Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! 
Here's to Santa bringing all that you want and desire.  Have a wonderful day. 

I also wanted to say Happy Birthday, Jesus!

God Bless on this most special of days!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Trade-A-Holics $10 Sale This Weekend!

>>>>>>>> This Weekend Only <<<<<<<<

Trade-A-Holics Team $10 Sale!!! I am having a BLOWOUT SALE!!! All Holiday Earrings are $10 this weekend, regularly $12. All previously on sale items are now $10 and under! Up to 90% off! I need to clear my shop for new pieces to come in!

For other great deals just search "trade 10".

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Mom has opened an Etsy shop!  
I am so excited that she is finally on the web!  She is so talented.  
I draw all my inspiration from her and get all my artistic ability from her.  
She does fabulous paintings.  Please visit her shop! 
Here are a few of her great watercolors!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Make A Banner Using Power Point

You can see the banners I just designed at -

I just saw that you could make a banner in Power Point. As I have never used power point before I searched through out the forum threads and took from several posts, so thought I would combine all my steps into one place.

1. Go to Design tab. Click on page setup (located in left hand corner).

2. Enter Width as 27 inches and Height as 3.55 inches. Press ok.

3. Right click (outside of text boxes). Choose format background. I chose to use solid fill. But if you go to picture you can load any type of background you have. Hint - If you go to the paint program under accessories, (and have a scanner) you can scan any type of scrapbook paper and save in jpeg. This works well as a great background which you can retrieve by choosing picture.

4. Go to the Insert Tab. Chose picture to put in your pictures. Download picture(s) and move to desired place.

5. Go to Home Tab. Click on text box. I typed my shop name, font size, and the went to font type. Your font will change to each one of the different fonts you highlight, so you can preview them. I then changed

the color of the font. Hint - I used font size 150 (by typing in the size) and used bold, even though I thought it was a little blurry. Once I uploaded the banner I found I needed it bold to show up (and it wasn't blurry).

6. I then added the tag line by clicking on the second text box. I changed the font type, font size (70), and the color.

7. Once satisfied, I saved the finished banner in PNG. You can also save in JPEG. Hint - I found that when I saved, it asked if I wanted to export the slide so I clicked every slide. This is the only way that I could get it to save right.

I then downloaded to Etsy and voila! My new banner. I hope that this helps!

If you have any other hints to add, I would appreciate it!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I've been included in a Treasury West Treasury! 
It was curated by HeartsaBustin and is entitled MoonLight Sonata.

Thanks so much HeartsaBustin!

Her lovely shop can be seen here -

Friday, November 6, 2009

One of my Heart Beads is a necklace created by Ellen Clark.
Thanks so much, Ellen!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday
MADART 8x10 PRINT Abstract Fine ART Modern - HEART - SIGNATURE Style - 100 percent to Charity - HOPE

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Saturday!

I am finally getting to setup my work space in Florida. WooHoo! I am cleaning and organizing, 2 of the things I hate the most! My style off cleaning is throw it in a box and I will get to it later (Ya, right!)  I always put off cleaning until the VERY LAST MINUTE!  I  have good intensions to work 20 minutes a day and get it done but I just keep putting it off.

I haven’t been totally slacking in the last 3 weeks. I have been working on my Etsy shops and I finally have enough pieces in FiredUpLadies to have 2 pages! I have also been playing with my pictures so I would love to hear any comments and critiques regarding them.

My newest listing in is this Reversible Necklace -
Woodland Forest Reversible Ceramic Pearl Necklace

And the matching earrings.

Sterling Silver Pearl Earrings

Thanks for taking the to read a little of my ramblings!  I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday
SPACE CASE - Stained Glass Cosmic High Heel Mosaic Shoe Sculpture
TUTORIAL Egyptian Coil Tutorial
Mermaid and Sea Creatures Bead

Which of these are your favorites? 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I am a nut when it come to christmas. My house has no fewer than 10 Christmas Trees!  They all have a theme, Penguins, Cowboy, Wild Animals, Carton/Disney, Snowman, Angel, etc.   I love Christams and have found it hard to find jewelry that really made me say wow.  So I decided to design my own Holiday Jewelry Collection.   My newest member of the collection is this adorable Penguin.  He is a Reversible Pendant and has a snowflake on the otherside.

I think He is adorable!  What do you think?

Enter for your chance to win my Christmas Tree Earrings!
This is open to US and Canada,
now thru Nov. 1.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reversible Ceramic Pendant

This piece is part of my Reversible Pendant Series. Each one of the pieces in this series are one of a kind and I will never have another just like it. I wanted to make something fun and different, so the Reversible Pendant was born! A piece that is both elegant and fun with an unexpected surprise on the other side.

Reversible Ceramic Necklace

*Adjustable necklace cord 18 - 20 inches (45.72 - 50.8 centimeters) in length

*The face is a soft pink in color with rosy cheeks. It is peeking out of deep purple surroundings and has gold accents. There is a lovely layered heart in peach and red. The reverse side has a wonderful lavender rose with a gold accented dragonfly.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesdays

I am going to start a new type of post on Wednesdays. Wordless Wednesdays! Wordless Wednesdays will be of a picture or pictures of handmade items that I have found and liked. The pictures will be clickable as the link to the description and I will have the shop name as a link also. I hope you like them! I would love to see your comments, too!

Strangeling - The Art of Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hi there!
Just started my twitter account today! I am learning the ropes of twitter, but I found this great blog post by FreshPaper thru an Etsy thread. Without this I would have never got going!
You can follow me on Twitter at
I can see that this is going to be addicting!
I am packing up my studio today. I'm going to Florida for the fall and spring so I can do Art Shows every weekend. My 3 kids are already down there and in school. My Dad is down with them so that I could finish up My shows in the north. Thank God for wonderful parents! I have 2 of the best!
Have a great Day!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My 2nd Shop Is Now Open!

Hello to everyone!

I am so excited! I just got my second shop up and running!

I am listing my finished jewelry in this shop.

I felt like I wanted to keep the beads, etc. separate from my larger pieces.

Come take a look and tell me what you think.

Remeber I just started listing 2 days ago so only have 8 items as of now.

I am going to list a few more later today though.

Have a great weekend!
(click on the picture for a full description)

Trade-A-Holics $5 Team Sale This Weekend!

Just wanted to let you all know about the team sale going on this weekend! I know that there have been over 85 shops who have signed up to do the sale, including me. It should be great so, search for "trade5" and see what great finds there are.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Free World Wide Shipping this Weekend!

I've been included in a Gift Guide! Free Worldwide Shipping this weekend, Sept. 11-13.
I am also including a free heart pendant with every purchase! I am also offering the free shipping on anything purchased through my website.
I am so excited to be included in the gift guide! Bonus, Etsy Admin liked my photos enough to include me!
All the pieces in my Etsy store have free shipping on the listing.
If you purchase through the website, I will refund shipping charges through Paypal once payment has cleared.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Included In a Treasury!

Hi Everyone!

I have been featured in a treasury!
It was created by and is titled
(click on the title to see the treasury)
Thank You JeliseDesigns for including me!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Facebook Fan Page is up and running!

I never thought I was going to get the darn thing to work for me! I have played with this fan page for weeks now off and on. I have pulled clumps of my hair out, banged my head against the wall, and generally questioned my sanity trying to make it work for me!
I finally figured out how to get the fan page working and then came the next hurdle! Putting my Etsy mini onto the page!
I don't think FaceBook could have made it more difficult!
I finally succeeded in getting the mini onto my fan page! What a relief! I can now sit back and wait for all those bald spots to fill back in!
I hope that you'll have more luck then me with facebook!
Good Luck!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just Listed

Some of my newest listings!
(click on the picture to see the full description)
This is a fabulous focal piece.
It has a great plum color with blue accents
This is a piece is so beautiful! The face is so intriging.

One of my favorite colors, turquoise!

A must have for a holiday earring collection!
These are so adorable, I can't wait to wear them!

Thanks so much for taking the time to look!

Home Again!

I'm home again after participating had in Trails West located in St Joe, MO. I won 1st place in crafts! I am so happy! What perfect weather this last weekend. I just couldn't believe it was August. It was in the low 70's and breezy. I even had to wear a jacket!

My mom is doing great! She had a kidney stone that broke up and was easily passed so all is well, again.

I am off to York, PA for this coming weekend. I know, what was I thinking when I was scheduling this year? Your guess is as good as mine! lol

Hope everyone is doing well. Be blessed!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Trade-A-Holics Etsy Team

Hi everyone!

I just spent last evening learning about trading on Etsy! There was a Trade Frenzy that I went to check out and was hooked. I started looking thru all the shops listed and started to think about Christmas, and thought "What a great idea!"

So off I went and I made 3 trades! What a great way to share my product and get it out to people. I also got 3 Christmas or Birthday (the dreaded birthdays at Christmas time!) presents for both of my daughters!

I traded with for bottle cap jewelry, for fused glass pendants, and for earrings.

I also joined the TradeAHolics Etsy Team. If you are interested in maybe getting your name out there and meeting some other great Etsians, you might want to consider joining. This is a blog that will give you information about the team.

Hope to see all of you on the trading list!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

I am traveling right now to do art shows and just wanted to tell about my fun week. I did an art show last weekend in Michigan City and my family came up and we went to the Blue Chip Casino in the evening. I had a great time on Saturday night and left with an extra $40! Sunday after the show I went back and lost all my winnings. BOO! I just didn't know when to stop.

I'm traveling with my mom and we are now in St. Joe, MO. Since we've gotten here my mom has been to the ER 2 times. Once for a UTI and yesterday for a kidney stone. Didn't expect to spend hours in the ER waiting room but what can you do. I am now off to set up the next art show so I hope the weekend will turn out great after such a crappy week!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Brand New Blog Layout!

I just found this fabulous site that helps to change the layout of your blog. I have always wanted to use all that dead space on either side of the page and could never figure out how. Now I have! It also has some other great infomation regarding blogs. It is Hope this helps you like it helped me!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hi everyone,

I just got back from a working vacation, and I had a lovely time. My kids and I went to Minneapolis, MN for the Loring Park Art Festival and decided to spend a few extra days at The Mall Of America.
If you are a shopper like me, this is the place to be! What a fun few days! The mall is one of the largest in the US and has 4 floors. 3 of those floors are shopping and restaurants, while the 4th has a movie theatre and more restaurants. The mall has an amusement park in the center, an underground aquarium, and a miniature golf course. Fun for the kids as well as the adults!

The first day was the day to look around and shop. We went to stores like Best Buy, Marshalls, Barnes and Nobles, and a bead store that are not your typical fare for indoor malls. We found all of our back to school clothes all in one place, and all on sale, too!

The food is plentiful and varied. It has 2 full food courts along with a multitude of restaurants. Some of them are Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co., Famous Dave's BBQ, and Ruby Tuedays to name just a few. We enjoyed going more casual with Long John Silvers, ourselves.

The second day was the fun day, and the kids loved it! We bought all you could ride wrist bands and rode rides for the whole day. The park is amazing when you think that it is indoors and has a 4 story limit. It has 3 roller coasters, bumper cars, the log ride, swings, and so many more. It was fun for young and old. And the best thing was the lines weren't all that long! I think the longest that we waited was 10 minutes! The park stayed open til 10pm so we had plenty of time to do all we wanted.

This was the funnest mall that we have ever been to! Even my 16 year old son enjoyed going and had no lack of good things to say!
If you are ever in the Minnesota area I highly recommend taking a trip to The Mall Of America!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Holiday Line!!!

I finally have some of my new holiday line finished!
What a relief! I just listed my great new earrings and will hopefully get a few of the reversible pendants on tomorrow.
Pumpkin Ceramic Earrings
Poinsettia Ceramic Earrings

Ghost Ceramic Earrings

Snowman Ceramic Earrings

Christmas Tree Ceramic Earrings

I hope you all have enjoyed looking and have a great day!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since my last post. I've been so busy with making product, doing shows, and driving that I just haven't had the time. I just came home from Rochester,NY and will be setting up in Ann Arbor, MI later today. Things are just a little crazy right now!
I wanted to show my newest line! I am so excited about it. I think they have turned out to be fantastic!
Reversible Pendants!

This is the front.

This is the back.

This is the front.

This is the back.

I really love these pieces! I would love to know what you think. Please feel free to leave a comment!

You can find these and a few others on my website.

I hope you all are doing well!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Finally, I Have Internet!

Hi Everyone!

I finally have my house wired for wireless internet! After weeks of frustration with internet problems, I will finally be able to connect at any time!

It has been awhile since I have been able to make a new post on the blog here, so I wanted to show one of my newest designs.

I just did this new design. This is the front side of the necklace.

And this is the back side of the necklace. The face pieces are reversible! I think that this is a fantastic design!
I hope you all are doing great and all is well.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Items Available On Etsy!

Wild Woman Ceramic Pin
This Wild Woman Pin is a must have in any collection! I hand craft each piece out of a high fire paper clay. The paper clay makes the bead light and sturdy. (Not nearly as heavy as you think!) Not a lot of breakage with this ceramic piece!
I first created the fabulous dress bead to create a sense of movement. I then wire wrapped the pin in one length of wire to create the legs, arms, and the hair. I finished with twisting the hair and shaping it and included the seed beads on the arms and legs.
It looks great on a lapel or as an adornment on a hat. I have also had some use the pin on their screen door. Just pin it thru the screen and you'll never forget that it is there again!
The piece is 5 inches (12.7 centimeter) in height and 1 1/2 inches (3.81 centimeter)in width.It is white and orange in color with Brass colored wire and silver lined clear glass beads.
The ceramic beads are on a kilt type pin. The pin is wired straight thru the beads, making it impossible for the pin back to come off.

Gold Heart Ceramic Earrings
These Heart Earrings are a must have for any earring colletion!
I hand craft each piece out of a high fire paper clay. The paper clay makes the hearts light and sturdy. (Not nearly as heavy as you think!) Not a lot of breakage with these ceramic pieces!
The hearts are 1 3/4 inches (4.445 centimeter) in height and 1 1/8 inches (2.8575 centimeter) in width.
They are a fantastic antique gold in color with a metalic type sheen to them.They dangle 2 1/8 inches (5.3975 centimeter) from Sterling Silver french wires.
They will come with a small rubber stopper. Sterling Silver leverbacks are available ($3.00). Please convo with details.

Emerald Green Ceramic Heart Necklace
This is a necklace that should be in your collection! I hand craft each piece out of a high fire paper clay. The paper clay makes the bead light and sturdy. (Not nearly as heavy as you think!) Not a lot of breakage with this ceramic piece! I will not make another like it. So you won't meet your self walking down the street.
The piece is a heart that is 1 1/4 inches (3.175 centimeter)in height and 1 1/2 inches (3.81 centimeter) in width.It is emerald green and cream in color with white accents.
The heart is 2 sided, one with a smooth finish and the other with a great pattern. It is 17 inches (43.18 centimeter)in length. A fantastic length to sit right in the opening of any type of shirt!
This is not a choker!
It is made with Hematite beads and glass seed beads. It had a special silk finished rubber tubing in black that is a great finish to this casual necklace. The necklace is finished with a lobster claw clasp.
I've been busy! I'm preparing for a big show, Pittsburg's Three River Festival. I am in the first 5 day section of the 11 day show.
I had a nice show in Louisville, KY. It was located at The Summit and had perfect weather.
Off to work some more. I'm leaving in the morning. Hope everyone hasa great weekend!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Busy Thursday

Hi everyone!
I've been really busy the last few days! I am working to get ready for my summer shows. I'm so excited! I got off the wait list for Ann Arbor Art Show! I am in the Fourth Street Section and I can hardly wait. This is one of the biggest shows in the US. It has 5 or 6 shows all running together in downtown Ann Arbor, MI. There is well over 1000 booths! This is something that I have been waiting for for several years!
As I have told you before I have some new rings and bracelets. They are turning out FANTASTIC! I LOVE them! It is so exciting to create something new and to be so thrilled with the way it's looking. (pictures were posted on my May 11 post.)
I am off to Louisville, KY this weekend. It is a 5 hour drive so not all that far away for me.
I hope evryone is doing well and has a blessed day!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Back in Toledo Again!

Hi to Everyone!
It has been awhile since my last post. I have been traveling and doing artshows so I have just returned home. I was in Hilton Head Island this last weekend and boy did the weather not cooperate! It was raining, cloudy, and yuck the couple of days that I was there. Thank you so much to the great people that I have met and who have purchased from me. One of the great people that I met at Hilton Head is also a fellow Etsian! She has some beautiful work shown at
My summer has filled up with shows! I will be traveling to many new and different areas this year! I will be busy, busy, busy!
I just received some fabulous sterling wire from It will finish my new rings in great style! And not expensive for sterling either!
Have a Great Memorial Day! Be Blessed!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Just got done with Wilkes Barre art show. I had a good show and I won First Place in Fine Craft! So I am extremely happy! It was good to see that the economy might finally be coming back around. We could really use a good summer. Hope everyone had as good a weekend as I did!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hi everyone!

I just thought I would stop in and write a little.

I am in Wilkes-Barre, PA for the Arts Fiesta. It was beautiful weather today, so The crowds were good size. Tomorrow has rain chances so those can stay away!
Wanted to also tell you about this great little onesie that i just received! It is made by a great Etsian by the name of PrincessDoodleBeans. Go check out her fun shop!
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Be blessed!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Some Brand New Work Just Coming Out Of The Kiln!
I just couldn't wait to share!

New rings! How exciting! The ring shank is all one piece not just glued on!

What a fabulous piece! I was so excited when I openned the kiln to find these treasures!

Brand new bracelets!
All one piece attached through the permanant wires that go through
the kiln! Just have to figure out the clasp now!

Wow! One of my favorites! I love the multiple pieces.

Please let me know what you think. I always enjoy your input. I am constantly experimenting an working to create new designs.

Have a great night.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would take a break and blog a little. I am packing to go back to Ohio. I am leaving from Florida tomorrow. Heading home to Toledo to drop of my cat and pick up my mom. I have an artshow in Wilkes Barre, PA that I am setting up for on Wednesday. So lots of driving in the next several days! Busy, Busy, Busy!

It is going to be a few days before I am able to find the time (and internet) to blog again. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

I also wanted to show my newest face earrings, I think they are adorable!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

New Listing

Are you searching for a spectacular Center piece? Well here it is! I hand craft each piece out of a high fire paper clay. The paper clay makes the bead lite and sturdy. (Not nearly as heavy as you think!) Not a lot of breakage with this ceramic piece! All of my Portrait Bead Series are one of a kind beads. I will not make another like it. So you won't meet your self walking down the street. It will look great in your next project! This is a great center piece for those with metal allergies!

The piece is a heart that is 2 inches (5.08 centimeter)in height and 1 3/4 inches (4.445 centimeter) in width. It is a emerald green in color with cream and yellow accents.

It has a horizontal hole 1 to 2 mm and can come on a waxed cotton cord with a lobster claw clasp in any length ($4, available in many colors)! Convo me with details.

I’ve previously matched these beads with this coloring - Hematite beads or Clear Crystal Quartz beads. I have included a picture with matching bead selections (not included in listing).

Thanks for looking!
Convo Me if you have any questions.

By the way - The lights reflect on the piece because of the glossy finish of the glaze that is on the bead. The picture doesn't do them justice!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Listing on Etsy!
This is a necklace that should be in your collection! I hand craft each piece out of a high fire paper clay. The paper clay makes the bead light and sturdy. (Not nearly as heavy as you think!) Not a lot of breakage with this ceramic piece! All of my Portrait Bead Series are one of a kind beads. I will not make another like it. So you won't meet your self walking down the street.The piece is a heart that is 2 1/4 inches (5.715 centimeter)in height and 1 7/8 inches (4.762 5 centimeter) in width.It is purple and cream in color with blue accents.The heart is 2 sided, one with a smooth finish and the other with a great pattern. It is on a waxed cotton cord that is 19 inches (48.26 centimeter)in length. It is made with 2 8mm Swarovski Crystals and finished with a lobster claw clasp.

Monday, May 4, 2009

I am Featured!

I am featured on today!

New Find!

100 free busines cards from Market Splash and includes free shipping! You can also download your own image.

I hope it helps!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I just wanted to tell of some of my triumphs this weekend!

I am being featured in a blog for the first time! It is tomorrow, Monday May 4. I am being featured on Come take a look and learn a little more about me and many other great etsy sellers.

I am in 2 Treasuries! Thank you both OneClayBead and HeartsaBustin! The links are below:
You can take a look at their great shops at and

I also received a award this weekend at Art in The Park in Brooksville,FL. 3rd place in fine craft. I am very happy and excited.

I am having many good things happen to me and now it is time for the sales to follow! lol :0)

Have a spectacular week!

Friday, May 1, 2009

I'm working on getting ready to leave and setup an artshow. I'm going to be in Brooksville this weekend. The weather is supposed to cooperate! Nice and sunny with no rain (and not TOO hot). It's in a nice park around a pond so there is shade! ptl So thats a good thing.

I've not made a sale on Etsy for 21 days!:( I'm not sure what's going on! I know that I've only been on since the first of April, but I was hoping for a little more response. I did have a sale in 2 days (Thank You, Shanon!). Once she received the piece she came back and bought 7 more pieces! But from then on I haven't done anything! I just feel like I'm sitting here and not getting much response. I guess I just keep pressing on and don't give up! Just keep listing new items and the will come. Remember the Kevin Costner movie "Field of Dreams" about the baseball diamond "create it and they will come"? I think that is my new modo "List it and they will come!" Thanks for reading, just needed a minute to vent! lol

I did have some exciting news just recently! I'm to be featured on a blog! It will be on Monday May 4! The blog is about etsyprofiles. They have also linked one of my pieces as an etsy fav. So that is good. Here's the link ifyou would like to check it out.
Well have to go for now.

Have a fabulous weekend!



fyi - this spacing thing is driving me batty! Sometimes my paragraphs show and othertimes they don't! If anyone can help PLEASE let me know! I'm pulling my hair out!

My Newest Creations!

Causual But Elegant
spectacular with jeans!
My New Biwa Pearls - aren't they fabulous!

Another casual necklace but fully beaded.
Can be dreesed down with jeans or dressed up on that special occasion!

AND --- Something Funky! I love this necklace with the multiple
faces. I had a lot of fun creating it and the faces are on both side!
There is no wrong way to put this one on! I love that!