Tuesday, December 27, 2011

southwest stack

I made jewelry for gift giving but had to keep these four for myself. I love the colors of the Southwest as much as I love wearing stacks of bracelets. The first bracelet from the left, is made from a zipper, the second one, is made from recycled beads, polymer clay, and sari silk. I love the burnt orange color of this bracelet. The third bracelet is free form peyote using recycled beads. The forth bangle is made from antiqued brass wire and an orphaned turquoise bead. More inspirational stacks may be seen here.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas
and that you have a very


karma is a bitch
and so is my lawyer.

Monday, November 28, 2011

eco friendly bracelets

Looks like I have become an eco friendly artist. I have not bought any supplies in three years and vowed to use what is available. I love being inventive, I love transforming something totally different from something else. The above double bracelet stack are prototypes for upcoming classes.

What have you re-invented lately ?

karma is a bitch
so is my lawyer

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

paintings and more paintings

This is a page out of my FACES JOURNAL, one of 30 some paintings posted today. Several are demonstration pieces. If you are interested and would like to see them CLICK HERE. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to leave a comment, that would make my day. I have to draw in this journal every once in a while before I get jewelry burn out...

Hope you visit and get inspired.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

cafe cubano

Title: Cafe' Cubano
A statement necklace

This is the outcome of several elements that I have been saving. The wire caged geode is a beautiful rich coffee brown that reminds me of Cuban coffee. All other elements have been repurposed.

Yes, karma is a bitch
and so is my lawyer

Thursday, September 29, 2011

title journal

Many have commented on the titles of my work... it's fast, easy and fun to come up with titles. Every artist should have a TITLE JOURNAL ... Click here and I will show you how I do this.

Thank you to every one who have left comments. If I don't send you a note of thanks, it's because I can not locate your address, or because I'm moving slowly through the Bead Soup.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011 bead soup reveal

Title: Midnight in Santa Fe

I made two necklaces with the beautiful beads that my pardner CJ Bauschka sent me. The large black donut has a beautiful pitted surface but because of the pitting, the edges were a bit jagged, especially where the middle hole once was. I was afraid that any beading or cording could break with wear. After staring at the bead for several days. I decided to turn it into a cabochon of sorts.
I bead embroidered the edges to take away some of the jaggedness, and I made a bezel to house some of the turquoise and hide the hole of the donut. I made a three inch fabric bead inspired by Paula Best, embellished it with colored fibers, seed beads and the small pieces of turquoise.
A black leather like cord slides through the fabric bead to which the donut, now cabochon, is attached. I used the large silver drop bead as a dangle.
I liked the silver clasp so much that I chose not to use it on this necklace. Instead, it became a charm on the second necklace.

Detail of the first necklace titled Midnight in Santa Fe.

Scroll down to see the beads that
CJ and I exchanged.

Title: South of the Border Spice

This is the second necklace from the many beads CJ sent. I love the clasp as a charm. I made and attached a spicy red resin bead and a single little black bead to one end of the clasp. Silver seed beads and three wonderful large red teardrop beads became a tassel. A large turquoise bead to which I attached a long flat ivory element became another charm. All these dangles are attached to a large round black bead embellished with a little red fabric bundle. This necklace is about movement , so I attached everything to a long leather like cord. Still have some beads left over, hoping to make another piece later.

Many have commented on my titles, if you are interested, I wrote a Mini Tutorial here on how they come about, fun fun...

To See what the other hundreds of participants revealed, click here.

Thank you Lori for sponsoring the Bead Soup Party...you outdid your self and it is appreciated.

See you at the party...

Note: No I did not post on Wed the 14th...just noticed my clock and calendar were on draft time instead of mountain standard time. Duhhhhh

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

lace up your cuff

Finally got back to creating after meeting the teaching deadlines. Grabbed my sewing kit, sat down, put my feet up and made the softest little cuff you will ever wear. Made of striped silk, lace, tiny beads, vintage buttons and a puffy little flower with a pearl...faux, of course. And, I made a little resin bead to add as a charm.

Will soon add it to my Etsy shop.

All my designs are protected by copyright laws,
please do not copy, print, or publish.

karma is a bitch
so is my lawyer.

Monday, September 05, 2011

devine madness

Divine Madness is the name of this necklace, though it's not been so divine rushing around trying to meet teaching deadlines, create a piece for the Bead Soup when your mind draws a blank. I actually ended up with two. Plus, trying to beat the 110 degree weather. When it gets so hot you can't think, the best thing to do is roll mindless paper beads. All the beads on this necklace are handmade...the paper beads rolled and heavily glazed, and the round beads handcrafted from resin. As you can see, no two beads are alike, what fun, and yes it is Divine Madness.

Stop by anytime after Sept. 17 to see the Bead Soup reveal.

All designs are protected by copyright laws,
please do not copy, print or publish without written permission.

karma is a bitch
so is my lawyer

Sunday, August 28, 2011

bead soup is cooking

What I sent CJ

What CJ sent me

The bead Soup ingredients have arrived....now comes the challenge to work out of our comfort zone. I am paired with a sweet lady who makes beautiful jewelry with seed beads. Find her work here.

Reveal Day will be September 17
stop by and see the results.

List of participants
Thank you Lori for sponsoring this event.

Friday, August 05, 2011

stack em up

Bangles, cuffs, and bracelets.....all ready for vendor day Art Unraveled. Several styles that can be mixed or matched, wear 3 or 20, create your own stacks.

Stop by and take a look

All my designs are protected by copyright laws
please do not copy, print, or publish without my written consent.

karma is a bitch
so is my lawyer

Sunday, July 31, 2011

faces moxified

Samples of faces that I will be teaching at Art Unraveled 2011.
These are from my journal pages.

Another sample for About Faces class at Art Unraveled 2011.
Learn the basics...develop your style.

Stop by and say hello.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

arizona dust devils

Dust Devils... a vortex of dust filled air created by extreme heat. These small and some not so small whirlwinds can be spotted just about anywhere in Arizona. I was putting together a small fabric collage panel for the front pocket of a small poets journal bag. When I finished, I realized that I had metaphorically painted a panel of dust devils, thus the title. The poets bag is available for purchase or can be seen at vendors day Art Unraveled.

Stop by and say hello..I will also have art jewelry for sale.

My designs are protected by copyright laws,
please do not copy, print, or publish without my written permission.

Karma is a bitch,
so is my lawyer

Thursday, June 16, 2011

fabric wrist cuff

After daaaaays of not being motivated, I found a box of fabric that "kicked me in the seat of my pants" and got me creating again. I remember watching my grandmother "paint" with a needle and thread. Actual beautiful thread paintings that she framed. That's where my love of fibers came from. This cuff is a result of that memory. The other side of the cuff has three beaded dangles and a few other beads tucked here and there for added sparkle.

Click Here to see other views of this cuff.

My designs are protected by copyright laws,
please do not copy, print, or publish without my written permission

karma is a bitch
so is my lawyer.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

moxie bag on etsy

My computer is up and running again. A big Thank you hug to Ron Pierotti for coming to the rescue. Ron is JoAnna Pierotti's better half, computer guru, and part time cook. JoAnna is my cute friend, a fabulous artist, and maker of killer Mojitos. See her fun creations here.

Also visit Moxie Gallery on Etsy to see other views of my Moxie Bags.

Please note: All my designs are protected by copyright laws,
please do not copy, print, or publish without my written permission.

Karma is a bitch
so is my lawyer

Monday, May 02, 2011

stacks of bangles

Stacking bangles by color, getting ready for vendor day at Art Unraveled August 2011.

Hope to see you there

Please note: All designs are protected by copyright laws,
please do not copy, print, or publish without my written permission.
Karma is a bitch,
so is my lawyer

Saturday, April 30, 2011

royal wedding hat

Being that I was toooo busy to attend the royal wedding, Millie my model went in my place. She wants to show you the hat she wore. It is made to order from wire, buttons, ribbon, beads, silk flowers and other artsy bits and pieces. She says she blended right in....

What did you wear?

Karma won't get you if you copy this,
neither will my lawyer

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

button swap 2011


The cuff that I chose to make is light and easy to wear. I combined wire, textured poly clay, a hand crafted faux enamel bead, silk, a tiny brass charm, and two buttons.

Buttons sent by my partner, the lovely Marti Conrad. A large rust color ceramic button stamped and glazed with a beautiful frosty blue glaze. A wood flower shape button in beige, edged in rust, and three lovely textured glass buttons which I chose not to use at this time. They may become earrings later.
Thank you Marti, I love the buttons you sent, hope you like what I made with them.

Visit Michelle's Blog to see what the other participants created with their buttons.
Thank you to Michelle Mach for organizing this fun button swap and challenge.

Please note: All my designs are protected under copyright laws
do not copy, print, or publish without my written permission.

Karma is a bitch
So is my lawyer

Monday, April 18, 2011

fiesta on your wrist

Are your eyes tired after looking at more than 100 blue bracelets? Do you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta on your wrist? Or maybe you just want something colorful to wear with your jeans....well here is the bracelet you need. Seven hand painted tiles loaded with little dangles that move when you move...how fun is that?

You pick a color combination

Please Note: All my designs are protected by copyright laws
Please do not copy, print, or publish without written permission.
Karma is a bitch
So is my lawyer.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

no ordinary blog hop


The rules: Make a blue adult size bracelet. The bracelet will go to The Global Genes Project...
an advocacy group for children rare disease awareness. The Global Genes Project sends the bracelets to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show love and support.

Please visit the talented Lori Anderson's Blog to link onto the blog hop list...see what other jewelry artists contributed. Thank you Lori for organizing yet another wonderful blog hop.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

the classifieds cuff

New cuff has been added to Moxie Gallery. Wear the classifieds on your wrist...a real conversation piece.

Read more about this cuff here.

Please note: All my designs are protected by copyright laws
Please do not copy or publish without written permission.
Karma is a bitch
So is my lawyer

blog hop


Make one blue bracelet in an adult size...the bracelets will be sent to the Global Genes Project, an advocacy group who launched "7000 for Hope", a children with rare diseases campaign. The bracelet will be given to one of 7000 families who have children with rare diseases to show them love and support. Be part of this project... please click on LORI ANDERSON'S BLOG for detail information. Thank you Lori for doing your part in this effort....please join us.

Friday, April 01, 2011

goddess of the sea

New cuff ready for purchase at Moxie Gallery.

Title: Yemaya-goddess of the sea. Honoring the patron saint of sailers and balseros. Balseros are Cubans who cross the ocean on make shift rafts trying to get to the United States. Unfortunately many do not make it.

See more views of the cuff at Moxie Gallery.

More new bracelets on my other blog. Click here

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

new bracelets

Guess I'm not done with the empty nest series...now black birds have invaded the nests. This bracelet is for sale on Moxie Gallery.


Another colorful lightweight cuff has been added to Moxie Gallery. Light and airy for summer. This color combination will go with just about anything.

Check out the faux enamel bead.

Detail photo of the bead here.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

key lime cuff

Key Lime is the title of this wrist adornment... a new line of cuffs that will be up for sale on Moxie Gallery. This cuff houses a tiny original abstract art piece nestled in faux enamel. Stained metal, buttons, washers, silk, and a hand crafted faux enamel bead, make this cuff fabulous, light, and airy for hot summer wear.

Key Lime...yum yum

Please note: All my designs are protected under copyright laws
PleaseDO NOT copy or publish.
Karma is a bitch
So is my lawyer

Monday, March 21, 2011

rain forest necklace

The above necklace has been featured in BEAD TRENDS magazine/booklet April 2011 issue. You will find photos and How To Instructions on pages 100 and 101. The necklace is made using all recycled materials, including old painted canvases and recycled denim jeans. To the left of the photo is a tiny peek of a purse that I made to go with it.

Another view of the necklace here.
Sorry, (no I'm not) the purse is sold.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

beyond about face

Art Unraveled is just around the corner and I will be teaching a class on how to paint portraits in watercolor for beginners. The name of the class is About Face, and the sample can be viewed HERE. Once the technique is learned you will be able to go beyond that simple painting. You can use the drawing and the technique as inspiration to take it further into mixed media collage and jewelry making. The above mixed media painting was inspired by the class sample, and the necklace was inspired by the mixed media painting. If you are attending the class, I will give you all the information on how I take a simple piece of art, and take it beyond.

Hope you are inspired.

See you at Art Unraveled.

Friday, March 04, 2011

march art bead scene challenge

Visit my other blog, CLICK HERE to see photos of my entry for the Art Bead Scene Challenge.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

thank you

Santa Fe Necklace

A big THANK YOU to each of you who have taken the time to visit and leave such nice comments. The Bead Soup hop is far from over...I'm close to the half way mark. I am trying to touch base with each of you, though I have run into a couple of blogs that are private. I thank those of you who have emailed me private and those who have become followers. A big hug to all of you.

Please scroll down to view the finished Bead Soup necklace.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

bead soup party

The soup is done...what fun it was to make.

My partner Charlene Sevier sent some beautiful"soup ingredients". My challenge was scale and value. The lovely silver focal was almost the same size as the turquoise beads, so I made a polymer and faux enamel piece to carry the silver focal pendant. I wanted to use the almost white bead that was included, but it looked too light in value, so I dyed it and bundled it in silver wire with dots to match the clasp and the pendant. I chose not to use the dark small beads.

Note: For whatever reason the whole post disappeared, twice. I apologize for this, we are trying to fix the problem.

In the mean time Please Click Here to view the list of participants and to see the wonderful necklace our party hostess Lori Anderdon made. Thank you Lori for a great party.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

recycled neckties

I inherited a box of neckties and I have turned some of them into fun chunky bangles. They are lightweight, chunky fat, and fashion fabulous.

More chunky bangles, this time I used vintage fabrics and sari silk. Yes...they too are chunky fat, flexible, and fashion fabulous.

They are featured on Moxie Gallery
click here to see more.

Please note: All of my designs are protected by copyright laws
Please do not copy or publish without written permission.
Karma is a bitch
So is my lawyer

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A&S blog hop

First time teaching for Art and Soul Portland 2011...woohoo, can't wait!

I will be teaching Collage for Journal Pages (get ready to get your hands dirty)
Also, The Moxie Cuff and Wild Fibers Bracelet, one of a kind art jewelry.

Class samples, information, and registration can be found by clicking here.

Scroll to the bottom of this post and you will find a link to my blog plus a Blog Hop listing of some wonderful and talented instructors who will be teaching.

Register early...

The Moxie Cuff class...you are in for a big surprise when you find out what you will use for a cuff base.
Bet you can't make just one...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

new pendants

One of a kind pendants will be featured on Moxie Gallery. You will be able to purchase them and use them as part of your art jewelry designs or simply attach them to a silk cord and wear them layered with other necklaces.

The one on the left is an original mini water media art piece heavily sealed for wear.
The one on the right is a handcrafted collage bead with a silk tassel. This one has been sold.

More photos here.
Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

abs feb 2011 challenge

Hand crafted collage beads is what I made for the February 2011 Art Bead Scene challenge. The cuff base plate is collaged and heavily sealed for wear. Visit the Art Bead Scene site to see what inspired this wrist cuff.

I will be teaching a similar cuff technique at Art and Soul Portland,
registration and information here.

Friday, January 28, 2011

bead soup

This will be my first time at the BEAD SOUP PARTY. I am partnered with Charlene Sevier. You can see her work here. Thank you Charlene, I just received the bead soup packet... beautiful colors...if any of you are familiar with my work, she really has given me a challenge. She asked that I send her bead soup packet at the last day of the month being that she is at the Tucson Bead Show...lucky her.

OK...let's get inventive, it's time to create.

See the finished piece here on February 26th.
Go here to visit the 200 plus challenge entries.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

tribal necklace again

The Tribal Necklace did not make it to Etsy...it SOLD 2 hours after I posted the sneak peek.

The mask must have good mojo...

you think???

tribal necklace

A sneak peek at a new line of sculpted masks that will adorn my necklaces. Each embellished with faux enamel in beautiful bright colors. Some will go to Etsy, while others will be ready for vendor day at Art Unraveled Phoenix and Art & Soul Portland.

Faux Enamel Bead Classes will soon be available...info here.

Also, A watercolor portrait class at Art Unraveled Phoenix August 2011 and
a collage class plus two jewelry classes at Art and Soul Portland September 2011.

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

destiny and desire

Mixed Media Necklace

Keeping busy making components for my art jewelry designs. The above necklace has hand crafted beads, tiny water media art pieces, a tassel made from silk that I brought back from Japan when I taught there, and a hand crafted flower from vintage silk...all attached to a hand crafted raw silk cord. The real thing has a lot more magenta tones that actually reads red in the photo.....