Island Pleasures Customer Work

I have a friend, Kris, who lives on Long Beach Island. She makes the prettiest beachy jewelry and sells it at the shop where she works! Her pieces are so lovely, I can understand why they sell so well – people take home a beautiful memory of their vacations! You can find her at Island Pleasures on etsy. Here are some of her creations using my beads!

Earring Exchange and ArtBLISS

Hi! After quite the busy weekend, I am back and trying once again to get into the swing of things. Monday holidays are hard – it delays the start of school and just really throws me off! Two things I wanted to mention to you!

Diana Ptaszynski, of Suburban Girl Studio, is hosting an art bead Earring Exchange! If you’re interested, hop on over to her blog for the requirements! I’m in!

Also, have you heard about ArtBLISS? It’s a cool conference for us jewelry/beady type peeps run by Jeanette Blix and Cindy Wimmer in the Dulles area. I went last year and had a fantastic time! I’m going again this year, and would love to see you there! If you visit the web site and feel that this is a cool opportunity for you to learn some new techniques, when you sign up, tell them I sent you!

Pumpkin Earrings

Here’s a little tutorial on how to make easy-peasy pumpkin earrings! I used the following:

(2) 3″ 22 gauge sterling silver headpins

(2) 1 mm sterling silver round beads

(2) 3 mm sterling silver saucer beads

(2) 4mm dk. emerald swarovski bicones

(2) SueBeads pumpkin beads

(2) handmade ear wires*

String one 1mm round, 1 3mm saucer, 1 pumpkin bead and 1 crystal onto the 3″ headpin. Make a wrapped loop. Open the loop on your ear wire and insert the earring unit. Close the ear wire loop! Yay – you made pumpkin earrings! So cute!

* I used the book “Handcrafted Wire Findings” to make my own ear wires!


Remember these?To me they look like white pumpkins right now! If I etched them, I think they’d look even more like those white pumpkins, which I just might do if someone wanted them! Last night I made some “pumpkin” beads in orange, and I think they look pretty cool!

And I could NOT resist buying these pumpkins from Kylie Parry on etsy. She also made some plain ones, which I had to have as well! And some other things, too. She is just making too many cute things – she’s mean! Hopefully my show in October will be well worth it!