Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Play With My Emotions

One of the nicest compliments I ever received was from my uncle. He told me how much he enjoyed the emotions in my paintings. That was years ago, but I have always remembered and appreciated his observation.

Click on the picture above to view this Treasury until August 31st.

I was so excited to see that I had been featured in another Treasury on Etsy. It's amazing how much emotion can be expressed in one look on a two-dimentional medium. One second gaze captured eternally - I am very glad to be a part of this list.

An extra special thanks to Dee's Home Goods--Soap and More!! Please visit her shop by clicking the banner below!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I Left My Heart In

I was featured in another Treasury on Etsy. Completely flattering and it's a lovely list with some wonderful artists. I am extremely glad to be included! To view this list, click on the image below until August 28th:

I didn't want to leave my heart, so I moved here. :)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Featured in an Etsy Treasury!

Imagine my surprise - I am thrilled! Those are my earrings down there! Just click on the image to view this Treasury until August 25th.

And, be sure to check out Angela's shop at Kastroll Kreations! Her work is excellent, she is a lovely person, and she creates the most wonderful art and gift items. Just click on her banner to view her Etsy shop!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bronwyn Biloela, Queensland, Australia

I am thrilled to be living in a time where we truly have a Global Community. I enjoy sharing on this Blog and the work I create for my shops and special customers. Bronwyn recently visited my blog and purchased a pair of earrings; she has a wonderful sense of humor and excellent taste! ;)

She also has a fabulous blog! Click on the banner below to explore!

Not only is she a wonderful artist in her own right, but she is an avid supporter of others. I am happy to support such a lovely human being and fellow artist!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Nibblefest Art Contest

Nibblefest Art Contest, is a themed art contest beginning on the 20th of each month on Ebay. For this month's Nibblefest theme: "Illustrate a Story or Poem", I chose a poem by Maya Angelou:

My Life Has Turned to Blue

Our summer's gone,
the golden days are through.

The rosy dawns I used to
wake with you
have turned to gray,
my life has turned to blue.

The once-green lawns
glisten now with dew,
Red robin's gone,

down to the South he flew,
Left here alone,
my life has turned to blue.

I've heard the news
that winter too will pass,
that spring's a sign
that summer's due to last.
But until I see you
lying in green grass,
my life has turned to blue.

(Auction ends August 27, 2007 at 7pm.)

Blue Girl

9"x12", Oil on Canvas Board

Extremely textured - painted on Acrylic Primed Artist Canvas Panel, board made of 100% recycled materials, and is ready to frame.

Signed and dated by the artist and comes with Certificate of Authenticity.

Please be sure to search for NFAC to see more great entries, each starting at just 99¢. Thank you for supporting living artists!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Season!

Most Bar and Bat Mitzvahs take place around the 13th birthday. However, while this season lasts all year long, Summer always seems excessively busy!

Here are a few gift ideas that you won't find at the local or online mega Judaica store. Click on the photo to be taken directly to the item!

Bat Mitzvah
Picture Frame


Bar Mitzvah
Picture Frame

Custom Bat Mitzvah Bracelet with Birthstone

Custom Frame Based on the Bat Mizvah Invitation
Includes Bat Mitzvah Girl's Hebrew Name

Of course, custom orders are always welcome! I can use Hebrew or English letters and find these designs a particular challenge and extremely enjoyable! Give a specially created piece for that very special day!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Short Interview

Diane Sawyer: Staci, tell me, how did you get started creating jewelry?

Staci Rose: Well, when I was 13 my aunt sent me to summer camp with a bag of beads and some string. The rest, is history.

Autumn Rainbow
Moukaite, Pearl, Calcite, Carnelian, African Opal

Pearl, Iolite,

Torrential Rain
Turquoise, Pearl,
Onyx, Peridot

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Working My Little Fingers!

A friend in High School used to call them penguin fingers, because they were so small that if penguins did have fingers they'd be about the same size. Very small. I can wear those stretch gloves and not stretch them.

I recently received an order for 500 wine charms that must be received before October 1st (and I have to take into account shipping time!) and got my supply order yesterday afternoon. I've been working night and day to get everything ready and am having a blast.

Here's the design I came up with:
(I've blurred out the letters of my client on the white beads.)

...and here's the focal bead!

So! Please excuse me if you don't hear from me so frequently but I'll try! And, if you see me posting way too often, please tell me to get back to work!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Too Fruity to be Quartz?!!

I've come across it and I'm sure many others have as well...Strawberry Quartz...Pineapple Quartz...and someone's advertising it as Natural.

In actuality, most of the "fruity" Quartz stones are made of glass. This would include Strawberry, Cherry, Blueberry, Pineapple, etc. The "fruity" Quartz is a clear glass with a "line" pattern from the added color, like rutilated stones but more dyed looking. Opalite is another glass "stone" and is not natural.

The "fruity" Quartz and Opalite can be very fetching! However, they are made of glass and not "natural".

The most well-known stones from the Quartz family are Amethyst, Rose Quartz, and Carnelian (a Chalcedony and member of the Quartz family). The only exception I can think of to the "fruity" Quartz is glass is "Lemon Quartz" - which is usually a very yellow variation of Carnelian and most commonly found in pendants vs. strings of beads.

Many stones look alike and pictures on the internet are different on everyone's computer screens! (Aventurine & Jade, Aquamarine & Topaz, Pietersite & Chrysanthemum Stone)

Multi-gem necklace
with Green Aventurine
rounds. (Aventurine
comes in many shades
of green, blue, red!)

Multi-gem necklace
from the Candy
Collection with
Jade Fish & long

I would suggest that you feel comfortable with your seller and ask as many questions as you might have! Be sure to feel confident in their responses and the items you are getting so you can treasure the work of art you are wearing!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Pride is Pretty!

In San Francisco, Pride Weekend is a big to-do, whatever your sexual orientation. My friend and I were reminiscing about the nice time we had with our neighbors. We spent the evening before the parade BBQing - which brought a few neighbors into the courtyard. And, about eight of us, some never having met before, were up until 2am talking and getting to know each other - having a wonderful time.

Yesterday night, I created this Treasury on Etsy, you can see it until Tuesday, August 14th, 7:05am. Click on the picture to view!

If you miss seeing this list, you can view the artists' work at the following Etsy shops:

Thursday, August 9, 2007

I LOVE Women!


I have special relationships with my women friends - they are deep and boundless and silly. They make me strong and let me strengthen others.

Julie - Amazon


I love to paint their curves and attitudes, their imperfect bodies and emotions. The implications of a look, the colors that surround their personalities - that are their state of mind.


A fellow blogger reminded me of a fabulous piece on YouTube I'd like to share with you. Simply click on the image below to view this clip. It will only take a few minutes and I hope you will find it as enjoyable as I did!

Very special thanks to Tah Groen! Simply click on the banner to view her blog:

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Sugarfoots & Sellerogoods

I received a wonderful review today about a necklace I sold. I always say that my jewelry is meant to be worn not just viewed - I hope you can see why!

This piece looks beautiful against her skin and I am so glad she is enjoying her work of art! :) Peridot is her birthstone and I was happy she found a piece she has become so fond of - and I am always happy to create custom pieces as well!

Click on her banner to view her blog and see more about this talented artist. Click on the article to view my Etsy shop.

Monday, August 6, 2007

This Just In - Vino Hot Stuff Trivets!

They have been the most popular items in my shop at Etsy and are always a ton of fun to create!

These measure 6"x8" and are perfect for keeping the hot plates off the table. Best of all, the corks are recycled materials (one point for Mother Earth) and each trivet is unique and completely different from one another!

PS...this goes great with the wine charms listed in my Etsy shop!

I will be posting the trivets in my Etsy shop but am always happy to create custom orders, quantity orders, or trivets of varied sizes. These make great gifts - especially for the person that has everything!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Personalized Bead Box - for Beginners and All Ages!

My cousin David and I are less than one year apart in age. He is married to Irina, a wonderful woman and they have two children: Maiya (3 in November), and Maksim (6 months). For all intents and purposes - they are my niece and nephew, I am their aunt. And I LOVE it!

Maiya LOVES beads! She loves jewelry, loves making it, wearing it, getting it. (It's cute now, but her future significant other may be in for it!) And, as a jewelry maker, I am so excited to help her with this and be there with her as she grows.

So, when David called to tell me that she put a bead up her nose, it got lodged there, and they had to rush her to the doctor's office, it got me thinking, "Maybe I should put something together that is age appropriate." This is what I came up with:

I can't wait to give this to her for her third birthday! I found a wonderful sectioned box that her little fingers should be able to open and close easily. I added large beads with large holes for longer necklaces - necklaces that do not need clasps. I included wood, plastic, glass, polymer clay, vintage lucite, large porcelain pendants, large copper pendant - just to begin with!

My girlfriend Sue (whom I love and adore!) needed a gift for her 5 year old cousin and I offered to make one of these boxes for her as well. Since I know she is no longer exploring her body, I was able to include smaller beads, clasps, and more fragile pieces like shells.

Each box is adorned with hand painted letters of their name and an embellishment that reflects their interests or just makes the whole look darn cute! I will never use stickers - stickers fade and peel and over time just don't keep their appearance fresh. The embellishments on both of these boxes were created with wood but I also use sturdy molded plastic and metals as well.

I am confident, as a jewelry maker and designer, that I can put together a great bunch of beads - for boys and girls of all ages. Even adult beginners! I have been working with beads and gemstones for over 15 years - please contact me if I can create one of these special pieces for you!

I will also be posting this at my Etsy shop (just click the link at the top left of the page). I can't wait to put together your interests, add that personal touch, and feed your need to create!

Friday, August 3, 2007

New Bracelets - Fresh Photographed!

I was actually afraid of making bracelets. Here's my tale of neurosis.


While everyone asked me to make bracelets and wondered why I didn't, simply put, I didn't want anyone to hate my jewelry. I didn't want anyone to look at my jewelry as a chore, annoying, or having to ask their significant other for help during an argument. See, neurosis.

I have seen too many people curse out their bracelets because they cannot get it on themselves. Or, the clasp ALMOST makes it and then, "d'oh!" it slips out and flips around your wrist and then the swearing starts. I never wanted anyone to curse, hate, look at with disdain - my jewelry. After all, it's a one-of-a-kind piece, made with love and sometimes long hours, that I believe was especially created for the special person that now owns it!


So, while a very small number of my bracelets use the lobster claw clasp I finally found the "S" clasp which makes one-handed closure so much easier! I feel much better now!

I will be posting the bracelets shown here on Etsy but I am always happy to create custom orders so feel free to contact me at any time!

Circle of Life

Thursday, August 2, 2007


This is my first post on my first Blog. Thank you for stopping by! On this site I hope to share my art, craft, and writing. Maybe, even, someone besides myself will find this interesting! ;)

I have a lot of new projects in the works I am looking forward to sharing as soon as I have some photos: Personalized Bead Box (age appropriate), Wine Cork Trivets, a dive back into Polymer Clay after almost 15 years, and some Hebrew blocks Chanukeah/Menorahs.

Many thanks!