The Influence of Music 

Music has a connection to everything I do. I grew up in a very creatively motivated home. My parents painted, sang, and played instruments. There was usually music on somewhere in the house. I recall playing The Talking Heads on my stereo while my older brother below me played Nat King Cole and my younger brother next to him played Rush. My mother would have opera or classical playing on her stereo in the living room…only if there wasn’t a string quartet in our large living room or one of us kids practicing piano, flute, drums or guitar. None of us children became virtuosos but, we all became very dependent on music. All of us had music on more than the TV back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s…long before video games and cellphones. 

I feel lost without music in the background. Some of my best ideas come when I’m concentrating on the music or after I see a live show. The key for me is live shows. I’m energized and in a great mood for days after a concert. I like to go to concerts the way some people go to movies. It’s an escape for me. 

So, it makes perfect sense that my Beads and Maille creations are increasingly becoming influenced by music. 

That will be my new mission. Vegan leather, guitar pick and musical note pendants and charms, more red and black, more black with brighter colors and more stainless steel. 

Tom Petty 

There was a reason that I wore that bandana that way!


This week, my heart was broken. No words really. He’s meant so much to me and my world of music, my sanity. Rest in eternal peace T.P.  Thank you and thank god for your enduring legacy…

Listening to Your Etsy Stats

I think that I am finally getting this whole online promotion thing down!

I watch the results of everything I do and have found that posting to certain sites seems to bring in more traffic than others.

Who would have thought that Twitter would bring more views than Facebook?  I’m just learning Twitter and didn’t realize how popular it was!  What a find for me!  Everytime I post to Twitter, I get bunches of views!  Don’t get me wrong…I still utilize Facebook and others on a rotating basis.  Everything helps!

One thing that I have noticed in the last few weeks is that I have had 6 hits on an item that I listed and sold last year.  I suppose that I wasn’t aware that it would be so popular this year!  I’m thinking that 6 searchs for a particular item is enough to produce more so, tomorrow, I will get started!

In addition, what a great way to see what people are interested in so I can produce more of what’s in demand!

Thankfully, I am fascinated with the internet and ecommerce so I hope to use it to continue to share my creations with the world!

See you at my Etsy shop!