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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “I can see the young girls going after these for prom. The are so creative!…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is perfect! I like the more simple designs. Your wire work with the…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Finally”:
    “Beautiful design with your dandelion focal! The colors are so perfect with it.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “Janet, I always love your Kumi necklaces. They are always your best work, because you have…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “Wow, I love the colors and your use of the ribbon. Just a beautiful, cherry, colorful…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “whirlpool”:
    “Ditto to comments above. I am truly a novice when it comes to wire work. You…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Thank you for the steps on making the beautiful pendants. You are quite an Artist and…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “whirlpool”:
    “Great wirework! Those seed beads must be as small as black pepper flakes.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Easy Does It”:
    “For me personally, I am drawn to simple designs. I love the Czech bead and your…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, I don't think anyone will copy your design. The design is quite intricate and complex.…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Finally”:
    “I love everything about this bracelet. Beautiful focal and beads. Love the dangles! You did a…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I totally agree with everything that's already been said.…” read »

  • jdtt
    jdtt on “whirlpool”:
    “Your wirework is admirable and simply lovely to behold! What may be " painfully simple" to…” read »

  • Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy on “Spring Birds”:
    “C.C. We are coming up to the first anniversary of our daughter's death by heroin; I…” read »

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    kye on “Felted Beads!”:
    “I agree-these are so cool. Great variety of colors so I bet they sell in your…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I love this! Everything is wonderful, but i especially like the patterned fabric with the…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Little House”:
    “Just great!…” read »

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    MH on “I think I like it?”:
    “Great job!!! I used to make jewelry specifically for plus sized women and these pieces…” read »

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    MH on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “I love this piece! I've put shell and seed beads with dragons in the past,…” read »

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    MH on “Spring Birds”:
    “CC- You're an inspiration to me. I think all this creativity has been building up…” read »

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    MH on “Little House”:
    “This is a wonderful one of a kind necklace! Beautiful work!…” read »

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    MH on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “WOW!!! Wonderful color combination and design!…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Little House”:
    “Just adorable! Very impressive work...the leather is a perfect addition!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Spring Birds”:
    “CC so sorry to hear about your father. I know how hard it is as…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Felted Beads!”:
    “Way cool Lauren! You are continuing to grow your creatvity even though school is keeping…” read »

  • jdtt
    jdtt on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Beautiful, evocative, magical! Love the " shore mist" colors.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Felted Beads!”:
    “What a cool concept! I really like the variety of colors. These should sell…” read »

  • GemstoneChick aka Lauren
    GemstoneChick aka Lauren on “Felted Beads!”:
    “Aww, thank you! Medieval Momma, they are on my etsy shop and I hope to upload…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Felted Beads!”:
    “So cool! Are these in your Etsy shop?…” read »

BEAD SWAP ANNOUNCEMENT -- plus more crazy mixed up bracelets

About this design:

More of my mother of pearl donut bead bracelets. Nothing too exciting here but I needed a picture in order to put up a swap announcement. :-)

Here's the announcement.

The good news is that we have lots of participants this round. Many more than last time. YAY!

The bad news is that I continue to receive requests to participate in the swap on my website, on Lima Beads and on Facebook.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send an email to if you want to participate. Up to this point, I have been contacting the people who don't follow this instruction on an individual basis, requesting a return email but I have to be a hard-a** about this beginning today. I CANNOT include anyone who doesn't contact me through the means I've requested.

As of today, I will no longer be contacting anyone on an individual basis about this issue. I'm making myself crazy checking every email account, every other way to send me a message multiple times each day to be sure I'm not missing anyone! Sorry that I can't do it anymore.

So, one last time, if you want to participate, send an email to and be sure to include your home mailing address.

Thanks for your understanding.



Mother of pearl donut beads, freshwater coin pearls.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Chippy Chick aka Lindys
    Chippy Chick aka Lindys says:

    Awesome as always!!!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Very pretty bracelets! Great for spring/summer wear!

    As for the bead swap; Bless your heart Susan! For taking on this HUGE task!
    I bet it’s getting pretty frustrating, Huh?! :|
    I think this is a wise step you are taking to maintain your sanity!! :-)
    Bead on girl friend!!! :-D

  3. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I really like the bracelets!!! You are so talented, and then you say it is “nothing much!” LOL
    I know what you mean about checking all those places to check. Don’t let it make you crazy! ;)

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    There are always some who just don’t know how to follow directions. I think you are perfectly justified in being a hard-a** about the whole thing. If you were organizing a birthday party for 6 or 8 people that would be one thing but looks like we are well beyond that number. To quote my mother, “Some folks couldn’t pour water out of a boot with the directions on the bottom.” Stick to your guns, Susan. :)

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    Lady of Beads says:

    I really like the bead work you do and you have my blessings and many many thanks for organizing the bead swap. I think it is very sad that folks can not or choose not to follow directions. Maintain your sanity at all costs and ignore their ignorance.

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    LeighAnn F says:

    I so love these bracelets! They are awesome. I am excited about the bead swap and I am getting my beads ready as I write this!

  7. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Who knows, perhaps I wasn’t explicit enough in my directions, or some people learned about the swap between my postings of the “rules” of engagement? (I got one email saying so, anyway.) In any case, I certainly don’t blame or think less of anyone for not getting an email to me, by any means. I just wanted everyone to know that unfortunately, I don’t have the time to follow up with so many forms of communication! Believe it or not, I have four email addresses that I check regularly–plus you can send me messages from Facebook, LinkedIn, Lima Beads, my website, or my company’s website. Hey, here’s a thought–maybe I’m just too darn accessible?

    Bead love to everyone, no hard feelings, please!

  8. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Thanks for doing this Susan, seems to be a monumental task….love the MOP bracelets, too!!

  9. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    I know i got confused because first you had your website and then you put your gmail so i did get that wrong but you and I have already hooked up so that’s okay I’m just wondering if that happened to other?! It does take alot to organize alot of women we are all over the place sometimes LOL :) :) But you are doing a great job

  10. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    If I screwed something up, believe me, it wouldn’t be the first time. ;-)

    Thanks, all, for the support and enthusiasm for the swap.

    I’ve posted the “rules” again on the wire, and hope that will help to clear up the confusion.

  11. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Well, I’m one of those sad ignorant folks who can’t follow directions and make it hard for people who can. Don’t know how I ended up going around and around all those sites and not finding what I really needed but I am glad I got in under the deadline. My apologies to all the smarter/more intelligent Chickies whose lives I’ve made so much more difficult. Including Susan, who has been so kind and helpful.

  12. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Susan, these bracelets are so beautiful — I just love your designs!!! :D

    Thanks again for undertaking the monumental task of rounding up all of us Chickies and keeping us organized! It certainly takes a sane person to do that!!! 8O

  13. Cecilia-Gems of Heaven
    Cecilia-Gems of Heaven says:

    I’m just a big fan of all that you do and the bracelets are another hit…

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