Wednesday, January 25, 2012


The Helsinki Series in Coral
Modern Geometric Necklace or Bracelet, $43 on Etsy

I love taking classes. I would sign up for a class every semester for the rest of my life if I could. Tomorrow night I'm starting my very first JEWELRY class and I'm super excited. At this point I have heart-ed a virtual treasure trove of jewelry shops on Etsy who have all contributed to this impetus to learn the craft myself. One recent favorite is ISWAS+WILLBE, a wife and husband team designing-beading-stringing out of Portland, OR. 

rNA Strand Series-One of a Kind 
Necklace or Bracelet with Hand Cut Brass, $46 on Etsy

Their simple, delicate designs look lovely as single strands, but would definitely make some serious statements layered together. Or with one of the new friends they'll make in your jewelry box. 

The Buffalo Jump Series in Bone
Antique African Trade Beads & Czech Glass, $41 on Etsy

The Satellite Series in Powder Blue
Ethiopian Aluminum & Vintage Sequins, $41 on Etsy 

The Fragment Series: Free Form Ocean Jasper Slab, 
Raw Brass & Braided Linen, $52 on Etsy

Actually the photographs of these beaded beauties is what initially stopped me in my tracks. They make quite the pretty little still life. 

- Cathleen 

[All photographs courtesy of ISWAS+WILLBE via Etsy.] 


  1. Wow- that top one is GORGEOUS.

  2. Thanks for the shout out! Best of luck with your endeavor; I warn you, it's highly addictive!
    Cheers ;)


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