Thursday, November 19, 2009

a little bit bohemian…

is the name of a Treasury in which a recent addition to Hiding Place Beadery on Etsy (Romantic Spiral Bracelet) is included. Your comments and clicks are most appreciated!

a little bit bohemian

A little bit bohemian”was curated by Judi of Etsy’s Imaginuity. Judi creates wearable art creations of all kinds. Below is her creation…

Christmas Fantasy - Elegant Beaded Cuff


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Beauty of the Flower

Once again, it’s time to vote for your favorite Etsy Beadweavers November Challenge creation! And there are some really beautiful items to choose from! Of course, you could expect nothing less…they are always amazing! Voting is open through November 15, so, go go!

EBW November Challenge Mosaic

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Beadweaving Emporium Challenge….

The Beadweaving Emporium at 1000 Markets has opened voting for the September Challenge. The theme is “Fall”, and was chosen by Dini of Beadazzled of Oregon, the winner of the New Horizons Challenge. This growing market had only 5 entrants for this particular Challenge, but they are spectacular, as always. The BEM is loaded with talented, creative artists! Go check it out, and cast your vote! Voting is open now through September 15th.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Treasury West!….

A great Saturday surprise! “i HEART you” is the name of a very sweet and lovely treasury curated by Smadar Grossman of Smadar's Treasures. I am most honored to have my Woven Heart Necklace included. Thank you, Smadar!

i HEART you

Smadar’s Treasure is so full of beautiful items, it’s hard to choose just one to show you! This necklace is one of my favorites, and I really love the textures and colors she used.

Beadwoven Necklace with Leather and Tourmaline Pendant

Monday, August 24, 2009

All Jeweled Up…

All Jeweled Up is the name of the Etsy Treasury I am honored to have my Woven Heart Necklace a part of. All Jeweled Up

All Jeweled Up was curated by Noahs Ark Collections. Check out her cute shop! She has lots of cool critters, and I found this little owl necklace that I really like!

Gold Owl Enameled Necklace

After a Long Absence…

I have decided to re-enter the blog-world with this newsworthy piece. (About time, huh?!)

Chocolate and Steel is having a give-away and here’s the awesome prize:

The contest ends on Monday, August 31st and the winner will be announced Wednesday, September 2nd. Go check it out, and maybe you’ll sport this little number on your finger!


Etsy is having a Handmade Moments Contest , and Chocolate and Steel is entering a video, so watch it on the Chocolate and Steel blog, then GO VOTE!

Saturday, May 30, 2009


I couldn’t resist sharing with you this adorable photo of Friday, a young 1/2 quarter-horse, 1/2 paint colt. There are several good things about being back in Texas for a little while, and one of them is spending a little time with good friends and enjoying the things that are important to them.

Brandons_baby horse

Friday belongs to my dear friend and pastor, Brandon, and was photographed by his son, Josh. I think Josh captured a lovely moment in a youngster’s life.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Inta of Binkaminka’s Bead Therapy blogged about this Hugh Newman video starring TJ Thyne.  It was truly fascinating and touching.  It’s a “feel-good” video, and we need more of those!  If you need a smile (and we ALL do)  PLEASE click here:

Well…don’t dilly dally, go!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Darling Beauty Treasury…

I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date… Yes, that’s the story of my life. My Surf and Pearls Necklace was featured in this lovely treasury several days ago. It was curated by Denise of DCH Studio.

Darling Beauty Treasury

I love these tiny original oil ACEOs from her shop!

DCH Studio Go! Look! Enjoy!



Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Looking for a GIVE-AWAY…

Found one!  Go over to Hammer-Stitch-Burn and check it out.  Paige has been blogging for a month, and just posted her first 5 items in her Etsy shop today.  Milestone!  So, she’s celebrating, and you NEED to go help her celebrate! Hammer-Stitch-Burn on Etsy has some really cool jewelry, and I’m sure we all need to give her some hearts!  Well, I don’t, cause I already did!  ;o)

Monday, May 4, 2009

One week to Mothers Day…

What a lovely surprise I just found! I almost missed this sweet Treasury West with my Surf and Pearls Necklace included.

One Week to Mothers Day

It was curated by Noah's Ark Collection which happens to be one of my favorite shops! You will always find lots of cute stuff there, and today I couldn’t find just one, so here are two of my favorite items!

This seagull is so cool, maybe I like it because most of the time we live in Key Largo Florida with LOTS of seagulls, which I never tire of!

And, of course, I collect chickens! So these earrings are right up my alley!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

There’s no place like home…

I feel like Dorothy, but no ruby slippers. Key Largo may be paradise for some, but I am happy to report “Honey, I’m Home!!”. After a three day trek with my Best Friend, Tessa, Jack the angel-dog, Tessa’s new puppy-Jemima, four finches, and a ton of beads, I am happily home at last, at least for a little while! Texas and our 4.5 green acres truly are my favorite place. My roses and irises are blooming, never-mind the waist high weeds! The damp soil feels good in my hands, even with the sticker in my thumb. :o)





Abraham Darby Rose


Iceberg Rose



Saturday, April 18, 2009

There’s a new blog in town…

The Beadweaving Emporium beadweaver's market at 1000 Markets is now LIVE and open to the public for business and for new member requests. We currently have 16 beadweaving shops open with more joining every day.

If you are a beadweaver and already have a shop at 1000 Markets and are interested in joining our market, come and see us! Just click here.

Come on over and check out The Beadweaving Emporium blog!! It’s brand, spanking new, and the upside won’t take you long to read the whole thing! However, soon, it’s sure to be chock-full of good stuff, so you might want to put it on your “must-read” list!

Friday, April 17, 2009

New items for Hiding Place…

Yes, I’ve been a slug. No excuse. But here are 4 new pieces to try to make up for it. Forgive?

The Greatest of These

1 Corinthians 13:13 (CEV)
For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love.

Pink Love Earrings 2

Citron Anklet


Surf and Pearls Necklace


Hmm..What Shall I Call These?

Swaro Circle Earrings (10)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Etsy Beadweavers - April Challenge…

aprilmosaic by wMarlaine.The title is “Time Machine”. Mariya of BeadCatcher had the privilege of naming April’s challenge, as the winner of the January/February challenge. She said of the theme, “…what if you were given a once in a lifetime chance to travel through time and space; to travel into past or future; to travel into a real or imagined world? Where would you go? What would you see there? Just think about it. Take the trip and share it with us in the form of beading art with its unlimited possibilities!”

I challenge YOU to go to the EBW Blog and choose only ONE favorite!! It will be very tough. Voting begins on Thursday, April 9th and ends midnight April 15th.


Lora, of Lora Hart Jewels, is having a giveaway on her blog. You would be so fortunate to win this necklace from her. Lora is a master with PMC. This is what she's giving away:

Gorgeous HUH!? Go check it out!

Friday, April 3, 2009



THE BEADWEAVING EMPORIUM has been approved as a new market for 1000 Markets!! Hooray! More information to come and links to check it out for yourself. These shops are founding members of the Market:

Beadazzled of Oregon

Rachele’s Originals

Conlin’s Creations

Beaded Extravagance


The Beaded Lily

Cigar Box Beads

(and me of course!) Hiding Place Beadery

Come and see us! Or come and join us!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Worldwide Autism Awareness Day

Today is Worldwide Autism Awareness Day. The month of April is Autism Awareness Month as well.

Autism Awareness magnet

According to  Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger's Syndrome (these children typically have normal speech, but they have many "autistic" social and behavioral problems).

A couple of blog-posts for you to check out concerning life with autism:

A New Endeavor…

Back on March 18, I opened HidingPlace Beadery at 1000 Markets, a fairly new selling venue for handmade quality items. Not long after that I was contacted by Dini of Beadazzled of Oregon, and she inquired about my interest in starting a new beadweaver’s group on 1000 Markets. Dini’s enthusiasm is infectious! So within just a few days she and Rachele of Rachele’s Originals had organized a group of 8 people who have spent the last week, writing up our proposal, choosing our name and tag line, establishing our vision of the market we wanted to establish and deciding on a final banner graphic. I present the result:

Today, the proposal will be submitted for consideration by the 1000 Markets jury!! So, we’re hoping for the best, and in the meantime, I am thanking the Lord for getting acquainted with some TERRIFIC ladies! Stay tuned for the outcome for “THE BEADWEAVING EMPORIUM”!

A huge thanks to Dini and Rachele! God bless you!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Another Sunday Morning Treat...

I could get used to this: Get up on Sunday morning. Turn on the computer. Find something from my Etsy shop in a Treasury!! Yeah baby! Gotta love it! It will be receiving clicks (hint, hint!) until Tuesday, March 31, in the evening.

I present As I Live and Bead, curated by Debra of Beads and Blooms.

as i live and bead

Debra makes some absolutely beautiful wearable art, and one of my personal favorites is the Blue Angel Necklace. Lovely isn’t it? Such a gorgeous stone, surrounded by the graceful woven seed beads.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Treasury- Fantastic…

I woke up to find my Honeysuckle Beadwoven Bracelet in this lovely treasury! It will be open for viewing (& clicking ;o)) until Monday around noon!


Fantastic was curated by Ileana of Enchanted Beads. She has many beautiful items in her shop. Here is one of my favorites:

Green Emerald Pendant

Thank you Ileana, for including me in your lovely treasury!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A New Bracelet…

Finally, I have completed a new piece for my Etsy shop. I’ve had such a hard time lately getting things accomplished!

This bracelet features two lampwork beads made by Ginny Hampton Schmidt. I purchased these from her at the Fort Worth Bead Market last November. Ginny does beautiful work and has a shop on Etsy called Ginnovations . I could use a critique!

GIVEAWAY*.*.*.* …

Yay! Christine of Chocolate and Steel loves to have a *.*.*.*GIVEAWAY*.*.*.* !!! She will announce the winner of a beautiful handcrafted silver ring with lovely yellow topaz stones on Friday, March 27! So… head on over there and leave her a comment! Or don’t. That way, maybe I’ll win, cause y’know my birthday is in November! ;->

Monday, March 16, 2009

EBW March Challenge Winner…

The theme is TEMPTATION, and the winner is “The Seductress” by Rachele Dagley of Rachele’s Originals. Congratulations Rachele! It’s a beautiful necklace!

The Seductress

The runners-up are:

Second: Temptation - MadeByOlga
Third: Temptation Dance - SmadarsTreasure
Fourth: Serpent's Temptation necklace - CieloDesign
Fifth: Temptation Burlesque Collar - gypsyeyesjewelry
Sixth: TEMPTATION Necklace - enchantedbeads
Seventh: Temptation Cuff - SpringColors
Eighth: Green Gold Temptation - binkaminka
Ninth: Green with Envy - BeadazzledofOregon
Tenth: Black Desire necklace - FleurDeIrk

Congratulations to all! Well done!

New Treasury West…

I was able to grab a Treasury West today and thought it appropriate to feature a few of the CAC members. I think it’s pretty, and hope you agree! It’s still open for clickin’ through Thursday morning EARLY! Go ahead, they need love, too! Loverlies From Team CAC


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Misty Blue…

Yay, I woke up to find my Rain Drop Earrings in a Treasury West this morning! Misty Blue will be live and available for clicks until Monday afternoon, March 16.

This selection was curated by Cathy of Knit2getherInLove. Cathy is a fellow member of Team CAC (Christian Artists and Crafters). Check out her cute Poochie Sweater for St. Patty’s Day!

What is this breed, 'cause he's pretty adorable??!! ; o )

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Yay, First Etsy Sale…

Well, I love “firsts”! Today, I made my first sale on my Etsy shop! It was for the Shimmering Sapphire Earrings I listed a couple of weeks ago. Not a big sale, but I am pumped and fully expecting this to be enough to pull me out of my “downy dumps” about NO sales!! I am very grateful, and look forward to many more, perhaps in the not too distant future!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Giveaway at Chocolate and Steel…

We all like giveaways!! We LOVE hand made!! And how is this gorgeous ring for a prize?! To enter for a chance to win this beauty, go here:

Go ahead now, check it out! You know you want to! But hurry, ‘cause the drawing is on Friday, March 13!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Etsy BeadWeavers March Challenge...

The theme for EBWs March Challenge is “Temptation”. There are many different temptations depicted, and they are all very tempting indeed! Head on over to the EBW Blog, check out all the amazing entries, and then VOTE for your favorite! Voting started today, Monday, March 9 and ends the evening of Sunday, March 15. So,…what are you waiting for??

Etsy BeadWeavers March Challenge - Temptation

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New beauties from Kerribeads...

I've been checking out a few new beads posted on Kerri Fuhr's blog, The Daily Bead. A gorgeous swan and one of her fantastic dragonflies, only this time it's on a red bead. Awesome... a must see...
She was away for a week, but her shop is open again!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

EBW Team Colors of Spring...

Check out this treasury of beautiful jewelry done by a few members of the Etsy BeadWeavers Team.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New items in shop...

I've added three new items to my Etsy shop! Hope they're well received. I'm looking forward to my first sale!! The first, Sweet Amethyst. The photos really don't do it justice, so my photography skills are going to HAVE to improve!

Second, Shimmering Sapphire photos were better in my estimation. The earrings are sophisticated, yet feminine.

Last, but not least, Summer Strawberries look good enough to eat! Yum! These are Cherry Brand vintage strawberry beads from the late 40s, early 50s. I absolutely love vintage beads!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Birdie fever...

No, not bird flu!! Recently, I added 7 new chickadee bird beads to my stash. SOOOO adorable! They are hand made by lampwork artist Mary Lockwood who very kindly made up a selection for me to choose from. As some people know, I have a hard time making decisions---so, I took the whole flock!!
Her shop is here: , and she also has a website: . If you are interested in lampworking she has tutorials that are highly recommended. Not a large selection of lampwork to choose from, but she is convo friendly, and super nice! She also does beautiful turtles, other types of birds, and she just sold the cutest little white froggie I had my eye on! :o( Oh well, I love the birdies! Seven birds in the hand are definitely worth more than a frog!