Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

FREE shipping in US and $4.00 flat rate World Wide

It 'tis the season of giving, sharing, events, get togethers, and parties! So FREE shipping within the US and $4.00 flat rate, so YOU CAN SPARKLE and SHINE this HOLIDAY SEASON!!!!

Check it out:

I love this time of year,

Xanna :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Dragonfly Finished!

I had shown you guys this dragonfly pendant a few weeks ago after I found it. Well I have since finished the necklace. However not long after I posted it somebody contacted me later and basically claimed it before the necklace was finished. So I promised to show you all the finished piece, but remember it has already sold :) However feel free to visit my shop day or night via the web...who knows you may find that certain piece of jewelry you didn't even know was meant especially for you

Thank you for all your interest.
Xanna :)

A Little Naughty (necklace, new listing)

Are you feeling nice…..or….a little naughty? This lil’ devil heart was created by Boomwire, the iridescent rainbow center almost looks as if it glows with an inner rainbow fire within the velvety black. Iridescent seed beads were placed intermittently along the black wire and hooked to two small link glittery chains. To separate the black wire and chain I used the opalescence of two large opalite beads to compliment the glow of Boomwire’s heart and draw the eye up to the wears face. Both beads are nestled between two black AB Swarovski® crystals. All of it is subtle, yet a little different, something that will start a little conversation! For more information follow the link: http://

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Getting to know some of the lovely people I create jewelry for!

I would like to take a moment and introduce you all to a young lady who fell in love with my jewelry and while working with her I've had a chance to get to know. And now I’m sponsoring her, as much as my small business will allow, through her endeavors! Her name is Teneele Bailey and she is a 2010 Finalist for Miss Black New Jersey. I believe we help ourselves when we help each other, and I look forward to watching her in her success, if you would like to get to know Teneele visit her page at

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Not a trick, a treat for you!

Check out a few "Screaming" deals in one of my other shops but this weekend only!!!! "Mwwhahaha!!!!"

Friday, October 16, 2009


I have been busy working on choreography for the winter recital! My jazz 1-2 girls are going to do a dance to "Rock and Roll" by Eric Hutchinson and jazz 3 will do a dance to either: "Don't Call Me Baby" by Madison Avenue or "Delirious" by Prince. As for my ballet 1 classes they are creating it...I know what you are thinking "what does that mean?" I gave them each a bit of homework like: "If you were a snowflake how would you dance?" or "If you were a yellow leaf blowing in the wind, how would you dance?" Then we all will come together and they will teach the class the parts they were told to create, I then will put it all together w/ music to create an Autumn into Winter season medley :) Hopefully it works out as nicely as I see it in my head and if not I know they will have had fun creating it, seeing it come together, and will have learned a little about how dance is used to tell a story without words :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Autumn has been as busy as ever, as I'm sure you are noticing also!!! I'm finding myself preparing for the coming winter, getting into the new routines, and balancing choreography for my dance classes and new creations for my shop! Some how keeping up with my blogs has fallen to the bottom of the list, funny I find I have to sleep some time :)

I have added a few new earrings to the autumn collection that you might find of interest. Who knows maybe you can't live with out!

Take time to kick the autumn leaves around and drink a cup of hot cocoa,
Xanna :)

"Enchanted Evening"

"Kissing Shrooms"

"Autumnal Light"

"Northern Lights"

"Peach Parfait"

You can find all of these and more at or

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

Spent a family weekend this weekend. We took our youngest to a huge pumpkin patch and corn maze in Yelm, WA yesterday. Today was mostly spent burning branches, chopping wood and just mainly getting ready for the winter rains! I just thought I'd post something so you don't forget about me :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dragonfly pendant

Wow! The days have been flying by!!! Even though I've been unable to post anything here, I'm never to far from creating ♥ In fact I came across this beautiful pendant the other day and was stunned by the beauty and simplicity of it .... I can't wait to have a few moments to create something stunning with it! (I'm thinking a necklace....)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Take and Edit Great Product Photos: A tutorial Part 1

I'm no wiz at taking product photos however I am learning, and right now they are descent however they could be much better, because every time I sell a piece of jewelry the comment I always get is; "Wow! This is more beautiful than the picture! Thank you so much!" So I'm constantly in the persute of better quality photos from an armature with an armature camera...ME! The other problem I run into is I live in the Northwest of the US, and if you don't know, that is the rainy area. It usually starts raining in late September and doesn't let up till late June. So my picture opportunities are few and far between. Another words I'm always looking for some thing better so I don't have to endure hours outside on a frosty, damp, winter day!

I follow several blogs and this morning this one out of Australia caught my eye! She is talking about the things she has found in her struggles to take a great product photo, and basically I wanted to share her info with you. Who knows, she may say something you hadn't thought of and it could make all the difference in your product photography, and could lead to more success!
Xanna :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Treasury West

"What to wear Today!" when our closets become boring.... This is the newest treasury created, take a peek, click on the artists, leave a comment, and hopefully find something you didn't know you were looking for!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Fairy Kisses" charm bracelet

Something New for Fall!!!

A light and airy charm bracelet that almost looks antique in nature. With it’s burnished golden coloring mixed with soft pinks, mint greens, and a splash of purple.
The tree focal beads were created by Quinlan Glass Studios. The accent beads are a lovely mint green turquoise, soft pink pearls, natural aqua marine, natural rhodonite, recycled glass beads, puffy heart charms, and 2X AB Swarovski® crystal to add a bit of sparkle!

You can purchase this bracelet at either one of my shops:


Thank you :)


"Sea of Dreams" opal encased heart necklace

Something new for Fall !!!!

A swirling blue heart pendant, like the depths of a stormy sea, or the warm blues of your favorite pair of jeans. Suspended within the depths of the heart is a fiery Gilson opal. This beautiful heart was created by Jay Taylor and to accent the lovely blues with in the pendant I used vintage seed beads in an iridescent blue and aqua. The three accent boro beads were created by Blue Bead Masters and flanking those beads are pacific opal Swarovski® crystals and then a chain of burnished gold ending in an easy to use toggle clasp.

You can find this necklace in both of my shops:


Monday, September 7, 2009

Secret Garden Charm Bracelet

Something New!!! "Secret Garden" Charm Bracelet, a fresh collection of honey opal Picasso Czech beads, green labradorite, ocean fossil quartz, pearls, sparkling Swarovski® crystal, ant gold key charms, and a beautiful glass leaf charm to tie it all together! You can find it at either or my shops:


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pink Sky at Night.... Treasury West

I've put together a treasury of some really beautiful items, just in case you find some time to shop on this busy holiday weekend! Your welcome to visit the artists and leave comments on the treasury, and just enjoy the beauty of what others have created.

The lamp is created by Orly My Light, she does some beautiful work with beads and lighting and making them into lovely lamp that give lovely ambiance to any room! You can check her out at:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Elusive Fall Purse

A`La Mode

Studio One Designs

Love Janice


Eyes on Me

The Leather Store

I'm on my annual search for the perfect fall purse! Like all of you, I love the Dooney and Burke, Coach, and Fossil names brands for my bag, however I can't always afford the prices (never is probably closer to the truth) and I would like to have something unusual that people are going to say "Wow! where did you get that!" So in my perusing of Etsy stores I've come up with some interesting stores that you may want to check out.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Come little leaves....-George Cooper

I love creating treasuries! They allow me to be creative and be able to support and promote other artists just like myself!

This time the theme of the treasury is based on one of my favorite poems. I love autumn so it is know surprise I would choose this poem. Come take a look, click on the talent, enjoy the richness of an autumn day

The picture accompanying the post is by a lovely artist (who has created a lovely set of dishes for me) who owns a store by the name of One Wintery Night, you can visit her and see more of her work at

Come Little Leaves....

- By George Cooper

"Come, little leaves,"said the wind one day,
"Come over the meadows with me, and play;

Put on your dresses of red and gold;
Summer is gone,
and the days grow cold.

"Soon as the leaves heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering,
one and all;

Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the soft little songs they knew.

"Cricket, good-bye,
we've been friends so long;

Little brook, sing us your farewell song-
Say you're sorry to see us go;
Ah! you are sorry, right well we know.

"Dear little lambs, in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
Fondly we've watched you in vale and glade;
Say, will you dream of our loving shade?

"Dancing and whirling the little leaves went;
Winter had called them and they were content-
Soon fast asleep in their earthy beds,
The snow laid a soft mantle over their heads.

Wedding party jewelry set

This summer I've been working on a set of jewelry for a wedding party, 3 bride's maids and a flower girl, and with much fine tuning they are finally completed!!!! I think they turned out perfect, hopefully I will get to see a picture of them wearing the necklaces with their dress :)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

EtsyRain Orchards (Treasury West)

Had sometime and created a treasury using Washington state artists, Come see what's new in the Pacific Northwest, click some artist stores, leave a comment, or just enjoy the beauty!
The lovely pear painting was created by Debra Linker. You can check our her talent and store at

Friday, August 28, 2009

Peace..Love..and Hydrangeas

I created a new treasury on Etsy, "Peace...Love...and Hydrangeas"! Come take a look, tell me what you think, and check out some wonderful artists!
The Photo was taken by a wonderful etsy artist at come check out her store!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Alexa's Song charm bracelet

Seems like the end of summer is the busiest, I guess we are all trying to get those last vacation trips in before the first leaf falls! I have been busy with some special requests lately and thought I'd show you one that is finished before it has gone to it's new home. "Alexa's Song" is a charm bracelet done with a lovely boro focal bead surrounded by pearls, green laboradite, sun sitara (sandstone), crystals, and copper puffy heart charms, chain, and findings. All of them coming together to create a lovely fall ensemble.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This weekend I took some time off from the computer, dance, and my jewelry and spent some quality time with my oldest daughter and some very good friends of ours! I'm not much of a thrill seeker I'm kind of like Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz" I don't look for adventure however if it is placed in front of me I will try it. So I tried river rafting down the White Salmon River in Washington State this weekend! What a thrill, scary, but fun! I'm the one drowning in my life preserver!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Warmth of Friends

I created a treasury "Warmth of Friends" and featured items from friends I have met through Etsy. Take a look, leave a comment, click on some of the items (there are some neat things!)

New Jewelry

The wait is over! After vacations and running kids here there and everywhere, I've finally been able to update my website and post new items in my Etsy store

Whew! Come check them out!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Helpful link for Estians and Treasuries

Barefootweaver sent me a link that some of you fellow etsians may not know about (sad to say I didn't). It's a web site that lets you know about both treasuries (main and west) along with alot of other helpful info, and who couldn't use some helpful info :)

Main Treasury

Today is my lucky day!!!! I not only was featured in one treasury but two! TwirledTreasures featured my "Evening Beat" necklace with some very talented people. Take a look, leave a comment, or click to see other artist's work.

Etsy Treasury West

Barefootweaver generously decided to include my bracelet "Caribbean Sea" in her treasury today! To me being included in someone else's treasury is a huge compliment, thank you Cait! If you want to take a peek, leave a comment, or click to view some of the other artist Cait featured, check out the link

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's an Evolution

I follow several fellow Etsians on their blogs and through FB. It's an Evolution is celebrating her 100th post about how her and her site, have evolved, and would love to hear about your "Evolution" too! Along with the celebration is a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to ANTHROPOLOGIE!!!! to be given away Friday, August 14th. She has a beautiful site to just brows and lovely items in her Etsy store that I once featured in an Etsy treasury. Take a look, you won't be disappointed

Monday, August 10, 2009

Summer's Song

Getting ready to post my new website...I thought I'd give you a sneek peak at one of the new items for fall. Summer's Song is a new charm bracelet featuring three focal beads by BC Lampworks and accented with fresh water pearls and coin pearls in a rich megenta color, lovely fire colored agate, mellow yellow jade, and lots of Swarovski crystal to make it sparkle and to high light the antique brass leaves, chain, and other findings. It will be featured on my Etsy sight as well as later this week for $56.00.

Friday, August 7, 2009

It is amazing the talent in this world and we are so lucky to be able to see so much of it through Etsy!

I thought I'd feature some items from artists who have not yet had a sale on Etsy...who knows it may be exactly what your looking for!

special request

I had a special request not to long ago to make a bracelet for a gal that was elastic but didn't look like it was a stretch bracelet.....Hmmmm..... so here is what I came up with.

Xanna's Jewelry Box

The final days of "The Summer Clearance Sale"!
Enjoy saving throught the store + FREE Shipping!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


This is my first post on my blog! At the moment it is a work in progress, please excuse the chaos while I figure this whole blogging thing out :) - Xanna
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