Welcome to my jewelry bliss!

This is a place to adore, wear and make jewelry. Hopefully you will learn something new and get inspired with innovative ideas. Be creative, have fun and share some of that fun with the rest of us - amuse us with your comments.

LJ

Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

This made me stop and think....

"Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities."
Sugar Ray Leonard

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present."
Albert Camus

Monday, December 17, 2012

FREE beading patterns-I am passing on this Holiday Gift to you!


Who can resist the amazing beauty of pearls and pearl jewelry designs? Get your free patterns by clicking here .Happy Holidays! LJ

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012



This bracelet caused so many Ohhss and Wowws that I have decided to publish. It's my personal favorite and I hope you will find it lovely as well.
Thanks. LJ


Friday, December 7, 2012

FREE Pattern-Berry Wreath Ornament


This beaded ornament makes a great gift tag. The recipient can use it again as a pendant just by threading on a simple chain. If you make two of those for yourself, you will be all set for the holiday party wearing beautiful earrings.
You can find a free pattern by clicking here. Enjoy. LJ


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How to make a multi-string beaded necklace


The trick to making a perfectly graduated multi-strand necklace is revealed in this video.


Friday, November 30, 2012

FREE Pattern - Christmas Tree Earrings

Get festive with these beautiful Christmas Tree Earrings. I made my pair with "upside down" brick stich pattern available from Bead Dancing. Happy Holidays, LJ.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Basic Beading Terms to Know

Learn How to Bead

Do you have a string of beads and would like to make a bracelet or a necklace?
Learn the basics of bead stringing with Karla Schafer Auntie's Beads designer, watch this video.

Monday, November 12, 2012

WIN BEAD MANAGER PRO software worth $147


If you were like me you probably enjoy beading and would like to have all the time in the world just for that. Well, I don't think that will ever happen, but at least I think I am heading that direction.

As friends and coworkers started asking me to make jewelry for them as well, I officially entered the world known as "jewelry business". I had to start treating my jewelry venture as a business and I was suppose to keep the inventory of materials, costs, products etc. I was of course using my trusty notebook but I had hard time to keep up with what beads are left in my stash, how much I paid for them, even where did I get them; I was spending my time on writing and re-writing. Not to mention that I was always guessing how much to charge for that necklace or bracelet? Not any more!

I bought a Bead Manager Pro software that does all that work for me since.
Now they are giving away  a copy of THE NEWEST VERSION OF THIS SOFTWARE. You can also become the owner of one if you register to win.

If you would you like to enjoy the production part of jewelry making and not wasting time on keeping up with the paperwork, I would suggest click here to win!

 Don't wait, time is ticking out... 

 I wish you the best of luck in winning this treasure! LJ


Monday, November 5, 2012

Discount Card for BSGW Bead Bazaar


The Bead Society of Greater Washington
 56th  Semi-Annual
 BEAD BAZAAR
November 10, 2012, Saturday 10am-5pm
November 11, 2012, Sunday 11am-5pm
ACTIVITY CENTER at BOHRER PARK
506 Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg MD 20877


Sunday, November 4, 2012

FREE pattern for Cobalt Blue Earrings


I had those two gorgeous vintage cerulean color buttons in my stash for awhile. This pattern complements their rustic feel perfectly. Cobalt is my second favorite color next to lavender, definetly my holiday wear for this year.
All the credits go to the creator of this pattern. Pattern is free and it can be found on this link
Tutorial Orecchini Punta di freccia e Perle

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy's Cab


As I was digging through my jewelry photos, I came across this beautiful cab.
Gemstone was about 3 inches long, rounded, deep green and purple colors, could not remember the name anymore...
I made this necklace for my friend Sandy years ago, who was a manager at a local bead store where I used to teach jewelry classes. I have to admit, this was my first attempt to encase such a large, heavy and smooth/slippery object; I remember it was hard to hold beads in place. The key was in creating sturdy net and peyote structure as a base for further embellishments and additional reinforcements for the weight.

Do you have any suggestions what else I could have done to support this large stone?


Sunday, October 14, 2012

My version of Marjan Pendant

I was ecstatic when I bought October edition of Bead & Button. There it was: gorgeous Marjan pendant from Riana Olckers, inspired by the Marjan peninsula in Croatia. For a true Croatian this is an exceptional honor. Split is my favorite city next to Zagreb and Marjan peninsula is equally close to my heart.
This stunning pendant features stacked medallions with a triangle-shaped drop.
Of course I wanted to have one of my own and got to work right away. I followed architectural secret that Riana applied so wisely and added a personal touch to this treasure. I made larger triangle and added a button featuring a seahorse from a warm Adriatic sea. Large 20mm yellow Czech glass beads resemble Mediteranian sun arising over Marjan peninsula. Take a moment and share with me your comments. LJ


 
Bead & Button Oct 2012




 Click here to see  Riana's original pendant on her website.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Croatia won gold in the men's water polo tournament


The whole Croatia is celebrating, I am too. So proud..... LJ

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Greetings from my lovely Croatia!

Dear friends,

I am sending you two postcards from my vacation in Croatia. It's so nice to be back home after awhile.
This is just a sampler of what I have visited so far. Enjoy!
LJ



















Click here to Listen to sounds of the Sea Organ

Thursday, May 31, 2012

LITTLE BEADED PURSE!

I love this pendant!!!

This is my version of Diane Fitzgerald's "Purse" from her book "Shaped Beadwork".

This is truly amazing edition of her work. Projects seem to be a little bit more complex, but her instructions will lead you well to finish whatever you have started. Just browsing through the colorful project pages flames up your imagination; trust me, it's worth trying. This is definitely the must have in every beader's library.



Let me know what you have tried to tackle from this book. LJ

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Something new from my beading stash, but something that resembles old...

Bodacious Pendant


This pendant looks like one that could of been worn on a velvet ribbon choker by a lady traveling first class on Titanic on April 15, 1912.
I created this enchanting looking pendant as my contribution to commemorate Titanic 100 years later. It is my favorite piece so far, I hope you will like it too.

LJ







Wednesday, March 28, 2012

HOW I TURNED A BROACH INTO A NECKLACE!

Do you remember my Dinosaur broach from a previous blog?

Here you can see how I incorporated that beautiful piece in a wire crochet necklace.




Share with me how do you like the end result. Thanks. LJ

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Do you need more BEADS and want to save money at a same time?

Just to say "Thank you" for visiting my blog, here is a coupon for 25% off your entire purchase of jewelry supplies!

Please click on an image below to print out the coupon; it can be used at any store location country wide.