Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Peruvian Blue Opals

For those of you who have come to know (and love) me, you know my admiration of opals. I love opals of all types, sizes, shapes, colors. Ammolite and opals are my two favorite gemstones and when ever I run across them I will snatch them up and use them in my custom wire wrapped pieces. This time as I was searching online for supplies I ran across some gorgeous fan shaped Peruvian Opal gemstones. I swear, it was like finding hidden treasure!

This Peruvian Opal gemstone is 15x15mm. It is surrounded by a sterling silver wire wrapped setting and accented with 4mm Swarovski opal crystals and a 4mm frosted silver bead. It is currently for sale at my Etsy store,
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. I appreciate your interest.

Friday, October 23, 2009

How to make a traditional Red Heel Sock Stick Horse

Would you like to make a cute and inexpensive gift for your youngster, Grand baby, loved one, for Christmas? What child doesn't love the traditional stick horse. I made one and they are adorable. I have put together pictures and instructions that are easy for you to follow so you can make one yourself. Of course if you prefer I do sell these. I will have these for sale at the Priest River Christmas Craft Fair at the elementary School on Hwy. 2. The craft fair is from 9-4 on November 7th, 2009. For more information feel free to contact me.

The directions to make the stick sock horse can be found on my Latest News from Lady V's Blog or click this link to go there.

These are fairly easy and fast to put together. Have fun and Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Harley's Debut

Sock monkey's are fun, without a doubt, but I wanted to make a sock critter that was unique and more geared towards the animals that you would see up here in the north country. We don't see a lot of monkey's swinging from the trees around here... perhaps it's the lack of bananas?

I've must admit, I've been intrigued with moose, ever since that one spent the night in my backyard last winter. I even made a polymer clay moose sculpture (pic is on my Flickr page.) I got a wild hair and decided I'd try my hand at making a sock moosie. Here is my finished project. I am sure it will get altered a bit here and there as I make more, but all in all I think he turned out pretty cute for my first attempt (and without a pattern even!)

Thank goodness the dollar store got in a new shipment of the black and red heel boot socks. I have a feeling I will be using up a bunch of them over the next few weeks, rofl.

I named the moose Harley. I have all good intentions of making him a black leather vest. He looked like a "biker type" of dude moose to me. Funny the pictures that we get in our head as we are creating.

Be sure you check back for blog updates and more North Country sock critters. Hey, I'm on a roll! ROFL. Need I say any more? Harley is currently for sale at my Etsy store.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

More Monkey Maddness!

First a little bit of sock monkey lore, from Wikipedia. John Nelson, a swedish immigrant, patented the first sock knitting maching in 1869 and began making work socks in Rockford, Illinois in 1890. Sock monkeys first emerged in 1932, the year Nelson added his trademarked red heels to his socks.

In 2005 the first "Sock Monkey Maddness festival was held at the Midway Village and Museum in Rockford, Illinois. The continued popularity encouraged the city of Rockford, Illinois to embrace the doll as part of its history. The festival has now become an annual event. The event draws 1500 people and continues to grow in attendance each year. More sock monkey lore can be found by reading the Wikipedia online article on sock monkeys.

Make no doubt about it, sock monkey's are a loveable and adorable American mascot! If you read the comments posted on my "very first sock monkey" you will see Granny Jan's (Sock Monkey Ranch) comment saying, "Fair warning, once you make one you are hooked!" She was so right. I love making these whimsical little creatures. Each takes on a personality all of it's own. I've included her link above. Talk about some adorable sock monkeys. You've got to check them out!

Here is my own sock monkey that I made with a pair of boot socks I found yesterday. Not the traditional red heeled sock monkey, but a cute little guy, I think. Next I will be working on making them some outfits. I mean you can't let your monkey run around in putblic naked now, can you? ROFL. Check back to see what other monkey tales await.

And many thanks to all of my new monkey pals who have offered such wonderful tips, words of advice, encouragement and praise. It's so appreciated. :)

Mojo the monkey is currently for sale at my Etsy store.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sock Monkey Maddness!

As long as I can remember I have always loved sock monkey's. They are simplistic, wimsical, and they make great, affordable Christmas gifts (and gifts year around) for youngsters and teens. Add a sock monkey outfit and sock monkey's make a unique gift for adults too! I have always wanted a sock monkey. This year I decided to buy some for my Grand Kids. MamaMelLoves has some adorable sock monkey's at great prices. I found a sock monkey kit at that comes complete with an adoption certificate. I purchased one because I thought it was a great way for people to learn how to make sock monkey's and the price was reasonable enough..... and in the back of my mind I am thinking, YES! Finally my very own sock monkey, lol! Some kids never grow up. Now to make it (and the Grand kids monkey's) outfits. AuntyAnnsDesigns sells both sock monkey patterns and completed outfits for the traditional sock monkey's. You have to check them out.... cute! And need a source to buy the red heel socks? Monkey socks has the best prices I have found so far unless you want to purchase bulk on Ebay. Also, I just found sock monkey kits sold at Target for $13.99 (enough to make 2 sock monkey's.)

Talk about sock monkey maddness, rofl!!!!! If all goes well I will make a few up to sell at our local Christmas craft fair November 30th. I've posted some of my favorite links (above) for you other sock monkey lovers. If you have any questions feel free to email me.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

All in a day........

It's a busy time of the year for the local Artisans and crafters of Priest River and Newport. During the summer and early fall it is the busiest time of the year for our area's craft fairs and shows. We need to make our money while we can. Far too soon it will be snowing again and we will be socked in for months. By the end of October we can pretty much figure it is time to pack it in for the winter.

I decided to get a booth this year even though the economy has been so bad. Much to my surprise sales have been pretty good. I am selling it as fast as I can make it. It sure beats listing stuff and having it sit for months and months in my Etsy shop. I will definitely be making some much needed changes in 2010.

Here are some pictures of a few of the gem stones that I did up to sell at the booth this weekend. The largest piece is a Druzy with crystal formations. The two smaller gem stones are Boulder Opals. You can see the vivid flash in both of them. What beautiful stones. The larger blue stone is Blue Lace Agate, another beauty. All are wrapped in sterling silver or gold filled wire.

If you have any questions regarding any of my creations please do
not hesitate to contact me.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dogs gone WILD!

Dogs gone wild? By the looks of it, perhaps some of them anyway. For others? Their stuffed doggie toy seems to be almost therapeutic, comforting, as shown by the picture of Azul, the Great Dane, (right.)

I breed and train AKC Siberian huskies. Originally I made these toys for the new arrivals. It not only gave them something to play with, but something to chew on as well, which saved the furniture. When it comes time for the pups to
leave, I send them off with one, so he/she would be less stressed going off to their new home. They have something "familiar" that they can associate with.
This stuffed dog toy is wonderful for teething puppies or dogs that love to chew! It doesn't matter if they are
big or they are small, as you can see.The bone is made of industrial
fleece and has a knotted cord tied around it. It is like two toys built into one. It has been thoroughly puppy tested (by pups of all sizes, shapes, breeds,) and passed with flying colors.

Our special thanks to Kevin (
for sending
us his picture of Azul (the Great Dane.)
Also to Sharon ( for sending us her picture of Labisha (shown to the right.) And, lastly, to Tina ( who's poochie (below) refuses to give it's bone up, lol.

The doggie toys are available at my Etsy store

10% from each sale will be donated to our local Priest River Animal Rescue, PRAR, They are located at 1042
Albani Hwy., Priest River, ID. 83856

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Diamonds are a girls best friend!

Diamonds are a girls best friend, but not everyone can afford to buy them. Why not settle for the next best thing! Swarovski crystals. Let's face it, girls love jewelry at any age! It's sorta like boys and their toys. My Grandaughter, Sammie (Samantha) is no acception to the rule. With Sammie in mind (Birthday) I set out to get some very special beads. I found some that I know will make her squeal with delight. This is her finished piece.

The pendant is a porcelain My Little Kitty type bead. Mother of pearl hearts, Swarovski faceted ovals, bicones, roundelles, seed and e beads make up the 14 "necklace. Happy Birthday Samantha! XO'S

With crystals still on the brain I set out to make a fashionable piece, something perfect for cocktail hour and that little black dress. I kept staring at the faceted briolette jet Swarovski crystals sitting on the counter in front of me. (I had just gotten a "Blogging for beads" package from Artbeads stuffed with so many gorgeous picks.) I dug out my pearls. I had a plan! Usually when I start on a
new piece I have a pretty good idea of the design that I want to make. As I start putting the piece together I see it in my mind. In this instance as I was making this set a totally different idea came to me and I have to tell you it's like that wire took on a life of it's own. I found myself twisting and bending and shaping petals that soon became little flowers.

This necklace and earring set is made up of Swarovski briolette jet crystals, black and white pearls, and sterling silver wire. The finished piece is pictured above on the left. Pretty snazzy?

Lastly I wanted to put together a pair of earrings that you could wear anywhere, any time, with any attire. Although I wanted something catchy, it also had to be subtle enough to wear with anything.

I gathered up both blue Swarovski briolette and bicone crystals and a box of cute little cats eye beads my girlfriend Jo sent me. I'd been dying to use those beads! I also took out some Blue Topaz rondells, and of course, my wire! The finished earrings are shown on the right. These would look perfect with jeans, a summer halter, and a cool pair of sandals, don't you think?

I want to thank Artbeads for supplying the crystals that you see in my creations in excange for participating in their "Blogging for Beads" program. I've been Crystallized! You really must check out their "Crystallized - Swarovski Elements" sections because face it, a girl can never have too many crystals. ;-)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ammolite Bracelet

This beautiful piece of Ammolite is wire wrapped in sterling silver and accented with silver Swarovski pearls. Ammolite, a rare opal like gemstone, is found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. It is now considered the rarest gemstone in the world. It's becoming rarer and rarer as the supply has almost been completely mined, thusly the price of Ammolite is escalating upwards of no less than 40% a year. Ammolite comes from the fossilized shells of Ammonites, distant cousins to the modern day Nautilus. They roamed the seas in prehistoric days and are from the Jurasic era.

The Blackfeet Tribe know Ammolite as "iniskim" which means "buffalo stone" and believe it to possess healing powers.Ammonite is a great investment and a perfect gift to give to a loved one for any occassion.

It is currently for sale at my Etsy store:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Name this Fish Contest! *Sapphira Fantail*

July 19th Update: Fishie gets a name. Tanya (Hannahshands) picked out her new name, "Sapphira Fantail." 4 judges were deadlocked. It was a very close race between Sapphira, Satinka, and Blue Gil. My Son, (5th judge,) just got home from his B'day party and gave me his two choices. It put Sapphira ahead in the lead, hands down. You all submitted such wonderful names and I want to thank you for taking the time to enter the contest. It's been fun!

In my last post I said I would be announcing a contest to name my fish. You have to admit this cute little fishy needs a name! How do you enter? Come up with a cute or unique name and post it in this thread. On July 19th (Son's Birthday) a winner will be announced. A panel of (5) will be doing the judging.

Good luck!

The winner will receive a pair of Sea Glass earrings or pendant (your choice.)

A Dream Come True!

Several of you may remember when I blogged about Artbeads blogging for beads program. A few select jewelry artisans were given an opportunity to periodically get free beads, supplies, and findings, in exchange for blogging about the items you choose to receive. You then have the option to either write a review or publish what you made with them. I have to tell you I got so excited when I got an email from Duchess a few days ago with the latest Blogging for Beads list! Wow! One of the items listed were these incredible Swarovski "Elements" crystal ovals. Talk about beautiful, big, BOLD! They measure 39x28mm and they were just perfect for my next "Cougar" creation. For my piece I chose the "Montana Sapphire," although I also got the Colorado Topaz and will use it to make "Goldie" the goldfish.

It was such a hard choice since they had offered so many great crystals! Buttons, squares, rivoli, round, flat.... it was like a jewelry artisan's dream come true! I also got some "jewelry cleaner" which was a "HOT" item and is currently on back order. What a great way to clean those finished pieces.

Later this week I will announce a "Name this Fish Contest." You will get a chance to win a pair of Sea Glass earrings. Check back for more details. I will also post the contest in the Etsy Dedicated Beaders and Jewelry makers BNR and a few other ones. ;-)

I hope you enjoy my finished Blogging for Beads creation. I enjoyed making it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Another Fun Piece

This little piece, tiny bubbles, was also a fun piece to make. I really do love painting on the little pieces of sea glass. It's like each individual piece has it's own story to tell and my creative imagination comes up with some pretty good stories. ;-)

Monday, July 6, 2009

This Bud's for You!

Yesterday was one of those gloomy days. It was overcast and looked like it could have rained but never did. I did try to venture out and attempt to go grocery shopping, but every place was still so crowded I quickly did a hasty retreat and decided to put it off until today. Instead I decided to paint up more sea glass.

This piece I decided to name "Tropical Nights." It was most likely a beer bottle since the sea glass is amber. For some reason I was in the mood for a "tropical" look. The little sailboat reminded me of a time when I went sailing with Mom and Jack on their boat just off the gulf in Florida. Gosh that seems like it was so long ago now.

Anyway, this piece makes me wimsical and remember old times. I miss you Mom!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Wire wrapped Peruvian Blue Opal

Although I am pleased with the finished piece, I have to tell you that this bracelet was one of those pieces that gave me fits. I don't know how many times I reworked setting the stone. Perhaps the problem was the size of the nugget, or the fact that it was my last piece of Peruvian Blue Opal. I LOVE Peruvian Blue Opal and the look had to be just right.

I finished the setting off by adding Fire Agate rondelles. The gemstones on the sides are Crazy Horse Jasper. It is wrapped in Sterling Silver.

This is one of those pieces that will more than likely be a keeper. Some stones were just meant to stay with you. This is one of them. ;-)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Did someone say sea glass?

Is it sea glass you want? Well sea glass we've got. Lots of hand painted pendant necklaces and earrings too! Our sea glass jewelry can be purchased at our ArtFire store. We have lots that isn't listed and do custom orders too, so if you see something that you like contact us at

Monday, June 29, 2009

By the truck loads......

I have to tell you, I just finished up my second "Cougar" piece yesterday, a wire wrapped bracelet. Now I did improvise and changed it some and even then wasn't happen with my first attempt, so it got reworked. I did not make the piece as massive as what her instructions called for. The "big" jewelry pieces just isn't me, as I prefer the daintier pieces, but then I have small wrists and the larger pieces just look too gawdy on me. I know there are ladies out there that just LOVE the large pieces and I realize it is all about personal preferences, so I will do a few of the larger pieces in the near future. For now I am just having fun with all of these new techiques that I am learning, but I will admit, I am definitely burning some wire, rofl. I now have it coming in by the truck loads!

Here is my completed piece. I am pleased at it turned out.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My first "Cougar" piece

Well I know all of my wire wrap friends know who Dale (Cougar) Armstrong is, and my g/f Jo and I were like two little kids in a candy store when we found out she put out a new book. Of course we both had to have it and as soon as Jo gets her copy we will have much to share.... can't wait! Mine came yesterday. Now for those that know me, you would have guessed that I would have sat down and tried to make one of her pieces yesterday, but I had a full day and was NOT about to try to tackle it when tired. This afternoon was another story, lol. I grabbed my book and Aleutia (one of my huskies) and then headed out to the deck and read through it while I took in some welcomed sun.

The book had instructions for one piece in particular that caught my eye, a ring! I seem to have this ring thing, rofl. I don't see myself selling (or making) a lot of this style of jewelry as it is more for custom orders. It is heavier, and as a result pricier than the things that I normally make, but it was fun making something new.... different. I changed it around a bit as I wanted the ring to make a "statement." Instead of the suggested pearl, I added a Rose Quartz nugget. I will wear it on my index finger and see what kind of attention it gets.... and maybe I will even get a sale or two. ;-)

Here is my first "Cougar" piece.

All in a day........ or two!

What a day! Well actually the past 24 hours have been FUN! It started when I took my weekly trip to town to stop by Harvest Health foods, Harmony Healing, and Turtle beads. I make my rounds and stop in to see the girls and see if I have had any "sales." I gifted Robin (Harvest Health foods) a pair of sea glass earrings, which she loved. I gifted Gloria (Harmony Healing) a gold filigree heart with a piece of "blue lace agate" in it, since that is her mystical birthstone. She broke the clasp on her gold chain and asked me if I could fix it for her so I gathered it up, telling her I would bring it back to her the next day (today.) From Gloria's I headed to Turtle Beads to see Liza. I dropped off the sea glass jewelry that was going on display in the front window. Liza was ooh'ing and ah'ing over my wire wrapped pendants when one of her customers (Ron) came in and saw my Lapis pendants. He BOUGHT one of them on the spot... wooohooo!

Then he asked me if I could wire wrap one of his AA coins for him. I was honored and told him "Of course," adding I would bring it back in a day or so. Then Liza and I headed across the street and did the girlie lunch (my treat) because after all, I did get a sale, you know.

Yesterday afternoon I wire wrapped Ron's coin and I just was NOT happy with the silver wire wrapping that he wanted but put it aside and went to bed.... I was beat. It was a busy day. This morning there that coin lay, staring up at me, rofl. As I drank my coffee I picked it up and rubbed it between my fingers. I cut off the wire and decided I was going to tackle it again, this time using a combination of brass and sterling silver, which is what I wanted to do in the first place since the coin was brass.

Here is the finished project. I was pleased with how it turned out. I put it on a brass chain and delivered it to him today. He liked it, saying "that really turned out nice." And as we all sat there in the restaurant (yes, Liza and I did lunch again today... her treat) Ron put it on immediately, showing off his AA coin with pride. Congrats on 7 years of continued sobriety Ron!!!!! Way to go!

And.... it was another good day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

More Treasures from the Sea

This was a FUN piece to create. I dug through all of my bins and boxes to find just the right sea treasures to add to it. The opalite in the necklace catches so many hues of the sun. It really makes this piece stand out. It comes with matching earrings. The set is currently listed at

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cast Aways.... Rare Treasures in Time!

Sea glass! I have always loved sea glass! Perhaps it is the Aquarius in me..... or reminiscing to the days that I spent with my Mom at her Florida beach house. Maybe it is memories of my youth when we'd ditch school and head for the beach (yes, we did that Mom.) While others were wake boarding and body surfing, I was searching the beach for baubles and treasures..... sea glass, shells, sand dollars, and driftwood. I always loved creating with things I found on my search. Although I have been making jewelry and trinkets with sea glass for years, it never occurred to me to paint on these pieces and turn them into one of a kind pendants until I stumbled upon another jewelry artisan's blog and I was in awe what she had done. I knew that I had to try my hand at it because this satisfies two of my loves.... painting and wire wrapping. How cool is this?

Now finding sea glass in northern Idaho is non-existent, so I did my usual Etsy search for supplies. I found a couple of wonderful sellers from California, very near the same places I used to hunt for my treasures. The pictures are two creations that I made with sea glass that I got from, (a favorite.) I had so much fun working on these pieces. Thank you for the gift beach glass Bea. As you can see I made good use out of it. These two pendants are currently on display (and for sale) at Turtle Beads in Newport, WA. If you would like a hand painted sea glass pendant please contact me at

Friday, May 8, 2009

AAAAACK! I got Hacked!

I am sorry that I haven't posted any new blog entries lately. I wasn't able to get online. I was one of the recent victims that had their computers hacked in to and had both my online and personal identities stolen (and possibly shared across a global network) while I was sharing photos, cyber hugs, conversations, with my friends on

If you want to read more about my hack attack go to my "recent news" blog. The link is on the right.

I sure hope that it never happens to any of you. It is one of the scariest things I have ever gone through.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gosh, it's only Tuesday and what a busy week it's been for me, but it's all good! I got an awesome email Monday from Steve at, one of the suppliers I purchase beads and jewelry supplies from. He said that he ran across my blog and he was impressed with my jewelry designs. He went on to say that he was putting together a group of a few select jewelry designers who blog and was offering us an opportunity to "blog for beads." He asked if I would be interested. Now I ask you, how awesome is this? Who doesn't love free stuff and especially beads! Of course I emailed him right back and said I was definitely interested.

Now I have to tell you that it came at the perfect time. I wanted to make some Birthstone rings. Artbeads is currently having a 15% off sale on Swarovski crystals and I needed some to complete the rings. Steve came to my rescue (thank you Steve!) He is sending me all of the birthstone crystals in return for my very first "Blog for Beads" entry. I am sure you have heard it before, but just in case no one's told you lately, Steve, you ROCK! I have now completed most of the rings, with the exception of February (Amethyst) and September (Sapphire.) I should have those crystals in a couple of days so, I will have all of the rings available. What a perfect gift for a Birthday, Mother's Day, graduation. I can also combine crystals to make a Mother's or Grandmother's ring. What a treasured keepsake it would make.

The rings are currently available at both my Etsy and ArtFire stores.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email me at

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award!

This 'Kreativ Blogger' award was given to me by Mingo Thank you

Here are the rules: List 7 things that you love and then pass the award on to 7 people...tagging them and letting them know they won! You can copy the picture of the award and put it on your sideboard letting the whole wide world know you are KReATIV!

1. My Mom! She's the best!
2. My Brothers and Sister
3. My kids!
4. My Huskies!
5. My awesome friends!
6. Sunshine!
7. Creating and making my jewelry and crafts!

I pass this award on to:

Sharon K

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Peruvian Blue Opal - WOW!

Those of you who have come to know (and love) me, know that I love Opals in all sizes, shapes and colors.  The Peruvian Blue Opal is one of my most favorites and yesterday I decided to wire wrap one of the stones I had picked up in my travels.  Here is the finished product.

It is currently for sale at my Etsy store:

The Best Blog Daily Thinker

Rhonda ( just gave me my first blog award, The Best Blog Daily Thinker.  Thank you so much my sweet friend. This is such an honor and I will in turn pass it on to others who's Blogs I enjoy.... yet there are so many wonderful bloggers out there.
If I have missed you and you would like this award... just grab it for yourself.

The rules are simple!  Copy this award and paste it on your Blog and pass it on to (10) of your favorites who you feel are deserving of this awesome award.  

Here are 10 of my favorites in no specific order:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pin Keep Penguin

Hmmmm..... I got this new prim pattern for a penguin pin keep. Now my understanding of a pin keep is that it is a pin cushion??? This completed folk art/primitive seems to be much too large for that, (over 13" wide and 10" tall,) but it would make a great shelf sitter or dresser display. I am pleased at how the first attempt turned out..... even though it took me 8 hours to complete.

I am going to try to make a smaller version that I think would make a really cute pin cushion.

I also have an owl that I will be making next. I really do enjoy making these primative critters.

They really are works of art!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Stumpy the Cat!

Recently I ran across folk art and primitive animal patterns and I fell in love with the style because they were different, unusual! I was getting bored creating the same things and let's face it, jewelry, although beautiful, is a hard sell because so many people are making it. I knew that in 2009 I wanted to introduce some new lines... make some needed changes! I've decided I will make primitive/folk art critters and also my add my North Wood wee people series.

I had all good intention of making my next wee people set until I received the Primitives pattern that I had recently ordered. I vowed to give myself some time off after the Christmas rush and recharge/renew my creative energies........... but, I just kept staring at the Stumpy cat pattern and I just had to rip it open and drag out the sewing machine.

I think what I liked about it the best is that it also satisfied the "artistic" side of me. I got to get out my acrylics and fabric paints and bring this little fellow to life. I really had fun making this
fabric kitty. I am looking forward to making other folk art/primitive critters.

Stumpy Cat can be purchased from my new ArtFire store: