Thursday, September 3, 2009

September Give-Away by Licia Beads!

Win a Licia Beads gift certificate and free shipping! Just post a comment to enter! And let us know what you love from everyone else's too! Feel free to ask if you have questions about the drawing. The contest is open until the end of September.

Want to know a little bit about Licia?

Q. Name? Like I don't know you!

A. Licia (Like Alicia, without the first A)

Q. City, State, Country?

A. Mukilteo, WA USA A little seaside town North of Seattle, complete with lighthouse, ferry crossing and waterfront train. There is even a tiny park with an ancient looking pear tree that has been spared in memory of the woman who kept an orchard long ago.

Q. What is your favorite thing about where you live? What is it like
living there?

A. I have lived in this region my entire life and even when I travel I miss the water the feel of the air that is here. There are many inspiring aspects to this area. We are set between mountain ranges with Puget Sound lapping at our feet. All four seasons are distinct and that lends to a rather short but lush growing season which allows us to make a living designing and building gardens for our other work. In winter the days are short and the nights cold which makes the holidays a perfect time to shift gears a little and concentrate on beads while the plants go dormant for the season.


Q. What kind of jewelry work do you do? Why do you like doing it?

A. I do a wide variety of jewelry work simply because I cannot keep my hands out of the pie and am always excited to learn new things. When I first started (20 years ago) I worked mostly with seed beads and czech glass simply because that was what my birthday income would buy. I was delighted when I got my first custom order from my keyboarding teacher (yes, it was an actual typewriter) which included actual gemstones. Her necklace contained Rose Quartz and Malachite with gold and it was the most expensive thing I had ever had the chance to make. Thru the years my seed bead work developed into weaving, and I started wire wrapping with gemstones and precious metals. Since finding Etsy and realizing that I could make additional income with the massive amounts of beads that I had hoarded away, I have been delighted to share! I have also began teaching individuals in a one on one basis at my home.

I like the repetition of simple work, and hard work, and the mingling details. I like that after a while it becomes something larger than itself and it can contain as much variety as I like. It's wonderfully rewarding to receive compliments and feedback from people who like my work and encourages me to carry on with it despite the sometimes silly things I weave up. I also adore gemstones and the characteristics unique to each one. They all deserve a special setting like the earthly treasures that they are. I picked up wire wrapping about a year before finding Etsy and am awestruck by some of the work that people can create.

Q. What materials do you work with? What colors do you work with most?

A. Well, I seem to have just about everything now, except fire. I don't have the proper space to use torches or other metal designing tools, but everything else I am willing to try at home. I use everything from gold, silver, glass, Lucite, pearls, gemstones and even fiber and paper.

I am a big fan of greens and tend to fill my shop up with them faster than anything else. I also like the less favorite colors like orange and browns. I don't have any particular favorite, and when it comes to gemstone colors I love them all!


Q. Describe your art education. Are you self-taught? How did you learn?

A. I am self taught when it comes to the jewelry making, I have a little education when it comes to pottery. Eventually I would love to build my studio. There are plans for a Japanese Teahouse style pottery studio on the back hill.


Q. What attracted you to making jewelry?

A. I'm not sure I have a definite answer to that. Initially it was snooping on my sister and her friends and wanting to copy them. I suppose I just never stopped. At this point I suppose it is just the need to work with my hands and create something beautiful that expresses something to someone. Being able to make something with my hands that can be cherished or enjoyed for it's qualities is appealing to me. Jewelry that passes thru generations develops it's own history and life and becomes a part of a person. It's a form of self expression, I just must do it.


Q. What was your most exciting piece to make and why? What is your most interesting/disasterous/funny story about making jewelry?

A. My most exciting... I'm not sure I would call it exciting, but it certainly has gathered the most attention. My Toilet Paper jewelry is quite the "hit". People like to be silly and jewelry is not usually the typical way to do that so they are most startled to see it. I have my own and it does gather attention and strange looks. Since they started I entered the Humor themed Beadweavers challenge with a special version of the TP pendant and won. As an added surprise, I sold the necklace and a custom order bracelet to go with it.

In fact, for the holidays this year my mother gifted me some of grandmas (faux) pearls and strung along them was an actual, full sized TP roll. The whole family laughed for a while over that one. I still have it next to my desk... I suppose for emergencies.


And here are 3 of Licia's favorite jewelry pieces!

1. The Curiosity Killed the Toilet Paper Beadweavers Challenge necklace (Challenge winner for June 2009)



2. Beadwoven Swarovski Rivoli based on my own design. I learned how to bead my own settings and really enjoy how they turn out. They make great little pendants, the hardest part is choosing colors to go with the crystal.


3. I also really like wirework because of its ability to let me do just about anything I can dream up. Actually doing it takes a lot of concentration and planning but the detail is more than I can do with any other medium. I like that about it, the greater the detail, the more I like it.

109 comments:

Dina (XYYan) said...

i love Carved Ice - Quartz and sterling from LiciaBeads =)

burrito said...

I love her Leomon Drop earrings - they just pop off the page! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12294348

Burning Moon said...

I love her Faceted fiber optic rice beads, 6mm from Lucuabeads very pretty

Joyce said...

Am I allowed to enter? :D I love everything in Licia's shops!

mysticwynd said...

Liciabeads TP earrings are exactly the fun kind of earrings that I love simply because they're different! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15894451

Drea said...

Licia is my favourite! I need a TP of my own.

I will totally represent for the TP in the South Sound! woot woot!

Digital Misfit said...

Beautiful jewelry. One of my favorite pieces is the Flora del Caribe - sterling and freshwater pearl earrings -- gorgeous color!

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Shrimp Salad Circus said...

I love the title Curiosity Killed the Toilet Paper - too cute! I also love all the chalcedony gems from Licia's shop!!!

shrimpsaladcircus at gmail dot com

Salad for Breakfast said...

oh her beads are stunning!!!

JLR Designs said...

OMG...these are too cute and cleaver!

Beautiful work

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daer0n said...

I love the Raincloud Necklace! so beautiful!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12937910

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Nina said...

Great interview!

I am totally in love with her Drops of sunshine - Lemon Quartz gemstone earrings!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27676874

irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

IRENE said...

Citrine is my favorite, but I found this opal very intriguing...I love the Everglade necklace.I enjoyed reading the interview.

Aik said...

I love the Pool - beadwoven swarovski and sterling chain!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Lilly said...

I really like the Cranberry Garden - Swarovski picks flowers and has a Cabernet. It is lovely!
Thanks a lot.

eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

fındıkfaresi said...

I love the toilet paper earrings, they are so cute:)

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Bunny B said...

Awesome giveaway! I love the Cranberries Necklace

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Mia said...

I love her everything!! seriously, can't pick just 1 fave..:)

free indeed said...

I love the combination of wirework and beads...so feminine and lovely!

f.sarah said...

i love the
Be Mine - Sapphire and Cubic Zirconia

Pool - beadwoven swarovski and sterling chain


Beadwoven pendant on sterling silver necklace

ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

The TP earrings have always been a fav of mine. They look very cute in treasuries. :o)

Sandie Russo
zaftig2k at yahoo dot come

Soy Pea said...

these are great...I've been browsing her etsy for a few minutes now. :)

soypea@gmail.com

trisha too said...

wow, lots of gorgeous things!

i really like the reef necklace.

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JennTRC said...

Lovely work!

I like the reef necklace,
please enter me :)

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

SiSi said...

Wow, i love the jewelry.
I think my fav is Fiesta.
The colors you use looks lovely!! Thanks for the chance to win:)
origamibysisi at gmail dot com

I'll also post this on Handmade Giveaways:) http://www.hmgiveaways.blogspot.com

pish said...

Bahahaha those TP earrings are hilarious! I looove the Shine on Me Labradorite earrings. Beautiful. And the Treasure Trove wire woven necklace!

melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

Rachael said...

Yaaay!!! Bead giveaway. Thanks everyone!!! I love all the flower earrings - all of them are so gorgeous and those beads are fab! :)

XO
Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
rachaelposton[at]gmail[dot]com

Cali said...

I love your work and your supply shop! You're fantastic!


I hope I win your amazing giveaway!

xo. cali.

Egater said...

Why I have to choose? Everything is so lovely.
Ok, if I must...Faceted Ice and Sterling Silver

Raine Hicks Wheeler said...

Everything is sooo pretty!!! I really like the Earth necklace.
Thanks,
Raine
lorrainehickswheeler at gmail dot com

fashionfrugality said...

I am in love with the Night Blossom - sterling silver floral earrings! Absolutely beautiful!
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Joanne J said...

I like this, Neverending pearl - sterling handwired chain necklace 52 inches
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28894556

joanne.j@hotmail.com

greeneginger said...

Great Post and Interview. I found many pretty creations!! Haha the TP Earrings crack me up;)
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Spamgirl said...

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I love the beadwoven flower earrings in dark purple!

Thank you!

Amanda Ergenbright said...

The TP earrings are definitely sute, but I like "Love Blossoms" the best!
amanda23.etsy.com

artexana said...

i love all the wire work she does...but the tp beads are signature!!

Amanda said...

lovely!

Sarah said...

Great work!

balanced. said...

OOOoo! I love your blue and brown Pringlet Earrings. Adore those colours together.

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mim said...

wow! i really like When beads organize they can do big things - necklace and Grape Vine - Amethyst gemstone necklace hand wrapped into a sterling chain

Anna said...

It might be cheating but I love her photographs! She's been helping me with mine, and between her helpful attitude, the bit about the ancient pear tree, and the amazing Toilet Paper creations, she's won my heart. :)

Xo, Anna from AirportLoveStory.etsy.com

mom2boys said...

I love her cranberries necklace! Thanks :)

hottmomma_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ayda said...

As an earrings addict i have to say that Licia's creations made my day. So many colors and shapes to choose from made it difficult for me to pick just one pair of earrings but i did it: My, what fuzzy earrings you have is the one. Felt and antiqued brass is a great combination.

theyarndragon said...

Licia, your jewelry is gorgeous! :)

My favorites are the Golden Rose Necklace and the Undersea Earrings.

jewelry by NaLa said...

Uhhh, am I disqualified from the giveaway if I love everything?? ;) The falling stars is gorgeous, however ... just sayin'.

Jennifer said...

I am absolutely in LOVE with all of the floral design earrings, but these are at the top of my list! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29779600

jnnilsson@gmail.com

ggsboutique said...

All of the wirework pieces are gorgeous! I have been wanting to get more into wirework and Licia's designs are very inspirational!

Amy said...

haha i love all the toilet paper jewelry! and i really like the pruple freshwater pearl wire wrapped sterling earrings! :D
randomness.blue@gmail.com

Jodaycraf said...

I really like the Winter Leaves and Hanging Prehnite - Sterling and Gemstone.
www.jodaycraf.etsy.com

The Beading Gem said...

Licia Beads has impeccable taste. Her bead shop is to die for!

marian said...

What a great giveaway my fingers are crossed. I have my eye on the shine on me labradorite earrings I love the shade of blue.Thanks Marian
mtzeenla@yahoo.com

Carla said...

Hi and thanks for the giveaway! At the top of my list is silver... I just LOVE it!

Joanne J said...

I like "Be Mine - Sapphire and Cubic Zirconia"
it's really gorgeous.

joanne.j@hotmail.com

eternalvoyageur said...

I'd love to win Quartz Rain...

the_eternal_voyageur at rediffmail dot com

Lily said...

i like the when beads organize they can do big things necklace!
Lmhoot@flash.net

sabrita said...

So much to love at Licia Beads-really beautiful jewelry. A favorite of mine are the the Drops of Sunshine Lemon Quartz gemstone earrings. The vintage style earrings are very cool too. Thanks for the giveaway.
sabrita@juno.com

Abigail said...

I am in awe of Licia's grapevine earrings. They are so unique! I love it!

abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

free indeed said...

That Cielo sky blue topaz and sterling silver pendant is EXQUISITE!!!! Great interview too. Would love to win a sample of her work! freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

Meninheira said...

It's a very beautiful shop! a very organic jewelry, I like it!! :)
(y tiene un aire latino precioso)

meninheira at gmail dot com

C.Sarah said...

There are so many beautiful things in this shop, I almost can't stand it! My eyes were immediately drawn to the pink/orange lucite flower earrings, but there were so many other things I favorited as well :)

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Sherry said...

blogged http://iluvcontest.blogspot.com/2009/09/licia-beads-giveaway.html

I like Grape Vine - Amethyst gemstone necklace hand wrapped into a sterling chain

sherrygo at hotmail dot com

Life must be lived as play said...

Sterling Crescent - bracelet is i like most :0
all her works are gorgeous
silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

Ann said...

What a fantastic store, I love the undersea earrings! They are gorgeous! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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JaMean said...

Her toilet paper earrings are a hoot! I LOVE them! My favorite is the Be Mine - Sapphire and Cubic Zirconia. How pretty!

lin3arossa said...

I'd love to win any of art pieces. So original!
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

Tintel said...

I love the Midnight Freshwater Pearl Earrings. Or how simplicity can be sooooo beautiful!

Greetz, Tintel
tinteltenen(at)hotmail(dot)com

malibu.bunny.xo said...

I love the "If Chuck Bass Were Mine" clutch. Cute design, AND name!!
malibu.bunny.xo@live.ca

Andrea said...

I LOVE the Grapevine - Sterling earrings.

SewSweetStitches said...

My favorite is the cranberry necklace. Great colors!

Heather said...

Great jewerly.
jswandrn @ gmail.com

Mel said...

I like the Black Ice earrings :)

Ladytink_534 said...

I really like the Locket Necklace with gemstones and pearls
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karaannisjewelry said...

I like the Sugar baby Pink Mystic Quartz gemstone earrings and the flamenco earrings!

Thanks!
Kara
kara.annis(at)gmail.com

Darcy said...

I love the Jumping Puddles - Topaz and sterling necklace.

Soy Pea said...

Great giveaway. Her pieces really caught my eye, and I enjoyed reading your interview.

soypea@gmail.com

Michelle said...

Love the Garnet trios - gemstone and sterling earrings! Thanks for the chance to win.

wendy said...

I like Tubing on the lake - vintage style earrings. It's very sweet-looking!

luvwendy87@hotmail.com

anarchafemina said...

i love the Tea in the garden earrings!

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✄ ✂ ✄ ✂ ✄ ✂ said...

Love the beaded TP. You can contact me if I win at: whiteflagdesigns@comcast.net

The Lone Beader said...

Wow, beautiful items!! :)

Bombtastic Belle said...

I liked he Lemon Drop earrings:)
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Karen Gill hidingplacebeadery.etsy.com said...

Great posting! Love Licia's beads, work, blog!

409cope said...

I like the Slate Blossom Vintage Style Earrings the most. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Crystal said...

Oh my goodness, I am absolutely in love with the Grape Vine and the vintage style earrings (can't pick a favorite color, they're all stunning!)

janil said...

I love

Filigree Sterling levels of detail necklace
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Daisy said...
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Penny Williams said...

my fav is native past necklace, the turquoise and garnet are so great together!

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Whimsical Creations said...

Love the Cielo - Sky Blue Topaz and Sterling Silver.

=D melanie
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Webster said...

Ooh, I almost missed this. ANOTHER giveaway from LiciaBeads! Well, you know what I have on hold. There's so much more that I love, though.

Autumn is coming!

Webster@harbornet.com

Sarah said...

I love the beadwoven pendant. Beautiful!

bison61 said...

I picked the Soft heart - garnet gemstone necklace-so pretty

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micki said...

Thanks for the generous giveaway! My fave item from Licia's shop are the LITTLE BLUES GLASS PEARL earrings!
Zoe0825@verizon.net

tanya904 said...

All of her jewelry is so elegant my favorite is the Locket Necklace with gemstones and pearls
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Danielle said...

I love how unique her designs are.

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Heather said...

I would LOVE to win this!! Please enter me into the giveaway, thanks!!

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Heather said...

Drops of sunshine - Lemon Quartz gemstone earrings are my favorite pick, how stunning!!

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fa11enan9e1 (Alice) said...

Beautiful stuff! I love the Leaf Paddles the most though.

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Ave said...

I like her Flamenco earrings a lot :)

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Rachael said...

Great blog and interview - I'm stunned at her abilities! Amazing! I also adore execute me and own a pair of earrings that I get TONS of compliiments on!

Just took a peek at her shop and HA HA!!! I LOVE the toilet paper for your ears with points like in the hotels.

Too cute!!!

XO
Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
www.roscata.com

bmolavi said...

The "Heaven and Earth" sterling and gemstone pendant necklace is lovely
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Anne J said...

I love the wirework jewelery, especially the Entagled necklace. It is so intricate, it must take a lot of skill to make things like that.

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Maria said...

i love that dark pearl necklace. it would make a gorgeous bracelet too.
thank you so much!
maria.dalessandro@gmail.com

Lizzie said...

Amazing jewelry. I love the leaf paddle earrings - so simple and yet so special!

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WindandRain said...

mmm, I like the lemon quartz earrings. Isn't that the prettiest color?
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Roxy said...

I love the Black and brass vintage style earrings.

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Ľubaša said...

I like Golden Rose - gemstone and antiqued brass necklace. Thanks.
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asdf said...

I like the 'SunSwirl - Lemon Quartz gemstone earrings' best!

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Akanksha said...

Fantastic. This beads necklace and other jewels are looking amazing. I would like to buy 2-3 pieces from it. Can please provide details about it.
Vintage Pendants

jhitomi said...

that toilet paper piece is one of the funniest things I've every seen.
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