Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012


I got an "A" on my midterm drawing!  Hooray!

In celebration, I'm having a sale in both of my shops, and  Everything is 20% off.  Just use coupon code 20OFF.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Oh My!

I can't believe it's been so long since my last post.

Where have I been?  Well, I decided to go back to school and I am taking 3 art classes at the local university.  I had no idea I would be so overwhelmed with projects to complete.  This is taking a lot of my time and it's no easy feat while trying to maintain my house and take care of my kids, lol.  But I'm pushing ahead.

Here's a drawing I did for my drawing class that is perfect for the halloween season.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012


End of Summer Sale - 20% off everything in store.

Use Coupon Code - PITYPARTY20

Today through Monday.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Honoring Mieko Takahashi Shull and Lucia Gulino, Etsy Metalclay Team Raffle

From Lorena Angulo's blog:

Honoring Mieko Takahashi Shull and Lucia Gulino: Etsy Metalclay Team Raffle

I am honor to be part of the Etsy Metalclay Team and it was in this group were I met Mieko and Lucia. These two wonderful ladies were not only talented but the nicest persons all the time. They always have nice words and a lot of support for all the other members of the team. Their work was beautiful and you could really see how much they enjoyed life and doing what they were doing.

Sadly for all of us in the team, our teammates and friends Mieko and Lucia passed away recently. We are all very sad to have lost two beautiful souls and wanted to do something in their honor. Members of the team donated a hand made charm made with silver, bronze or copper to create two bracelets. The bracelet chains are hand made with fused argentium sterling silver links with custom made taggles for each bracelet. The bracelet is 7 1/4 inches.

We will raffle the two bracelets and all the proceeds will be donated to charities in their memory. The proceeds will be split 50/50 between World Vision (Mieko's favorite charity) and an art scholarship in Lucia's name.

I made one of these beautiful charms, it is the bracelet with the flower toggle in memory of Mieko.

Please help me and my team member by supporting our raffle, you will love to have one of these bracelets. Buying one ticket ($5 each) will give you two opportunities to win a bracelet.

Visit this page to find out more information and to buy your ticket.

Thank You in advance for your help !

Lorena ♥

Saturday, August 11, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party, 2nd Reveal!

Thank you for stopping by.  Many of you know that the awesome Lori Anderson is the organizer for the Bead Soup Blog Party and this is the 6th event she has hosted.  Thank you Lori, for all your hard work!  This has become such a popular affair that this time around there are 400 participants.  As a result, today is the the second reveal date, of which I am a part.

This is the bead soup I received from my partner Regina Santerre

Please make sure to visit her blog to see what she has created with the bead soup I sent her.

So here is what I made with part of Regina's bead soup:

In this necklace, I used her butterfly (which is magnesite or howlite) as the focal and the rest of the beads are from my stash which include Czech glass, wood beads, solid bronze beads, and metallic bronze leather.

In the second necklace, I used Regina's Red Creek Jasper as the focal, the Green Girl Studios Toggle clasp and the bronze shell beads.  I added from my stash Czech glass, two of my own fine silver rings, sterling silver daisy spacers and solid bronze chain.

These are the beads I had left over and I already have ideas for these.  So I hope to have photos of those pieces soon.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my designs.  Here are the rest of the participants for this 2nd reveal:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 
 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back Home

We're back home and we had a great time catching up with all our friends. We are settling back into our routine and getting ready for school.  The boys start school on August 8th, so this is our last week to chill.

Below are a few more photos of our vacation.

                                                                      Donna's pool
                                                               Le Creperie
L'Amande Bakery
Pho Hanna Restaurant 

I am going through all the blogs to see the first reveal of Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party.  So far I have seen lots of wonderful work.  Can't wait to see them all.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chillin' In California

My boys and I have been busy, busy visiting friends back home in California.  Here are a few shots of the fun.
                                             Don Pedro Lake


                                             Terranea Resort
                                             Lake house at La Grange
                                             Legoland Water Park

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Great Giveaway Opportunity!

Lori Anderson has an awesome giveaway happening right now.  Check out her blog for a chance to win one of these items:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bead Soup!

Here's the soup I received from Regina Santerre.  She also sent me a lovely card with the beads.  The Bead Soup Party is so fun because first you get to play with your beads and pick out something for your partner, then there's the anticipation of receiving your bead soup.  I know it's not the best photo, so here's a list of what I received:

Howlite or Magnesite Butterfly
Ceramic Pendant by Birgitta Lejonklou of Sweden
Green Girl Studio Owl & Branch Toggle Clasp
Red Creek Jasper
A string of Aqua Terra Jasper
Bronze Shell 
Chinese Crystals
Lucite Leaves
Green Freshwater Pearls

Our reveal date is August 11, 2012.

Thank you Regina!  Looking forward to playing with these fun beads.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bead Soup Party

I've been absent here again.  I've had a string of migraines that have me wiped out.  When I'm finally out of the cloud, everything has fallen behind.  So then it's catch up time.  

I'm finally able to sit down here and post about about my partner in the Bead Soup Party.  My partner is Regina Santerre and the following are her shop and blog.  Please visit and take a look at her lovely work.

I  sent my package to Regina yesterday and she'll be getting it Saturday.  I hope she likes her package.  I'm waiting to receive her package and I am excited to work with what she sends me.

Our reveal date is August 11, 2012.

Monday, June 18, 2012

New Listings and Bead Soup Blog Party

I'm slowly getting my jewelry pieces listed in my shops.  The following are my new listings for my Fine Silver shop Petalo Azul

Faceted Labradorite and my Fine Silver Charms 
Fine Silver Hoops I fabricated, hammered and oxidized.

Faceted Mystic Labradorite and my Fine Silver Charms

After a long hiatus, I also recently opened my Etsy shop Colibri Designs and put in a few pieces there.  I love all kinds of jewelry, so there I have my jewelry pieces I create with beads and gemstones.  I put a link to both my shops on the side bar here on the right.

Also exciting, is that I've joined Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.  I decided to join to help me get those creative juices going after my long break from working with my beads and maybe get out of my comfort zone.  I tend to gravitate to a certain delicate style of jewelry design and I'm looking forward to receiving beads that may be different than what I'm used to purchasing.

Last I checked, there were 397 participants from all over the world.  This in itself is exciting.  Lori will pair us with a partner and we will exchange a focal bead, spacer beads and a special clasp.  Once we receive our beads, we will post a photo of them on our blogs.  Then we are to design and create a piece and share a photo of that piece on the day of our assigned party date.

Thank you to Lori for hosting this great event (this is the 6th party) and letting us connect with other creative people from around the world.  Can't wait to see everyone's work.