Saturday, July 7, 2012

One of my personal goals...

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone will have a good weekend despite this heat wave some of us are experiencing.  I think we are just going to stay inside and try to get some things on our "to do" list accomplished.  For myself, that includes spending time in my jewelry workroom.

At the beginning of every new year, I always set a goal for myself.  Something that I've been wanting to do, dreaming about, trying to accomplish ~ my own little personal goal.  I usually do not share this goal with anyone and keep it to myself.  This year, my goal was to have a piece of my handmade jewelry published.  A few friends gave me some tips and the encouragement I needed to send something in to a magazine for possible submission.  I submitted one piece to Interweave for their 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings  publication and found out a few weeks later that it was accepted!  I remember receiving the email in the middle of the day while in between classes.  I shared the good news with my next class, geometry.  They were just as excited as I was!

Here is the cover of the magazine...

You can purchase either the magazine version or the digital version here.

Here is a sneak peek of my necklace ... featured in the "Lipstick Red" category!

I feel very blessed to have accomplished my personal goal.  Actually I feel doubly blessed because another one of my creations was also accepted for another jewelry magazine due out in the fall.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Suburban Girl Design Team ~ Summertime


An Ode to Diana and Jan

I was asked months ago to be part of her design team,
Diana, the Suburban Girl, she really made me beam!

She sends us some beads then it's all up to us,
We must design something pretty or she will throw us under the bus!

We also receive a nice little treat
From Jan Onipenco, I can't wait for us to meet.

For the summer season you can probably guess,
It's a "beachy" type theme. I was thrilled and yelled, "Oh yes!"


This is Jan's bead so neat and pristine
It reminds me of the ocean swirling with sand, blue and green.

These two beauties are from cheery Diana P.
They look so darn real as if picked from the sea.

I picked them up and held them tight,
My creative side stirred both day and night.

My mind was whirling with thoughts of the beach,
And all that it gathers when it is at reach.

There's the ocean itself never ending it's flow,
It's swirling and stirring, oh I wish I could go.

There are critters and creatures usually abound,
Turtles, seahorses and shells to be found.



There are flowers around and colors just swirl
Coral and starfish all in a whirl.


You might catch a glimpse of this ribbity critter,
Don't give him to me or I will become very bitter.

One special charm I knew I should add,
Was a heart for the love of the ocean I've had.

Some days the ocean may seem like this
Things jumbled up and not much of bliss.

But once stretched out and picked apart
The ocean and beach have things close to my heart.

I love the sea and all that it brings
A tingle to my soul and my heart just sings.

Another fondness I hold close to me
Is the joy of making jewelry.

It's friends like Jan and Diana P.
That make life joyous, filled with creativity.

Thank you Diana for making me beam
For inviting me to be part of this team!

Please take a look at the other members of the design team and their creations...

Sandra Basara Miller      <--- You are here!

Resources:  Trinity Brass, The Beadin' Path, Monster Slayer