Monday, August 31, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My First Outdoor Show!

I'm so excited! I just got notified that I am accepted for the Craft Attack 2009 in Charlotte, NC. This will be my first outdoor event and I'm lucky to be sharing a booth with one of my Raleigh Jewelry Meetup buddies (Jill of LivnGoodJewelry) and she has had some experience with doing outdoor shows.

Checkout this
list of vendors who will be at the show.

Monday, August 17, 2009

First Jewelry Art Show!

Just wanted to post a few pictures of the show sponsored by our group - Raleigh Jewelry Meetup. It was held in Raleigh August 15 at the Tir Na Nog restaurant. There were 12 of us and for most of us, this was our first experience in showing and selling to the public in person. We all had fun looking over each others displays (getting new ideas for the next show), and "Oohing and Ahhing" over the gorgeous jewelry. And the staff at Tir Na Nog were very attentive - they served us beverages and lunch!

Alicia on the left,
Glenda ( on the right

Andy ( Bead Delite )


Christie ( )

Cindy (ACPY Inc.)

Diana ( Altered Artifacts )

Jill (

Joy ( )

Katie ( )

Linda ( )


Monday, August 3, 2009

Mother's Gems

When my mother died several years ago, she had a collection of vintage jewelry from different parts of the world, places where she had lived while she was a US Air Force wife. I loved one of the pieces, a Y-necklace, because of the deep rich blue coloring in the beads. The brass settings had decomposed and parts of the necklace had fallen apart. I salvaged most of the beads, not knowing what they were or what they were made of. After washing and drying them, I kept those beads in a drawer not knowing what to do with them - I didn't want to trash them or give them away. So they sat for several years.

As I started making jewelry, I re-visited the beads, thinking "what should I do with these? What can I make with them? What are they? Are they worth it?" There were large and small carved rose beads, tubular beads, small round beads and a single pendant.

I finally decided that I wanted to make a necklace. I shopped at a local bead store, Beadazzled, and found some very
nice vintage glass beads, mostly from Germany, in coordinating colors and found more of the smaller carved rose beads.

There were enough beads to make the necklace pictured here and a pair of earrings with the 2 remaining small rose beads.

The remaining pendant was put on hold until I took a class on setting cabochons at Ornamentea. This final piece is the result of that class.