Friday, December 27, 2013

Repurposed Baby Bracelets

A few months ago 
a lovely lady by the name of Patti, asked me if I would be interested in recreating something from her and her siblings baby bracelets.  She wanted to give them as Christmas gifts and wanted a necklace for each of her sisters, a bracelet for herself and to simply restring the one for her brother.

This is what was inside the little red box that her mom had kept them in.

In case you aren't familiar, these were hospital identification bracelets that they used from the 1920's until the early 1980's to help keep the newborn babies from mistakenly being given to the wrong mothers.  They were made from small glass beads that were strung on a cotton cord and closed with a slotted lead bead, pinched until flattened like a small button.

Patti left it totally up to me as to what to make with these treasured bracelets.  
After some thought, I decided that since they were so special, they needed to have something timeless and classic.  I decided on some luminous pearls and silver.  

 Each necklace and the bracelet are two strands.  One is wired and the other is strung.

  I really enjoyed making these and hope that they will cherish them for many years to come.  
I think Patti is a pretty special sister for thinking of this, and I feel so fortunate that she allowed me to be a part of her special surprise to her family.  


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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Decorating for the Holidays!

I decided to do the Arizona Bridal Show in Phoenix this January, so I have been making jewelry every second that I can.  
I did manage to get some holiday decorating done in between stringing beads and running kids around though.   
Since I needed to spend as much time as I could in my studio, I decided to go with a small tabletop tree this year.  

My little  norfolk pine feels perfect with vintage piano music and a few of my favorite bulbs

 I dressed up the mantel a bit

 planted my paper whites 

and gave my vintage mannequin a special holiday look

 I'm loving the simple look this year.  

Now that I'm finished decorating...

it's back to beading!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday

As a thank you to my loyal customers and new fans, I am excited to say that I am participating in my first Cyber Monday Sale!  Please enjoy 15% off your entire purchase in my Etsy shoppe.  

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Drum Roll Please...

I have some exciting news!

You know when they say... when one door closes another one opens?  Well, the show I was planning on participating in here in Prescott was canceled due to my friend Sharon's business being so busy during that time.  She mentioned that the Arizona Bridal Show was coming up in January and that I should consider doing it.  After I hung up, I went online to look and saw a link for an exhibitor information request.  I clicked on it, filled it out and off it went.  Within the hour, I received a phone call from Shannon saying that she loved my jewelry and was interested in having me as a Exhibitor.  She said they had booths in the runway area where they have all the gorgeous gowns and wondered if I might be interested in having a booth there, instead of being in the main area where all the other vendors are.  That way, the models could use my jewelry in the fashion show.  She also said there would be professional photographers and I would be able to use their photos on my website, blog or wherever I wanted.  This show is HUGE.  She informed me that last year they had over 12,000 brides come through and that so far they have spent over $250,00 in advertising on the radio and television. 

Words cannot express how excited I am to be a part of this amazing venue.  I love doing bridal jewelry more than anything.  There's some sort of magical feeling when it comes to helping a bride get the look she wants on her special day.  

I love the current trends and colors, and am scouring magazines such as The Knot, Arizona Weddings and Arizona Brides as well as many websites and Pinterest for inspiration.  There are so many cool themes and I'll try to include something for everyone.  I especially love the vintage look and Shannon assured me that it was a big right now.   I'm also planning on making hair accessories, bridal brooch bouquets, and bridesmaid and flower girl jewelry. 

 I am also thinking about the look I want for my booth ~ soft and romantic with a touch of vintage.  And the best best friend Liz and her daughter, Katie will be helping me!  They are so awesome and will make it all the more wonderful with there presence.  

I am so excited to share this news and am grateful for the possibilities that this might have for me.  It's time to use my time wisely, and also use all these wonderful beads that I have been stockpiling for years.  I am excited and scared at the same time, and I swear I don't know if I'll sleep until January.  I'll be eating, sleeping and dreaming weddings... and I truly hope that my head quits spinning soon. 

I'd love to hear any ideas that you might have.  Also, please feel free to share my Etsy shop with any brides you may know of.  

Thank you and much love!  

Patti xo

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Last year, 
I was asked by our roaming reporter for my husband's company to write something about myself for a spotlight in their newsletter.  It was a 'secret spouse' kind of thing, so I knew the guys wouldn't be seeing it.  I figured I was going to have a hard time writing about myself, so I decided to be a little more creative and jot down 56 random things about me that most people don't know.  I thought I had thrown it away, but it randomly popped up tonight when I was looking for a document.  
After laughing, I thought I would share it with you.

Here goes...

  1. I love a good flea market and adore searching for old objects.  My best deal yet was a $5 chair which is sitting in my living room.  
  2. My favorite food is rice and vegetables. I crave it all the time.  Tofu scramble and raisin bread for breakfast is the best.
  3. My kids think I'm a Facebook addict...I prefer to call myself a Research Specialist.
  4. I lived in Alaska for 5 years.  It was a good experience at the time, but not my cup of tea.
  5. My favorite colors are white, peach and pale gold.   
  6. I swoon for anything French.  
  7. I love white, cream and grays together.  My goal is to decorate my entire house in those colors.
  8. I have a little kitchen garden in my backyard which is designed like a french potager.  I love growing my own herbs and vegetables.  
  9. Spending time in my studio and creating jewelry is something I could do every minute of the day.
  10. My first 'real' drawing was of a naked man.  That was in Kindergarten.  My parents had to meet with the teacher about it.  Hey…it was Art.
  11. I've always been creative.  (see #10) 
  12. I enjoy a nice glass of white wine.  
  13. I'm addicted to beads and love going to the gem show.  I make a list every year but have never taken it out of my bag.  
  14. I love to find things to paint and/or repurpose…spray paint makes me happy.  There's a special place in heaven for the person invented it.  
  15. I like to repurpose things.  It takes a certain eye to be able to pick out a piece of junk and turn it into something beautiful.  
  16. I love quiet.  
  17. I've never met a cocktail I didn't like.  
  18. My business name is Three Beads and a String.  Thank you Sheila for thinking of it.
  19. I LOVE to shop and have been called a 'speed shopper' by my best friend Liz.  She says she loves to draft behind me.  
  20. I love a nice hotel.  The fancier the better.
  21. Chandeliers make me drool.  I could have one in every room.
  22. I love to cook but have lost my passion for it lately. 
  23. I like my flower bouquets to be all the same color and all the same flower.  Preferably white.  
  24. I love taking classes and learning as much as I can about art, color and design.  I'd love to take a color theory class, a metal jewelry making class, a textile class and a photography class.  
  25. I dream about going to France and Italy.  I love the architecture and romantic feel.  Also, I want a man who will carry my bags for me.  (See #32)
  26. I'm not an outdoorsy girl.  I like malls and room service.
  27. I like to be different.  
  28. I love ruffles, polka dots and swirls.
  29. I love the smell of basil…it's heavenly.
  30. I love crystals and pearls together.
  31. I enjoy being alone.  
  32. I'm a hopeless romantic…it's the little things I adore.
  33. I'm terrible about keeping in touch when people move away.
  34. I prefer spontaneity over making plans.  
  35. I love to decorate.
  36. I move things around a lot.  Sometimes just a 1/4" and sometimes everything in the house goes on tour.
  37. Televisions bother me…its just noise.  
  38. I'm not a big fan listening to music when I'm alone.  (See #16)
  39. I love a good farmer's market.  Saturday morning coffee, a muffin, buying fresh flowers and fresh veggies, and talking to the farmers.  It's right up there with the flea market.
  40. I embrace change.  Bring it.
  41. Elegance is my favorite word.  I continually strive to have more of it in my world.
  42. I want to learn to speak French. 
  43. I'm a magazine whore.
  44. I was a strawberry blonde as a little girl.  I loved to wear dresses, ruffled socks and I always carried a purse.  
  45. I love the look of cowboy boots and a skirt together.
  46. I prefer vintage and shabby chic, but am eclectic in my decorating style.
  47. My favorite color of lipstick and nail polish is coral.  
  48. I had both my children naturally...but not on purpose.
  49. I love watching birds flitting around my yard.  
  50. I have two standard poodles.  One follows me around all day long.  
  51. I wanted to be a Interior designer in high school.
  52. I am a middle child with no syndrome.
  53. For my 14th birthday I asked my mom for an Ettique Book.  I still have it.  
  54. I love to laugh.
  55. I like mood lighting.  
  56. My boys are my pride and joy.  
Me in a nutshell.  

Patti xo

Friday, August 23, 2013

Getting Show Ready

I just got the boost I needed.  A sort of kick in the seat of my pants, if you will.  I'm the kind of person that has to have everything perfect before I can go into my studio to create.  Yes, we all know how that's working for me.  It seems like all I do is clean my house, put things back in their place and organize with hopes of having more time to do the things I want.  Well, as we all know, it's a merry~go~round and I'm jumping off.  Goodbye OCD...I have a show coming up!  

My friend Sharon Carlson, who is one of the owners of One Hundred Chairs sent me a message asking  if I might be interested in participating in upcoming show called the Vintage Marketplace at Rusing Square in Prescott.  After thinking about it for 2 minutes...I accepted.  It's been a while for me, but lately I've been feeling a little tingling sensation to get back into the show scene.   I shopped at this show last year and loved it.  I love the atmosphere and know many of the vendors.  
I am honored that I was asked to be included (thanks Sharon!)

Note ~ I believe the show is actually Saturday, October 12th not the 13th.  I will let you know as soon as I find out.  

So yesterday, I dug out jewelry from every nook and cranny and started tagging, photographing and listing it on Etsy.  
I figured while I was getting 'show ready' I would kill two birds with one stone and get some items listed in my shop.  
I've started my list of the things I need and am mentally designing my booth.  I'd love a ruffled tablecloth (do I have time to make one?) and of course, everything will be vintage and mostly white (I know… you're surprised).  Dress forms, silver trays, cool vintage stands, fun bowls full of eye candy and the lace garland I made.  Oooh, I can hardly wait to set it up.  

As soon as I get all of this listed, I will start working on creating some new items.
The problem is...I always make what I love.  Sometimes I love it so much that I have to have it.  So, I need to make another one to sell.  
See what I'm getting at?  

Oh, there's more...much, much more...

I have my work cut out for me, but it's fun and I have a little over 7 weeks to prepare which is awesome!  
I am so thankful that Sharon gave me enough time to get ready so that I'm not saying this...

Put the date on your calendar because 
you won't want to miss this awesome event.  
You won't be sorry...I promise!
Patti xo

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Come see my new items 

The Marketplace @ Rusing Square

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Corner of W. Goodwin and S. McCormick streets

Fun and Festive Autumn event showcasing a creative mix of sellers including re-purposed painted furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, eclectic and unique items.
Located in the parking lot of Rusing Square office complex, corner of S. McCormick and W. Goodwin Street
I shopped at this event last year and it was a wonderful mix of vendors. 

Stop by and say hello!

 Patti xo

Sunday, August 4, 2013

It's Almost Time

I love
I always have and I always will.  I just wish I could slow it down.

Hanging out by the pool, going barefoot, sleeping in, long bike rides, no routines, spontaneity, gardening and our annual family vacation.  Its all been fun and I hate to see it come to an end.  

This year, I decided to take a summer vacation from making jewelry and I have to say... it was wonderful!  I wanted to make sure the kids had a great time, as well as my full attention.  I've loved every minute of it.  Now that it's coming to an end, I have to admit that I am really excited to get back to having some creative time.  

One thing I did manage to do was get my studio painted.  When my son talked me into switching rooms, I inherited his slate grey walls.  It always felt so dark when I was working, so I was delighted when our painter came over and sprayed it white from top to bottom.

Here it is 'before'...

 And this is 'after'...

I'm in love with the white walls and my lovely chandeliers.  It still wows me to walk in and turn the lights on.  What a difference! 
I have some cool finishing touches to do, but wanted to wait until I had some time alone to concentrate so I didn't mess up my pristine walls.  

I'm getting a little excited.  

The kids start back to school

2 days. 

This is where you will find me.
Hanging out with my mannequins and creating jewelry.  

My beads have been waiting patiently for me.

 I'm seeing some great fall colors on this platter, along
 with some fun new designs.

I can hardly wait to get back to soldering...

and have cases of vintage jewelry waiting to be repurposed.

 I've found a lot of new vintage crystals to play with...

do me a favor and wake me when it's Monday!  

Patti xo

Friday, August 2, 2013

Playing around in Paris

The Louvre museum  

Exhibition:  August 2, 2013

I can't begin to imagine the feeling of sitting in this room.  I hope to visit the heart of Paris someday to take in the magic of some of the greatest historical sights.  

My dream is to see Paris from the top of The Eiffel Tower.  

But for now... some fun.  

What a magical moment to see Paris from the top of the Tower! 

I cane gets an eyeful: it’s spectacular and romanticWhat a magical moment to see Paris from the top of the Tower! Everyone gets an eyeful: it’s spectacular and romantic

Sunday, July 21, 2013


In addition
to having a summer filled with a lot of hullabaloo, I've managed to fit in some time redecorating my studio.  Along with painting the walls white and hanging the chandeliers I found at the flea market, I now have brilliant light in order to do my work with finesse.  I still need to repaint the table and dresser and I'm thinking about painting a gold ribbon on the wall...or something fun, but I'm happy that I got this much done while still making sure the kiddos had a fun summer. 

I am really looking forward to the kids returning to school so that I can spend some time creating all of the designs that have been swimming around in my head all summer.  Making jewelry is my passion and I miss it terribly.   I'm so happy to have a peaceful place that I can call my own.  In a little over two weeks, you can find me here...smiling softly and playing with my beads.

I'm always looking for unique ways to display things that are not only organized, but also attractive.  I found an old terrarium that I painted, removed some of the glass and put a curtain rob through it so I could hang some strands of beads with sari silk ribbon.  I adore the way it looks.  

Yesterday, I purchased myself and Olloclip, a 3~in~one photo lens so that I could improve the quality of my photos that I'll be listing on Etsy.  I've had fun playing with it and can hardly wait to take some photos of my fresh new designs.  

I hope you are also having a wonderful summer doing what YOU enjoy!!

As Audrey Hepburn says...
The most important thing is to enjoy your life ~ to be happy ~ it's all that matters. 
Patti xo

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Creative Summer Fun

summer vacation 
which usually means that my creativity is on hold until the boys go back to school.  We've been spending a lot of time at the pool and suddenly it hit me.  I can take some beads to the pool and wire wrap them while I'm relaxing in the sun.  So, that's exactly what I did.  I'm getting a lot done and everyone is happy!

I had a beautiful strand of pearls that I picked up at the gem show that were calling my name.  I took them, along with a vintage strand that my friend had given me and mixed the two together. I used a vintage brooch that I had already soldered to finish the piece.

I love the way it turned out.

I made another one using a religious medal and vintage heart I found at the flea market.  For some reason, my brain always goes for asymmetrical. 
  On one side I used big white baroque freshwater pearls and on the other the gold pearl mixed with the vintage white bead again. 

So when the kids ask to go to the pool, 
I gladly grab some beads and we are off.

I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am!

 Patti xo

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bead Soup Reveal 2013

Better late than never?  

Well...Bead Soup Reveal 2013 has come and gone without me due to circumstances beyond my control.  I signed up for the Bead Soup Blog party and decided to do my bead shopping at the Tucson Gem show.  The weekend I returned, I found out my parents had a huge hole in their furnace and both were extremely ill from carbon monoxide poisoning.  From that day until now my days have been filled with getting my parents here so we could nurse them to health, move them into an assisted living which meant we had to transport their belongings and sell the car, house, etc.  They stayed in my home for 6 weeks until we had their place furnished and the day before they were suppose to move in my mother fell down a flight of steps and broke her foot.  My parents are in their 80's and my father has Alzheimer's.  My mother has dementia and she was the primary caregiver which meant that I had to take over.  So.....that is my story on why I am late in making something from my beautiful partner, Sharon Palac who is as sweet as she can be.  I want to apologize to her for not having my necklace made on time.  Thank you for being so understanding.  I hope we can meet for lunch sometime soon.  You see, Lori paired us up not knowing that Sharon and I live in the same town.  She is a very talented jewelry designer and I was so lucky to have her as a partner.  

Here are the amazing beads Sharon sent to me.  

Aren't they beautiful?  

Sharon made the polymer clay focal and the copper toggle clasp.  She mixed the soup with a variety of beads which included vintage glass beads, vintage crystals with beadcaps, citrine briolettes, and red creek jasper stones.  She also included this beautiful sari silk ribbon which made for a  tasty soup!

Today was the first day I got to play with my beads and I finally came up with a design that was a reflection of my style.  

It felt really good to create again and I love the way it turned out.  

I also wanted to thank Lori Anderson who hosted this fun party!  

Patti xo

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bead Soup Reveal

I just wanted to let you know that I am late on my Bead Soup Reveal due to personal reasons.  I hope to have my necklace finished by beginning of next week, so PLEASE check back.  I am so sorry and feel horrible about this.  

~ Patti xo

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party

Is it soup yet?

It has been quite a long month since I first posted about the Bead Soup Blog, but I wanted to show you the bead soup I received from my partner Sharon Palac.  She sent me a beautiful handmade polymer clay pendant, a handmade copper pendant and included a variety of other beads such as vintage glass, 2 vintage crystals with bead caps, citrine briolettes, red creek jasper stones, and a beautiful sari silk ribbon.

It's a lovely spring mix and I am very excited to start playing around with a design.  I love the muted colors and she nailed me with adding vintage beads since I have such a love for vintage.  She did such a beautiful job with the pendant and the clasp.  I love that it is handmade by her.  Thank you Sharon for sending me such a stunning mixture of beads.  


Here are the beads I sent to Sharon.  

I soldered a teardrop Opalite for the pendant and added some vintage rhinestone beads, a silver box clasp, some silver fillers, moonstone beads and black onyx.  

It's almost time for the big reveal!  Stay will be on March 30th.  

 Patti xo

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party

Right before I went to Tucson I found out who my partner was for the Bead Soup Blog Party and I contacted her.  We were both headed out of town, so we decided we would meet after we returned to exchange our beads in person.  You see, we both live in Prescott.  Out of 500 jewelry designers we happened to get paired up.  I emailed Lori to see if she paired us up on purpose and she said she doesn't even look at the cites.  What are the chances of that happening?  Some things are just meant to be.  I shopped for my bead soup gift in Tucson and can't wait to see what Sharon Palac from Prescott, Arizona thinks of it.  

Here is a little sneak peek... is in disguise until I present it to her.  I hope she likes it as it is nothing like the jewelry in her Etsy shop.  We are thinking outside the box right?  

I'm so anxious to meet you Sharon!  See you on Friday for lunch!!

 Patti xo

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

 It must be what heaven is like...truly.  Gem show heaven.

I just returned from another fun filled four days with some great friends at the Tucson Bead and Mineral Show.  It was fantastic.  

 I am still digging through my bags and doing another 'Ooohhh and aaahhh' at what I purchased.  

Pearls, crystals, druzy's, chains, findings, ribbons, clasps and other cool things.  

I did manage to make a few things last night even though I was dead tired from power shopping, staying up late with the girls and driving home.  I just couldn't stand it and stayed up past midnight making these druzy necklaces.  I'm really loving druzy's and hear they are going to be big this year.

 I have wanted a large keishi pearl necklace for so long and finally bought myself a strand.  I made my necklace this morning and think it will be perfect for layering with my other necklaces.  
I also treated myself to a cute finished piece with wire wrapped pearls and a vintage rhinestone heart.  It's darling and so me.  I love to buy pieces from other artists and didn't realize until after I got home that we were friends on Facebook.   

I purchases a few more in other color to create some necklaces for my Etsy shop.
I've always called these the 'corn flake' pearls.

Needless to say, I will be busy and happy for another year.  

We woke up to snow this morning, so it's a good day to stay inside and create!  

Have a warm and wonderful day!!

Patti xo

Monday, January 28, 2013

I always love a good party!

I just signed up for an awesome party... and it involves beads!  Imagine that!! 

The "7th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party"
 hosted by Lori Anderson is taking shape and I was able to join in the nick of time.

I'm really excited, and also a tad nervous about what beads I will be receiving.  As many of you know, I'm very picky about my style in everything that I do.  Just ask my husband whose expensive Western Art resides in his shed and office.  This might sound awful to some of you, but not one thing comes into my home that I don't love.  So, this will be an exciting challenge for me because it will force me to 'think outside the box' and create something from the beads someone ELSE has picked out for me.  If you know me. personally... you are probably laughing a bit right now.  

Here is how it works:
There were 500 of us that signed up (wow!).  Once we are paired with a partner, we will send each other a focal, a special clasp and some coordinating beads.   When we receive our bead soup, we will post a photo of what we received and then start creating.  We are allowed to incorporate some of our own beads, but we must use the focal bead and the clasp that was sent to us.  

Upon the reveal date, we will post a photo of our finished piece. We then start blog hopping to see everyone else's creations.  

Sounds like fun doesn't it?!

I am going to the bead show in Tucson in 10 days and will be shopping for my bead soup.  What a great place to find something wonderful to send my partner!

The creator and host of the party is Lori Anderson.  She is a jewelry designer, a mixed media artist and author of "Bead Soup".  You can find out more about her, her shops, her book and her wonderful idea on her blog:

Wish me luck! A little wine for inspiration and I'm sure to get this party started!
I hope you'll join me in The Big Reveal!

Patti xo

Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 ~ A kind and gentle year

I've decided to unleash my creating this year


to infuse art and beauty into every facet of my life and artistic creations.

I believe I am dong what I am meant to do 


 enjoy making my dreams come true.  

It's a beautiful place to be.

This year, I will leave little love notes to myself..  

I will be gentle and kind.

I wish for you a year full of inspiration, love and creativity.  

Patti xo

Friday, January 11, 2013

Vintage Assemblage Salt Shaker Necklace

I had good intentions when I went into my studio to straighten up today.  I opened a drawer to put something away, saw my vintage salt and pepper shakers and decided it was time to do something with them.  Needless to say, I didn't get too far with the tidying department.  

Here is what I created with the first one.
I love the way it turned out, and a few hours after listing it in my Etsy shop it sold to one of my lovely Facebook friends!  She shared the most beautiful story with me about why it spoke to her.  I am so pleased that she is going to enjoy this necklace that has a special meaning to her. 

I found these 1940 vintage shaker's at the flea market a while back and decided to glue some vintage earrings on the top.  I think it would be a perfect place to store vintage buttons or other fun treasures.

I played around with a few others...with a little wire and beads.

...and made more necklaces.

 I think they would be perfect for a vintage lover 
or even someone who loves to cook.  There are more necklaces in the works and they should all be in my Etsy shop sometime tomorrow.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Patti xo