Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My new found love...frozen Charlotte dolls

I found something that I am totally in love with and want to start collecting.  
The frozen Charlotte doll.  I've seen them before, but never paid much attention to them until today.  Oh my gosh, I cannot tell you how crazy I am about them.  Here are a few of the ones I ordered.  I love the embellishments these already have...

While I was out looking for vintage broaches recently, I picked one up somewhere and thought it would be cute sitting in a dish in my studio, but put it down and didn't purchase it.   Then today, while looking around on Etsy, I saw these and decided I wanted to get them to play around with.   I have some cool ideas for a necklace, and cannot wait to get my hands on them.  

When I saw these, I thought they would make cute Christmas ornaments, maybe with some wings...

and I couldn't resist this darling little one.  She looked so alone, and I wanted to give her a home..,

I was curious as to why they were called frozen Charlotte dolls, so I did a little research and found this sad story which makes them all the more interesting.   I don't know about you, but I can totally relate to Charlotte not wanting to crinkle her dress... sounds like something I would do.  Anyway,

This is the story of Frozen Charlotte:
     It was New Years Eve and it was very cold outside.  Charlotte was waiting in her new dress for her boyfriend, Charles, to take her to the village inn for a New Year’s Eve party.   Finally, Charles’ sleigh came.  Her mother asked her to put a blanket around her so she wouldn’t be too cold.  But Charlotte did not want to crinkle her dress, so she did not take the blanket.  The village inn was 15 miles away.  They had gone five miles when Charlotte said she was cold.  Charles made the horses run faster.  Five more miles they rode when Charlotte said she was getting warmer.  Finally, the village inn was in sight.  Charles jumped out and called her many times.  Charlotte did not move or say a word because she was frozen. Then he came over to her and felt her hands.  They were very cold.  He now knew that Charlotte had frozen to death.  He rode Charlotte back to her cottage.  Her parents were very sad.  Charles was very upset, too.  He died of a broken heart.

So, don't forget to bundle up on these cold winter nights, and hug your loved ones!  I'll post photos when I'm finished with my creations.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Open House

The glimmer and shimmer of the holidays conjure up images of jewelry,

strings of beads adorn the hallways, the entryways, 

the trees 

and strings of beads, gems, pearls adorn our bodies.

Come and join us on Friday, December 9, 2011 for an evening long soiree of early holiday spirit at our Open House.  Sip some wine or refreshment, relish delectable hors d'ourves and meet other fun people.  Both Three Beads and a String and Jewel Kade Jewelry Designs will be offering their treasures for your shopping delight.  Bring your energy, bring a friend and join in the revelry to help us welcome this holiday season!  We look forward to seeing you!

Friday December 9, 2011
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
7154 N. Summer Walk Way
Prescott Valley, AZ  86315

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4

Good morning!   This is how I felt when I went into my studio this morning to do something creative for day 4 of the Art Every Day Month challenge..


 I also read my note from the Universe, which always makes me smile.  

You've got your agenda,
I've got my agenda. my agenda is actually your agenda.
You have an agenda, Patricia, Right?
Dream on and dream big ~ 
                            The Universe

Whatever you do Patricia, dwell upon the end result and move.  I'll connect the dots.

How cool is that?  So, I'm moving forward and letting the universe connect the dots...

putting one foot in front of the other and one bead on a wire at a time.  

I never get tired of Pearls, but thought I should do something a little different today.  

After all...

So, with that in mind, this is what I might need to put on your shades because they are


are you ready for the holidays?...

These are really cute on and go with anything!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I'm back...

Day 1 ~ Art Every Day Month 

I am so happy to be involved in a challenge called 'Art Every Day Month' where I have committed to making a piece of art every day for the entire month of November and  posting photos here on my blog.  For whatever reason, be it projects, kids or just life in general, I haven't felt very creative and needed a little nudge to help get started again.  Feel free to join me at   You can jump in at any time!  I really enjoy connecting with other creative people and sharing inspiration. 

So today, I decided to start with something small.  I actually went into my studio this morning (yep, I did!) and didn't come out until I made 8 pairs of earrings.   It felt really good and since I'm having a Holiday Open House soon I wanted to have some earrings that were simple, yet beautiful for the upcoming holidays.  I started with my all time favorite, which are classic Pearls, and incorporated some ribbon to give them a feminine and festive look.  

Soooo...Here's what I came up with:

Freshwater Pearls, brown ribbon and Sterling Silver...

Elegant Large faux Pearls, Swarovski Crystals, Freshwater Pearls and Sterling Silver...

I've always loved buttons, so these are for anyone who might be a button lover too.  Freshwater Pearls, Mother of Pearl buttons and Sterling Silver...

Freshwater Pearls, ribbon and Sterling Silver...

Freshwater Pearls, ribbon and Sterling Silver...

 Freshwater Pearls, ribbon and Sterling Silver...

Freshwater Pearls and Sterling Silver...

And more Freshwater Pearls and Sterling Silver.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things...

Pearls hydrangeas crowns chandeliers  swirls  Topiaries    white twinkle lights urns  finials  Organic gardens   french style  angels   Potagers  rIbBoN  crystal   white sheets  Lavender   boxwoods   tutus   bUttOns    BeAdS   basil     cafe tables  vino'   white  shabby chic   HaNdWrItTen NoTes   Garden Gates   Orange   romance   ArT    jewelry   MoSS    elegance  vintage   salt and pepper shakers  spontaneity        kindness    room service   coLLages
wingtulips   silence   style   CrEatiVity  frames Chrysophase Ambiance  hats Honeysuckle  paper mache Champagne diamonds Fleur de Lis  mirrors Jordan almonds linen 

Friday, July 29, 2011

When you don't know what to create, ask yourself what you love. Then make that.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Time to Bloom

Thank goodness for Art.  

My passion for art started at an early age. I was 8 years old when I started weaving pot holders and selling them door to door in our neighborhood.  Of course, who could resist a little girl with a big smile selling colorful homemade goodies for the kitchen?  Those were the best days ever, and since then I've explored just about any type of art you can imagine.  You name it, I've tried it.  I am so thankful for my sweet mother, who always made sure I had the supplies I needed to feed my ever changing passions in the art world, as my mind was always looking for something new to create.  I am grateful for my creative journey so far, but I am ready for it to soar to a new level.  I often find myself getting caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life, and I don't spend as much time as I'd like to on things I am passionate about.  So today, I am documenting it and making it a goal, to commit to making my dream come true.  I am so full of inspiration and am ready for the next phase of my artistic journey, and bringing my ideas to life.  Together with my husband and two boys, I feel extremely fortunate to be able to be a stay~at~home mom, but I also need a creative outlet.  Jewelry interested me and I began collecting beads and scouring books for how~to guides.  I fell in love with making jewelry ~ it has endless possibilities and the finished product is always unique.  I am ready for a more artful life, making a space of my own which will in turn bring me more joy... just like the days when I created those colorful potholders.  Life is oh so sweet in my studio, surrounded by sparkling beads where my creative juices flow.  Let the journey begin...