Friday, December 6, 2013

Into the Big Time

Kimmie here:

I am completely chuffed, thrilled, and excited to announce that I will be teaching at Bead&Button Show 2014!!

Joan created a special version of her charming, first-place-winning Robot Party beads for me to build a class around. Here's a photo of our Party-On Robot pendant!

Don't you love that control panel, those colors?!

The beadwork here is basically a cabochon setting holding the control panel piece, peyote stitch around a foundation of modified right-angle weave; the RAW gives it a uniquely graphic look:

It's a simple project, suitable for an intrepid beginner, and students should be able to finish it in a single 3-hour class session!

The print version of the class catalog is out now, and online browsing for classes will begin December 10. Class registration begins January 7. There are only 12 spaces for this class (Friday June 6, 5-8pm), so get in there early!

Not going to the Bead&Button show? Joan and I will be offering this kit online soon.
If you are interested in ordering or pre-ordering, do let us know--contact Joan through her website,

We are also thinking about a more advanced version of the robot kit, with different types of arm/leg constructions. Sound good?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dancing Doll KITS!

Kimmie here--

How's this for collaboration?

Joan and I have come up with seed bead kits so you can make your own Tiny Dancer pendant!

Joan is making these marvelous heads and body beads to wear the seed-beaded tutu dress, and as you can see they are perfectly charming. We are offering white, black, and pink ballerinas to start. The kit includes ballerina parts, needles, thread, beads, wire, and a jump ring. It is suitable for an adventurous beginner who is familiar with peyote stitch. There is a little wire-working involved; you will need to make two wrapped loops and open and close a jump ring.

Want to pick your own colors? You can order the parts and instructions separately, too.

We can't wait to see your creations!

 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

A little bit of history on the doll pendants.  My first doll faces were made for Penny Michelle's "Heavenly Body" component.  These are some of my first faces and the beginning of the doll series(my best guess is this was about 2003.)
I first met Kim Van Antwerp through Penny Michelle.  Couple of important milestones in the evolution of the dolls.  Kimmie designs the first beaded dress for the bunny component.
Which inspires my porcelain dresses for the "Bead Critters" 
The shoes from Imelda Caterpillar are now being used with the dresses.One more happy accident and we're almost there.
Penny and I develop a vertical caterpillar which now gives us an arm component. We also had witch hats that we were using on pumpkin beads. The concept of a doll was born out of the parts.  One day I put it all together and we had the first doll pendant.  I can not put my hands on the pic of the very first witch but here is one of her descendants. 
The beaded ballerina kits represent one of those full circle moments in life.  I am so thrilled to be working with Kimmie on this "new" aspect of the doll pendant.  True collaboration is so much more fun than working solo and as you can see by the timeline here it can also keep you going for years.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hoppy Halloween! Halloween Art Bead Blog Hop

Halloween is almost here and I've joined forces with some very talented bead and jewelry designers to celebrate.  There's enough eye candy for all so grab your little plastic pumpkin candy bucket and settle in.  As a special treat ( no tricks) log on to my website and enter coupon code 15BOO! for automatic 15% off Halloween jewelry.
A few of my Halloween goodies using my handmade porcelain beads.

For more Halloween fun please visit the following blogs

And don't forget Kim Van Antwerp still has a few of our blog kits left.
Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

About that Robot Party...and Heads Up for Halloween!

Well, it looks like Joan neglected to toot her own horn, busy lady that she is. I'll be more than happy to do it for her!  Joan's Robot Party beads won First Place in Bead Dreams' handmade beads category. And her Dragonfly Beads won Second!! Congratulations Joan!

If you recall, last Halloween Joan and I introduced these fantastic Halloween kits, featuring her wonderful porcelain, a silver wire bat and spider by me, and a great selection of accompanying beads and findings:

We each made a selection of jewelry from them and posted photos to the blog. I still have a couple of the kits, so with Halloween on the horizon again, I went back and created a fun, colorful tipsheet to share a little more detail about those pieces and how we made them. Anyone who buys a kit will get one. You can find the kits on my website,

We would love to hear your ideas and see your work, too!

There are more new and VERY exciting developments to be announced in the very near future; Joan and I have been putting our heads together and we're entering all-new territory!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dreaming of Beads

Big news!  I have had two submissions accepted to "Bead Dreams 2013"  in the handmade bead and button category.  Beads will be on display during the Bead & Button show.  Winners will be announce during the show.  This is my third Bead Dreams.  My "Mermaids and Sea Creatures" beads took first place category in 2007 and my "Bountiful Harvest" buttons were second place category in 2010.  Winning ribbons is nice but the real honor is sharing those awesome glass cases with such inspirational bead artists.  I will be exhibiting at the Bead Marketplace at Bead and Button Show , June 6-9, 2013 booth#1017.  I will again be sharing with Patti Cahill  .  Hope to see you in Milwaukee!
"Robot Party" 2013 Bead Dreams submission
"Dragonflies" 2013 Bead Dreams submission
"Mermaid and Sea Creatures" 1st Place category Bead Dreams 2007
"Bountiful Harvest" 2nd Place category Bead Dreams 2010

Wish me luck for this year!

Friday, April 5, 2013

First Friday Art Walk

At the urging of Marsha Neal , clay artist and marketer extraordinaire, I have joined the "1st Friday Art Walk"  Etsy team.  Just getting the hang of this so bear with.  To celebrate my first Art Walk I am offering a 15% discount in my Etsy Shop  during Art Walk( April 5-7) Use Coupon Code FFAWAPRIL13.  Enjoy all the treasures this team has to offer.  

Every month the AWETeam (Art Walk Etsy Team) hosts
First Friday Art Walk on

This is a blog hop type event where shops selling items on can show off their new work.
There are three hops on First Friday, all with their own blog post so you can cruise your interest in the order that you want. 

1.  AWEeam Memebers (You are here!)

This post focuses on the work of individual shop members from our Art Walk Etsy Team.
Click HERE to see our April 5-7, 2013 First Friday Art Walk thread where you can scroll and see lots of new work from our shops!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Not Much Time For Blogging Lately

As usual I have kind of dropped the ball on blogging.  Sorry Kimmie!  I had a successful trip back up North to PA to do the Berks Bead Bazaar where I also wear my promoter/floor manager hat.  Had a great time seeing family and friends and had a very profitable weekend.  Other than the 20 hour drive each way, can't beat that! If you'd like to know a little about the history of the BBB please visit "Love My Art Jewelry" and look for the March 16 post( I guest authored.)  I never did get to making jewelry with my Winter Kit and now that Spring is almost here I am totally uninspired to work with snowflakes and icicles even thought they're gorgeous. Oh well, I'll have it for next year. Beads don't go bad or in this case MELT.  I still have lots on my plate.  Entries for 1000 Bead Lark Book and Interweave's Beads 2013 issue are in. Wish me luck.  I have my Bead Dreams submission due March 26.  I know what beads I want to make I just have to buckle down and get them done for the deadline.  Planning on two sets but if I get one set done I will be happy.  Orders stacked up a bit while I was at shows( Berks was preceded by Ft. Myers Show and followed quickly by Tampa Show for Down the Street Bead Shows.) Among my orders is 70 face beads for Diane Fitzgerald's "Fingers in My Pocket Doll Pendant" class at Bead & Button. Class is sold out! Congrats Diane :)  My Etsy shop hasn't quite fallen by the wayside yet.  Still some new offerings including my new robot pendants and my re-visited bug pins(these were a favorite in my older jewelry line.)  Oh, and I crossed that line into seed beading at the Tampa show.  Jenny Shibona was my neighbor and she taught me to make the seed bead collars for my dolls.  I know super simple but now I look at bead weaving and I am tempted instead of running away screaming. I can't promise that I'll be a better blogger but I will promise that the excuses will be worthwhile. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Yes, it's true that I used our latest kit to create what I called the 'Pray for Snow' collection.
It's also true that within 48 hours, we received a couple of feet of snow...and that it snowed again shortly after I left to spend the holidays in Texas.
It snowed rather a lot, in fact. There's a lovely 2-foot blanket in my front yard.
And yes, um, you may have heard that North Texas got about 6 inches of snow while I was there.

But does that mean that if you use one of our lovely kits, you too will be inundated with the white stuff?
Surely not! After all, Joan made her pieces in Florida, and mine were done while I was still in Hawaii!

 It's my belief that they only work if you want them to. And in that case, baby, it's a Marshmallow World!
So go ahead and spend some of that Holiday cash on our Winter Bead Kit. Just comment or contact one of us, and we'll send you an invoice. You'll have your beads in mere days, and you can make it just the kind of winter you want.

Have a Happy 2013--It's a Marshmallow World!