Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fall is Quickly Coming

I am really not ready to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall, but the reality is....fall is just around the corner.

As a jewelry designer, I have to always be ahead of the game. In other words when it is summer, I am thinking about Fall and the holiday season. In the winter, I am designing and making things for Spring and  Summer. 

Since my favorite place is the beach, I like to design things that are inspired from the ocean. I made this necklace YEARS ago for my personal collection, and I wear it all the time. The shells from the earrings were just found this past summer, and I was lucky enough to find three so I could make a matching necklace earring set. 

 You might also notice that I love to mix my metals. I find it makes things a little more interesting. 

This next set was made to match. You will find a wide variety of beads in this ensemble, including some paper beads I made from an old magazine.

I added carnelian, jasper and crystals and some glass ebeads to give these pieces a variety of texture and depth. When I designed these pieces, I had just bought a dress and I wanted something to go with, and these came out perfectly! 

So.....what have I been working on to put in my Etsy shop for Fall 2018?

Here is one piece. This beaded chain necklace is made with crystals, obsidian and maifanite beads. I added brass beads and a brass chain with no clasp, so it is very easy to put on and take off...just over your head. 

Here is another necklace from my Broken Shell Inspirational collection. This one is a bit shorter and made of crystals, purple glass beads and green jasper. I used copper wire to wrap the shell and added some copper beads to this 18" necklace.

This shell fragment has become naturally distressed as it traveled through the ocean, eventually being tossed up on the shore, waiting for someone to discover it and appreciate its different shape, angels, and size. While this bit of shell is no longer a whole shell, the harsh conditions it experienced in the ocean transformed it into something distinct and beautifully unique. It is my hope that as you go through your own challenging experiences, you will become a better version of yourself, an individual who has gained wisdom through adversity. This beautiful shell piece is to help remind you of the positive growth that you will take away from your experiences.

Whether she cruises the high seas on a ship, hang tens on a surfboard or just likes a quiet walk along the shore...Wearing a creation from TappingflamingoBling will keep her favorite places close to her heart and soul.

Friday, August 10, 2018

What Is A Crafter?

Well, I looked it up and according to dictionary.com "A crafter is a person who practices or is highly skilled in a craft; artisan." This week, we have some highly skilled people who have blogged about some pretty cool stuff...

Ann from BeadLove uses fun resin tiger head beads to make a quick bracelet that turns out just how she envisioned.

Tammy talks about selling off some doll customization crafting supplies and also dolls from her collection and shares her thoughts on collecting what you love in a recent Crafts and Dollies blog.

A lover of all things owl, Andrew shares some of his favorite owl-inspired art beads from his private collection.

On a recent trip to Asheville, NC, Greg Ogden of GreenGirls Studios explains lost wax casting. Check out the video of him walking us through the process!

Terry Jeanette of the Tappingflamingo, talks about different types of wedding jewelry and some interesting accessories.

Beading Arts shares a chenille stitch rope necklace tutorial.

I hope you check out what these talented artisans are talking about this week. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Variety of Crafts....Some From Old Things, Some a Bit Newer....

Tammy Powley, of The Crafty Princess Diaries, shows off the quilt that she finished. Her grandmother started it many years ago, and Tammy was able to finish it and present it to her mother. They celebrated by going to their favorite restaurant in Port Canaveral, Florida.

Cyndi Lavin, of Beading Arts, is one talented lady! I admire those who work with the tiny beads in bead weaving. You really need to check out her newest blog on this beautiful herringbone necklace. 

Terry Jeanette, the Tappingflamingo, loves the unexpected. She has designed this fun beaded cruise themed ornament from recycled guitar strings! Keyword here is recycled! Check out her blog to see what else she has made with recycled guitar strings.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


We have been blessed to live on this beautiful planet. The diversity is breath taking. From the majestic mountains right down to the expansive seas and even the colorful desserts! 

It is our responsibility to take care of this place, and one way to do it is to recycle. Most of us are onboard with this, but if you live in an area like I do, you might find it difficult...or is it really that difficult?

If you can't take your bags to the local recycle center, reuse them. They make perfect trash bags. I also like to use them to wrap my shoes in when I travel, or use them to put your dirty clothes in. All of us love to swim while on vacation. Where do you put your wet suites and towels? Try one of the plastic grocery bags. There are endless ways to use those bags!

One other thing I recycle are old guitar strings. I started this back when I first picked up the mountain dulcimer. The group I played with would bring me their old strings. This started when our leader brought me her's and said to me, "Terry, you are crafty, I bet you could come up with something to make out of these." She was right! Ideas started to flow into my head. 

First I made bracelets.

When the holidays started up, I made ornaments

Then earrings and pendants soon followed.

I love to cruise! Usually, our family joins the gift exchange that some of the cruises have, and so I decided to start making keychains.

Funny thing is, after I made a few of my creations, I got online to see if anyone else had made anything with old guitar strings. Well...I guess I was not the only one that had a great idea, because guitar string bracelets were everywhere...but...they were pretty pricy! 

Cleaning the strings is pretty intense, but actually making most of the strings is not.

Except maybe the more elaborately beaded ones...those can be pretty intense too. 

A friend of mine bought some guitar string bracelets (not from me). The bracelets had no beads or fanciness to them...and she paid $60 to $80 for them. I couldn't believe it. I don't even price my fancy ones for that. Of course, she bought them at a retail brick and mortar store, which makes a huge difference. There is a huge mark up on those type pieces so everyone involved can be paid. I  don't have a middle man, so this is why I can keep my prices lower. 

I love creating new pieces from old stuff. I have even taught classes and workshops on how to make guitar string bracelets. Those are always a lot of fun! 

So, why not check out some creative ideas as gifts for this holiday season? TappingflamingoBling offers a new line of Princess and Cruise Ship Christmas ornaments, and even a guitar string bracelet kits!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Time to be Inspired Again!

It's that time again! To check out some crafters to see what they have been working on...

Do you like a good challenge? I know I do! Allegory Gallery has some great challenge kits, and this month's kit, Wild Jungle, looked like it was right up my alley! I love how they put some of the items from the kit with these bright beads that were already on hand. Mixing new things with old stash is a great way to freshen things up. I hope you go check out some of the other things they made.

Allegory Gallery has some new items in their shop that you can use in your own creations. They also share some interesting history about their shop. 

Tammy Powley of The Crafty Princess Diaries has been busy with her dolls. She has been designing and making dresses for them. Hop on over to her blog to see what she is up to! She posted a video about some of the crafting and doll stuff she has been doing, including a gorgeous quilt that was started by her grandmother and finished my Tammy!

With the busy summer we all seen to have, it is hard to find time to do some crafting. Beading Arts decided to work on this Russian Spiral Rope Necklace, which she refers to as quick. I'm not sure about that, but it sure is gorgeous! She shares a link from June's issue of Bead Work by Carol Ohl. If you've ever wanted to learn to do these ropes, this would be a great opportunity to take advantage of the free instructions.

Tappingflamingo shows off her Autism Awareness Bracelets. They are all adjustable and she even carries styles that are waterproof. With each sale, a portion of the money goes to a non profit autism awareness organization! 

Andrew Thornton shares his latest creation for the Inspired by Reading Book Club.  For July, they read, "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell, and he was inspired to create these fun "Mixed Tape" earrings. Check out his blog to find out more about the book club.

As a crafter, I love seeing what other crafters are up too. Stay tuned next week for some more inspiration.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Autism Awareness Bracelets

When I first opened my TappingflamingoBling Etsy shop, I knew someday, I wanted to do something for the autism community. I have two nephews with autism, and know the difficulties that many families living with autism have to deal with. 

I opened my shop in October of 2015 and started listing guitar string Christmas ornaments and jewelry. Over the next few years, I geared my line more toward beach and cruise inspired jewelry and accessories. 

In 2018, I started doing some serious thinking on my original plan...what can I do to help out the autism community? Since my nephews live in Florida and love to surf with their dad, I started doing some research on surfer style bracelets and discovered a product that I could use to make the bracelets waterproof! 

My plan was to make these affordable, and to donate a portion of the sales to a non profit autism awareness organization. 

My first style really didn't work out too well, so I went back to the drawing board and came up with a multi strand crochet style adjustable bracelet.

I loved the way it turned out!

I made a few of the original style and decided to make a simplified version. Still using all the colors, but instead of four strands it has one larger strand. 

In the Spring, I had the opportunity to be involved with an autism vendor fair, and was able to sell several of these bracelets to benefit the autism center at our local university. 

When summer came, I started collecting the money for a different organization...Surfer's For Autism. Since my two nephews surfed, and had been involved with Surfer's For Autism, I thought this was a perfect match. 

My next idea was to add beads and charms. Now, because of the beads and metal charms, these are not waterproof, but they are still comfortable and fun to wear.

Then I decided to branch out to school colors. Here are a few I have made. 

LSU Tigers!

BYU Cougars!

Arizona State Sun Devils!

My next idea was to come up with a princess line. The first one I made has a whimsical horse on it. Doesn't he look as if he could pull Cinderella's pumpkin coach? I have several styles of charms....crowns, pumpkin coach, mermaid, castle, magic wand, etc, that will be perfect to add to these bracelets.

I love working on these bracelets, and hope to be able to donate to different non profit autism awareness organizations. Check out TappingflamingBling for more Autism Awareness Bracelets and other styles of beach and cruise inspired jewelry and accessories. 

Friday, July 20, 2018


Today, I would like to share some inspiration from some other artisans....

In Andrew Thornton's blog, he shows off his collection of bugs! These bugs aren't the creepy crawly type....they are beautiful pieces that you can wear!

This is a barrel bead that was created by Anne Choi who is an Atlanta based metalsmith. Isn't it gorgeous? Go check out Andrew's blog for more of his bug collection!


Tammy Powley, The Crafty Princess loves doll collecting. Since she is a crafter, she thought about customizing dolls. How does she fell about that? Well check out her blog to find out!


Bead Love and her mom played around with Petina and Modge Podge to create some beautiful pieces! Check out there fun adventure!


Have you ever followed someone else's instructions to create a piece? Check out Beading Arts blog about her experience with following instructions from someone. I think she did a great job! What do you think?


So...how do you feel about the tropics? If you have followed me for any time, you know how much I love the beach! Allegory Gallery has a Coral Coastal Challenge going on right now, so hop on over to their blog to find out more about it. I'll be honest with you, I am very tempted to take the challenge myself!


Then, of course, there is my blog about Etsy. Is it a place for every crafter to sell their creations? I talk about my journey from when I started back in October 2015.

Wire wrapped beaded shell necklace
by TappingflamingoBling

Each week, I will be featuring artisans and their different adventures in creating. Stay tuned!