Summer Picks From

I was finally able to sit down this past weekend and work on a design that's been stuck in my head since I picked out these Summer lovelies from After our recent landscaping adventures in our side yard, I have definitely been inspired by flowers, and nature- specifically the butterflies that have inhabited my yard the past few days. 

I have always loved the LillyPilly designs line, but the hardest part is picking 1 out of so many favorites! I had picked out this lovely oval shell pendant, with some coordinating Picasso Czech glass rondelles in lavender and teal. I still wanted some shimmer so I then found these really cool Paula Radke dichroic glass rondelles! The pewter Green Girl Studios butterfly came a bit later- but the whole design came together effortlessly.

Dangling the large pendant below the butterfly, I attached it all together with some Vintaj Brass jumprings. The beaded was inspired by a design I had seen from Kelly Angeley in Stringing magazine from months ago. Double strands of beads- seed beads, and faceted glass and stones-  that meet up every few beads with a few rondelles.

The addition of some purple silver lined glass seed beads, and faceted briolettes of Moss Aquamarine, from my own stash- help bring out the colors in the dichroic glass beads.

I used a cool silver leaf toggle, that pulls the whole design together.

Overall, a summery, shimmery design that could be worn with shorts and a tank, or that pretty summer dress you've been saving for.

Please note: some of the products mentioned above were promotional gifts from for review and/or design partnership purposes.


  1. it's just beatiful sweetie, the colors in the last pic are mesmerizing!!

  2. The finish on those beads is striking. Thanks for sharing your loveliness with us! Enjoy the day! Erin

  3. Very feminine and sweet. I can almost smell the sweet peas!

  4. I love the dual-stranded beaded section - especially with the brios popping out along the way. Excellent! And, I have that same butterfly and have been trying to decide what to do with all those holes along the bottom edge - I like that you left some empty!

  5. The shimmering summer colors are beautiful, and the leaf toggle is something I would like to add to my stash.

  6. I love the up-close picture. Loving the colors!

  7. Very refreshing. A great piece, as always.

  8. I love the Green Girl butterfly, what a great way to hang a focal. I colors you picked for the beads look exactly like the colors of Mother of Pearl.

  9. Anonymous6/30/2010

    Awesome summer necklace!

  10. being new to the bead community,
    myself i was just wondering,would you like to adopt me[ ha-ha]..but,
    seriously,i love your summer picks.
    the necklace is breathe-taking,yet,
    at the same time it's refreshing.
    it made me remember why,people love
    summer.i am an amateur,as i have told you before,i do beading as part of my art therapy,due to being
    disabled,but,i would love to be able to create the beauty,you and
    your fellow artists create[maybe one day].i just wanted to thank you for letting people like myself
    see a glimpse of your world in beading,for me it's exciting,and at the same time your work takes my breath thank you from me
    personally,just seeing your pieces
    gives me inspiration.
    barbara hopkins

  11. I just had to comment on how much I love your necklace. It is so light and airy along with being feminine without being fussy. I also really love that clasp.

  12. Really beautiful. Amazing beads color are vary attractive. Lat one is most beautiful all tahse are vary good for promotional gifts.


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