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Friday, December 20, 2013


pretty new bracelet has been listed in the shop.
It's not too late! Email a cheery gift certificate to a lucky person. I will also mail the card by USPS First Class mail. If you would like it enclosed in one of my burlap gift bags please see that listing (*below). No charge for mailing the card in the USA or Canada, for other countries actual postage rates will be charged. * If you would like a gift certificate for a different amount than what you see here, please email/convo me for a reserved listing. Minimum $25.

Friday, December 13, 2013

rocks and rhinestones

I've been playing with putting organic shapes/textures and faceted translucent glass and rhinestones together. These warm colors are especially nice against winter white or black.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I love multi strand bracelets with dangly things but they have to be light weight to wear comfortably all day. The big lobster clasp is fun AND makes it easy to clasp.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday shipping

You can still get gifts by the 25th! I'll automatically upgrade purchases over $75 to USPS Priority mail for delivery in 2-3 days. How about colorful earrings as stocking stuffers or hostess gifts, or a special necklace for your very deserving mom, daughter, friend? Or a bracelet for yourself just because you're swell?

wearable art

I listed lots of new things at I think this is my favorite:

There is a pendant of ancient Roman glass and a Mykonos Greek casting dove,
and turquoise heishi, clay, polymer clay, recycled glass, little casting spacers, glass and lots of 20-30 year old clam shell discs. And it's light weight.

Volcano Rising

After I finished illustrating VOLCANO RISING I decided to explore volcano rock in my jewelry; these beads have been waxed and are smooth to the touch and not any heavier (because of all the air bubbles) than other gemstones of equal size, the texture is a wonderful contrast to the shiny faceted glass used as spacers and these translucent amethyst nuggets look amazing at the center of this 19" long necklace - adjustable with chain and lobster clasp. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

more fun with paper

I don't usually make bracelets with paper beads but this one kind of demanded to be made. 
I added some 
Czech and Ethiopian glass, turquoise heishi, and a little copper leaf cap. 
I love the chunky look and cheery colors.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

more paper beads

I love layers of these necklaces. Piles of them! The more the better!

from my stash of paper beads

I've been making beads from papers I hand painted and heavily textured (a fun experiment to see what effects I could get when the bead was rolled) and my old advertising promotions, the beads were coated with several layers of non-toxic polycrylic and strung with African clay, bone, howlite, and/or Czech glass. Love how they turned out! Light weight statement necklaces!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Lots of fabulous sales this weekend and I'm joining in.
Use code GOBBLEGOBBLE when you check out.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday (Nov. 29-Dec. 2)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

new, not-too-chunky, necklace

at These colors and textures are wonderful to play with. I've ordered some more turquoise magnesite so that I can make a longer version (probably for me to keep :-))) I just need to find another rough nugget focal, this one was just perfect. 
See more details at and don't forget the big sale this weekend! 20% off everything, use code GOBBLEGOBBLE when you check out.

Monday, November 25, 2013

old roses

I love how this necklace turned out - the polymer rose is dainty and feminine but the color, chunky nuggets, leather and copper wire cones give it a little edge. I've got a bunch more hand painted flowers to turn into something, they look substantial but are light weight which makes them perfect for jewelry. See more details at and don't forget the big sale this weekend! 20% off everything, use code GOBBLEGOBBLE when you check out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


my computer crashed and I lost several hours of work on this piece for Scholastic StoryWorks magazine but somehow still managed to get it in on time - remember to save, save, save! Lesson learned. Again.
It's a poem about a guy who collects zippers - and zips up everything, and then unzips to use his collection of buttons!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

another nice review for VOLCANO RISING

Volcano Rising
By Elizabeth Rusch,  Illustrated by Susan Swan. 2013.
... this is a visually vibrant and textually informative book ... Swan has created illustrations that are colorful and kinetic ... and Rusch’s text can be read on several different levels.  Readers will want to read it all and immerse themselves in the visuals. Text and illustrations work together to create a volume that is both informative and visually arresting. Recommended (from the Jan/Feb issue of Library Media Connection)
Title page:  hinting at what's to come!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Lots of new things at I was supposed to do my very first art/craft festival on Saturday in Ovilla but re-injured my foot (yes, the one I just had surgery on!) so could not attend. You can get an early start on your Christmas shopping with 20% off the entire shop. Please take a look!


playing with

see all at

Sunday, November 3, 2013

 fun, colorful bracelets to stack or wear separately at

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Oh so special!

Today's special at 
Buy ANY 2 items from my shop and get 20% off your entire purchase!
Use coupon  TODAY20  when you checkout.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Oct. 11- Oh so special

Today's special at 
Buy ANY 2 items and get 20% off your entire purchase!
Use coupon  TODAY20  when you checkout.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Special of the day

I just love these colors and quirky design.
Distressed and patina-ed blue/green copper paddles, Czech glass in my favorite picasso finish and some sparkle from adorable rhinestone rondelles. 3" long and very light weight. Use coupon   leaves10   for 10% off at rocksandpaperswans

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's FALL - time to celebrate

Cooler weather, leaves are changing colors, and is offering a special today only deal on these lovely leaves for your ears. Carved jungle agate leaves with oodles of Mexican fire opal rondelles dangle from copper ear wires (I can substitute hypoallergenic niobium which is safe for those with metal sensitivities). Use coupon code leaves10 for 10% off.

Friday, September 27, 2013

southwestern simplicity turquoise, Czech glass, copper -

beautiful southwestern vibe -turquoise, Czech glass, copper wire beads surround a gorgeous turquoise opal rust colored nugget; the necklace has a hand forged copper clasp, length is 20"

last photo shows it layered with ...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

coral, bone, Hill Tribe sterling silver bracelet - $60.00

coral, Indonesian glass, bone, Hill Tribe sterling silver beads multi strand bracelet with sterling and pewter charm dangles, adjustable length (fits average wrist 7" to much larger) with pretty easy-to-latch pewter flower lobster clasp

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Starting a new book

I'm getting ready to start the third book by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky. PICK A CIRCLE just arrived in bookstores and CHEERS FOR A DOZEN EARS will be out in the spring. Here's the title page and a spread from CHEERS. Can you guess that it's all about counting?

I call this digital collage or digital cut paper. I scan in lots of hand painted papers and real textures and objects and add digital painting to it all.

rusty orange travertine, turquoise earrings - $39.00

rusty orange travertine Czech tri oval beads tucked into leafy antique copper caps and are surrounded by dangles of turquoise picasso faceted bicone beads; ear wires are copper - length is about 2 1/2"

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

turquoise, neckpiece wrapped with tiny beads - $76.00

mix of beads on copper wire, wrapped around hand forged copper neck piece with wire beads and hanging from the center hand wrapped turquoise sticks and tear drop shaped pendant and dangles of jasper and glass, hand formed clasp; I like it worn close to the hollow of the throat but the chain makes it adjustable to 20 1/2" so that you have options

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Friday, September 13, 2013

rocks and rhinestones bracelet - my favorite colors all together

orange travertine, coral pink picasso and turquoise firepolished czech beads, pipestone, copper green patina rounds and turquoise heishi are accented with sparkly rhinestone rondels and antique green patina copper chain; a turquoise marbled stone centers one of the strands and they all are linked together with a lovely comfortable copper wire work clasp - depending on whether you latch as shown in the next to the las...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

chrysoprase slabs, turquoise sticks, Kazuri focal - $90.00

gorgeous chrysoprase slabs, turquoise sticks strung together with a lovely Kazuri focal bead; bone heishi interspersed with crackly green heart trade beads that are at least 50-100 years old finish off the strand - the necklace hooks with a hand forged sterling silver 's' clasp - the slabs are expensive but the look is phenomenal - It is 24" long and

similar to this necklace but less expensive b...

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