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Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays

Thomas Center Reception Tonight

There's a reception this evening for the Handweavers Guild exhibit at the Thomas Center in Gainesville, FL. This exhibit contains a variety of pieces from the members.  I have a woven silver necklace in the exhibit.  

If you're in the Gainesville area, you can check out the exhibit between now and January 3.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Beautiful Trifari Set

I've just put up a photo and description of a beautiful set of Trifari jewelry from the 1950s.  It's a 3-piece set of necklace, earrings, and bracelet in a goldtone design with pearls.

This photo makes the design of the bracelet seem larger than that of the necklace, but both the pieces are the same size.  The set is in very good condition.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Coming Year

My goals for next year are to work on several of those things I failed to get to this year – recovering some techniques I haven’t used in a long time and perfecting new ones.

My aqua chalcedony pieces were big hits at the shows this Fall and there will be more designs for next year. There’s a luminous quality to the aqua chalcedony and everyone seems to love the color. This stone would make terrific bridal jewelry, too!  Perfect for a winter or a spring wedding.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Facebook Updates

I have a Holiday Special on my website, lovely and elegant handwrapped cubic zirconia stud earrings!  These earrings are available in a variety of colors (orange, sapphire blue, ruby, garnet, light pink, jet black, lime green, champagne, crystal clear, alexandrite, and a medium blue).

In addition, I've been updating my Facebook pages today.  I've added my blog feed and my Etsy store to my fan page.  You can click on the double arrows to the right of "shop" and choose "My Etsy"  from the dropdown menu.   Take a Look

Friday, December 11, 2009

Something Blue?

How about something blue for those December weddings coming up?  Here are a couple of examples of lovely rhinestone brooches.   There are matching earrings for the blue brooch (sorry, no photo).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Aqua Chalcedony - what a hit!

My aqua chalcedony jewelry items have been big hits in the shows I've done this Fall!  Take a look in the earrings section of my website - I have a couple of examples of handmade earrings that incorporate aqua chalcedony

The color is so luminous and compelling that people seem to be drawn to it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Website Updates are Coming

It's nice to be back in Florida, although I really enjoyed the Mississippi show. I enjoyed seeing snow again, too.

I'm working on my project list for 2010 and I'll have a report soon.   Some of those things I didn't get accomplished in 2009 will top my list!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snow Day!

Last night it snowed!   I realize that's not news to lots of you, but I'm in south Mississippi and I really hadn't expected any snow.

Fortunately, it was really just a dusting - lovely to look at and not a big deal.   Tonight will be another cold one, but no more snow in the forecast.  I'll just enjoy sitting around working on more jewelry.


I'm in Mississippit and it's snowing!!!  I thought this was the South.  I have to be at the show before 10am tomorrow - let's hope it all melts.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Last Show this Year!

Next weekend is my last show of 2009.   I'm ready to take a breather and celebrate the holidays!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Good Show

The Christmas in the South show in Jacksonville has been a lot of fun so far.   If you're in the area, the show runs from 11am - 5pm tomorrow.   Drop by - I'm in booth 608.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas in The South Show

Just a reminder - I'll be at the Christmas in the South show at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, FL this coming Friday through Sunday! 

Time has about run out to snail mail those discount admission post cards - they aren't e-cards!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

ART Hop Was A Great Success

Last night's Art Hop was a great success!   There was live music and lots of goodies to eat.  We had lots of people through the Artisans Guild Gallery all evening.  

Friday, November 20, 2009

ART HOP Tonight!

For everybody in the vicinity of Gainesville, FL, tonight is the Uptown Art Hop.   Art Hop runs from 6 - 9 pm with live music, free food, and great shopping at the Artisan's Guild, Millhopper Square, Market Square and Thornebrook.   Come out and join the fun.  We have bicycle cabs that run between all the locations.

Here's a great necklace from the Vintage section on my website.  You can see a photo of this piece in an earlier post. I love the parade elephants!  I'll be adding more to this section as I locate new vintage treasures.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I'm trying a trial on Trunkt.   I don't have many items there right now, but we'll see how this works.

Does anybody have experience as a seller on Trunkt?

Vintage Jewelry

I'm adding a Vintage section to my website and I'm calling it "Vintage and Bridal" .

For everyone looking for "something old, something new......" I'm adding a number of interesting vintage brooches, earrings, costume pearls, and necklaces - and there's more to come.  

All the listings for tiaras and other bridal jewelry are prominently displayed - the Vintage items appear on the last pages of the section.

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Necklace

Here's a new necklace design creation - just in time for the Holidays.    I'm in the process of getting the new necklace and earring photos up on the website.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wedding and Formal Wear - Great Idea

The New York Times recently ran a great article on rental runway fashions – a terrific way to save on fantastic clothes for a wedding or any other special occasion.   Here's the link to the article -

Rental and/or lightly used pre-owned dresses are great money saving options to consider when planning your wedding budget.  There are a number of shops online that specialize in pre-owned wedding attire and accessories.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Beads for Sale

I am clearing out some extra Czech beads from my personal bead stash.

I have a lot of Czech bugle beads (mostly #2 or #3 size, and some #5s, plus some inch long bugles), some Czech rocailles/seed beads (mostly #11), and some gunmetal E-beads (#6 rocailles). These beads are perfect for crafts, bead weaving, and other bead work.

Most of the beads are silver lined. Package sizes range from 2 - 3 oz to nearly a pound or so and I'm willing to break the larger bags into smaller ones on request.  There are a number of colors available, plus silver and gold.

E-mail me at diana at and I'll send you a complete list of what's available and all the prices.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New Computer System

We've been setting up a new computer system.  Everything has been up and running during this period, but I haven't been blogging much.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas Made In the South Show

I'm doing the "Christmas Made in the South" Arts and Crafts show in Jacksonville, FL the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you are interested in attending the show, I will gladly send you discount coupons- just e-mail me your address. The show runs Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29.

You can always keep up to date on my latest designs by checking my blog at

Friday, October 30, 2009

Big Sales starts November 1st

The sale officially starts on November 1st, but I've reduced prices 20% and everything is ready to go now.  Just visit to see all the earring styles and other pieces that are available. I’ve added lots of new items my website store. Don't miss the sparkly new dangley earrings.  For anyone looking for bridal jewelry - either for the bride or for her attendants and family - please check out the bridal section of my site (

I'm doing the "Christmas Made in the South" Arts and Crafts show in Jacksonville, FL the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you are interested in attending the show, I will gladly send you discount coupons- just e-mail me your address. The show runs Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29.
I've redone all of the sections in my Etsy store at so I can alert you to sale items and clearance pieces. I've also included a new section for items that have just been added. There are several sale items listed, plus a number of new jewelry items that you'll find interesting.    I'll be adding beads and findings for sale soon in another new section.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Art Hop is Coming in November

The next Uptown Art Hop, brought to you by the Artisans Guild Gallery and the merchants of Millhopper Square, The Market Place, and Thornebrook, will take place on Friday, November 20 in Gainesville, FL from 6-9pm.

If you're in Gainesville that evening come out for a fun-filled start to your Holiday shopping!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


What do you look for in handcrafted pearl jewelry? My handmade pearl jewelry is all one-of-a-kind designs. I’ve been inspired by all the lovely pearls I’ve been seeing - little button pearls, potato pearls, and stick pearls in a number of colors. I offer a selection of AAA and AAA+ pearls, too.

My elegant pearl necklaces include mixtures of blister pearls, round pearls, and potato pearls, sometimes with a focal accent of little keishi pearl flowers – all accented with Swarovski crystals or gemstones–superb materials and quality workmanship – gorgeous handcrafted artisan pearl jewelry that you will love to own and wear or to give as a gift.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New RV

We recently got a new RV and we've been checking it out on several short trips.   So far, so good - everything seems OK.

We're looking forward to more and longer trips in the coming months.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Big Sale Coming Up

I'm working on my website to get ready for next month's big pre-holiday sale.   Details will follow shortly.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Squidoo Updates

It's a gray rainy day here and I'm updating my lenses.   One of my lenses is all about gemstones and gemstone lore. The newest lense is all about things bridal:  tips on planning your wedding and reception.

Here are links to two of my lenses (I have four, but you can get to them all from these two): my Squidoo jewelry site is and my site for woven fiber jewelry pieces is

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Working with Wire

No photos yet, but I'm working on some simple trefoil designs in wire.   I can't work with well heavy wire due to arthritis in my hands, but I hope to translate the idea to twisted metal and fiber. 

Stay tuned for this and some woven necklaces in the near future.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Updating My Etsy Store

I'm updating the sections in my Etsy store.  The new sections will allow me to easily announce specials and sales and also to offer some additional types of items.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thomas Center Show

The Gainesville Handweavers Guild has an exhibit coming up at the Thomas Center in Gainesville FL.  The exhibit will open later in October (details to follow).   Here's a photo of my entry, a woven silver necklace with a rose quartz and moonstone pendant.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Here are a couple of shots of woven silver earrings with faceted brios - aqua chalcedony on the left and rutilated quartz on the right.   I'm doing this design in a variety of gemstones.   Check out my website store at and click on "Earrings."

Friday, September 25, 2009

Glorious Day

It's a glorious day.   I'm working on some new ideas for woven earrings.   I'll have photos coming soon, I hope, but in the meantime take a look at the new designs I've already posted in the earrings section and in bridal jewelry.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Necklace Designs

I haven't gotten the new pieces up on the website yet, but here's a preview of a new necklace.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Art Hop - a Big Success

I want to thank everyone who worked to help make last night's Art Hop a big success. Thanks also to everyone who turned out to enjoy the shopping and the live music at all the participating stores. Our next Art Hop will be November 20.

I'm doing a bridal show at the Gainesville Hilton tomorrow. See you there!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tiaras on Sale

Some of my handcrafted artisan style tiaras are on sale this month. If you are looking for bridal jewelry - either for the bride or for her attendants and family - check out my bridal section And be sure to take a look at the new earring styles there and elsewhere on my website. My freshwater pearl earrings can be custom-made in a lot of different colors and combinations. Pearls look great paired with deeper hues as well as with white and pastels… and pearls are a great value. There’s quite a choice in affordable gemstones to choose from, too. If you’re interested in vintage jewelry pieces, take a look at my Etsy store.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Coming Up this Month

Art Hop is coming September 11 from 6-9pm at the Artisans Guild Gallery in Gainesville, FL. Art Hop features music and refreshments at shops in the Millhopper Square and Thornebrook shopping areas. A highlight of this Art Hop is a raffle. The Grand Prize is $150 in coupons redeemable at any of the participating merchants. The drawing occurs on Monday, September 14. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales go to benefit Florida’s Eden.

Some of my handcrafted tiaras are on sale this month. If you are looking for bridal jewelry - either for the bride or for her attendants and family - check out the bridal section of my site. I'm doing the Florida Bridal Expo here in Gainesville on September 13 at the Hilton.

One of my new earring styles is pictured here and you can also check out all the earrings.

My assortment of pearl earrings will look great paired with pearly greys and raspberry tones as well as with the earth tones and mineral shades in the fashion forecast for Fall. I’m creating new earrings and necklaces in lapis, carnelian, aqua chalcedony, and citrine - great for contrasting with midnight blue, gray shades, or black! I’m pairing aqua chalcedony with silver and also with peridot for the earth tones.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

More Photos

Take a look at the new earrings on the website - click on earrings and also on bridal. In addition to a number of wonderful pearls, I have some marvelous faceted gems and also some fantastic lampwork beads that are going to be making an appearance in my new designs for fall and winter.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Earrings are Up!

Here's an example of one of my new earring styles. This one comes in a number of variations in both silver and gold. I don't have most of the new styles posted yet, but I'll try to get them up this week. Right now I'm working on a woven necklace for a show application.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Earrings

Hooray!! The photos are all taken.

I'm going to put my new earring styles on the website and on my Etsy site this weekend. The designs are different from what I've done in the past and I'm doing different variations on handmade earwires and other touches.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Necklace Design

Here's a prototype woven neckband shown with one of my earlier pendants. I'm hard at work designing another neckband for my moss agate and pearl pendant

I don't have this new necklace or any of the earring designs up on my sites yet - I want to get the rest of the photos done and I'm trying to finish the neckband for the moss agate pendant in time to apply for a show.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Gems for Jewelry

I'm getting closer to having photos of some of my new earring styles to post. Most of the earrings are done.

I have new gemstones to work with - smokey quartz, rose quartz, dark amethyst, citrine, peridot, tourmalline, and gorgeous aqua chalcedony - all in a variety of cuts. I'm looking forward to pairing peridot with turquoise or some of the aqua chalcedony. I'm expecting some pearl drops that should look wonderful in earrings for the holidays and special occasions.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Photos Coming Soon

I'm almost done with a batch of new earring designs. I'll try to get photos taken and posted as soon as I can.

Please give me some feedback on these designs.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I have the first of what I hope will be several tutorials available to purchase and download from my website.

Monday, August 17, 2009

No more Ana

Mercifully, Ana is no more - just a rain event. We'll be watching Bill now!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hurricane Watch

We're watching the weather forecasts now to see what happens to Ana.

Friday, August 14, 2009

My New Site

For those interested in my wedding jewelry, I have a new site on Wishpot. Take a look at one of my custom tiaras.

My Wishpot site will be linked to my Etsy store soon, as well as to Facebook, and I’ll be able to Tweet about all my new pieces as I’m uploading the photos!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Not really on top of things

I've been updating my website and also my Etsy store, but mostly I've been going back and forth to the dentist!

You can see a lot of new stuff - on the website in necklaces and earrings and in the Etsy shop, too. I hope things will soon be back to normal.

Friday, August 7, 2009

My New Wishpot Site

I spent the afternoon setting up a new site on Wishpot. It emphasizes wedding items, but I'll also have links to my website, to Facebook and also to my Etsy store.

I'll be Tweeting about the new jewelry pieces I'm posting. I've posted a link to one of my tiaras.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Necklace and Earrings on Etsy

I jsut lilsted a stunning turquoise and coral necklace with matching earrings on my Etsy shop. You can see the photo on the right.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gemmies Arrived

I'm including some of the gems I got recently in my latest designs. I'll have a photo of some rose quartz earrings posted soon.

In the meantime, here's a photo of a turquoise and coral necklace with matching earrings.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Taking Care of Your Jewelry

Here are some tips for taking care of your jewelry. These tips apply to all jewelry, not just my handcrafted silver and gold pieces.

Don't exposre your jewelry to perspiration and dirt. You should remove your jewelry before working in the garden or engaging in other physical labor, exercising, swimming, bathing, etc. Avoid exposure to household cleaners and chemicals that can damage your jewelry - remove your jewelry before dealing with chemicals. It seems logical that pearls and other porous stones can be damaged by chemicals, but even karat gold can be discolored by chemical exposure (to chlorine, for example), even from something like a soak in a hot tub.

Apply your cosmetics, make-up, hair spray, and perfume before putting on your jewelry. Remove bracelets and rings before applying hand lotions and creams. Remove earrings when you have your hair done, especially if you are having it colored.

Jade, turquoise, malachite, and lapis are among porous soft stones that should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner or soaked in jewelry cleaner solutions. Softer, more porous stones such as these require extra careful treatment. Avoid using hot water on these stones.

Remember that pearls are precious gems, too. No ultrasonic or soaking in jewelry cleaners – just wipe off with damp soft cloth. If more cleaning is required try soapy water (Ivory flakes) on a soft cloth and dry thoroughly.

Jewelry often comes in a protective bag or box. Store your jewelry flat in a plastic bag. Store pearls in soft bags away from other jewelry which might scratch the pearl’s surface. Never put your jewelry away wet – wipe it off with a damp cloth and air dry.

Store your jewelry in a clean dark dry place. Don’t just toss your jewelry loose into a jewelry box or drawer. Your pieces will scratch each other. A fabric lined jewelry box is ideal and individual bags and jewelry boxes are excellent, too. Store your silver jewelry in a tarnish resistant bag.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Updating Squidoo

I've been updating my Squidoo lenses. One of my lenses is all about gemstones and gemstone lore. Others look at details about handmade jewelry like that on my website.

Here are links to two of my lenses (I have four lenses, but you can get to them all from these two): my Squidoo jewelry site and my site for handwoven jewelry

Monday, July 20, 2009

More Wedding Planning Tips

Here are some more wedding planning tips -

- Make a checklist for everything that needs to be done – vendors, guests, venue, etc.,and check things off as all the details are completed. The checklist will really help you to stay on track with your planning and can save you from overlooking things that need to be done.

- Consider handmade decorations and jewelry

- Be creative with food ideas to reduce costs. You don't have to have a fancy wedding cake. You can use something else in place of the cake – a tower of pasteries, for example. Consider pre-made sheet cakes in different sizes that can be stacked and decorated economically. You can also get a small cake just for the bride and groom to share. Consider having a wedding breakfast instead of a fancy reception. One of yesterday's tips applies here - consider a restaurant instead of a rented hall.

- One of Martha Stewart's suggestions: buy the booze yourself and keep the champagne at the bar for those who request it (many people don’t drink champagne so open bottles just go to waste. Alternatives - limit the bar to one particular signature "drink-of-the-day” or serve a really yummy punch instead – alcoholic and non-alcholic.

- Make-up tip: Martha Stewart suggests that if you use a make-up artist, you should ask them to leave you a touch-up kit (rather than having them stick around for hours). If your wedding look is done at a cosmetic counter, buy only the products that you'll use again and purchase sample quantities.

- You can rent your jewelry or use vintage pieces from your family and friends. Martha Stewart suggests borrowing something – a veil, earrings, etc. that will add meaning to your celebration while keeping costs contained.

- Look for a photographer whose work you like, but one who isn’t in high demand for weddings. This goes for the band, too. Try a non-wedding band – it’s generally cheaper. Plan to use taped music for parts of your big day.

- Use smaller flower arrangements and vases, even bud vases, rather than large showy baskets of flowers. Use large flowers to cut down on the number of flowers and look to local farmers for flowers for your arrangements. Attractively packaged potted plants will make great flowers for the tables and they can become take home gifts for your wedding party and guests. Use small corsages for bridesmaids and attendants rather than individual bouquets.

- When you select shoes and accessories, pick items that you will actually wear after the ceremony. Consider some of my vintage jewelry pieces Martha Stewart suggests getting on wedding gown designers' e-mail lists for updates on trunk shows and sample sales.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tips for Planning Your Wedding & Reception

Since I design jewelry for brides and attendants, I'm often asked for suggestions on the wedding and reception. Right now, many brides are interested in more economical wedding arrangements, but they still want to have a lovely special day. Here are a few ideas (I'll have more tomorrow):

- Rent a gown or wear a pre-owned dress. There are a number of websites that offer good values on gowns and accessories.

- Consider a wedding planner–a good planner might actually save money. Also,having your event in the off-season can save big bucks in both the cost of the venue and associated costs. Hotel accomodations for your guests will cost less, too.Facilities that offer wedding coordinators and other services can save you a lot of money over hiring these services separately.

- Limit the number of guests and attendants

- Prioritize your to-dos and recruit your friends to help you. Do as many things yourself as you can.

- Forget the engraved invitations in favor of less formal notes. Choose a limited color scheme for your invitations, etc. – you'll save a lot on printing costs. Another way to save - don’t have a program. You can also use the fonts on your computer and design your own invitations, etc., then get them printed at an on-line printer.

- Create your own – I’m seeing a lot of these and they really make sense. You can post all the details, photos, and more and e-mail to your friends and family.

- Gardens are great places to get married – but have a fall back in case of rain.

- Choose your own spot for the reception. Try a restaurant which already has all the facilities – not a rented hall.

- Forget the limo - it's an unnecessary added expense

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Pendants on my Website

Here's another new pendant and sterling collar combination. The pendant can be removed and worn with something else. The collar looks great all by itself!

Here's a link - ruby necklace

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Work

This textured neck ring and rhodonite pendant are new designs. You can see this piece and more at pendants. I have rhodonite beads in a lot of sizes and shapes that would make into a super necklace for the pendant and matching earrings as well.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Slow Day

Yesterday was a slow internet day for me. I'm not sure what was going on, but I had difficulty getting to my website to post photos and new items. At any rate, today things are going better and I have listed several new items.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Necklace Designs

Here's a picture of one of my new pieces. I'll be putting new items up on
my website and in my Etsy store this weekend.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Pearl Earring Design

Happy July 4 to everyone who celebrates!

Here's a pair of earrings that combine pearls with a faceted rose quartz pear brio. I am designing a pendant for a necklace to match the earrings.

Friday, July 3, 2009

New Pieces in the works

I am working on several new necklace designs. I hope to get some pictures taken over the holiday weekend.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Follow me on Facebook

It's now easy to "follow" me on Facebook and be my friend. You can also link to my business Facebook page from my main page - search for
Diana Kirkpatrick Art You Can Wear (

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Big Sale

I want to tell you about the BIG SALE coming up. The sale runs for one week only - starting at 12:01am EDT on Saturday June 27 through midnight EDT on Sunday July 5.

Prices are 10% off on everything on my website. This includes earrings, necklaces, the entire Bridal Section, and more. The savings are taken at checkout – the sale price doesn’t show on the site.

If you visit my Etsy store, you’ll find that I’ve also reduced the prices on most items including regular jewelry, vintage pieces, and bridal items. You can see what's available in the photos on the right hand side of my blog and go directly to my etsy shop.

There are new designs in both my website store and on Etsy. I will have more new designs that will be coming out in late summer into the fall. Take a look now and decide what pieces you'd like to have as your very own. As always, feel free to contact me for more information or to ask about special orders.

If you have any questions,e-mail me

Happy Shopping!

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Crystal Earrings

I've just put some new crystal earrings on my website. There will be a number of different styles available soon.

I'm planning a big weeklong sale on the website and also in my etsy shop. The sale will start the end of this month into early July. I'll have more details and exact dates soon.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Items

Check out the earrings on my website later today. By the end of the day, I'll have some new Swarovski crystal earrings up in my online store.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Harn Museum

I’m really excited to announce that I have been accepted as a participating artist in the gift shop at the Harn Museum of Art here in Gainesville, FL. When you are in the area, drop into The Harn (NW 34th and Hull Road) and take a look. The exhibits in the galleries are varied and fantastic – don’t miss them.

In addition to the Harn, you can see some of my pieces at The Perfect Gift, a very nifty gift shop in the Haile Village Center near where we live and of course, I have lots of jewelry for sale at the Gainesville Artisans Guild.

I’ve added new earrings and necklaces in my website store – new pearl designs, and more tiara examples in the bridal section. I’m currently working with Swarovski crystal, gemstones and pearls. Go directly to the store by clicking the link - check out all of the new items

Since going “live” last month, I made some additions to the Customer Service area of my website - a color chart for Swarovski crystals so you can see the crystal colors that are available. I can order specific colors for custom orders in case I don’t already stock them. I have also included photos of a couple of each of the pearls I am using in my designs. Prices vary and I can't replace the pearls with the same thing once they are used up.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Some photos - finally

I'll be getting some new photos up on the website and my Etsy site this week. In the meantime, here's a preview shot.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Etsy - Free Shipping to Canada

I want to give you an update - photos of new pearl colors and Swarovski charts should be up on my site soon.

I'm revising my Etsy site. It now features free shipping to Canada and to the United States. I'll have some new items and an assortment of beads up on-line shortly.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Color Charts for Swarovski and Pearl List

I'm doing a new page on my website for color charts with Swarovski stones and also for the freshwater pearls I have available. I should be ready with this new addition shortly.

The charts are intended to provide information about crystal colors for custom orders. If you see a piece you like, but you'd prefer another color, you can see what's available.

As always, you can't be absolutely sure about the colors you see on your monitor, but it will give you an idea. The pearls come and go and I can't always get more. I can order any of the Swarovski items.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Pearls

Some of my new pearl earrings are starting to appear in my website store. Click here to go to the store.

Here's a photo of a new necklace - I've combined amethyst beads and freshwater pearls with Swarovski crystal and aqua lampwork beads. I just love the aqua lampwork beads!

Friday, May 22, 2009

I thought the rain was over!

I really thought that the rain was over today - the sun came out and everything was lovely and green! Now the clouds have returned and the skies have opened. It's pouring again!

I'm going to post a lovely necklace from my bridal collection. Please tell me what you think.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I hope to get photos of the new pearls taken and on the website this week. I have a number of new colors, plus some keishis and more coins in colors.

Once I get the pictures up I'll try to do a link to the "samples" page I'm planning.

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's Miserable Outside!

We had a cold front pass through overnight and suddenly it's cold again! Today's high was in the upper 50's - not exactly what we're used to after days of 80+ degree temperatures.

I worked at the Artisans Guild today and when I left home this morning the weather was rainy but OK. By the time I left the Guild this afternoon it was windy and in the 50s. I'll hope for better weather very soon.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Working Hard on Quick Books

I've spent the day trying to catch up with things - mostly Quick Books. It seems as if I'm always behind on entering something. :-)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kumihimo Class

I had a marvelous kumihimo class with Carol Franklin this week (2 days). I learned a lot and had great fun doing the various patterns. I want to add kumi braids to some of my necklace designs. They may even become the necklaces themselves.

Friday, May 8, 2009

New On-line Store

I’m so excited! Let me tell you all about the new features of my updated website:

Now you can order from the many items pictured and pay for them directly from the website - I have necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more (be sure to tell your friends). Once you are at my site, click on "go to online store" to start shopping.

There’s a special section in my on-line store that’s just for brides. Most of my wedding and bridal party jewelry is made to order. My bridal pieces combine fashion and romance with a touch of fantasy.

In addition, I posted my first tutorial in the store – it gives instructions for a woven fiber necklace with beads. You can download the tutorial from my website. You can also purchase gift certificates.

I’m happy to create something special just for you. I accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Check out all the new features and tell me what you think.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

It's Live!!

I am so excited! My newly revised website with a shopping cart is on-line. Now you can order and pay directly from my site.

When you visit
just click on "online store" to go directly to my new store.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Look for My Brand New Site

My updated website site can be accessed with a link through my existing gallery site. Please let me know what you think of the format and the shopping cart.

I expect the site will go live in the next couple of days.

For the moment, I'm off to another show - my first bridal event. I'll have more on that when I return.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Skirts are almost done

I've been sewing wrap-around skirts for my display set-up to make it easier and faster to set up and tear down. I've finished three double pedestal skirts and I'm almost finished with the remaining two single pedestal ones.

I spent yesterday afternoon searching for more fabric. Fortunately, I did find enough to complete the job.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Making Skirts

I've spent this weekend making skirts for my display furniture. A couple of shows back I realized that I could set up and tear down much faster if I used skirting rather than the panels that are a part of the Dynamic Display set up(there are a minimum of 3 panels for each pedestal.)

I'm looking forward to using the skirts next weekend when I will have a very short set up time.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Website

The last few bugs are getting worked out on my updated website. I think that the newly revamped website will be opening sometime next week. Keep checking here - the new site will features several jewelry categories and a shopping cart to assist you. I accept most major credit cards.

I'm still recovering from the weekend show - sales could have been better. My booth along with about 16 others was located 2 blocks from the park where all the events took place and where most of the vendors were located. I was charged the same fee as everyone in the park and I have to admit - I feel used.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Weather Here is Great

The weather in my part of north Florida has been great the last couple of days and the forecast is for more of the same through the weekend.

I'm very grateful for this turn of events.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Flooding in North Florida

Flooding with possible road closures is anticipated for this weekend in north Florida due to the heavy rains in Georgia and north Florida recently. (I believe one forecaster said some areas had received a week's worth of rain in a day).

The possible road closures include I-10 and many other main roads between here and Tallahassee. I'm hoping that I don't have any problems getting to Tallahassee later next week for the show.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

LeMoyne Show and More

The LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival is held in Tallahassee, FL. This year it will be the weekend of April 18 & 19. It's downtown in the historic district off of Gadsden St. My booth number is 121.

My revamped website is about ready to be unveiled. I'm really excited about it. The site will have an all new look with sections for jewelry, tutorials (new) and also a bridal/wedding section (also new) that will feature jewelry and accessories for the bride-to-be. There will now be a shopping cart so you can make purchases directly on the site.

Friday, April 3, 2009

LeMoyne Chain of Parks show

The LeMoyne Museum Chain of Parks Show is coming up in Tallahassee, FL. We'll be setting up on Friday, April 17 - the show runs April 18th and the 19th. My booth number is 121 - please look for me there.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

More Vintage Jewelry on Etsy

I'm posting more vintage jewelry pieces on my Etsy site - a number of clip type and screwback earrings, plus some necklaces.

The new website is almost ready to go. I've uploaded my woven necklace tutorial. Please give me some comments about what's clear and what isn't. Your comments will really help me.

It's hard to change this tutorial much, but I'll make changes in the future tutorials I release, based on the feedback I get.

Monday, March 30, 2009

NewJewelry Listings

I've found some great vintage pieces to list and I've also posted new jewelry listings in my Etsy store under the Bridal category.

My updated website is almost ready to go. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Arts Set-up Tomorrow

I'll be packing the van tomorrow so I can set up for the Spring Arts Festival around dinner time. Set up starts about 6pm, but I can check in a bit earlier and get my packet.

My booth is #139 and it's down near 7th Avenue. I look forward to seeing everybody downtown this weekend. Let's hope for good weather.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring Arts Show this Weekend!

The Spring Arts Show in Gainesville, FL is this weekend. I'll be near 7th Avenue - booth # 139.

I will hope to see you then.

I'm hard at work on the new website. Hopefully it will be up and running very soon.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Updating the Website

I'm working on my new website, putting up photos and product descriptions. Hopefully the site will go live very soon.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Crazy Week

Wow, has this ever been a crazy week. I'm trying to get some necklaces finished for upcoming shows as well as supplying some local places with my pieces.

Last night's "Can You Dig It" event at the Museum of Natural History went very well. There were lots of parents and kids. The kids all seemed to be having a great time. A lot of people came through the museum and many of them seemed very interested in my work. I will definitely try to do a demonstration at the Guild's next Art Hop night on May 1.

I'm hard at work on the new website - this one will have a store.

I'll done an RSS feed of the March issue of my newsletter. Here's the feed:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring is Here!

Spring has arrived - at least in north central Florida! This week is supposed to be sunny and warm with highs around 80 degrees or so!

I have some lovely new bridal items for spring weddings in my Etsy online store - take a look!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Coming Up in March

The Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, FL will be presenting a multi-faceted program called “Can You Dig It?” in mid-March. Members of The Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society will be exhibiting and demonstrating a variety of lapidary and jewelry techniques, including faceting and cabochon making. I’ll be demonstrating some wire wrapping and weaving during the show.

I’m very interested in how this demo turns out, since I think I’d like to try a demonstration during the next Art Hop at the Artisans Guild (May 1). The February Art Hop was very successful. In addition to live music and refreshments, we had demonstrations by several Guild members and people really seemed to enjoy seeing artists at work. There were a lot of people in the Gallery for the entire evening.

People frequently want to know about shows I’m doing. My next show is The Spring Arts Festival here in Gainesville the end of March. If you’re in the area the last weekend of the month, don’t miss this event. Come by and say “hello.” My booth number is 139.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Spring Arts Festival

There's a great outdoor arts event here the last weekend of March. If you happen to be in Gainesville, check it out. It's the Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival sponsored by Santa Fe College and it's held downtown.

I'll have my woven fiber pieces on display and well my woven and coiled jewelry. Look for me - my booth number is 139.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Weekend Show

Last weekend's show suffered from the same things that have been reported for other shows - some weather related problems and very constrained buying from the customers.

We set up on Friday afternoon and the show officially opened at 5pm. I was really surprised by the number of people who turned out between 5 and 10pm. The event was held in the shopping area of a residental community, so a number of people were going to have dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Saturday was sunny and bright and very windy. I spent more time than I liked hoping that the tent would stay put. We had a good location with grass on one side and also behind us, so we could stake the back corners and one front corner. This was our first experience with a really windy day. I packed up at the end of the day Saturday - I was not at all sure that the tent would survive the forecast stronger winds and rain overnight.

We walked through the show on Sunday. I'd estimate that a third to a half of the artists left Saturday night. Sunday was windy with a lot of rain in the morning. By the time the show started it was sunny and pleasant, but still windy. Lots of people had taken their tents down. I would do this show again and put some of the lessons we learned into practice - I'd also hope for better weather.

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Necklace Designs

This is one a a new series of necklace designs I'm trying out. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Beautiful Day

It's a beautiful day - sunny and bright! I'll be indoors working on jewelry and computer stuff, but I'll enjoy the sunshine nonetheless.

Friday, February 20, 2009

More Photos - Coming Soon

We're taking photographs this weekend - new fiber and bead necklaces plus some new pendants and earrings.

I'm working on several new designs for brides and bridal parties. I'll post some photos as soon as I can.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Necklace Designs - Photos Coming Soon

I have some new necklace designs in the works. I'll post photos as soon as we can get set up to take the pictures.

These necklaces will look terrific with my cluster dangle earrings.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Company Coming!

My posting is going to be interrupted for a week or so. We have company arriving today and I'll be spending less time at the computer for the next several days.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Projects for the Coming Months

I’m getting my workshop set up with my torch and polishing equipment and I will be making head pins and soldering jump rings soon, I hope. There are a million things that I’m just dying to do; however, I am making some progress.

One of my goals for the year is to perfect my soldering techniques and create some fiber and metal pieces with bezel-set stones. I like larger stones, but another goal for this year is to do smaller pieces - pendants and rings with faceted gems. I have a long list of projects to work on.

It’s hard to stay focused. I have a show coming up the end of the month, but right now I’m working on Valentine’s items. I really like my cluster earring designs in gemstones and Swarovski crystals and want to do more of them - I haven’t even gotten to those yet.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

New items in my Etsy store

Take a look at my Etsy store and see what's new.

I listed several new Vintage jewelry pieces yesterday and there are more to come.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Friday the 13th Art Hop

The Gainesville Artisans Guild is one of the stops on next Friday's (Friday the 13th) Art Hop. If you are in Gainesville, FL that day, stop by.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Very Cold Weather

Even with the cold weather we've been having, the azaleas have been getting ready to bloom. However, after last night's freezing conditions, I'm sure that the blossoms that were about to open have been frozen solid.

There was some ice on areas of standing water here on Gainesville, FL this morning (and yesterday, too). I don't know how far south the cold extends, but I'm concerned about the potential for crop damage in the middle areas of the state. Growers have been spraying water on tender crops to form ice to protect the plants from severe freezing.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Artisans Guild Opening

The Gainesville FL Artisans Guild Gallery is having an opening reception tomorrow evening for an interesting exhibit.

The exhibit features a series of paintings done by some of the residents of the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. The paintings are interesting and very colorful. Several years ago, a friend of mine left her beloved pet at this sactuary after he became too much for her to care for.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Last night I attended a terrific presentation on kumihimo and related techniques by Carol Franklin. Ms. Franklin presented the evening's program for the Gainesville Handweavers Guild. Carol was originally a weaver and has explored a variety of kumihimo techiques.

Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique. Kumihimo is an integral and ancient part of Japanese culture. For instance, kumihimo ties secure the obi or sash of the kimono. Ms. Franklin's specialty is Taka Dai - a complex braiding approach.

I'm interested in integrating kumihimo into my woven fiber pieces. I've been experimenting with a small disk, but I'm looking forward to getting my weaving stand or Maru Dai and learning kumihimo in earnest.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Cold Snap Is Over

I'm working on some pieces for Valentines Day. Here's an example of a pendant in malachite and Swarovski crystal.

It appears that the Florida cold snap has ended and I think that the crops survived for the most part. Among other crops, at this time of year there are strawberries and blossoming fruit trees that are subject to damage.

I have several additional pins and other pieces to add to the Vintage section of my Etsy shop. Take a look

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Please Read - Signs of a Stroke

A friend recently sent me this information. This isn't a cheery post, but it's INFORMATION EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW about Blood Clots/Stroke. In addition to the three standard indicators now there's a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION: Remember the 1st Three Letters....S.T.R.

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later to tell everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. At 6pm Ingrid passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some people don't die - they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this...A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick is to get a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and get the patient medically cared for within 3 hours. Some times symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today.)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue: Ask the person to 'stick out' his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cold Weather

It sounds like north Florida is about to join the rest of the country in the deep freeze! By the end of the week we expect forecast highs in the 50s and lows in the 20s overnight. Hopefully this cold weather won't extend very far south and won't last long.

Of course, I realize that what's cold for us is no big deal for everybody else. However, if it gets really cold into south Florida we'll all be paying higher fruit and vegatable prices for items from Florida.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Artisans Guild Sale

The Gainesville Artisans Guild is having it's first ever sale this weekend and it's going to be a blow-out event!

The sale starts Friday evening at 7pm and ends on Sunday at 5pm. The discounts range from 10% to 50% depending on the artist.

Don't miss it!