Saturday, October 17, 2009

Treasury Feature & October Facebook Promotion

Well, it's been an age and a half since I've last posted on here. A lot has been going on and I've not had much time to design and create. On a positive note, I am starting a new job on the 26th of this month. Since I have this coming week off, I will be preparing the Etsy shop for the holidays with new inventory that I will be working on.

Please take a moment to visit the beautiful Etsy Treasury I have just been featured in compiled by the Esty Rosary Guild, of which I am a proud member. My blue agate Saint Michael the Archangel set is featured among exquisite work from other artisans. It will only be up for 48 hours from 10/17 so please show your support to all us crafters by clicking on all the pictures and maybe leaving a comment.

On a final note for now, get a jump on your holiday shopping and take advantage of our October promotion - 10% off and free shipping in the mainland US when you mention my Facebook Page. Discount is refunded via paypal post check out.

Monday, July 20, 2009

New for the Week of July 19th

It was a pretty busy weekend around here, but I managed to put a few things together. I especially enjoyed making some new Bead for Life pieces - specifically four 24" necklaces that can also be used as triple strand bracelets on the average wrist. The focal points are the recycled paper beads made by the Ugandan women in the Bead for Life program, which I posted about earlier this year. I separated them by color and carefully chose accent pieces that compliment and really let the BFL beads stand out. In keeping with the unique nature of the beads themselves, I broke away from symmetry (tough thing for a Virgo designer, trust me) and strung the beads in an off centered and random fashion. There is no rhyme or reason, just what felt right in each creative moment. As mentioned previously, a portion of the net proceeds are donated back to Bead for Life - in addition to the contribution already made by me purchasing the beads. Until next time, here are some photos - and, please tell everyone you know about Bead for Life!

If your colors were like my dreams - red, gold and green!

Copper, turquoise and tangerine dream

Mellow blues and yellows

Pink and purple haze

Monday, July 13, 2009

New for the week of July 11th

I've taken to organizing "project bags", which in a nut shell involves laying out designs and formations, then putting the materials I need together in a bag to be made when I have time. I'll end up bagging up 6-8 pieces at a time, and it's a great system because all the materials are there and ready when I am to provide an evening (or two) of projects for me.

Here are some things that I designed and created over last weekend and am posting for sale this week:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New for The Week of July 6th

I look at these post dates and I can't believe how much time passes between them! You always hear that time flies, and I am experiencing that every time I log on here! Just wanted to take a moment and share pictures of some new pieces made over the July 4th weekend.

One of my favorites is the orange and green Bead for Life necklace that I made for a co-worker of mine who has become one of my best customers :) I have mentioned BFL in a previous post and I have sold several pieces privately, which raises awareness for this beautiful program. I'm happy to say that I also have a custom inquiry for a BFL rosary!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work. Links are active for the items I have already listed and will activate the rest when I list them:

Copper Celtic Knot Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Gray Stone Bracelet w/Nail Cross Charm

Custom Bead for Life Necklace for LG

Custom Bead for Life Necklace for LG

Carnelian Hebrew Chai Charm Bracelet

Wood and Abolone Shell Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Purple and Gold Glass Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Jasper and Soapstone Scarab Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Red Glass and Amazonite Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Monday, June 8, 2009

Custom Orders

Since launching the business a few months ago, I've been fortunate enough to have had several custom orders. I had referenced some of these in a past posting (that I managed to somehow delete while editing) and mentioned how much I enjoy working one on one with people, especially on their prayer beads. They deserve a place on line somewhere, since they don't make it in the shop so here are some pictures - and contact me with any custom inquiries for custom rosaries or jewelry in any quantity.

Fifteen Anglican Rosaries (Jasper & Amazonite) for MC in San Diego

St Therese One Decade Pocket Rosary (Rhodonite & Pearl) for CL in Bucks Co., PA

St. Joseph Rosary Bracelet (purple glass) for MB in Brooklyn, NY

Fluorite and Amazonite Anglican Rosary for JH in Philadelphia, PA

Picture Jasper & Amazonite Anglican Rosary for CT in Indiana

Rose Quartz One Decade Pocket Rosary for DT in Boston, MA

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I've decided to have a sale through the month of June. With the exception of Bead for Life, and custom work, the entire shop is on sale for 10 - 15% off + free shipping and handling in the US and Canada.

The item below is a sandstone jasper and onyx five decade Risen Christ rosary / necklace that I made the other day. It's on sale too!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Spring Fever

I'm going to blame my lack of blogging on that "illness"! Things are a little crazy on the work front, so my mind has been elsewhere lately. I've been creating new things to help me maintain sanity, but just haven't gotten around to updating anything, so here are some pictures of recent work with links to the shop:

Saint Francis One Decade Pocket Rosary

Lapis Lazuli One Decade Rosary Bracelet

Bead For Life Yellow Jade and Blue Coral Necklace

Smoky Quartz and Swirl Glass Anglican Rosary w/Celtic Cross

Saint Anthony Blue and Amber Glass Rosary Necklace

Pink Rhodonite Saint Peregrine One Decade Rosary Bracelet

San Damiano Red Glass One Decade Auto/Car Rear View Mirror Rosary

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bead for Life!

A couple of months ago, I was working at my day job when a fairly plainly dressed woman came in to the showroom. If I never mentioned what I do full time, I sell Indian furniture and Tibetan carpets in a NYC design center that caters to interior designers, architects and their clients. Anyway, my boss is a bit of a social entrepreneur advocating against child labor among other causes, and is fairly well known in interior design circles. Okay, so I got side tracked. As I mentioned, this woman walks in one day, and when I asked her if she was familiar with us, she mentioned "oh yes, I am quite familiar with your company, and I myself do work against poverty in Uganda with my organization, Bead for Life". At the time, my beading work was on the back burner - in fact, I hadn't even heard of Etsy at that point, nor had I thought to sell in any serious forum. Also, she was there to shop so we continued our conversation about our carpets, and then parted ways.

Fast forward about two or three months, and I am fully established on Etsy with a few sales under my belt and starting to feel confident about where this whole thing had the potential to go. I come home from work, get in to pj's and plop down in front of the News Hour on PBS
as per my normal routine. One story finishes, and the next one starts about a fair trade beading company that works to empower and lift Ugandan women out of poverty. Of course, now that much of my spare time is occupied with beading, or things related to it, I immediately perk up.
Then, on the screen is one of BFL's co-founders, who I believe was the woman on the right (Torkin Wakefield) who is explaining the entire program. I won't go in to the whole story, because you should spend time seeing it for yourself and then taking action but the gist of it is that the women in BFL are Ugandan, and have risen from dire poverty through this program. Many of them are also widowed, and living with HIV/AIDS. The women start out in the program making paper beads from recycled paper from magazine pages, cereal boxes and other things that would otherwise go to waste. The end result are colorful and unique beads that are as individual as the women who make them. The beads are then assembled in to beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are exported to the west and marketed for sale by way of the BFL on line jewelry store, as well as through home parties thrown by people, organizations, and faith based and civil groups across the country. They are also sold in loose form so beaders can incorporate them in to their own designs - more on that in a moment. What I love the most about this program is the empowerment strategy that is used - in the sense that it forces the participants to gain other skills to rise above, and stay out of poverty. Women are limited to two years in the program and are taught entrepreneurial and vocational skills in other fields - after all, if everyone in a village makes beads then there is market saturation and a lack of diversity in skills! As you might gather, I am quite excited by this program, and hope you will join me in spreading the word.

So, what am I doing? Well, for starters, I am telling you about it! Seriously though, I went on their website and purchased some loose beads, as well as organza gift bags to distribute with the finished work. Today, I opened the Bead for Life section in my Etsy store. So far there are three pieces for sale, which I created using combinations of BFL beads and my own materials. In addition to my initial contribution investment of materials, I am donating twenty five percent of the net proceeds from the sales of these items back to Bead for Life. Below are photos of the first few items I have made, with more to come soon. I hope that you will take the time to learn more about this brilliant program and spread the word!

20" Necklace: Bead for Life with Lapis Lazuli and Green Aventurine

8" Bracelet - Bead for Life with Wood Coin and Red Coral Beads

Anglican Rosary with Bead for Life, Sandstone Jasper and Black Stone Cross

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My First First Communion Rosary

Yesterday, I finished up and photographed a First Communion five decade rosary, along with a few other things. This piece is intended for a boy, and it is meant to be something that can be used in to adulthood. I would love to hear any feedback on this or any other piece:

I am just waiting for a mail order delivery of a cross to finish my first custom Communion piece, which was made for Alma, a friend of Vincent's mother. It was made for a little girl using a color center medallion, and some beautiful iridescent quartz beads. It is accented with blue and purple and I can't wait to show it off to you. For now though, here are a couple of one decade pieces that I made and listed this weekend:

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Week in Review

It has been a relaxing week off, and I managed to get out and about in the neighborhood once the rain stopped. I've gotten in to the habit of taking the camera with me so I can capture random shots and am becoming addicted to taking these and posting them to Flickr.

On the beading front, my recently purchased lap desk has come in handy along with a lawn chair and a cold drink on my stoop. Here are a few things that I made and listed during my time off:

Wood and Lt Blue/Orange Glass Anglican Rosary

Anglican Rosary - Wood, Yellow Jade and Glass

Hamsa Talisman w/ Star of David Charm Bracelet

Cross Charm Bracelet - Yellow Jade, Smoky Quartz and Gold Glass

Anglican Rosary - Black Onyx, Silver/Blue Faceted Glass, Celtic Cross

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rainy Days and Wednesdays

I'm starting to wonder if the rain will ever end! Day three of vacation, day three of rain. Since I am dedicating my time off to crafting and trying to establish the business, it can rain all week...although it would be nice to be able to sit outside and work on my beading. I did manage to get out for a few hours to a couple of bead shops to pick up some colored glass seeds for accents, and of course ended up getting quite a bit more than what I went out for, including some great new charms that I made some bracelets with this evening (stay tuned!). Anyway, I am happy to report that two of the items in my previous post were sold within 24 hours :) Here are some things I worked on last night and will post to Etsy tomorrow morning:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rainy Days and Tuesdays

Some things I made last night and this morning, and managed to post in between laundry loads and cleaning. What else would I do on a vacation at home when it's raining outside?? Thankfully the sun broke through long enough for me to snap a few moderately respectful photos. Would love to hear what you think!