Friday, May 23, 2014

Hooked on Foxes

After posting last week about my fun Friday fox necklace and bracelet, I remembered one of my other favorite fox head charms.

I looked it up on the site to see if they still had it and found this little guy.

Is it me or is this fox just the cutest thing? Is it the sweet face or the fact it has a little tail?

Most likely it's because it has sparkle!!

What do you think?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fun Friday Jewelry!

Think this is the perfect jewelry to make a work Friday fun? I do too!

I just love this little fox! He's so sweet! I actually ordered these from Cousin Corporation as a pre-made kid's necklace and took them apart.

The original necklace has one fox as the focal on a faux suede cord. Very cute on it's own, but I wanted to use multiple foxes. :)

I had no plan until I started laying them out and since I happened to have the black chain and star chain out at the same time, something struck me and I couldn't stop until this was put together.

I don't think I would have sketched this out as the design, but you can't argue when you see things together and feel the inspiration!

Since I had another fox left over, I couldn't resist making a matching bracelet.

Now, I better start getting ready for work. Need to find the right color blouse to set off these sweet foxes. :)

Have a great FUN FRIDAY!! I'd love to hear about your FUN jewelry that gives you a little extra boost to ensure a little extra happiness! :)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Featured designer: Frederica Dixon

It's been a while, but spring seems like the perfect time to bring back the "Featured designer" series.

So, let's get right to it!

Today's featured designer is Frederica Dixon of London, England! In her own words,

"I am absolutely addicted to beads and my love of jewellery making started from a simple need to do something with the vast quantities that were stacking up. Actually selling this jewellery in turn stemmed from the amount of pieces that were stacking up and I haven't looked back!"

See more of Frederica's creations on her Etsy site, Handmade Jewellery by Frederica Dixon.

I've posted a couple of my faves here.

Frederica's Etsy profile states, She "sells handmade jewellery made from a wide variety of beads and encompasses a wide array of styles but everything is designed for day to day wear and nothing should leave you spending hours hunting for just the right clothing to match.

Frederica Dixon Jewellery is based in London and sells a range of simple pendant necklaces, delicate charm bracelets, glass bead bracelets, gemstone or semi precious stone jewelry, and pretty elasticated bracelets.

The jewellery is made from an array of different materials including shell, glass, ceramic, wooden, gemstone, semi precious, acrylic, and silver and gold plated beads.

Look no further for an easy gift for a great friend." 

You can also connect with Frederica on her Facebook page or read her blog

Want to be featured on A Bead A Day? Just email me at 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Inspired! Quick & Easy Bracelet

Don't you love taking a Saturday to yourself to stay in jammies and play with beads?

I gifted myself with one of those days last weekend and it was GREAT!

I dug back through all the amazing pieces I picked out from the Cousin Corp warehouse earlier this year. So much fun!

I felt inspired and made several new pieces of jewelry.

This bracelet was really easy, but is still very dramatic (my favorite kind)!

I just cut the chain to fit my wrist, added a package of graduated pendant drops, made sparkly dangles and that was it!

As always, the bracelet is made to fit tightly on my wrist so the dangles all stay in place.

So easy and reminds me why I love to make jewelry so allows me to express creativity AND provides instant gratification!! :)

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Urge to Alter

Do you have the urge to alter? When I see beads and components, my first thought is often - how can I alter this to use in a non-traditional way?

I don't know why that is, but I figured many others probably have the same kind of thoughts, so I wanted to get your input.

Can you see dot-eyes and a sweet little smile on this enamel charm? I sure can.

One of the many fabulous perks of being a Cousin Corporation Ambassador is the ability to choose beads from the catalog each month.

When I saw these yellow enamel charms online, I instantly saw smiley faces!

I received an awesome box of beads yesterday and had a great time opening all the packages and touching everything, allowing the creative process to evolve.

These yellow charms are yellow on both sides.

I'm not sure if they need smiles on both sides or not, but I can't wait to get my sharpie out. :)