Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I'm published!! My work is included in the recent publication of "1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse" by Garth Johnson.

The book is being sold at and Barnes and Noble. I submitted many pieces for their consideration and four items were chosen. The mermaid bracelet, was five dominoes that I inked and made into a bracelet for a special friend of mine. A one-of-a-kind piece and a work of love for sure.

The author chose three other items, all typewriter key creations...

If you'd like your own piece of "Creative Reuse", I've been listing new pieces these last few weeks, including this fun bracelet for the travel enthusiast...

Bon Voyage

Friday, October 30, 2009

...A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772 - 1834, poet
Excert from "Xanadu - Kubla Khan"

Here is a bracelet to stir the senses, inspire romance and femininity, and bring out your inner poet!

Created with the fabulous lampwork artistry of Kerri Fuhr and framed with carved black onyx and rose quartz. This is a one of a kind creation for a one of a kind lady! (And, aren't we all?)

As with all my posts, click on the photo to go directly to the listing. Thank you.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Antiques Made New

As much as I love beads, I have a fondness for creating jewelry with non-jewelry items. Most often that being typewriter keys. Occasionally I may make a bracelet of random keys but usually I try to get words or sayings on my bracelets and have a theme or sense of pairing to my earrings. I also LOVE adding dangles and charms feeling the jewelry is bare or unfinished without them. These pieces make excellent gifts for teachers, writers, or anyone who appreciates the way it used to be.

The typewriter keys I use are ALL authentic! They come from very old typewriters nearing 100 years old. Some would say this is terrible, to tear apart such engineering marvels just to create a pair of earrings. For the antiquarians out there, please know that I have never taken apart a wonderful, working typewriter. The typewriters I use are usually rusted, inoperable, more costly than practical to repair and have been gathering dust and moisture for years. This hobby of mine is certainly preserving history in a decorative and useful manner. The left over typewriter parts are brought to a metal recycler.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Strong Emotions

“The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.” ~Pablo Picasso

I never know what is going to inspire me but I love to see a creation develop and be completed from inspiration. Sometimes, it's quite clear to see the inspiration behind a piece as in the case of this bracelet. I was obviously inspired by Autumn, the changing colors and falling leaves.

"Bittersweet October"

With other creations, the inspiration may not be as blatantly obvious, but the inspiration, just as strong. This bracelet was inspired by Salt Water Taffy. The kind you find handmade by the shore and eat while you stroll along the boardwalk.

"Sweet Treat"

Some of my past inspirations have been the death of a favorite author, Madeline L'Engle...

"Ode to Madeline"

and even the color of a lipstick...

"Airy Fairy"

Saturday, September 12, 2009


I haven't been too productive lately with our recent move and Summer's family functions. I made this bracelet a couple of months ago and thanks to the ladies in the Bead Hive, I've found the perfect name for it. "Carnivale". While looking up the word Carnivale online, I found a great painting by artist Patsy Seeley that looks like it could have been the inspiration for this design. I had to share it!

"Lady in Purple"

I love this color combination! The whimsy and the mystery of things carnivalesque. When I saw these beads from lampwork bead artist, Sarah Friskey, I had to buy them. Seems I am always drawn to bright colors but usually design with muted tones. Maybe it's the Summer sun but these beads certainly called out to me.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Front Page News

I love the surprise of seeing one of my listings on Etsy's Front Page. It doesn't happen often but when it does, I'm all smiles and giddy! This happened twice yesterday. Once with my listing of a vintage Thermos set.

And the second time, I didn't see the Front Page but found out about it later. My Melon Cooler bracelet was an alternate in this dreamy collection...

Thanks to the wonderful folks who included me in such fun and beautiful Treasury collections, chicalessia and bontonvintage!

One more AWESOME thing happening right now is that I am running a BOGO 1/2 off sale! See my shop announcement for full details and begin your shopping - just click on the happy shopper below!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fair Trade

A few months ago another Etsy seller jarck101 (a.k.a. Lisa) and I made a trade. I had chosen many of her items as birthday presents for our daughters and she found a bracelet of equal dollar amount that she liked. It happened to be one of my favorite pieces in composition, colors and photography. A bittersweet trade. I was happy to see it find a home though.

Upon receiving her new bracelet, Lisa wrote me this message...

Hi Misty!
The bracelet came in the mail today and I put it right on. I LOVE IT! Oh, I really love it! It is perfect in every way///the colors the style the crafsmanship. The colors look great on my tawny skin, and I love the chunky, funky beauty of it! I used to buy wonderful jewelry like this 20 years ago, but haven't since then as I went through a divorce, was a single mom, my new husband retired and then had health just got in the way and I lost touch of this "fun" side of me. Girlfriend...I think you just woke up the fun part of doing something for myself! Thank you, thank you!
I was feeling guilty after I agreed to trade because I was doing this for me and me alone.......but no longer! Thank you! I think I got the better end of the trade! I hope your daughters like the bags...but they collectively can't possibly be as happy as I am with this beautiful bracelet! I love it, thank you!


I've heard wonderful things about how people like my jewelry before. I love pats on the back and the enjoyment people have in wearing their new, unique piece. But this letter, made my day, week and month! I know what it's like to have life take over and forget about being pretty, or doing something just for myself. It's hard to think of that when our lives are encompassed by children, spouse, and daily "to-do's".

Warm Summer Flower - Jewerly Pouch by jarck101

So far, our daughters DO love their birthday presents. They go so well with last years gift of interchangeable earrings and each one was selected with their individual personalities in mind. Maybe "they collectively can't possibly be as happy" but that is alright with me. This one trade made Lisa happy and will continue to do so everytime she wears her bracelet and will make our daughters happy all through the year as we deliver their gifts and hopefully as they continue to use them.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Doodles and Dreams: Crafty Monday - Reuse old Jewelry

This is a wonderful article on ways to reuse old jewelry. I think haunting Estate and Yard Sales this summer is going to take on a whole new dimension now!

Doodles and Dreams: Crafty Monday - Reuse old Jewelry

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thanks for coming to my blog to check out this awesome bike! Help me win one by clicking the picture below and seeing what they have to offer!

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Social Networking

I realize I haven't updated for a long time. Seems the more I "network", the less I get done.

If you have found your way to my blog, please also find me at Twitter. I update there a couple of times a day generally. Usually with shop updates of new listings or things I want to share from my selection.

As for my design work. I continue creating new pieces and listing on Etsy. Cycling through stages of typewriter key jewelry, beaded pieces, lampwork beads and the occasional odd inspiration.

This summer looks to be busy. We've just bought a home and will be moving. That is a real stressful time, especially where beading is concerned. I have to put away all my trays and dishes of work in progress, pack up the lampwork station, and basically add boxes to my out of the box way of working. I like to have things where I can see them. So that when I am passing by or happen upon a "palette" of beads gathered for a project, I can ponder it and think about how I'd like to see them together. When things are packed up and boxed neatly away, well, I miss them.

Hopefully this will be the home we see our last two children grow up in, where we can look forward to many visits from grandchildren and grow old together in. Pursuing our passions, finding new ones and not boxing up our creativity.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My First Blog Award

I am very honored to be chosen by Dhea of Javabead... Fire and Glass Designs for this award. Thank you Dhea!

Here's the story behind this award: The authors say that blogs who receive this award are exceedingly charming. This blog invests in the PROXIMITY in space, time and relationships. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that even more friendships are propagated. So, now it's time for me to pass on this award and 'propagate' some friendships!

I'd like to pass this award on to...

Brilliant Beads
Mama Devine
JC Herrell

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