Happy Spring! Chain, Chain, Chain….

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I hope you are having a great start to spring!

I’ve been busy in the studio, obsessed with making upcycled necklaces with charming, glorious, and sometimes quirky vintage elements.

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Old optical lenses make upbeat, fun bezels.  Mid-century brass stampings, or              100-year-old stamped brass embellishments, show off vintage typewriter keys in spunky or elegant settings, depending on your mood.

Here’s one I’ve been tempted to keep for myself!  But I’ll part with it to a good home:

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And here’s a double-chain long necklace with a layered look.  Literary flapper?

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Thanks for taking a look!  I’ve got lots more in the works.

Let’s see, what’s coming around the bend…  Mother’s Day?  Gruaduations? Weddings?  [We’ve got one of those last ones in our family in June!  Exciting times.]

Whatever is on your Spring calendar, I wish you blue skies and blooming landscapes. Thanks for coming by!

Merry Christmas!

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(Click for more pictures of this piece on Etsy.)


This altered book collage was made with heart and features Vol. 8 of MASTERPIECES OF THE WORLD’S BEST LITERATURE, compiled by Jeannette L. Gilder and published in 1910 by Classic Publishing Company, NY. Gently open the door, and the page block has been altered to reveal a found poem and new message from these words within by Gerhard Tersteegen, translated from German :


Love of God


beauteous light

finds rest in Thee.

Wishing you and yours a holiday and new year filled with light!

Artsyletter Elves Say Order Soon for Christmas!


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It’s almost mid-December!

The artsyletters elves say they’ll need orders by the end of the week (Dec. 18) to get them shipped in the US in time for Christmas, according to USPS posted estimates.

Readers, writers, or letter lovers on your list?  Find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer to bring a smile to their literary lips.  Use Coupon Code TAKE5 at checkout for 5 percent off your order.

Thanks for coming by, and wishing you and yours a warm & wonderful holiday. :0)

Holiday Open House on Saturday! Downtown will be Hopping…


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If you’re in Beaufort this busy holiday weekend, come on up to the Studio on Saturday afternoon between 2 pm and 4:30 pm! Browse handmade gifts for the bookish folks on your gift list and enjoy some refreshments.

An elf has told me Santa will be at the Clock on Bay Street from 11 to 2, and you’ll want to enjoy the Light Up the Night Boat Parade at 5:30. (The Parris Island Marine Corps Band concludes the festivities at 7 p.m.) What to do in the afternoon? Visit downtown’s shops and galleries, and come say hello! We are at 811 Bay Street, above Modern Jewelers. The stairs are steep, but the welcome is warm.  (Note – we won’t be open during Night on the Town this year, but do come by Saturday afternoon!) See you then!

Happy Black Friday Weekend Shopping – Free shipping on US orders of $25 or more with code!

Greetings, Black Friday – Small Business Saturday – Cyber Monday art shoppers!   To thank you for your business, I’m offering a special Coupon Code this long weekend in my Etsy shop. (Click the pic above to visit.) Spend a minimum of $25, and I’ll ship your order anywhere in the US for free! Be sure to enter this code at check-out:  FREESHIP25

Many thanks for visiting. Jingle jingle!

Got Stocking Stuffers?

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I hear them in the distance… jingle bells!  Do you hear them, too?

The artsyletters elves (okay, I wish I had some elves!) are busy, busy adding new items in ye olde Etsy shop.  I’ve matting the fronts of some of the note cards to make great little ready-to-frame mini prints – just $4.75! And I’m always adding new vintage typewriter key jewelry and such.

Keep checking back as we steer the sleigh toward Black Friday and Cyber Monday and beyond.  And if you need some stocking stuffers before we all stuff ourselves on Thanksgiving… :0)

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If you’re in the Beaufort area, I’ll be hosting a Holiday Open House in my studio on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. – stop by before the boat parade!

Will Have to Skip First Friday this eve…


Greetings, Art Lovers!

Just a heads’ up that my downtown Beaufort studio will NOT be open for First Friday After Five tonight (Oct. 2); I’m having some scheduling challenges today, and then there’s the prediction of flooding rains…. but I’ll be around this month until the last week.  Also, I’ll be adding items to my Etsy shop all month.

[I’ll be out of town for November’s First Friday, doing a children’s poetry presentation at the Georgia Literary Festival that weekend.]

Other studios and galleries will be open, so please go support local artists!  Thanks, and stay safe this weekend.