Fresh Baked Designs

Adventures in jewelry making

Home Again September 18, 2012

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Home again…

There’s much to be said for getting away every once in a while.  A change of scenery and view point.

Two weeks was just the right amount of time for a car trip.  Makes one appreciate their own bed, don’t you know.

Some new pieces ready for sale this fall. You can see that I’m really in love with this heavier double link brass chain, too.

 I also took off some chain links to make the large jump rings I needed for the old coin.  Perfect!

Love these carved burgundy colored stone beads. I’ve had them forever, but didn’t quite know what to do with them.

Would love to know what they are?

If you know, please, please, let me know!

More Krobo recycled glass beads from Ghana.  Looking forward to purchasing some more when we return there in October.

And I did make nine more of these popular bracelets to sell to help raise money for the school supplies we’ll be purchasing

 for the primary and junior secondary schools in the village of Kasei.


Rolling on… August 30, 2012

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I’m feeling much better about my ability to be prepared for this fall’s jewelry events.  Getting back in the saddle, so to speak.  Still have quite a bit I need to do to be fully ready, but I’m working on it and not hyperventilating.  Breathe…

Here’s shots of some of the work and the last post for a while while we’re traveling north to see the beauties of Victoria and Vancouver, BC. Canada. Enjoying California, Oregon, and Washington coasts along the way.

Hand forged and soldered sterling silver heart necklace

Sterling silver with glass beads

Krobo recycled glass beads, wood, and carved bone on Genya cord

See you back here in a couple of weeks,



Bold Brass July 14, 2012

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This is the latest Krobo Boho style necklace. Mixed with a little dark tangerine juice. Love the pop of red-orange with the cobalt glass accents in this necklace. The gray and cream beads lighten up the color scheme a bit. And the bold brass pendant with tassel ties it all together in a pretty neat package. My favorite one so far.


Boho… Krobo Style June 30, 2012

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Last weekend, there was a fantastic blog party featuring the design inspirations from this new book:  Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry. A brain child of Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel, with many other jewelry artists contributing amazing projects. I ordered the book from Interweave and just received it this week. Yeah!  I highly recommend it if you’d like to learn more about how to incorporate and  combine a variety of fibers,ribbons, textiles, metals, chains, components, and beads into your work.

It’s jam-packed with great directions for fun, funky, fabulous earring, necklace, and bracelet projects to make or be inspired by.  Hard to choose my first one.  I really like this knotted cord design as a basis to show off more of the colorful Krobo recycled glass beads from Ghana with a red polymer clay pendant.  I really liked the way the pendant is attached with the little accent fringe of beads. The knotting technique was easy to pick up and choosing a light tan waxed cotton cord gives these beads a chance to shine.  A great summertime necklace.


First Give Away of 2012 January 2, 2012

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Actually, this one is keeping a promise I made a few months ago…To offer a piece of jewelry with the gorgeous Krobo beads from Ghana. This one also has colorful wood beads as accents and knotted onto tan Genya cord, an organic stringing material.  The length is about 26 inches and easily slips over the head.

Here are the few simple rules.

1.  To be eligible, you must reside in the U.S. or Canada.

2.  To enter, just leave a comment on this post.

Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “add comment”.  Be sure you add your email where prompted. Your email address is seen only by me. One entry per person please.

3.  Entries must be posted by Tuesday, January 17th, at 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time.  Two weeks from today, January 2nd.

4.  The randomly selected winner will be chosen using  They will be contacted by the email listed in the comment and have one week from that date to respond.  Arrangements will be made to securely package and mail the winner’s prize.  If I don’t hear from them, then another winner will be selected and contacted under the same procedure.

Good Luck and Happy New Year!  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of a new year of making jewelry than sharing it.



Warmth of Wood December 27, 2011

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I don’t think I’ve ever purchased or used wooden beads before making jewelry with the Krobo beads from Ghana.  But their colors and warmth of the wood just seem to go so beautifully with them. The first necklace is predominantly wood with small round amber beads for a hint of shine…I just couldn’t resist trying out the large teardrop shaped beads.  Another advantage is you can wear big chunky style necklaces and they are extremely light compared to other materials.










The second piece is another mixed bead necklace on a long knotted leather cord.   


Last piece of green suede leather…sigh… December 16, 2011

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What to do with my last piece of this soft, supple pale green suede??  Decided to mix these wooden beads with a  variety of Krobo beads in green, brown and gold.


Fringe Necklace December 11, 2011

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I saw a post on FB yesterday with this leather fringe style necklace with large holed pearls, but I  immediately envisioned more Ghana beads. The second piece has a wonderful mix of colors in blue, goldenrod, and dark red.


New Ghana Bead Pieces December 9, 2011

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Sold two necklaces and two bracelets for this fundraiser so far and five more bracelets are for sale at Handful of Wildflowers for this weekend’s Christmas in the Village.  The holiday parade starts at 5:00 p.m. and stores are open til 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Streets will have strolling carolers, wood fire pits to warm up near, and goodies to eat.  Hope you can come join the fun with family and friends.  Posting a new bracelet, necklace, and earrings today.  And I still have a healthy pile of beads left to play with.


Three New Designs December 5, 2011

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Started early this morning with more work on the pieces for the fundraiser…so many ways to go!

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