It's Bead Trends time again!!

April Bead Trends 2013.............

This is an exiting month for me to share with you. My friend Marie Noel Voyer-Cramp has a beautiful bracelet on the cover this month. "Early Night Sky" is a perfect for spring and Easter.  She chose beads from one of our favorite bead makers, Gaea, and a handmade clasp I would love a closer look at from the very talented designer Leslie Watt. 
April 2013 Bead Trends
Marie, has faced one of the toughest challenges this year in fighting breast cancer. She has 4 beautiful children and everything to live for, as her fight continues this is a wonderful way to celebrate the completion of her therapy. 

Marie and Amanda Cargil Austin encouraged me to submit to Bead Trends several years ago and it has been very special for all of us to see our designs featured in this magazine. Making the cover is a thrill all three of us have experienced. Congratulations Marie, this was a very special month for you. 

My friend Kristin Oppold is the featured Designer Highlight on pages 49-63. Kristin has an amazing design style. She has a way with taking you on a journey with her textures and pieces of stone and other components.  Its fair to say she will capture your imagination. Her work has recently made the television series "The Vampire Diaries".  I think my favorite this month is "Beach Urchin" on page 50-51. Read all about Kristin and check her shop out at YaY jewelry on Etsy. Love that name, YaY!! Kristin lost her mom this past year to cancer and I know she is smiling down on your success my friend. 

Cindy Cima Edwards "Turquoise dream" on page 76-77.  My favorite summer color combo. I love the toggle on this one. Cindy has been featured  in every spring beading magazine I have seen this year. Congratulations to Cindy, that is quite an accomplishment!! 
Patti Pruhs " Ooh LaLa...Paris, p. 78-79 a great little romantic Paris necklace. Patti is a new designer to me. 
Kari Asbury "Woodland Daisies p. 88-89 This is a neat treatment with the daisy connector. 
Wench Brennbakk "Golden Crystals" p. 112- 113. This one has the wow factor. Very elegant, and a gorgeous clasp. 

My design this month 
Rushing Spring River

My Rushing Spring River on page 14-15 was photographed really beautifully this month. A special thank you to the staff at Bead Trends for always making our designs shine. 

The pendant cobalt, teal and peach leaves in the water. This is designed by the very talented Lisa Boucher of Clayworks NH on Etsy. I believe this is my 2nd Bead Trends design featuring Lisa's pendant. I accented this piece with ceramic beads by Gaea, and Golem designs. Miss Fickle Media patina ring for the focal, chain and the toggle clasp. Many of you know I love working with art beads and components and these lovely ladies, well they inspire me and my designs every day.  

I also love being inspired by nature. Naming my jewelry does not always come easy to me. The name for this necklace came as I designed around this pendant and thought of our childhood trips to the mountains in southern CA and crisp rivers rushing by from the snow melt. 

Mark your calendar for Saturday March 13th. I am participating in Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Blog Party. I received a large soup mix from my partner Tania Spivey and I designed a whole collection over the course of the last month. I am excited to share with you how many ways I became inspired by just keeping the ingredients in a little tray right beside my work area. I added many of my own beads and it was an interesting process so please stop by and comment. Everything will be listed in my shop that  Saturday as well. 

There will be all sorts of inspiration with a list of all the other artists blogs to visit. So grab your beverage of choice and join us. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always love your comments and I know how busy we all can be so it means a lot to me. This necklace will be listed in my shop soon. I have been busy working on several collections for my shop and summer shows and will be listing many new items in the coming weeks. So many ideas so many hours in the day.....


  1. Absolutely gorgeous Cherrie! Thank you so much for always making every piece so breathtaking. Such rich colors in the ribbons that blend so well with the background in the pendant. I love the whole package! Can't wait to get my April Bead Trends issue. :)

  2. You are so welcome Lisa. I love your work and it is so much fun to create with these colors. I am getting ready to create a whole bunch of summer designs for shows and my shop. I can't remember if this was #2 or #3 published with your pendants. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Wow! You are a power house!

  4. What a great post! I can't wait to get my issue. We wait a little longer in Canada to get it. I can't wait to see everyone's designs in the book!

  5. Oh! and thanks for including me. Your kind words are always appreciated <3

  6. Thank you Gaea and Marie, I love spreading the cheer.