Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

It has been a busy year for me with lots of time with my husband and my kids.  I am looking forward to a week off to spend with them and relax & enjoy the end of this year.  It is one that I think I am glad to look at through my rear view mirror.

Christmas time is one of my favorite holidays. 
  • It is a time to just sit back and enjoy with family & friends.  
  • It is a time to live in the moment and make new memories.  
  • It is a time to remember the birth of a child who changed the world and changed individual lives one by one.  I know that He changed mine forever.
I just wanted to pop in before our Christmas gets rolling to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  I pray that it will be a wonderful time with family and friends.  May you find your time blessed and your days be filled with good memories.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Madieke Necklace

While the Madieke Necklace pattern will not be available for sale until next year, I will be teaching it at the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville, PA in December.  You can contact the store to sign up at 570-426-9168.  I would love to have you join us!!

Madieke Necklace
Saturday, December 17th
10:30 am to 2:00 pm
3.5 hour class

The first step in this necklace is a right angle weave base. To get the most out of this class, a supply list and worksheet for the first step is available in the store for those that prepay for the class. I would recommend that you have the base complete before coming to class so that we can focus on the embellishment.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


It has been a crazy and sometimes rough year.  There is much that I could complain about, things we have struggled with this year but lately I have been focusing on my blessings instead.  All things considered I am truly blessed.  I have a wonderful family who loves me, a home to keep me warm, food and clothes.  My basic needs are met each day.  Sometimes I think that we lose sight of that in our everyday life.  We worry about what is coming around the bend, how do we pay for this or we know this big expense is coming and how will we take care of it.  It is GOOD to sometimes just step back and see how many blessings we truly have.  So today I am going to count my blessings (tomorrow my worries may take back over, but today...)

I would like to share with you a favorite picture of mine that is a blessing in many ways.  A good friend (Rose Finley) of a good friend graciously offered to take our family picture.  We had it scheduled at the end of October.  It turned out to be the day that a nor'easter hit the northeast (we ended up with over 12" of snow).  We rescheduled for the morning since the worst of the snow was after lunch and at the end of our time, she asked if we wanted to take pictures in the snow which had started to fall.  My boys and I were game and I love this picture!  I hope you take time to appreciate what you have and those who are in your life.  I so appreciate all of you who come and read my blog and enjoy my designs.  Your kind words and visits here mean so much to me.  Thank you.  Have a wonderful day today!!  I pray that God will bless you greatly.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Alrighty then....

Apparently the web address for my lulu store has been changed.  The new addy is  I apologize if this has been an inconvience for anyone. 

I have finally gotten back to beading and am in the process of finishing up and writing a couple of lovely necklaces.  Here is a sneak peek at one of them!  

This year has been an different one for me.  I have been involved with my boys and their activities and had less time to bead than I did last year.  Maybe it is just me and not managing my time well or maybe it is just me! :-)  Anyway, life seems to be slowing the pace a little and I am looking forward to more time with my beads.  First, I need to find my beading table!!  Hope you are having a great day!  Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, October 6, 2011


We are fully in the midst of soccer season!  Both of my boys teams are having winning seasons.  My oldest plays for his school and my youngest on a local league.  Between all the running and getting back into the school groove I haven't had much time for beading.  I have four projects laying on my table in various stages of progress and two more floating around in my head waiting to be put into beads.  It helps to be home for more than sleeping to get anything done, right?  We have two more weeks of soccer and then hopefully beading season will begin!  How has your fall been?


The one on the left is my son.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Party Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!

Happy Bead Soup Hopping Day!!  I wasn't sure that I was going to be ready today.  My pieces were ready, the photos taken but my computer was MIA and still is.  My husband was kind enough to lend me his laptop so that I could get my post ready before I headed away for a couple of days (Fri-Sat).  This is the first time that I have edited my photos on a laptop.  The screen is so different than my monitor. I hope that they are ok, forgive me if they aren't.

Anyway, to get to the point of this post!!  I love the beads that Nan Emmett sent me.  She made such a beautiful selection of her clay beads.  I loved just letting them run around in my hand.  They are very tactile.  As usual I had one idea for what I was going to do but the beads had a mind of their own.  My original thought was for a strung piece that combined beaded beads, some chain and my bead soup mix.  I planned to bezel the pendant and tie it into the strung necklace.  I had ordered a nice selection of seed beads to coordinate with the bead soup so I set to work.  I started to make some herringbone beaded beads that had spirals of teardrop beads.  Another day I will go back to them but they just weren't right for this project.  So I started another strand of herringbone incorporating the teardrop beads into the herringbone on one side.  This turned into the beginning of the bezel for the pendant.  I have never done a bezel with herringbone before.  I really liked how it turned out.  The bezel ended up being the catalyst for the necklace.  I haven't done a truly beadwoven piece for the Bead Soup Party before but I can't say that anymore.  I created a lovely chain using seed beads and the teardrop beads.  I love how it all came together.  I will be creating something new with this chain in the near future.  It is sparking lots of ideas in my head.

I loved all the rounds that Nan made and wanted to make a bracelet to go with the necklace.  I added some copper bead caps and some bone saucers mixed in with Nan's lovely beads.  I had a really good photo session with this bracelet.  It made up for having a hard time photographing the necklace, which was tricky because the necklace has a definate curve in it which I had to work with.


I hope that you enjoyed seeing my Bead Soup.  I will be do my blog hopping starting Sunday if I get my computer back.  Rest assured though, I will be hopping around because I can't wait to see all the wonderful soup!!  To make it easier, Lori has set up this great web page on her blog with all the links, so click on over and hop around!  You can also click on the Tab above that says Bead Soup Blog Party Hop for a clickable list of participants.

Thanks for stopping by.


PS I love & appreciate comments and want to let you know that I have comment moderation turned on.  I will not be on the computer as I will be away this weekend so comments will not appear till I am back.  Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Aisling Bracelet

Last month I showed you the Aisling Necklace.

This month I have a companion bracelet to share with you.  It is another one that I have fell in love with.  It works up quickly and has a lot of potential for color choices.  Today I am sharing the one that I made to go with this necklace.  As soon as I get some photos taken I will show you other colorways I have done.

I am also working in earnest right now on my Bead Soup piece.  It always amazes how I start in one direction thinking I know where I am going with a piece and it takes its own turn into something different.  I had envisioned a beautifully strung piece with beaded beads that complemented Nan's wonderful clay beads but something very different happened.  It has been a challenge and not so much of a challenge.  You will see what I mean in a few weeks when we have the big reveal.

Back to the intent of my post, here is the Aisling bracelet:

Thanks for taking a peek at it.

Have a great day! and thanks for stopping by.


The pattern is available at and

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, My Bead Soup is buzzin'

What a wonderful mail day today!!  My son got the mail and wanted to know if he could open the package I received today.  Now often I will let them open my packages for me when it is something I am expecting but NOT TODAY!!!  I wanted to savor open the package from Nan!  What a delightful group of beads. 

Nan sent me two focals, one without a hole that I can use as a cabachon and one with a hole. I love the aqua color in the accent beads that she made.  These colors are so perfect for me, this will definately be a piece that will remain in my personal collection.

I am really looking forward to the challenge of working with these beads.  I hope that I can do them justice!!

On as side note, one of the things that I love about the focal is that it features a bee.  Thelma Wells, a popular speaker, always wears a bumble bee pin.  She does this to remind her that while bumble bee is not properly proportioned for flight, its wings are too small for its body size, it flies because that is what God created it to do.  So often I apply this to my own life because I feel inadequate to the challenges that are before me.  The bee reminds me that I can do anything that God wants me to do because He is the one who will enable me to do it.  I don't have to do it on my own.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to hop around and visit the other participants in the Bead Soup Party to see all the lovely beads that have been shared.  (You can find the list here)


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bead Soup Party

Sorry I didn't get a chance to share this earlier with you so that you could join in but I have jumped on the Bead Soup band wagon again. Due to a lot of other things going on, I missed the last one.  So I am really excited to participate in this challenge again.  For those of you who don't know what the Bead Soup Party is, the fabulously talented Lori Anderson hosts a Bead Soup Party.  Anyone can sign up and she pairs up the entrants.  You exchange a focal, clasp and some coordianting beads and receive some back.  Then the fun begins, you create!  There is a deadline for when your piece has to be done and there is a lot of blog hopping to check out all the wonderful creations.  I have the utmost respect and awe for Lori - there were over 300 participants this time that she hand matched!  For more information, check out Lori's blog here or specifically about the Bead Soup Party here.

I love the challenge of having to created with things that I may not have chosen myself.  It stretches my imagination to go outside my box.  These are my creations from past Bead Soup Parties. 

I am truly blessed again to be partnered this time with Nan Emmett, Spirited Earth.  Nan is a very talented artist.  She makes wonderful clay beads.  I having been browsing through her blog post and her Etsy shop.  She had a post from last December (12-6-2010) where she shared this awesome ornament.  I love this pendant!  I hope that maybe she will make more for this holiday season so the I can make some ornaments like this.  Anyway, I digress.... I have been having fun picking out beads to send her that I hope she will like but also will challenge her to think outside her box. Well back to my regularly scheduled day, hope yours is wonderful!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Aisling Necklace

I was visiting different websites awhile back and was admiring how a bracelet was constructed.  It was a way that I hadn't tried before.  I am so sorry that I cannot remember which website that it was because it was the inspiration for a few new designs for me.  What I created is in no way like the piece that I saw but it inspired me to play with my beads in a different way.  This necklace is one of the designs that came out that time of playing.

What I love about this necklace is its dimensionality.  It is hard to see in the pictures but the centers where the cream beads are along the chain and pendant are raised.  This makes for a very interesting weave.  The other aspect that I love is the sparkle from the pear teardrops.  I have been eyeing up all sorts of fun top-drilled teardrops at my local bead store to experiment with in this necklace.  Later this fall I will be teaching this necklace.  I can't wait to see what my students will come up with colorwise.

I had my husband snap a couple of pictures of me wearing the necklace.  (I should have chosen a better top to show it off)  I can tell that I will wear this a lot this winter with my higher necked shirts!!

I have finally been getting back on the designing bandwagon.  I went through quite a dry spell this year between our schedule and some other issues.  It feels so good to get the beads back in my hands and feel ideas happening.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at what I have been up to.

The pattern for this necklace is available at A Beadaful World and at NLP Bead Design.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cherish Bracelet

When I taught this class I purposely picked an odd collection of colors.  It wasn't though until they were together that you could see how they worked together.  In a lot of ways, this bracelet reminds me of a stained glass window with all its colors working together. (Click photo to enlarge)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Elpseth's Collar

As I have mentioned, my Elspeth's Collar was featured in the June/July Beadwork.  I had a lot of fun teaching the pattern at the Garden of Beadin'.  This is a very comfortable collar-style necklace to wear.  I made this one in class to demonstrate with.   I love browns and pinkish reds together.  It is very vintage looking.

 I hope you come back to see more designs reinvented with new and fresh colors!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Canterbury Bracelet

Here is another remake of a pattern I love. The Canterbury bracelet is such a delicate bracelet that works up in a short time frame.  These two soft purple bracelets were made during a class at the Garden of Beadin' a few months ago.  There are so many options available for this pattern by alternating different colors in the rows.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Magdala Bracelet

The second bracelet that was featured in the current issue of Beadwork is the Magdala bracelet.  I love the whimsical laciness of this bracelet.  The side remind me of fretwork on old Victorian houses.  There is a kit available for the blue version of this bracelet at A Beadaful World.

Later this month I will be teaching a companion necklace to this bracelet at The Bead Hive in Coopersburg.  I would love to have you join us.  You can go to the "Classes" tab at the top for the store's phone number and more information.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Radiance Bracelet

The latest issue of Beadwork is out.  I have two pieces that have been featured in this issue.  I will share them over two posts.  The first is the Radiance bracelet.  This is a component bracelet that comes together nicely.  It is full of sparkle!  I have kits available for the gray and blue versions shown below.  They are available at A Beadaful World.
Radiance Bracelet

I made a companion necklace to go with it. The pendant has a unique layering to the components.  The strap is a fun  lacy chain.  It is called Radiance as well.  The pattern is available at A Beadaful World or at NLP Bead Design

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Indian Princess

I have some projects that I have made as a result of teaching a class.  I like to remake projects that I teach to show other colorways.  Over the next week or two I would like to share a few of them with you.  A few years back a yahoo group that I was part of had a fun challenge.  People would submit names to be used as inspiration for a jewelry piece.  Anyone could participate.  One of the names suggested was "Indian Princess".  This one resonated with me because as a child, my dad and I participated in the YMCA's Indian Princess program.  It is a very fond memory to me of time spent with my dad.  Below is the original Indian Princess necklace.  It is made with a combination of tubular peyote, tubular herringbone and stringing.


I taught this project at the Bead Hive earlier this year.  I made this one using bronze, tan and khaki matte metallic beads.  I love the earthy feel it has.

I hope you enjoyed this a peek at this remake.  Please stayed tuned for some more!

Have a great day.


The pattern is available here (A Beadful World) or here (NLP Bead Design)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thank you so much for still stopping by to visit my blog.  This has been a very busy year for me and it seems like I haven't been able to find time to write very often.  My kids are out of school for the summer, which means that our crazy convoluted schedule has begun.  I am hoping that I will be able to bead on a more regular basis.  I have some new designs that are being worked up into patterns and once the rain stops, I hope to be able to take some pictures to share with you.  Back toward the end of May, I took some pictures of the Mountain Laurel that blooms in our yard. (Click on the photo for a better view.)  I don't think that I ever took the time to really look at them up close.  They go through such interesting phases as they bloom.  Someday I would like to explore some of the shapes in beading.  I think it will be a fun challenge.  I also included a photo of one of our peonies.  We finally were able to actually enjoy them this year.  In the past few years, they would bloom and it would rain.  They were destroyed in the rain.  This year we had several days to enjoy them.  They are such a lovely flower. I am hoping to be able to photo some jewelry this week and be able to share.  Keep your fingers crossed, every time I think that I will be able to get to it life gets in my way!! LOL.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are having a wonderful day!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Endurance and Encouragement

This is a non-beading post.  I hope you don't mind.  Much to the chagrin of my eldest, I need to brag a little.  I won't be offended if you quit reading right now.  My oldest son has always enjoyed sports, watching, playing and competing in them.  He has played soccer since he was old enough to join the local league (my younger son as well.) He is in 6th grade this year and was able to sign up for the middle school sports teams.  Of course he wanted to play in everything but we told him he could do two this year. 

So in the fall he played soccer.  He decided that he wanted to do track in the spring as his other sport.  This was all new to him, the different events that there are.  He thought that he wanted to be a sprinter but coach thought that he would be a better distance runner.  So he practiced and practiced.  The first time that he did a timed mile his time was 7:56, which was good.  Coach said his time should be about 8 minutes.  He was happy to beat that goal.  His coach is a great encourager, explaining that in track you are competing against yourself to improve your own stats.  Everyone has different talents and some are going to be faster or throw better or that may be you but the important thing is to beat your own personal scores.  I think this is an awesome attitude to have because to me, just getting out there and trying is winning.

They had a total of four meets that they competed in.  In every meet in at least one event, he beat one of his personal bests.  By the last event, he had shaved over a minute off his time for the mile.  His other main event was the half mile and he took 24 seconds off his time.  There were lots of other events that he did once because the coach needed him to.  In everything, I could tell that he tried his best.

The picture below is one of my favorites from all that I took.  During one of the meets, my youngest decided to run along to encourage his brother.  I just happened to hit the shutter at the right time (dumb luck, couldn't do it if I tried) to catch them running together.

I think that there is a very valuable lesson in this that applies to beading and life in general.  Often I hear people in classes say "Oh I couldn't make that" or "I don't think that I could ever come up with a design on my own" or "How lucky that you were published but I couldn't do that".  I find that attitude disheartening.  Everyone has something that they excel at, something that they can do better than someone else.  I have a dear friend who sings beautifully.  I can sing ok, but I will never be able to sing like she can.  That is ok though because that is the talent that she has been given.  She will be the first to tell you that she doesn't have a creative bone in her body.  She makes beautiful things if someone shows her how but not coming up with it on her own.  The point is this... Each of us needs to just compete with ourselves, to work to beat our personal bests.  We each have talents that were given to us and we need to put our time and energy into what we do do well instead of using that energy on wishing for what we don't.  Today take the time to enjoy doing something that you do well.  Encourage someone in what they do well.  Let go of the need to compete in something that is not your strength.  Be yourself and do it well!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Elspeth's Collar

Happy Mother's Day!  I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  My oldest son and I are spending a quiet afternoon at home while my husband and younger son helps some dear friends who are moving from a rented house to their own. 

I am honored to have one of my necklaces featured in the current issue Beadwork Magazine (June/July 2011).  It is a lovely collar necklace.  It has such a nice curve to it that lays beautifully!  For the first time, I also have made available kits using the colors featured in the magazine.  They are available at or click here for a direct link.

There is also a pattern set that coordinates with the necklace.  Here they are shown in a soft green and aqua.  The pattern includes detailed diagrams and directions for making earrings, a ring and bracelet.  They are available at as well (click here)

Have a wonderful week!  ~Nancy

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

BEADWORK Favorite Bead Stitches

Yesterday I spent a lovely spring day at Messiah College watching my older son compete with his school at the MASCA track meet.  They did great!  I am so proud of all of them.  My son took 6 seconds off his best time for the 800m.  The girls team took first place.  Watching how fast these kids can run was just amazing.  Today I am struggling a little as I did not apply sunscreen quite often enough.  Fortunately I can stay out of the sun for a few days which will help.

When I got home yesterday, I found a package in the mail from Interweave.  To my surprise and delight, I found the special edition of Beadwork's Favorite Bead Stitches inside.  Even more to my surprise I found my "Pretty Picots" necklace had been included in this special edition.  I am so honored to be included!  I also see that my dear friend Lanai Kinsky had her beautiful Royal Amethyst Collar included as well.  This is truly a lovely special edition with little advertising and LOTS(!!) of great beading projects.  I love that it is divided into sections by bead stitch (hence the name, duh).  I hope you will check it out and maybe learn a new stitch in the process.

Have a great day.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Karina Necklace

As I mentioned on Tuesday, life has been very busy.  It seems like the theme of my life this year.  I am finding it hard to stop and catch my breath.  I have had to let go of some commitments that I truly enjoy but hopefully when things settle down I can pick some of them back up where they used to fit in my life.  I am sure that many of you face this same issue.  With a job and two pre-teen (almost teen, did I really just type that) boys, life is full.  A good full.  My oldest is currently on the track team and I have just been amazed at his endurance.  Between his first practice timed mile about 3-4 weeks ago and his first meet this past Saturday, he shaved a minute off his 1600m time.  I am so proud of him!

Last month someone dear to me lost a baby.  My heart broke.  Having been through the same experience it just grips you in a way that is hard to explain.  I wanted to create something in honor and remembrance of that child.  As I was thinking about it, the image of a baby being carried in a blanket held at the top, like the stork carrying a baby, came to mind.  This necklace is my version of that image.  The name Karina means "Dear Little One".  I thought it so appropriate for this necklace. 

Thanks for taking a peek and have a great day!


The pattern is available in my lulu store (click photo in side bar)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

I know that I have been MIA.  I really miss posting and beading but life right now doesn't allow for that.  I am hoping to have a new project to show you this week but no promises.  Anyway just wanted to pop in and say Hi.  It's my birthday today and to celebrate I am putting the Shaitana Series on sale in my lulu store (here) for 20% off.  It will be on sale for the remainder of this week.  Hope you have a great day and I hope to be posting regularly again soon.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Like a lion

Last week we had wonderful warm spring like weather.  It felt so good to feel the sun.  I have been getting over my second bout of bronchitis this winter and the warm air was so "healing".  March is tricky though because it usually lulls you into thinking that spring has finally arrived and then gives you an abrupt reminder that it is still March.  We had a snow storm on Monday that left the roads in the worst condition that I had traveled on all winter, an icy slushy snowy mess.  Yesterday the weather was calling for 1" overnight with an additional 1-2" today.  When I woke up at my usual early hour, there was already 3" on the ground.  Since it was my turn to stay home with the boys if there was no school, I went back to bed. When I finally got out of bed, the snow was about 7-8" deep.  It was beautiful.  The trees had 3-4" of snow on their branches.  Because the snow was so thick on the branches, you really could not see through the trees to the neighbor's houses.  It was a beautiful white wonderland.  Hope you enjoy these pictures.  Spring is coming, I saw the crocus' blooming just last week and my bulbs have popped through the dirt but I have to honestly say that I enjoyed this winter wonderland kind of day.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Hello from rainy PA!  We have had a rainy week this week.  The streams and creeks are just amazingly full of water.  Between the rain and snowmelt at the beginning of the week and the storm that we are having today into tomorrow, it should be amazing to see the high water.  Here is hoping that there won't be any major flooding.

I have another bracelet to share with you.  I called this one "Bliss" because it just makes me happy when I wear it.  It is really sparkly and the photo doesn't do it justice.  It is a new style of design for me.  It is made with components that are joined together.  I normally tend toward a project that is woven together with a single thread.  It is hard to tell in the photo but there is some curving in the bracelet back and forth.  I can't wait to make another one of these soon.  The pattern is available in my lulu store (click on picture to the right) and will be available in Lanai's store soon.  I also will be teaching this project in April at the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville, PA in April so keep an eye on the classes tab if you are interested.

Thanks for taking a peek!!  Have a wonderful day today.