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Lincoln, Nebraska
I am a jewelry designer /artist. My other interest include collage,painting,doll/teddy bear making,fabric crafts/art ,Genealogy etc. I like to try it all and combined a lot of my skills into my art. Also a mom to 3 wonderful children 18,16,10. And married to a wonderful hubby of 17 yrs

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I have been inspired :)

Today is my 38th Birthday and I yes I am getting closer to 40 but I guess life goes on.
I watched Julie & Julia today and it really inspired me to work hard on keeping up with projects and decided to work on practicing my cooking and baking and also try to create or work on a jewelry piece or other artsy/crafty item a little everyday. Pretty much I want to try to do something creative everyday. Well wish me luck. And I am in the processing of condensing and moving my blogs to my new Word press blog.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beaded beads

Beaded Beads

I love to make beads out of beads what a cool way to cordinate your seed beads
Have you ever beaded a bead ???

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Beaded Flag Cap

Flag Cap
Beaded Flag cap I designed and stitched with beads

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July
I finished my first amulet bag this morning and will show it off in a couple of months its for a competition.
Getting ready to start another bag. I will post this one when it is finished. Have a great day will post again on Monday, going to enjoy the weekend with family.

Laura :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009


With such a large number of colors to work with in seed beads, sometimes it takes longer to pick beads then stitch the project.
I find inspiration for my colors from nature and love to watch fashion type shows on TV. i.e. The Fashion Show and Project Runway. They give you an idea about colors that are happening now.

What inspires you to pick the colors you work with?

Let me know I love to hear about what inspires people and it can help us inspire each other :)

**Tip: Using black and white in projects will help colors pop **

I recommend this book : The Beader's Color Mixing Directory by Sandra Wallace

Monday, June 29, 2009


Hi all,
I am starting a new blog to go with Laura Jean's Altered Inspiration

Here I will post pics of past artsy creations everything from jewelry, altered art, teddy bears etc. I will include how I did it and this is where you can find my tips and techniques etc.

I will be updating it the next few days

Have a creative day!!
Laura - Altered Inspiration

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Kits Coming Soon :)

Good Morning ! I am getting ready to put together some of my Peyote Flower Sqaure Kits. What colors would you be interested in? They can come in size 11's or 8's and working on kits with size 6's which is a great way to teach this stitch to kids.
You can use the squares to make earrings, put a bunch together for bracelets etc. Or use it as a pendant for a necklace the possibilities are endless.
Kit will include:
1. Seed Beads (enough for 2 squares)
2. Pattern /directions
3. Nymo size D thread
4. Needle
Let me know if you would be interested and what colors you like.
I can also teach privite or group lessons locally
Have a great day!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Time to get busy

Hi all,
I got my oldest graduated from high school. And now I am ready for summer. I am going to get started on my entries for the Nebraska State Fair and get my Beaded flower kits ready to sell. I would like to post daily. So check out my jewelry at alteredinspiration.etsy.com
I am off to design some jewelry. Later :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Can't wait.........

to make a necklace with these items.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Finally finished a necklace :)

Here is the necklace I was trying to finish for the past week. It measures 18" long and will sell for $45

Its sunny out :)

What a great day to work on Jewelry the sun is out and I am half tempted to go work on it outside :) Suppose to be almost 80 degrees today. I am hoping to be able to post a bunch of jewelry tomorrow. Have a great day !!!!

A Painting I wanted share done my 18 yr old Danielle a few years ago

Monday, May 4, 2009

Busy weekend

I had a really busy weekend that seemed to fly and did not get any jewelry making in like I had planned. So today I need to work with my kitchen wares business and then work on jewelry. I hope to have beautiful piece I am working on by the end of the day.
This piece is available at http://alteredinspiration.etsy.com for $140.

It would be a great piece to wear this summer :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Yet another rainy day

Rain Rain go away come back another day! I am going to bead again today and hope to finish the pretty black and blue choker. Although it is Friday and I need to fit some other stuff in my day unfortunately. And my son is home sick today. Ok going to make me some chai and get busy. I am hoping to post my newest necklace today. :) In the meantime here is my office/studio in my office with the living room couch as my wall. ;P

Thursday, April 30, 2009

current project

I had a lot of fun beading with Karen this morning :)
Above is my current necklace I am working on .

Its raining again........

You have got to love Nebraska in the spring...........................
Eventually you get tired of all the rain and every other night tornado threat.
Yep its hard for me to get motivated when it is so rainy and dark outside.

Well I am off to straighten up my house friend coming over to do some bead work together then off to lunch :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More pics of Prom jewelry and dress

Beading Daily

Are you Beading Daily? I am trying to bead everyday.
Starting tomorrow I am going to try to work on something everyday and share it with you.
See you tomorrow :)

Crystal floating bracelet for daughters Senior Prom
You can now find me here:
ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

Friday, April 10, 2009

What up with Altered Inspiration?

Hey all, I am regrouping and doing some changes. I discontinued alteredinspiration.com for the time being you can see my jewelry online at my etsy store and on this blog. I have started another business where I sell Kitchen stuff and have not had a chance to work on Jewelry. I am in the process now of designing some new and exciting designs I think you will like.
Check back often as I get back into my jewelry studio.
Have a great day:)

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa
peyote stitched beauty

Mona Lisa Art Cards

Mona Lisa ATC's 2.5" x 3.5"