Monday, October 24, 2011

Vintage Tea Collection/Giveaway from Jennifer Rizzo

Please visit her website for an amazing giveaway. Her Tea Towels and In Flight pillows are darling. Her design sense is beautiful and I am glad I stumbled onto her blog.

She is giving away $400 worth of merchandise from her store plus an extra $100 gift certificate for jewelry.

The Winter Nesting Giveaway includes a vintage picnic basket filled to the brim with goodies. The winner will receive:

1- in flight pillow cover

1-white linen La Parisien pillow cover

3-number towels

3-french inspired tea towels

3-tea time tea towels

1-set of vintage inspired cloth napkins

1-hat and fingerless glove set

1-set (4) of tea plates

1-set(2) of vintage ironstone mugs

1-vintage book

organic tea

lavender sugar

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Duplicating Your Designs?

Do you? As an "artist" do you duplicate your own designs? If you make something you really love, but don't keep it, are you tempted to replicate the design? Small tweaks but essentially the same or do you completely change it up? Or are you ok with replicating your designs even if that means they are no longer "one of a kind"?

This is my dilemma. I gave my mom a necklace that I took with me to Washington because she really loved it. I really loved how nice and chunky it was. It was comfortable to wear and provided an interesting focal for plain t-shirts. I am contemplating redoing one for myself...any opinions?


It's amazing to me that time gets away from us so fast anymore. Here is what we have been up to for the last few months:

  • We started to look for a house to buy. Viewed probably 50-60, offers in on 10, no dice. Financing is in place, pre-approved, but with all the short-sales and bank owned houses in the areas we are look at, it's usually 2-3 people bidding on the same house. We keep missing the deals by 1 hour, 1 day, we are 2nd or 3rd highest (because you are told to bid your best price offer and it's a gamble as to what the other people are bidding).

  • The buying not working out, we have started to look to rent again. We are doing excessive traveling to stay where we are at, plus it is about 2-3x's cheaper if we move. We may have just found a place and they may want to sell in a year, so this may be the deal we are looking for. We are waiting for the application to be approved as we speak.

  • Our current lease is up at the end of this month, so I've been packing up the house. I have too much stuff! I've spent 2 full days in my "craft studio" and I'm still most likely another day or so to finish packing in there. This does NOT include my bead supplies. Those have spilled over into our bedroom office nook.

  • I quit working full time and I now work 2 10-hour days in the office and 1 10-hour day at home. This way I can keep my benefits.

  • I have dedicated 20 hours a week to my already busy life to charity work and helping teach people about the bible. My husband has been able to work his schedule to do this for the last 2.5 years and this has been a wonderful experience for him. I finally have the circumstances to be able to join him!

  • We just got back from visiting my family back in Washington State. It was my parents 41st Anniversary, my Aunt and Uncle's 9th Anniversary, and my brother and sis-in-law's 11th Anniversary!

  • We celebrated my husband's parents 40th Anniversary with them (they live here in AZ near us).

  • Some dear friends of ours are moving to Florida for health reasons. Their kids are like our own, in fact their little girl calls us "half-mom" and "half-dad". We are going to miss them sorely.

I'm sure there is more, but these are the highlights. I might be missing in action for a bit longer as I finish packing/moving/unpacking/settling in. This always takes time! I seriously hate moving.

I thought I would share some of the fun stuff that I aquired in Washington. My dear husband toted me to Shipwreck Beads (my first time) and to Fusion Beads (my second time). He didn't even squak (much) about how much I overspent;). I found some pretty beads that I haven't found in AZ or they were priced very good. I also found some Humblebeads spacers, urchin pendants, and dandilion pendant, Diane Hawkey ceramic locks! Very fun stuff, I can't wait to create, but I think I will have to wait until after the move.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cocktail Ring

Just wanted to share really quick this fun ring I made last night. C-Koop enamelled flowers with a beautiful lampworked bead by Lara Lutrick.

Pardon the old lady hands, I just turned 37! When I realized not too long ago that technically I could be a grandma by now, I want to sit down and knit. I still feel 20ish inside, I wonder if that ever goes away? When I am 75, will I still feel like I'm in my 20's in my head?

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Mother Lode!

Sorry I've been non-existent on my blog, but don't take that to mean that nothing is happening and I don't have anything to share. Quite the opposite, we have been so busy that I just haven't been able to work in a post.

So today I will share with you two awesome surprises that have happened over the last two weekends.

The first one was a friend of mine was unloading her "scrapbook supplies". I thought she was just bringing my some excess paper...Never realizing that she was bringing over what amounted to a small store that ended up in my entry way. I went through and gleaned what I could you, added some items that I no longer wanted from my own small-medium "store". There are now 6 large paper boxes in the entry to let my other friends shop for items they can use.

And as if that wasn't wonderful enough, I just received a "care package" from my mom and dad. So what do you think it was?

Well, here is the background of how it came about. My dad had a hip replacement this last winter and was bored. Bored and can't move too much I might add. So what does a person in this predicament do to amuse themselves? You can only watch so much TV before your brain is mush! He already knew about the wonderful world of E-Bay, however he only previously bought "man stuff". He didn't need anything else, so he thought he would buy a few beads for my mom. She likes all things crystal. So he bids on a few items, get hundreds of bi-cones for about $0.75, so he thinks that this is pretty fun. Now mind you, he is under heavy pain medication at this point. He finally understands the term "RETAIL THERAPY".

He is blinded with E-Bay madness and starts to tell me each day the items he bids on and wins. To his credit, his frugalness kicks in and he will only bid on items with free shipping and no more than a few dollars for the lot, so everything he bought was well under wholesale prices. He starts to ask me what kind of beads I like, since he is bored with crystals by this point. I have a penchant for gemstones and larger bead sizes, so I give him a few names and colors to look for.

Well after getting in most of his haul (I think he has a few items still in the mail), he sent me home a package. Now mind you this is about 1/4 of what he bought. My aunt got a 1/4, and my mom 1/2. So you can only imagine just how many beads he bought. By the way, those strands are the 14 inch strands, just so you can get a perspective.

And he's my DADDY, and no I don't want to share!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Look

So I changed up the look on my blog. I was feeling in need to spruce up a little and wanted something more summery. Why the bees you ask? Well the guys at work call me the Queen B...I prefer to think of it as "busy as a bee", however I'm not 100% positive (more like 5%). So to go with the flow and show them I can take a joke, I have a little door hanger at work that says "Queen Bee" and my hard hat has a crown painted on it, with the saying "Who's a princess?". Construction isn't exactly conducive to dressing up and looking cute, but I try my hardest:). I have been known to visit a job site to look at the ditches being dug in my work boots, hard hat, safety vest, and skirt before. Ditch digging isn't pretty, but who am I to sneeze at what pays the bills and is steady work! I'm just thankful that for the most part I get to work inside when it's 120 degrees outside.

Rainbow Love

Rainbow Love

Sorry I haven't posted lately. My aunt's 6 week stay is coming to an end next week, (didn't she just get here?) and we have been so busy creating jewelry that we haven't stopped to take any pictures. So in the meantime, I'm craving a new pretty purse. I was just compiling away and then I noticed I spotted a theme...buckles, flaps, straps, pockets. least I'm consistant and know what I like (or is that called a rut?). Have a great day and I hope to post some pictures soon.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Summer Bling

Summer Bling

Summer Bling by nayamcd featuring flower jewelry

Turquoise jewelry
$40 -

Flower jewelry
$14 -

Mood jewelry
6.40 GBP -

H M ring

All Saints chain jewelry
$60 -

Bangle bracelet
$1,950 -

Irene Neuwirth diamond jewelry
$6,310 -

Crystal flower ring
$50 -

Samantha Wills earring
12,600 JPY -

Yes please, one of each...

So I just found out about Polyvore, I know I'm sadly in the dark ages. Here is my first collection, just in time for summer to start soon. What you're still in a deep freeze? I'm sorry, but it's starting to get warm here in the Valley of the Sun.

I'm thinking little white dresses, sandals, sun-kissed skin, and umbrella drinks by a azure pool. What kind of jewelry do you like to wear in summer?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Part 2

See the previous Soup Post for all the links to hop. But since I was having a problem with Blogger today (I already had to redo my post from this morning), I decided to post the close-ups separately, as everytime I uploaded a photo, it would create havoc with my spacing and formatting. My post this morning was a milling miles long with all of the extra spaces it put into it.
I hope you enjoy what I made! I had a lot of fun working with the two beautiful pendants that my partner, Dana James, sent to me. One of them is reversible, and both pictures are very different in color tones, one bright and the other dreamy. So it was a challenge to make something that would compliment both sides. I decided to put it on a chain by itself and then to create another shorter necklace in the blue and green tones that seemed to be in both of them. I really like how it turned out and how different it looks depending on which side of the focal is out. She also sent me this pretty floral clasp. And I, of course, had to make matching earrings. I'm very big on always having things as a "set". I know some people are good at mixing and matching different things together, which I admire, but I also like the option of not having to think too hard early in the morning by figuring out it those earrings go with this necklace.
Here is a close-up of the focal pendant, both sides:

She also sent me another beautiful, handmade pendant. I used some of the new gemstones that I picked up at Tucson a few weeks ago. I really like how this one turned out too. Chunky, but not overly large or bulky.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Hop

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

Here's what I made!

Come see what the rest of us made!

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3. Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22. Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25. Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47. Amanda Davie, Articulations
48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks

52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads
80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs (my Soup partner)
85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead
93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs
98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations
103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky

107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading
110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
118. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129. Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158. Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
175. Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine Credit River Art Glass
176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos (you are here)
190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it! Thank you Lori for organizing a great party. If you are wanting to participate for the next one, please visit her site:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Do you know those people who every time they call the radio station they win, or if they enter a raffle their number is picked, or they enter a drawing on a blog and they are the "random number"? I know several. I envy them. I am so NOT one of those people.


But guess what?

I actually won something!

I was just catching up on some of the blogs I read and I went to Cindy Wimmer's to see what the outcome of her book giveaway was. To my SURPRISE it me! I don't' ever remember winning anything before. I'm especially excited because I almost purchased this book yesterday down in Tucson at the To Bead True Blue show.

Why didn't I you ask? Did I have a premonition?
Did I remember that I had entered her giveaway?
Didn't even cross my mind.

I really didn't want to have a guilty conscious. I had already gone over my very generous budget (thank you honey) and I didn't really want to explain to my husband why I needed ANOTHER book, being as I probably have hundreds (not just on jewelry). What can I say, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE books. I've been obsessed since I could read.

Look what is coming my way soon:

Thank you again Cindy!

I will post my loot that I bought yesterday soon. All I can say is I met Barbara Lewis of Painting With Fire fame, and I am now the possessor of a torch and all the goodies to learn torch-fired enameling.