Sparkle and Charm

Saturday, December 31, 2005

The pink Valentine Bracelet I made today. Posted by Picasa

Jewelry is a big part of my 2005

It has been a very fun year for me this year. I have learned how to sell jewelry on Ebay, and I have had three very successful jewelry shows. I have had one private show and look forward to many more. But the most fun is being at the jewelry "table" making new items that I love, and listening to good music. It is peaceful and quiet there, and I love the combination of creating something beautiful while having a good time to be by myself and my thoughts. It is therapy by jewelry.

Best wishes for a wonderful, healthy New Year.

Monday, December 26, 2005

The new Silver Jasper bracelet that I listed on Ebay today. It is such a pretty Winter bracelet. Posted by Picasa

Michelle's necklace that I lengthened for her. It is a nice design I think. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Happy New Year Chandelier Earrings! Posted by Picasa

Santa brings bracelets to good little girls

I have begun making bracelets and bought some white jasper today. More to follow!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

My new bracelet

This blog is designed to be about jewelry that I make myself, but I had to share with you a beautiful bracelet I bought from my friend Vonna at She is an artist and I am enjoying wearing this beauty and talking about it with anyone I see.


My Christmas Bracelet from "Santa" Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Silver Berry Earrings Posted by Picasa

Christmas Shipping

This is the first year I have been selling for the Christmas Season. Yesterday I shipped four pair of earrings, and realized that in order to make sure they arrived by Christmas, they needed to go priority. The Berry Earrings I made this season have been popular, and I know that people want them for the holidays, so they have to get in the mail. I made blueberry, red crystal, green pearl, turquoise and yesterday I made a pair of silver berries that look like they are just right for New Years.

They are made with two or three "berry" beads wire-wrapped to sterling silver chain and finished with one or two green glass leaves. Wire-wrapping onto the chain is a bit tricky, because they need to hand evenly, but not be the same. They are balanced to hang so that one is facing in and one is facing out, and so that the leaves are hanging in the back of the berries. Wire-wrapping to have beads facing one direction is something that I considered advanced. It is fun to think about my first wire-wrapping class and how much I didn't know then.

So, the holiday rush for earrings is almost over. Then my listings will change to New Years, then Valentine's Day, then....well, it goes on and on.

I love selling my earrings and jewelry. And that's a fact.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Christmas Bracelet with Matching Earrings Posted by Picasa

Christmas Ornament Earrings Posted by Picasa

Mistletoe earrings Posted by Picasa

A "fairy" bracelet made with green glass leaves, glass lampwork beads and green crystals. The small "flowers" are made with a white glass bead cap nestled around a small gold crystal. The clasp is one of my favorites. Posted by Picasa

Red "Berry" Earrings that are very popular on Ebay. This was my design for the holidays and I have made them in lots of combinations of colors. Posted by Picasa

The copper bracelet I made using red beads, copper "charms" and spacers of different types, and a beautiful stone called White Jasper.  Posted by Picasa

Jewelry around the world

I have been selling jewelry at craft fairs and on Ebay for almost a year now. It is really fun. I love thinking about my jewelry walking all over the world. I meet so many nice people on Ebay. It really is a global community I think. I am a member of two jewelry "clubs", The Bead Hive, and Bounties of Beads. It is really great to have these discussion boards of people who love to make beads and jewelry. Not only do we become friends and learn new things...we also buy our supplies and jewelry from each other, so it is another selling opportunity as well.

Selling is all about being able to afford what we like to do, which is create beads and jewelry. I love nothing better than to be at my work bench wire-wrapping another creation and hoping someone will like it as much as I do. I try to add a little unexpected touch to each of my creations, and a lot of charm and whimsy. Some of my necklaces I want to call "fairy" necklace, but I think that is a little "far out" for a jewelry listing. They are so light weight, and the little stones in them are interesting and sparkly enough for a fairy to wear!

Today I am shipping two packages, which is about an every day occurance these days. I'm not getting rich, but I am achieving my goal of moving things out so that I have room for more.

Enjoy the day!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Pink and Crystal Iridescent Swirls Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 09, 2005

Red Chandelier earrings I made this morning and listed on Ebay. These look Scottish to me, with the antiqued medalion and the red and black tone briolettes. They are really pretty if I say so myself! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Cluster Earrings I made tonight.  Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Red and Green with a very different look than most "Christmas" jewelry. Posted by Picasa

A fun and profitable day at the fair

Yesterday I sold my jewelry at the Christopher Dunne Foundation Craft Fair in Wakefield. The organizers could not have been more accomodating, and my booth was situated right next to the free coffee and cookies booth. What could be better? George helped me set up and I was there from 8 until 4 and sold quite a lot of jewelry while I was there.

People seem to be amazed at my crocheted necklaces, and once they see them, they come back around to buy one or two. I also sold bracelets and a lot of earrings. I sold two pair of stunning chandelier earrings and some of my "berry" earrings in Christmas colors. It was a fun day and I really enjoy meeting and talking to customers and visitors alike.

Last night I was pretty tired from being on my feet all day, but not so tired that I couldn't make another necklace. I made the one pictured with green glass and little nuggets of red rock with a smattering of gold glass mixed in for a light touch. It is finished with a solid silver toggle clasp, and is very elegant.

I love making these crocheted necklaces, and no one else seems to be making them...or at least not many of us. It is sheer joy to share them with others and have a good day at the craft fair.

Now, come on Ebay!!

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

My newest necklace in black and gold. Posted by Picasa

Lapis & Miyuki Glass Posted by Picasa