leilani cleveland deveau

Artist Spotlight: On…Me!

Artist Spotlight: On…Me!

I am my own worst enemy when it comes to self-promotion. I like to make things, and would rather spend my time making things, than…

Finding Creativity in the Mundane

Finding Creativity in the Mundane

We have a 100 year old project house in Nova Scotia. Now, I hate painting. I love the look of a freshly painted wall or…

“Wings” Tribute piece: Personalized Memorial Necklace

“Wings” Tribute piece: Personalized Memorial Necklace

5 years ago to this day, my mother passed away suddenly at the age of 54. I would like to say *unexpectedly*, but I had…

Latest Textured (Art) Yarns…

Latest Textured (Art) Yarns…

I am terribly behind on posts, and doubt I will bother to catch up. Earlier this year my hard drive failed and we have not…

Little Girl’s Necklaces

Little Girl’s Necklaces

Today I added charms to my girls’ necklaces, something that anyone can do with their order by browsing the add-ons section. I’m sure my girls don’t…

A Custom Necklace…for my Daughter…

A Custom Necklace…for my Daughter…

September means one thing in my household – my oldest’s birthday. She will be 4 this year, and for the past several months she has…

Sneak Peek at the Custom/Engravable Line…

Sneak Peek at the Custom/Engravable Line…

Well, I cannot believe my eyes. As of last night, the website is LIVE!  All of my Etsy & Artfire inventory is now available on…

Creativity 2011 – Learning to Knit! Basic garter stitch…

Creativity 2011 – Learning to Knit! Basic garter stitch…

With the stick weaving mastered in no time flat, it was time to try my hand at the needles. Knitting is another skill on my…

New Year, New Goals…The End of the Jewelry Sabbatical

New Year, New Goals…The End of the Jewelry Sabbatical

I have been quiet. The end of the 2010 was drawing near & I wrapped up my jewelry sabbatical getting a head start on 2011…

Seven Things

Seven Things

I was tagged by the beautiful Tasha Chawner to share seven things about me. While I am flattered that she  thought of me in all…

Creativity Beyond the Beads: Handmade Book

Creativity Beyond the Beads: Handmade Book

The other day I was looking for a new book to write down my creative ideas, and I came across this one that I had…

Jewelry Inspired: Getting Started with Gemstones

Jewelry Inspired: Getting Started with Gemstones

Back when I started jewelry making, the thought of using actual gemstone beads in my designs seemed unattainable. I was unemployed, and I had to…

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 4: Zipper Pulls

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 4: Zipper Pulls

This particular project is combining orphan beads with an excess of nickel lobster clasps. I upgraded to sterling silver lobster clasps sometime ago so I…

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 3: Keychains

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 3: Keychains

Expanding on yesterday’s post on Beaded Bookmarks – the same theory could be applied to make beautiful & inspirational keychains out of leftover beads: A…

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 2: Beaded Bookmarks

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 2: Beaded Bookmarks

Another great way to use up leftover beads is to adorn bookmarks. Bookmark bases come in a variety of shapes & sizes and best of…

Artfire Collections & Etsy Treasuries

Artfire Collections & Etsy Treasuries

It appears that Etsy has successfully launched their new treasury format, which now allows you to tag your creation with key words so to make…

Come Tour My Jewelry Box: Grow-With-Me Toddler Bracelets

Come Tour My Jewelry Box: Grow-With-Me Toddler Bracelets

The next items I wanted to share from my jewelry box, are actually not for me at all, but for my two little ones. I…

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 1: Hair Accessories

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 1: Hair Accessories

After 12+ years of jewelry making, I have a lot of beads without a home. Meaning, they are leftovers from past projects – from one…

Come Tour My Jewelry Box: My Wedding Jewelry Then & Now

Come Tour My Jewelry Box: My Wedding Jewelry Then & Now

After my last post about my prophetic charm bracelet – it gave me the idea to start a series on my personal jewelry collection. Over…

My New Comfy Work Chair

My New Comfy Work Chair

So the other day I was at Costco and broke down & bought myself a “proper” chair. I’m not sure exactly what a “proper” chair…

Jewelry Inspired: What Summer Means to Me

Jewelry Inspired: What Summer Means to Me

Artbeads offered us bloggers a chance to try out some supplies* & design a summer theme. My first instinct is to gravitate toward blues, yellows,…

Etsy’s Treasury East: New Feature

Etsy’s Treasury East: New Feature

I got a convo from a fellow Etsian that I am featured in her curated Treasury East. This is the first time I have been…

Adventures in Brass: Part Two ~ The Initial Project

Adventures in Brass: Part Two ~ The Initial Project

My first piece that I made via the brass oxidizing experiment was really, really crude – but it worked up fast. I know my fellow…

Adventures in Brass: Part One ~ Oxidizing

Adventures in Brass: Part One ~ Oxidizing

I inherited a lot of trophy brass for my engravers. Besides practicing engraving, I thought I would try my hand at some fun techniques and…

Playing Catch Up…

Playing Catch Up…

I am so severely behind with my blog posting. In March, my family & I ended up travelling home to Nova Scotia to attend a…