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! 🙂
It could be that I am in extreme introvert, but I feel I am doing okay with the Stay-at-Home order. Although it sometimes seems like Groundhog Day. I wake up, do 2 or 3 bounce workouts on my Bellicon, make breakfast, check the Boston Globe, and do a Spanish lesson or read. In the afternoon, I will work on beadwork (or work on writing a beading pattern). Then, after dinner, I will usually do a couple more hours of work until its time to sleep. Of course just like everyone else, sometimes I stay up too late watching Jimmy Fallon, or sometimes I can’t fall asleep, etc.. I am trying to stay as healthy as possible. So, I try to keep a schedule, eat a whole food plant-based diet, take my vitamins, and get exercise and/or go out for a walk every day. What has your routine been like? What challenges are you facing? And how are you staying healthy? I would love to hear from you. That’s the news for now! Stay home and stay safe!!
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!! 🙂
Last month, a customer from Mexico City purchased 2 of my Etsy items. One was the above custom beaded Great Dane pendant. I purchased a USPS Priority Mail International Flat Rate shipping label. I requested tracking updates on the USPS website and received email notifications the entire way. A delivery attempt was made on the morning of the Sept. 19, 2017, but my customer was not home to receive it.
I was very worried, and and didn’t hear from my customer for nearly two days..(Thankfully she is okay!) I also didn’t receive any tracking updates for an entire week. I sent a tweet to the Mexican postal service with my tracking# and they responded telling me that their offices were closed so they could inspect their buildings. They also reassured me that the package would be delivered but they weren’t sure when… So, I relayed that info to my customer, and the very next day she was able to go to her local Post office to pick up her package! I also received another tweet from the postal service telling me that the package had been picked up..
Now, that customer is a repeat customer! She placed another order for 3 more custom beaded Great Dane pendants, and I have just shipped them the other day.
So, to those who haven’t shipped to Mexico yet, I say, why not give it a try? My only hope is that Etsy will make some modifications to their shipping settings. I would like to see the option to select only ONE shipping preference for certain countries. For example, I prefer NOT to offer shipping to Mexico via regular First Class International, because I have no idea how long it will take to arrive, or if it will arrive at all. Priority seems like the best way to go. If you have had trouble shipping to certain countries, please mention your experience in the comments below.
Also, if you are a dog owner, be sure to look for the latest copy of AKC Family Dog Magazine at your local veterinarian’s office. You will see my ad on page 13 with a special coupon code which can be used in my Etsy shop from now through January 31, 2018. You can also check out the digital issue HERE. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
Dear friends, just a quick post to show you my latest design – beaded American Eskimo earrings! I just love how these turned out! These dangly Eskie dog earrings were created by stitching layers of tiny glass seed beads to tiny pieces of felt. Beadwork was backed with Ultrasuede. Earrings hang from sterling silver ear wires fearing a tiny black Onyx bead.
This item was originally a custom order request, but since they match my beaded American Eskimo pin pendant, I have decided to list them as made-to-order on Etsy and Amazon. Also, if you’d like to see beadwork progress photos or a photo of me trying on this pair, please check my Facebook or Instagram pages and/or the product listing. Thank you for your interest! Back to beading! 🙂
Dear friends, I am back to working on my Russian bead painting. Here is the latest progress – I have finished beading a large tree. The tree was created by first sewing together a felt foundation with several holes in it. I used a combination of bead embroidery and freeform peyote stitch to create a leafy texture which can be seen through when you move them around. Below is a sneak peak of what it might look like in the finished piece. This portion of the beadwork (tree + cathedral) measures approx. 12″x 15″. If you would like to see more photos of the progress of this piece, please visit this Facebook photo album.
Also, I am running a Christmas in July Sale Event on Etsy and Amazon Handmade. Save 25% on every purchase in my shop now thru July 23, 2017. This sale is my biggest sale ever as it also includes made-order-items and custom orders, as well! No coupon code needed! Please click the image above to visit my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking and have a safe and happy Fourth of July! 🙂