on sale now!

It's getting a bit crowded in my studio, but I can't stop making things! So, I'm having a sale to make room in the shop for some new fall items. Sale items are 20-30% off the original price.

Here's a little glimpse of what's for sale--check out the sale section in the shop for more!



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icy hot

I may just completely bypass fall.

Well, no, not really. But I do love the icy feel of the glass beads on my new gillian earrings. I hope you do too!

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featured!


Check out shopalicious! today and you'll find the bethany necklace front and center! (Bethany is one of my new hardware-based pieces.) Shopalicious is a terrific blog that is loaded with info on fashion and deals. If you like to shop, you're gonna love it! Thanks for the feature!
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this week's wants

Feel like a little shopping? So do I!

I'm sorry for going on and on about fall, but I really do look forward to the cooler temperatures. I love the golden warmth of the season and the change in the air. This stained wood ring by something's hiding in here is the perfect transition piece. The facets are brilliant and the color is so great. I think we'll be seeing a lot of teal-y blues this fall!

OK, this one is sort of a no-brainer. I've been drawn to TickledPinkKnits' shop for quite some time now. I think you can see why. Absolutely stunning scarves, shawls, gloves, you name it. I'm saving up for one of my own! Maybe the Rococo Shawl II, shown here....

Doesn't this look fun? Alisaburke's graffiti bangles are so bold and chunky. The ideal piece for jazzing up my standard jeans and tee wardrobe! Check out here etsy shop for more "scribbled-on" goods!

Now, I love wearing jewelry as much as I enjoy making it, but let's face it: I can only wear so many pieces at once. The rest just have to hang out on my bureau. But that's no reason to hide them in some dark, closed box! I can just imagine how beautiful they would like in this gorgeous glass jewelry box by 1178 Designs. I love the mirror bottom and the water-drop effect on the glass!

Off to the shops....
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shocked!

That is, craftershock-ed! I got a lovely email in my inbox today announcing that the b-line has been featured on craftershock! You can read the feature here.


Electricity must be the theme of the day. Just before I found found the craftershock article, I listed my new carrie necklace, with a gorgeous electric blue lucite bead!



Oh, and another wonderful surprise!  As of today, more than 500 people heart my shop! What a lovely feeling!

Trying to stay grounded,


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What I want...

Several things caught my eye whilst I roamed etsy this week. I thought I'd share a few with you!

First off, this lovely Symbiosis zippered pouch by UnikatHK. I love how the chunky pumpkin-orange cotton knit contrasts the delicate linen. And for some reason, the tag makes me smile! I think this would be perfect for keeping my ipod or camera safe from scratches.

I love the look and the description of Crowley Manor's Tuscany soap. Cucumber, melon, and mint--buon giorno! There is something so rustic and inviting about it. I have the feeling this soap actually would take me back to Italy, at least in my thoughts!

Courage My Love is a new favorite of mine, and a big one. I'm anxiously awaiting one of her prints in the mail! The red shoes is just one example of here amazing sense of color, subject, and composition. I'm a red-shoe-lover myself, and this print really makes me think of the little girl trapped inside!

Now, if you've read anything about me yet, you'll know that by training, I'm actually a chemist. (This jewelry stuff is mostly self-taught, and is not (yet) how I earn my living!) So how could I resist lake's molecule earrings? They're pretty and petite, unique and eye-catching, even if you ignore the name!

Doesn't every woman love a dress that is both comfortable and flattering? Astridland's green knit dress seems sure to fit the bill. I adore the colors and the silhouette.

Happy shopping!
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stu stu studio



After commandeering our dining table for the b-line for several months now, I finally made the decision to create a separate workspace for my jewelry making, photographing, and packaging activities. Welcome to my new "studio"! To be honest, you're really just looking at a wall of our sunroom, but it's nice to have this dedicated space and to feel a little less guilty about leaving it a mess. (Our dining room now actually resembles a dining room again!) Of course, you see it here just after the move and reorganization event. It's incredibly tidy and will probably not look like this again in the near future. After taking this photo, I spent the morning making a few things in my new space. The lighting is divine and it is so wonderful having all my supplies at my fingertips. Now, to figure out how to squeeze in a few more tools and supplies I recently bought!



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peanut gallery


Okay, I promise, I'm really not that into peanuts, but I just love the curvy shape of these beads! I mean, who could resist this little stack of nuts?! This is sandrine, and she's one of the newest things to hit the b-line.


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fashion fallward


Lately, I can't stop thinking about fall. Maybe it's the work that lies ahead as school starts up in a month or so, or maybe several months of sunny, bright colors have me yearning for more earthy, rich tones. It may be a bit early for back-to-school shopping, but I've been marking my favorites (I'm such a planner) and I thought I'd share a few of them with you.

Rini
rini bag by neikodesigns
I have found no bag more perfect for a fashionable return to classes than the Rini bag. I love the clever pocket on the side and the wooden handle, not to mention the beautifully rich mahogany of the leather. You simply must check out her shop!

Summer Button Flowers felt bookmark
summer button flowers felt bookmark by soleilgirl
Gotta keep my place in all those books, right? Soleilgirl's felt bookmarks make me want to read! I'm also a huge fan of her peace symbol leaf brooches.

leather 'audrey hepburn' headband in brown by hende
Okay, so I'm cheating a bit, because I already bought this item from my wish list. But, I will tell you that I absolutely ADORE it and I intend to wear it well into fall!

hand shadow - dog
hand shadow dog card by honeylux
I'm a dog lover, but I never mastered the whole shadow puppet thing. This card seems perfect for sending a sweet note to a dear friend.


Antiquity
antiquity bracelet by lickety split
The color combination in this bracelet is really striking and just what I need for the summer-fall transition. I list it here hesitantly--I'm afraid one of you will snatch it up before I do! But do check out the shop for many more lovely gems!

Happy shopping!

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good eats!


You may have noticed it's been a bit slow on the blog this week. I've been on vacation! I'll be back in the saddle again soon, but for now, here's a little glance at some of the gorgeous and huge blueberries I picked today, along with my family.  I can hardly wait for breakfast!
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introducing...


...coco! The first in a new line of polymer clay bracelets featuring "appliquéd" designs on simple clay buttons. Over the past few months, I've really been fascinated with all sorts of fabric and sewing crafts, including felt projects, embroidery, quilting, knitting, and crocheting; they have now inspired my new appliqué collection. I'm really pleased with how they've developed so far. In fact, I kept the very first one I made (photographed here) for myself! It was just perfect for the grey dress and cream sweater ensemble I recently wore to a wedding. Like what you see here? Check out the b-line for more!


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hammers and hot cocoa


Lately, I've felt torn in a few different directions, at least as far as my creative endeavors go. You see, I have recently started working with metal (silver in particular), and I'm basically spending a lot of my time trying to learn the art. Why metal? I love the prospect of creating my own findings, for starters, and eventually of designing more elaborate pieces of my own. As an inorganic chemist, it gives me a thrill to put what I know about metals to test and to "discover" first hand how a bunch of silver atoms respond when I torch, saw, and hammer them! 


That said, I still really enjoy working with polymer clay and beading. The hardest thing lately has been the decision of what to work on when.  For this week, anyway, I'm back in the clay! Here's lourdes, the latest in my corsage bracelet line. For such a simple combination of colors and beads (red polymer clay, red coral, and deep brown lucite), I'm amazing at what a stunner this piece is. It truly makes me think of a hot mug of spicy hot cocoa (you know, with a bit of cayenne thrown in)! Delish!

As for the silver pieces, stay tuned!


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