‘Tis the Season for Arts Offerings

Hi there everybody!

I have not posted in a very long time. I have been busy making jewelry and adding to my arts offerings by expanding my photography business (Ardea Blue Photography)

I am now in the midst of the pre holiday season Blitz!

I am doing a combination of jewelry shows and photography exhibits, which you cab see by looking at my upcoming events side bar.

My latest jewelry forays include LOTS of bracelets and Necklaces, as you can see below:

I love this beautiful etched Czech glass Tila bead. I accented it with purple glass pearls and seed beads. SO pretty!


I Also fell in love with these new Z shaped beads, but could only find them in this unusual color. Luckily, I had some matching Tila beads to go with it:


I had some fun selling things, Believe it or not, I now have about twice as many as seen in this picture!32215382_10211806483823302_605565666904244224_n.jpg

Like these for example:


In between all these projects, I did a lot of traveling and took a lot of pictures. My love of nature has always inspired my jewelry, especially in regards to color and shape.  You can see how my artistic endeavors intertwine in the following photographs:

Come on out and see my jewelry in December and my photography as well in Nov and December!



A Visit With the Fairies

Now that Spring has finally arrived it is time to go on a Fairy Hunt!

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Also, look up into the trees…

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 There you may spot a raven

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Deep in the woods….

 You will find the fairies!

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 And perhaps a unicorn too!

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A  druid lass may scamper past

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And she will be adorned with symbols of the earth:

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For more information on the Pentagram symbolPentagram symbolism

check out the garden….     (look behind the roses)

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See them there, the little pixies hiding amongst the flowers?

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They await the queen of the fairies…

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I hope you have had fun in Fairyland!   Stop by any time!!

The In Between Time (Looking Backwards and Forwards)

Here in the Midwest we are experiencing that special in between time. It’s that time of year between “Will it ever be warm again?” and “Puddle of perspiration”.

After a rather slow start, I think that warmth may finally be returning. I spent a great afternoon at the dog park with my husband and hound on Easter Sunday.

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My first walk of the year without a coat!!

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His first spring buds in the woodlands!!

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Winnie’s first smell-a-thon at the park!

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Not to mention these fine spring flowers I found in my beading room….

Easter Bouquet

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I have been trying over this long winter to learn at least 2 new weaves every month and to make at least 1-2 bracelets per week.  It has been challenging and fun. After completing them, they go into the treasure chest. It’s getting pretty full!

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Here is a quick review of my work since the new year began:

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Brick red and green Tilas with green/gold Superduos. Handmade brass toggle clasp

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Peacock Purple Passion

Peacock blue fire polished crystals and Tila squares. Blingity Bling Bling!!

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Short, 6 inch bracelet with parallelogram shaped2-hole beads and gold Super duos

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Leather wrap bracelet with beaded beads, copper clasp and dangles

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Seahorse shapes in Caribbean colors

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It has been a long and busy winter, and now I look forward to a warm and pleasant summer, going to craft fairs and selling  these beauties to all of you!

By the way, if you see something you like here, and it is not in my Etsy shop, just message me. I don’t post most of what I make, and it could be available if you just ask me!

Happy springtime!


Time to rest and create new treasures for next season

The last of the craft fairs of the season have come and gone. I am ready to start all over for next year! It was really a great year, and I got to meet so many nice people. I am ready do it all over again. Can you believe this: I was at the dentist, trying not to think about what was going on in my mouth, and I began to plan new necklaces and bracelets in my head. The hour went SUPER fast!!

Here I am with my new and improved smile…

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I did manage to finish up a couple of  necklaces that I had been working on prior to a rather difficult fall season. Thanksgiving was wonderful, and I have to admit I have never been more thankful for the health and happiness of those I love as I was this year.

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This is the purple weave necklace that I posted earlier this fall. I dyed the buttons and finished it with gunmetal chain.

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This is the completed Golden Harvest woven choker. I finished it with fancy gold buttons dyed lightly purple to reflect the AB finish of the 4 mm square beads.

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This last necklace I made just today. It features creamy white shell disks with large red dyed quarts chips. The dangle features a large vintage shell topped with green jasper and another white shell round topped with a tree of life medallion. I used super heavyweight nylon coated wire and a sturdy toggle clasp.

Gotta go now. Time to decorate for the holidays! Have fun everybody, and see you soon!

Craft fairs you need to be at!

Here’s where all the cool kids will be this fall…………

  • Betsy’s Beadworks and Carnelian Sol Designs will be at Art on the Mart on September 8th in Ahuska park in Monona. Farmers Market Sunday.
  • We will also be at the One-Stop Holiday Shop on October 19 at the McFarland Lutheran Church.
  • Betsy’s Beadworks will also be at the Crafty Fair this fall, on Sunday November 17th from 10am-4pm at the Goodman Community Center.  (149 Waubesa St. Madison, WI)

Come on by and say hi! We love the company.

Be there or be square!