Dear friends, I am running a Fourth of July sale on Amazon and Etsy! Get 15% off the purchase of any item, including made to order beaded dog jewelry and pet portraits. Enter coupon code 4THJULY16 at checkout. Shipping is free on most items within the USA. Coupon is valid now through July 5, 2016. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork and have a Happy Independence Day!
Dear friends, last week a customer sent me a photo of her beautiful Borzoi named Duma. She asked me to create a custom beaded pin which looks like her dog.
First, I cut out several layers of felt and stitched them together. Then, I added a tiny glass nose and eyes.
Then, I began stitching tiny Japanese size 15 glass seed beads to the felt 2-3 at a time. When the majority of the bead embroidery was complete, I added beaded fringe and a leather collar with sterling silver heart charm. A pin finding is sewn to the back and beadwork is backed with Ultrasuede.
Now this beaded dog brooch is complete and on its way to my customer! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin, jewelry or pet portrait, please use the Contact form, or check out my Etsy and Amazon Handmade shops online. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
Dear friends, I had a wonderful time visiting the San Diego Bead Society! I was only there for a few days, but the weather was gorgeous. I was happy to take a walk on the beach and go hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve! Please see more photos on the San Diego Bead Society’s Facebook page.
While I was there, I taught my Toy Poodle bead embroidery class. One of the students brought her adorable miniature Pomeranian named Emily. Emily is the official mascot of the San Diego Bead Society!
And, here is the custom beaded miniature Pomeranian pin I made to look like her.. This design is now available as made to order on Etsy. What do you think?
And, since I’ve returned, I have also created a new custom beaded pet portrait, Dachshund in Flower Garden. This piece was inspired by a little dog named Frankie. It features tiny bead-embroidered multi-color flowers and butterflies. Framed in an 8×8″ shadowbox frame. Click to view it in the frame.
Dear friends, last month I traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This was my 3rd visit to the country. For those who have never had the opportunity to go to Mexico, I highly recommend visiting the Yucatan peninsula. This area is full of nature, handcrafted art, adventure, fish tacos, relaxation, and fun in the sun. For those who haven’t been there, I thought I would share a few photos of some beautiful beaded artwork I discovered along the way.
On my last night in Mexico, I visited Tierra Huichol, a gorgeous shop on 5th Avenue. This shop carries colorful hand beaded artwork made by indigenous Huichol (pronounced Wee-Chol) artists from the Pacific coast states of Jalisco and Nayarit. I had the opportunity to speak with the shop owner, Carlos, and he told me a little about the craft.
The Huichol people use mainly Czech glass seed beads because Japanese seed beads are just too perfect. First, an animal figure is covered with beeswax, then tiny glass beads are imbedded into the wax one by one to create these amazing designs. One of the main concerns is that over time, the wax may harden and some beads may fall off. I was told they are in search of a manmade material (similar to beeswax) which they can use to help reduce bead loss.
I think the most impressive thing about this art form is that the artist does not use a drawing or outline to follow. They simply use their incredible artistic vision and creativity to create one of a kind pieces.
I was given the chart above to learn about all of the symbols which can be found in the artwork. Then I shopped around for awhile, and I found a small beaded gourd to purchase. This piece features images of the Peyote flower and the Deer.
The next time you visit Mexico, look for Huichol bead art in small tourist shops and at the airport. These artworks are affordable and easy to pack in your suitcase, so find one you would like to bring home. Your purchase will help support the culture and livelihood of a very gifted group of artists!
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 am currently running a 4th of July sale on Etsy! Now through July 5, all READY-to-SHIP beaded dog jewelry, beadwork, bead embroidery kits, patterns, and felt shapes will be an extra 20% off the marked price. No coupon code needed! Please visit my Facebook or Instagram pages to check the progress of my latest piece. Thanks for looking.. Happy beading from Boston!
Dear friends, I am celebrating 600 sales in my Etsy shop! Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement. It has been a wonderful journey so far.. one bead at a time!
Enter coupon code MOM2015 at checkout to save 15% on all beaded dog jewelry, beading patterns, bead kits, and art. Coupon is valid on May 9 & 10, 2015 – this weekend only! Thanks for looking and have a Happy Mother’s Day!