Way back in January, I blogged about my newest Etsy Team, the Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild.  You can read about them here.

We have challenges called “bead fests” and “mini bead fests.” The current Bead Fest is the STEAMPUNK BEAD FEST.  I got my entry done early and blogged about it here.

We had 14 entries this Bead Fest! Mine is in the second row – second from the right.  This fest had some truly amazing work by our members! Listing left to right:
Bead Fest:Steampunk
Row 1
Five Minutes to Midnight by EsmerldasStudio
Row 2
Captain Nemo’s Garden – by KraftKonfessions
Row 3
Metropolis by LuxVivensFashion

Here is another photo of the piece that I did…

The upcoming Bead Fest is “Kaleidescope” and the Mini Bead Fest is “Emerald.”  Thus far, I’ve taken part in all of the ones that have come my way, although the next two fall durig particularly busy times for me so i don’t think I’ll be able to do anything for them.


CLEARANCE Section on my Etsy!

I keep loading up this section with pendants, finished jewelry and beads.
Everything from super sweet to sorta goth-y.  Some of it is up to 60% off!

Annual Holiday Sale at Glass Axis

December 7, 8 & 9 GlassAxis 

Friday: noon to 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 4pm


I’ll have jewelry specifically made for this show!   Also available – large hole Euro style beads that fit your Pandora, Biagi, Troll and Chamilia bracelets in both Buckeye ad holiday styles. 
Three days of holiday shopping and glass making!  You’ll be able to find jewelry, holiday decorations, and other glass artwork of all forms and sizes, thousands of glass pieces.  Walk-in workshops run all weekend long.
1341 Norton Avenue, B * Columbus Ohio

I hope all of my friends on the East Coast have mostly recovered from the storm at the end of last month and are warm, safe and happy.

This month, my thanks to Estelle, Alison, Vicki and the members for the Hall of Fame Beadworker’s Guild for a wonderful time at Beads N More in Uniontown Ohio.  Cherie was a wonderful hostess.  Also, my thanks to my friend Carol at Dancing Beads in Medford, Oregon.  Her store is one of the cutest I’ve been to!

For my friends in the US, I hope you all have wonderful Thanksgiving plans with friends or family. I hope you’ll join me for some of the upcoming events I still have at the Gahanna Bead Studio this month.

  • Last week in November (November 23-26) – trunk show of ALL of my beads, finished jewelry and beading patterns.  One of the biggest trunk shows I have had!    
  • Freeform Bead Embroidered Bracelet (photo above).  Nov 17   
The Glass Axis Holiday Sale in Columbus Ohio is scheduled for the first weekend in December.  I’ll have finished jewelry for sale including new items with a holiday theme.  I’ll give you more information in my next newsletter or you can keep an eye on their website.
Happy beading!


UPDATED Halloween Section on my Etsy

I’m still loading up a section of Halloween and Fall themed items on Etsy for this month!  The section is mostly beads (including some Big Hole Beads for your Pandora or Troll Style Bracelets) but also has a few finished items as I complete them.

To check them all out, head on over to

Oct 17-20
 My work will be at the glass Axis booth at the festival again this year.  Look for brand new necklace designs.  I’ve already started making earrings so I hope to have quite a few gift-priced items.  If you live in central Ohio and haven’t been to this festival, its really a slice of the Midwest.  Don’t miss it!

Circleville, OH 43212

Teams are a community feature on Etsy where you can connect with other members. With Teams, you can meet people with common interests, and collaborate. The Teams feature makes it easy for you to join an existing team or to create, maintain, and promote a new one. It’s also a way for shoppers to browse by theme or location and find shops that might interest them.  Teams sometimes do arts/crafts fairs in real life, promote each other’s shops and hold challenges or contests.

I am part of a number of teams on Etsy and I’ll speak about a few more of my teams tomorrow.  But today, I want to talk about one of the more active teams I’m part of.

From the team announcement; “The Etsy Beadweavers Team is made up of bead artists who aspire to successfully market their beadwoven creations on and elsewhere. As such the EBW Team has two areas of focus:1) Practical business help, including sales promotion by networking, marketing and creating awareness of beadweaving as an art. 2)Artistic inspiration, instruction and encouragement.. The Beadweavers’ creations are different from many of the traditional beaded items, in that they are woven from hundreds or thousands of tiny beads to create intricate designs and pictures. These weavings take the form of both art and jewelry. Each piece takes many hours to complete, with some larger pieces taking weeks or even months.”

Each month, the Etsy Beadweavers pose a challenge to their members.  Many of these pieces are some of the most creative beadweaving pieces I’ve seen.

Winter Sunrise (photo above) was created for the October Etsy Beadweavers Challenge, “Misty Winters Sunrise.” I went ahead and completely missed the mark on the muted/misty part of this, but perhaps my teammates will put up with me when they look at the last photo and see my inspiration. I get a little bit sidetracked by color sometimes. The photograph was taken by Robert Herst. See how everyone else fit the misty, muted part of this challenge by visiting our team blog, between today and 15th and vote for your favorite entry.

17.5″ necklace in 45mm (2″) focal bead, decorated with a black skeletal tree and a full rising sun on a graduated background. Focal is made of Italian glass and is semi-matte. Toggle clasp, Czech glass, Swarovski crystal and seed beads.  Cannot be lengthened or shortened, sorry.

My lampwork focal beads are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln for lasting durability and cleaned using a diamond Dremel bit.  Beads vary a little in size and shape since they are all individually made. Some parts are sculptural and therefore thicker or raised.

Incidentally, this technique is an embellished spiderweb necklace. I have a beginning level tutorial on how you can make your own here

Pictures were taken in a table top photo studio and the bead has been enlarged to show details. Colors may slightly vary on different monitors.

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