now I can move forward again with getting ready for Christmas!

So I see a lot of you favoriting my handmade lampwork Halloween earrings!!! But time to hurry – Halloween is only 2 weeks away and shipping takes 2-5 business days AND more importantly!! My Halloween Sales Event will end tomorrow at midnight – so hurry hurry over to take advantage of the 20% off mark down!!!! Here’s a quick LINK.

I need to say thanks to my awesome customers, and even more so to those of you who keep coming back to shop with me again and again.  I can’t begin to tell you how much that means to me – and it’s one of the things that has helped to keep me going through this whole nightmare – so thank you!!!!  I am sending you all a big cyber hug!!  And thank you to all my fellow Etsians who keep honoring me by including me in their treasuries!!  Thank you all so very much – I am humbled by you all. 

This is a list of all the recent treasuries I’ve been included in – with links to the treasuries themselves.  So please, get yourself a cup of mojo and sit down and check out these awesome collections of Etsy offerings – I think treasuries are the best way to brainstorm gifting ideas, hands down!!  I have been remiss in getting over to all the treasuries and commenting and sending thank you convos due to a lack of time, but I will get there eventually!  and Nadin,  a very special thanks to you for including me in 4 of yours!! holy cow!! and another special thank you to Dena from SMArtsbyDena for including me in 2 of hers. Wow!!!!

 Nadin,
Nadin again, Nadin again, Nadin yet again!!, theblueeggevents, misticdesigns, cphtgirl, MysticRealmsArtist, corkycrafts, rewildingceramics, snugglywugglyblanket, anandabijoux, SMArtsbyDena, giftagaingiftbags, cutthefish, SMArtsbyDena again.

SALE!!!!!!

It’s been awhile since I threw a sale, and I have some Halloween and fall items still available in limited quantities – so I’ve decided to throw a 10% Off  Halloween/Fall Sale!!  Included are all almost all of my handmade Halloween lampwork earrings, European style beads and bracelets, and all other items with fall colors or themes for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Here’s a LINK to see all 145 items (as of this moment) at a glance, and Etsy on Sale has a wonderful new feature that allows you to see the original price mark down.  So, if you’re looking for something new for the fall or Halloween, now’s the time as this sale will end 10/14/11, so hurry while there’s still good pickins!!! :-))  (and for those of you with coupons, need I say more?!)

Ok, next order of business are the thank you’s!!! to all my wonderful and faithful customers – there are so many of you now, and  God bless you all!!  And thank you to  shopthinkingofU and rstevo9 and AshnicDesign and purelysimpledesigns and punkytutus and brightrosecreations and supersupplies4u and stippofalltrades doodleprincess and retrovintiques and literaryberry and terrymillsphoto and pasin and earlums for including my items in your wonderful treasuries – which I really appreciate!  So thank you all!

Lastly, am down to just 200 items now left to edit and reactivate.  Some of the bracelets will require new or retouched photos as I can no longer display anything with a PANDORA logo on it.  SO, even though the photos will show a plain clasp chances are good that they will be stamped until I deplete my stock of snake chains and leather bracelets.  I will be restocking plain clasps from now on so if you want a bracelet with a logo on it now’s the time to get one.

FALL-THEMED HANDMADE ARTISAN LAMPWORK JEWELRY SET- AUTUMN ROSE

This 16-19″ adjustable necklace is rich with the reds and browns of fall, but it can be worn year round.

It has a 2″ focal dangle at its center that is made of a fancy Bali gold plated end pin, a 12mm diameter lampwork flower, 6mm translucent glass rounds and 4mm Bali gold plated barrel spacer beads. Centered around that four ½” diameter lampwork flower beads that have garnet bases sorrounded by clear glass with a hint of deep green that encases red/orange and white flowers. Between them are four root beer colored 11mm wavy lampwork discs, Bali gold plated filigree bead caps, flower motif bead caps and 4mm gold plated barrel beads, 6mm bronzite gemstone beads and a Bali gold plated hook and eye clasp.

The companion bracelet is adjustable 7″ to 8-/14″ and has a 1″ lampwork flower as its focal bead. On each side of it are ½” diameter dark brown lampwork rondelles, 6mm Bali gold plated reticulated beads, 6mm red carnelian gemstone beads, fancy Bali gold plated bead caps, 4mm Bali gold plated bicone beads and a lobster claw clasp. There is a 1-1/2″ dangle at the clasp to weight the bracelet so it stays properly positioned on your wrist that is made of a ½” diameter clear ruby red lampwork rondelle, a 13mm Bali gold plated fancy bead, Bali gold plated bead caps and end pin, and a 6mm bronzite gemstone bead.

Last but no way in the least, the vibrant companion earrings measure 1-3/4″in length and have ½” diameter red flower lampwork beads, 6mm red carneilan gemstone beads, 6mm dark brown glass beads and Bali fancy gold plated end pins. The ear wires are high quality gold vermeil.

All together, these three gorgeous pieces make an awesome set – classy, rich and guaranteed to get noticed.

Want to see more like this? click below
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CookalasHouseOfCards?section_id=6116386SHOP

FALL THEMED HANDMADE LAMPWORK NECKLACES!!!

Ok, well, I blogged yesterday about my fall themed artisan lampwork bracelets so I thought the necklaces would be a great follow-up!!  Here we go!

This amazing 22″ necklace shouts fall with its autumn colors and leaves!  It is also the match to bracelet LB065 which I blogged about yesterday.  A truly gorgeous piece – even prettier when seen with your own eyes.  It features 5 handmade artisan lampwork beads and 4 artisan handmade yellow leaves.  It’s rich and vibrant, and you’re sure to get tons of compliments when you wear it!!

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Next up is this stunning creation in red, amber and gold.  Make a statement this fall by wearing this 20-1/2″ lampwork necklace created with 5 stunning artisan handmade lampwork bumpy rondelles beads seperated with Mykonos golden discs.  So pretty!!!  So classy!!!

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Last but not least, check out this beauty!  It measures 19-1/2″ but is adjustable to 16″.  It’s a little unusual for the fall because it’s main colors are blue, copper and biege.  But even so, this is one stunning necklace!

The focal pendant drop measures 2-1/2″ and is made of a large, 1-1/4″ handmade lampwork tube, 8mm aqua blue Czech cathedral glass bead, copper bead caps and a copper rose bail. The tube bead has a cream base and swirls of metallic blues, browns and silvering. The necklace has two 3/4″ lampwork lentils in the same pattens and colors, four 13mm Bali style copper bicone beads, copper bead caps and more 8mm aqua blue Czech cathedral glass beads.  The overall effect is classy and understated, and will go well with many colors.

If you’d like to purchase any of these ooak designer lampwork necklaces, just click on it’s photo, and if you’d like to see more of my fall themed lampwork jewelry here’s a link

Happy browsing, and happy shopping!!!

OOAK HAND-MADE ARTISAN LAMPWORK NECKLACE – SUMMER BLUES

This 17″ necklace is a gorgeous study in powder blue and ivory, and it reminds me of the ocean and the summer and blue skies.

It features 9 artisan hand made lampwork beads – 6 are solid powder blue rondelles, and the 3 focals have an ivory base and the same shade of powder blue twisted ribbons around their circumference.

Keeping that color scheme, I’ve added ivory riverstone gemstone beads and pale blue aventurine gemstone beads. For sparkle I’ve added clear rhinestone spacers htroughout the entire necklace, plus silver plated filigree spacer beads, Bali silver bead caps and a large hook and eye clasp.

This is a really beautiful necklace – so much nicer when you see it with your own eyes because the photos really don’t capture all the wonderful nuances and the way your eyes are drawn around the necklace. Wear this and you will get compliments galore!

Want to see more like this? click below
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CookalasHouseOfCards?section_id=6116386

OOAK DESIGNER LAPIS LAZULI NECKLACE AND EARRINGS SET

OOAK Genuine Lapis Lazuli Necklace and Earrings Set GSN001From CookalasHouseOfCards

This absolutely gorgeous 19-1/2 inch OOAK necklace features a 1x 3/4 inch high grade lapis rectangle focal bead, 6mm and 4mm round lapis beads, 15mm mother of pearl donuts, Tibetan silver end caps, cones, beads and toggle clasp. Wear this and all your friends and colleagues will go oooh and ahhhh, and this piece is definitely versatile enough to compliment a navy suit at work or wear to a formal occasion. The 2 inch long earrings that come with the necklace echo the design elements of the necklace.

If you’re interersted in purchasing this gorgeous OOAK set, just click on any of the photos and you’ll automatically go to the listing in my shop. And, by the way – FREE SHIPPING ON THIS SET!!!!!

A few facts about Lapis…

Lapis lazuli (pronounced /LAP-iss LAZ-yu-lye/lee/ (sometimes abbreviated to lapis) is a relatively rare, semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense blue color.

Lapis lazuli has been mined in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan for over 6,000 years, and trade in the stone is ancient enough for lapis jewelry to have been found at Predynastic Egyptian sites, and lapis beads at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania.

In ancient Egypt lapis lazuli was a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs; it was also used by the Assyrians and Babylonians for seals. Lapis jewelry has been found at excavations of the Predynastic Egyptian site Naqada (3300–3100 BC), and powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra.

New Age lore says Lapis energizes the throat chakra, augments strength, vitality, virility, mental clarity, illumination, enhances psychic abilities and communication with higher self and spirit guides and creative expression. It has also been used as a protective stone, sheltering the wearer/carrier from physical danger and psychic attacks. Lapis Lazuli is a stone of total awareness, helping to expand awareness and intellectual capacity, and allowing for conscious attunement to the intuitive and psychic aspects of ones nature. The stone of Royalty.

Genuine Lapis Lazuli Pandora style beads are also available in my shop! Just click on the photo to see the listing.

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