Water Garden Floral Cha Cha Bracelet

I just finished this bracelet and listed it on Etsy yesterday. My inspiration for the bracelet was the gorgeous lampwork beads by Candice. The colors in the beads are wonderful: greens, blues, yellow and orange.
When I started making the bracelet, the orange in the lampwork beads really pulled me and I could not resist adding a little orange to a lot of the handmade charms on the bracelet. The colors in the bracelet really remind me of citrus fruit with a splash of water. Very cool, clean and crisp -- perfect for a hot summer day.
All of the metal in this bracelet is sterling silver. There are oodles of Swarovski crystals, vintage Lucite beads and glass cat's eye beads (fiber optic). I did not use any split or open jump rings to make this bracelet.
This bracelet is for sale and if you are interested please visit my store, Faerie Flash Designs. As always, all of my jewelry is handcrafted with much care -- this is not toss away jewelry. Cared for, and treated well, the jewelry should last you for many years to come.

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My Box of Palchemy Goodies

I received my box of goodies from Eirene on Wednesday and could hardly restrain myself as I ripped open the box!

Yesterday I took everything outside and took a picture to share with you and to include in my listing(s) for what I create.

Here's what I got:

Fabric: woven with some wonderful colors: red, turquoise,gold, green, yellow.
Gold Leaf: from Italy. Seems like really nice gold leaf (not the real thing -- I checked).
Seed beads
An assortment of vintage beads -- really interesting.
1 handcovered button by Eirene from Etsy. The button features a head of I think a girl.
Fiber (wrapped around the business card): it is handspun linen from Lithuania.

I haven't got a clue what I'm going to do with my stuff! Last night I got all of it out and laid it on the carpet and tried to figure it out. The gold leaf has me stumped! If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear your ideas.

Here's one of those strange coinkydinks in life, I just realized this the other day. I sent a package of stuff to Grace Fell in England (I grew up in England) and I received a package from Eirene in Rhode Island (the first year I was married we lived in Rhode Island). I'm sure there is meaning in this somewhere...

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Lilac & Raspberry Cha Cha Bracelet

This bracelet came about due to a swap I did for Valentine's Day on ebay in the BeadHive Group. I was fortunate to be matched with Kelly of Kelly Lynn Designs. Kelly made a beautiful set of lampwork beads for me.

I fell in love with the beads immediately and decided to make something for myself (I rarely do this). The bracelet you see is the result.

I made the bracelets using the lampwork beads, vintage lucite beads, sterling silver beads, Swarovski crystals & pearls, and Czech glass beads.The colors are fabulous: varying purples and raspberry pinks.

I'm wearing the bracelet now...And I love it!

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Fellow Beaders with Blogs

I belong to a great forum, the Beadstyle Magazine forum. It has been a terrific resource for me and I would highly recommend the forum to anyone who beads or is interested in starting.

Several of the members have Blogs and I would like to share the links with you:

Donna Babadilla
Beaded Star
Love Beads Unlimited
Casto Creations
BB Beader
Star Hill Designs
Jessi Design
Jeannette Design Studio
K Lynn Designs
Caroline's Jewelry

Please check out all of their blogs -- we are an eclectic group from all over the world!

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I'm participating in this fun challenge from the forum on Etsy. One of the members, Lillikoi, who is a creative genius, came up with a terrific idea to spark some creativity amongst the Etsy members. People signed up to be Senders or Makers. If you're a Sender, you put together a package of items for your partner, a Maker. The Maker, once they receive their package, takes the items and makes something from them. The Sender cannot request or give them suggestions. Nor does the Maker have any input on what is included in the package. The Maker can make more than one item and they can add items to what they are sent.

I signed up to be a Sender and a Maker. I mailed my package about a week ago to Grace Fell. She has received her package and is in the creative process -- I can hardly wait to see what she creates!

I'm currently waiting for my package from Eirene. Apparently there is quite a surprise in my package! I can hardly wait to receive, but I'm also a little nervous and hope I'm up to the challenge.

When my package arrives I will let you know what I find!

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Easter Egg Fringe Bracelet

I just finished this bracelet and I think it makes for a fun Easter bracelet for a little girl. The flowers and eggs are actually buttons which I've repurposed and the beads are Swarovski crystals and pearls as well as Czech firepolished glass beads.

Last night I spent about a couple of hours revising my Etsy shop. I changed my shipping costs (from $2.50 to $2.00). My international costs stayed the same.

I also reduced prices on some items -- they are marked SALE in the title.

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How about a cute bunny for Easter?

Here's an adorable bracelet for a little girl for Easter! I love the sterling silver bunny charm. The colors are fun for this time of the year -- aqua and violet.

For more pictures and info please visit: http://www.etsy.com/view_item.php?listing_id=63290.

I will be adding some new bracelets and necklaces over the next few days.

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