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Want To See How I Organize?

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Artist Answer
Marcie Abney of La Bella Joya Jewelry published my "Artist Answer" this week on her blog.  My question is "How do you organize".   Any beader knows that this is a loaded question!


Please check out her La Bella Joya Blog to see my answer.  Also stop by Marcie's Etsy shop to see her amazing seed bead jewelry.  Her work is absolutely stunning.

Erin Siegel & Lorelei Eurto's - A Book and a Call for Contributors!!!

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Calling All Contributors!!
Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto are writing their first book and are looking for contributors!
Please check their blog links below for more information.
Erin Siegel's Blog Lorelei Eurto's Blog
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS:
We want this to be fun and exciting for you as well! We are sharing this opportunity with all of you here in this beading community. We are looking for jewelry designers to contribute projects to our book! Yes, that’s right, YOU could be apart of this with us and have YOUR work “out there” and published in a BOOK and get paid for it!!! What could be better than that! We have chosen one contributor already, but we’ve decided to open the field up and give some others a chance to be part of this project. We are looking for one other designer, possibly two. If you are chosen to contribute to the book, you will be paid on a per project basis. We would like up to 5 projects from each contributor. Your jewelry designs and complete instruction…

Gaea's Candy

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Gaea's Beads and Pendants
Have you ever seen Gaea Cannaday's artisan ceramic beads and pendants?  She is an extremely talented clay artist who also creates enchanting jewelry designs that are frequently published in such magazines as "Stringing" and "Jewelry Affaire"

Gaea contacted me after I purchased some of her fabulous art beads.  She asked me if I would like to trade jewelry for beads and pendants.  I was very honored by this request.  I wanted to share with you the beautiful beads I received.  Please check out Gaea Esty store, website and blog to view and purchase her creative designs.




One of my local beads shops "Brea Bead Works" featured Gaea's pendants at trunk show last weekend.  Below is a photo of some of the pendants I purchased. 

Jewelry Affaire - Autumn 2010

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Jewelry Affaire Autumn 2010

The sophomore issue of "Jewelry Affaire" magazine is now at your local newsstands.  Beth and her staff at Stampington & Co. definitely made this issue extraordinary.  The magazine is perfect for all skill levels from beginner to advanced multi-media artists.  I have 7 designs in this issue.

"Courageous Cara" is named after my fabulous cousin who survived breast cancer.  The heart pendant and clasp are handmade by Zoa Art.  I love their designs.


"Leann" is named after another fabulous cousin (all my cousins are fabulous).  It features lemon faceted chalcedony, sari silk and Vintaj Natural Brass.

"Beth's Beauty" is named after Beth Livesay, Editor ofJewelry Affaire Magazine.  She went crazy over this design when I visited the Stampington & Co. offices.  So, I gifted the piece to her.


Once again "Shimmering Sara" is named after another fabulous cousin (Wow I have a lot of fabulous cousins!).  She is actua…

Wikio Exclusive - Jewelry Making Rankings for October 2010

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Wikio's New Rankings for October 2010 
Jewelry Making 
I was contacted this morning by Oliver at Wikio asking me if I would like to post an exclusive on the October Rankings.  I am new to Wikio so I am very excited to have this honor.  The rankings will be available on the site later on this week but for now you can only see them here!

Top Jewelry Making Blogs

1Art Bead Scene Blog2Lorelei's Blog3Andrew Thornton4Beading Arts5Carmi's Art/Life World6Lampwork Diva aka Cindy Gimbrone7Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter8Earthenwood Studio Bead Blog9Pretty Things10About.com Jewelry Making11A Bead A Day12Rings & Things Hot New Items13Melissa J. Lee14hint15Humblebeads Blog16 Bling On The Blog (Denise Yezbak Moore)17Cynthia Thornton of Green Girl Studios18Gaea's Ceramic and Art Studio Blog19Beads of Clay Blog20LLYYNNRanking made by Wikio


I am very excited to have made the top 20.  It is a honor and I would like to thank everyone who takes the time to visit my blog.  If you have a…

Bead Trends Call

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Here is your chance to be published in Bead Trends Magazine!

Bead Trends is a series of beautiful idea books. They feature a great variety of incredible jewelry and bead creations.
Bead Trends (April 2011) Call Bead Trends is currently looking for designs with the following themes for our April 2011 issue: Quick & Easy
Fashion Favorites - Features designs from a variety of styles and mediums that can be a personal favorite or necessary staple in any wardrobe.
Birthstone - Diamond/Crystal
Anything Goes - The beaded possibilities are endless and not just limited to jewelry. What about pillows, table runners, picture frames, lamps, clothing, candle collars, wine g lass charms, and home decor?! This category can contain jewelry and a whole lot more!
Earrings - Beautiful and expressive! The perfect way to frame the face!
Spring! - Whether using beautiful florals, spring colors, or natures element like butterflies and dragonflies, these are fresh styles perfect for the season.
Inspired By...- Design…

Bead Trends Magazine - October 2010

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Bead Trends Magazine  October 2010


The October issue of Bead Trends has just hit the Newsstands.
I have one project in this issue "Bel Ami Shari".  This piece was named after my friend Shari Vallejos.  Shari is a wonderful person.   She is a beautiful, strong woman who I admire very much.

I love creating these heirloom designs out of sterling silver and semi precious stones.  I am sure this technique must have a name.  I call it "intricate wire work."  If anyone knows the name of this specific technique, please let me know.