Sep 29, 2010

Glass Addictions Charm Swap

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry, I only have two days before I ship my charms for the Glass Addictions Charm Swap.  I am sending 10 charms and receiving ten charms.  We have 3 colors to select from to include in our handmade charms, and I'm excited to be able to show you my fun creations, only you will have to wait until tomorrow.  Think "Orange Sherbet".

Sep 24, 2010

Making Jewelry from Polymer Clay

I just treated myself to a new Polymer Clay book called, "Making Jewelry from Polymer Clay", by Sophie Arzalier.  This book will tickle your artistic talents and get you thinking about the next beautiful piece of jewelry that you will create.  Many hints and suggestions on how to do things easier and better.  I know you will enjoy this book.  I got mine at Amazon, but it is sold many places online.

Sep 23, 2010

How about a look at some of my earrings

I just listed some fun earrings on my Etsy site, and thought you might like to take a peek.  I used the Cindy Lietz Tiger Print on a couple of them, and the Blend and Switch on my little hearts.  The square shaped tiger earrings have my handmade brass earwires that I copied from Cindy's tutorial.

Sep 20, 2010

My Etsy Store is Open!

Many years ago I had a little store in Newport Beach, California.  The name was
  "A Little Bit of Everything". As a child, I always had fun playing "store",  setting up my counter and selling little trinkets that I found around the house to my imaginary playmates.  With my real store I got to experience the fun of really selling cute and fun items to real people, and shopping all the gift marts for just the right things to stock.  Christmas was absolutely magical in the selling experience.

I am feeling a little of that magic right now as I open my first "Etsy" store, "Lorettas Boutique", and I don't have to shop the gift marts anymore (although that was fun), I have the pleasure of hand making the beautiful items I am featuring in my shop.

  I have listed 3 sets of my Polymer clay bangle bracelets, and will add earrings, necklaces, rings, and maybe even some of my Knitted shag purses.  Watch this blog for specials, some drawings, and a gift for one of my followers when I reach a goal that I will announce later.

Hope you will check out my new Etsy store at, and leave your comments here.  I'd love to hear from you.

Sep 19, 2010

My Sunday Thought for The Day


"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll
 die today"

Save the earth.  It's the only planet with Chocolate!

Sep 17, 2010

Great-Granddaughter, Taryn

Sometimes you need to take a break from jewelry making and crafting and just breathe in the beauty around you, especially of those in your family.  Great-Granddaughter, Taryn, a little beauty,  lives in Anchorage Alaska with her Mom and Dad so we don't get to see her often.  But through the magic of pictures on cellphones and computers we can enjoy and watch her grow.

Sep 14, 2010

Bangle Bracelet Trio of Polymer Clay

A touch of Fall is in the air so I am leaning toward the Fall colors in my bangle bracelet line.  I mixed a little polymer clay in colors of Fuschia, Orange, Ecru, Yellow, Green and Pearl and had fun making a striped cane that I liked for my bracelets.  Here is what I came up with.  I had a lot of the  mix left over so I made some pendants, earrings and beads that I will show later.

Sep 7, 2010

Polymer Clay Bead Caps

OK, all of you polymer clay artists that have been procrastinating about signing up for Cindy Lietz' weekly video tutorials, now is the time to do it.  Here is a preview of how to make polymer clay bead caps that you can view now, and the full video will be posted on Friday for members.  Won't you join us?

Sep 4, 2010

Cindy Lietz Art Sheet and UV Resin Technique

Cindy Lietz, the Polymer Clay Tutor, scored another hit as far as I am concerned.  Her latest video tutorial involves making your own Polymer Clay "Art Sheet", decorating with alcohol inks, stamps, glitter, acrylic paint and whatever else you want to put on your sheet of clay.  You can then use this sheet for dozens of projects.    Click on the links for a  preview of the Art Sheet and UV Resin techniques to see if you might want to sign up to get her videos on a weekly basis.  Under $3 a month for a lot of information.

Below is my take on the "Art Sheet".  I added words from a letter stamp, alcohol ink, glitters, another leaf stamp and then made a pendant, earrings and some beads from this sheet.  I coated the pendant and earrings with
 UV Resin

Sep 3, 2010

Photo Light Tent

Woo Hoo!  I just received my new Photo Light Tent.  I plan on posting only the most professional pictures of my jewelry now. :-)