Sunday, November 20, 2011

Featured Artisan Jardin De Lillian

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This weeks Featured Artisan is Kalyene Sue Bacon - Jardin de Lillian. Truly unique
jewelry designs! You can find Jardin de Lillian on:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery

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Sherry Serafini's latest book is a true work of art! It looks and reads more like an art book, than a pattern book. So beautiful in fact, that it would make a lovely coffee table book. The numerous project photos are simply breathtaking!

It is set up differently from most other pattern books in that it has a chapter at the beginning that delves into the various bead embroidery stitches, color theory, design, tips, etc. Then, for each subsequent project, Sherry gives a supplies list and then verbally describes the steps for each project. If you're a visual person, you might find this a bit more challenging since there are no step by step photos. However, bead embroidery is essentially a freeform art form and she does have the specific stitch descriptions in the front of the book.

Here's a bracelet I made inspired by Sherry's work, similar in design to her Fade to Gray Cuff. I'm pretty happy with it. What do you think?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Featured Artisan - Breitwerk

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This weeks Featured Artisan is Deni - Breitwerk accessories & Gifts.
Deni has delightful creations in her shop. There is something for everyone!
You can find Breitwerk on:

Sunday, November 06, 2011


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I've been admiring (OK...LUSTING OVER!) Katwise's gorgeous sweater coats for some time now. She creates fabulous coats out of recycled sweaters. Each one is a true work of art. She recently put up a tutorial in her etsy shop for a nominal fee. I snatched 1 up right away! I'm not a lover of the sewing machine, but her sweaters are made on a serger. Did I mention that I didn't have a serger at the time?? That didn't stop me though! My friend Michelle had one she wasn't using so we traded, a serger for beads! Isn't that how the Dutch bought Manhattan from the Indians? lol!

While getting up the courage to make my 1st sweater, I started collecting any old sweaters I could find, mostly from Goodwill & the Salvation Army thrift stores. The sweaters naturally had to be washed really well and then it was time to cut! Very scarey!

Then it was Serging Time! I was inspired by one of her sold coats that was done up in black and purple. Here's a photo of the back view. I even managed to make thumbholes! I'm so proud of myself!

I made it on the short side....because, well, I'm short! ;-) I also decided against making a hood for it. I'm undecided how to finish off the collar. Am debating between fraggles as Kat calls them, which is a fringey type look or some sort of ruffly collar. Will have to play with it some, but am pleased as can be! Thanks Kat!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Finding Charm - Featured Artisan

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This week's Featured Artisan is Sarah - Finding Charm! Sarah has
beautiful creations in a wide variety of styles and colors! You can
find Finding Charm on: