APRIL 28th – MAY 5th

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Etsy Glass Artists are having a great sale. Each store will be having their own sale, everything from 10% off – BOGO 1/2 Off.
Check out the sale and shop now!

Here is a list of the participants…

Pam O.
Pam D.
Amanda and James



The trouble with being creative is all the “other” work that goes along with it. I have been working like crazy to get ready for some trunk shows(thanks C) I just keep adding pendants and earring and pins to a little round box and tell my self “okay ya got to put all that on cards” I may have to hire my kiddos again to card my jewelry. I really dislike that part of the process LOL.

So here is a peek at the box I have been adding to for a few weeks. What does not sell will slowly be added to my Etsy shop I am sure.

Art of all forms embeds it self in people at early ages. I find it fascinating that Patricia Vener ofsilverdragon.jpg Silver Dragon Creations has a history of performing arts and has harnessed her inner artist in all kinds of things. She is a (retired) ballerina as well as a published artist, She has also done illustrations for a CD picture book, “Papa CArdinal Finds Breakfast” by Sandra Wellborn. Patricia has so much to share with the world of Art.

Her Etsy shop is filled with beaded goodness. She adores many techniques and seems to change favorites or have multiple favorites depending on the result. At the moment branched fringe, (also known as corralling), right angle weave and Russian style Peyote and free form Peyote seem high on the list of favorites, but she says she has some thoughts for some other stitches that she really wants to play with. In the end, however, her favorite technique is the combining of weaves. I look forward to seeing new additions to her shop she says will be doing wearable sculpture. Sounds delightful Patricia.

I asked about her creative process of course and this is what Patrica had to say. “I’m not sure that the creative process, for me anyway, is at all quantifiable. Sometimes I have to actually think about it but as often as not – or maybe even more often – I just seem to get a vision. These especially occur just on that cusp of being when sleep gives way to waking. Then I will lay there in the semi-dark and study my vision(s) and maybe start working out some of the details. Other times I will work designs more purposely, building them, changing them, in my mind without or before setting pencil to paper. Some designs get sketched out while other never do but go from mental image directly to finished piece. Other times I will sketch out ideas. I am not consistent in the process but rather do what I sense needs to be done at any given moment for any given piece. Finally, there are the pieces that I let design themselves as I work them. There’s anmae for that in literature… Oh yes, stream of consciousness.

I love that she adds “Inspiration comes from so many places both external and internal. I wonder if this is true for everyone; I think it probably is. I love to play with color and form and I have seen and experienced much. Some inspiration is as quick as a flash but others come from a desire and careful thought.”

Patricia also says some of her works take months. “Hot Pink Fuzzy” for example took almost nine months from the initial thought to its final culmination. WOW!

I loved looking through her Silver Dragons Shop the details are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing Patrica.


She is a traveler! Oh to travel to Greece would be a dream. Her travels have influenced her style and her love of gemstones and 18k and 24k gold is what she works with. She makes one of a kind jewelry pieces to accommodate many different styles and fashion trends as you can see in her shop.

electrajewelry.jpgelectrajewelry2.jpgI especially like this item in her shop called “She’s A Lady” Dina must have bought this beautiful enamel bead from one of her favorite places. I love when people share the things they love in their work. It is such a special touch to a shop and I found that to be true in Elektra’s Shop.

Elektra started working with stones over 10 years ago, the demands of a full time teaching job and childcare did not allow her the time to follow her passion. it seems she has made time and we are glad she did.

She works primarily with gold Vermeil, Bali sterling silver, semi-precious stones and vintage glass beads. Please be on the lookout for new pieces from her Murano Collection.

I would also like to say a special thanks to Dina for all her help to Giftbarer with the 90day blog challenge without her I would not have remembered to do this wonderful challenge so super big thanks lady 🙂

water stonesMy obsession with getting them perfect slows me down. Making two of the exact same can make an artist Stop dead in her tracks LOL. Many of my earrings that are not perfect become cell phone charms, they are perfectly pretty by them selves but as a match they fall short for the Shoozles standards 🙂 Photos tend to make earrings look less than perfect too. I have to admit I will be pleased with a pair and then I take a photo and be so disappointed. Funny isn’t it? So I have to get over my self and get on with the business at hand and earrings are tops on the list.