Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I'm giving away a set of earrings via the Rochester NY Etsy Street Team blog this week! In order to participate, head over to the blog to enter (entries are taken over there, not here!).

Bubbling up from the well this week, turquoise treasures from Beadwork by Amanda!
Today, one lucky winner will receive a lovely set of earrings. Glass turquoise beads with a picasso finish dangle gracefully from brass earwires, accompanied by pacific opal crystals and a pretty bead cap.

Amanda is currently offering a deal on Heartsy! Follow this link and save on your next purchase!
And now for the rules:

MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Go to Beadwork by Amanda, heart the shop, and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite item.

MANDATORY ENTRY #2: Become a fo
llower of this blog and leave a comment letting me know- or if you are already, leave a comment saying you're a loyal follower.

BONUS ENTRIES (leave a separate comment for each):

1. "Like" RNEST on Facebook .
2. Visit Azure Seas (Amanda's second Etsy shop), 'heart' her, and leave a comment with your favorite item3. Tweet and blog about Amanda's Heartsy Deal, and comment here with the link
4. Twe
et and blog about this giveaway and leave a comment here with the link.
The winner will be chosen using the random number generator on Tuesday, February 7th and will be announced in the next Wednesday Wellspring.

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Items in the Shop!

It's down to crunch time now! I'm a bit crazy and will be doing a show every weekend starting this Saturday until the end of August. Who needs weekends for relaxing anyway!

Here are some new things that have made it to my Etsy shop, including some sweet cuff links made with purple circuit board. Yes, purple!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rainbow Beads!

A very awesome customer at the Cornhill Festival this weekend requested a custom beadwoven necklace with three circles. Who am I to pass up the opportunity to use every bold color in my bead stash?

Friday, June 24, 2011

What's Old is New Again

I'm back with more designs for the Artbeads Blogging for Beaders Challenge! The theme is "What's Old is New Again." The idea was to take inspiration from the past by incorporating old, vintage, or antique items into our designs, but to also include modern components. I decided to take a couple of gorgeous antique styled components coupled with antique brass and copper chain and findings and pair them with contemporary Swarovski and fire polished glass beads. 

This first piece incorporates a beautiful Kabela Design filigree component with the sparkle of a Swarovski copper rivoli. The rivoli is bead bezeled in golden rose colored delicas. I think I may have used the "wrong" side of the component, but it still has charm!

This next piece is a simple brass chain that has been embellished with a range of Swarovski crystals in warm brown tones. To finish the honey feel of the bracelet, a little bee charm decorates the clasp. A simple pair of earrings completes the duo.

This bracelet combines metal and fiber for a simple yet aged appeal. Glass beads and brass wire compliment the triangle link.

This next piece has a gorgeous Victorian style link. I kept it simple by adding beaded links to the chain. 

Finally, this piece reminds me of the industrial revolution, since it's the only one so far to incorporate silver. It feels more modern than the others, yet still looks antique. The Swarovski briolette adds a much needed punch to the ribbon necklace. 

ArtBeads is having a summer savings sale, so stop on by if you want to get some awesome jewelry supplies. 

Please note that I have received the products free of charge from and that I am honestly reviewing the products and have not been paid to do so.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Winter Enchantment

Living in Rochester, NY provides ample snowfall in the winter season. This year we're way above average with over 100 inches of snow so far. I'm not a huge fan of the cold, windy, blizzardy days. Today is an exception though. The sun is out, the sky is bright blue, and the snow covered trees look wonderful. Again, Artbeads has offered a chance to embody the feeling of winter through jewelry. I chose to use color to reflect the theme.

Here are some designs that incorporate glass beads that grade from aqua to clear paired with Swarovski Crystal.

I had to give the Swarovski Helios pendant a try. The one I used is in indocolite. It has a really neat geometry and has a wonderful tactile quality.

I also selected a strand of cobalt colored glass roundelles and used them in a few different ways. The copper doesn't embody winter as well as silver, but I couldn't resist the little snowflake charms.

And of course there is more Swarovski! I hadn't seen the snowflake pendant yet so I gave it a shot too! I wish the hole went from side to side but I made it work! I also used some briolettes because they have a wonderful shape and are a budget friendly alternative for using AAA gemstones.

And finally, here are a few miscellaneous items. The blue Picasso beads were a bit darker than I thought they would be, but they still look beautiful.

If you're ready to make jewelry, I have a coupon code for you! Use code ZZ-DESIGNER-0211 when you checkout at to receive 15% off your entire purchase, with no minimum, through the end of February.

Please note that I have received the products free of charge from and that I am honestly reviewing the products and have not been paid to do so.