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Upcycled Silk Ribbon Yarn Jewelry

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 | 5 comments

Nicole from Darn Good Yarn just sent me some of her new and very awesome upcycled, reclaimed silk sari ribbon cards.  Her packaging has been reimagined and now comes in 5  yard sections that are perfect for jewelry designers and crafters who don’t require a full skein and want a  more consistent and wider range of color for their designs.


For those of you that don’t know Darn Good  Yarn, Nicole works with factories overseas and upcycles silk scrap from garment factories in India and Nepal that would otherwise be thrown away.  She gives women a means to make a living for their families by salvaging and dying the silk remnants and making them into beautiful yarns and ribbons to be used in any project you can imagine.


I have to give Nicole a public congratulations.  She is sort of famous now!  She recently won the grand prize in the Fed Ex Small Business Grant Contest.  No small feat.  There were tons of  applicants –  awesome accomplishment Nicole!


Just look at some of these delicious colors –  They are so perfect for spring and summer.


Upcycled Silk Ribbon for Jewelry DGY

These  ribbons make cool wrap bracelets!  You can tie just a little bit of silk to an earring for a interesting design accent.  They can be combined with chain, leather, wire wrapped  beads or you can just simply add a great focal and some beautiful beads for a necklace to create an easy pop of color.


Upcycled silk ribbon yarn necklaces

I can just picture these necklaces dressing up a simple t-shirt and jeans!

Go check out DGY and tell Nicole congratulations.  She’d like that!

That’s all for now.   My house is grand central station this week.  Tons of kids in and out for Spring Break.   Have a wonderful Easter!


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Mini Video Workshop: Leather Infinity Links

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 | 11 comments

Add A Little Rustic Chic To Your Jewelry Designs!


After many comments, personal emails and Pinterest pings about these beaded leather Infinity links, I have finally poured my heart out and created a mini video workshop to help you unleash a little leather link creativity.  Thanks to everyone who cheered me on with this little project and for your patience when I said – “it is coming soon”…




Mini Video Workshop

 Here is What You Will Receive:

  • I show you step-by-step in an over the shoulder view how to create these awesome leather links.  There are endless possibilities to incorporate a little rustic chic into your necklace, earring and bracelet designs.
  •  You will learn some simple tricks I use to create these quickly and easily and finish them so they look professional.
  •  You will be given access to a private password protected page with full and unlimited access to the video, supply lists & resources.
  •  Access to the leather links Pinterest board where you can showcase your designs.
  • A video photo gallery at the end of the lesson that shows some  beautiful ways you can add designer touches to these links to kick start your creativity!  It’s set to some cool music.  : )
  • Ability to ask me questions you may have about making these little pretties.
  • Approximately 17 minutes in length.
  • I will provide you with my list of favorite vendors I use online to purchase the materials you need to get started making these cool leather infinity links.


Click the Buy Now button below to purchase through PayPal and you will be on your way to making your own leather link creations to add a new look to your jewelry designs!

Important information:
The log-in information is sent to the EMAIL ADDRESS that Paypal has on file for you when you order.  Once you log-in you will have instant and unlimited access.  Please make sure the email address is correct in PayPal.  If you run into issues, you can email me here.

Video Workshop ButtonCreativity is contagious – Pass it on!

Albert Einstein.


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A Little Competition! Nina Designs Earring Contest

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 | 16 comments

Happy March Everyone!


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Nina Designs asked four of their blogging design partners to participate in a little Design-Off, so-to-speak, using some of Nina’s beautiful sterling silver jewelry making components.   Each of us were sent the same exact package of goodies and our charge was to make a pair of earrings using at least three of the pieces they sent us.  I snapped a photo of the components after I had already made two pairs of earrings so here are some of the pieces I didn’t use.  I will soon!


Nina Designs silver components


I sat and looked at my choices for quite awhile not quite knowing what direction I was headed.  I felt I had to add a little leather to my design because that’s one of my favorite things to add to my jewelry and I always like to mix metals if possible to add warmth and contrast.  Those were my only thoughts when I started.  My challenge was figuring out how to add leather to this pair of earrings and keep them wearable, not too big and not let the leather overwhelm the pretty sterling pieces.  I printed the Pantone Spring 2013 color palette and then I was off in my jewelry making ZoNE!  Here is what I created.


Sterling Leather Nina Design Earrings

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Vote- Silver Leather Earrings

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I made sure to carry the silver ball theme from the fun circle wheels throughout the earrings so I grabbed my torch, took my fine silver wire and created some large balled head pins for the gemstones.  Wrapping the brass wire around the cord ends, from my collection, helped to give the earrings an artisan feel and  I finished the earrings with some sterling french wires with a ball that I already had from Nina Designs to give it a subtle but cohesive look.  I have to say I’m pretty thrilled with these and they are totally wearable in real life!


Update:  Congratulations to Andrew Thornton.  


You have to go there to see what the other designers have made.  Choose your favorite design and then vote for my earrings.  Did you catch that?  I mean vote for your favorite design.  Really.  My fellow challengers include: Lori AndersonCarmi Cimicata  & Andrew Thornton.  Talent overload!  The winner receives $100 Nina Designs credit.


The voting runs today, through March 11, 2013.   Thanks for your support!
















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Pantone Spring 2013 Bead Play

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 | 5 comments

Hi my creative friends!  I was working on getting some inspiration for some jewelry I have to make quickly and my mind is a little cluttered these days so it’s been hard to concentrate on making jewelry and feeling creative.

For a little help, I downloaded the Pantone Spring Color Report and then went digging through my bead boxes and poured some beads on the paper.  Now I’m feeling a little more focused and my bead play was kind of pretty so I thought I would take a picture for you!




Pantone Bead Play Spring 2013




You can enter your name and information on the Pantone site to receive alerts when the new season color forecast is available and you can download your own full color report with interesting information and pictures about how the big fashion designers get inspiration from the Pantone reports.  Whether you are making jewelry, items for your home or wanting to update your wardrobe with a few fun accessories for the new season, you will be right on trend if you follow this report!

Hope you are all doing well!


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Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge: Reveal

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 | 33 comments

It’s time to reveal the work of over 50 jewelry designers that joined my Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge.  I issued this challenge one month ago.  It required a little thinking and soul searching on the part of the designers in addition to jewelry making.  You can click here for the inspiration and details about this challenge if you are new or missed the original post.


I have to tell you,  for the girl that created this challenge, for the one that felt it would be easy to come up with a word or phrase – it turned out to be harder than I anticipated.  There are so many specific things I want to work on this year and when I wrote about this challenge, I did not have a clue what words I would use!  I discovered how many words and phrases resonate with me and then I was reminded of how indecisive I can be at times when it comes to making a committment!  In the end, I’m happy where I landed.  Instead of being specific, my words represent more of a theme for the way I want to live my life and the way I want to make decisions to improve my overall well being.


Love, Live On Purpose



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I want to appreciate (love) myself more and make a point to show more love and appreciation to those that are important to me.  Sending out more love is a great way to receive and feel more love – and hey – it’s February!

Live on Purpose

Living on purpose means that I want to fill my time with things that are most important to me.  I want to really take the time to plan things that propel me forward with my goals and then follow through and get them done.   I want to take action to finish projects that are almost done and stop letting little excuses get in my way.  I want to have less days where I’m busy all day – but I never quite feel like I accomplished what I wanted to.  Can anyone relate?  I don’t think I’m done with word jewelry.  After doing this exercise, I definitely think I am going to be making more expressive jewelry.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s words and the jewelry they created.  Thanks to everyone who put themselves out there and I hope this gives you some ideas and motivation for positive change this year!

Even if you did not participate in this challenge, take a few minutes to click on the links below to see what everyone is working on.  If you want to share some love, leave a supportive comment!

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