Monday, October 31, 2011


I hope I am not confusing people - I am sending an acknowledgement to everyone who enters to let you know your name is in the running! But I will pick four people on Friday and let you know if you are picked for the challenge! Sorry if there's any confusion!

Ok, now that the big sale is over, it's time for a challenge! I'll pick four people on Friday (November 4th) to create something with a set of glass headpins like these!!!! Just leave a comment on this blog post if you want to play! We'll reveal our designs on November 28th (Monday after Thanksgiving)!!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lori Anderson Makes Pretty Things!

Did you happen to see what Lori Anderson made with my Frosted Filigree beads? She is just all sorts of talented, that woman! I'm lucky to be this month's Cup of Bead Soup sponsor and she does my beads all kinds of justice!


From the bowl of entrants, my sweetie Jason picked the name:

Congratulations, Kari - you win the giveaway. (Entrants were taken from blog comments and people who purchased in my shop during the sale). Thanks to everyone who entered, read my blog, became friends and purchased items in the Big Early Bird Sale! I appreciate each and every one of you! There are still some really great beads in my shop, so please continue to check back and see if you neeeeeed anything!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Just Listed!

I just listed a bunch of beads in my etsy store, and you can still use EARLYBIRD15 to get 15% of your purchase, plus a free pair of earring wires if you purchase an earring pair!

Artisan Clay Fall Fashion Show

Instead of creating a new piece this month, we (the Artisan Clay Design Team) are having a fashion show so you can see all the things that have been created using Kristie's wonderful pieces! Here are mine! You can see what other people have made with Kristie's pieces by going to her blog!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Sale Goes On

Remember, you can get 15% off in my SueBeads etsy store by using the coupon code EARLYBIRD15. You'll also get a free gift with any earring pair purchase - a pair of copper or brass handcrafted (by me!) ear wires! I'm adding more beads throughout the day so you'll have lots to choose from!

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a cool set of beads by me!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Free Gift with Purchase!

From October 26-28, during our big Early Bird Designer Sale and Giveaway, if you purchase an "earring pair" of beads from my etsy store, you will receive a pair of either brass or copper ear wires free! Handmade by me! Just my way of saying thanks from coming to the sale and being a great person! They are hand-formed, and tumbled in a tumbler for shiny-ness and to get any rough edges off!

Enter on this post here to be eligible to win a bunch of beads from me, too!

Big Sale Eve!

This amazing group of designers
specialize in handmade jewelry components and findings. Take advantage of our sale this
Wednesday - Friday
October 26-28
just in time for holiday shows & gift designs ~
You can still enter for the
to enter and see all the wonderful pieces!

Each designer is offering a free gift with purchase & discount
this Wed-Fri ~ Many of these designers rarely offer sales ~ A great opportunity!
Don't miss it!

Here are the artists, the sale and gifts they are offering:
Click on the pictures above to visit their stores!
Be sure to visit each of their blogs ~ We have some new additions so be sure to

1. Melinda Orr Designs ~ 15% off entire store (Use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free gift ~ a sampling of copper ear wires, rivets, textured charms and copper cleaning pad~
Visit her blog to comment to win

2. Kristi Bowman Designs ~ 15% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Also 15% off her Artfire store

3. Marla's Mud ~ 25% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD25)
Free gift ~ Goodie bag $20 with $50 purchase & goodie bag & free shipping over $75
Visit her blog to comment to win

4. SKYE JEWELS ~ 10% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD10)
Free Gift ~ surprise!
Visit her blog to comment to win

5. Sue Beads ~ 15% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ Free pair of handcrafted ear wires in brass or copper with earring pairs
Visit her blog to comment to win

6. Starry Road Studio ~15% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ Free ceramic charm for orders over $25
Visit her blog to comment to win

7. Staci Louise ~ 15% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ surprise bead mix
Visit her blog to comment to win

8. Marsha Neal Studio ~ 20% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD20)
Special Gift ~ orders over $100 (after discount) receive a $15 gift certificate
Every item purchased during the sale gets you entered to win a $50 gift certificate
Extra $50 gift certificate to blog commentors ~

Visit her blog to comment to win

9. Fired Up Ladies ~ 25% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD25)
Free Gift ~ A surprise bead with your order
Special Gift ~ To the first 5 that spend over $50 an additional $20 gift certificate
Visit her blog to comment to win

10. Lisa Peters Art ~ 20% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD20)
Free Gift ~ Surprise bead or button with your order
Visit her blog to comment to win

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Enamel Headpins

I listed 8 more pairs of enamel headpins in my shop yesterday, you can find them in the SueBeads etsy store! Also, don't forget you can still get 10% off your order at my SueBeads web site because I still haven't finished the redesign on it!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Early Bird Gets the Discount!

Here's a list of everyone who is participating in the big Early Bird Sale next week - October 26-28. Visit each artist to find out about discounts and giveaways, then join me at my etsy store SueBeads those days to enjoy 15% off your order with the discount code EARLYBIRD15!

Melinda Orr ~

Karen Totten ~

Kristi Bowman~ Gruel

Marla James ~

Susan Kennedy ~

Marie~Noel Voyer Cramp ~

Staci Louise Klinger Smith ~
Marsha Neal

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This is Big!

Join me and several other artists for a huge early bird sale event from October 26-28! Use coupon code EARLYBIRD15 in my SueBeads etsy store for 15% off your entire order! Plus anyone who orders an "earring pair" will receive as a bonus a pair of brass or copper ear wires made by me on the days of the discount! Please see Melinda Orr's blog - she's the wonderful host of this event - to see everyone who is participating.

Above you can see what I will be giving away - beads worth $70!!!!

Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win. Leave me another comment if you blog, facebook or tweet about the event for another chance to win (please link to this post - one entry per action)! Also if you purchase something from my store from now until the event, you will receive an entry to win! You have many many chances to win great prizes from some fabulous artists!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Enamel Head Pins

I just listed 6 sets of enamel on copper headpins. I'll be cutting wire as I watch The Real World tonight (it's on tonight, right???) and then I'll be making some more sets tomorrow! You can find them in the SueBeads etsy store!

Skully Head Pins

Another new toy, from Karen Leonardo of Leonardo Lampwork! I made some skully head pins, which will be listed in a set of 8. I see them as dangles from a cute bracelet, either Halloween, or Dia de los Muertos, or goth. I can make them in other colors, too, so if you want some, just let me know!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pretty Things!

Look what Lori Anderson of Pretty Things made with my Christmas beads! Aren't they so cute! You can find them in the SueBeads etsy store, or you can always ask if you need more!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wooty Woot Woot!

I got a new bead roller toy and had fun yesterday making these beads! See them in the SueBeads etsy store!

Friday, October 14, 2011

B'Sue Sari Ribbon Blog Hop

Brenda Sue, of B'Sue Boutique, is hosting a blog hop today! We were to use sari ribbon to create a piece of jewelry. As usual, time got away from me and I left it to Thursday night to complete. However, sometimes that works for me. I used a really gorgeous handmade chain I had purchased quite a while ago from Lynn Davis and red and orange chalcedony faceted rondelles. The sari ribbon has red and orange colors in it and I think it goes pretty well! I had fun making this piece - don't know if I'll keep it this way or not. It's a little big for me (I have unusually small wrists!) and I think I might play with the design a little someday when time doesn't get away from me! Here's a list of all the other participants - check their blogs out, if you get a chance, to see what they made with sari ribbon!

Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop

Vickie Wills

Susan Kennedy ME!

Michelle Mach

Michelle Lee Hardy

Ruth Crawford

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

Diana P.

HOST: Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

Connie Rios-Relyea

Jennifer Justman

Deb Davis


Cathie Carroll

Rosemary Cowit

Georgene Lockwood

Cathy Buckley

Harry Wood

Sonya Stille

Mary Deis

Heather Goldsmith

Susan Rouleau

Terry Matusyk

Pam Chesbro

Mary Shannon Hicks

Janice Everett


Kristina Johansson, Maneki

Kris Binsfeld



Catherine Jeltes


Sharon Palac

Deb Beechy

Jean Yates

Patrice Pfeiffer

Dorcas Midkiff

Lynn Perry Bennett

Linzi Alford


Cynthia Wainscott

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp

Alice Craddick

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Girlie!

She turned 16 this summer and got a car today - can only drive on permit right now but we're ready for February!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Leaf Earrings

I just listed some more enameled leaf pairs in my SueBeads etsy store and thought I'd share a few ideas on what you can do with them. I made a bunch of earrings for my show and tried to mix up the colors to make some interesting pieces! I love how they turned out!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lorelei/Shannon LIMA Beads Challenge

Today is the reveal for the Lorelei and Shannon Bead Challenge! The idea was to purchase the kit from Lima Beads and make as many things as you could from the kit.
Here's my first attempt at a necklace using a majority of the parts. I have to say that I don't really like it - it's not really my style. Maybe it's the colors together - I don't know. I didn't disassemble it, but I will - I'm not sure what I will make but it has to be better than this!
The earrings, I like. I used some of my own ribbed spacer beads and they go pretty well! I would never have picked out the yellowish colored pearls but I like the color combo, and I had fun trying to perfect my briolette wire wrapping! This necklace, I like too - more my style, kind of a choker, and I love the chain!
Finally, this is another idea I am working on. I never worked with stick pearls like this before, and I like how they hang like fringe. I made a cool wire on the back of the flower beads so they hang nicely too, and I like the yellowish pearls with both colors. I may keep this one!

As you can see I didn't use the ribbon - to me it didn't really match with any of the beads. I know I can use it for something else, but I want to make some of my own beads to use it with, I think.

You can see what everyone else made by going to Lorelei's blog and checking out all the links! Have fun!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Who Did I Tick Off????

I had a really interesting week this week. Last Friday, I was hit from behind by someone as I was going to my daughter's first production of the year at school - she's the stage manager for her school and this was the first time she was totally in charge! Still dealing with that. I "sold" (for lack of a better term) at the Delmont Apple 'N Arts Festival last weekend. It rained the entire time. The mud was 5 inches thick. They closed early on Saturday. I never opened on Sunday. I sold nothing...all that preparation I did and money I spent and now I have a pile of muddy stuff to put away. Yesterday I got a migraine and still have the migraine hangover today. Glad this week is past me.

I made several sets of these cute pumpkin earrings for the show, but if I don't disassemble them for the beads or sell the earrings pretty soon, they will go to waste! So, I am offering anyone who wants them a special price of $18 for a pair of pumpkin earrings with my own lampwork beads and my own handmade ear wires! I would normally charge $22 for them at the show, so you are getting a bit of a deal! If you want a pair, let me know. I have 6 available! I can send you a paypal invoice - free shipping too!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Earring Swap

Earrings I sent to Pam

Earrings Pam sent to me!

Diana, from Suburban Girl Beads, decided that she didn't have enough things to do with moving into a new house, so she hosted an art bead earring swap! My partner was Pam Ferrari! This is her blog and this is her etsy store! We are both glass bead makers and live on totally opposite sides of the country. I made a couple pairs of earrings but eventually decided on the ones in the photo to send to her. I made the lampwork beads and the ear wires, and the headpins are from Rocki's Supplies on etsy.

Pam made these beads herself, too! I love that I can wear them with many things - my go to color is always black so these are perfect! Thanks Pam! Check out everyone else's blog to see what they made!

The Host: Diana Ptaszynski
Jenny Davies Reazor
Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp

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