Sunday, November 25, 2012

7000 Blue Bracelets

Back in October, Sue asked for bloggers to sign up to make and donate blue bracelets for the Global Genes Project.  Basically, the bracelets are given to family members of people with rare genetic disorders.  The bracelets are a reminder that they are not alone, that people are thinking of them and that someone cares.  I think this is a very easy way to let someone else know that you care.  All that was required of me was a little time, some blue beads and a little creativity.  Oh, and postage.

Here is the bracelet I created.  I used my new fold forming skills to create a heart that speaks for its self.  I hope that who ever ends up with this bracelets likes what I created.  Blue is not really my color of choose, but I really like this piece.  I made it ajustable, as asked, because you don't know who the pieces are going to.

Hop on over to Sue's place to see all the other participants and what they have created.  And, please, think about creating your own blue bracelet to add to the 7000 Bracelets For Hope.


Saturday, November 10, 2012


I got picked!!! One of my favorite designers is hosting a Christmas gift swap and I was lucky enough to get picked.  I can't believe it happened.  I was the second person to leave a comment and when you're that low in the count, you usually aren't lucky enough to get choosen by the random draw.  So, I'm a very lucky girl, indeed.

Lorelei Eurto, has been kind enough to act as hostess for this gift swap and I can't wait to get started making the 11 gifts that I have to get done before December 1st.  I am in the second group, so I get to make whatever I want, as long as it is handmade.  I haven't decided yet if I want to do all jewelry or something else, or a mix match of jewelry and other things.  I'm a crafty person, so there are lots of other things that I make, and I should be able to come up something.  There is something about the holidays that really brings out the need to create in me.  For the past two years our extended family Christmas celebrations have been totally handmade.  Not everyone has appreciated this, but I thought it was fun.

Keep checking back to see how I'm doing with creating 11 gifts.  It's going to be a challenge for sure.  On December 25th we begin to open our gifts, and will open one gift a day for the next 11 days.  I'm a greedy girl, and this is right up my alley.  There will be more posts to follow as I make gifts and then when we, as a group, open our gifts.  Fun, fun, fun to come!!!!



Monday, October 29, 2012


So, quite a while ago there was this idea for the makers of handmade products to make some thing with their own two hands and pay it forward to folks who also appreciate handmade objects.  In this case the products were handmade jewelry items.  I wanted to join in, but every time I saw the notice on someones blog, I was too late.  Then, I heard about someone who was waiting for people to comment on her invitation to join in this gathering of like-minded folks.  I commented, and became an official member of the Pay It Forward: Handmade clan.

Cassi, from Beads: Rolling Downhill, was good enough to allow me to play along, and I knew that at some point in the next 365 days, I would receive a surprise in the mail.  A few days ago I did go to my mailbox and found said surprise waiting for me.  How fun to receive something special out of the blue.  Cassi sent me two pair of lovely earrings that are so up my alley.  Please forgive the pictures, I just couldn't get the colors to come out right.

The bottom pair have the word Laugh stamped on them and are made of polymer clay, as are the little yellow hearts.  The top pair are Czech glass flowers in a beautiful red.  I love both pair. 

This was so much fun.  One of the things that I promised to do is to Pay It forward, myself.  I have yet to do my post asking for comments, because everyone seemed to already be on the bandwagon, so I figured I would give it a little time to calm down and then make the offer and see it I could get any takers.

Here is the jist of how this works:  For the first three commenter's that leave their email address, I will promise to make something handmade and mail it to you at some point in the next 365 days.  It will be totally random and a nice gift from me to you.  I will get your regular mailing address and ask a few questions to be used as guidelines.  You, as the recipient, will create a blog post inviting three people to play along, in essence Paying it forward.  How about it, any takers????

Cassi, thank you so much for the beautiful gift.  I will enjoy these earrings, and every time someone asks where I got them, I can say they are a handmade surprise gift from a nice person that I have never met.  But, she is someone with a kind and generous heart.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012


to fold form metal.  I love the ideal of manipulating sheets of metal into forms that create beautiful jewelry.  I've watched others who seem to effortlessly fold metal into three dimensional shapes and wished that I could do that.  It always seemed to me that it would take the skill and strength of a seasoned blacksmith to be able to heat and pound metal into shapes and forms that come alive with fluidity.  In one sense I was right, but in a  bigger sense I was so wrong.

A while ago I received my issue of STEP BY STEP WIRE JEWELRY, (Aug-Sept issue).  In it are instructions for a Battered Heart bracelet by Abbi Berta, using basic fold forming techniques.  I thought about it and read the article several times, and then I pulled out the torch and hammer and gave it a try.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  My product isn't going to win any awards, but we all have to start somewhere...

These are basic, first tries, BUT I DID IT.  I cut, heated, folded, pounded and shaped my way through my first metal fold forming attempt and I did okay.  Now, I want to run out and take a blacksmithing class.  It was so much fun turning a flat, shinny piece of copper into something with character and soul.  Jewelry is always satisfying to me because, no matter how a piece turns out, someone, somewhere will love it.  You, as the designer, just have to get the piece into the hands of the person that it calls to.  Fold formed jewelry has always called to me, and now, I can make it.  How great is that?

Onward and upward, who knows what I can create with lots more practice and inspiration.


Monday, October 15, 2012


and an apology.  I didn't realize how long it had been since I had posted, and I'm sorry for that.  Now, on to the swap.  The lovely Diana, from Suburban Girl Studio, has issued a fun challenge to create mismatched art bead earrings and then swap them with a partner.  I was paired with Kashmira.  I was really looking forward to this swap because it gave each of us an opportunity to create something really unique for each other.  When Kashmira's package arrived in the mail I was not disappointed.  Just look at what I received...

Aren't they lovely.  I'm a big fan of the green, so these earrings are right up my alley.  They are very light, and comfortable to wear, and I have received many compliments on them.  To the point that I had to stop my own mother from swiping them.  I'm so glad that I joined this swap, and that I was paired with such a thoughtful partner.  Go on and visit Kashmira, and all the other participants, you won't be disappointed. Here's a list of everyone playing:

Lisa Liddy

Charlene Jacka

PS... I know that I'm a little early, but if I wait to do this tomorrow it won't get done. And, I can't figure out why this post is so freaky looking, but I'm too tired to chase down the problem.

PPS...Kashmira left a comment telling everyone where she got those great enameled beads.  Be sure and check it out.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I Love Ya, Tomorrow...

Howdy, Howdy All,

Just incase you don't know, because maybe you sleep under a rock and didn't hear, but tomorrow is the last reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  So, tomorrow on the 25th go visit Lori Anderson, and she will have the whole list of participants that are having their big reveal.  Again, it's tomorrow, people.  Be there or be square.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

There's a Celebration in the Land

Hey All,

Head on over and visit Leslie, at the The Gossiping Goddess, and celebrate her great fortune in having a successful shop after only six months in business.  What an inspiring business woman she is.  Of course, it helps that she makes beautiful components and jewelry.  So, scurry on over and view the loveliness, and while you are there, she's having a give-away.  You might win a prize.....


Thursday, August 16, 2012


I was just cruising around the WWW, when I landed on the blog of my favorite stalkee.  And, guess what???  She's having another give-away.  Of course, I'm talking about Lori Anderson.  Go on over and find out the info on a great jewelry retreat, and try your luck at winning a terrific gift certificate.  I did it, and you won't be sorry if you give it a try yourself.  Promise.

Happy Creating today,


Saturday, August 11, 2012

!!! BURPPPP !!!

(It really is 12:10am on Aug.11. My computer time is correct, I can't figure out how to change blogger from Pacific time to Eastern time.)

Excuuuuse me...that is some tasty soup. Welcome all to the 2nd reveal of the 6th BEAD SOUP BLOG PARTY.

Our wonderful hostess, Lori Anderson, paired us up and sent us on an incredible journey that challenged us all.  Thank you, Lori, for being the hostess with the mostess!  You can find all of the participants here. Scroll down to the second reveal date, grab a comfy chair and something to snack on, you're going to be here a while.

Without further is a reminder of what my marvy partner, Rochelle, sent to me.

And this is what I did with some, most especially the focal beads and the clasp, that she sent.  Please excuse the picture quality, poor woman + phone camera = not so great pictures.

This necklace I am calling Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil.  It is immediately what I thought of when I opened the package from Rochelle.  I love the pendant and the little midnight blue seed beads.  The clasp was just what I wanted, as I like to work in copper. I offset the clasp so that it is on the side like a flower in a garden, then added one of the copper flowers on the other side for a little bit of balance. I used scarlet and jet rondells for the Evil element. I then paired them with the midnight blue of the seed beads, a blue rondelle and white opals to give me the Good of a midnight sky with moonlight shining down.  I LOVE this necklace!

This necklace I'm calling Under the Sea.  I used the second focal that Rochelle sent and added a couple of Puffer fish that I had in my stash from Green Girl Studios.  I also raided my stash for the water like seed beads and the green glass rings that matched perfectly with the focal.  The necklace is totally adjustable as the glass rings slide on the cord.

Well, there it is.  I hope that you visit all the other participants, most especially my partner, Rochelle.   I am still being challenged by what she sent.  I did intend to use everything she gifted me with, but time got away from me, so I hope to use the rest of her gift in other projects.

I need to send out a big THANK YOU, to Monique.  She knows who she is and what she did, which was save my bacon.  Thanks, girl, I owe ya.

Happy Blog Party, all.  Hugs and Kisses to Lori, and remember to hydrate and rest those fingers every once in a while.


Friday, August 10, 2012


Tomorrow is my big reveal day for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson, and I can't wait to show you what I've made.  I'm also dying to see what my partner Rochelle has created with the ingredients that I sent her.  So, check back here tomorrow to see what all the hoopla is about.  The plan is to post at midnight so all the early birds can come and visit.

Remember to Create Happily today.


Saturday, August 4, 2012


The fab Lori Anderson is hosting a great giveaway (with a small challenge thrown in).  I'm gonna give it a try, and I hope you will too.

In other news... The Picture that Never Was.  I went out the other day to try to take photos of my beautiful Bead Soup offerings and some great new pendants that I received.  I had it all planned.  I have a nice weathered board that I snagged from an old planter box and I set it up at the perfect angle to take the perfect shot.  I put the pendents down to wait while I shot my Soup, and BAMM!!!  I had set my board on a saw horse that has been sitting up by the house FOREVER, and I didn't realize that a colony of wasps had built a nest right at the top of the A-frame. I got stung at the base of my ring finger. OUCH! DAMNNNNN!!! (and a lot of ***&&&!!!).  I'm allergic to all type of insect stings so I always freak when it happens.  Into the house I ran.  I took a shot of Benadryl and went looking for the baking soda.  Of course, we're out.  I had to send my handy helper down the block to my brother's house to see if my sister-in-law had any.  I made a paste with the baking soda and plastered it on the huge welt that was developing and then I crashed into a Benadryl induced coma for a couple of hours.  But, not be for I exacted burning hot revenge, by going outside and spraying the snot out of those wasps. HA!! Mess with me, will ya!!!

And that is why there is no picture of my Soup.  That, and it's not time for the reveal, yet.  I'm gonna give it another try this evening.  However, because everyone like to see pictures on blogs, here ya go...

Happy Creating....


Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Not yet, anyway.  Things are simmering nicely.  I have two pieces done that I really LOVE.  Thanks to the generosity of my partner Rochelle , I have plenty more ingredients to play with, so things are moving along.

Not so on the job front.  There are only 8 of us in my little department and we found out last Monday that they are indeed fazing us out.  What I thought was going to be my forever job, isn't.  That, my friends, is the changing face of health care.  So, on the job hunt I go.  It will be okay, though.  I've made up my mind that things are going to be just fine, no matter what happens.  This is not a personal reflection on me or my abilities, it just is.  I caught a re-run of a favorite movie the other day, Serenity, and there is a quote that I have always loved, "I am a leaf on the how I soar".  For those of you that know the movie, you know what happens after that line is spoken; just forget that part.  The important thing is that in the face of adversity, you (and your spaceship) must ride the winds of change and be mindful of the of the ups and the downs.  I am choosing to live the ups and endure the downs, without dwelling in the downs.

One of the things that I have going for me is that this has not stifled my creativity.  I still have the overwhelming  urge to root through my stash to find inspiration and then play, play, play.  This is what happened yesterday, just because I was noodling around.
It is a necklace somewhere in the neighborhood of 45-50 inches long with an oversize antiqued bronze lobster clasp and an ordinary pendant that I antiqued using black and verdigris Gilders Paste on.  I then sealed it with Renaissance Wax.  The phone camera doesn't do it justice.  This is one of those pieces that I want to keep for myself, but I won't.  It is great doubled up and the colors are really magnificent and fallish.  I'm very happy with this piece.

So, this coming Saturday, is the first third of the Bead Soup re-veils, and I will be there peeping on what the first group has put together.  That is going to be an all day project.  I am in the second group on August 11 and it is very quickly approaching.  Much work is yet to be done and I'm thinking there might be some earrings in my future....

Stay up, up, up, little leaves, and Happy Creating....


Friday, July 13, 2012


Let me start off by saying that I'm sorry to my Bead Soup partner, Rochelle.  I've had her beads for a week now, but you know how life likes to get in the way of the things that you really want to be doing; which is working on my Bead Soup.  So, without further ado here is what Rochelle http://acreativechelle.blogspot.comhttp sent to me:

Here is what so great about these soup ingredients.  I LOVE the color green.  If I had my way, I would and do try, to use it in everything I create.  On the other hand, I have a small prejudice against the color blue.  I did not tell Rochelle this because I didn't want to influence her in her choices.  My soup is going to be great because it is going to be the eternal struggle between Good and Evil for me.  It will be the ultimate challenge.

I adore the focal pendant and bead that she sent, and the copper clasp is right up my alley.  I am also very excited by the dark blue seed beads.  They have a beautiful gold center which is hard to see in the photo.  When I put everything out to photograph it, one thought kept going through my head... Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil.  It's  a concept that is still rolling around in my noggin, I'll have to see where it takes me.

Now, if you've visited her blog you've seen what I sent to her (and if you haven't ... GET OVER THERE...).  Just to recap and let you know where I got my stash, here are Rochelle's ingredients:

The focal pendant is from Golem Design Studio  The clasp is a Green Girl clasp and I purchased it and all of the Czech beads at Lima Beads  I also got the Rainbow Snakeskin Agate and the peridot pave round there.  I got the green dyed jade and the blue lace agate at Beads & Honey, one of my all time favorite places to get gemstones.  The eggplant and olive bead mixes came from Glass Garden Beads  All of the metal findings came from Yukidesigns  I'm ashamed to say I can't remember where I got the green glass beads on the spoon.  I think that's everything.  If I missed something, drop me a comment and I'll try to find out where I got it.

And there you have it.  My ingredients are simmering and I working on adding just the right spices and flavorings.  So, stop back by on August 11 to see what I've cooked up.  Until then....Happy Creating.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Practice, Practice, Practice...

So, the Big Brown Truck stopped at the end of my driveway yesterday and delivered into my hot little hands something that I have been wanting for a couple of weeks now.  I finally received my copy of Bohemian Inspired Jewelry by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel (you can order through Amazon).  I love this book.  It has lots of great pictures and easy to follow directions...not that I follow directions all that well, but they are in there and are easy to understand.

The thing that struck me, as it always does when I look at these type of books, is how perfect everything looks.  Beautiful pictures, beautiful jewelry, and I do understand the hard work that goes into producing something like this, but a part of me is always a little intimidated.  There is that voice inside my head that says that I'll never be able to produce something that looks like that.  And then I take a picture of my work, and I think, ah crap, see.  You can't do that. You can't make something that looks that great.  I know that the authors don't intend for their work to do that to their readers.  I also know that this is my own head being a big pain in the a**.

So, the question for all of us who experience that bit**y voice is, what to do about it?  My solution is to practice, practice, practice.  Jewelry is not the first art form that I have worked (played) in.  I've always been one of those crafty type of people.  I've been in art exhibits and sold other forms of art.  However, that voice has ALWAYS been there.  I think it's supposed to be there.  The one thing that I know that quiets it for me is to practice the fundamentals of my craft.  Build a strong base and add to it.

In that vein here is what I did today... you can find the original on page 70.

It doesn't look exactly like the original, but then again, it's not supposed to.  I wouldn't sell this to anyone, but  it was great practice, and it looks enough like the original that I'm satisfied.

I also mentioned a tutorial that I found that I really liked.  Lesley, from the Gossiping Goddess  (, had this great tutorial and contest going on for some stacking bracelets.  I had never seen this technique and really wanted to try it.  So I did.
This was fun.  Supper easy to knock out and another new thing to practice.  Again, I wouldn't sell these, but for my first attempts, they are pretty darn good.

Anywho...I love my book and I will be creating more out of it.  I love that I cleaned up my work area today with the intention of creating something.  I saw something that I wanted to try and I did it.

Happy creating to you all, and remember PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

Lisa  (it's kind of silly to continue on like nobody knows my real name)

Monday, July 2, 2012

And Their Off...

It seems that I have wormed my way into the biggest blog hop around these here parts.  Lori Anderson,, is hosting a super cool blog hop and I have nabbed myself a spot and a partner

My partner for the Bead Soup Blog Party is Rochelle from A Creative Chelle,  We've exchange a couple of e-mails and she has graciously told me that I can send her anything that my heart desires.  From what I've seen of her creative talents, I think that she will more than handle what I have put in the mail to her this afternoon.  Here's a look-see... if.

I will show you my picks in all their glory when Rochelle receives her package.  Hopefully, later this week if the nice lady at the post office is to be believed.

I have some other things that I have been playing with.  There are some bracelets that I learned how to make from a blog tutorial that I will show and tell you about.  And, the Big Brown Truck of Magic Surprises delivered something to my house today that I plan on playing with tomorrow, so, fingers crossed, more on that tomorrow.  I know, I'm a big ol' tease, but its getting late and my bed it is a calling.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

What's Shakin' Bacon ...

It's that time again, the time when I struggle to find a topic to talk about.  Do I ... talk about my job? BORING.  Do I ... talk about my love life? DEAD.  Do I ... talk about jewelry?  Why yes, I should mention what I have been up to lately.  Or better yet, I'll show you.


TA DA.  I know, I know the pictures are not the best.  Guess what?  My digital camera doesn't like to take macro photos, even in macro setting.  So, the camera on my phone swooped in to rescue me.  I think it did an okay job.  Me playing around with Picmonkey, maybe not so much.  Like all things new, this too shall improve with practice.  We can only go up, my friends.

There will be more to come... surprises await.  Until the next time, happy creating and wear pretty shoes, you never know who might be looking.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Here It Is ...

The Art Bead Earring Swap...hosted by the lovely Diana I had two great partners and received two marvy pair of new earrings.  Mostly I had a great time creating something new and, I hope, one of a kind with some great one of a kind art beads. What did I get you ask, from Pam I received these great wood and flame earrings.  I wish you could see it in the picture, but the head pins remind me of flames dancing on the wood.

And second....

This lovely pair from Amy.

These are made from the prettiest blue ceramic discs and ribbons.  Me likey lots!!

Please visit all the great threesome that got the chance to create something one of a kind for some special partners.  And, especially go visit my partners to see what I made for them.  I had so much fun, I'm going to have to do this again....Hmmm..Isn't there a Bead Soup happening soon???

Keep Creating...


Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Welcome to the journey.  I'm just getting started so things are the way they are in the beginning.  SLOW.... but, I'll get there.  I'll be posting pictures of some of my jewelry creations as soon as I find that stupid cord for my camera so I can recharge the darn thing.  I use my phone camera for most things, but I don't want to use it for this.  I haven't used my camera since my niece got married last September (yea! Mr. and Mrs. Brice), so it's deader than dead and I can't remember what I did with the charger.  Of course, the way things "move themselves" around here, Goodness only knows where it scampered off too.

The search continues...more next time.

Be Good and Have Fun...