Dear friends, I hope you are doing well and staying safe during these uncertain times.. I am doing fine, keeping busy beading, and working on my online shops. Awhile back, I had a request for some beaded clip-on West Highland White Terrier earrings. My customer was so pleased with them that I decided to list this option in my Etsy shop.
It made me wonder, how many of you still wear clip-on earrings? I do think they have their purpose and they are so much fun! I get it, sometimes you just don’t want a large heavy earring pulling down on your earlobe all day. The clip-on helps a larger earring stay positioned correctly on your ear. And of course, there are some who have never had their ears pierced to begin with.. If you wear clip-ons, please comment and let me know! I would be happy to create any of my beaded dog earrings as clip-ons for you.
Since we are approaching Memorial Day, I decided it was time to run a quick sale in my Etsy shop. All ready to ship beading patterns, beaded dog jewelry, and bead kits will be 15% off now through Tuesday, May 26. I have also listed some Ultrasuede pieces in primary colors, so this would be a perfect time to stock up!
And during this time of self-quarantine, I have been working on my Zazzle shop a bit. I am happy to report that Great Blue Heron iPhone cases are back in stock! I have also added fun new t-shirts, tote bags, and a jigsaw puzzle! I hope you will stop by and take a peek! More items coming soon! That’s the news for now. Back to beading! 🙂
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Dear friends, I hope you are doing well and staying safe during these uncertain times.. I am doing fine, keeping busy beading, and working on my online shops. Awhile back, I had a request for some beaded clip-on West Highland White Terrier earrings. My customer was so pleased with them that I decided to list […]
Dear friends, as it turns out, I am somewhat productive when left to my own devices… I am so thrilled to announce that I have written a new beading pattern! Learn to make a happy Papillon dog pin! Also, a digital copy of my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial will be included with every pattern […]
Spring has arrived and yet we are all stuck in the house. However, I feel very lucky as beadwork has been keeping me busy amidst the pandemic. Recently I created new Teacup Pomeranian sterling silver split cuff bracelet… … and matching dog earrings! These earrings hang on sterling silver ear wires which feature a clear […]
Dear friends, as it turns out, I am somewhat productive when left to my own devices… I am so thrilled to announce that I have written a new beading pattern! Learn to make a happy Papillon dog pin! Also, a digital copy of my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial will be included with every pattern purchase. Two PDF files for the price of one! So, if you would like to learn how to do beadwork, and have never had the time until now, this is a wonderful opportunity. Stay home & bead!! 🙂
Check out more of my beading patterns and kits on Etsy. Thanks for looking! 🙂
Back in January, before I left for Mexico, I received a custom order request for a beaded pink corded poodle similar to the ones featured in my ‘Pretty in Poodles‘ choker necklace.. This wasn’t the first time I received this request, so after creating it, I decided to list this item in my Etsy shop as Made to Order. This piece can be made as a pin or a pin pendant, and it’s available in several different colors. Please note that colors may vary depending on what I have on hand.
Since then, I have been keeping busy with various Etsy and Amazon orders which I am extremely grateful for in this uncertain time. Beadwork gives me something to focus on which is positive, and I find that helps with overall mental health. Its also a great activity if you happened to be self-quarantined.. Here is a pic of my most recent beadwork, a custom beaded ‘Champion Standard Poodle’. For this piece, I worked from a photo that my customer sent me. I used a mix of 15/o Japanese seed beads, as well as 1x4mm micro bugle beads. The dog’s hair actually moves when you touch it! What do you think? I like this design so much – I think it would look great in different colors!
Currently, residents of Boston and the entire state of Massachusetts have been ordered to ‘Stay at Home’ for the next couple of weeks. So, I will be busy working on beadwork orders, as usual! If you are living in a city or country which is currently in lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and you are looking for something new to try, check out my bead embroidery patterns, beading kits, and beading supplies on Etsy. All ready-to ship items will be on sale for the next few weeks. If you are interested in learning bead embroidery and have never had the time until now, sign up for my email list to gain FREE access to my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial.
Also, if you are working from home and need something positive to listen to other than the news, I recommend the James Altucher Show. He’s my favorite podcaster these days. I also listen to Rich Roll for overall health news, This American Life, and The Minimalists, among others… And if you are interested in having some positive news delivered to your inbox regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, check out https://futureloop.com/c19… It is good to stay informed but whatever you do, don’t panic.. The grocery stores will remain open.
Sold a new ‘custom’ beaded pet portrait – a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Complete with a little beaded grass in between his toes..
Pembroke Welsh Corgi. (sold)
This piece was framed in an 8″ x 8″ shadowbox. If you are interested in a custom beaded mini pet portrait of a different breed, please use the Contact form above, or contact me via Etsy. I love creating new beaded dog breeds!
Also, check out my latest dog pin on Facebook – a new pink poodle!! This will be the last piece I create for some time as I am headed south for vacation! My Etsy shop will remain open with limited items available. Please note the extended shipping times when purchasing ready to ship items… Beading patterns are available to download, as always!
Gracias por tu interes en mi trabajo. ¡Nos vemos pronto! 🙂
I have recently completed a new custom order this season – a pair of bead-embroidered Pekingese dogs!
This is an oversized pin which features two little dogs, and yes, they are wearing sparkly hats! The inspiration for this pin came from a Christmas card showing the two dogs dressed in cute outfits. I simply modified the sketch a bit.. Then, I cut out several tiny felt pieces and stitched them together to build a beading foundation. Once that was complete, I started beading using size 15 Japanese seed beads! You can view a couple of progress photos on my Facebook pagehere and here. My customer was so happy with this piece that he left me a very kind review on Etsy!!
I love doing custom orders and I love hearing ideas from customers! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin, pendant, bracelet, earrings or pet portrait, please message me through Etsy or use the Contact form on this page. I am so grateful for your interest in my beadwork! Happy Holidays from Boston!! 🙂
Dear friends, just a quick update ahead of Cyber Monday.. Check out my latest beaded dog pin – a Chinese Chow Chow!! This piece was listed for sale on Etsy and SOLD in just a matter of days! Its unique texture was created by layering tiny glass seed beads using a needle and thread. And the tail was created by sewing beads onto a thin sterling silver wire – the tail actually moves when you touch it. Scroll through my Facebook page to view the progress of this piece.
I am also experimenting with a new product line – minimalist beaded cuff bracelets featuring your favorite dog or animal. This piece was created by stitching a tiny bead-embroidered Yorkshire Terrier to a sterling silver split cuff bracelet. This bracelet is lightweight and adjustable, perfect for those who work typing at a keyboard all day! I think I will have to make this design in other breeds. What do you think?
Check out this item and more at: thelonebeader.etsy.com. Get 20% off any purchase of $135 or more this weekend only! Thanks for looking!
This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery which was stitched to an acrylic painted gallery wrapped 30″ x 40″ canvas. It was inspired by my travels to Russia, just days after a blanket of smog covered the city of Moscow in August of 2010. On my final day of visiting Red Square, I sat outside of the Kremlin thinking about how much history took place there and how much change had occurred since then, when a young boy ran by flying a kite. A symbol of freedom. Hope that one day we will all be free to fly where the wind may carry us..
This piece has been a true labor of love as it has taken me several years to complete. Materials used in this piece include tiny glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver (for the crosses), silver wire, felt, and acrylic paint.
For those interested in viewing the progress of this piece, please check my Facebook photo album. St. Basil’s Cathedral is very textural as are the trees. In fact, I have sewn armature wire to the back of the trees to help them stand out a bit more.
The dog in the painting was inspired by an actual dog that I photographed while I was visiting the Cathedral. He had a thick leather collar on, but no leash or chain. He was laying down under the tree watching people walk by. Perhaps he lives near there and went there everyday..
When I decided to create this piece, I immediately thought to work in grayscale because I really wanted the boy’s red kite to be the main focus.
What does its symbolism mean to you?
If you would like to view more photos of ‘Red Square’, please visit my Etsy shop! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂