An artisan jewelry journey in color, texture and fun. Beaded jewelry with handcrafted sterling silver is my focus and joy.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Holiday time continues: Pumpkins are perfect for either Halloween or Thanksgiving - gotta love that gourd!

To celebrate, I offer FREE gift wrapping on any purchase in that's Headley!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Inspired by Creative Challenge #20 – what does Etsy mean to me?

The beginnings of this necklace began before this particular challenge. It started as it always does – with my various beads of stone in front of me, and my asking them – what do you want to be? I had three stones who had spoken before, and they asked again to be brought together, but something was missing. So I waited. A few weeks later, a larger stone arrived, made of the same material of one of the stones in the group that was waiting patiently for the spark to bring them together again. But again, something was still missing. Then the Creative Challenge and the idea came – the linking element to bring all into focus – an aura of silver.

The piece fell together quickly, as destined pieces do. So for fun, I looked up the folklore of the stones and metal. The large focal stone, in a faceted oval, and smaller stones in octagonal coins are olive jade. Jade – the stone of serenity, longevity, and self-realization. The next stone is peacock blue apatite in faceted ovals. Apatite – the stone to promote creativity and discern the truth within. The last stone is citrine, in small discs, and it also promotes creativity. And last, sterling silver, the metal which serves as a mirror to see our true selves.

Was this chance to pull these materials together? Am I reading what I want out of the folklore? Maybe so, most probably so. But in the end I got what I wanted – a piece to reflect what Etsy means to me: a chance to create, to strive to be the best I can be, to see myself as part of a thriving community of artisans. To show my true colors.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I just love the Kenyan Womens' Shelter Project kazuri ceramic beads. After I made the bracelet, I decided to make a companion necklace, but this necklace I will donate to a fundraiser for my daughter's school, rather than sell at my shop.

It's a multicultural event, with all sorts of food and activities. The necklace will be sold at silent auction. I hope it does well for the school. I'm very excited to work with the kazuri beads, as they are produced and sold by fair trade, and as such produce real economic results for the women who make them. That really can't be said for the majority of beads produced in the world, and that's a sad state of affairs.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

At Etsy
, one of the shopkeepers (jewelstreet) gives us a Creative Challenge every week. This week, it was to choose from two poetry passages. I chose one from Sylvia Plath:

If the moon smiled she would resemble you
you leave the same impression
of something beautiful, but annhilating

This Annhilating Moon Beauty of Chalcedony, Moonstone and Labradorite came out of that inspiration. See it at my shop: thats headley jewelry designs

Friday, September 22, 2006

Granny Smith Earrings - little beaded wonders of fall. What a great gift these would make for a teacher! Now that's an apple that will make an impression.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

It's time to start the "holiday" season - which for me begins with my birthday (that would be yesterday) and goes through Valentine's. But what says Halloween most to me? That would be candy corn. Have no idea what allure yellow/orange/white colored chewy chunks of sugar keep for me, but there it is - I love the little kernels. I have a friend here in Springfield who does fabulous lampwork beads and she whipped me up some corn, so I'll be "popping" a few into earrings for the Etsy shop. These are going in tomorrow. Aren't they cute? Good enough to eat, I'd say....

Saturday, September 16, 2006

This past week I fell in love with these sky blue Czech glass flowers at my favorite local beadery - La Bead, Oh! - and had to bring them home. Strangely, as I was looking them over, I heard my bronze freshwater pearls at home calling me to make a match. And boy, were they right (and what, don't your beads talk to you?). Oh, and La Bead, Oh! had matching little leaves that came home,too. Simply lovely this bracelet, don't you think?

Thursday, September 14, 2006

This Kenyan Sunset bracelet turned out so pretty! The focus bead is ceramic from the Kenyan Women's Shelter Project. To read more about the project and these women please go to If you want to know more about the bracelet, visit my Etsy shop at
This is my Olive Branch Tree of Peace necklace, crafted in olive jade, freshwater pearls, citrine, apatite and sterling silver. You can find it at
Today is the day I start my blogging journey, quite unsure how to do anything except jump right in. Hello world!