Spicy Marsala!

Yes the cousin of red and brown is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015. You can read Pantone Company’s announcement HERE

Marsala is an  interesting choice. It conjures up a tasty dinner on a cold winter night. It’s that color where you need something sophisticated to wear, yet not gold, bronze, silver, or the standard black. It works well with those colors also: a marsala tunic blouse with a gold or silver belt with a gray skirt-perfect for happy hour.

For beading, marsala is one of those colors we don’t often run to. I find myself working with tried and true color families, the blue, red, off-white, lighter browns, and the greens.  While organizing my stash, I came across some cubed delica beads in a bronze, very close to marsala. Hmm…another project for my 2015 list.


In other color news, if you need the perfect gift for the jewelry design artist in your life, RUN to your nearest bookstore (or order online from you know where, or just go to MargieDeeb.com) and get Margie Deeb’s latest: The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design (Lark Books).  Margie Deeb is an expert on color theory, and teaches classes around the United States.  She is also an art director, graphic designer and a musician. This book should be one on the must have list for the beader’s library.  I own her other book, The Beader’s Color Palette, and reference it regularly. (I also had the pleasure of taking a class a few years back. If you get the opportunity, take it.)

With the Design Guide, Ms. Deeb posted questions on social media and to her newsletter subscribers. Some of the responses appear in the book. Therefore, it has the feel of a cooperative effort. It also allowed folks to pose the questions/quanderies everyone has, but no one wanted to ask.

The book is set as a pathway. It begins with “Unity” and proceeds through topics such as “Balance”, “Shape”, “Color”  and concludes with “The Creative Journey”. Along the way there are challenges to help the designer understand the chapter and experiment.  I admit I have not finished the book (just getting to “Balance”) but it’s one where I know if I have to set it aside for a bit, or review, it’s okay. I’ll probably discover something new anyway. 🙂

2015 here we come! New color, new reference guide, new year!


I am donating 10% of all December sales from Pond’s Edge Designs to Feeding America.org.

Yes, Tanya Mercado and I will be on the air next Friday 12/19/14. Then off until after the holidays.

Be safe, happy, healthy and creative this season. See you next month!




Baby it’s cold outside! However, winter is half-way over and we just received our first cold snap and a little bit of snow. We have no right to complain. 😀

Updates updates:

My Adventure in Health:

I had to pause my workouts for a bit. Without going into a heap of TMI, my body wants a checkup. So I see a new family physician this week. Not that worried, though. Still losing weight–everyone’s commented on it, and another pair of pants has become too large. Since the workouts have stopped, not sure why I’m still losing.

The Store:

After a few hiccups, the store is chugging along. Lots of new art, in addition to some originals from the early store. I even have a newsletter again. To subscribe, visit the store and sign up. Newsletters are sent at the end of each month, only once a month, so no spam. And I do NOT rent or sell my mailing list.

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Radio Show:

Yes, I’m back! My regular show is January 30, 10PM EST.  Show topic: Internet hoaxes, Facbook annoyances, and whatever current event I feel like dishing on. Hosted by NDB Media on Blogtalk Radio. The link will be posted shortly.

Color of The Year 2013

January 1, 2013

Pantone has announced their 2013 Color of the Year–and it’s a nice one:

Emerald Green

(Click the color to read the announcement.)

Yes, we’re off to see the Wizard.  The Pantone Company announcement explained,

“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

I love working with this color. Interestingly, I have a soon-to-be-offered item with this color:

I just finished this a few weeks ago.

I just finished this a few weeks ago.

Time to dig into the stash and see what other emerald treasures I have.

Holy Moley! 2012 is just about over. Blink–it’s gone. What a year. Some of us had a great year, some of us just want it over. Last night, my compatriot Tanya M discussed resolutions on her radio program (Raise Your Glass). She refuses to make resolutions. First, people make them and don’t keep them. Then, if you need to change something in your life, why wait until the year is over to do it?Good point.

My feeling is people need a starting line. Folks need that sense of “okay it didn’t go this time, but I’m starting again”. Resolutions are a promise to “do over”.  I do agree with Tanya however. Don’t wait for January 1–just do it now.

Speaking of January 1st: join me as I fill in for Roger Noriega on Tuesday Night in America on Blogtalk Radio. I’ll discuss the top ten resolutions people make, but don’t necessarily keep–and offer some positive advice to start 2013.

How was the Holiday Event, you ask?

I met some lovely people. My table looked just the way I hoped:

My display at the Holiday Event.

My display at the Holiday Event.

Unfortunately, the turnout was very light. We vendors supported each other after the initial crowd left. It was a positive learning experience. I know I’ll be ready for the next event. Square worked great with my new tablet. Most of the “lookers’ gave positive feedback on the designs:

“Very different!”

“This is outside the box.”

“You’re going to do well. This is not your average jewelry.”


My local appearance for 2012! Meet me and see my art in person!


Holiday “SHOP-BUY-FEAST” Event

December 15 2012 12noon – 6PM

Democratic Club

197-01 Linden Boulevard, St. Albans NY

COME and “Shop” with us for the holidays, we have everything for the whole family and it’s free to attend. Jewelry, Perfume, Men’s Apparel, Children’s Books, Woman’s Pocketbooks, Beautiful Candles, Hats & Scarf’s, Bath & Body Creams, Women & Men Accessories…etc and Much More!

AND! When you purchase $20 or more from one of our vendors you get a free holiday meal feast at the event (While Food Supplies Last)! So Come Early!

The Event is FREE for customers to attend. We have one of the World Famous “Drifters” – Rick Sheppard (Hit songs “Under the Boardwalk” “Up on the Roof” “On Broadway”), will be there Autographing his Holiday Album CD’s as well as the Marvelettes Revue (featuring Rhonda Franklin) and we will also have some great holiday children attractions.

Join our parade kick off: 11:30 AM – “Elites Marching Band of Queens”

Santa’s Elf will give out free gifts to the little ones (while supplies last).

Help Beyond Beadery

August 31, 2012

I received this since I’m on Margie Deeb’s mailing list. Couldn’t believe it:

Help Beyond Beadery

A thief stole 2 days worth of cash from Beyond Beadery’s booth during BeadFest. That is a lot of money folks. As Margie noted, two days worth of sales could be several people’s paychecks. Beyond Beadery is one of the biggest, most friendly vendors at Bead Fest. To help them out, Margie suggests we purchase gift certificates. This gives them time to fill orders while replenishing stock.


A Word From Our Sponsor

July 14, 2012

Just a little self promotion:

After 3 years with Artfire and 1 year with Zibbet, I’m closing both stores July 21.  Both companies are great. Never had an issue with either. Both are relatively user friendly.

So why am I leaving?

Both have become over saturated, especially Artfire, for jewelry and accessories.  I did have some small success with both Arfire and Zibbet. However there isn’t much I can do to have my store stand out on those sites. Also, there is an architect with the same initials as I, and our names are confused, especially on Twitter.

The new company name is : Pond’s Edge Art & Accessories 

The store should be operational by July 31. In the meantime, I’m running a final sale at both Artfire and Zibbet–20% off all items until July 20. After that, both stores will close.

A big thank you to all my customers, FaceBook and Twitter fans.  Please visit Pond’s Edge when it’s up and running.

To Be Bilingual

May 5, 2012

Hello out there in blogland!

I need some help. Purchased this really cool amulet to use in a new men’s item. But I have no idea what the writing on the back is. Can anyone out there translate it?

Can anyone translate this?

Welcome! It’s that time of year again. Pantone Corporation has announced their 2012 Color of the Year.  For 2011 it was pink/honeysuckle. The soft cousin in the red family stepped out in home decor and fashion all year long.

For 2012, it’s the hot, vibrant, dare I say “sexy” cousin of red:

Tango Tangerine

(Click on the color to visit Pantone’s website.)

Here’s a brief quote from the site:

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

It’s time to get out those “tangerine” beads you couldn’t figure out what to do with! Embroider a cuff with a dark background, string some with a light brown, or even a light green. Here’s a pair of earrings I worked up a few months back:

Guess I was ahead of the trend. 🙂

Get vibrant and sexy in 2012 with Pantone’s new Color of the Year.