..."beaded art through the eyes of the beholder".

Saturday, January 24, 2009


"Rainbow Symphony"
(custom order)
This colorful necklace is a custom request that I've been working on for a while now -
the going is slow since I had another major hand reconstruction just 2 weeks
ago and am tucked back into a full arm and hand cast for the next 2 months!
The buyer had already purchased a salmon choker in the same style and she
wanted one with more color in it. I hope this meets her expectations! It's been
a bit of a challenge but the doctor left 4 fingers outside the cast this time so I was
able to barely figure out how to grasp the end of the string between index and middle
fingers. Hardest part is threading the needle and getting each piece actually started
and worked so that I have something to hang onto! Ah, challenges...
1-26-09: I sent this photo to the buyer in Texas and this was her return reply.
"Hi Dini, How are you? First let me just say - OH MY GOD - what a fabulous necklace!
I wish you could hear the amazement in my expression! The necklace looks stunning....
I just love the colors! What a great piece! And you did this with your hand in a cast??!!!!!
I am blown away..... " Whew, me thinks!!
She promised to have her hubby take a photo of her wearing it when it arrives.

NOTE: Double click on photo for close-up view.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Island Treasure Chest: EBW FEB. CHALLENGE


Length: 26 inches; a mini-lariat style necklace

This necklace has been created specifically for entry in the Etsy Beadweaver's (EBW) January-February Beadweaving Challenge. The subject of the challenge is: "Tropical Holiday", a wonderful, much-needed break from the winter's elements! I am a member of this creative, beadweaving group.

Thinking about this challenge took me right to the beach and the warmth of the sands having been kissed by the sunshine. The lapping of gentle waves are gently caressing this gorgeous lampwork fish. This necklace is a OOAK (one of a kind) piece that will encircle your neck comfortably and is sure to start a conversation at any gathering.

EBW BLOG SITE: I encourage you to visit our team blog at: http://www.etsy.beadweavers.blogspot.com/ to see all the member's entries.

VOTE: Between Febryary 9 and 15th you will be able to vote for your favorite entry at the above web site. HIT the red EBW button in our left column for easy entry. You can also do a SEARCH for the tags "EBWC" to see the entries the members have listed so far.

15 minutes after I posted this necklace in my Etsy shop - it sold!! WOW, I think the moon must have been in the right place yesterday. Enjoy, Lajju!

Price: $170.00

Status: SOLD

Item: 550-09

NOTE: Double click on photo for close-up view.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cleopatra Was Here

Networking DOES work! Team play DOES work! And this is a wonderful example of how....
I finished a necklace today using one of Jan Geisen's fabulous pendants. It excited the "bajezzus" out of me when I first bought it from her: the colors, the shapes, I couldn't wait to get started on it! When I got it finished, I posted it in my Etsy shop. Then I sent Jan a photo so she could see the end-product, (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19283902) as I always try to do. And the following ensued....

Email from Jan: (view Jan's multi-talented shop at: http://www.jangeisen.com)
Hi Dini.
That turned out real nice. I think it was the appropriate piece for you to incorporate in your work at this time.. Hopefully there is some truth to the myth associated with the symbol. It is the Eye of Horus, but I prefer to call it by its earlier name Udjat (eye). It is the symbol for health, healing and completeness.

I also have written a couple of blog entries about our collaborations. Check it out: http://jangeisen.blogspot.com/ Now, just FYI, you might check out Jan's site ~ exposure and marketing works...but it does take communication and a little bit of extra time and teamwork!
I encourage all of you, if you're doing a collaboration with any other artist, to give them just a bit of space on your page - surely the favor will be reciprocated and everyone wins!

NOTE: Double click on photo for close-up view.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


This delicious raku piece accompanied by complimenting raku beads (from MAKStudio) is only one of the Collection for 2009 from Beadazzled.
New inventory has now been added to our Etsy Shop (with more continuing to be added) and soon to our Flickr Gallery and ArtFire Shop sites as well.

Visit often to see what's new for the upcoming season! (http://www.beadazzledoforegon.etsy.shop/.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year ahead.
Best, Dini