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Saturday, August 27th

27 Aug



Today we almost had a hurricane.

Isabel roared up the sound and did amazing damage to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s headed north to Baltimore and New York and Boston.

Here, in Raleigh we had a bit of rain and lashing winds but nothing as bad as we had expected. I wore my rain boots, anyway, and my trusty denim shirt-dress.

This necklace features a pocket watch locket fitted with a round mirror and a triple strand of kimono cording and silk accented with ceramic Elaine Ray beads. That green in the locket is out wet garden reflected in the mirror.

There will be instructions appearing on my other blog very soon.


Tuesday, July 26th

26 Jul

This necklace appeared in the first issue of Creative Jewelry. It is made of mica, brass, sterling and paper. On one side tiny brass letter beads spell out ‘suspicion’ and on the other ‘proof’ while the mica book is stamped with question marks.

What’s suspicious is the vest-and-tee combo I am wearing. Where do I think I am? 1990?

Tuesday, July 18th

19 Jul


This necklace was one of the ones I made on my vacation. It’s made of knotted orange leather with wood and resin beads. The leather has a tricky slide clasp made of leather, too. I can wear the necklace at about 18″ or at 24″.

If I wasn’t trying to wear a different necklace every day for a year I’d want to wear this for days on end. It’s dramatic but unfussy.

Next year!

Wednesday, July 6th

6 Jul



See the instructions to make this necklace here.

Saturday, June 18th

18 Jun


A tiny book inside a box. Instructions available here.

Wednesday, June 8th

8 Jun


Two strands of dupioni silk hold my favorite square jump rings and a mix of felt balls and Elaine Ray ceramic beads. This necklace appeared in Stringing last summer and a version of it can be found here. It looks great with bright prints (as shown) or as a single, colorful accent with a white dress or shirt. The ribbon is fraying nicely. I love bias-cut ribbons for just that reason!

Tuesday, June 7th

7 Jun

This necklace is made of wooden beads covered in colorful Decopatch paper and strung on silk duiponi.

Instructions were published in Handcrafted Jewelry in 2010.

Wednesday, May 25th

25 May


From the cover of my book.

Sunday, May 22nd

22 May

For directions for constructing this necklace are available see the Projects page.

Friday, May 20th

20 May