Wedding Pictures (and some earrings)

Well, Ben & Maggie are married and they have received the first of the wedding pictures!  They are truly beautiful; they look like movie stills!  I’m including a few to show off both the Old – New – Borrowed & Blue that I talked about last time, and also my kids of course!  I’m so pleased that everything worked out so well!

new bracelet Maggie walking look at us! holding hands bracelet and shawl 2

On a completely separate topic; I’ve been on an earring kick lately…in fact, I designed a number of new earring patterns, and am devoting 7 teaching sessions to an “Earring Extravaganza!”

Here are some of the pictures:

circle in the square earrings Daisy, Daisy Earrings diamond in the rough Lovely Little Flower Earrings


Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Blue

This afternoon my son and the love of his life got married in front of a volcano in Costa Rica! On Monday, when they take pictures in front of a waterfall there, Maggie will have some special things to wear with her wedding gown – you’ve gotta have the Old – New – Borrowed & Blue, right?

For the “old”, I gave her a ‘floating’ Pearl necklace that my husband gave me years ago;
something old

for the ‘new’ a crystal and pearl bracelet I made for her,

something new

and I combined ‘borrowed and blue’ and left her a gorgeous blue chiffon scarf/shawl hand drawn by my friend Kristin Omdahl, from

borrowed & Blue

You can order one for yourself here… Borrowed & Blue Scarf

Congratulations Ben & Maggie!

Mr & Mrs 9-5-15Mr & Mrs 2 9-5-15


Cellini Spiral

OCellini Spring Necklace (2)h how I love thee! Cellini is so much fun!  I first learned about this great stitch from Kim Rueth, owner of Knot Just Beads, and just recently Carol Cypher shared her brilliant insight about working on it with NO step ups.  Well, I can step up with everyone else, but if I can skip it, I will!  Tah-Dah!  So much easier!  I love this just completed necklace.

If you want to make one too, here’s how: Cellini Spring Necklace

In Sheep’s Clothing

Isn’t that a cute name for a Yarn Shop?  Ginger Balch, the owner of said shop, in Torrington, CT, has been asking me to teach a beading class in her shop for many months.  We FINALLY arranged a date – and didn’t have a snowstorm – and I was joined by Ginger and 5 other delightful ladies for a really fun afternoon!

Everyone learned a lot of basic beading principles, and went home with materials and knowledge they can use for many other projects, along with everything needed for a beautiful swirling SuperDuo Spiral bracelet.

SuperDuo Spiral

We used beads from Czechoslovakia and Japan, with beautiful colors and many different coatings, and learned about checking 2-hole beads, using a bead reamer and even two different ways of adding Fireline to a project.

Our next class will probably be in May…stay tuned for details!

Be sure to visit In Sheep’s Clothing for all your knitting, crocheting and weaving supplies and classes!

New Logo!

Well, I’m thrilled that the child theme is working correctly, and I finally have a new logo!  I was delighted with what was presented to me (I DID pay for the work!), and even more delighted that I have been able to modify and work with the design!

I took a fantastic  last fall at Stitches East with Amy Gunderson from Universal Yarn, Creative Crochet Charting, in which I learned a beginning foundation about working with Inkscape, a fantastic FREE drawing program.  And so, tah-dah…I have been able to manipulate my beautiful new logo just enough to create my new site header to my specifications!

Now, I need new business cards, and I need to continue to upload all the patterns and pictures that I lost in the transition to this hosting provider.  It’s a slow process, but I’m excited about the improvements I’m making!

Child Theme

I am the first to admit that I am truly NOT a web designer!  Jewelry designer – yes, , crochet designer – yes, but web designer – no!  However, this time around I am trying to do a better job!  So, I have finally learned how to create a “Child Theme” for my site.  Why” What does that mean?  Well, I can’t explain it exactly, but it has something to do with trying to be sure that updates to my framework of my theme can be applied without destroying my site.  Took a lot of reading, and very careful following of directions, but voila!  It’s done!  A good way to spend a snowy morning!

Now, I have to figure out the best way to make updates, and I can start reloading pictures of my work!v  Have a great day – stay warm!

Lost website!

Unbelievable!  I switched hosting providers, and zigged when I should have zagged, and lost my entire website! So, all my pictures, all my posts, all my patterns, everything – GONE!

I’m now rebuilding, slowly, step by step.  Please be patient…it will take awhile to get back up and running!