Rudolph is back!

And he's ready to add some Christmas cheer to your new jewelry creations!

Go here to get him before he's gone again. And don't forget my 15% off sale (thru Monday) with Art Jewelry Elements blog is going on now. Go here to get the coupon code and see all the other shops that are participating… and start saving! :-)

And if you're looking for inspiration for your next creations, check out my latest post at Art Jewelry Elements—I've created some wintery color palettes and paired them up with beads from our member's shops.

Here's a sneak peek:

See more here!

Fun happenings at Art Jewelry Elements

Over at Art Jewelry Elements blog we have a holiday party going on!! Fun blog posts and a big sale in all our member's shops… what better time to stock up your favorite artisan beads, or get a new piece of handmade jewelry!

All my beads and jewelry are 15% off with our group coupon! Go here to get the coupon code and to see all the other shops participating is this fantastic sale!!

The Winning Number!

So just how many critters are in this mound???


And the winner is Despina! Yay!
Please contact me at with your favorite critter and your mailing address.

Thank you all for playing along! This was so much fun—I'll have to do it again on the next Painting Day (and with MORE winners)!

Here are all 77 little critters in full color and sleeping so peacefully:

Stay tuned for the next guessing game!
Happy Thursday!

Take a guess… and win a sleepy critter bead!

It's Sleepy Critter Painting Day and today my worktable looks like this:

How many sleepy critters do you think are in this mound?

Enter your guess in the comments below and whoever's guess is the closet to the actual number will win a sleepy critter bead of their choice!!

* This giveaway is now closed. Thank you all for entering!*

I'll announce the winner(s) on Thursday. Happy guessing!

(Be sure to leave your contact info and which sleepy critter is your favorite along with your guess.)

A Sneak Peek…

I expect by now you all are starting to wonder what new things I'm working on… after all I did clear out a bunch of old stuff not too long ago. Well, sometimes new designs take a while to perfect and the current rate at which sleepy critters are flying out of the shop keeps me more than a little busy… but I promise things ARE coming along!

So, for today I wanted to share something new and in progress with you: these are a collaboration with my sister and shop photographer, Bethanne. Lucky me—all my 6 siblings are artistically talented, so if ever I don't have enough ideas to keep me busy (never!), they're always there to supply me with a few extras!

Bethanne loves to paint tiny things—yes I like tiny things too, but her tiny things are even smaller than mine. Check them out:

Yep, ponies (I really have a pony problem!). I shaped the pony beads and let Bethanne work her paint magic on them. Pretty neat, if I do say so myself!

So what do you all think? These are still in the prototype stage, but very soon we expect they'll make their debut in the shop. We'd love to hear any thoughts or suggestions you have!

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And speaking of new beads… you can see a behind-the-scenes of these new beads I created yesterday on the AJE blog.

Have a happy weekend!!