August 29, 2013

Designers to Know :: August Blog Partners

One of the best parts of having a blog is connecting with the handmade jewelry community. Every month I send a wide variety of jewelry supplies to a few lucky bloggers.  I am fortunate enough to admire first hand our talented blog partners and their creations. As usual, the blog partners did not disappoint!

Designs by Dawn Rene is a great source for all things crafty! Dawn makes jewelry, beautiful mixed media art, and scrapbooks. Her Etsy shop showcases her extensive collection of affordable handmade jewelry. Dawn’s designs are simple, earthy and wallet friendly! Stop by her jewelry Etsy shop and Art By Dawn!

Designology LA is an upbeat blog run by the lovely Rhonda. Rhonda’s blog is a mix of jewelry, interior design and lifestyle tips. She She Artisan Jewelry is where Rhonda really showcases her jewelry collection. The jewelry is delicate, light and super feminine. I love how unique the wedding collection is; it is the perfect mix of tradition and trend. Be sure to stop by and browse all of Rhonda’s designs today!

Renetha of Lamplight Crafts has a love for handmade art. Renetha has participated in many beading challenges and giveaways. Her blog is the place to see colorful, rich creations that she is currently working on. Be sure to take a look.

August Blog Partners BLOG

Far left: Designs by Dawn Rene. Center: Designology LA. Right top: Design by Dawn Rene. Right bottom: Lamplight Crafts.

Interested in becoming a Nina Designs blog partner? Read up on our program here and be sure to email Happy beading!

July 29, 2013

Designers to Know :: July Blog Partners

Looking for new blogs to follow? Need a little boost to your finished jewelry inspiration? Check out our incredible talented blog partners for July!

Faye Chan’s blog, WearableArt Celtique,  is a colorful feast for the eyes. Faye blogs from her home of Melbourne Australia. Her blog is a great resource for finished jewelry inspiration. Faye’s jewelry is beaded gothic with a contemporary twist. Stop by her blog today and browse all of her lovely and unique designs.

Art in Beads, Threads and More…is a lovely blog run by Motidana, a woman designing with beads in southern India. Motidana’s blog is a mix of all things creative! She draws inspiration from her Indian culture and heritage as well as other jewelers and crafters. Motidana’s blog is a great resource for those looking to add new and interesting techniques to their designs. Her projects are heavily focused on seed beading, embroidery with flashes from other craft mediums. Follow her on Pinterest and be sure to stop by her blog today.

Our third blog partner for July is Julie Loebbaka from Bead Mystic. Julie beautifully mixes and matches gemstones with jewelry components creating effortlessly chic pieces.

Julie’s own words on what drives her designs: “I am inspired by extraordinary modern designers such as Miguel Ases, Temple St. Clair and the fabulous beadwork artists Sabine Lippert, Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini.  Other influences come from many different time periods all over the world.”

Shop Julie’s beautiful creations here.  Make sure to stop by Bead Mystic’s blog for  beautiful photos of her ongoing projects and notes from her life.

Blog Partner July-August 2013-BLOG

Top row: Bead Mystic. Middle row: Wearable Art Celtique and Bead Mystic. Bottom Row: Bead Mystic on the left and right, Art in Beads, Threads and more… middle photo.

Interested in becoming a Nina Designs blog partner? Read up on our program here and be sure to email Happy beading!

June 5, 2013

Designers You Need to Know :: May Blog Partners Part 2

Melissa Trudinger of Bead Recipes is a talented designer who is heavily involved in the beading community. Melissa’s blog is an outlet for her two passions; beading and cooking. Yum! Stop by Bead Recipes for the perfect mix of jewelry inspiration and insights.

TJewellicious by Tanti is an up and coming jewelry designer and blogger. Tanti’s style is colorful and cheerful. We love how all of her pieces are named: Simply Yellow, Harvest, Roseberry, Viola Glam. Like many other designers, Tanti promotes her work on her Facebook page. Like her page and spend some time browsing her playful jewelry.

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Karla Morgan of Texas Pepper Jams impressed us with her creative and stylish use of Nina Designs bronze jewelry components. See Karla’s creations on her blog, Texas Pepper Jams.

Do you want to be a Nina Designs blog partner? Email for more information!

May 24, 2013

Designers You Need to Know :: May Blog Partners Part 1

Donna Fox of Crow Steals Fire was hooked on jewelry design from the moment she started. Sound familiar to anyone? From a mom fixing a broken bracelet to a successful businesswoman operating and designing her own collections, Donna is an inspiration to anyone venturing out into unknown waters.

Donna’s site, Crow Steals Fire, offers a wide variety of metals and finishes with endless opportunities to personalize a gift for someone special. Donna’s blog is a feast for the eyes! She posts beautiful photos of her own designs,  products that inspire or excite her and great eco tips. Check out Crow Steals Fire today, for wonderful hand crafted jewelry made by a talented silversmith.



Alexis Gopal is a former doctor who turned her focus from a medical practice to perfecting her jewelry designs.  Her designs are upscale chic with a boho twist. Her pieces demand attention!

Alexis has a beautiful online shop where she displays her designs. She also shares inspiration and tips on her blog. Stop by Alexis’ online shop today for design inspiration or to pick out a special piece of jewelry!

We were really impressed with the creative way Alexis and Donna used Nina Designs jewelry components. It’s such a pleasure to see fresh uses for our components!

Do you want to be a Nina Designs blog partner? Email for more information!

March 12, 2013

Facebook Blog Partner Design Challenge :: Winner Announced!

Our first ever Blog Partner Design Challenge has come to an end. Each of the four designs are beautiful and inspirational in their own right but there has to be one winner…and the winner is…

Andrew Thornton is the winner of  Nina Designs Blog Partner Design Challenge!

Congrats to Andrew!


Be sure to stop by Andrew Thornton’s blog for more inspiration and tips.

Thank you to everyone who: contributed, voted, offered support and feedback.

Are you interested in becoming a Nina Designs blog partner? Learn more here.



March 1, 2013

Blog Partner Design Challenge :: Vote for Your Favorite!

We are trying something new on our Facebook page, a Blog Partner Earring Design Challenge. It’s a vote driven contest with earring designs made by past blog partners.

We selected four blog partners, sent them all the same components and let their creativity run wild! The result: four beautiful and completely different designs.


Each and every one of these designers is extremely talented. Stop by their blogs for tips, projects and inspiration!

Andrew Thornton

Carmi Cimicata

Lori Anderson

Tracy Statler

Don’t forget to vote for which earring design you like! Click here to vote now!

February 14, 2013

Jill of All Trades :: Designer Heather Powers

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Meet Heather Powers of Humble Beads. Heather is our newest blog partner and an extremely talented (and busy) woman! Heather’s designs using Nina Designs bronze jewelry components, leather and silk are undeniably gorgeous. These designs invoke a minimal yet refined feeling that is strikingly edgy and delicate all at once. We love them!

Heather is a children’s book illustrator, craft author and bead artist by day. She is also the founder of the very popular Art Bead Scene where you can connect, share, learn with fellow beaders.  The Art Bead Scene community is amazing, check it out today!

Heather has another great blog dedicated to earrings;  Earrings Everyday inspires those who love earrings and is a great source for designs, tips and ideas.

Stop by the Humble Beads Etsy shop where you can take home a beautiful piece of Heather’s jewelry all for yourself.

Finally, if you are looking for a get away this spring, look no further than Bead Cruise 2013! That’s right ladies, it’s a cruise with beading! From Bead Cruise : “All the fun of a luxury cruise combined with a great bead retreat. Classes, workshops, nightly open beading sessions, a cocktail party, gift bags, door prizes, a bead bazaar and more!” Tickets are still available, get yours today!


February 9, 2013

Designers You Need to Know :: January’s Blog Partners

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Krista Kaper’s blog Behind the Moon is clean, timeless and sophisticated. For our blog partner challenge, Krista ran a give-away featuring beautiful earrings she designed  with Nina Designs bronze charms and findings.  What a great idea! Stop by Behind the Moon’s Etsy shop to see Krista’s elegant designs for yourself.

Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio continues to wow us with her impressive use of Nina Designs bronze jewelry components. We loved the rustic yet finished look of her leather and bronze bracelet. Check out Sweet Bead Studio’s blog for inspiration!

Kay Thomerson of Kayz Kreationz has a style all her own. Kay mixes wire, glass and base metal findings to fashion her fun and quirky designs. Be sure to see these one of a kind designs for yourself at Kayz Kreationz Etsy shop.

Interested in becoming a blog partner? Email ::

February 6, 2013

Breathe Life Into Your Designs :: Blog Partners Inspire

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Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio blew us away with the innovative ways she uses Nina Designs bronze charms and findings. Need more reasons to love jewelry designing? Here are some of Cindy’s favorite parts of the design process:

“A jewelry project can be simple or very detailed, you decide. No matter what, when you’re finished you’ll have a little piece of art that you can actually wear! The possibilities are endless… there so many styles and materials to try. I love learning new techniques.”

We couldn’t agree more! Check out Cindy’s bright and cheery blog. Sweet Beads Studio is chock-full of beautiful photos and information.


Cindy Gimbrone of Lampwork Diva used Nina Designs bronze findings to create a simple, elegant earring design. Sometimes less really is more!  Cindy draws inspiration from organic everyday shapes: “In the drive to express ideas through my glass, I wanted to express the never-ending cycle of life.”

Stop by Lampwork Diva’s shop to explore all of Cindy’s beautiful designs.

Kristina Johansson of Wild Roses and Blackberries is a cat loving jewelry designer with a unique edge to her original designs. We were really impressed with her crafty, non-traditional approach to designing with Nina Designs bronze components. Wild Roses and Blackberries is a great resource for tutorials, inspiration and relate able stories.

October 31, 2012

Blog Partnership :: October 2012 :: Part 2

It’s not too late to find inspiration for Halloween jewelry! Check out our last two blog partners for October and let their creativity inspire your Halloween jewelry. Our blog partners  met the challenge of working with skulls, snakes, marquis links, chain and leather to create some unique and spooky Halloween inspired jewelry.

Pam Hurst Designs  started as an Industrial Engineer and worked in metal fabrication but changed direction a few years ago to focus on her passion, jewelry. This mother of two started her jewelry career with her sisters making Mother’s Bracelets,  then transitioned into making glass beads and working with different metals to create her own line. You can see Pam and her lovely designs  in person at her upcoming shows. Or visit Pam Hurst Designs shop and pick out your own piece of life inspired jewelry.


Kashmira of Sadafulee is not only a talented jewelry designer, she has a big heart! Kashmira donates all of her sales to Project Why which is a New Delhi based organization that works to improve the lives of children in low income areas. Stop by Sadafulee’s Shop to pick out jewelry  people can’t get enough of and help give back to children in need.


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