Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ginkgo Bangle Variation

I loved the colors of the large Ginkgo Leaf bangle so much that I decided to do a similair bangle, but without the edging.  This makes it more streamline and less expensive.  This is a piece that I created for May's My Arts Night Out at Old Town General Store and can be seen, tried on or purchased there!

You can also purchase this bangle online here:

Clark loves beaded jewelry, it was a struggle to keep him from picking this piece up and running off with it while photographing!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pinball Bangle

We are headed to the Pinball Expo in Kalamazoo tomorrow and I finally came up with a design this year (I thought about it last year, but it never got on to the graph paper).  I'm still up in the air as to how I feel about it, I think the design still needs more tweaking, but this will have to do for tomorrow.

What would I tweak?  I would have the flippers come to a better point, and I think the gunmetal color of the ball is too dark against the brown background. I should have done the ball in silver to pop it out, or a different background color, but I like the brown and lime green with the bone color of the flippers for a vintage feel.

This bangle can be purchased online at

Friday, April 13, 2018

#CCFF Bangle and Earrings

I'm finally in a place where I can start doing a bit of volunteering here and there.  For the past few years the Capital City Film Festival has been one of my favorite local events.  This year I kept seeing the pattern logo for it and I needed to put it into a bangle.

This bangle can be purchased HERE

When I started drafting this piece it, it wasn't looking great and I realized I needed to put it on an angle.  The peyote stitch (which I use in much of my work) lends itself better to angles.

And so, I got the bangle and a matching pair of earrings done for the Red Carpet event last night!

Earrings can be purchased HERE.

A few CCFF High lites:

And it's finally spring so the kittens can enjoy the front porch!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Polka Dot Earrings

I bought a new dress from work that I thought would be useful for a few things coming up, one of which was the swing dance at the Masonic Temple with my dad this past Saturday.  I decided to make a pair of polka dot earrings to match the dress....

These earrings can be purchased HERE

Dad and I at Masonic Temple.

Big Band and people dancing!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Michigan Cherries 1

In preparation for May 4th's My Arts Night Out in Old Town I've been working on some pieces that are Michigan-inspired and came about from a quick chat with Rhea, the owner of Old Town General Store.  She suggested some pieces with cherries on them (a popular product of Michigan) and I jumped at the idea.

This Bangle can be purchased HERE

I usually don't work much in red, but I am LOVING this set I just finished.  I have another wide bangle idea also in the works. Certainly come by Old Town in May and see these pieces (or just say hi and peruse Rhea's awesome General Store!)

These earrings can be purchased HERE.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ginkgo Leaf Bangle 1

This Ginkgo Leaf Bangle came about in some planning for My Arts night Out with Rhea at Old Town General Store.  I've been thinking that making some pieces specially for this event would break me out of the more basic designs I've been doing.  So I asked Rhea what her favorite plants were and Ginkgo was the first one she said without skipping a beat. 

I've only worn this bangle out once, today it juried into the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild's Runway Show for Fiber Feast.  I'll have it back by May 4th though for First Friday's Art Night Out.  

I really enjoyed playing with the shapes and colors of this design and I imagine I'll be using it again soon.  

The next bangle(s) I'm making for My Arts Night Out are leaning towards Old Town General Store's Michigan theme with some Michigan Cherries.

(Photo shoot from yesterday where Clark is trying 
very hard to not jump in the light box or push beads on the floor.)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Double Hive Bangle in Teal, Turquoise and Grey

Spring has been poking around here and there and some brighter colors seemed to perk up my beading productivity.  I recently finished this double hive bangle with 4 filler colors and matching earrings.

Due to how the pattern falls with the hive bangles, this one ran a few beads wider than my usual bangle designs.  

This double hive bangle can be purchased HERE.

The Teal Hive Earrings can be purchased HERE.

With shows coming up, I've been wanting a good fill for my tiny bangle stands, so any beads that are sitting in my travel trays are game to be stitched into my layering pieces.  I've finished a number of them recently.

This bangle is for purchase HERE.

You can purchase this bangle HERE.

You can purchase this tiny bangle HERE.

This bangle is available HERE.

This bangle is available for purchase HERE.

You can purchase this bangle HERE.

Purchase this bangle HERE.

Purchase this bangle HERE.

And last, but not least, the original dream earrings that provide a nice mix of color and design.  This pattern is taken from my very first large graphed bangle design.
You can purchase these earrings HERE.

Ginkgo Bangle Variation

I loved the colors of the large Ginkgo Leaf bangle so much that I decided to do a similair bangle, but without the edging.  This makes...