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  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

  • Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” read »

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    R Fulton on “Summer sand dollar”:
    “Thanks so much for all the compliments!!…” read »

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    S Katoll on “I took a Class”:
    “It's a wonderful piece, and the wireweaving is amazing! I'm sure it represents a great…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Fall Tones”:
    “A really pretty piece. Great colors, great components, what can I say? When you're good, you're…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “LOL LOVE, LOVE Your pictures, your necklace, and I want Your caterpillar friend for my next…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Fall Tones”:
    “Mahala, Your pictures are just so perfect. They highlight your necklace perfectly. Plus, your necklace has…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “I took a Class”:
    “This necklace looks very complex for a beginner. But, you did a great job for the…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Gifted”:
    “Pam is right! The necklace has a great ethnic vibe! The wood beads are highlighted by…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Wow, how beautiful! Great selection of stones. The colors are wonderful, and the caterpillar lends such…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Fall?”:
    “I love the flower, and agree with Gail that it looks like a C Koop piece.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Tiger Eye”:
    “This is really beautiful. I love the tiger eye and the wonderful copper wirework. That tassle…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Gifted”:
    “Another oh, woooow piece!! I like the chartreuse (maybe yellow) with the wood. This…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “I took a Class”:
    “Oh woooow! This is so very pretty and looks so complicated for a group of…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “I took a Class”:
    “That musta been some class! Wow! I think your wirework is so exciting and beautiful!! It…” read »

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    Idania F on “Nature's Treasures”:
    “Gorgeous…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Fall Tones”:
    “Another terrific piece! I did miss seeing your little friend. The bail design is…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Haha, yes, he matches.…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “This is absolutely gorgeous, even your little friend blends in nicely with the necklace. Is…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Oh wow, that must have been my phone trying and failing to auto correct! It's citrine.…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank you! I am not usually very creative with bails, but a simple loop was just…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Fall?”:
    “I agree with Gail! I also love the acorn you made! I'd take bushels…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Fall Tones”:
    “I like your choice of stones to accompany the pendant, and the bail design.…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Hmmm ... I can't find anything on corrine.…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I had to look twice to see your little friend! :D I never heard of Corrine,…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I had to add a third picture that shows my little caterpillar friend that came to…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Tiger Eye”:
    “P. S. Thanks for the info on the red brass, I bought some and love it!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I'm facinated by those loops too and have also wondered how you made them so perfect!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Fall?”:
    “Love the bracelet! You did a great job on the flower, it looks like a C-Koop…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Tiger Eye”:
    “This is a piece of artwork! How do you get your loops so perfect? …” read »

  • Creel U
    Creel U on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I like the washer. A bit of the not expected and strong.…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Ditto to all, and the asymmetry seems like you get two for the price of one!…” read »

  • Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow gorgeous piece !!…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I knew this was yours before I scrolled all the way down! I love tiger eye,…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow...this is fabulous. I love the dangle part in front. I love the asymmetry. I…” read »

  • RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs on “Vintage Green Sparkle Necklace”:
    “So simple and pretty…” read »

  • RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs on “A Bit of Boho”:
    “This just makes me want to bead - I absolutely love this design :) …” read »

  • RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs on “Vintage Garden”:
    “I love this!!!…” read »

New Years Resolution


About this design:

A bit of a departure for me, but it's meant to be a cheerful reminder that things will get better even when it doesn't seem so. I had planned to add a chain but did the braid at the last minute. Still not sure if the braid was a good idea. What do you all think?

Components:

Blue leather from LB, African beads and button from Ebay, Carved wood beads from stash, Bracelet bar commissioned from Suzieqbeads on Etsy.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    So sweet!

  2. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow! I saw this and it spoke to me! I love that sentiment. Your design and colors for this piece are awesome and I would keep the braid because it ties in with your use of leather in the rest of the piece. Awesome job! :)

  3. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is lovely! I like the braid because its blue to tie in with the other blues.

  4. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Love it! the African beads are so cool

  5. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Such a clever design and ‘ditto’ on keeping the braid. Beautiful color combination! Love the sentiment, one which my late Mom always said to us when we were children.

  6. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love this and the sentiment is wonderful.

  7. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE – beautiful exactly as it is – love the braid,

  8. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    What a great piece…I love the colors and my Mom always said this to us when we were feeling down…love it!

  9. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    What a beautiful sentiment to go along with this very beautiful bracelet.

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    I think it’s lovely,and the braid is great. Your beads are so different and very interesting.
    It makes me think of jeans and summertime.Beautiful focal as well. Don’t change a thing! ;)

  11. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Fabulous beads and great design, Gail – - definitely keep the braid, it add lots of interest !

  12. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I love it just as is! Before I read your question and comments, I was thinking what a great idea that braid was so LEAVE IT . :)

  13. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    The braid is great..the choice of beads is great..the focal is great (I love SuzieQ ‘s as well)…it all ties together for a great bracelet!!

  14. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    Love it, and leave the braid.I can’t imagine a chain, the braid belongs.!!!

  15. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love it, yes keep the braid it adds extra texture and interest :D

  16. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks everyone for the reassurance on the braid and the design. It really helps to get feedback when trying something new!

  17. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    This is too cute Gail! I love the focal and the beads you chose! I think the braid adds a little something to it! It looks great! :D

  18. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    Oooohhhhh!!! I like the braid and the entire compilation! Very nice!

  19. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    It is adorable!! Just a perfect combo of colors. A happy piece to wear.with jeans. :)

  20. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    CHIN UP BUTTERCUP – love it!!!

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