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Mexican Beaded Bracelets

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to a much warmer climate – I went to Mexico! This was my first time visiting the country and it is just beautiful. It is very much like the paradise I imagined!!

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I stayed in Playa del Carmen just south of Cancun. Of course, I went to the beach and did a few touristy excursions (Tulum, Xel-Ha, and snorkeling in Cozumel), but I also did a little shopping on 5th Avenue. Anyone who has already been there knows this is not easy. Bargaining is the name of the game, and everyone is trying to sell you something whether you need it or not. I was shopping for local handmade goods. I found quite a few shops selling many beaded jewelry items! I asked permission to take this photo of some beaded bracelets I saw:

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Women who live in the tiny villages of Mexico make this beaded jewelry to support themselves and their families. Any purchase you make helps support the local economy, and is greatly appreciated. So, of course I picked up a few bracelets to take home. Which one do you like best?

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 On your next visit to Mexico, stop and look at the beadwork. Perhaps you will find something special to take home, too:)

2-Day Sale & New Beaded Scottie Dog Earrings

I am really into making tiny beaded earrings these days! Here are my latest pair of beaded Scottie Dog earrings. These are very lightweight – only 8 grams! Beadwork hangs from small sterling silver ear wires. These Scottie Dogs are wearing pink beaded collars, but I can make them in any color you wish.. These can also be made as tiny post earrings.. Please click the pic for more details.

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Also, just a quick note to let you know that I am running a 2-Day Sale in my Etsy shop – this weekend only! All ready-to-ship beaded dog pins and pendants are 10% off, and all beading kits and patterns are 15% off.. Save an additional 10% off at checkout with coupon code HOLIDAY13. Please keep in mind, all orders (within the USA) must ship out via USPS Priority Mail no later than December 21 to guarantee Christmas delivery. I can no longer guarantee Christmas delivery for international orders. Thank you for your understanding, and thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

 

Beaded Black Friday Starts Now

There is a major sale event happening in my Etsy shop this week! Now through Monday, December 2, all ready-to-ship beaded dog pins and pendants are 10% off! All beading kits & patterns are 15% off, and all SALE items are 15% off. Also, for your shopping pleasure, save an additional 10% off with coupon code HOLIDAY13 at checkout.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday with this SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase any beading kit & get a printed copy of my ‘Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery’ tutorial FREE (while supplies last).

beaded Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie Love earrings dangly sterling silver etsy beadwork
Also, check out my new ‘Yorkie Love’ tiny beaded Yorkshire Terrier earrings! These were inspired by my popular beaded pin/pendant. These dangly earrings feature tiny sterling silver heart charms. They are sure to make a statement. Perfect for any Yorkie lover! This design is also available as post earrings.. Please click the pic for more details. That’s the news for now. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Beading!

Holiday Deadlines for Custom Beaded Gifts on Etsy

It seems the holiday season is upon us now – at least here in the retail world. Last December, my Etsy shop was VERY busy, especially the week before Christmas. So, this year, I have posted new holiday ordering deadlines to help customers place their gift orders in a timely fashion.

Beaded Jack Russell Terrier sterling silver earrings etsy beadwork beading beads

Beaded Jack Russell Terrier sterling silver post earrings.

For shipping within the USA:

HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: December 7, 2013. This includes all made-to-order items.

For shipping overseas:

HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: November 30, 2013.

Any order placed after these dates will be considered a rush order and will incur an additional fee. Bead embroidery kits & beading patterns also make great gifts – these are ready to ship. There are no deadlines on Ready-to-Ship items at this time – my advice is to order early to ensure holiday delivery. If you have any questions, please ask. Thanks for looking!

Oodles of Beaded Poodles & Pugs!

There is a new beaded poodle available for sale in my Etsy shop! This is a tiny black bead-embroidered poodle which was made with size 11 and size 15 seed beads. This piece can be worn as a pin or a pendant. This design can also be made in your favourite color upon request:)

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I have also created new beaded Pug earrings! These are very tiny. They were made with size 15 seed beads and sterling silver fish hooks. These earrings were made in a freeform peyote stitch technique – they actually move when you touch them. This pair of earrings sold VERY quickly. Currently, they are listed on Etsy as made-to-order. Please click the pics for more details.

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These items will make the perfect gifts for the dog lover in your life. Order early and beat the holiday rush.. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!  :D

 

The Making of a Beaded Maltese

Here’s a sneak peak at how I make my beaded dog pins & pendants:

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First, I sketch out my design. Then, I cut out Lacy’s Stiff Stuff and a few layers of felt in different shapes. I try to envision my sketch in relief, and I decide on the shapes of felt based on that vision..

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Next, I stitch on a little glass nose – for this piece, I used special 2mm glass doll eyes. Then, using tiny Japanese glass seed beads in size 15, I bead the entire piece, following the lines in my sketch.

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When the first layer of beadwork is complete, I start another layer of beaded fringe. Long beaded fringe is stitched in between the rows of the first layer of beadwork. This layering adds dimension, realism, and movement to the piece. I also add any additional detailing (such as the beaded pink bow this Maltese is wearing:) and I finish by stitching on an Ultrasuede backing.

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Bead embroidered Maltese pin/pendant. 3.5cm x 4cm.

The finished Maltese is a unique brooch which can also be worn as a pendant. How do you think it looks? Please click the pic to view more photos of this piece at my Etsy shop.. I think some beaded Maltese earrings are in order next! Please check my Facebook page for all the latest updates. Thanks for looking! :D

Tiny Beaded Yorkshire Terrier Earrings on Etsy

I’ve recently started to expand my line of beaded Yorkshire Terrier jewelry. Here is my first pair of tiny bead-embroidered Yorkie earrings w/ sterling silver posts:

Bead Embroidery Tiny Beaded Yorkie Yorkshire Terrier Earrings Beadwork Etsy

These earrings were inspired my popular beaded Yorkie pin/pendant. I made them by stitching tiny Japanese glass seed beads to small pieces of felt. The beads are layered to create dimension and realism. The dog ‘hair’ is tiny beaded fringe that actually moves when you touch it. Earrings measure 22mm x 15mm and weigh just 1.5 grams each. The beadwork is extremely detailed for its size. This pair is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop. Please click the photo above for more details:)

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I am also running a Labor Day Sale. Now through September 2, 2013, all animal beading patterns and bead embroidery kits are 10%-off the original price. If you are thinking of making holiday gifts for friends and family, this is a great time to start:) Please visit the Beading Kits & Patterns section in my shop for more details. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork & have a wonderful weekend! :)

Make Your Own Beaded Westie Dog Pin

My latest beading kit is now available for sale on Etsy!

Westie beading kit bead embroidery dog pin etsy beadwork 15 seed beads pattern

Make your own beaded Westie dog pin following my step-by-step instructions. Kit includes: instruction booklet & pattern, size 15 seed beads, swarovski crystal beads, leather cord, felt, stiff stuff, Ultrasuede, needle, and thread. Please click the pics for more details or to purchase on Etsy. Quantities are limited!

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Also, now through Sept. 30, 2013, purchase any beading kit at my Etsy shop, and receive the corresponding PDF pattern for FREE. Happy beading!

 

New Poodle Beading Pattern for Beginners

beaded pink gray miniature poodle bead embroidery pattern pdf file etsy

A new beading pattern is now available for download at my Etsy shop! Make a cute beaded poodle pin or pendant using size 8 and size 11 Delica seed beads. Learn to work with felt layers using the backstitch & stop stitch techniques. Eight-page PDF file includes: list of beading supplies, sketches which you can print out and use as a template, 24 color photos & step-by-step instructions. This piece is suitable for beginning beaders. Try making one in every color of the rainbow:) Please click the pic for more details. That’s the news for now. Back to beading:)

Hot Wheels Bead Art Car

Last week, I worked on a new project – one that I’ve been meaning to try for awhile. I decided to cover an old beat-up Hot Wheels car using tiny Japanese glass seed beads! This one happens to be a blue Nissan Silvia. Check it out:

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First, I glued a thin piece of Ultrasuede to the underside of the car. Then, I peyote-stitched size 15 seed beads around the car, stitching the edges to the Ultrasuede beneath.

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Considering it is my first time beading a 1/64 scale Hot Wheels car, I think it turned out looking pretty cool! Its also a fun way to recycle an old toy that was otherwise headed for the landfill. The best part is, even though it is now a work of art, it can still be used as the toy it was meant to be:) I am currently running this item on eBay for a limited time, afterwards, it will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop. What should I bead next? :D