Dear friends, Celebrate Veteran’s Day with a Flash Sale! All ready-to-ship beaded dog jewelry, bead art, beading patterns, and kits will be 15%- off on Etsy & Amazon Handmade TODAY ONLY 9/11/15! No coupon code needed. (Add item to your Amazon shopping cart to view promotion.)
Currently I am offering Free Shipping on the purchase of 2 beaded dog pins, pendants, or earrings now through December 1, 2015 on Amazon. Also, get FREE SHIPPING on any beaded painting or artwork on Amazon for a limited time only. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! Thanks for looking!
Dear friends, my Amazon Handmade shop is now open for business! I will slowly add more inventory here over the next few weeks. Many items listed will be Ready to ship, but some will be made to order. Beading kits and patterns will still be available for sale in my Etsy shop, but you can also find a handful of beading patterns available on Amazon for Kindle.
For those who haven’t heard of Handmade at Amazon yet, this is a new marketplace which features strictly handmade items. Artisans must apply to sell before listing their items. Don’t expect quick production times or Free Shipping for every item, but do expect to find something you didn’t know you needed! Click the image above to view my Amazon profile. Thanks for looking:)
Dear friends, recently I finished beading my first house portrait. This piece was a special commission.
The house still stands in Steubenville, Ohio – a former steel town where my father’s family lived and worked. My father’s uncle actually built this house many years ago..
This piece was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time using strong nylon thread. Miyuki Tila beads were used for the sidewalk, Swarovski crystals were used for the yard light, and tiny seashells were sewn at the edge of the driveway.. The beadwork itself measures approx. 5″ x 7″.. It was carefully mounted and framed in an 8″ x 10″ shadowbox frame.
You can view an enlarged photo of this piece HERE. You may also view progress photos to see how this piece was made HERE as well as on my Facebook and Instagram pages. If you are interested in a commissioned beaded portrait, please Contact me for more details. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my beaded cuff bracelet, Poodle in Public Garden, won an award in the Fire Mountain Gems 2015 Seed Bead Jewelry Making Contest! :O
Yesterday, I received these framed photos along with a gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems!
I am always surprised on the rare occasions that I do win an award because I don’t create pieces with contests in mind. I simply create what I love! You can view more photos of this piece in my Etsy shop HERE. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)
Dear friends, celebrate Labor Day with a sale! Save 15% on all ready-to-ship beaded dog jewelry, beading kits, bead patterns, and art. No coupon code needed!
Please note: All items purchased between Sept. 3 & Sept. 8 will ship out on Sept. 9, 2015.
Enjoy what’s left of summer while you can!
Dear friends, I have made some progress on my latest commission – a beaded house portrait.
First, I stitched in some beaded greenery around the yard light. Then, I began to bead the tree..
In real life, this tree is very large, but my portrait is sort of limited by the size of the canvas, so this only represents a portion of the tree. Using size 15 seed beads in at least 6 shades of green, I stitched very small loops for leaves. There are many leaves, so this took quite a while to do!
Next, I stitched the house to the larger 5″x 7″ piece of stiff stuff that is shown behind it.. (Yes, the house was a separate piece of beadwork, as is the tree!) Then, I continued stitching the grass to the edge of the stiff stuff.
I also stitched size 11 black, gray, and brown seed beads for the street, and tiny size 15 Delica beads for the driveway. I thought I might run out of the color I was using, but turns out I had just enough! :)
Next, I will stitch in a bit more grass.. Please check my Facebook and/or Instagram pages for more updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)
Dear friends, I have been making a little progress on my beaded house portrait. Check it out..
First, I have stitched Miyuki Tila and half-Tila beads for the sidewalk and the wall near the driveway. Then, I created a tiny mailbox and yard light by stringing beads onto eye pins and attaching them at the back of the piece. I used Preciosa rose montee rhinestones for the yard light. It really sparkles!
Next, I began working on the large tree. Tiny glass seed beads make it look larger than it really is!
In the photo above, I began beading the grass. Stitching in several directions, I used 4 different shades of green for visual interest.
When I finished the lawn, I peyote-stitched tiny bits of greenery around the yard light. And, I added bead -embroidered shrubs or yews along the front of the house.. How do you think it looks so far?
For those who have just stumbled upon this post, this portrait has been commissioned as a gift for mother of the bride. This is her mother’s childhood home. This house still stands in Southeastern Ohio. Please check my Facebook or Instagram pages for more updates. Thanks for looking! :)