Free Vintage Lace Choker Tutorial

Thank you very much to Carol Passaro for letting me know that my free Vintage Lace Choker tutorial was missing from the blog – I have no idea what happened there! So for those of you who have been looking for it, here is the link to the tutorial. I hope you enjoy it!




And while I’m here I thought I would share how I got the inspiration for this necklace. Watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer one evening, the episode “Older and Far Away” where it’s Buffy’s birthday and an accidental wish from her sister Dawn traps them all in the house. I spotted a lovely necklace that the actress was wearing- a ribbon choker with a flower and ‘dangly bits’ – and wondered if I could make something similar with beads. Due to the wonders of the internet, I’ve actually found a photo of Buffy wearing the necklace! As you can see the two are quite different but hopefully you can see the inspiration behind my piece :)


Milestone giveaway – we have a winner!

Thanks to everyone who commented on my Milestone Giveaway post! I put everyone’s names into the random list generator at and the commenter who’s name is in the winning number 1 place is…


Congratulations Davida, you have won the set of eye cabochons! Please email me at with your postal address and I’ll get them posted to you.

Giveaway Eye Cabochons


If you weren’t the lucky winner but would like to own some eye cabs of your very own then please do check out my Etsy shop, I’m adding new colours and styles all the time :)

Milestone Giveaway and Celebration Discount!

Who knew that when I opened my Etsy shop back in July 2007 that I would still be there in May 2013 and receiving my 2000th sale! To celebrate this milestone I’m giving away this gorgeous collection of glass eye cabochons to one lucky winner! Each cabochon is 20mm in diameter (¾”) and altogether the prize consists of six cabs: a pair of grey, two different green/orange and two different dragon cabs. As with all my cabs, they’re great for beadweaving, bead embroidery, wirework, polymer clay work or simply gluing into a setting.

Giveaway Eye Cabochons

All you need to do to enter my giveaway is comment on this post, making sure that you leave a way for me to contact you. I’ll choose the winner at random using the list generator at on May 31st. Giveaway is open to all residents of planet earth!

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As a bonus, I’m also offering a 25% discount off everything in my Crimson Moon Etsy shop during the Bank Holiday weekend! From right now up until midnight (UK time) on Monday 27th of May, enter the code BH2000 into the Coupon Code box on the Checkout page to receive your discount.


Crystal Pyramid Ring Tutorial

Isn’t it funny how you can begin creating one thing, only for it to evolve into something completely different at the end? The exact thing happened with my new tutorial. It started life as an idea – I wonder if I can combine crystals and pearls with some seed beads to make a chunky beaded bead that would be self supporting? It was going great, but by the time I reached what would have been the halfway mark of the bead I realised that it was going to be too squishy and wouldn’t support itself. So I abandoned that idea and put the half made bead away.

Fast forward a long while. I came across that half made bead recently and something made me balance it on my finger…and I had my eureka moment! So out came the pearls, crystals and seed beads and I set to work. A few adjustments here and there and my new Crystal Pyramid ring was born. While it would have been squishy as a beaded bead, it sits perfectly sturdy when worn as a ring. You can find the tutorial here in my Etsy shop :)