Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dianne's Designs

One of my hobbies is making beaded jewelry. Mostly earrings, but I make the occasional necklace too. I started making earrings mostly for myself. I couldn't find any earrings that were the right length, color, etc. to go with my clothes, so I decided to make my own. I discovered that it was pretty easy and a lot of fun. I very quickly got requests from people to make earrings for them. Especially my mom, sister and coworkers. My aunts even paid me to make them earrings. They told me what colors they were looking for, and I went to work. I mostly make them as gifts, but everyone tells me I should sell them. Maybe, but that sounds like work. I just like creating them for fun.

I really like making jewelry. I get to be creative, experiment with color combinations and different styles, but at the same time, the projects are not very time consuming. I like quilting too, but my main complaint with it is that it takes so long to complete a project. With jewelry making, it only takes a few minutes to design, then a few more minutes to execute, and then you're done! I love buying packages of mixed beads, then challenging myself to make something beautiful of the hodgepodge of colors and sizes. The earrings I have pictured are my most recent creations that I made as Christmas gifts this past holiday season.

And here is my tackle box. It really is a tackle box. It turns out to be the perfect place to organize my beads and tools.


  1. You are very talented! Your earrings look amazing! Have you found a bead shop or do you go to a craft store?

  2. Thanks Kelly! I mostly go to craft stores to find my beads. We have Michael's here in town and also a huge arts and crafts store called Crafts Direct. They have a great selection.

  3. You should open an Etsy shop Dianne. I am sure people would love to be able to purchase those earrings!