My “Lost Earring” Policy

Yesterday I lost an earring, which is something I hardly ever do. However, when it happens, it can be extremely irritating. It’s these times that have made me establish my “Lost Earring” policy: if a customer loses one earring, I will sell them a single earring instead of making them buy a whole new pair. All they have to do is send me the lonely earring so I can match it. Does this sound good to you? Hint: your answer should be, “YES!!!”. Think about it for a moment. If you buy a pair of earrings at Macy’s, but then you lose one six months later, are they going to let you replace the lost one for half the price of the original pair? I don’t think so.  In fact, I have had customers send me earrings they purchased in Italy to see if I can find a match and quite often I can!

I instituted the “Lost Earring” Policy because I’m not Macy’s, and that’s the beauty of handmade. I want to make sure my customers get plenty of enjoyment from their purchases. It’s always a bummer when you can’t wear your favorite earrings anymore because you lost one, and I want to help my customers keep on wearing their stylish Venetian bling for as long as possible.

I have a confes…

Venice night
By Kuster & Wildhaber Photography

I have a confession to make and I feel very ashamed.  When I first visited Venice, I couldn’t wait to leave it behind.  I know, I hear the collective gasping of air.  As our train pulled in I loved it because it is an amazing sight – a city built on water.  But once we got there I guess it was too much for me.  The water was dark and smelly, we were constantly getting lost in the maze of “streets”, our hotel room was crazy tiny and the food was sooo expensive and not even very tasty.  This was not meeting my expectation of “the city of Romance”.

Fast forward about 20 years.



The last time I was in Venice, I didn’t want to leave.  And I am trying to figure out how this happened.  In those 20 years have I gained a new sense of adventure?  A greater level of patience?  Perhaps a less rigid expectation?  Definitely an appreciation of some alone time with my husband!  But visiting Venice now that maze of “streets” calls me into its’ mystery.  Every bridge and every building connect me to the traditions of the ancient city.  The tales of the ebb and flow of the water and their affects on the lives of the Venetians beg me to listen.  Now it is a city of Enchantment.  A place that beckons me to return again and again.

Do you have a city of Enchantment?


The story behind the blue necklace

It’s done! and I just had to tell it’s story.  I actually completed it and wore it to our local school fundraising gala on October 1.  I was quite glamorous.

I have been wanting to try some bead embroidery since I saw a purse done by Sherry Serafini in a magazine several years ago.  The one with the skulls – but they are all so amazing.  Check out her handbag page and be prepared to ooh and ahhh.

The opportunity to try some bead embroidery presented itself when I came across the large Venetian disc which had a chip in the edge.:-( Because of the chip in the glass I could not use it in my usual pendants but I had hung onto it because I hate to waste ANYTHING.  With bead embroidery you glue the cabachon or bead onto a backing and then bead around it so the chip would be completely covered.  Perfect solution!

So my plan was to make a bracelet but as always happens when you start on these things, they begin to take on a life of their own.  I found a peyote stitch pattern from a necklace entitled Pearly Mosaic by Lisa Kan which I modified for the circular links surrounding silver foil venetian glass beads.  I did not want to take these all the way to the back of the necklace so I made up a chain pattern again by modifying the original Lisa Kan necklace.

work in progress


I began this project in June (and we were in Alaska for the entire month of July) and I worked on it sporadically partly because I was trying to decide how to proceed, partly because it was all new techniques for me so there was a learning curve.  Even though I kept the bead embroidery portion pretty simple it was a great project to get started on.  I have already completed my 2nd bead embroidery project which I will post soon.