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2014 Pantone Spring Fashion Color Forcast
This year, "designers take a modern twist on the traditional...by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom."
The colors that make up the 2014 Pantone Spring Fashion Color Report are:

Courtesy of Pantone

Colors and there meanings

Sizzling Summer Sensations

Shades of Night Collection video

Once Upon a Time Collection video

Pantone Spring 2013 Colors

The Pantone Spring 2013 colors have been announced.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Pantone is the is the world-renowned authority on color. They have released their Spring 2013 color palette and I think you are going to love it. I do! These are the colors you will be seeing on fashion runways, in catalogs and on jewelry displays.

According to Pantone: “This season’s color palette emphasizes the need for balance, while at the same time allowing for individuality, self-expression and excitement.”

Here's a quick pick at some of the jewellery pieces from my "Colors of Spring 2013" collection

Check back often, as the rest of the collection is coming soon

Your Fashion Dilemma Solved!

This year, the color forecast for spring and summer is "brights," bold shades of color such as orangeade orange, poppy red, geranium pink, canary yellow, etc.  

 If your taste runs to less rather than more, not to worry.  You can still be "in fashion" without sacrificing your personal preference and taste. How? With accessories like jewelry, of course!  

Try adding a necklace like "Sizzling Fuchsiaa bold shade of geranium (pink) to your jewelry box.  Or, how about a take on spring's Tiffany (blue) like “Turquoise Summer." A small dose of a bold color is a way to be fashion savvy.  A necklace with just the right amount of color such as A Touch of Sun  lets you be "in" without getting too far out of your comfort zone.  

Want to see more? Visit me at  Blingz the Thing to see more of my solutions to your fashion dilemmas.. 

Makes Me Feel Special!

Many of my customers have mentioned how special they feel wearing my jewelry designs.  "I feel like this necklace was made just for me." "I know whenever I wear earrings or necklace or bracelet from Blingz the Thing, it is a one-of-a-kind. I won't see anyone else wearing it."  "Custom designs at affordable prices--what could be better for us gals on a budget?"  "Isn't it gorgeous! “These are just a few of the sentiments expressed by my clients.  We think you will feel special when wearing one of my designs. And then you can say, "This piece?  It's a custom design from Blingz the thing"

As I was going to press, four of my featured items sold. But I’ve got more; visit me at Blingz the Thing to see the new Sizzling Summer Sensation pieces.

The Beadful Life @ beadFX: Pantone Colours for Spring 2012
The Beadful Life @ beadFX: Pantone Colours for Spring 2012: "Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate comm...

When You Think of Handcrafted Jewellery
If you are thinking macaroni necklaces and hippie style beaded earrings when you hear the term handcrafted jewellery, you have likely not spent any time at craft exhibitions and shows in the last few years. Handcrafted jewellery has really come into its own with a variety of different metals, styles, semi-precious gems and stones as well as non-traditional jewellery materials. Handcrafted jewellery is often a one of a kind item, making this an ideal gift idea for that hard to buy for person on your Christmas or birthday list. Handcrafted jewellery also is in high demand for bridal parties and special events as the wearer is sure to draw attention and comments on the unique jewellery they are wearing, and at Blingz the Thing I offer a free no obligation bridal consultation to help you decide on the perfect jewellery for your wedding.

The internet has really brought handcrafted jewellery into is own. Artisans and jewellers from around the world are able to market their creations through the internet, literally entering into a global market with just the expense of hosting a website and uploading some digital photographs. Typically the websites provide a good cross section of what we have to offer, but also allows you to communicate regarding custom designed pieces you may be interested in having made.

Many handcrafted jewellery items feature items such as semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, fire-polished crystals, sterling silver, mixed metals and sometimes even other odds and ends. Often this in itself creates the one of a kind quality of the jewellery as the materials themselves are not available in stores or in mass produced jewellery items. In addition I can also use some of those odds and ends pieces you have in your jewellery box such as the single earrings, hopelessly bunched up gold and silver chains and even the rings that don't fit anymore and turn them into unique and new creations you can wear with pride. Handcrafted jewellery is both functional as well as beautiful and can typically be matched with traditional jewellery to give a very polished and high fashion appearance.

Some of us handcrafted artisans will also complete custom orders. This is a wonderful way to design your own jewellery with the help of someone that can provide ideas, assistance and typically will not charge as much as a custom designed piece from a jeweller. At Blingz the Thing I work with you to design that perfect piece made just for you and your budget.

Jewellery of any kind makes a fashion statement. But the fashion statement can be made more unique by the choice of jewellery you choose. Through the ages, jewellery has been a symbol fashion and romance. Wearing a beautiful piece of jewellery is always an addition that seems to complete your outfit for any occasion. The choice of jewellery varies from person to person. Some like wearing diamonds, while others might like simple and elegant chain and pendant. Different people have different tastes and budgets, so to meet these demands Blingz the Thing offers a variety of styles and price ranges to choose from.

Everybody wants to own some piece of jewellery. But nobody likes wearing a common ornament. Imagine buying a new piece for some special occasion and finding out that the same thing is being worn by five others. So along with exquisite styles, the demand for uniqueness is also growing. Unique and personalized jewellery are often more in demand than its counterparts. Uniqueness has its own value and hence the demand for trendy, stylish yet one of a kind jewellery is huge.

To meet this demand, handcrafted jewellery is probably the perfect choice. These jewelries are often personalized and unique. They have a wide variety of styles and are best to meet the demands of different individuals with varied tastes and preferences. Be it rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants or bracelets, handcrafted jewellery adds a different touch and reflects your individual styles and tastes

Once considered funky and targeted to a limited market, the handcrafted jewellery has come a long way to become the latest buzz in the fashion mainstream. It has been re-invented as artisan jewellery and it appeals to a broader market of affluent buyers attracted to its uniqueness and limited availability. As an article of ostentation or for sending across a message of love and passion, personalized handcrafted jewellery has no substitutes. It can even be easily available through online stores, customized to highlight your style statement in a way that would not go unnoticed. The arrival of handcrafted jewellery trends with all these exclusive benefits has really redefined fashion in the present day.

Unique Accessories
The accessory can make an outfit stand out or provide just the right amount of dazzle to match the style you hope to project. One type of accessory you can consider is a piece of unique handmade jewellery.

Imagine a strapless gown that you found in a little shop. How could you make it better? Consider adding a necklace or perhaps a pair of earrings to the outfit. Depending on the style of the item you add, you can change the entire look of a simple outfit. When you consider a special piece of jewellery, finding handmade items can be your best choice because the chance of another person having the same piece of jewellery is remote. Instead of having the mass produced bracelet that everyone is wearing, you can find an unique handmade piece that reflects your unique style as well.

A unique piece of handmade jewellery is often made from unique materials as well. At Blingz the Thing you'll find fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, mixed metals, semi-precious stones, hand blown glass, and vintage beads in our jewellery. Another option you might consider is to have us create a special design just for you. You tell us what you want to accomplish and perhaps provide a list of materials that you make you happy and we'll create something special and unique just for you.

No matter what type of clothing you plan to wear, a piece of jewellery can make a big difference. A simple suit can be enhanced with the addition of the right accessory. The same suit could be used on a night out on the town when you add bracelets, earrings, and a unique necklace. Check out the different unique handmade jewellery that can accentuate your outfits at Blingz the Thing. People say that an outfit tells people who you are. Well, jewellery makes the outfit!

Why buy Handmade
You are unique! Your style is original and so should your jewellery be. If you are not wearing originally designed, unique handmade jewellery then you are missing out on a world full of fashion and style. Custom made jewellery can show off your personality, and your uniqueness.  Do you really want to go somewhere and be wearing the same necklace, earrings or bracelet as someone else. 

Gorgeous handmade jewellery creations are timeless, classic accessories which can do wonders for dressing up any ensemble. But, that is just one advantage to wearing handcrafted jewellery, there are several more. For instance, many quality handmade jewellery pieces can become priceless family keepsakes, especially bridal handmade jewellery.

Handcrafted jewellery designers invest a lot of time, detail and passion in to each one of their creations, so the quality is noticeable even from distant admirers. The extra care and attention given to each piece is what really sets handmade jewellery apart from mass reproduced jewellery and makes it easy to create a strong individual, impressive statement. From refined beautiful jewellery for special occasions to attractive, lovely everyday wearable works of art you can find it handmade.

If you have never worn handmade jewellery, you will quickly find once you buy your first handmade jewellery creation it will become a wardrobe essential and you will want to buy more. Are you ready to radiate class and style? The make sure to visit our online jewellery gallery!

Citrine, the perfect stone for Summer
When we think of summer, images of colorful clothes, sunshine, and laughter come to mind. We think of hope for all the good times we will get to share with friends and family as weather changes from cold and dreary to warm and cheery. Jewellery connoisseurs think in terms of finding fashionable pieces that are as fun and versatile to wear as the other accessories in their wardrobe. And so, they choose citrine because it fulfills all the requirements that make it a good choice for summer wear.

Citrine is a variety of quartz that has many features that make it perfect for warmer weather. It’s affordable, durable, and extremely versatile. This beautiful gemstone comes in colors ranging from lemony yellow, to brighter golden hues, as well as oranges, browns and even reds. It’s most common color, however, is yellow.  Therefore, its adaptable to a wide range of color palettes when thinking in terms of wardrobes. Yellow, which is itself a very cheerful and notable color, blends beautifully with popular and vibrant summer colors like blues, greens, and even tropical hues and patterns. Yet it still looks nice with the more subdued earth tones of browns, grays, and muted greens.

Furthermore, since citrine comes in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes, it offers many options for the different pieces of jewellery it can be used in. It can easily be made into something as delicate as a beautiful citrine tear-drop necklace, or something as bulky as a chunky citrine ring or bracelet.

One of the most appealing features of citrine is its durability. The fact that it is so resilient makes it a top choice among those looking to expand their jewellery collections. It’s a safe choice to wear to outdoor gatherings like picnics, weddings or graduation parties because it’s hard to scratch or chip.

Of course, for many people, their jewellery has to be as versatile as it is durable, especially in today’s economy. Citrine is no slacker in this category either. It’s elegant, yet casual and so interchangeable.  Women can easily get away with wearing a beautiful citrine necklace to the office, yet continue to sport it after work at more casual events.

It’s been said for years that citrine can be associated with self-confidence, light-heartedness, and self-esteem. It certainly makes sense. Anyone sporting it in the summer months, or all year around for that matter, can feel confident that they’re wearing something as attractive as it is affordable and durable – and it’s sure to make a statement no matter what the occasion.

Stones and their Meaning

Agate (Moss):
Moss agates are considered the most powerful of the agates. It was the agate of warriors. Moss agate is the most powerful of the agates that helps balance emotional energy. It promotes a connection to nature and self-awareness. It is the stone for new beginnings and wealth. On a physical level, this stone boosts the immune system by treating colds / flue and lowering fevers, reduces swelling in the Lymph Nodes, helps prevent Hypoglycemia and dehydration, and assists with inflammation. When applied to the skin, it is known to treat fungi and skin infections.
Amazonite heals and opens both the heart and throat chakras; opens the third eye, enhances intuition, psychic powers, creativity, intellect, and psychic ability; dissipates negative energy and blockages within the nervous system; benefits Osteoporosis, tooth decay, and calcium deficiencies; enhances marriage; betters skin; releases fear and anxiety; improves sense of self-worth; and, inspires confidence, truth, hope, sincerity, honour, communication, and clairvoyance. Amazonite is also the calming stone.  

Amethyst relieves stress and tension; purifies and dispels negativity; promotes healing and spiritual connection; transforms by releasing negativity and blocked energy; promotes intuitive dreams and inspired thinking; and, relieves insomnia. Amethyst is also the symbol of love, truth, passion, and hope while it increases your psychic powers.
Apatite enhance one’s insight, learning abilities, and creativity; increases self-confidence and body image by reducing negative feelings of inadequacy and shyness; aids to achieve deeper states of meditation; diminishes guilt, grief, and negativity and opens joy, peace, and beauty. On a physical level, it aids the immune system, strengthen muscles, suppresses hunger, eases hypertension, relieves arthritis and joint conditions, and is used to clear blockages to release karmic suffering. Apatite is the inspirational and communication stone.
Aquamarine is for building courage, travelers' safety, calming and soothing while reducing stress, mediation, intuition, and clarifies emotions. It aids in creative self-expression and releases anxiety, fear, and restlessness. Aquamarine is the spiritual connectedness stone.
Aventurine relieves migraines, and skin irritations while it balances emotions, comforts, and calms a troubled spirit as well as reduces stress, anxiety, and fear by encouraging emotional tranquility. Moreover, it helps one develop confidence and a positive attitude. It is the all-purpose healing stone. Aventurine stimulates financial opportunity, encourages prosperity, abundance, and luck. It is the stone of opportunity.
   Black Onyx:
Onyx is known to separate. It can help release negative emotions such as sorrow and grief. It is used to end unhappy or bothersome relationships. Black stones have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.

   Black Tourmaline:
Black Tourmaline protects and shields against unwanted energies, balances negative energy, and builds stability and self-discipline. It relieves nervousness, relieves nervousness, and restores vitality and physical energy. Black Tourmaline is the confidence stone.
Carnelian protects from bad vibrations, calms temper while increasing sense of humour, happiness, and self-esteem, and is an energy booster. It promotes positive life choices against poverty for the insecure individual needing strength and courage, with an appreciation towards nature. Physically, this stone treats lower back problems, rheumatism, and arthritis. Carnelian is the stabilizing stone.
Citrine is a manifesting stone that attracts wealth and prosperity / success in business, abundance, and creativity. It also carries the healing properties of the sun: fears and phobias, depression, stimulates indigestion, aids the spleen and pancreas, reduces anxiety, and is generally a good stone for aligning the chakras by bringing optimism, cheerfulness, warmth, happiness, generosity, creativity, pleasure, energy, protection, spiritual growth, and confidence. Citrine is the business stone.
The Emerald, on a physical level, improves vision and soothes the eyes, aids in the health of lungs, heart, spine, muscles, and the spine; Increases insights; detoxifies the liver; and alleviates Rheumatism and Diabetes. It nurtures, stabilizes, and, has a calming affect on emotions. As the Emerald is the sacred stone of the Goddess Venus, it promotes friendship and keeps partnerships in balance. It is the stone for inspiration and infinite patience.
The Garnet stone's powers are for healing, protection, and strength. Physically, it cleanses and re-energizes the chakras, regenerates the body and simulates metabolism, boosts the immune system and energy levels, alleviates depression, and improves imagination. It is the protective stone for energy, the spleen, and thyroid. The Garnet stone drives positive thoughts, past life recall, inspiration, success, social popularity, and self-confidence. It is the stone for manifestation: passion, sensuality, sexuality, romantic love, intimacy, devotion, compassion, and love.
On a physical level, Hematite helps with low self-esteem, is effective in grounding and protecting while harmonizing the mind, body and spirit. It diminishes headaches (especially if you work at a computer), inflamed eyelids, the kidneys, leg cramps, anxiety, insomnia, and cleanses the blood while it regenerates tissue and stimulates the absorption of iron. Hematite is the protective stone for healing friendships and relationships.
Howlite is the calming stone. It stills the mind which is ideal for sleeping and meditation by eliminating rage and uncontrolled anger and by releasing the strings that tie old emotions and relevant anxieties to present life. These eliminations enhances ambition and clarity of direction. On a physical level, Howlite balances the body's calcium levels and aids in the health of teeth, bones, and soft tissue.
   Jasper (red):
The Red Jasper is the protection stone for hazards of the night. It brings tranquility and wholeness and balances the Yin and Yang while it nurtures, stabilizes and energizes the lower chakras. The Red Jasper is the stone of health by strengthening and detoxifying the Circulatory System, blood, liver, by dissolving blockages in the liver and bile ducts, and by supporting the sexual organs
   Jasper (yellow):
The Yellow Jasper is the stress stone to nurture, stabilize, and energize the lower chakras (especially the Solar Plexus Chakra) during times of stress. During these times, it channels positive energy, releases toxins and stabilizes digestion in the stomach, energizes the Endocrine System, and protects during spiritual work and physical travel.
Labradorite is the power stone, allowing for seeing through illusions and determine the actual form of dreams and goals by releasing restrictions and assisting with moving forward. It accelerates intuitiveness and the connection to a higher self / guide while relieving stress and deflecting unwanted energies from the aura. Labradorite is a highly mystical and protective stone and, on a physical level, it regulates metabolism, treats colds, gout and Rhematist, balances hormones, and lowers blood pressure.
   Lapis Lazuli:
One of the most valued gems in Egyptian and Greek history, the Lapis Lazuli is very powerful and should be used with care. It is the stone for truth and assists with expressing feelings, binds relationships, builds awareness and psychic abilities, inspiration, wisdom, and allows for individuals to take charge of their life by releasing stress and emotional wounds. On a physical level, it strengthens the immune system, balances the Throat Chakra, alleviates pain (especially migraines), minimizes depression, and can reverse curses or disease caused by not speaking out in the past.
Malachite is believed to be a strong protector of children. It is said to protect the wearer from accidents and protects travelers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships. On a physical level, it helps with Asthma, menstrual cramps, and stimulates the liver to release toxins as well as minimizes depression by producing the feeling of well being and releasing negative experiences of old traumas. Malachite is an extremely versatile healing stone that reveals inner truth, protects, centers, and supports friendships.
   Moonstone (Rainbow):
The moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. The most powerful time to use the Moonstone is during a full moon for new beginnings / rebirth, harmony in relationships, happiness, deep emotional healing, and for calming overreactions to emotional and personal situations. On a physical level, it promotes long life, reduces excess body fluids and swelling, helps the digesting and reproductive systems, and heals disorders of the upper digestive tract that are related to emotional stress.
   Obsidian (Rainbow):
Rainbow Obsidian is particularly powerful in meditation to dissolve shock, fear or barriers. It expands your consciousness, sharpens the senses and can help you delve deep into mysterious phenomena and experience. This stone grounds, protects, stabilizes erratic energies, aids with indigestion, detoxifies, and reduces the pain of Arthritis, joint problems and related cramps.
   Obsidian (Apache Tear):
Apache Tear provides comfort from grief, insight into the source of distress, and relieves long-held grievances; relieves depression and anxiety; absorbs negative energy protects aura; and, forgiveness. On a physical level it removes toxins from the body; increases spontaneity; and aids with poor digestion and gastric problems. Apache Tear is the emotional stone for greater joy in life and a more harmonious state.
   Obsidian (Snowflake):
Snowflake Obsidian is a stone of purity. It balances mind body and spirit by preventing emotional draining from others and external stressors and integrating change. The Snowflake Obsidian is the protection stone for the over-sensitive, gently releasing emotional blockages by absorbing and dispersing negativity, promoting intuition, and enhancing compassion. On a physical level, this stone balances polarities, detoxifies, improves circulation, and eases Arthritis and joint pain.
   Orange Calcite Raw and Tumbled:
Orange Calcite can be used to get positive energy moving in the areas of sexuality and creativity. It has strong energizing and cleansing properties: balancing emotions and aura, combats laziness while calming the mind, stimulates insights and boosts memory, removes fears and overcomes depression by clarifying life's direction. On a physical level, Orange Calcite heals the reproductive system, gallbladder, and intestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome by removing excess mucus from the body.
   Quartz (Clear):
Known as 'the mirror of the soul' the Clear Quartz radiates that which is in us, that is divine. It is one of the most powerful of all healing gemstones, brings clarity of thought, enhances problem solving skills, helps with emotional healing by driving off negative energy, empowers and protects, amplifies and focuses energy, alleviates anger, balances thinking in both the left and right brain, and is generally good for the mind, the body, and the spirit. On a physical level, this stone stimulates the thyroid, treats vertigo, and dissolves blockages that surface.
   Quartz (Rose):
The Rose Quartz is known as the love stone. It helps the feeling of a strong sense of self-worth, therefore being worth love. It is the stone of universal love which includes self-awareness and self-love, friendships, relationships, and marriage as it soothes the heart for giving and receiving love as well as it enhances the ability to express love positively to oneself and others. The Rose Quartz stimulates imagination and intellect and helps to cure headaches.
   Quartz (Smoky):
Smoky Quartz is nature's stone of endurance. It is a grounding stone that transmutes negative energies and fears while facilitating the ability to get things done in the practical world. This stone enhances organizational skills, removes restrictions and negative energy, promotes positive thought, brings emotional calmness, clears the mind for meditation, helps to relax by providing pain relief, lifts depression, and enhances dreams.
Rhodochrosite powers include promotion of love and relationships, helps release past psychological issues and improves eyesight. It also helps in the development of inner freedom by resolving inner conflicts that unites the conscious with the sub-conscious. On a physical level, this stone energizes the pancreas, spleen, and kidney.
Sardonyx is the stone of strength and protection that enhances willpower, integrity, stamina and vigor. It brings lasting happiness and stability to marriage, career, and partnerships, attracts friends, strengthens character, and brings good fortune. On a physical level, this stone heals lungs and bones, re-sensitizes the sensory organs, regulates fluids and cell metabolism, strengthens the immune system, alleviates depression and hesitancy, and aids in the absorption of nutrients by the elimination of waste products.
Sodalite is the stone of athletics as it stimulates endurance. It harmonizes the inner being or the conscious and subconscious mind, promotes peace and harmony, and brings inner peace by alleviating fear, enhancing self-expression, creativity, and communication, by encouraging rational thought, objectivity, truth, and intuition, and by enhancing self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-trust. On a physical level, this stone strengthens metabolism and the lymphatic system, is useful in the treatment of the digestive system, prevents the risk of diabetes, calms panic attacks, and alleviates insomnia.
The Sunstone was associated with the Sun during the Renaissance and is a protective stone. Symbolically, the Sunstone is linked to the Moonstone. The two stones together bring the influences of the Sun (healing, protection, success) into harmony with those of the Moon (love, peace, spirituality). The Sunstone stimulates self-healing powers, allows the happy self to shine through, reverses feelings of failure, increases self-worth and confidence, and encourages optimism and enthusiasm. On a physical level, this stone regulates the autonomic nervous system, harmonizes all organs, treats chronic sore throats, relieves stomach ulcers, and acts as an anti-depressant. The Sunstone is great for Seasonal Affective Disorder as it lifts dark moods / depression and switches to a positive take on events and situations.
   Tiger's Eye (blue):
Blue Tiger Eye is very calming and reduces stress. Blue Tiger Eye helps to calm an overactive sex drive by dissolving sexual frustrations. It aids the over-anxious, the quick-tempered, and the phobic. On a physical level, this stone slows the metabolism.
  Tiger’s Eye (red):
Useful for enhancing physical vitality, this stone can help create healthy patterns in exercise and eating habits. It is grounding and offers a practical and optimistic outlook, provides motivation, assists in accomplishing goals, and increases a low sex drive. On a physical level, this stone speeds up a slow

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Whats my Style
In going through my jewelry photos from the last few years, it's clear to me that I have no style. And by "no style" I just mean that there's no one defining theme among the different pieces I've designed over the years. There are so many types of pieces I like to create that I've never settled on one ... well, style.

Some people focus on creating with semi-precious stones. Which I use.

Others focus only on Swarovski crystals. Which I also use.

Some love pearls...which I definitely do.

Others only work in metal. Again...I love to work with metals.

So where is my niche?

I think maybe in the next few months I’ll see if I actually have one. :) Maybe it's the Attention Deficit Disorder talking, but I really think that being eclectic is something I need to embrace. If I work with stones one day and freshwater pearls the next, maybe that's okay. And who says stones and Freshwater pearls can't go together?

One thing I know...making jewelry is my passion, it drives me and inspires me and does it really matter if I have a particular style…….

Interview with myself
 Interview with myself

Describe your artistic style.
My artistic style honestly varies from day to day. I see pieces and think about what best 

will make that bead come alive. I make pieces for the girly girl with lots of sparkle and 
glam, as well as pieces for the modern woman that will complement any outfit from day 
to night. I like to make pieces that are unique and stylish. I am continually growing and 
learning different techniques to add into my designs.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?

I cannot really pin down what inspires me to create each unique piece. Many times, there’s
something about the colors, shapes and layout of my materials that just speaks to me:  I have
always loved to do artistic things, and with the enticing world of beads, and their myriad of
shapes, colors, and textures, the design possibilities are endless. I am always thinking about
new ways to put designs together so that each component is enhanced by those around it,
and with the intention that each piece of jewelry is unique as the person wearing it.  "I'll see
certain colors and shapes and I just have to put them together!"

 What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I really, really enjoy working with Swarovski crystals because I love creating things that add

a bit of sparkle. And, like any other designer, I also enjoy working with semi precious stones,
glass beads and metals.

Do you have an artistic background?
My artistic background comes from my family.  My Mom is one of the most creative people I
know.  I Would watch her for countless hours designing and sewing all our horse show outfits
, she did folk-art painting, flower arrangements, scrap booking, interior design sewing
everything herself and that’s only a few of her many talents. My Pop-pa (Grandfather) was 
into model trains he designed all the scenery himself.  He also did knotting, model ships, 
and crest painting.  My Aunt is an Interior designer, who also does photography and 
drawings.  I would make different chests and boxes restore old furniture, I’d make hair 
bows and broaches.  Now besides designing and making jewelry, I love to scrapbook, draw, 
paint, flower arrangements and other home accessories. I have a basement full of crafts that 
only someone with a passion for making and creating things would love and appreciate. So I
have always been into crafting something or another.

What other hobbies do you have?
I enjoy all sorts of crafting, gardening, and spending time with my family.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
The advice that I can give to other aspiring jewelry artists is to just follow your passion.   

Make what inspires you and then go out there and sell, sell, sell. Put yourself out there and
just have a fun time doing so! Just don’t give up.

The crazy life I live
What to write about ...... that is the question????    or even where to start as writing has never been my strong point.....I get so many ideas in my head and I don't know where to start.....
 so for now I think I am going to go work on my new website but don't worry I will be back cause I plan on covering topic's such as what are base metals? the different Swarovski crystal coatings? current accessory trends, and of course all the updates and new designs added to website.


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