Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hello, Is Anyone Out There?

Wow, it's been a long time! Just came over here to my blog to make sure that things are still up and running. A friend had informed me that the link I provided to my new website was not working...oops! Funny thing is that I don't even use that site anymore! I had bought my own domain name and planned to do it all from there, but after a while, I found that it's just easier to post on Facebook and Instagram, while continuing to sell my jewelry on Etsy.

So for now, here are the places where you can find me:

My Etsy shop



Thursday, April 9, 2015


Thanks for reading my blog on this host site.

Now it's time for me to move on to my OWN website!

I've purchased the domain and plan to do everything from this new site. There you can learn about the inspiration of my new collections, shop for jewelry, read my blog posts, and leave comments for me as well.

Join me in my new here to go over to my new website.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snow Day Sale!

Greetings on this snowy day! We've got at least 10" of snow, and it's still coming down.

It's been awhile since I've posted on here. With so many social media networks, it's difficult to be fully present in all of them. But today I wanted to tell you about some exciting things happening with Artful Accents.

First of all, I've having a huge SALE! Everything in my shops and on my Facebook page is....

40% off

Follow the directions on my Facebook page for purchasing from there.
Use this coupon code when you check out at my Etsy or Square shops:
TAKE40. I can ship anywhere in the US or Canada. If you live somewhere else, please check with me about rates.

I hope to be updating more often on here, so watch for more news coming out of Artful Accents.
I've been designing several new collections, inspired by my favorite places. Enjoy the scenes from a couple below.

Aran Islands, Ireland

Fraser Valley, British Columbia

Monday, June 23, 2014

Long Summer Days

Long Summer Days

~ handcrafted earrings made with antiqued copper and aqua Czech glass ~

Like my Facebook page and 
look for directions there on how to enter your name to win these!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Birds of a Feather

In my opinion, springtime is the most wonderful time of the year. Summer is a close second. Sitting here in my sunroom studio right now, I'm listening to birds chirping. Their music inspired me a couple weeks ago to create Swooping Swallows.

All earrings are for sale. Contact me if interested. 

{Psst...Have you liked my Facebook page yet?}

** Update - Just now learned of Maya Angelou's passing today. In honor of her...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

From August to March

Yes indeed, I was out of blog posting mode for the past half year. Life has moved right along, and has been mostly good. I continue to deal with chronic health issues, but TRY to keep a joyful attitude and be grateful for the many gifts I've been blessed with.

A new health issue that was added to my list this winter included some weakness on my left side. As a result, my left hand (dominant one) could not squeeze jewelry pliers hard enough to be adept at making jewelry. Sooo, I had to resort to plan B.

I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit…left-handed. I tried it using my right hand as the dominant hand, but I'm just not that coordinated! So I taught myself (through youtube videos) a basic understanding of how to knit left-handed. My mom gave me some guidance, although right-handed. Then I stumbled onto some videos on how to crochet. I tried this too and found that crocheting comes much easier to me, and it doesn't matter which hand is dominant!

So I've been busy crafting dishcloths for my family members and myself.

I found that the Clover soft touch crochet hooks work best for me, since they are ergonomically correct and feel soft in my hand. I really enjoy the process of crocheting; it's relaxing and allows me to be productive even when I don't feel well. 

I have recently been able to get back to using my jewelry pliers again. I'm thankful! And the ideas are overflowing! 

I was excited to open up the Jewelry Stringing Spring 2014 issue, knowing that my colorful bracelet cuff (#2) would be in the bracelet gallery. :-) This is my 6th piece to be published, and it's still just as exciting!

Hoping to try to keep this blog updated more often. We'll see how that goes. I'm headed off now to my jewelry table to make some pieces for spring. Sadly, spring is having a hard time coming to VA this year. Even my big sad pup is done with snow!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What's In A Name, Revisited

For several years now, I have named all of my jewelry designs. I wrote about it in a previous blog post. While I began the process with enthusiasm, now it has become somewhat of a burden. 

Many of you have told me how much you enjoy seeing the names that I give to designs. Despite that encouragement, I have decided to end the tradition. Shakespeare might have been been onto something!

I think you will like what happens when I can give up this process which actually has been stifling and not promoting my creativity. I gave myself the freedom to try it this week, and lo and behold, I cranked out 20 pieces of jewelry! I found that because I didn't have to interrupt my creative flow with the process of name brainstorming, I could keep creating and designing. 

I will leave you with a cute story about the "Olive Branch" earrings pictured at the beginning of the 3rd row on the left. One of my customers, Cheryl, wrote this note to me. 

It all started when my mom started texting and she tried to sign off "I love you" but it auto-corrected it to say "Olives". So now every time we sign off from each other we say Olives instead of I love you. So I thought getting her this piece of jewelry would be very special! 

I will miss hearing neat stories like that, but methinks this change will be a good thing!