Friday, November 2, 2012

Lovey's Sister

I 
have a love affair with mannequins and dress forms.  If you don't believe me, check out my Pinterest page.  

I saw this one in the shop where I am featuring my jewelry this week and had to have her.  I am thrilled that she will be a special place in my studio where I can look at her every day.  

Isn't she beautiful?!


I have some great news about my jewelry to share with you as soon as the details are worked out and I'm allowed to tell.  
It's going to be so exciting!!

Stay tuned...

Patti xo





Suitcase Love



I was feeling a little creative today, so I decided to spruce up my suitcases with a little lace, buttons and flowers.  

I think I'll take them to my friend Liz's when I go to the gem show in February.   

All feminine and ready for an adventure. They'll be perfect for bringing home my 'stash'.


Are we there yet?

Patti xo

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Giving from the Heart

I enjoy giving to fundraisers and have been donating my jewelry to several charities annually such as The Boys and Girls Club, People Who Care and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  There are also several local schools that always ask me for something for their fundraisers and raffles, such as the basketball team and fashion shows.  

Big Brothers, Big Sisters is having their Annual Grand Gala and Live Auction on November 10, 2010 at the Prescott Resort.  It's a grand affair and always a classy event.  My friend, Tracy Homer, who owns The French Hen is on the committee and asked me if I would like to make a donation.   Of course, I was delighted. 

This is the piece that I created which will be in the silent auction and go to the highest bidder.  I hope it's well received and brings in a wonderful donation.




Generosity 
is a guiding principle for many registered charities, foundations and non-profit organizations.  It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need.  Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait.

I was brought up in a generous home, a trait that I observed from my father who would buy the kids across the street bicycles because they didn't have them.    

I have learned it always comes back to you three fold when you give from the heart and expect nothing in return.     

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out. ~ Frank Howard Clark






Saturday, October 20, 2012

Studio Shots

Greetings from my Studio!

I've been doing a little decorating lately and thought I'd show you around my studio where I create, or sometimes just sit and take a moment for myself.  

The walls are currently a dark grey (I inherited my son's old room color), but soon to be painted a French Linen which will brighten it up, so I can see what I am doing a little better.  I will also be painting the dresser and getting some new curtains.  I'm the kind of person who picks things up here and there, at garage sales, second hand stores and flea markets, so you never know what you are going to see in my home.




I found this terrarium at Goodwill.  I removed the front glass and put a curtain rod through it so I could hang some of my strands of beads.  


A little corner with a few vintage things that I love to look at.




My mannequin.  She loves her jewelry 
and changes her look quite often...I think she's been hanging around me too long! lol



A basket of fabric, lace and ribbons that I use in some of my designs.  



I found this crusty old window frame at The Marketplace last weekend.  I haven't quite figured out what I am going to do with it yet, but at the moment it is displaying my mother's wedding dress that she passed down to me.  I'm thinking of making it into a chalkboard, so I can keep track of upcoming events.





 I found this little hand made dress in the Halloween section of Goodwill last week.  It just had a sweet look about it.  I'm so glad I rescued it from that frightful night.  




My mannequin's new belt...she couldn't live without...



Not everyone is fond of my doll heads, but I've always loved them.  I guess they can either be quirky or creepy.  I've noticed a trend with them lately and I happen to love the look.  
(go fast by them if they scare you...)



My desk.
I have a giant bowl of birdseed outside my window and I love to see the birds flitting around from here. I also have a lovely chandelier outside in the tree as well.
There's nothing better than a cup of coffee in this spot.  It always tastes so delicious here.





I love finding unique glass and crystal bowls to fill up...


with old pearls and bling.


and creating little vignette's...


with some of my favorite things.



Now that I have my studio somewhat in order, 
I am going to get busy for the upcoming season.  I have a couple of stores waiting on some jewelry, 
a boutique show for two weekends in November and an invite to do a trunk show.  I'm even planning on my Holiday Open House again this year.  Whew!

I can't wait to show you some of my new designs that are waiting for their finishing touches.  There's no stopping me until after Christmas!
If you need me, you know where you can find me.

Also, please 'like' my Facebook page to see the latest designs!
https://www.facebook.com/Threebeadsandastring

Muah!

Patti xo

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ooh la la...



I've always been in love with anything French. So much so, that my friend Liz and I
 swear I've lived in France in a previous life.  
To me, french women are some of the most effortlessly sexy women on the planet.  They are glamorous, sophisticated and have a taste for elegance with the idea that less is more ~ I love that!  

   With that in mind... I have been 
inspired to do a new French line for Fall.  
I have
 been soldering most of the day and am loving the look of the new designs. Here is a sneak peek...   



 I hope you find them as irresistible as I do.
 That they 
 inspire you to look stylish, chic and accessorize so that you feel beautiful inside and out.  Stay tuned for more... Muah!

Patti xo

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thirteen Dollars and 15 Minutes


I've been redecorating my home in 50 shades of white, creams and grays and have been hunting for some new decorative items, as I got rid of almost everything I had with color except for some peach and turquoise colored items.  

When someone comes into my home and compliments me on the way it's decorated, I have to laugh because I am a self professed thrift store connoisseur and have always been one to decorate on a dime.   So many of the items I've collected have come from one of our local Goodwills, flea markets or antique stores.  

So today... 

I had $13 in my purse and 15 minutes to spare before it was time to pick my son up from school.   I decided to stop into Stepping Stones Thrift to see if I could find anything.  

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw these...


They were perfect.  

They are heavy, in great condition and I don't have to spray paint anything.  To top it all off... the urn was $1.49!  The lady who checked me out said, "I think someone was doing drugs when they marked this one."  She also marked the candle holders down a few dollars each, so I even went home with change.

I'm going to be painting the coffee table in a harlequin design (if I can figure out the technique), and the candle holders, along with the rusty bucket with white hydrangeas and my favorite crown will complete the look I was going for.  I have to say...it was another good day!


Tomorrow I'll be back in the studio making some wonderful jewelry....

as long as I don't get sidetracked by Goodwill or a great antique store!  

Happy scrounging!

Patti xo

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Today's Treasure Hunt


Specs from the 1920's ~ 1930's

One of my favorite things to do is to go junking at our local flea market.  I love digging for treasures and have found so many cool things like these eyeglasses I found today, which are from the 1920's~1930's that I paid all of .25 cents for!   It takes a certain eye for spotting things that someone else might think...what the heck is she going to do with that???  The possibilities are endless, if you can see past the dust and imagine what you can do with the various items you come across.  Instead of going out in search of a specific item, I always go with an open mind and am ready for serendipity to show me some cool possibilities.

I have several booths that I favorite and have become pretty familiar with some of the vendors.  There is my all time favorite couple who sell the neatest vintage jewelry, but are unfortunately only here part time.  I feel like I've known them forever, and they have the coolest brooches and biggest selection that I've ever seen.  I do a serious drool whenever I visit their booth.  There is also a lady that sells vintage jewelry out of the back of her station wagon.  She is a very interesting lady, to say the least, but always gives me an awesome deal on whatever I buy.  You can tell she loves what she does and I love that!  Here are a few bracelets I've made from the vintage earrings that I've purchased from her.  These are super simple to make and I'll be doing a tutorial soon, so that you can make your own.



I also fell for these vintage earrings today.
 I have a yummy idea in mind for these dahlings ~ something new that I've never done.  I think its going to be delicious and can't wait to show you when I'm finished.



For some reason, these photo buttons remind me of something I've seen at my grandparents home when I was a little girl.

They are 6 inches across, and the lady I bought them from said they use to attach them to dressers and trunks.  I have no idea what I will do with them, but I fell in love with them.  Maybe I will attach them to a cool 'chippy' dresser which I will keep an eye out for.





And last but not least...
I found these old miners tags (F. T. & R. Co. 8231), which I will put in my jewelry making stash.  You just never know when you might need one.  



That was it for today.
I love finding goodies to add to my collection, and can't wait until next Saturday.

 Patti xo



Friday, July 20, 2012



"Sometimes a break from your routine is the very thing you need."  

As you might have noticed, I've been on a well needed vacation from creating jewelry for the past couple of months. I decided to take the entire summer off, so I could see to it that the kids had a summer vacation to remember. We've had some really good times ~ a fun family get away, lots of pool time, sleepovers, camping, road trips, relatives visit, flea markets and even some leisurely days sprinkled in.  

I've also managed to squeeze in a little time to get organized in my studio and felt it was time to 
do a big de~stash.  I'll be unloading some of my excess beads and findings in my Etsy shop soon. I'm really excited to
 start fresh with some of the wonderful new ideas I've been dreaming about.  I have a new relaxed attitude about things, and let me tell you....it feels really good! 

 I'm going to finish up the summer by giving my studio a fresh coat of paint, so I can feel awesome in my space in order to create some fabulous new pieces.  

I can't wait to get back to making jewelry. It won't be long now, as the kids go back to school August 6th.  
I hope you are having a great summer and making some wonderful memories.  Tootles for now...
Patti  xo





Sunday, April 29, 2012

Shades of White

One thing that never goes out of style is elegance. Pure and simple.  

To me, white and various shades of it, like creams and ivories, are simple, pure and elegant. 



I love 

wearing shades of white in the summer. Beautiful linen jackets, dresses, skirts and shirts in any shade of white is what I find myself shopping for when I'm looking for new items to update my summer wardrobe.

 In my opinion, the only thing you need to compliment a white outfit is a tan, some beautiful jewelry and a darling pair shoes.

I find when I'm creating jewelry, I am always drawn to use or include white pearls because of their freshness.  They 
always feel so clean, orderly and resonate feeling of innocence and a pure heart.

Just like all the other gemstones, 

pearls carry a meaning. 

Historically, the glowing white orbs have been associated with the moon. With the high luster and deep color of pearls, it is no wonder why these natural gemstones have been held in such high regard for thousands of years. Eastern cultures believe that pearls symbolize purity and spiritual transformation. Simply wearing a pearl reminds the wearer to be honest, pure, wise, and to walk with the utmost dignity. Different colors of pearls bear different meanings. As expected, white pearls symbolize purity, innocence, faith, and honesty.  


Pearls always make me feel 
ultra feminine
They lift my spirits and make me feel 
calm, beautiful...


and remind me that I'm a lady.

I enjoy creating designs that compliment any shade of white.





 Some of my favorites are necklaces made with vintage rhinestone brooches, multi strands of pearls or long feminine strands with crystals.  



  fun, feminine bracelets


and simple earrings.
I tend to go monochromatic when I wear shades of white but if you prefer a splash of color, i'd go with something bright such as Tangerine which is the color of the year.
Can you say HOT?




Along with my fashion and jewelry making, 

I have also gone full circle in decorating with various shades of white in my home.  It just feels so clean, fresh, and airy.  The key to using white successfully in your interior design scheme, is to add interest in ways other than color. The overall effect you can get will depend very much upon the styles of furniture, fabrics, furnishings, floorings and accessories.  You can also totally change the look by adding a delicate touch of color. 


Totally chic.
vintage french serpentine settee ~ by beekeeper's cottage

I seem to be drawn to ANYTHING and EVERYTHING  

white....

photo credit:jenneliserose.blogspot

delicious pearls, 


photo credit; thefancyfarmgirl.com
beautiful old lace,

photo credit; villabarnes.blogspot.com
angels,



 flowers ~ with hydrangea's, peonies and iceberg climbing roses being my favorite


photo credit: everlytrue.tumblr.com
chandeliers,

linen, sheets, candles, throws, alabaster, paper, seashells, whitewash...



Photo credit: Gianluca Carnicella
and even snow. 
(as long as I'm sitting by the fireside sipping a warm beverage).

For me, white symbolizes purity, calmness and makes me feel tranquil and 
creative.  There's a simplicity to it, too.  
~
Throughout the western countries white is the traditional color worn by brides, 
to signify purity, innocence, and virginity.  



In eastern countries, the color white is the color of mourning and funerals. In certain cultures, white is the color of royalty or reilgious figures, as angels are typically depicted as wearing white or having a white glow.  A white picket fence surrounds a safe and happy home.  
~
Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy your garden with special friends, sipping 
sangria or tea surrounded by nature.  


photo uploaded by user, unknown

Doesn't this feel calm and inviting ?

I'd love to hear your thoughts about your favorite color for summer, and how it makes you feel. 

If you are looking for something new to add to your summer wardrobe, you can find some unique and interesting pieces in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/threebeadsandastring

You can also keep up with my latest designs by 'liking' me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Threebeadsandastring?ref=ts   

and as always...
 feel free to share my blog, Etsy shop and Facebook page with your friends.  I'd love to build up my followers.  

Much love for a summer filled with YOUR favorite colors!  


                 
XOXOXO ~ Patti














Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Elegance

Elegance must be combined with loveliness, because one usually does not just desire to be elegant simply for themselves, but to shed a little joy around her and beautify her world.




A few days after Christmas I began organizing my home with anticipation that I would be starting the New Year out right.  I had big plans for hitting the pavement running with my website, Etsy and making jewelry, and could hardly wait to start.  I had just hosted a very successful Holiday Open House, and received so many wonderful compliments on my jewelry that I was filled with excitement to get back into my studio to create some new pieces I'd been thinking about. 
 That evening, I made a comment on facebook that I loved the feel of fresh beginnings and new attitudes, and a fellow artist asked me if I was doing The Book of Days with Effy Wild.  http://wildpreciouslife.com/

I hadn't heard of it, but after checking it out I decided it was something that I thought I would really enjoy.  A lot of people were talking about their 'word of the year' on Facebook.  I hadn't given it much thought, but I liked the idea of focusing on a single word for the year.  I decided to take on the challenge of journaling for the entire year of 2012, which meant I had to come up with my word.
After much thought, I chose the word  Elegant  because not only is it one of my favorite words, but its something I would like to focus on and become more of.  I would consider myself somewhat elegant already, in the way I dress, the way I carry myself and decorate, but I wanted to take it one step further and encompass every tiny little part of myself and my life.  

As I thought about the changes I'd like to make, I decided that I'd like to be more patient, less judgemental, think a little longer before I speak, feel grateful for what I have,  to no longer cuss like a sailor when I get angry, and to practice a little more kindness and self care.  I need to focus on drinking more water and sticking with a project until its finished (two biggies).  I need to make more time for my friends, and to spend some quality time on building my jewelry business.  I need to slow down, spend less time on facebook and more time in my studio creating.  

  2011 was good for me in so many ways, and I really did enjoy myself.  I have no regrets, but did hear some complaints from my family that I was spending too much time on the computer.  Last year, I became a 'Research Specialist' on facebook, websites and blogs where I learned so much about my passion for the arts, found tons of information and inspiration that it was almost overwhelming.  I'm going to ease into this new year and put my plan onto paper, then into action.  

So, I took a little detour in starting out my new year like I had planned, but I am very grateful that I did.  I'm finding that this is the step I needed to get myself to where I'd like to be.  I am really enjoying the workshop and am looking forward to what I will discover about myself and my dreams.  

  So, here is the cover I created for my Book of Days... 


I'm loving the colors and am pleased at the way it looks.  Its very simple...just like my plan for 2012


The inside cover has a pocket for my farewell letter to 2011, and the right side has a secret pocket for all my secret wishes for 2012.  



I always incorporate a little necklace on one of the pages.  This one has vintage pearls and a little Swarovski crystal.  It just seems fitting.


This is the secret pocket where I will place all my wishes for the upcoming year (shhhh...don't tell anyone its here).

I'm really enjoying the workshop and meeting other creative souls.  I feel like I've already slowed down and put stress on the back burner.  I think this is just what I needed.

So, this year will be a wonderful year for me.  I have some dreams that I want to come true, and I have the focus I need to get me there.  This is my big year to sparkle and shine.   Have a great year and don't forget to share the best parts of yourself, love and support one another and most of all...



That's my plan,
Patti

She who is altogether lovely...
  1. is generous with her smile
  2. is kind
  3. is on time, if not a little early.
  4. believes others come first.
  5. is disciplined in her mind and heart.
  6. is impeccable in appearance.
  7. has a good work ethic.
  8. has a balanced life with her values intact
  9. loves.
  10. never lets herself believe that anybody is different from anybody.
  11. is gracious.
  12. is authentic and never puts on pretenses.
  13. is a giver.
Borrowed from http://www.elegantwoman.org