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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bella LuElla - New Boutique in Town!



My jewelry designs are carried in several boutiques and gift shops around the United States, and as of 6/1/12, they are being carried right here in my neck of the woods in beautiful Northwest Arkansas at Bella LuElla!    Bella LuElla is an eclectic shop that is located in the same neighborhood as our newest art museum, Crystal Bridges.  I'm thrilled about this for two reasons: 1) it's the first shop in the area to carry my designs and, 2) this is a brand new shop that carries artwork and designs from local artists in addition to vintage, collectible art and books.

Bella LuElla


Bella LuElla is the brainchild of owner, Cynthia Morshedi.  Cynthia was a designer by profession for many years, but she's always had a love of the arts and of creating, in general.  After doing some serious soul searching, she decided to set up shop in Northwest Arkansas in order to help promote the arts in our area.  And, Bella LuElla was born.



Bella LuElla is a charming shop set up in a vintage 1880's house.  It consists of several rooms which are set up by theme.  For example, one room houses jewelry, accessories and handmade soap products.  Another room houses shabby chic and feminine pretties such as tutu's, fabric hair flowers, and little stuffed animals.  (My handmade mini vintage hankie quilts are also displayed in this room.)  Cynthia is planning to have a grand opening/reception in the near future.  She also is planning to offer classes which will be taught by local artists.

If you are in the area, please take a moment to stop by and visit Bella LuElla. They are located at 1006 SW "A" Street, Bentonville, Arkansas, telephone (479) 644-8483.  You can also check out their Facebook Page and blog.  In the meantime, take a look at the pictures below for a sampling of what this fantastic little shop has to offer.  Hope to see you there!

Handmade body products by Marilyn Payne (they smell yummy!)
Some of my jewelry creations!
Vintage hankie quilts made by yours truly. :)


Jazzy accessories.

Vintage books and collectible, rare art.
Something for baby (the crochet hats were made by Sandy Krout - are these adorable, or what??)

Resin cross necklaces made by me :)

More lovely goodies for the girly-girls out there. (The feather earrings were made by made daughter-in-law, Hailey Rocko.)
Gorgeous flower accessories made by Cynthia Morshedi.

Crystal rosaries made by my daughter, Brianna Rocko.

Bejeweled cell phone bags made by Bobbi Gray.

Artwork by Laura Hopkins (I LOVE the shoe art!)


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ornate Jewelry Creations and an Intro to My Daughter's Rosary Designs

It was a very productive weekend for me in the jewelry-making department.  It's no secret that I unwind from the stress of the work week by creating.  It's proven to be good for the soul and it keeps me out of trouble, too. :)

This weekend, I created the following one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and want to share them with you:


Bronze and Blue Crystal Virgin Mary Statement Necklace

Bronze and Blue Crystal Virgin Mary Necklace (Pendant Detail)

Red Filigree and Crystal Virgin Mary Necklace

Red Filigree and Crystal Virgin Mary Necklace (Pendant Detail - Check out the red rhinestones framing the image.)

Hand-decorated bronze Virgin Mary icon bracelet



All items are currently for sale in my EBay and Etsy stores.  By the way, if you like the look of the bracelet, stay tuned for details on how to decorate your own metal components for your jewelry projects.  I'll be sharing a tutorial on this very subject on my blog later in the week.

While I'm on the subject of ornate designs, I want to take a minute to introduce you to my daughter, Brianna's rosary designs.  Brianna started making corded rosaries and rosary bracelets while she was still in high school. 



She also became enamored with making automobile and full size crystal and gemstone rosaries.  These have proven to be pretty popular among her peers. She recently posted some of her latest creations on her Facebook page and sold every single one of them.  Is that awesome, or what?

She's decided to take her rosary making to a whole new level - she has begun selling them in her Etsy store, the Saint Philomena Store.  She also accepts custom orders, so if you'd like a sparkly, well-made rosary of your own, please don't hesitate to contact Brianna.  I know you won't be disappointed. :)


Friday, February 11, 2011

Handmade Polymer Clay Rosary - One of my Snow Day Activities

We had over 2 feet of snow this week, so needless to say, I was indoors for the past couple of days in my little "sanctuary" (my home).   I took advantage of my "snow days" home from the office by crafting.  (I know...what a shocker...)    I put together this little one decade rosary which is made completely out of polymer clay - in two shades of purple.  I'm really pleased with the way it turned out and wanted to share it with you.




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