Bohemian Beaded Buckle

buckle2This is my first beaded buckle and I will say the photo doesn’t do it justice (trying to get better at photographing my work). The salmon, coral and olive colors are so pretty and work well with the antique bronze color of the buckle. I actually was able to do this quickly since it’s pretty small (3×2) and requires no beaded backing or chain, etc. so the part of me that is driven by instant gratification was very happy.

I like this size belt buckle – I ordered it from Buckle Rage and it’s the perfect size for a woman. I wanted to do something that was natural, Bohemian (boho) and floral but abstract at the same time. I so wish the photo conveyed the colors and textures better. They look much more pink in the photo and in actuality the colors are more coral and salmon.

I will definitely be making more buckles – I have a larger silver one that I am thinking will go well with either blue or lavender stones that I have.

This buckle works with a lot of different styles – bohemian, western, casual upscale and I may end up keeping it for myself!!! Right now, though, it’s on Etsy if you want to take a look: https://www.etsy.com/listing/241194076/bohemian-beadwork-buckle-featuring?ref=shop_home_active_1

Petals of Pisgah Jasper Stone Beadwork Necklace and Earring Set

jasper pisgah petals necklace, beadworkLately I have been very inspired by the beautiful blooms and wildflowers that we discover during our hikes. In particular, I loved the mountain laurel, dogwoods and lilies that we saw on our hike at Mt Pisgah. I found this cabochon at Ernie’s Rock Shop in Brevard and fell in love with the colors. My photography isn’t great but in person you can see the coral, salmon and delicate mint color in the Leopardskin Jasper stone. It took me a while and many visits to my favorite bead store (A Better Bead & Craft) to find all of the correct hues to match including some perfect glass pearls and salmon colored superduos. Again, my photography is awful but the stones in the background are a color called “honeydew” and they match up very well to the light green color in the stone. As always, the necklace is backed with ultrasuede and has a beaded toggle clasp.

When I was beading this, I knew I wanted the actual chain to be very lacy but simple enough. The earrings I really kind of made as just a freebie to go along with the necklace. I just felt like some dangles were needed! I think it would also look fine with simple pearls.

I think this would be the perfect set for a wedding, garden party or other elegant affair. It’s a bit of a departure for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

Click here to view the listing on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/241088943/petals-of-pisgah-bead-embroidered-jasper?ref=shop_home_active_2

Prosperity Sunset Necklace

prosperityThis leopardskin jasper and onyx necklace was inspired by the exquisite sunsets on Lake Murray in Prosperity, SC. Our family spent a week in this unique town. It’s not a rich town, but you soon realize that prosperity isn’t always monetary. It really was a special place where we found an abundance of rest and family time. I guess, you could say my soul prospered. The colors from the lake, the land and the sunset all play a part in this necklace.

The leopardskin jasper cabochon is joined by 4 onyx stones, glass pearls, tilas and seed beads to create natural, edgy, sophisticated necklace. The toggle is hand beaded and the necklace measures 19 inches long.

Storm Sonnet Jasper Necklace

IMG_20150425_185039-02For years I have worked in metals and while I still enjoy working with copper and silver, beads are my newest passion.

I was so excited to find this jasper cabochon at our local gem store with this beautiful, storm-like pattern on the stone. The cabochon is surrounded by Japanese glass seed beads and Picasso Superduos. The chain is handbeaded with seed beads and the clasp is also hand-beaded.