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Work In Progress

inprogressThe above bracelet and necklace are not complete. Attaching the ends is not to be taken lightly. This is the part of the jewelry which will get the most wear. I spend a lot of time attaching the ends.  I just thought you might be interested in see some works in progress. The bracelet on top is from a masters class I took this summer in Milwaukee. The necklace below the bracelet is from a “kit”. Occasionally, I use kits to learn new techniques quickly. Many people sell kits. They come complete with design and materials.  To use a design of a necklace, you must either pay the creator or obtain permission from the original designer. Typically, when you take a class you obtain the right to use the design for what you are making in class and you can negotiate to use the design multiple times.  Some designers will allow you to use their design as often as you want as long as you give them credit for the design.  It can sometimes be difficult to be assured of the original designer since a few people copy designs and then sell them as their own. You can be assured that LuckySammy.Etsy.Com will only use designs that have been purchased or have permission granted.


My Neighborhood and One of My Favorites

El Presidio Neighborhood         Tucson Arizona

El Presidio Neighborhood
Tucson Arizona

This is a picture of my neighborhood. My husband took the picture from atop the YMCA Garage which is near our home. (He was out taking his morning walk where he climbs the stairs to the top of the garage). The yellow building is the famous El Charro Restaurant. From late October to Spring, the restaurant is a favorite tourist restaurant. We eat there about one a month. During the Summer they offer a two for one coupon. Give them $50 and they give you gift certificates worth $100.  If you notice the large tall building on the top right, our home is the silver roof just below the large building. Our neighborhood is really just the lower half of the photo, but the picture shows Tucson Mountains that are on the West side of Tucson.  Recently, we went to Guatemala (more on that in a later post), there many of the houses had tin roofs and were built out of cement blocks. My husband kept saying “it is just like our neighborhood”. Many of the houses on our street have tin roofs.

braclet braclet2Yes, I love shiny, sparkly things. This bracelet took a long time make but I loved working on it. The base is peyote stitched copper bugle beads and seed beads. The base is embellished with 9 different Swarovski glass pearls in shades of gold, ivory and copper. A gold toned magnetic clasp makes this easy on and off. The bracelet is 8¾ inches long and weighs approximately 2 ounces. This bracelet is over the top and might be perfect for you if you love a little bling.  Have a great day from LuckySammyJewelry.

Bracelets and More

BraceletsI have been learning how to make new things. Recently I finished a quilt. Well, not the whole quilt. I did the front from a pattern and then sent it away to be finished. When I lived in Florida, I did a lot of quilting, but I have not done any at all for at least fifteen years. The  quilt on our bed is starting to come apart. I bought it over forty years ago at an Amish sale. We just started using it about two years ago.  We love it, but it needs work. So I will let the current quilt rest as soon as I get the finished quilt back. It is not due until April 2015. (The lady finishing it is very popular). I have also been sewing. I have been making slacks. Why, because it was a challenge. My step-daughter was complaining how her slacks never fit and she is in a nursing program and needed slacks that fit with deep pockets. So I took a pair of her old ones, cut it apart, made a pattern and made several pairs of new slacks with pockets. Pockets are not easy to make, especially deep pockets. I have also been experimenting with bracelets. They were fun to make and came out very nice. To do all this work in our small townhouse, I expanded the dining table, brought all my work, sewing machine, etc. downstairs and worked in our downstairs. It all stayed there until just before Thanksgiving.  Now to decorate the house for Christmas.  Well have a great day and consider LuckySammyJewelry.

Artist of the Month

I subscribe to a number of email lists, newsletters etc. This month, I was chosen as artist of the month on  Kumihimo Patterns, Tips, New Stuff – August 2014. The website is here  I have taken several classes from Karen and she is a great teacher. I am honored to be chosen.  The article follows

“I first met Kathy (and her husband Mike) when they travelled to Truckee for the Carol Miller Franklin Kumihimo Workshop that I hosted last summer. Kathy then joined another of our events and came to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the Knitting Basket Knitting and Kumihimo Retreat (February 2014). She will also be joining us on our upcoming (March 2015) Knitting Basket Knitting and Kumihimo Retreat to Guatemala (Guatemala City, Antigua and Lake Atitlan).

“Kathy does beautiful work and sells her jewelry on her Etsy site “Lucky Sammy”. In addition to her Kumihimo, she also does alot of other gorgeous beadwork! You should check out her beaded collars.

These are the bracelets I made recently.

These are the bracelets I made recently.

“Pictured here are her adaptations of the Kumihimo Corkscrew Bracelet (a class I taught in San Miguel de Allende). She has used a variety of fibers with great colors and textures and has embellished her bracelets with large hole beads and charms. Really nice Kathy!”

Please go to LuckySammyJewelry to view my work.



El Nacimiento (The Birth) of Jesus

The nativity and daily Mexican life

The nativity and daily Mexican life

The Tucson Museum of Art is not just an art museum,theofficial name is the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Many people come and visit the art museum but do not include a tour of the Corbett House. “The Corbett House, an elegant two-story, stucco-covered brick structure built in the mission revival style…the house features an extensive collection of beautiful and unique decorative objects from the Arts and Crafts era.”  But to me, one of the hidden treasures is the tiny diorama that retells the Christmas Story. It is called the El Nacimieto (the birth) and is open from mid-November to March. It is tucked away in the La Casa Cordava (part of the Museum’s “historic block”). Many people miss this diorama, but it is something that you can stand and view for a long time, trying to take in everything it shows. Many of the scenes are from Mexican daily life. The picture at the top is from the musuem’s webpage. It is something you have to see in person to really get the feeling of the diorama.

rosary braceletOne of the hidden treasures for sale at LuckySammyJewelry.Com are my rosary bracelets. These are economical and truly rare. A rosary bracelet is a one-decade rosary worn on the wrist containing one Our Father bead and ten Hail Mary beads and includes a small crucifix and medal. Wearing this on your wrist provides a reminder to pray the rosary. The beads in this bracelet are similar to the fried marbles that were popular so long ago. The beads are pink, blue, yellow, green and clear. This bracelet has a magnetic clasp that makes it easy to wear. It is 8 1/2 inches long and weighs approximately 5/8 ounce.

Cindy Pankopf – A Bubble Bracelet


The bracelet I made at this class.

I usually make necklaces, but I am expanding my jewelry line to include bracelets, earrings, and items such as rosaries.  At the Gem Show, I enrolled in a bracelet workshop taught by Cindy Pankopf.  Please visit her website, her work is fantastic. The workshop was listed as a Beginner Plus workshop, but once again, you learn so much more.  The camaraderie that you develop with the instructor and the other students keeps inspiring you.  To quote from the class introduction, “Beautiful bubbles of boro are what this class is all about. …The chunky style makes a bold statement while the large beads make it stich up quickly.  A jumbo drop bead makes a beautiful, easy button-style closure”  I enjoyed making this bracelet because I could envision many ways to use the techniques and the possibilities for future bracelets.

On a personal note, I stubbed my toe and broke it. My husband has been a saint and has been my chauffer taking me to the many shows and classes.

Thank you LuckySammyJewelry.

Heart Millefiori Bead Rosary Bracelet

Rosary Bracelet made from heart shaped millefiore beads

Heart Millefiori Bead Rosary Bracelet

Rosary bracelets are not common. A rosary is not a talisman, rather it is an aid to meditation. By tradition, there are three sets of mysteries (joyful, sorrowful, glorious). For a reference on rosaries may I suggest wikipedia.
A rosary bracelet consists of 10 beads ( one decade); a cross (crucifix), and a medal. Think of it as a condensed version of the rosary.  Since it can be worn on the wrist, it is sometimes used to show devotion.  It can be given as a “first communion” or confirmation gift. Although not a chaplet or pocket rosary, they may be kept in a purse or pocket.

Please visit LuckySammy.Etsy.Com for a selection of rosary bracelets.

The rosary bracelet shown consists of  wonderful heart shaped millefiori beads. This bracelet has a magnetic clasp that makes it easy to wear. It is 8 1/4 inches long and weighs approximately 3/8 ounce. “Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware.” (source wikipedia)