Friday, November 27, 2009

Fun with Polymer Clay

Well, lately I've been trying my hand at something new -- polymer clay. My first several batches burned rather quickly, but once I got my hands on an oven thermometer, I was all right. Polymer clay is a lot of fun! I love being able to make my own beads and pendants and create my own colors and designs.

Originally I wanted to make keychains using French beaded flowers, which were beautiful, but very time consuming and delicate, so they didn't ship well or handle well for daily use. But polymer clay, when baked, is much hardier, much more versatile, and much quicker to create with.

So I started making what I call key keepers -- beautiful polymer clay pendants on beaded leather cords that fasten around the handle of your bag or purse so that you always know where your keys are. Brilliant, right? :) I'm always losing my keys -- in my purse, in the house, in the car -- anywhere it's possible to lose your keys, I've done it. But of course since I've been making them, I've been selling them so fast that I don't have one yet! I guess I chose the perfect time to fall in love with polymer clay because at $10, they make perfect Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers! :) Even though they're only available in my shop in the star shape, I'm having so much fun creating different shapes and color combinations, they'll be around long after the holidays! :)

Be blessed!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas Open House coming soon!

I'm so excited for the Christmas Open House, sponsored by Audrey's Country Crafts! There are 13 shops participating, including Heavenly Creations, and we're all having great promos. There's also a giveaway from each of the 13 shops, so you have 13 chances to win! All the details will be available on Audrey's blog starting November 15th!

My giveaway is this beautiful red jasper and pearl bracelet perfect for the holidays or anytime! The perfect adornment to accompany your classic pearls with a dash of holiday flair. Sparkling crystal and sterling silver embellish the classic beauty of pearls with a hint of color.

And check my shop often because I'm working feverishly to get my shop ready for the open house and holiday shopping. I've got some great stuff coming! Also, if you're in the Pittsburgh area, check out Blossoms of Verona on Allegheny River Blvd for my sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry available there. It's truly exquisite

Be blessed!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Grand Re-Opening!

I'm am so excited for the Grand Re-Opening of Blossoms of Verona! I delivered my first batch of sterling silver jewelry last week, and I'm working feverishly to get my gold jewelry done so I can deliver it by Thursday. The Grand Re-Opening is on Saturday, November 14th all day, and they've got prizes planned for every hour, so if you're in the Pittsburgh area, stop by and check it out! They're at 733 Allegheny River Blvd, in Verona, PA.

I've also got an online open house coming up, from November 15th through the 30th. Check out the other Etsy shops that're participating at Audrey's Country Crafts. Or you can click on the Christmas Open House button on the right side of my blog! I'll be giving away a beautiful flower key chain with every purchase of $15 or more, and each shop is donating an item for a big give away! Check back for more info, because you don't want to miss this!

Be blessed!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I haven't forgotten my shop! :)

I've been really busy getting ready to deliver my inventory to Blossoms of Verona, but I haven't forgotten my etsy shop! I just posted two new necklaces, which I absolutely adore. They're both really long--over 50 inches--and can be worn single, doubled or tripled! I personally like them tripled, because I like to have all the color and interest by my face, but I love the flexibility in these two.

You'd think my design area was outside with all the fall colors in the Golden Glass, Jasper and Red Agate necklace. It's probably one of my favorites. I love fall colors all year round, so this would work for me summer, winter, fall or spring!

The Slate Agate, Amazonite and Pearl necklace is just divine. I love the combination of the smoky black and midnite blue in the slate agate combined with the coolness of the amazonite and the sophistication of the freshwater pearls. Perfect for anytime!

Be blessed!

Friday, October 16, 2009

My Camera

Over the summer, we were out on our boat on the Allegheny River and my camera fell in. Luckily I have a husband who loves me (and can swim), so he jumped in to get it for me. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty! I took the camera home and dried it out and miraculously it works! The only catch is that it only likes to take good pictures outside in natural light. That was awesome when I first discovered how to take good pics over the summer. We were at our campsite or out in the back yard all summer. Now that it's really cold (it snowed this morning and they're forecasting a snow/rain mixture all weekend), it's much more a labor of love. The things we do for our art *smile*

But I'm really excited about my new designs. I can't wait until I take them to Blossoms of Verona! I love working with sterling silver. It really adds a new dimension to my work. But I'm still doing things with silver and gold plated findings as well, mainly for my etsy shop.

I found a miniature dress form at a rummage sale at my church recently, and she's perfect for displaying the beautiful necklaces I've been making. I just wish I had more than one!

Be blessed!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A new direction...

A lot has happened since the last time I blogged here. My etsy shop is doing well, and I've been doing some custom orders, which is always fun. But my biggest news is the upcoming placement of my jewelry at Blossoms of Verona!

I was selling my jewelry at a flea market in Penn Hills when I was approached by Cathy, who owns Blossoms of Verona. She loved my jewelry and wanted to have it in her shop. They've just moved to a larger location and I'm very excited about being there! Their new location has a really great energy and I've got lots of great ideas on the new designs I want to showcase there!

I started out with all sterling silver. I personally love silver. It's pretty much all I wear. And I love the delicacy of it. But I also love combining it with big nuggets to contrast the delicacy with raw elementality. I'm also trying some new techniques that I've seen other people do that I really like. It's fun to play with color and figure out what works. I also plan to do some 14k gold and some bridal designs. They are, after all a flower shop *smile*. When I think of flowers, I think of weddings, funerals and Sunday services. I'm wondering if I could market myself as a "one-stop shop" -- I could design your wedding jewelry, do your hair for you and the wedding party, and then sing the service :)

I've long been of the opinion that you need to see my jewelry to really appreciate it. Even with my improved photography skills my photos aren't true representations of my designs. So I'm glad that I have an opportunity to really showcase my work in an arena where they'll be appreciated and enjoyed.

Their grand re-opening is in November, but my jewelry will be there starting October 25th. Even though they've just moved into the new space they're open for business doing weddings and church altar decorations and just general flower sales. I'm really excited about this opportunity and I'll keep you updated about it as time goes on.

Be blessed!

Friday, May 29, 2009

fianlly...more jewelry *smile*

Well, I have been a busy little beaver this past week, making jewelry in preparation for the Car Cruise at the Donut Shack, 13041 Frankstown Rd. , here in Penn Hills on Sunday, 5/31. If you're in the area, stop by *smile*. I'll be there from noon until around 5 or so. The weather's supposed to be great, so we should have a great turnout.

I'm excited to say that I made my first sale at my Etsy shop ( Someone snapped up these fabulous chandelier earrings. Now I need to design a necklace and maybe a bracelet to complete the set. *smile*

I love chandelier earrings. I love the way they clink together and sway as you move. And I love the challenge of making them exciting without being excessive. The possibilities are endless *smile*

I"ve also been doing a lot more sets, with either bracelet and earrings, or bracelet, earrings and necklace.

And in the case of this fabulous olive jade set, there's 3 different earrings to choose from. I'm working on a bracelet to go with them as well, but the beads aren't speaking to me right now *smile*.

If you see something you like, you can email me at There's always more, but some of them just look better in real life than in pictures.

Enjoy! And I hope to see some of you at the Car Cruise on Sunday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Heavenly Creations Pgh all started with headbands. Seriously. I have a big head, and I was tired of having heachaches, so I started making beaded headbands that are adjustable so they'd fit my head and I fell in love with beads. So I decided to try to sell my creations so that I can support my habit *smile*. I set myself up on Etsy (, but I'll post things here as well. Here I'll be able to post everything I've created and if you see something you like, let me know *smile*

These are some of my favorite earrings. I love the color combination of green & blue.

i also love this olive green by itself. I found this fabulous jade at Fire Mountain Gems, and just couldn't resist. It's so soft and buttery to feel, but has a really nice solid feel to it. A little heavy for earrings with the larger pieces, but I just couldn't resist. The beads speak to me *smile*.

That's it for now. I've got more to come, so keep checking back *smile*. And let me know what you think. I appreciate your comments *smile*.