Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crystal Jewelry Inspiration

Simply Toggles Bracelet

                                                                        Trapeze Ring

This blog will introduce my contribution to Crystal Jewelry Inspiration from the CREATE YOUR STYLE Ambassadors, 2013, Karin Van Voorhees, Editor, Kalbach Book, Waukesha, WI.  This is a beautiful compilation of inspirational crystal projects submitted by thirty of the CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassadors. The book also includes an international gallery of photographs.  My particular project, “Simply Toggles,” is the final project in the Ambassador section of the book; as the most recent addition to the Ambassador Team, I am thrilled to have been a part of this publication.  The diversity and scope of the projects are quite impressive.

My project was originally taught at the CREATE YOUR STYLE IN TUCSON, A SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS EVENT 2011, under the name “Beads & Buttons Bracelet.”
The large Checkerboard Crystals were purchased at Beadin’ Path in Freeport Maine, and I studied these for quite a while before coming upon the inspiration of a series of toggles.  The complete directions for this project can be found with my bio in the book on page 130.  If you give this project a try and you have any questions, you can find my contact information through my website, and I would enjoy hearing from you.

Thank you for looking in on my blog; if you leave a message with your name, I will be pulling one name at random and sending that lucky person a kit to make my “Trapeze Ring.”  This project was taught at the same venue in 2012.  See picture above.  You can learn more about the Ambassadors at their links below.

All names will be forwarded to Kalmbach Books for an additional drawing to receive a free copy of the book.  

Their online store can be found at:
January 14th                        
                                    June Beach
                                    Lilian Chen
                                    Fernando deSilva
                                    Marcia DeCoster
January 15th                        
                                    Katie Hacker
                                    Monica Han
January 16th                        
                                    Val Hirata
                                    Jamie Hogsett
                                    Tamara Honoman blog dir/blogs/index.php
January 17th                        
                                    Lisa Pavelka
                                    Margot Potter
                                    Pat Riesenburger
                                    Leslie Rogalski
                                    Nadia Sanchez Ramos
                                    Renata Sanchez Ramos
                                    Debra Saucier
January 18th                        
                                    Brenda Schweder
                                    Debbi Simon
                                    Kim St. Jean
                                    Laura Timmons
                                    Kristal Wick
                                    Diane Whiting




  1. Just the beautiful inspiration I needed to get me out of my non-beading funk.
    And I think I still have one finger free for a new ring! PICK ME! PICK ME!
    Sheryl Stephens
    Cool Moon Creations

    1. You won the ring! YEA!!! If you would kindly reply with a good shipping address I'll get this into the mail to you. Thank you for your kind words and I have forwarded your name to Swarovski for their drawing. Good Luck!

  2. Love the bracelet and the ring. Your talent just sparkles! Congratulations on the book.

    1. Although you did not win the ring, I have forwarded your name to Swarovski for their drawing. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  3. The book is amazing and I love your toggles bracelet. It is such a fun idea.

    1. Although you did not win the ring, I have forwarded your name to Swarovski for their drawing. Hope you make the toggles bracelet. It is fun to wear too! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I am loving all the photos. Can't wait to see the entire book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    1. Although you did not win the ring, I have forwarded you name to Swarovski for their drawing. The book is full of many wonderful projects. Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Ooooohhhh....what a treat this book would be in my library. Hours of sparkly inspiration! Congrats to you & the other ambassadors, & thanks for everything you do to share Swarovski with the world.
    ~~ Holly

    1. Hi Girls, Although you did not win the ring, I have forwarded your name to Swarovski for their drawing. Thank you for our kind words and for visiting my blog.

  6. Wonderful! I haven't seen anything like those crystals.

    — Suzii.

    1. The large crystals are Swarovski Elements Crystal Chessboard Rectangle Buttons art #3093. A good place to start looking for them is your local bead store. Please let me know if you need additional help. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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