Thursday, December 29, 2011

cool new site!

Came across a new fun site called Blitsy.


Kinda of like a Groupon for the Craft & DIY set........its new and growing!



Friday, December 16, 2011

Denim & Pearls, Sparkle of course!

Wanted to share a fun necklace that I love!  Full of Denim, Pearls, Chain and of course Sparkle! Create something similar with torn strips of old jeans (upcycling is a wonderful thing!), vintage pearls and chain and a fabulous sparkling focal.......

Share if you make something similar or have questions!!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

I am so excited to have been invited to be a part of the new season of Beads, Baubles & Jewels series 1500 with fabulous host and fellow Swarovski Ambassador Katie Hacker!  Above is one of the projects, Majestic Pearl Necklace, that I created for the segments that I taped.  I love this necklace full of sparkling Swarovski Elements crystals and pearls.

Here is a link to check out the segment:




Monday, December 12, 2011

designing detours

A post in the Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements community sparked some thoughts in regards to designing and how the best laid plans can sometime go awry.......

I personally enjoy this part of the creative process, I think I am going to do one thing with the lastest piece I am designing, a detour happens and a new creation emerges.

Truth is ......sometimes designs work, sometimes they don't.......either way I am good with it not turning out as I originally planned as long as I am happy with the end results of the piece. I think it is important for us to remember the journey and the love of designing as much as just deciding that "Project Sparkles" has to turn out exactly this way! Fantastic when that happens but let's be realistic, that just doesn't happen all the time.

Case in point: I had an inspiration necklace that I had designed on paper for a big project, thought (thought being the operative word) that it could be executed one way only to find out that it was absolutely not going to work (much mumbling and grumbling happened along the way I might add).....end result, I had to totally rework the necklace. Surprise! It actually turned out much better the new way as well as it was more wearable and had stronger execution for the overall necklace yet still retained the essence of the original design. Really unless I told you which piece that was and how it "should" have been, you would never know the difference, LOL! I have no doubt that each of my fellow ambassadors could tell you a similar story.

Recently, I was asked to design some pieces for a beading magazine. I was so delighted to have been asked, of course I had so many thoughts and ideas about what to design. Finally after much personal debate, decided what I was going to create and you know what......???? Almost none of the finished pieces that I sent in looked like what I originally planned to do ( which was fine for this particular project). The beautiful pieces morphed and created into stunning pieces that looked nothing like what I thought that they would. I liked that I was open to the changes and was pleased with the results!

Now truth be told, if the project needed to look a certain way then I would make that happen ( goes with the job, LOL!) but I like the freedom of designing when I am not locked into a certain type of design.

Sometimes we can unlock the creative juices just by being told we can only use a certain technique and need to create designs that fit into the technique vs a particular design. I had another recent project where I was asked to create several unique stringing projects using certain colors and themes ...... honestly, I don't do a lot of stringing these days more wire and mixed media projects. However, I can tell you that some of my recent favorite jewelry pieces (full of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS pearls & crystals of course!) that I wear quite a bit these days were created and inspired by that project request. Who knew that I would rediscover an old love!

I think it is nice to share our "real truths" about adventures in designing....takes some of the fear out of it especially for beginning designers. I personally do that in the classes that I teach, giving my students tips, tricks and things I have tried that didn't work and why it didn't work in addition to the ones that of course do work......I have also gotten lots of fantastic tips from my students in return as well!

Honestly, the process and planning does get easier and you can create exactly what you want to create when you need to but be open to the detours and where they can take you while designing! You might be surprised where you end up!



Sunday, December 11, 2011


I am delighted to say that I have a couple of new jewelry designs that are in two of my favorite jewelry magazines at the of my necklaces a cool vintage and gemstone mix is the December birthstone jewelry design featured in the current issue of Bead Style Magazine.

I also have a necklace in the new Bead Design Studio Magazine ( formerly Bead Unique Magazine).  The fabulous editors there had asked me along with some other designers to participate in a chain challenge for the magazine.  So happy to have been able to participate!!

Check out both of these fabulous magazines!  So much inspiration and fabulous unique desigsn!

Happy Reading!



Sunday, October 30, 2011

International Quilt Festival in Houston

Come visit me and several of my sparkling Create Your Style with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassadors in Houston for the International Quilt Festival.  We will doing a variety of cool demo's throughout the show! 

My sparkling friend Kristal Wick is teaching a series of classes there as well, check them out!

Big news is that Create Your Style with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS is kicking off a new contest at the International Quilt Festival that is sure to be rockin' cool!!  Can't wait to see all of the fabulous entries.

Come visit and say hi to all of us at the booth!  See you in Houston!



Monday, October 17, 2011

This week-Creativ Festival

I am looking forward to heading to Toronto this week to teach 4 sparkling classes featuring some fabulous Swarovski Elements crystals in all of the designs at Creativ Festival!

I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting event and even more excited to be teaching alongside some of my dear friends and fellow Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements Ambassadors Stephanie Dixon, Laura Timmons and Debra Saucier.  What a great time we will have.

If you are in the Toronto are please stop by, say hi, take a class or check out mine as well as many other fabulous demo's at the Swarovski Elements booth at the show.

Check out the Creativ Festival Blog for more information on mine and other fabulous classes at this great Toronto Event!

See you there!



Friday, March 25, 2011

Belle Armoire Magazine- Spring 2011

I am delighted to say that I have a couple of pieces in Belle Armoire Magazine for Spring 2011!  I have loved this magazine for years. So inspiring.........and this issue is no exception! 
 To be a small part of it makes me smile! 

One of my necklaces in the gallery is all wire wrap & Swarovski Elements crystals.  Love!  The other is a resin piece that I thought was going to look one way, took a detour and turned out to be something completely different than the original direction but isn't that just how the creative process goes sometimes?  It is for me, I try not to get frustrated by the detours but embrace them and see where they lead.  Many times it is a better path than where I thought it was going.........

Enjoy the Creative Process!
Have a sparkling day!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Spring 2011 Jewelry Affaire Magazine

So excited to say that I have several pieces of jewelry in the new Jewelry Affaire Magazine that is hitting newstands now!  I love this magazine as well as its editor and staff!  Delightful! 
Here is a sneek peek at the new cover, love the earrings!

 One of my featured projects in the magazine, Vintage Rose necklace below is created from some wonderful vintage vintage beads and pendant from my huge vintage stash of goodies in the studio and some sparkling Swarovski Elements crystals of course! 

 One of the things that I found with this necklace was that a clean & simple design was actually better compared to a busy, more complicated design.  Sometimes, we can "over-design" so keep that in mind as will I when working on future jewelry projects.

I get so excited when the newest issue of a magazine that I love comes out and some of my jewelry is make for an extra-special sparkling day when it arrives and I can finally share with everyone!  Can't wait to see all of the other projects in this issue of Jewelry Affaire!



Monday, March 7, 2011

What I love.........

June Beach at the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Showroom
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassadors- Laura Timmons, Kristal Wick,
 June Beach and Tammy Honaman in Tucson
One of the things that I love the most about being a SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador is not only my love of all things that sparkle, being a part of this amazingly talented group of Ambassadors but I love that when I get to teach, do a make & take, a demo that I get to meet so many amazing people that I have the opportunity to meet, talk about making something sparkling & beautiful and help spread the crystal love! 

 I have met some fantastic bead store owners and artists who just by their description of their stores or studio, I want to hop on a plane and rush there to see where they inspire others,
create and have studio time with them! So many amazing & super talented artists out there!!!

I love when I have the opportunity to talk to beaders and crystal lovers 
who through the course of the conversation I realize that they have travelled from Australia, Canada, South America and  Europe.  I am touched that they are taking some of their precious time
 to spend with me talking or taking a class. Special indeed! 
I love how even with the crazy weather this year, that didn't stop anyone from wanting to learn a new technique and create something sparkling and beautiful!

So for as much as everyone loves to meet the Ambassadors at the showrooms, classes, demo's, make & take's and various other events.........we are delighted and thrilled  to have the opportunity to meet you as well and share in the crystal love!

Sparkles!  June

Sunday, March 6, 2011

National Craft Month

Did you know that it is National Craft Month? 
What fun to get in there and create something fabulous for yourself, a friend, a sister or your mom! 
 I encourage you to get in there and get crafty! 

This is a necklace that I made recently, using some recycled fabric to create a beautiful flower that is the focal for the necklace then I added in the gemstones, Swarovski Elements crystals and Vintage Brass Chain. 
Cool, fun and love the upcycled flower!

The little assistants LOVE to create their own jewelry (they do like their sparkles, LOL!)
 as well as some fun baubles for their friends as well as creating door hangers,
beautiful & colorful drawings and more!
They even have their own craft box full of  chenille stems, pom pom, foam cut outs, construction paper, scissors, crayons, markers, sticky gems and much more
 (yes, lots of sparkly things are in their box in case you were wondering....) 
What a great way to have encourage their creative thoughts and ideas!

Enjoy National Craft Month! 


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Happy Sparkling Saturday From June

Little chilly here in Dallas today but been playing in the studio today with some wire crochet.  Using a 22g wire in a beautiful antique copper color that I got from Parawire that I am loving and mixed some of my favorite SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals into the pieces for that added bit of sparkle. 
Bit harder to work with over all vs. using a 26-28g wire that I normally use for my wire crochet but liking the bolder look for the necklace that I am working on.  Will share pictures when it is complete!

In the meantime, here are a few pictures of some other newer pieces that I have finished

A updated version of my Sparkle Plenty Watch Bracelet with freshwater pearls, cute floral charms and of course Swarovksi Elements
Love this necklace with the crystal centerpiece beads, pearls, chain and!
Love this necklace called Put a Tassle On It! 
Love the cool tassles, coral, turquoise and lampwork beads!

More later!

Have a sparkling day from the Beach Haus Studios!~



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

a thought for the day

I came across this quote from Vincent Van Gogh and it spoke to me, regardless of our preferred medium, jewelry, scrapbooking, painting, altered art, mixed media, imprinted sportswear, graphic design, industrial design, floral, etc............ I believe that this speaks to all of us, don't you?

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint', then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

Vincent Van Gogh

With that thought to ponder.........