Friday, August 10, 2012


I never imagined myself as a jewelry designer. The kit my husband gave me as a Christmas gift in 2007 sat in my closet for two years before I even tried my hand at designing. So in the summer of 2009 with little else to do I pulled the kit off the shelf in the closet. Within the hour, I was hooked. My husband, Duane Collins, offered his pottery skills and kiln work to create some custom beads for me to use in my designs.The idea behind Firefly Myst Artisan Jewelry -came to life!

So today, I would like to reveal my newest creation using the bead soup my partner Diana Mains Welte sent me. I chose to use all of the metal coins with the copper and brass finish, the yellow crackle glass for a pendant, her four handmade glazed paper beads from her Lilyweeds Bead collection, the flowers and Preciosa Ornela and the 16 gauge handmade copper clasp. I added 2 of my husband's raku spacers, turquoise wax cotton cord in 1mm, and additional Preciosa Ornela rondelles for the necklace. For the earrings I used the brass earwires from Vintaj, metal coins, turquoise cotton wax cord, and the bright colored Preciosa Ornela beads.


I am doing a giveaway for a $25.00 gift certificate to my shop on Etsy To be entered all you need to do is leave a comment. I will do the drawing on August 21st at 6:00pm est.

I am off to to the BSBP!! 


 Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 
 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


  1. What a fun design! There is so much inspiration in this piece. I keep looking and looking at all the little glad to discover your blog.

  2. Love seeing all the jewelry in the BSBP hop and giveaways are like an extra layer of icing on the cake. Yours seems extraordinarily generous. I love this colorful set. It's a grown up version of all the rainbow jewelry I loved as a child. So many wonderful feelings relived. THANKS!

  3. Wow - love the color and differnt elements you used! What a fun necklace and earrings to wear!!!

  4. Such bright, cheery creations! I'm impressed (and a little jealous) at how unafraid of colour you are :-). And I'm seriously loving the use of all that cord. I have to get me some in turquoise too.

  5. Your pieces are so happy and colorful! I love that. The earrings are my fav!

  6. I love your creation.Just looking at your jewlery makes me feel happy.

  7. What a nice creation! The earrings and necklace match perfectly! And I love the sunny colors :)

  8. What a joyous design! Nice work!!

  9. Wow, that is beautiful. I love the color - it is so pretty. Love the earrings too. Great job!

  10. Great colours! Love the necklace and the earrings. Wonderful bead soup! :)

  11. beautiful and colorful designs!
    thx for the opportunity in your giveaway!

  12. oh Collette! This is beautiful! I loved how you used everything and so enjoyed working with your bead soup. It was a pleasure to be your trade partner. ~diana :)

  13. They're all gorgeous but for some reason those earrings REALLY speak to me. Well done!

  14. I love all the colors and the design, very fun jewelry!

  15. Oh, the brightness of your design really catches my eye!! I especially like the back of your necklace with all the little dangles. How cute is that!!

  16. These all things change my thought ... Necklace is considered in cretive christmas gifts and other things categorized in ornaments

  17. I just love how the turquoise cord adds such a pop of color. What a great set!

  18. LOVE the use of fiber here and how the necklace looks asymmetrical with the way you tied fiber with the beads. So creative. And the use of color is definitely interesting. Love your creations!

  19. I really love these pieces. for some reason, they take me back to summers when i was a kid. I dont' know if it is the design or the colors, but something about your pieces even brough back memory smells!

  20. I love your creations sooo pretty , and please sign me up for the drawing for the 25$ gift card please .... your stuff is AMAZING , i'd love to be able to get something and 25$ would help SOOO much !!!

  21. Your necklace & earrings look very fun & festive. They made me smile.

  22. Yummy earrings. Would be sooo much fun to wear.

  23. Love the design, love the colors. Great job!

  24. Those colors are great to begin with and the way you have photographed them just sets it off even more. I love how you incorporated the cords too. Nicely done. <3

    Melissa Muir

  25. Fun colorful pieces! Wonderful!

  26. I love your set, colorful and funny!
    thanks for the giveaway :)

  27. Wow I love the collection. I can see you wearing it while you are working with your students. You will have the sunshine of summer all winter long!

  28. Love the set, so creative and playful.

  29. Your additions were well selected and I love the colors of what you ended up creating. Well done.

  30. What a cheerful summery collection! I love the bright colors and the cool turquoise cord against bright metals.

  31. So pretty and colorful! I love the waxed linen and the earrings!

  32. Such summery designs. Very wearable.

  33. very playful set!!! Love it...;-))

  34. wow... what colourful pieces!!! those little trinkets are sure to brighten up any outfit and bring smiles..

  35. Very, very nice!! I love the colors!!

  36. Lovely colours. I bet those earrings dance all on their own. I really like the turquoise cord running throughout.

  37. Beautiful pieces, I love the colors.

  38. I love those metal coins and what you did with them. Such happy colors, too. Nice work!

  39. I love this! You have a collection of bright rainbow colours without it appearing juvenille - I find that so hard to do! Great work!

  40. Your pieces are like the definition of funky and fun! Love the vibrant colors in both the necklace and earrings :)

    Thanks for sharing and happy hopping!

  41. I love your necklace and earrings, really pretty and colourful!

  42. These are all fun and happy pieces! I love how you laid out the design for the necklace, it shows off not only the focal, but those beautiful paper beads as well. And thank you so much for the giveaway!

  43. LOVE your necklace and earrings! I've recently fallen in love with waxed linen, and your designs have confirmed my decision to take my waxed linen relationship to the next level! =) Beautiful!!!

  44. Fab funky designs! I love the punch of colour, yet it's still not over the top with the balance of the metals. Beautiful work.

  45. Funky is the word! Very cool designs!

  46. Lovely bright and happy design love the vivid colours!

  47. Lovely vibrant pieces love the mix of colours.

  48. Gorgeous pieces! Luv the colours a explosion of yumminess!

  49. Oh i love the play of colors. So pretty!

  50. Hi Collette,
    I love your beautiful creations, they are so bright and cheery.

  51. Those knotted creations, AMAZING!! I just love the beautiful colors!!

  52. Love the design and the colors. The earrings are so cute.

  53. Wow - beautiful work. I really love the earrings. I just keep looking at them and smiling.

  54. Wonderful use of color! Very pretty!

  55. I love the beads in your shop.


  56. Love your pieces! Very fun to see all the creative work. Would love to win the GC from your shop!

  57. Love your pieces! To me they scream celebration! They are so fun!

  58. Lovely colors - must be fun to wear! Very well done!!

  59. The lucky winner of the $25.00 gift certificate to Firefly Myst Artisan Jewelry is:

    Sandra August 11, 2012 11:12 AM
    beautiful and colorful designs!
    thx for the opportunity in your giveaway!

  60. These are lovely pieces and love the colors! You are so lucky to have a hubby that makes beautiful beads!

  61. So lovely and colourful, very unique creations with the cords :-)

  62. The earrings are my fave, so fun and colorful!

  63. I love the colors in your piece...really catches the eye! I especially like all the little dangles and fabric beads.

  64. I love how colorful your pieces are. great job.

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