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How about a lovely Wine Bottle Stopper, decorated with a stunning dichroic glass piece from Paula's Stress Art? Pick one up today for just $23!!

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Know someone who needs a bit of pampering, but you're just not sure what scent to choose? Then consider this Mini Lotion Gift Sampler from Right as Rain Creations. For only $10 you get to sample 6 scents. The only challenge will be choosing just 6 from more than 25 available scents!

Right as Rain Sampler Gift Pack

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Here is a great and inexpensive gift idea. Tile coaster sets from Little Tile Gnome. Sets of four tile coasters sell for only $10. She carries every style imaginable. Retro, floral, holiday, vintage and more!!

Here is just one example of these fabulous coasters:

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Like a more natural look to your jewelry? Then you might consider a River Rock pendant from Sarah Wong Jewelry.

This particular pendant retails for just $23.

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Know someone who is decorating a new home? Well, then you may want to consider this lovely piece from Amy Giacomelli. I admire Amy's work, most of which is well beyond my budget right now. This piece is a bit smaller than many of Amy's pieces and so is its price.

Give this serene painting this holiday season for only $53.
Lakeside at Sunset:

Of course, feel free to browse Amy's shop for many more fabulous pieces!

Sapphire Lizard's Gift Guide

Everyday for the next 2 weeks, I'm going to be posting some neat Etsy finds. This is my own personal gift guide.

Today, I'll start things off with this Large Serving Bowl from Dishfuls of Doodles:
dishful of doodles handpainted bowlThis bowl, like all of her other products, is handpainted with Mary's original design. This particular bowl caught my eye because of its color. These lovely bowls are available in multiple sizes and an assortment of different colors. Looking for a platter or a vase instead? No problem! Mary has those too! Just stop by today!

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

Lately, the weather around here has been crazy. This past weekend it was 90 degrees and incredibly humid...not typical for October in Chicago. Now, here it is Wednesday and only a high in the low 50's. Now that's much more like normal. So...its finally starting to look and feel like fall.

Wind gusts swoosh through and blow up clouds of fallen leaves. So, I thought I'd swoosh through and show off some great leafy items I found on Etsy.

Gold Heart and Leaves Pendant by Tiny Montgomery:gold heart and leaves pendant

Autumn Oak and Acorn Procelain Ring by Round Rabbit:autumn oak acron procelain ring

And, last but not least, this adorable bag from Homegrown Skinny:Boogie with Stu Bag

If you find that you're needing an extra large helping of autumn these days, then just hop on over to Etsy and search for leaves. There's definitely plenty to choose from!

Kronos Rocks!

I don't know all that much about Kronos glass, but one thing's for sure...I love Kronos glass beads!! It makes for absolutely stunning shades of blue/green color. I love it!!!

One example is this lovely focal bead from Mary Lockwood: chrome twist metallic lampwork bead
A lovely focal from Seattle Lampwork Designs:kronos lampwork focal
This lovely set from Bead Abundant:metallic blue and tan bead

I am in LOVE!

Yes...I am in love with this newest piece in my shop! I love combining copper with shades of blue and green. This particular combination is positively stunning!!

Take a peek:copper elegance apatite copper riverstone necklacePretty much speaks for itself now, doesn't it??

More Heavy Metal!

In case you hadn't already figured it out, I've been swooning over heavy metal jewelry lately. Today's feature is another fabulous metal jewelry artist.

Sterling Silver Jewelry

Industria offers many choices of unique sterling jewelry. The first piece that caught my eye in her shop is this stunning Curve Bracelet.
If you're into rings, then you should definitely check out these Sterling Stamped Stack Rings.
Looking for a necklace that is sure to stand out in the crowd? Well then I suggest the ZAP POW WHAM Sterling Silver Necklace.
Take a moment to stop by and browse the rest of the shop at Industria. And be sure to mention that you saw her here!!

Somthing to talk about!

Yes, definitely something to talk about here! Today's spotlight is:

Moore Taste
Designer Jewellery by Toni


Toni from Moore Taste offers a lovely variety of unique metal jewelry pieces. For starters, this Etched Copper Pendant:etched copper pendant
Another eye catching piece is the Etched Brass Pendant:

And finally, these lovely Ripple Etched Copper Earrings, also available without the ripple or in sterling silver.

So...stop by Moore Taste to check out these beauties and much, much more!! Be sure to mention that you saw her here!

I hear ringing!

Spotlight on some new rings at Sapphire Lizard Designs!

Fun and funky button rings:Ring of fire button ring

Cotton Candy button ring

Another of my "classic" wire wrapped rings:
wire wrapped ring mustn't forget the new earrings:pretty peacock earrings

splash on the sand earrings

Impromptu Etsy Front Page Contest

The Etsy Treasury has become such a hot place to be, that the poor servers can't handle all of the traffic they're getting. So...while the Treasury is down, one of the Etsy Admins is running a bit of an impromptu contest to find a front page treasury. I just so happened to have a treasury planned and was going to try to grab a spot. Here it is:

I was planning on blogging on this theme tonight anyways!!


Calling all bead addicts!! These are some of the most stunning beads I've ever seen!!! Boy, I sure do love Bead Abundant!!

Renaissance Pair Lampwork Bead setI can always count on seeing some stunning shades of blue and green at Bead Abundant, but there's just something about this "Renaissance Pair" that takes the blue and green to a whole new level!

Heavy Metal

Wanted to share a few awesome new favorites. I have been on a major metal jewelry kick lately.

Take a few minutes to check out this lovely Blue-Green and Ice Blue Chainmaille bracelet from ice blue chainmaille bracelet
For you copper fans like myself, you'll adore this Copper and Silver Necklace from Accent Yourself.copper silver necklace chainmailleLast, but certainly not least...check out the Copper Circles Bracelet from Grassy Mountain Design.
copper circles bracelet
In addition to making such fabulous pieces, these 3 artists are all relatively new to Etsy. Stroll on over and check out their shops, and be sure to mention that you saw them here.

Dressing up Denim

The EtsyBEAD theme of the week this week is "Dressing up Denim". Some of my fellow street team members have been lucky (patient) enough to snag a few treasuries to show off some of the lovely items that are on sale this week.EtsyBEAD dressing up denim treasuryEtsyBEAD dressing up denim treasuryEtsyBEAD dressing up denim treasurySee something you like?? Want to see more?? Search Etsy for "Dressing up Denim" or just click here!! And remember...each and every week you can search for the tag "EBTW" to find items for that week's theme. To learn more about the EtsyBEAD street team and our weekly sales, stop by our team blog at !!

Word World Build-A-Word

Do you have a preschooler at home?? Then I definitely recommend you check out Word World on PBS Kids!! It is an awesome new show. My son absolutely loves watching it, and I love the educational value! Check it out!

Etsy Spotlight~ Frozen in Time

I am incredibly excited to introduce you to an awesome new Etsy seller. I have to admit, I discovered this shop through the Daily Ditties at Wickedly Chic.

Frozen in Time is a shop full of truly unique pendants. These pendants are photographic images from inside of kaleidescopes, mounted in acrylic pendants. Absolutely stunning!!

frozen in time colorful kaleidescope pendant

Go Colts!

The secret's out! I'm a football fanatic, and a big time Indianapolis Colts fan! In celebration of tonight's big season opener game...just a little bit of team spirit.

Feeling Lucky Earrings by Girl in World:
Feeling Lucky Horseshoe Earrings
Blue and White Fused Dichroic Glass Pendant by Lucky Girl Trading Company:Blue white fused dichroic glass pendant
Blue Spiral Lampwork Pendant by Avenue Beads:blue spiral lampwork pendant avenue beads
OCEANIA Fused Glass Pendant by Willow Glass:oceania fused glass pendant willowglass
Go Colts!!

Where have you been???

Many of you may have been wondering where I've been. Things have been busy at home, and I haven't had much time for blogging.

The biggest chunk of my time has gone to my son. Our 4 yr old son had his tonsils and adenoids removed last Thursday. So, we spent our Labor Day weekend nursing him back to health. I'd say that he pulled through it very well, but we definitely had our ups and downs. He has been fairly low key, and his appetite comes and goes. The biggest challenge we've had is getting him to drink enough fluids. Today is his first day back at daycare...a little sad for me. Hopefully it goes well, because tomorrow is another big day for him. Tomorrow is the first day of preschool. Last week they had an open house, and he had a blast. So much so that when it came time to leave, he didn't want to go home.

It is a bit weird not having the kids around today. It has been a while since I've taken them to daycare on one of my days off...and after a long weekend with them, it sure is quiet around here. I mustn't spend too much time enjoying the peace and quiet though...there is much to do today. I need to finish cleaning up around the house. More importantly, I must finish getting things together for an appointment I have this afternoon. I'm headed over to check out the lovely little shop opening today in Lake Villa, called Artisans Ball. I actually heard about the shop through Etsy, as the owner is an Etsy seller. The shop features a number of indie artists, a list which will hopefully include myself soon too.

Over the coming weeks, I will do what I can to bring the blog back up to normal speed. It may take a while though because my husband has a couple of business trips, and I'll be a single mom for a while. Thanks so much for your patience!!

Stunning New Items in the Shop Today!!

Two fabulous new necklaces added to my shop today!! The first is part of the etsyBEAD street team theme of the week sale. This week's theme is "Keeping Cool"! Here is my necklace, entitled "Cold as Ice":

Cold as Ice Necklace
The other new piece is a personal favorite of mine. I absolutely love these colors and how they all came together. This necklace, entitled "Ocean Pebbles" is the newest piece from my fall "Dreamy" line. It features Blue Apatite, Bronzite, Amazonite and Mother of Pearl.

Ocean Pebbles Necklace
Stop by today to see what else is new at Sapphire Lizard Designs!!!

Random Etsy Find

Today's random Etsy find is a stunning ACEO from Sujati, entitled "Searching for Answers"

If you like this piece, then you're sure to love the rest of Sujati's artwork too. Stop by and browse her shop today!

Featured Artist of the Week~ August 7th

Family committments have left my poor little blog a little lonely lately. I'm doing my best to keep a steady, but unfortunately slow, flow of new material here for my loyal readers.

This week I'll get back into it with a featured artist of the week. Straying only slightly from the bead artists that I had been featuring...this week's featured artist is:

Leaping Lizards Designs


Leaping Lizards specializes in hand-crafted ceramic pendants, jewelry and functional art for your home. What I love most about the items you'll find at Leaping Lizards is that they tend to carry inspiration with them.

Whether it be inspiration from nature, as seen in this Green Leaf Pendant...

or inspiration through words, with this Hope Pendant...

And, as I mentioned before...inspiration for your home with this lovely Peace Themed Chip and Dip set:
So...stop by Leaping Lizards today and check out the rest of the shop! Be sure to mention that you saw them here!!

Introducing the new fall line~ "Dreamy"

The time has finally come for me to introduce the first pieces of my fall line. First, I want to tell you a bit about what to expect.

The "Dreamy" line has been designed with rich shades of blue and splashes of purple, accented with creamy, natural colors. The "Dreamy" pieces have been created using lovely gemstones and Swarovski crystals and accented with sterling silver findings. Sodalite, Lapis Lazulis, Amethyst and Fluorite. Riverstone, Mother of Pearl and Aragonite. These are only the beginning.

I plan on listing the first few pieces from the "Dreamy" line in my Etsy shop tonight.

Birthday Celebration

I have spent most of my weekend completely engulfed in cleaning up in preparation for my son's birthday party. So...staying with the theme...

Here are some lovely birthday related finds on Etsy:

This tasty cupcake charm on a lovely ribbon necklace. Made by inedible jewelry.

Every little boy is sure to love this dumptruck birthday card, made by Always a Little Behind Crafts.

Or, how about a personalized birthday plate from Painted for You.

Last, but not must never forget the gift tags!! Here are some from Hafa Adai.

On a personal note...

I simply cannot believe that my little guy is turning 4 already!! Where has the time gone??

Vintage is calling me!

This totally awesome lot of vintage goodies from luxe deluxe just caught my eye!

yellow orange vintage bead supplies
I've looked at some vintage beads lately, and thought about giving them a whirl. Quite possible that this is the set to get me started! What do you think?

Featured Artist of the Week~ July 17th

As I mentioned last week...I am featuring another great glass artist this week. This week's featured artist is somewhat new to the Etsy scene. She offers a variety of great glass beads and pendants.

Isinglass Design

The first bead that caught my eye in Laurie's shop was this Pink and Purple Swirled pendant bead.

I am not normally a fan of bumpy glass beads, but I really like the way this one was done. The pink bumps blend well with the rest of the colors. They're almost like sprinkles on top of a cupcake.

It probably won't surprise you to hear that I love the bright green and aqua in this pendant bead.

Also, I must mention that there are a number of glass creatures roaming around Laurie's shop. My favorite of the creatures is this lovely fish.
So...take a few minutes to browse the rest of the shop. And be sure to tell Laurie that you saw her here!