“The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.” – Arthur Koestler
Are you looking for a necklace that is like no other? How about one that is in a color or design that you have never seen on any other lady? Do you want your friends to ask you where you got it? Well, look right here for a selection of unusual designed and colorful accessories.
Each of the individual necklaces shown here is an original design which takes advantage of the beads themselves. I like to choose the beads I use for their color and/or the shape or distinction.
While making my creations I picture in my mind who might wear it, at work, or play or on an evening out.
These items were originally listed on my Etsy site and were discontinued when the listing ran out. I renewed them for your consideration. Search for dare2bd in my shop and you will find these pieces.
I am describing them here so that you can get an idea of the style and variety I have in my stock. If you see one, or more, that you like, make a note of the item number and go to my Etsy shop in the discontinued section for a more precise description and picture. They are all listed with the “dare2bd” item designation. Remember I offer free shipping to a US destination.
#6109 is 24” long and is made with 1/2” white beads in the form of knots and splashed with gold accents. $15.97 It is called “Uncommon white beads twist with gold knots necklace”
#7004 is 26” long with ½” black round beads separated by an assortment of silver beads. $18. It is called “Big, black and silver tone bead necklace”
#0421 is 23” Long with red and white alternating beads. $15. It is called “Red and White color splashes necklace #2”
#3061 is 23” long with a variety of black and silver beads. $19 It is called “Dynamic Black necklace, handmade, stunning, big, bold”
#5010 is 23” long with ½” black beads decorated with violet flowers and separated by silver star beads. $18
#5428 is 25” long with flat oval 1” smoky beads in the center and ¼” smoky beads around to the back.
#9726 is 25” long with gold, flat, oval ¾ etched beads and 3/8” spacers. $12
#0754 is 33” long vintage with matte beige 1/4” beads & gold spacers with a drop cluster of tiny beads. $34.97 called “Vintage pink necklace with chandelier pendant”
#4894 – 34” long with ½ black & ¼’ silver beads with gold splashes. $15
#4396 – 22” long, black 1/8” cubes & rhinestones spacers at 1” lengths. $15
#2563 – 25” long, dark matte blue 5/8” ovals with 1/8” shiny spacers. $22
#4813 – 19” clear blue glass ovals streaked with glitter. $24
#7008 – 48” pale peach ¼” beads with sparkling stars. $19.97
#3837 -25” Six black ¾” blocks with painted lavender flowers & seven 1/8” matching swirls, then black bicones to finish. $10.97
#9453 – 22” black oval pendant with carved white flower on a chain of 18” white pearls. $16.97 “Elegant pearl necklace with pendant”
#0355 – 22” with 1” carved beige pearly, satiny flowers. $27.97
#1676 – 25” with ¾” pink polymer painted circle in center & ¼” & ½” painted disks and ¼ “ pink beads. $19.95
#8527 – 41” vintage wood 1” barrels & tiny wood spacers, $10
#9918 – 44” crescent 1/8” pink beads with sparkling shiny dots. $15
#3178 – 20” ¾” globes with leathery covers & assorted black beads. $24.97
#0139 – 23” Three 1” rings with painted flowers & bicone spacers. $13.97
#9546 – 23” Three striped turquoise 3/4” & four solid color center with seed beads to complete. $34.97
#5815 – 25” Pink on beige ½” blocks and dusky pink 1/8” spacers. $18
Let me know if you find anything you like, or would like to see more.
When I moved from my townhouse, with three bedrooms, into my mobile home I lost a bedroom. One of the bedrooms in the townhouse was my work room and storage. I had to find storage in the second bedroom of the mobile home. The space above the closet was perfect. I was able to put containers up there to store materials as well as finished items that could be sold or given as gifts.
That worked out well for the first few years. Then as I got a little older and less inclined to do some of the things I used to do, I lost a little eyesight and frankly, interest, and they just remained there.
My current project is to eliminate all the things I no longer need or use. That means going through every room in my house. Today I asked my daughter to take down the boxes from the shelf over the closet. I hadn’t looked in those boxes for longer than I would like to admit. They were high enough that I didn’t want to risk climbing on a ladder. My daughter is very capable and helpful with this part of my life.
What a surprise awaited me! I found items I had completely forgotten that I had. There were materials and instructions for ironing pictures onto cloth. That was fun, but I never made use of it. I found another box with the material upon which to stitch crosswork designs. (I have lots of yarn to do this.)
One big bag contained a finished crocheted coat. I tried it on and it fit. Now I don’t know what to do with that.
But the shocker was a box containing three, 3! afghans.
Last summer I spent several months making three new afghans for my teenage grand-daughters who live near Seattle. I hardly ever see them, but their mother sends me pictures. I have given afghans to most of my relatives and some friends, but I hadn’t made any for these three girls. So, I found patterns I liked, went out and bought new yarn, and spent the entire summer making three new afghans, one for each of them as a wedding gift. I don’t expect to be able to travel to Seattle for their weddings. In fact, chances are, I won’t even be alive then. But I wanted them to have something that I created just for them as I did all the other family members.
My son took the afghans and put them away to be given to each of them at the time of their weddings. I am happy that they will have a special gift from their grandmother.
But… What do I do with the three afghans that I just found up on the shelf? They are fine. They would have made nice gifts, but I forgot that they were there. I have another set of grandchildren who could be given two of the afghans, but that’s it. I will still have a beautiful handmade afghan that needs a home. Any ideas?
A few years ago I tried to sell a lovely baby afghan online, but without success. I still have it. So I am hesitant to list this one. I will be happy to consider any suggestions for this big item.
I just added four new items to my Etsy Shop that can go from the office to after-hours with ease and style. They are all different, featuring my original designs in various colors. The red one in particular has five different beads in the front of the necklace that I found interesting. This unusual necklace features a variety of beads from my large collection.
The others are fashionable as well. The dark blue, smooth, beaded necklace is a classic piece for your day or evening wear, The two pastel blue necklaces feature the beads themselves to make them distinct and special. One is made of sculptured beads and the other is paired with small oval beads and octagonal shiny crystal beads.
I think you will find them interesting and I hope you like them. I enjoy the process of creating new, different and original items and hope you will share the pleasure of wearing something that no other woman can wear.
Thinking about a gift for a lady? How about a new, colorful, original, one-of-a-kind necklace to go with her, or your, new outfit? You can find just what you’re looking for at Jewelryalamode.com. You’ll see a large collection of unusual necklaces at bargain prices.
Items in this site are all handmade, original designed, and priced to sell. Shipping is in an organza pouch for gift-giving, or protection in your jewelry box.
Take a look. During this promotion you could get one for yourself. US customers only, please.
Beginning Oct. 1 I will be featuring a huge sale of my surplus necklaces. I need to make room for new items and I am overstocked.
Sale prices range from $2 -$20
In order for you to take advantage of this terrific offer just go to the Website for Jewelry A La Mode at http://jewelryalamode.com and start browsing the listings. The sale includes items from Etsy listings. The price you will pay for an item will be one-half of the original price. For example, the $14.97 listings will be sold for $7.47, plus shipping. I ship to the US at USPS prices according to the weight. International shipping is at USPS prices for each country.
If you would like to purchase an item, please let me know the item name, SKU number and current sale price. Sale items will be shipped in a plastic baggie and a carefully padded package.
I originally listed these on my Etsy Shop, MizMlu and I hope that you will find one or more pieces that you really like and help me make room in my studio for more new creations.
These items will be on sale until December 31st. These are one of a kind pieces. Once sold, they are gone. Your only guarantee to get the piece you want, is to purchase it when you see it. There are no holds for products. All sales are final.
Over the last week I have added 25 necklaces to my JewelryAlaMode site for your pleasure. You’ll find them in all different colors and styles. There are fresh water cultured pearls in pink and blue and white, clear glass beads, cloisonné, large and small, casual or dressy, even metal beads. You should be able to find just the right accessory for your activities, whether they are at work, meeting friends, or just wearing something pretty around the house. That last one works for me.
Shipping is free to residents of the US for items costing less than $10 . All others are at the USPS charge. I do ship Internationally, but since the Post Office has a different charge for each country I charge what USPS charges me. And I do not have a handling charge. Each item is packed in an organza pouch to protect the necklace or for gift giving if that is your intent.
Surely you will find something that pleases you or something to go with that special outfit. I’m looking forward to sending it off to you as quickly as possible.
Many thanks for looking in my JewelryAlaMode shop. This will get you there: jewelryalamode.com
Next week, between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, 29 pieces of my handmade jewelry will be discontinued for sale from my Etsy shop. If you would like to purchase one or more of them, shipping in the US will be free, as usual. All of the 29 pieces will go up for sale on my Jewelryalamode site, where I do charge for shipping for any item over $10. If you are interested in saving the shipping cost, take advance of this feature. After February 9, they will no longer be listed on Etsy.
Don’t let Valentine’s Day just slip by. Let your significant other know what you would like for this special day. Along with the candy and flowers add a new red necklace. Find the perfect piece to wear in one of my three places where I have listed several colorful accessories for you to choose from. You’ll have a choice of many different types in every one.
I ship within one day and shipping is free in the US from my Etsy shop. Every necklace is enclosed in an organza pouch to make it special and protect it when not being worn. Take a look. Thanks.
I belong to a group of ladies who meet once a month for brunch and to exchange the books we have read and pass them around. We originally began meeting to discuss our yearly trips to the library for family research in Salt Lake City. Four of us, Pam, Ruth, Kay and I were avid genealogists and made the trips each winter along with a few other friends. Kay has since passed away, too soon, and the three of us no longer make the trip to Utah although Pam is still involved in finding her ancestors.
It’s been a long time since those days, and as our small group grew in numbers the book exchange was the next step giving us a reason to meet and compare our activities. There are now up to 9 of us who meet, but often there might be 7 or less each month. I am, no doubt, the oldest of the group. One lady who was older recently passed away in her sleep. But I have a story to tell about her and her necklace, and how it affected the necklaces I now make.
All the ladies know that I make jewelry and I wear a different necklace to each brunch gathering. One day Marlene asked me if would make her a black necklace and I said, “I’d love to.”
Marlene couldn’t describe exactly what she wanted, but knowing her, I thought I could create something she would like. I had some beads in mind and I put together three different short length bead patterns with alternating black and silver beads. She chose one and I made the necklace and gave it to her. Needless to say, she was delighted and wore it many times. However, it broke. Beads fell all over the floor. She and her daughters collected as many as they could find and gave them to me. I made a new necklace for her at no charge. I don’t remember what she paid for the original necklace. I had offered it to her as a gift, but she insisted on paying me.
That experience made me think that if that happened to one of my necklaces, it could happen again. And indeed it did. One necklace broke while a friend was looking at it. That is not good.As any necklace is worn there is friction on the clasp as the necklace is put on and taken off. The friction rubs the small wire and wears it away. I finally found what I think will help to keep that from happening to the necklaces I now make.
I use a very tiny metal guard that holds the wire and keeps the clasp away from direct contact with the wire. The horseshoe shape guard prevents that friction so the movement of the clasp doesn’t erode the wire. All necklaces are susceptible to wear and tear, but this guard makes it less fragile.
The guard is very, very tiny and it is a bitch to put the ends of the strung beads together. My hands often shake, making it a tedious process, but I do it now for every necklace I make. Some of my necklaces are long enough to easily pass over the head, but not all. So the guard is used on those.
I think that what I do is a reflection of how I feel about the jewelry I make.