Friday, August 1, 2014

Birthday Equals Gift!

This month's inspired jewellery is a sterling silver necklace with brass flowers, designed and handmade by me. I will soon be celebrating a milestone birthday and I created this necklace to give away. 

I will be making a draw at the end of September. check out my website here to find so how you can enter to win.

Inspired Jewellery: Mom

This sterling pendant is a special gift to mark a special day for a special lady. Happy Birthday, Mom! Love you!

Inspired Jewellery: Jennifer

This bracelet features special pink lampwork beads I made myself. There are swirls and also silver mesh inside. The bracelet was one of my Pink Hope bracelets made in support of Breast Cancer awareness. Jennifer loved the bracelet but need some adjustments made due to her own health conditions. So I remade the bracelet just for her.

Jennifer has her own business. She creates beautiful little tutus and headpieces for babies and little ones, and always has a smile on her face in spite of some physical challenges. She is an inspiration!

Check out her creations at

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Inspired Jewellery: Marie

Inspired by Marie

This week's inspired jewellery is a brass wire pendant for a very dear friend. It is small in size to suit her conservative, professional style, but full of symbolism. The gold colour and intertwined wire represent our precious friendship and the rose design represents the beautiful flower she is.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Beads!!

 This month I've had a chance to get back on the torch and create some new beads! Thanks to Diane and Melissa for making it possible. It was fun!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Mish Mash: Tumbler, Seeds, and a New Bracelet

I am sooo happy! My dad fixed my tumbler. It has been getting worse and hardly turning at all. Now it is working great! I really didn't want to have to buy a new one. Now, I'm back to having shiny jewellery! 

My seeds arrived today! I am so looking forward to having a garden this year! I bought Heritage seeds so no GMO's.

Of course I had to test my tumbler to see how well it worked!

Here is a bangle I've been working on the last 2 days. I had to switch the bead but I found one I intended to use for a bracelet so it worked out well!

Inspired Jewellery: Kym

Inspired by Kym

This copper turquoise necklace with amber accents was designed for a very good friend of mine. The materials and colours were inspired by Mexico and were chosen to compliment her red hair and beautiful tan. 

Put It Together: Pink & Black

Tuesday's colour combo Pink & Black was the inspiration for this fashion ensemble.

Pink Black Dress and Black Shrug - Calvin Klein
Shoes - Zara
Baby Pink Florentine Satchel - Dooney & Bourke
Earrings - Prairie Sky Creations available on Etsy

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Colour Combo: Pink and Black

This week's colour combo is Pink and and a little bit sassy. Here is one of my handmade lampwork beads for a visual.

Let me know your thoughts on this colour combo.

What isYOUR favourite colour combo?

Add your comments below or on Facebook. Have a great Tuesday!

Re-Igniting Your Creative Spark

Over the past year I've had many brainstorming sessions with many people on many topics. I love getting together with creative people and bouncing ideas off one another. I've seen many new projects come to light this way.

At times these brainstorming sessions also help get me out of that rut or funk where no ideas seem to be coming. In order for brainstorming to be successful,though, you have to be ready to take "The Leap".

The "Leap" is letting yourself follow your dream. A good way to start, is to think about this question: 

"What is one thing I would do if I knew for a fact that I would not fail?" Let yourself dream. What would you really like to do (deep down inside)? Don't listen to those negative thoughts telling you you can't do it. 

I used to listen to those thoughts until one day I woke up and asked myself, "Why CAN'T I do it?" Then I realized there was no reason why I couldn't do it and the only thing that was stopping me was me BELIEVING I couldn't do it. Believing those negative thoughts was stopping me from stepping out and trying.

Have I done that thing I really wanted to do? Not yet, but it is definitely in my plan and I am working towards it.

So what is on my list for ways to "Re-ignite Your Creative Spark"?

#1 - Figure out what your dream is
#2 - Let yourself dream
#3 - Don't listen to the negative thoughts of "you'll never be able to do that"
#4 - Spend time with some creative people
#5 - Take a break and treat yourself
#6 - Book yourself some "Do Not Disturb" time and relax and just let yourself think
#7 - Go out and try something new

What are some things YOU do to re-ignite your creative spark? 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Highlights From Saturday in Saskatoon

Alison Norlen - Edifice

First of all:  Beautiful Weather!!!

Mendel Art Gallery - Trace Nelson: Walls of Intrigue & Cabinets of Curiosity is like Sock Monkey World. What a lot of creations! Really enjoyed Ed Pien's Invisible, Sandy Plotnikoff's Foil on Paper and Alison Norlen's Edifice as well!

Trace Nelson: Walls of Intrigue & Cabinets of Curiosity

Prairie Lily Knitting for some patterns and to "Oooo" and "Aaaah"!

Scott's Parable for some special items

Shopping for a pair of sunglasses

Last but not least, a visit with a cousin and new baby at the hospital.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Mish Mash: Salon Show and Saskatoon Bound

Today I am getting some items ready to participate in the Annual Salon Show & Sale at the Art Gallery of Regina from March 12 to April 5.

Tomorrow, I am headed for Saskatoon with Laura Steadman of EllJay Design. Weather is supposed to be good. If all goes well, we will have an announcement to make next week!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Inspired Jewellery: Beverly

Inspired by Beverly

This wedding set is delicate, yet elegant with freshwater pearls, salmon and peach-coloured Swarovski crystals, frosted flower caps, and Vermeil clasp and earwires.

The necklace and earrings were designed for a very good friend, to reflect her personality, match her bouquet and also incorporate her special requirements regarding metal.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Put It Together: Rose Quartz & Pale Lavender

Yesterday's colour combo Rose Quartz and Pale Lavender earrings look great with this cute outfit from the Stylish Eve 2013 Fashion Guide was recently reposted on European Fashion on Facebook.

Colour Combo: Rose Quartz and Pale Lavender

This week's Colour Combo is Rose Quartz and Pale Lavender. To give you a visual,
I made these earrings.

Tell me what you think of this combo. Can you think of any outfits to go with this? Let me know what YOUR favourite colour combo is.

Add your comments below or on Facebook. Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscars!!! Keyword: Dazzling!

The Oscars fashion certainly didn't disappoint! The trend in gowns on the red carpet was pale, elegant and flesh tones with lots of Sparkle! With some beautiful brilliantly-coloured gowns, like those worn by Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, adding accents, the bouquet of gowns was another treat for the eyes this year.

Oscars 2014: Red Carpet Arrivals 

The Oscars fashion jewellery and accessories were full of Sparkle, too. Many stars carried jewelled clutches and adorned themselves with earrings, rings and bangles, leaving their necklines bare. A few wore collar style necklaces and Jennifer Lawrence wore a shorter backward necklace with lots of you guessed it - sparkle.

Oscars 2014: Red Carpet Accessories

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Weekend Blessings!!

Last night we were blessed with company for the weekend, six people ranging in age from 60 something to 30 something to teenage and pre-teen (plus a cute toy pomeranian to boot).

While whipping up a super-fantastical breakfast this morning I had two young ladies graciously help me by licking the whip cream beaters and another lady graciously help me by making the toast.

Becca (on licking the beaters): Well I think I'm done. I can't find another drop!

Here's a picture of them "visiting" this morning while I was making breakfast.

Waffles for breakfast!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Today Was Great!

I stopped by Traditions Handcraft Gallery today and low and behold there was my jewellery on display! I was tickled pink!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Newest Beads!

I've been so fortunate to be able to get on the torch this month.

Here are my newest beads. I've tried some new things and I still LOVE Rio Nights Frit!!