Friday, December 16, 2011

Tutorial - free!

Joanna Pierotti posted a wonderful tutorial on her blog, Moss Hill blog, about how to make the mirror like glass charms.  I love these so much, and thought you would like to see how to do it too. She shows what she did for her ornament exchange, which was awesome!

Go HERE for the link.

She said it will be taken down after Christmas, so be sure to check it out now.

 And look at her beautiful work while you are there.  It is amazing!!

Love it all Joanna. Thanks for letting me post the link!



Monday, November 14, 2011

We have a winner!

The winner of the 11/11/11 contest,
for the sweet 
Vice Petite

drum roll.....

Rita Read of Mammabellarte!

Congratulations Rita!  Send me your address via email and I'll get the sweet thing out to you asap.

A huge thanks to each of you who signed up for the contest. If I haven't gotten back to you, I am so sorry!  Not enough hours in the day!

Happy week everyone.


Friday, November 11, 2011


Ancouncing a

of my sweet 

Why?  Because it is 11/11/11!
That sounds like a great date to do something special, so I'm offering one to one lucky winner.

Do you know what culture invented the numeral zero? That's right, we had numbers 1-9 a long time before we had a zero!

What do you have to do?? 

Just leave a comment and tell me you want it!!
Then tell a friend about my little Vice Petite. Pass on the word if you would.  I sold out the first batch, and there are a couple more listed in my Etsy store.

Let me know if this is something you want for Christmas, and I'll get my elves busy with orders!!

Contest is open now, and will close at midnight this coming Sunday, 11/13/11, PST.

Thanks for entering!!

Oh, and the zero was accepted and used in calculations by the 5th-2nd century BC, according to history, by Pingala, and Indian scholar. And before that, the Arabs!  There are many cultures that might have used it prior, but he zero had a tough time getting started. After all, represented "nothing"! 

Have a fabulous weekend. Good luck!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Vice Petite

Introducing my
Vice Petite!

Ladies, tired of those cramped hands while trying to solder??  I was! So I made up some new little gadgets to relieve some of the problem.

My little Vice Petite is hand made, right here in the USA, in my backyard!  WH and I whipped up a few prototypes, okay, many, and voila!  We have a handy, dandy little third hand holder for your soldering iron projects.

You could make one of these, OR go to the hardware store about 50 times like we did to get the right everything!!  What a pain that was.

But, I'm thrilled with the outcome.

You just position your piece in the opening, move the sliding piece forward, tighten it down and it makes a nice, secure, but soft bed for your project.

Then you can rotate your work however you like, since I used really lightweight wood.  I chose one of my favorite blues, and painted these girls up pretty for you!

How do you like the name I chose?  I put "small vice" into a translator converting English to French, and it read "vice petite", so that's what the name will be for this little sweetie.

To read more about it you can visit my Esty store here.

Thanks for looking, hope you are having an exceptional day, whatever that might be.



Monday, October 17, 2011

Very Excited!

Coming summer of 2012!

An all, on line class with Riki.

Class project to be announced soon.  Read more at Artful

Hugs, Riki

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Uh hummmm...

without further ado...

announcing the winners for the 
Launch of e-workshops!

Are you looking?
Smile, it could be you!

Randomly chosen by RANDOM.ORG, after entering the 152 names (some of you got three for your efforts, thank you so much)

the winners are.....

Congrats to Penny, Cat, Sharon and Wendy!!

Penny gets the first choice of prizes, then Cat, then Sharon and sorry Wendy H, you get the remaining one, but still worth it!!

I will be contacting each of you to get your choices. Hopefully I can access all of your emails. If you are reading this and don't have a blog so I can contact you, please email me an address to reach you.

Thank you to each and every one of you who put the effort out to help me launch our new 
e-workshops blog.  
I am tickled pink over the resounding reception of the blog and the contest, so know we are on to something wonderful here.  Your compliments and encouragement have been heard, and most assuredly I have felt the love.

There will be more videos, more hints, more tips, more of everything.  And yes, more contests!  So come back often to take it all in.

A new kit is in the works, and another video is being made!!!



Friday, September 30, 2011


In honor of my new blog


I'm offering a fun giveaway!!

And there are FOUR chances for you to win!

Here are the prizes....drum roll....

1.  My "how to solder rhinestone chain" video, listed on Etsy!

2.  This stash of "de-stash" and numerous goodies!

Close up of goodies.  All kinds of things, some bling, buttons, heart lockets, even a copy of a 16th century hand written letter!

Keys, photographs, a tiny bottle, medals, dolls arm...a ton of stuff!

Also some mop flower shaped buttons, plastic pearl bracelet, vintage goodies galore! 

3.  My Bee kit on Etsy, complete with rhinestones and the bee stamping!

4.  My video on "How to wire rubber cord and make a clasp" listed on Etsy.

So there are the line up of prizes, hope you see something that catches your eye!

Here's what you need to do to win:

1. Sign up as a follower for the new blog. You get one entree! And be sure to leave me a comment that you are interested to win!

2.  If you mention it on your blog, or post my button, you get three entries toward winning! 
You have to let me know you did this!

I will enter all the names into the random drawing software, and the computer will select the winners. All prizes will be chosen at random.

Oh so exciting, I love contests!!! Please do spread the word, this blog is so much fun, and hopefully rewarding for all.

Many hugs, good luck.

Deadline is 12 midnight on next Saturday, Oct. 8th. 
Drawing held and announced on Sunday Oct. 9th.

Many hugs,


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Getting published

Some Insight

I have been asked a bunch "how in the heck do you get published".  So I wanted to share some insights about that.  And instead of just using my perspective, I wanted to include those of the publisher also! So I contacted Beth Livesay, Managing Editor for Stampington & Company, and asked if she could contribute some of her thoughts to share with you.

What I got was an amazing description of the entire process.  I learned a lot from it as well, so this is so cool she took the time to write this up.

Thanks Beth!

This is one of my pieces that was published a couple of years ago. I was really hesitant to send my first piece in as well, as we all are.  But the lesson here is to just do it...just try! You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.  So what's a little rejection, we're big girls. If at first...well, you know!

I sent my first piece in, following the guidelines as listed in their magazines.  I tried to label exactly how they outlined, and include a check for return postage.  It was quite awhile before I heard anything, so be patient!  It could be many months.

Then they let you know, via email, if you have been accepted to be published.  If they want you to write an article, they may ask for step out photos, showing how to make your design.  So be sure to take photos of the process, that might be needed later for the article.  If not, you'll be going back and recreating the whole design!  Just a lot more trouble.

So writing the article is the most fun for me, well almost as much fun.  For the introductory paragraph, I try to think about what inspired me about making that piece, and then I build from that inspiration.  This is your chance to tell your story, whatever it is.  Be as creative as you like.  The more interesting, the more enjoyable to read.  Then write up the directions, coordinating with the step out photos. Then the editing begins. Take out all unnecessary words.  It's like packing...cut the words in half and use only what you need! Self editing saves them from doing it later, and saves them work. That's a good thing!

Here is an article including Beth's insights.  You should be able to print it out, and use when you need it.

Hope this helps give you some insight about the process.  Let me know if it does, okay? 
That would be really helpful to me!  
So, when are you going to submit?



Monday, September 12, 2011



I have been so fortunate to have been selected a number of times, for Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire.  
Thank you ladies for choosing my pieces! 
This is one of the necklaces featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry awhile back.

What I would like to know from you is, are you interested in knowing how the process works?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

Have a great day.


Monday, September 5, 2011



I just listed a brand new video in my Etsy store.

The video is about "How to Wire a Rubber Cord" and includes all the steps needed to make the end caps pictured.  I show you how to wire the end caps, as well as a handmade hook clasp.  This method gives your necklaces, or bracelets, such a cool hand made feel, don't you think?

This is so much fun to do, I use them all the time.  They make the perfect hand made closure on all your cords, whether leather or rubber, and the size of the cord doesn't matter.

I will walk you through the process, step by step. You'll be ready to wire away after viewing!

You can purchase this video in my Etsy store by clicking the link. 
It will take you straight to it.

Have fun, enjoy it. 

Watch for a giveaway coming up to launch the new

Thanks all your support on the first video, "How to Solder Rhinestone Chain"!  If you liked that one, you'll LOVE this one too!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Welcome to my brand new blog....e-workshops!

I am so excited to make available a blog dedicated to inspiration.
With this blog, I hope to enlighten, inspire and educate you, the jewelry designer.  I plan to make available some educational videos, kits, on line classes and a sprinkling of free stuff scattered in and about.

As you navigate the side bar, you will see some fun titles.  Stay tuned, I plan to put some fun links and information on them.

I also would like to post classes from our blogging buddies, so you are aware of where to learn, grow and enhance your current knowledge.

So drop me a note, and let me know what you think of this idea.  Any help in spreading the word would be so helpful.  I want to give a huge shout out to Karen Valentine, who worked hard with me, turning my vision into reality.  Thank you Karen, you are the best.

I plan to do a nice multi-item giveaway to launch this vehicle soon.  So stay tuned for that as well.  You can jump back to my regular blog by clicking the button on the side, and the same for Riki Jewelry, to get to e-workshops.

Let's take this new journey together, to explore new ideas, processes and expand our minds and hearts. 

Welcome to

Lots of love, 


Saturday, July 30, 2011


This is a brand new site I am developing to deliver jewelry workshop information. Stay tuned for more information, to come soon!