Monday, January 4, 2016's been a while!

Cannot believe I have not blogged since November 2015 - and here it is, 2016!!

I basically took most of December "off".  But, I eased back into jewelry making and managed to make a few things, and listed them in my shop.

I truly love these earrings. Hand case, lead free pewter tear drop charms from Inviciti.  I have seen some beautiful creations on "the web" made with Vincent's charm - really colorful creations.  After several attempts, I decided to keep it simple.

A pair of earrings and a bracelet made with gorgeous beads by Judith Billig.  She named the beads "Delphi Relics" and her technique in acquiring that "just found in an archaeological dig" look is spot on!

These beads - also from Judith - remind me of the desert sky.  Beautiful color combination!

The last pair of earrings with Judith's beads - I swear, the photo of the Grand Canyon truly captures the beautiful colors in these beads!

The bracelet below was made with gorgeous translucent beads by Susan Kennedy - I cannot capture the swirl of amethyst in my photos - but they are truly beautiful!  I added some handmade beads caps, a handmade toggle and hollow bead, and two recycled silver beads - sandwiched together to make a single link in the chain.

Things kicked up a bit in late December.  I am currently enrolled in an on-line class with Leslie Kail Villareal (link here).  I blogged about this at Love My Art Jewelry.  If you are interested in seeing my progress, just click here.   The picture below Leslie's example of the sterling silver cuff that I am attempting to complete. 

Source: Leslie Kail Villareal
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!



  1. A very happy new year to you, Patti. (I love that blue bracelet, especially your hollow bead and the clasp ring.)

  2. Happy New Year! Beautiful pieces and I look forward to your creativity in 2016

  3. A Happy New Year to you. Perhaps it was wise to take a part of December off, to "catch the breath". Now you're back with new energy and inspiration. I look forward to 2016 to see the beauty you create!

  4. Welcome back! I love you earrings and that bracelet is beautiful! That cuff is fantastic! It sounds like a great class. Can't wait to see what else you make from it!
    Looks like winter has arrived!

  5. Patti, I chuckled reading about your "several tries"; that is always how the pewter goes for me. :) Judith's beads are so unbelievable; sometimes it's scary to work with pieces that are almost perfect as is. You highlighted them wonderfully!! The last pair, you nailed the Grand Canyon look, sealed it. Really beautiful. And sometimes, taking a little time off is the right thing to do. The muse needs to recharge, too. :)

    1. p.s. again. . . . the cuff!!! I'll be very much looking forward to your piece. Amazing work!

    2. Thanks, Norbel! I have a hoard - and I mean hoard - of Judith's beads - love every single one and I agree - I always second guess my self into saying "did I do this bead justice??" :) Hoping...with a capital H .. to get this cuff done in the next day or so. My fingers...and toes..are crossed! :)