November 30, 2012

Echo Creative Club December 2012 Beads

I am so excited to be participating in the Echo Creative Club for December 2012!

This is my first time participating.  A big thank you to Jeannie Dukic for this opportunity.  She sent me the most lovely beads to work with. The 18mm size is larger than I typically use in my designs.  I have been wanting to use larger beads, so this is a perfect opportunity!  Below you will see a picture of the beads in their packaging (Jeannie has such pretty packaging), and out "in the open" for their close up.  The ideas for a design are already forming!

Be sure to stop back on Christmas Day for the reveal (or after that if your schedule does not permit). There will be several artists participating, and I can't wait to see what lovely creations they make! While you wait, why not stop by Jeannie's store and check out her awesome selection of beads and jewelry.  You just might find the perfect Christmas gift for someone on your holiday list. 

November 19, 2012

Artisan Whimsy Cyber Week Artisan Jewelry Sale and Giveaways!

Congratulations to Tammie Tusher Everly - You won the bracelet!!

The largest Artisan Jewelry Sale ever! 
November 22nd -November 30th, 2012

Offering handmade artisan jewelry and jewelry components for everyone on your shopping list (and don't forget to treat yourself, too)!
 I will be offering
15% off  

use coupon code: AWHOLIDAY

My handmade jewelry is classic and feminine - sure to please that special someone!

Pine Ridge Treasures Artisan Jewelry

I will also offer a giveaway of this 

beautiful 8.5 inch gemstone and Swarovski crystal bracelet (value $30)

Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight November 30th to be entered. One entry per person - US and Canada participants only. Winner will be announced Saturday, December 1st. Be sure to leave a contact email/link.

All other participants will be offering a giveaway on their blogs and discounts in their online stores. Sale and giveaways start on
Thanksgiving Day & end on Friday, Nov 30th

There will be 3 exciting "special giveaways" hidden throughout the participants blog be sure to visit them all and find them!

Click on the picures below to shop the other fabulous stores!

November 16, 2012

Boysenberry Pie! The Berries and Leaves Challenge

There is a challenge going on over at Artisan Whimsy - the new gathering/sharing blog for jewelry and bead artists! Create a piece of handmade artisan jewelry or an art bead featuring berries and leaves!

My favorite pie growing up was boysenberry. Boysenberries are large and somewhat tart. They taste great with just a little added sugar and also make wonderful jam. My grandmother was an excellent cook, and just smelling her pies was heavenly.  With delicious boysenberries in mind, I created a pair of berry and leaves earrings using some beautiful round amethyst beads (the boysenberries) that I received in a bead exchange from the lovely and talented Rita at Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends. I added frosted Czech glass leaves, and small Swarovski crystal bicones for a hint of sparkle. The kidney shaped earwires were made by yours truly (my first attempt)!  They are a little crooked, but not too bad.   Head over to Artisan Whimsy on November 30th to see the contest entries! While you are there, how about joining? It is free and it is fun. Here is the website:

Here are my earrings:

November 11, 2012

UK Inspiration Isle of Wight Reveal

I am excited to be participating in the UK Inspiration Challenge! The participants are to create a piece of jewelry (or should I say jewellery) inspired by the hometown of one of the Artisan Whimsy UK members. Teresa Hulley makes beautiful beads!  She is from the Isle of Wight. Here is the description that made me want to learn more: 

"The Isle of Wight is a tiny island about 7 x 20 miles long 4 miles off the south coast of England. Although it is tiny it has so much history! It was one of Queen Victoria's favorite retreats, and popular with the Romans too".

The island has a rich maritime and industrial history encompasses boat building, sail making, and the manufacture of flying boats.   

Here is a picture of their flag:

With these two elements in mind, I created maritime inspired jewelry in a blue and white theme (with red added in because it reminds me of wooden sailing ships):

I selected the shiny Czech glass beads because they remind me of water, the movement of the water, and the shine on the water both during the day (light blue) and at twilight (dark blue). The spiral Tierracast pewter beads remind me of the old maritime compasses used on wooden sailing ships.

My Store:

I enjoyed participating!  Please have a look at everyone's creations:

The HostsLesley Watt Gossiping Goddess
Rebecca Anderson Songbeads
Pippa Chandler Pip's Jewellery
Teresa Hulley Bo Hulley Beads
Natalie McKenna Grubbi
Jo Tinley Daisychain Designs
Ginger Bishop Lilmummylikes
Cece Cormier The Beading Yogini
Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures
Cilla Watkins Tell Your Girlfriends
Sherry Baun
Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures
Kashmira Patel Sadafulee
Caroline Dewison Blueberribeads
Sherry Baun
Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh
Lucy Haslam
Sherry Baun
Isle of Wight
Duane Clark Bizzy Bead
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Sharyl's Jewelry
Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh
Jean Wright Just Beadey
D Lynne Bowland Islandgirl’s Insights
Sherry Baun
Shalini Austin   Jewellery by Shalini
Doris Stumpf Glaszwerg
Sherry Baun
Lennis C Windbent
Sherri Stokey Knot Just Macramé
Sherry Baun
Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh
Kathy Lindemer Bay Moon Design


Window Shop Blog Hop - Pine Ridge Treasures

Rita at Toltec Jewels had a great idea for a blog hop - sharing our "shops" in a fun holiday window display format.

To get in the holiday spirit - here is a picture of my nativity set, one of my favorite figurines, and my Christmas tree:

For those of you who do not know me, I am a published jewelry designer who sells locally in Michigan, and online at Zibbet.  In addition to my store and this blog, you can also find me on Facebook. I would be pleased as punch if you stop by! As a special bonus, use the code WINDOWSHOP15 to receive 15% off in my store through Christmas!

Here are my links:



Here are some photos of holiday jewelry that I have available in my shop:

Thanks for stopping by - please check out everyone's lovely shop windows!

Window Shop Holiday Hop Participants

Jewel School Friends (host)

Fabric of My Life
A Grateful Artist (YOU ARE HERE)

Libellula Jewelry

Knot Just Macrame

Amazing Designs by Marlene

Antiquity Travelers

Spice Box Designs

Freestyle Elements


Pretty Things

Lindy's Designs

The Adventures of Belle West