Saturday, November 3, 2012

Many Thanks!

When I started this business I knew I wanted to create art , and this is how It all came to be, from the desire to do something with my hands.

There's more to the story but for know I just want to thank you for believing in me, in what I do, for encouraging me to keep moving forward, thank you my friends for the smiles, the fun talks we have every time you stopped by my booth and visit, thank you for a wonderful summer- fall season at the Art & Craft market, It was a pleasure to meet you all and I hope to see you in next show!

I wish I could have pictures of each one of you, you are all truly special! Here a few lovely faces...

What a great girls!

Ok, know what you've been waiting for... Who won the bracelet?

Thank you so much for all the entries and for sharing my page, I wish all of you can win, but only one was picked by a random picker generator:

So drum roll.... The winner is Devon Gere!!!! Congrats , please contact me here or Facebook!

Again thank you all for a wonderful summer - fall season and I wanted to let you know that I will be having a 3 days Christmas Show, It will be my last show of the year and probably won't be having another one until next year Art & Craft market, so come and see me this: Friday November 30th from 7:00 a 10:00 pm, Saturday December 1st from: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday December 2nd from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm at the Saint Ambrose Church Christmas Boutique: 2315 Redondo Avenue, Salt Lake City



Friday, July 27, 2012

The 6th Bead Soup Blog Party - First Reveal

Yes!!! The day has finally arrived and we can start the fun and the "Hopping" through all the blogs and experience the wonderful designs.

Lori Anderson from Pretty Things is our wonderful host and this is the 6th Soup and she has gathered ( and please be amazed to read this) "400 designers" wow , ok I can't believe it, so let's go again: "400 DESIGNERS". For the amount of entries, the Blog Party has been divided into 3 reveals, this being the first with ( if I counted right) 130 participants, and I'm one of them!

I'm really excited because this is my first soup, and I've been waiting for it!.

I was partnered with the lovely Jessica Klaaren, a great designer, with whom I discovered I have many things in common. Click here to read the post I made about her and the soup she sent me

So let's get started!

Taste my Soup

Yes I know what you are thinking.... What a delicious soup!.

When Jessica sent me the soup she didn't imagine how much I would love it, specially because is " Sea themed" and do I have to mention... I love purple!. For the many of you who don't know me, Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. I'm from the coast, to be more exact from Lima the capital of Perú, and something I miss (specially now that I live in Utah) is the the Beach, the many walks I used to take, the reflection of the sun on the ocean and how the sand felt on my feet, oh so many memories...

My mind started rolling with all the moments, thinking of how being by the ocean made me feel, and drawings came along, the drawings became a solid idea and the idea a finished design. That's how " Mar y Arena" (Sand and Sea) came to live: by the love I feel for the Ocean, my beloved Lima and the fruits of it's sea.

Mar y Arena

I held a sea shell to my ear,
And listened to its tale
Of vessels bounding o'er the main
And all the ships that sail.

It sang of brilliant water flowers
The bright anemones
That bloom beneath the ocean waves—
Tossed in from seven seas.

Each time I harken to this song,
I hear the breakers moan,
And fancy that a warning bell
Rings from a lighthouse lone.

No longer need I wish to go
Where foam-capped billows swell,
For I've an ocean of my own
Withing this pearly shell

"Song of a Shell" - poem by Violet L. Cuslidge

So here it was my creation " Mar y Arena" sand and sea...

To the already beautiful clay focal by Clay works I added tiny brass flowers with purple crystals, and the focal is attached to the rest of the necklace with a ring with the words " Mar y Arena" and with hanging tiny purple shells I collected in Perú during my last trip. One side of the necklace has a gypsy beaded chain with the Biwa pearls, some wood Jasper and jade green crystals and I my very own Polymer clay Sea horse charm in purple and a Vintaj Nouveau toggle clasp.

The other side of the necklace has beautiful two glass beads by Lisa Anderson and two blue hammered and painted rings on each end tied with the lavander silk cord, and in the middle the purple and blue pearls are tied with a matching purple Sari silk ribbon follow by the brass chains.

I hope you enjoyed my post and my design, here is a peak of what I sent Jessica, my hand sculpted Blue bird clay pendant, I will soon be opening a new store just for components :)

Don't just stop here and hop along to the rest of wonderful designers, here the list of the first reveal:

Hostess, Lori Anderson,

Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache, All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts, Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
Candida Castleberry, Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson, Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru ==> You are here!
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten, Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry

Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

You can click here for the complete list of participants for the 3 reveals dates

Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful day



Saturday, July 7, 2012

Have a taste of my soup and meet the cook

Hola to all of you! Is so nice to be able to write again, I have been so busy being a mommy and at shows and is great!, and I'm grateful for all the shows and for all the wonderful people I get to meet.

So let's talk about Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! . This wonderful artist has been hosting this parties for a while and everybody loves them!!!! This is my first soup and I'm (of course) very excited, you can read all about the blog party here:

So guess when is my reveal date? The first reveal on July 28th! And I have been partnered with an awesome designer, so who is it? ( drum roll please) ...

Meet Jessica Klaaren - Jewelry designer and the cook of my soup

Jessica is 31 years old, married and the proud mommy of 2 boys: a 4 and 8 years old.

She has been making jewelry for about 6 and I'm happy to say that she had her first magazine publications this year in Bead Trends magazine.

She told me and I quote: " I love vintaj natural brass and use it more than any other material in my jewelry designs, although I do sometimes stick to beading or use silver, polymer clay, etc. I have never had a jewelry class and everything I do was learned through trial and error." Wow, isn't she awesome? . When I read this I realize we have so much in commun, I never took a jewelry class either and oh my goodness I'm always learning from my mistakes, who doesn't?

Jessica is a very versatil designer she works with many mediums and recently she started incorporating fibers into her work. Her favorite colors to work with are: blue, green, and purples, but she likes the challenges and would do her magic in any colors.

Here are some of her designs:

All are lovely!

Don't forget to visit Jessica's links:

Etsy store:



Now, what kind of wonderful things did she send me??? ...

Taste my soup

My bead soup arrived the past Friday and as soon as I got it I opened so quick like a little girl on Christmas morning :) so take a look:

I just love all she sent me, the focal is fabulous and also the rest, I feel like she read my mind!,I already have so many ideas of what to do with all this wonderful beads,so don't forget to come back to my blog to find out what did I came up to.

Jessica also got her bead soup from me, and you might have to wait to the reveal date to see all the things she got from me, but for now here is a sneak peak of a special pendant I hand sculpted on clay...

What do you think of this little one? If you like it, you might also like to know I will soon be opening a new store for clay components... What's the name? I will reveal it soon on another blog post, for now I have to go back to work because I have another show this July 21st! Thank you for visiting and I will love some comments ;)

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Messy Workshop Blog Hop Party

Hello and welcome to another fun Blog Hop hosted by B'Sue from B'Sue Boutiques.
Today is OK to be messy, but to talk about my mess I have to tell you how it all started.
“Once upon a time there was a girl who liked to play with neat things and everywhere she walked she left behind a trail of beads."  

The Upgrades  

On the beginning of my jewelry path things were very much disorganized; well you know beginnings are always messy.
Because it was a new business I didn't have much to work with or a place to make my creations, so I worked on the couch with a tray on my lap and also on my husband's desk, and that way I left my mess (and beads) behind wherever I was.
After just a few months I moved to the kitchen with my small folding table next to our dining table, let me tell you, trying to cook and bead at the same time it was a lot of trouble!
I was in the kitchen for a while until I had so much stuff (or for my husband it was so much mess) that he awarded me with a major upgrade: the basement!!!  I cleaned and improvised tables, fixed cabinets, got new organizers, and more. The trouble is that there isn’t any heat at all and it is freezing almost all the time; but it’s worst during the winter because it’s like working at the north pole! Sorry Santa but even the elves work in better conditions than I do. But OK I finally had my space, no more: "Sweetie can you move your beads a little bit so I can eat on the table?", “No of course you can't move my beads, don't you see that there is a design going on there? But I guess you can put your plate over my organizers”. For my poor husband it was a miracle he didn’t find a pearl or a Murano glass in his food.  
Even with temperatures below zero and with poor lighting I have to admit I love my little creativity cave; it's perfect with my crappy 1970’s style carpet and the crazy purple ceiling I simply enjoy saying: I have a workshop!.

Behind the Messiness 

About the mess well its messy all the time, just that there are different levels of the mess. Sometimes the mess is worse than other messes.
But how this scary, mind blowing, and unthinkable mess came to be; well that's easy.  Last year after the summer-fall festivals the Christmas festival arrived, and with all that work and running with almost no sleep by the time my last festival ended I was really worn out. All I wanted to do was to sleep until it was time for my trip to Peru.  So I stuffed all of my shows decor, my leftover inventory, and everything else in my poor little workshop and I left (also add up all the unfinished projects on my tables).
3 months later my sweet husband tried to help clean while I was gone, and of course he was clueless to where things belonged and that ended up in yes... more mess!
So here it is my awesome mess and it was waiting for me all these months!

I'm not embarrassed, this is truly the essence of my work: some dirty paint brushes, pieces of metal and chain on the floor, those tiny seed beads that fell off one night before my last show, and what about the ink that spilled on my chair. Yes this is my studio, all you need to do is just picture me during the nights, sometimes laughing while watching movies, some others almost crying because I made a fatal mistake, and there are some days where I had fallen sleep in a very uncomfortable chair and woke up with E-600 glue on my hair; that's my life!

So a big applause to all of my friends and colleges that are not afraid to show the real designer in them, the ones not with the big studio with the beautiful chandelier in the middle of the ceiling, with the fancy tables and chairs, cabinets and flooring (not that I have anything against that).  A big applause to the ones that like me had or are working on the kitchen table, or in the living room with a tray on their laps and beads and mess all over the floor, maybe some other ones that work in the basement or the garage. So cheers to all of you that no matter how much mess you have you can still make beautiful art because remember:

"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." (Mulan)

So my friends... Hurray to mess!!!!
Here some examples of the flowers that had bloomed surrounded by my mess: 
 Sadly the mess can't last forever... I had to clean up.

 Thank you for visiting!, but please don't forget to visit the rest of the blog hoppers! The list is below:


Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Robin Delargy:
Kim at Cianci Blue
Jennifer Jazwick-Smith
Mary Shannon Hicks
Tracy Swartz
Jacqueline Marchant
Lynnea Perry Bennett
Terry Matusyk
Laurel Steven
Dr. Brassy Steamington
Pamela Takeshige
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Outre Art
Linzi Alford
Deb Davis
Tamara Jones
Harry Wood
Gerry Nickerson
Elizabeth Owens-Dwy
Georgene Lockwood
Charisa Sloper
Jennifer Justman
Mary Deis
Cheri Reed
Sondra Kolner
Sonya Ingersoll-Stille
Lori Anderson
Sandra McGriff
Shelly Joyce
Joan Williams
Kashmira Patel
Deb Beechy
Ginger Bishop
Kelli Jacobson
Natalie McKenna
Andrew Thornton
Mary Govaars
Kate Mulligan
Lisa Lodge
Tami Luchini
Monique Lula
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Susan Lloyd
Cynthia Wainscott <--- You are here!
Stephanie Amanti
Alicia Marinache
Sam Hamp
Lennis Carrier