Snow and roses

snowEnjoyed our brief snowfall yesterday. Inspired some fun new rose bud earrings. rosebudsBTsnowdogsnowtreesNow off to start the oven and get baking. YUMMY!

sweet fall gems

fall gems from baleandtwineIntroducing my new nature inspired, fabric jewelry collection, for autumn. Here are some of my creations available on my cutegems etsy shop rosedancebt

new Etsy jewelry shop – CuteGems

Yeah- was inspired today with my fun wood block cutouts. I rephotographed my jewelry and set up a new Etsy Shop. Please visit! CuteGems. Photography is everything on Etsy and so is presentation. I like the way the wood block cutouts add a fun and colorful feeling to my pieces. It conveys the spirit behind my creations:-) CUTEGEMSTell your friends and help get the word out to anyone looking for something fun and pretty to wear this summer! peony

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day. Here are some sweet Spring earrings to celebrate with:-) I am waiting patiently for some fabric that I designed to be printed. Can’t wait to see the results! So to keep busy today I sat down to make this little sweet treats. Enjoy!Image

hearts, hearts and more hearts…

My cold still has me indoors so I am moving around a bit slower this week. I decided to work on soldering and came up with two fun projects. Etsy is covered in hearts to lure all you happy valentines in:-) So I have added my two happy hearts:-) happyhearts1chappyhearts1BTThese two whimsical hearts dangle from chain with a really cute swarovski star attached. Fired up after creating these, I decided on my new challenge. One of my friends has been asking me to create initial jewelry (wanting to have her kids’ initials on a bracelet or other piece of wearable art). Since I have not been doing much of the silver clay work recently (material prices are crazy), I have been trying to come up with a fun design for her. It was so much fun to work on. See photos here. initialsBT1Guess I should make one for me with my kids’ initials:-) For all you Valentine’s Day shoppers, I have lots of fun products, perfect for spoiling your Valentine. initialsBT1abaleandtwine on etsyTreat your sweet one with the gift of handmade! Great for men and women.
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exploring copper and enamel

ice-8 to 50, lovely winter really:-) No wonder everyone has the sniffles! Anyway makes for some cool photos and crazy different snow textures everyday. Some days the snow is so fluffy and powdery, then it is heavy and wet and today it is topped with ice for a cool crisp coating! The patterns of the ice on the window above are crazy- only nature can create that;-) soapjan2013BT

Here is a photo of the Amber Dusk with oatmeal soap and Bright Lavender Pep soap made last week. The lavender soap was made with cocoa butter and has a crazy creamy texture right now- will see how it hardens up as it cures. dipped1BTcopper1bBTcopper1aBTWhat next? Well, I have been exploring the world of torch fired enamel copper jewelry. Has such an ancient feel to it with the warm copper coloring and fun enamels. Off to prep yet another hot cup of honey and lemon tea:-) sniff!

Sweet blooms, playing in clay…

Discover spring in these delightfully sweet polymer clay blooms.  These new pendants and earrings can be found at my shops on Etsy and Luulla, see links below.

Bale and Twine Shop on Luulla

Baregoods Shop on Etsy

Sun warming gems…

Dreams of a sun drenched adventure inspired these happy gems. Here I am mixing silver clay, polymer clay and beads while shaping the forms by hand and stamping with vintage accessories, such as stamps, buttons etc. If you just have to have one of these delightful treats, simply email me at Enjoy…

10% OFF Candles and Jewelry…more colorful gem delights

Hi all, the holidays are here, hope you have found some handmade treats to share. Between wrapping and shipping I took some time out to play with color. Here are the delightful treats I created…


beaded fun…

In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, I have been playing with color:-) Of course that means I have put off Christmas shopping for one more day. I can’t help but be inspired during this season, perhaps it is the magic of all of those Christmas lights everywhere. Looking forward to this weekends Holiday Fair at the Arkell Museum, hope to see you there, Dec 10th 11-4.






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