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Book Cover Reveal: Now on Amazon!

It’s Here!  The New Cover.

Many of you are new here since I first talked about A jewelry Accord, a book in progress by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel that is currently moving through the stages of publishing.   I’m excited to be part of this book as one of it’s contributors and I have several designs in it.  The book has had a name change and a beautiful new cover that can now be revealed.



I’m  so happy for Erin and Lorelei!  They have been working their tails off along with their Editor, Michelle Mach and their entire book team at Interweave.   I think the cover turned out beautifully!  It’s chic and stylish and will grab the attention of tons of creative people who want to make their own on-trend jewelry using leather, ribbon and cords.   The book’s official release will be in June, 2012. If you like to be first in line..

 It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon.  Way to go L&E!


International Gem & Jewelry Show Goodies

This past Friday I went to an International Gem and Jewelry Show.  It was really close to my house so I could not pass it up.  I had a short list of  necessities in mind, a few things I needed to add some additional bling to my Jewelry Accord projects but I mostly just wanted an excuse to get away from my desk for the day and take a friend with me to walk amongst the beads.  I was able to stock up on some nice stones.  Nothing too unusual  – mostly things I will use – except all the purple?!  I did not have much and now I have lots… more than is pictured here.   I was trying to match a cool ribbon – it didn’t work out.

I have always loved real gemstones and rocks of all kinds really.  I was a rockhound as a little girl and that has never changed  – the type of rocks – ahem… the cut and clarity … has changed a bit.  : )  I used to be able to sit for hours as a kid and hunt for fossils, arrowheads, assorted quartz crystals and other stones in the corn fields surrounding my home in rural southern Wisconsin where I was raised.   Every camping trip we took across the country, I would take as an opportunity to find a new local stone from the area to add to my collection.   I would read books about how certain stones were formed, where they came from, and what they were made out of.  I pride myself to this day at being well versed in the names and most of the alternate names of pretty much any stone you can make into a bead.  So I kind of geek out at these shows a little …

I also wanted to get some silver beads and chain.  Alas, silver hit a 30 year high on Friday so the silver was just a big tease.  Tables of beautiful chunky silver beads calling my name.  Luring me to touch them, quietly urging me to take them home –  even though they knew they were way out of my price range.  Naughty silver beads…  I just ended up with a few sterling findings and clasps that I really needed.  Way too conservative I am…

A neat part of the show was getting to meet Cindy Wimmer and Jeanette Blix Ryan.  These wonderful ladies are greater Washington DC area jewelry artists and they both happen to live about  25 miles from me.   It is always fun meeting others with similar creative obsessions and a big bonus when they don’t live far away!

I’m guessing the next show I attend will be Bead & Button this June in Milwaukee.  Even more stones to oggle at along with cool artbeads and all the other goodies you don’t find at a gem show.  I’ll be looking forward to meeting more familiar faces from my blogosphere there.

Have a good week!


Secret Revealed! New Jewelry Making Book in Process.

A New Book Is Coming!

A Jewelry Accord

50+ Innovative Styles Using Leather, Lace, Ribbon & Cords

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected as one of the contributors to Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel’s new book “A Jewelry Accord”.   Two other talented ladies join me.  They are Mary Jane Dodd and Denise Yezbak Moore.  The book is due out Spring 2012.

Lorelei and Erin have created a cool  new blog dedicated to this book’s creation called “A Jewelry Accord”.  Please take a look at the new blog and be sure to follow us for a first hand look as this book evolves with fun updates, tutorials and much more!

This is going to be a great project to work on and I couldn’t ask for better people to do it with!  Thank you to Lorelei Eurto and  Erin Siegel for putting their trust in me.  Stay tuned as I hit the studio with some deadlines to design some wonderful new jewelry!

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