Gifts of the New Year

The new year has brought many surprises – from a stomach flu that conquered our entire family to burst water pipes all over the yard (in Arizona, freezing nights combined with plastic drip systems = homeowner’s nightmare!)

But the new year has brought some lovely gifts as well. Today I’d like to share some early 2015 features that have been published about my shop — at risk of blowing my own trumpet! (Please pardon the elephant pun…)
Turquoise Inspired Feature on ElephantBeads
The first feature began as a convo in my Etsy inbox, asking if I would like having one of my beaded rings featured in an online magazine. Of course, I was flattered, and said “Yes!” And then I forgot all about it – until I noticed my shop was getting views from Handmade-Jewelry-Club.com, and I went to check it out. Sure enough, there was the article, with one of my favorite seed bead rings featured!

The next feature also began as a simple convo – this time from one of my favorite Etsy suppliers, Ralph Helmrich, from UnkamenSupplies. For years I have been using artisan-crafted findings in copper and niobium from his shop. He asked if I would be interested in being profiled in his weekly blog, and I said “heck yes!” I provided him with a write-up for that one – mostly cribbed from the bio in my shop. The profile in the UnkamenSupplies Blog is one of my favorites of all time. Ralph did a beautiful job with the photo montage, and since the article appeared, I have enjoyed being a regular reader of his blog. I’ve learned many great tips and tricks about working with different metals!

Good morning!En…

Good morning!

Enjoy a meditative treasury of lovely items from two teams of talented artists.

‘Om…’ by ElephantBeads

Meditate on these calming creations from the STATTEAM and MCTT. Submitted in honor of the Joint Team Blitz!

3 oz Clamshell Breakaway Soy Candle Tart Melts - You Choose Fragrance - SerendipityCandle
Original ACEO Digital Art Print - A Monk Prays - LemachiDesigns
White cow photograph. Farm pasture dreamy vintage rustic sepia tone. Brown, white, cream, beige 8x8 art print. - RiskLoveFreedom
Baltic amber necklace minimalistic simple natural raw amber jewelry handmade in Israel - LenaMer
bracelet/wrist mala - 1treeyoga
Purple flower Felt  Brooch Large - lannarfelt
Arm warmers light gray - socksandmittens
Draped Cream Beige Blouse, Beige - Cream Summer Top - CIPORKIN
Print from original watercolor painting " Pink Flower in a blue dream" by Elina Lorenz - sublimecolors
Mosaic Wall Mirror, Square Mosaic Mirror, Mirror Tiles - GreenStreetMosaics
500 Hand-Punched Hearts w/ Mini-Jar - Black & White - Weddings, Scrapbooking Embellishments, Confetti, Papermaking - looneyjoontees
Faceted Agate Necklace. BIG Black and White Gemstone. B&W Cats Eye Beads.  Swarovski Crystal. Modern Edgy Fashion Statement Necklace. tagt - KapKaDesign
Owl totem necklace. great horned owl necklace. brown necklace. seed beaded necklace - BrandonArtists
Candle Holder Shabby Chic Rustic White Gold - Ready to ship - ShimmerPlace
Pink Linen headband with crochet flower / beautiful girl / bridesmaid / pink and purple - theYarnKitchen
blue bowl ceramic serving bowl handmade pottery - CurlyGirlieDesigns

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Simple beauty… a change of mood

I’m frequently included in treasuries with vivid colors or bohemian creativity. This simple treasury is a nice change of pace, and a good tone to set at the end of what has been a relaxing three day weekend. Enjoy!

‘simple beauty’ by CatchSomeRaes

Stone Beige Women Cardigan - CIPORKIN Clip On Ear, Ear Clips, Butterfly Earrings, Bronze Earrings - HelgaYutt braided leather bracelet natural light brown 4mm with sterling silver hanging heart - katerinaki1977 Beadwork lace oya crochet beaded barefoot sandal floral  food jewelry - seragun
pair of vintage flashcards // plant today - aneedleinthehay Cream Flower Ring . Adjustable . Romantic . Summer . Bridal . Choose one . Beige . White - WhiteLilyDesign Spot on - sheer v-neck top with polka dots - small medium large - Minxshop Oatmeal Baby Blanket  Granny Square  Style - AllThingsGranny
Beaded ring bead ring Steampunk Rainbow - CUSTOM made to order in any size - ElephantBeads Romantic - 4 - Mini art feeling - ArtMind Single Amorphous Porcelain Cylinder - ULTRALIGHTING Sheep  French Country Nursery Art Ewe  in the Fog 8x10   archival Photograph - lucysnowephotography
Linen/Grain Sack "Home" Pillow - lovintagefinds Rustic vintage storage basket with lid - AlicesLookingGlass Ceramic Mushroom Garden Bell - StudioByTheForest Vintage Rustic Galvanized Maple Syrup Bucket  -- Planter/Vase - 5gardenias

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Take a mysterious journey…

What a fantastic quilt of visual imagery, pulled together in a rare Etsy treasury that has become a whole greater than any one of its parts! I’m honored to have my tiger necklace included in this tapestry!

‘The Mysterious Gypsy’ by cidezines

Gaze into the sentiments of a free spirit. All of these pieces deserve an extra peek. This is a compilation of breathtaking charms and images that make these stony treasures pop.

Purple Jadeite and Silver Pendant Necklace Handmade - mywifesstudio Moonlight Over Spring - limited edition very large, giclee print of original batik - amityfarmbatik Turquoise pendant in sterling silver plated setting and turquoise hand beaded necklace with silver plated bicone and heishi beads - JewelrybyIshi Original Fine Art Oil Landscape Palette knife Painting Impasto textured Red Leaves by Elizabeth Elkin - trueartstudio
ORIGINAL 22in x 30in Watercolor Psychedelic Cala Lillies by Eddie de la Barca - samanthapayntr Chunky necklace, gemstone necklace, tiger necklace, beaded necklace - ElephantBeads Maria Island, Saint Lucia - 2012 - djeanbaptiste Cornflower Blue Faceted Chalcedony and Matte Gold Chandelier Earring Blue Chalcedony Gemstone, Blue Stone, Ocean Blue,  Aqua Gemstone - JewelstoTreasure247
Sterling silver wire wrapped, rose quartz ring - sierralovejoy Pastel Spring Flower Photograph, Macro Flower Photo, Neutral Decor Wall Art, Floral Home Decor, Pastel Pink Flower Art Print - MarascaPhotography Stonified Bracelet - flowingwiththeWIND Art print, moon and sun, 8"x10" PRINT,"RICE PADDIES" - coriehinton
SALE 25% Off, refund same day as purchase Photographs, Home Decor, Wall Art....The Silvery Moon ...5x7 archival Fine Art Giclee print - ImagineStudio Purple Speckle Stone Pendant with Crystal Clear Bead accent and Wire Wrapped - HeatherGaleaDesigns Autumn leaves, Canadian forest, fall decor, burnt orange, harvest gold, woodland print, walk in the woods - Fall 8x10 - bomobob Natural Labradorite Gold Ring-Labradorite Ring - Blue Labradorite - Stacking Rings-30-50% OFF Sale-Mothers Day - Invitrus

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Sunday morning treasures…

My peppermint garden ring – one of those I created while meandering in another time zone – is featured in this lovely treasury. See my post “Meandering as an art form” for more on how this ring was created.

Sunday Morning’ by SchneiderGallery


Sailor Tote Bag – B…

$48.00

Neon Rainbow Glass …

$44.00

Peppermint Garden -…

$10.00

Turquoise Bracelets…

$39.00

sterling silver rin…

$28.00

Cream lacy capelet

$75.00

Designer Ice Cream …

$25.00

Mint Mint Mint – Sh…

$6.00

Samoyed Puppy / Min…

$19.00

Soy Candle Ceramic …

$16.00

Handmade GLASS Butt…

$48.00

Three Olives Vodka …

$16.00

Children’s Art…

$18.00

Upcycled Cotton Tsh…

$10.00

iphone Case, iphone…

$34.99

Quilted Camera Case…

$15.00

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Earth Mother’s Day – Handmade Gallery

I love this treasury of gorgeous handmade items – it features Mothers’ Day and Earth Day all in one!

‘Earthy Gifts for Mother’s Day’ by DanusTreasureTrove

On Fire Treasury Challenge #46Featured Shops:Luet & Company http://www.etsy.com/shop/cdjaliCK Designs http://www.etsy.com/shop/CKDesignsUSCome and Join On Fire for Handmade Teamhttp://www.etsy.com/teams/7830/on-fire-for-handmade?ref=pr_teams


Fancy Agate Stone W…

$40.00

Beach Shell Soap – …

$13.00

Real Butterfly Wing…

$34.73

Tigers Eye Bracelet…

$18.00

One of a Kind Lands…

$25.00

Steampunk Necklace …

$28.00

Eagle on the Town …

$20.00

Red Sardonyx Egypti…

$32.00

Shell Pendant Wire …

$79.00

Black and Cream Tre…

$40.00

Primitive Candle Ho…

$24.95

On Sale Black Onyx …

$48.00

Shell pendant made …

$35.00

Pink Sugar (type) C…

$5.00

Copper Oak Leaf Sta…

$36.00

Crochet Brown Trian…

$55.00

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I love the organic, natural feel of this treasury that includes my Raku star earrings!

‘Earth Day Tones’ by TheBeasKnees


Watercolor Painting…

$29.00

Terracotta Beach Pe…

$29.00

Dragonfly Bracelet …

$12.00

Raku star chunky ea…

$22.50

1898 Vintage BUTTER…

$11.25

Brown, Swarovski, L…

$21.50

Mustard Yellow popp…

$5.00

Pendant of Natural …

$49.00

Earthy Beaded Sciss…

$18.00

Handmade Micro macr…

$31.00

Earth Tone Vintage …

$50.00

Red Fox Fluff Knit …

$23.00

Bird Tags – Italian…

$6.00

Dragonfly, Cattails…

$28.00

Small rustic earrin…

$18.00

Fabric Wallet – Tan…

$12.00

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