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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

more necklaces

Paper Bead Things

Love making these - colorful in sort of a neutral way so they go with lots.
I'm finishing the photography and listing details for these and others that will be in the shop soon.
I hate this part, seems to take forever. I always have to measure everything and look up the names and costs of the odd and/or really old beads I collect because I don't seem able to write it down when I'm in-the-zone creating the pieces.

the power of copper and turquoise together

It's no secret that I love using both copper and turquoise in my designs. Turquoise, especially the blue shades I gravitate to, calms my spirit the way the waters of the Caribbean or the Florida Keys do.

I have read that when turquoise is used with copper the gemstone's power is increased and if given by a friend that stone would offer protection from negative energy and bring good fortune; it is one of the oldest protection amulets.

It is said that the color turquoise helps to open the lines of communication between the heart and the spoken word, it is a color that recharges our spirits during times of stress and that to focus on the color will give instant calm and gently energize one.

I feel good making and wearing things that, if we let them, have so much potential to change how we experience our lives.


and silver and turquoise are a match made in Heaven. I need to Google that combination, I'm sure there is power there too.

What's happening at RocksandPaperSwans today?

labradorite and lava stone bracelet+

wonderful colors and textures and goes with most everything!

via Tumblr

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sale at

SALE - get an early start today - Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday 20% off. Use coupon code GOBBLEGOBBLE .

Friday, November 14, 2014

fun finds on Etsy

It is amazing what you can find on Etsy! We bought this vintage Collier's Magazine from LiteraryMischief. My Mom was on the cover! She was born and grew up in the Nassau in the Bahamas and just happened to be poolside when the Collier's photographer was taking pictures. He asked her to pose and history was made. Both my brother and I have probably romanticized life in the Bahamas back then but it must have been a wonderful time and place to grow up.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

labradorite and lava stone

lovely combination with the tans and pinks of jasper, lepidolite gemstone, and
faceted Czech glass,
warm copper and shiny silver metals

Thursday, October 16, 2014

new bracelet

neutral colors 
gray, tan, and silver
beautiful mystic labradorite, 
shell, bone, Czech glass, sterling and Turkish silver

Saturday, October 11, 2014

naked lady, mannequin, dress form

I've finally found a mannequin to photograph RocksandPaperSwans necklaces on. I wanted one of those shabby chic, covered in linen or something, beautiful antique-y things but they are a little on the pricey side. This one was found in a little shop downsizing their stock in an antique mall nearby at a price I could afford.
For now I'm using her in the nude but later I plan to cover her with paint or pale tissue collage. I think I still have some old dress patterns in one of my many paper stash drawers that would be perfect.
So, here are the first new shots of the lovely Ms. ? (haven't named her yet).


I have lots of new things being listed in my shop now that I am really pleased with.
Everything I do is one of a kind.
Lovely colors and unusual mixes of beads, my polymer, and paper beads, very easy to wear.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Storyworks magazine

a new illo for a poem in Scholastic's Storyworks Magazine that should be in mailboxes about now
and here's a favorite older piece just because summer is almost over

Monday, September 22, 2014

sale continues

Oops, I made an error in some of the sale coupons I sent out last week so I am doing it again. My HAPPYBIRTHDAY25 sale - get 25% off your purchase through Monday September 29 at

Friday, September 12, 2014

birthday sale

Happy Birthday to me! And I'm giving you a present! Get 25% off your purchase now through Tuesday September 16 at

Once you've added an item to your cart, on the right, click Apply shop coupon code above Item total. Enter the coupon code HAPPY25 and click Apply. The coupon discount will adjust your order total.