Monday, December 15, 2008

Bead Art Originals Items of the Week (12/15-12/21)

If you haven't finished (or started!) your holiday shopping, now is the time! Don't miss these fantastic deals on these amazing Bead Art Originals!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Birthday to ME!

It's my birthday...yay! I don't know where all the years went! I'm 41 for those of you who want to know! The universe was working with me last week. I entered a contest on The Beaded Lily Blog and I WON!!! I chose these cute earrings from The Beaded Lily's Etsy shop. They're just perfect! The glass beads were handmade by an Etsy artist as well, firedancebeads. Very cool! Happy Birthday to me!

Friday, December 5, 2008

El Encanto Dos Fiesta Marketplace

I just wanted to let you know that I will be at the El Encanto Dos Fiesta Marketplace (located at 7th St and Carefree Hwy) every Saturday through Christmas and hopefully through the spring! I really enjoyed meeting everyone last weekend! Don't forget, I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express...though cash is always great! Hope to see you tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

You Can Win This Pendant!

I handmade this raku pendant! It's very funky in person! You can win it in the 12 Days of Bead Art Originals prize GIVEAWAY!!!! Visit the BAO BLOG to enter! It's super easy!!! Hurry, what are you waiting for!!!

Spreader of Love Award

I received the lovely "Spreader of Love" award from my friend Julz who makes amazing polymer beads and jewelry. And, of course I must spread the love! Check out her blog, Meanderings by Julz! So, here are the rules:

For The Spreader of Love award the rules are:
1. Post a copy on your blog
2. Mention who gave you the award
3. Pass the award on to 6 others
4. Leave a message on their blog letting them know the honor has been bestowed upon them.

I'm spreading the love to:

1. Sandfibers
2. Amy Esther Ceramics
3. Time2Cre8
4. TheBeadedLily
5. Naftali
6. LisaPetersArt
7. BeadazzledOfOregon

Saturday, November 29, 2008

12 Days of Bead Art Originals Etsy Team GiveAways!!!

ImageYou don't want to miss this one!!! The BAO (Bead Art Originals Etsy Team) will be giving away one gorgeous bead creation everyday for 12 days! All pieces are generously being donated by the members of the team. There's even a MAKUstudio raku pendant just waiting to be won!!! Just check the BAO blog daily to enter. It's so easy!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bead Art Originals Holiday Gift Guide

In a time of economic craziness, everyone is looking for those fantastic deals! If you love handmade, be sure to check out the Bead Art Originals Etsy Team Holiday Gift Guide. Members are going to be offering some fantastic deals Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Be sure to check out! There will be prize drawings and more! Sign up to receive the BAO newsletter for some added goodness!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bead Art Originals Items of the Week (Nov 17-23)

What are you waiting for?!!! There are some great deals from some fabulous artists on the Bead Art Originals Etsy team! Visit our blog for more info!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Ring of Fire Raku Pendant by MAKUstudio

I just wanted to say congrats to Ginny of for being the lucky winner of my raku pendant! Ginny attended the BAO (Bead Art Originals) trunk show in the Etsy Tree House last night! Congrats again Ginny! Make sure to check out her fabulous Etsy shop as well!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Ring of Fire Raku Pendant by MAKUstudio

Ok, if you haven't already heard, the BAO (Bead Art Originals) Etsy team is having a virtual trunk show this Thursday, Oct. 9th in the Etsy Virtual Labs! It's a great chance for you to tune in and see some beautiful pieces from the BAO team. There will be special offers associated with the pieces on display as well as raffle prizes if you attend!!! You can check out the BAO website and blog for more info about the show and the artists of the team!

This "Ring of Fire" raku pendant that I created will be one of the raffle prizes! So, don't miss out!!! See you there!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bead Art Originals Items of the Week (Oct 6-12)

More fabulous goodies from the BAO (Bead Art Originals Etsy team)!!! Check out our blog for the details! Lots of great specials! But hurry, this special runs until Oct. 12!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

BAO Etsy Trunk Show

If you have been wondering what the BAO (Bead Art Originals) Etsy team is all about, here's your chance to check us out and view some of the beautiful work from this very talented team! There will be a virtual trunk show in the Etsy treehouse. It's taking place on Thursday, October 9th. Stay tuned for details!!! In the mean time, check out the BAO website and blog! Sign up to receive the BAO newsletter so you don't miss a thing! Just click below!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bead Art Originals Items of the Week (9/29 - 10/5)

Here are some more fabulous deals from the Bead Art Originals Etsy street team! Visit our blog,, for more details!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Copper Magnetic Clasp

You might have heard of magnetic clasps, but still not sure how they will look in your jewelry design. Well, here are a couple of wonderful examples of the copper magnetic clasps that I sell in my shop. These gorgeous bracelets were made by Claudia. I'm not sure where she sells these pieces, but you could probably check on her Etsy shop to get a hold of her.

Here's what Claudia has to say about the clasps:

"I love the clasps! They work great and look really nice! They give a very classy finish to the bracelets! Very pleased!"

So, if you need some of these magnetic clasps for your special creation, just visit my MAKUstudio shop on Etsy. I have copper and sterling silver clasps available!

Thanks for sharing your experience Claudia! Happy beading!

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Bead Art Originals Items of the Week (9/22-28)

Great deals from the BAO (Bead Art Originals Etsy street team! Check them out on our blog!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dylan Hendel's Art

So cute!!! I love these pieces of art that were created by aspiring artist and entrepreneur, Dylan Hendel! Dylan is the son of a good friend of mine. At the age of only 9, much talent can be seen in this creative soul! I promised Dylan that I would show his art to the world! In return, he answered a few questions for me! Thanks Dylan! Keep creating! It's good for the world!

1. Why do you like art:

Because it is fun! You get to make whatever you want and express your thoughts.

2. What is your favorite type of art to do (ex. Paint, clay, etc)?

I like clay the best.

3. When did you start making art?

In 1st grade.

4.What type of art would you like to try next?

I would like to try glass art because it looks really cool.

5.Could you describe how you made the pieces in the photos?

First I took a big block of clay, and then I thought about a bear or a penguin and how it looks and then I mold it with my hands. I then let it dry for 1 day and then I paint it to have it look like what I think that animal looks like from my mind .

Monday, September 8, 2008

Bead Art Originals Item of the Week

Check out the Bead Art Originals (BAO) Etsy Street Team's Items of the Week! Gorgeous pieces with a little special associated with each one! Offer good 9/8/08-9/14/08, so hurry and get your goodies now!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tag! You're it!!!

Here are the rules of tagging:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog. (this is what you're now reading.)
3. Write 6 random things about yourself (see below).
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them. (This is only a game.)
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.

6 Random Things About Myself

1. I love cheese.
2. I'm a sagittarian.
3. When I was waiting tables back in the day, I waited on Peter Gabriel, Rosanne, The Beach Boys, John Stamos and a few more high profile people.
4. I like single malt scotch.
5. I just bought a restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ with my hubby.
6. I'm a morning person.

The 6 people that I'm tagging:

1. Amy Esther Ceramics
2. Lisa Peters Art
3. The Green Glass Cafe
4. Colorado Art Studio
5. Lapella Pottery
6. SoCal Potters

Monday, September 1, 2008

Bead Art Originals Item of the Week

Here are some gorgeous pieces of art from the Bead Art Originals Etsy Street Team...BAO for short! Visit the Bead Art Originals Blog to find out more about these amazing artists and for a link to their Etsy shops! Each of these pieces comes with a special gift and/or free shipping from Sept 1st- Sept 7th. Hurry before they're gone!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bead Art Originals Etsy Team Items of the Week

Check out the Bead Art Originals Items of the Week on our blog! You'll find great deals associated with each of the artists pieces!!!
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Bead Art Origninals Item of the Week

The Bead Art Originals Etsy team have some wonderful featured Items of the Week! Some of these talented artists are offering specials like free shipping or a free pair of earrings along with their item of the week! So be sure to visit the BAO blog to find out all the details!
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Etsy Front Page

How exciting! I was notified by the Bead Art Originals Etsy team that my white crackle raku tree tile made it to the front page today on Etsy! This gorgeous front page was curated by kwaraw of Kwaraw included the handmade goodness from the Etsy Mud Team. Thanks Kwaraw and congrats to you! As an extra bonus, my raku tile sold and will be heading off to England soon!!!
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Monday, August 4, 2008

Etsy Mud Team Serving Dish Challenge

The votes are in! My "Fiesta Time" serving dish came in 2nd place in the Etsy Mud Team Serving Dish Challenge! Thanks to all those who voted for me! First place went to Judy of and third place to Jeanette of Congrats to you too! In my opinion, all the entries were winners!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I purchased the MAKUstudio domain name last year sometime and managed to get a pseudo website up and running through GoDaddy and Website Tonight. I wasn't really that thrilled with it, so I finally switched over to The people at Weebly really make it easy to create a website! I like the look a lot better now and it didn't take me very long to create. Another one of my goals has been to add my own shopping cart. I just signed up with and was able to add a FREE shopping cart to my website! Woohoo! So, I added one item and appears that everything is working. I'm now able to accept Google Checkout and Paypal. Yippee! I'll be adding more items very soon! Check out my website when you get the chance and let me know what you think!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Raku Seed Bead Jewelry Design by MaryLou of time2cre8

What I love about creativity is exemplified in this gorgeous bead woven necklace by MaryLou of time2cre8! It never ceases to amaze me what other jewelry designers can do with my raku beads! What was once a raku magnet...transformed into this masterpiece. Great job MaryLou! I can not begin to describe the work of a bead weaver, so please visit MaryLou's Etsy shop, time2cre8, for a detailed description of her creation. There you will find much more handmade goodness as well! Thank you MaryLou for creating such beauty!
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Friday, July 11, 2008

Raku Jewelry and Seed Beads...Design by PinkPoochDesigns

Well, what can I say?!!! Stunning! I just love what Staci of PinkPoochDesigns did with one of my handmade raku beads! She contacted me requesting that the beads have no holes and explained about the amazing seed bead bezels that she was going to make. So much intricate work went into this design. Staci sells her fabulous work on Etsy. To find out what Staci has to say about this spectacular necklace of hers, visit the direct link to this listing here. Thanks so much Staci for sharing your creation and for using MAKUstudio raku beads in your amazing designs!
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Raku Focal Bead Jewelry Design by JacJewelry

What a wonderful creation by Janna of JacJewelry on Etsy! She used my raku focal bead and added unique lava beads to create this masterpiece!!! You can read more about it and purchase this art necklace and other fine jewelry at her Etsy shop To go directly to this listing click here! Thanks Janna for incorporating my raku beads into your designs!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Copper and Glass Dingle Dangle Charm Bracelet

So fun! Lots of dingling and dangling on this beautiful bracelet! A little piece of art to brighten up your day!

*Lampwork glass beads handmade by my husband of

*Antiqued Bali style solid copper charms

*Swarovski crystals

*Solid copper link chain which I flame torched for a unique patina

*Finished with a genuine copper magnetic clasp which makes it so easy to put on

*Measures 7 1/2 inches long (19cm)

Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoy my work!

Marianne "MAK" Kasparian

Friday, June 6, 2008

SweetFreedom Jewelry Designer

Wow! This piece is spectacular!!! I just love what jewelry designer Lesley of did with one of my MAKUstudio raku pendants!!! You can read about all the work that went into this weaver's masterpiece in her Etsy shop. Beyond my imagination! She created this gorgeous necklace for the Etsy Beadweaver's June Challenge with the theme "Anything Goes"! Voting begins on June 7th. Visit the team's blog,, to vote for SweetFreedom's amazing creation!!! I hope you win Lesley!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fabulous Handmade Necklaces with Raku Ceramic Focal Beads

Wow! I love these creations! These lovely necklaces were handmade by Sherry of melangeatrois. Make sure to visit here Etsy shop of unique jewelry! Sherry used my raku pendants as the focal beads and added her own unique touch creating a one of a kind piece of art! Beautiful! Thanks so much Sherry for sharing them with me.

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