Monday, August 30, 2010

When You Wish Upon a Star....

Today I posted two more of my 'message charm' creations!  'Wish' and 'Dream' with a clear Swarovski crystal star and a light sapphire moon -- cute!  I love the stars, planets and the moon.  I could sit for hours on the lake shore at night, watching the skies!  These necklaces remind me of those relaxing moments!



Sunday, August 29, 2010

Simply Charm-ing!

Another fun and bright bracelet creation!  Mariel's Garden is bold and beautiful -- glass lampwork, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals in full bloom!  Fabulous colors in pink, lemon, lime, cherry, and green.  Wear a little bit of summer!

Mariel's Garden

I have always thought this was a great idea for gifts!  Meg's Creations at Etsy offers pre-assembled mixes for cookies, brownies, dips and more!  Check out her Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix -- Yummy!

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Love Message Charm Necklace

Love Message Charm Necklace

Sending a message of love works any time of the year!  I created this sweet and simple necklace as a gift for someone special or just a way for you to express how you feel!  A beautiful Swarovski crystal heart accented with two tiny pearls, and a message charm with "Love" printed on it.  Great for any time of the year!  Check it out in my Etsy shop!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Every Day is a Potential Friday.

I went to the great Minnesota get together yesterday -- the Minnesota State Fair!  Cheese curds, mini doughnuts, hot dog, cotton diet went on hiatus.  It was a girls day out with my friend and our little girls.  What a great time!

Chocolate and Pink Necklace
My necklace choice for today, is a 'Chocolate and Pink Necklace', created with snowflake jasper, rose quartz, and crazy lace agate.  It reminds me of a wonderful blend of chocolate and strawberry ice cream with swirls of caramel drizzled in! 

Aside from wine.....I do enjoy a hot cup of tea from time to time!  If you drink tea, and have a penchant for the exotic, or enjoy trying something new, come take a browse through Red Leaf Tea's shop at Etsy!  Like a little sugar with that tea?  Here are some Demitasse Sugar Swizzle Sticks -- YUM!

White Demitasse Sugar Swizzle Sticks

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Drops From a Leaf.....

Pretty and delicate, this necklace makes a stunning statement!  A simple, silver, open leaf focal with an assortment of colored drops, rolling down silver chains.  Freshwater pearls give it a touch of elegance!
Drops From a Leaf

If there is anything that gives a home some country charm, it is a wreath.  Blooming Couture on Etsy has some beautiful floral wreaths, along with topiaries, floral arrangements and custom order witches hats! Hang a wreath on your front door to make your home warm and inviting during the holidays!

Autumn Pear Wreath

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Time to UnWine-D!

I am all about lip gloss.  Use it every day...many times a day....and if it is flavored, my 3 year old will eat it.  Well, I suppose it IS tasty!  Here's a great shop called Beautiful Twists by Ella Dean.  Fun, fun, fun lip gloss and body mists in scrumptious flavors!  Don't be too surprised if people start standing a little too close -- you might make them hungry!  My choice -- Wonder Waitress and Evil Waitress.   I get a kick out of the little stories she writes for each of her items too!  Which one will you choose?

Beautiful Twists
Wonder Waitress and Evil Waitress

And the UnWine-D part!  I truly enjoy ending the day with a nice glass of wine.  My favorite?  Rosemount Wines -- Pinot Grigio.  Crisp, refreshing, and downright relaxing!  So, sit down and enjoy a glass.  A toast, to us!
Rosemount Wines
Pinot Grigio

Monday, August 23, 2010

Aaaaahhhh....Good Morning Coffee!!

Nothing like a cup o' joe to get me going!  I just ordered a few things to make some cute charm necklaces.  I can't wait to get to get the stuff -- it's like opening a Christmas gift!  Meanwhile, I will happily show you some of the other things that I have made (and are available on Etsy).  This cute beaded necklace is called 'Rain Forest Retreat".  The pendant is serpentine, and is wrapped with sterling silver wire. 
Rain Forest Retreat

I found these CUTE little gnomes from Julie Blanchette  the other day on Etsy!  They are so sweet!  Check out her site to see more of these lovable gnomes and other items! 

Needle Felted Art Child with Teddy

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Man in the Moon Earrings and Tasty Apple Dip!

Man in the Moon
I have always been fascinated with the night sky -- the stars, planets, and our moon.  They always give me a sense of peace and tranquility!  I enjoyed making these Man in the Moon earrings, and the Swarovski crystal stars add a beautiful, shining touch!

Here's a tasty treat -- just in time for fall apple picking!
Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Dip from Kraft Foods.  I love this site, because it offers simple, and tasty recipes!  Follow the link to their site and enjoy!

Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Dip

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ode to the End of Summer.

Autumn Reverie

Aaaahhhh.....although I don't think that today is going to feel like the end of summer!  Hot and muggy is the given forecast.  So, I just thought that I would invoke a 'thought' of fall by posting another of my autumn inspired necklaces!  A harmonious blend of violet, copper and moss seed beads accentuate the beautiful maple leaf (an actual epoxied leaf).  The pendant can be removed, so that you may wear the necklace alone.  A little bit of Autumn flair!

And a bit O' whimsy.....

Greenie Marie Whimsical Art Dolls on Etsy -- Sweet, funny, and cute!  She makes her dolls without the use of a pattern, so that each one is unique and made with love!  Nice selection of rag dolls and bears -- pick one to be your cuddly, wuddly, snuggly buddy!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Free Shipping -- Elements by Lia Eastman!

Yep, FREE shipping on any of the items in my shop -- Now through September 15th!  Come on in and take a look around -- think Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.....  Here is my featured item of the day:  Wine Dangle Earrings in Pinot Grigio.  I love to sit and relax with a glass of wine!  Silver plated pewter grapes, with cubic zirconia drops, and Swarovski crystals.
Pinot Grigio

Another of my shop mentions today is off my ordinary path. is a great site to find all those hot and spicy foods you've been craving!  If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary gift for someone who LOVES all things spicy, check out this site!  Note:  They sell their stuff through eBay, so you will have to click on the link to get to the products.  Great selection, and find some unusual items too!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Autumn Bliss

Autumn Bliss
I LOVE fall colors.....can't you tell?  Czech glass beads in fall colors, accented with Swarovski crystals, autumn jasper, freshwater pearls, and colorful seed beads -- all strung using copper wire and chain.  Wear a piece of Autumn all year round!   

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


In the spirit of Halloween, I have been keeping an eye out for those Halloween-y (er... Halloweenie?) type items!  I saw this beautiful needle-felted barn owl, and fell in love with his sweet face!  Check him out at the FeltFarm on Etsy! 

Autumn on its Way!

Autumn Splendor
Since the hint, thought of Autumn is in the air, I thought that I would show one of my favorite necklaces!  This necklace was created with an actual maple leaf - colored and epoxied, it is a vibrant statement of fall!  The seed beads are a beautiful cascade of moss, to bronze, to gold colors.   The leaf pendant may be removed so that the necklace can be worn alone.  If you love Autumn - you can wear a piece of it all year round!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Looks Tasty Enough to Eat!!

Here's a great gift idea!  These items look sooooo yummy!  I also found a tasty looking pumpkin pie.....  I'm a sucker for most anything that has to do with fall or Halloween.  Cupcakes, cookies, candy, sugar scrubs, bar soap, and more.  Check out KCSoapsNmore to see what other sweet soaps there are!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Welcome to the Twilight Zone!

Spiral Necklace
This spiral pendant necklace reminds me of the into to the old Twilight Zone shows!  The spiral pendant is made from lead-free pewter, and is strung on brown waxed cotton cord.  The necklace can be shortened by sliding the knots along the cord -- you can wear it longer or shorter like a choker!  the combination of brown cord, copper, antiqued copper, and dark topaz seed beads, give the necklace a warm and rustic look.  Simple and casual! 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Piggy Kisses!

Just got back from the Dakota County Fair -- what a gorgeous day!  I actually overheard people saying that they should have worn jeans.  For real?!?  We're Minnesotans.  Grow a pair of potatoes!  It drops back below tropical temperatures, and they're chilly......  oy vey!  Get out and enjoy the day (or the evening)!

Love Everlasting....

The style of this necklace is: country, craftsy, primitive.  The copper heart is just beautiful!  I added copper plated charms to accent the blue magnesite, pink cherry quartz, shell, glass, and copper beads.  For more information, check out my Etsy shop!
Love Everlasting

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Seaside Necklace

Here is another of my ocean inspried necklaces!  I love the copper starfish focal combined with the sea-green amazonite chips.  This necklace is also accented with Swarovski pearls and two copper plated shell beads.  It is finished with a copper toggle clasp, and a 'water drop' dangle!  All of my jewelry items are created with QUALITY materials, and EXCELLENT craftmanship!

Friday, August 13, 2010


It's been raining here in Hastings, on and off all day. Not that I mind the rain -- I just wish that Mother Nature would make up her mind!

My website of choice today is Photography By Kelli. She is an 'on location' photographer, and takes amazing pitures of children and babies! Pictures taken 'in the moment', and using natural lighting create wonderful portraits. So, if you live in the Alexandria, Minnesota area, check out her website!
Photography By Kelli

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sailing Toward Autumn...

Aiden Loves Zoe Handmade Country Gifts

Since it is August, I thought that in addition to blogging about my jewelry, I would like to mention a few sites that sell cute crafty items! Perhaps this will give someone a great idea for gifts and decor throughout the holiday season!

Here is one shop I love: Aiden Loves Zoe Handmade Country Gifts

I love the country 'primitive' look -- but I am especially fond of the Witch Potion Jars! With Halloween in the near future, these would make a great Gift!

This shop is just CUTE! Petalbelles

Cute, tiny  fairies in glass ornaments along with children's wall art. I love this little pumpkin fairy!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer Bouquet

Another beautiful floral inspired bracelet! I love the mixture of green, lime, pink and peach in this creation. Hope you enjoy it too! Stay's a hot one today!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pink....Yes, Pink!!

So, after staring into my neighbor's backyard for a time, I realized that I had not experimented with bright, vibrant colors in my jewelry. Not that I don't like bright colors -- I just had not designed anything with them in mind. Here is a bracelet that I have just finished.... PINKTASTIC!!

Surf and Sand

Here is my latest necklace! I love this is 4 necklaces in one! Each strand has lobster clasps on each end, and each clasp hooks onto a magnetic slide clasp. How neat is that? Wear them together for a more formal look, or wear them individually for casual style! For more pictures and price, visit my shop at Etsy!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ocean on the Brain.....

I am working on another ocean inspired necklace -- it must be these dog days of summer here in Minnesota! I hope to have it done soon, so that I can get to work on a few bracelet ideas that I have. I posted another corded necklace to my Etsy shop today. A whimsy "Tribal Man" dancing up a storm! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Annabell's Garden

I recently finished another necklace....this one reminds me of a woman who lived next door to my grandparents. She kept beautiful gardens in her yard, and always had a sunny smile! I also love the vintage look of this necklace -- antique brass with lavender and pink accents look so classic together!