Roman Glass Bead Strands – Just Listed

I’ve been busy listing more Roman Glass Bead Strands!!! I’ve been dying to use the thinner square and round flat beads in a crocheted necklace. I will post pics if I am successful!  🙂

I love love love Roman Glass Beads. They are pieces of ancient glassware and vessels unearthed in Afghanistan and date from 900 to 2000 years old – From the time of the Roman Empire.

I just listed these in my Etsy Shop! And I will be listing more this coming week. I will also be listing some very unusual focal pieces and some matched pairs of Roman Glass Beads.

ancient roman glass bead strand - 0076 - central coast charms

ancient roman glass bead strand – 0076 – http://www.centralcoastcharms.com

ancient roman glass bead strand - 0071 - central coast charms

ancient roman glass bead strand – 0071 – http://www.centralcoastcharms.com

ancient roman glass bead strand - 0070 - central coast charms

ancient roman glass bead strand – 0070 – http://www.centralcoastcharms.com

ancient roman glass bead strand - 0069 - central coast charms

ancient roman glass bead strand – 0069 – http://www.centralcoastcharms.com

ancient roman glass bead strand - 0040 - central coast charms

ancient roman glass bead strand – 0040 – http://www.centralcoastcharms.com

ancient roman glass bead strand - 0067 - central coast charms

ancient roman glass bead strand – 0067 – http://www.centralcoastcharms.com

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Bohemian Summer

Happy Summer!!! I just adore all the new aged boho beads I recently listed in my Etsy Shop. I have so many ideas on designs my head is spinning. Crocheted, knotted, strung on leather, etc!!! I would love to hear your ideas………………..

Gypsy - Czech Glass Fire Polished Rondelle Beads - Central Coast Charms

Gypsy – Czech Glass Fire Polished Rondelle Beads – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/174621499/gypsy-czech-glass-fire-polished-roundel

Aged Striped 3/0 Czech Rocaille Seed Bead Mix - Transparent Furnace Glass - Central Coast Charms

Aged Striped 3/0 Czech Rocaille Seed Bead Mix – Transparent Furnace Glass – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/196352501/aged-striped-30-czech-rocaille-seed-bead

Aged Striped 2/0 Czech Glass Rocaille Seed Beads w/ Vintage Millefiori Bead - Central Coast Charms

Aged Striped 2/0 Czech Glass Rocaille Seed Beads w/ Vintage Millefiori Bead – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/196150167/aged-striped-20-czech-glass-rocaille

Gypsy Sunset - Aged Striped 3/0 Czech Glass Rocaille Seed Beads - 5.5mm - Central Coast Charms

Gypsy Sunset – Aged Striped 3/0 Czech Glass Rocaille Seed
Beads – 5.5mm – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197282358/gypsy-sunset-aged-striped-30-czech-glass

Bohemian Summer - Aged Striped 32/0 Czech Glass Rocaille Seed Beads - 7.5mm - Central Coast Charms

Bohemian Summer – Aged Striped 32/0 Czech Glass Rocaille Seed Beads – 7.5mm – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/192441798/bohemian-summer-aged-striped-320-czech

 Aged Striped 2/0 Czech Glass Rocaille Seed Beads w/ Vintage Millefiori Bead - Central Coast Charms

Aged Striped 2/0 Czech Glass Rocaille Seed Beads w/ Vintage Millefiori Bead – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/196150757/aged-striped-20-czech-glass-rocaille

32-0-light-turquoise-blue-aged-white-heart-picasso-seed-bead-central-coast-charms

32/0 Striped White Heart Turquoise Full Picasso Aged Mix – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/196142706/320-striped-white-heart-turquoise-czech

Happy Creating!!!!

Laura

Aged Silver Rhinestone Beads

Anyone who knows me knows I Love Love Love rhinestones. Can’t get enough of that vintage style “bling”. I have aged these sparkling czech rhinestone beads in my studio to give them a dull aged silver look just right for your assemblage jewelry designs. The patina makes them look like they are right out of grandmas jewelry box.

Here is the latest addition to my Etsy Shop:

Aged Silver Rhinestone Bead - Disco Ball - 20mm - Central Coast Charms - 1

Aged Silver Rhinestone Bead – Disco Ball – 20mm – Central Coast Charms – 1
https://www.etsy.com/listing/183946758/20mm-czech-rhinestone-beads-6-pcs

Aged Silver Rhinestone Bead - Disco Ball - 20mm - Central Coast Charms - 2

Aged Silver Rhinestone Bead – Disco Ball – 20mm – Central Coast Charms – 2
https://www.etsy.com/listing/183946758/20mm-czech-rhinestone-beads-6-pcs

Aged Silver Rhinestone Bead - Disco Ball - 20mm - Central Coast Charms - 3

Aged Silver Rhinestone Bead – Disco Ball – 20mm – Central Coast Charms – 3
https://www.etsy.com/listing/183946758/20mm-czech-rhinestone-beads-6-pcs

Aged Silver Rhinestone Bead - Disco Ball - 20mm - Central Coast Charms - 4

Aged Silver Rhinestone Bead – Disco Ball – 20mm – Central Coast Charms – 4
https://www.etsy.com/listing/183946758/20mm-czech-rhinestone-beads-6-pcs

Thanks for taking a look!

Laura

 

 

Ancient Roman Glass Bead Strands

I love love love Roman Glass Beads. They are pieces of ancient glassware and vessels unearthed in Afghanistan and date from 900 to 2000 years old – From the time of the Roman Empire.

I have these strands listed in my Etsy Shop! And I will be listing more this coming week. They are so beautiful that I want to keep them all for myself.

Roman Glass Bead Strand - Central Coast Charms

Roman Glass Bead Strand – 0014 – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/182127240/ancient-roman-glass-bead-strand-central

Roamn Glass Bead Strand - 0021 - Central Coast Charms

Roman Glass Bead Strand – 0021 – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/174821754/ancient-roman-glass-bead-strand-central

Roman Glass Bead Strand - 0012 - Central Coast Charms

Roman Glass Bead Strand – 0012 – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/182123918/ancient-roman-glass-bead-strand-central

Roman Glass Bead Strand - 0026 - Central Coast Charms

Roman Glass Bead Strand – 0026 – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/180516346/ancient-roman-glass-bead-strand-central

Roman Glass Bead Strand - 0013 - Central Coast Charms

Roman Glass Beads Strand – 0013 – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/182124384/ancient-roman-glass-bead-strand-central

Roman Glass Bead Strand - 0011 - Central Coast Charms

Roman Glass Bead Strand – 0011 – Central Coast Charms
https://www.etsy.com/listing/182117366/ancient-roman-glass-bead-strand-central

Bead Swap

Selling on Etsy has given me an opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests and tastes in jewelry design. One of my new wonderful friends is Sara. She is the proprietor of The Creative Soul. Her shop name matches her personality. She is so creative!!! Sara and I decided to do a Bead Swap. Between all of my hoarded beads and my shop inventory I had plenty of supplies to swap.

First of all I could kick myself for not getting a pic of the packaging my beads arrived in. Sara is so artistic. The box was wrapped in vintage book pages and was so beautiful I almost hated to open it. But of course I was so excited to see what was in the box I ripped it right open only thinking of taking photos of it after it was too late!!

Here are some pics of my trinkets received:

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I’m already getting ideas on how to use all my treasures!!!

bead swap central coast charms 2

Carved Cinnabar Beads, Beautiful Fibers, and very unique Czech Glass Beads

bead swap central coast charms 3

love love love the blue and clear crystal beads.

bead swap central coast charms 4

Tigers Eye beads, lots of vintage beads and charms, and the black glass beads are from a vintage 1920’s flapper necklace.

bead swap central coast charms 5

The hummingbirds were made by a glass artist friend of Sara’s.

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Look at the cute vintage telephone charm! And I already have plans for this key.

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I love the vintage rhinestone pin and lock.

Here is a link to Sara’s blog to see her entry on our swap.

These are pics of the goodies I sent to Sara:

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And here is the beautiful necklace Sara made with some of the supplies from our Bead Swap. You can see it in her Etsy Shop here.

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From the Garden Necklace

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I love the creative way she has used the vintage key in her design.

For our next Bead Swap we want to swap supplies we have duplicates of and see what each makes with the same items. Can’t wait for that!!!

Now I must get to work creating with my new treasures!!!

Laura

Baby Blanket Tutorial

This is a re-post of a tutorial I did a few years ago. My first tutorial ever!!!

 

I am a new Grandma to a beautiful baby girl named Maddie. So I was inspired to make a baby blanket. I haven’t made a blanket like this for over 20 years and it’s was great to find such fun fabrics to work with. Well, so far I have gone a little overboard and have already made 3 blankets. (Maddie is only 13 days old) and I have plans for more blankets, bibs, cart covers etc!!! LOL. Anyway this will be the tutorial for the first one.

All you need is 1 yard of cotton fabric, 1 yard of flannel fabric, a contrasting spool of thread, and 2 packages of large ric rac if desired.

Put your fabrics right sides together with the flannel on top and pin. Trim the edges if needed so all of the edges are even. Both of my fabrics were 45 inch width so I didn’t have much trimming. Fold back the flannel layer as shown.

Pin the ric rac and measure from the edge 1/2 inch so you will be stitching along the bottom edge of the ric rac.

  
 
Stitch the ric rac all the way around the flannel layer folding it at the corners as shown.
  
Now put both pieces of fabric right sides together, flannel on top and stitch all the way around just beyond your other seam to catch the ric rac right down the middle. Leave a 5 inch opening so you can turn the blanket right side out.

Now turn your blanket right side out and press. Top stitch all the way around 1/4 inch from the edge. This will also close the 5 inch area you left open.

Thats it!!! You’ve got a cute baby blanket. You could make it smaller and use as burp cloths or for a car seat blanket or go bigger for crib size. Play around with the trims. Lace, ruffles, etc!! The possibilities are endless!!

 
I would love to see your comments and photos of your creations………………….

Flannel Rag Quilt Tutorial

This is a re-post of another baby blanket tutorial I did a few years ago.
Flannel Rag Quilt Tutorial
You will need 1/2 yard of five different coordinating flannel fabrics. Cut your fabric into 50 8 inch squares. (You will have 10 squares of each fabric.)
 DO NOT WASH THE FABRIC FIRST. Put your
 squares wrong sides together as shown. Stitch a 1/2 inch seam all the way around each square.

Once all your squares are stitched get down on the floor and lay out the squares until you get the design you like. Five rows of five squares.

Pin your squares together (back sides together) one strip of five squares at a time.
 Stitch the strips with a 1/2 inch seam. Then pin your strips together and stitch them together (back sides together)with a 1/2 inch seam as well.
Snip all the seams and outer edge at 1/4 inch intervals as shown being careful not to cut through any seams.
Now wash you quilt in warm water and detergent. Do not use fabric softener yet.  Shake it well and dry without using dryer sheets. Check your lint filter often. Now wash again using fabric softener and dry using dryer sheets. The more you wash your quilt the better it looks!!!!
That’s it. You’re finished. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will be doing a tutorial on a cotton  rag quilt in the near future. Thanks for looking!!!