Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Obsessed with Gemstones!

I've been meaning to create a line of gemstone jewelry for ages.  In March, my friend and I went to Gem Faire, and I was floored by all of the incredible stones available.  I came home and started creating some new pieces - and I am in love with gemstones!  Here are a few of my new pieces.  You can new more at meganmillikendesigns.com

Blue Titanium Quartz Sterling Silver Earrings by Megan Milliken

Apatite Tiny Bar Necklace Gold Filled by Megan Milliken

Labradorite & Moonstone Hoop Earrings Sterling Silver by Megan Milliken

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Playing with Triangle Beads!

I've been playing with CzechMates 2-hole beads a lot at work lately, and I decided to bring a few of the brand new Triangle beads home to do some experimenting with them on my own as well.  My favorite result is these herringbone bracelets, which combine the triangles with SuperDuos in a version of herringbone stitch.  I'm especially partial to the black and silver one - it looks all rock and roll and spikey!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Big Thanksgiving Sale - 25% Off in all My Shops for Black Friday through Cyber Monday

I've started my Thanksgiving Sale a little early, and beginning right now you can save 25% in all four of my Etsy shops through Monday!

My whimsical collection of cute, feminine jewelry - 25% Off plus the usual Free Shipping to US addresses (USPS First Class).

Megan Milliken
It's the first time this shop has been on sale!  My fine designer
collection of jewelry - 25% Off plus the usual Free Shipping to US addresses (USPS Priority).

My collection of hand embellished sunglasses that make a statement - 25% Off plus the usual Free Shipping to US addresses (USPS Priority).

My first Etsy shop, featuring cute cross stitch kits and patterns and some fun accessories - 25% Off!

All sale prices are priced as marked.  Discounts do not apply to shipping.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bead Ruckus No. 6 - The Big Reveal!

I'm a couple of days behind schedule, but still super excited to show you what I've made in the Bead Ruckus No. 6!  Here was the kit:

And here is the bracelet that I made:

I used the vintage flatback to create a bead embroidered focal.  I love the way the randomly chosen items complement each other so well!

Stay tuned to find out what's in store for Kit No. 7 on November 1st!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bead Ruckus No. 5 - BIG REVEAL

I'm so excited that we've brought back the Bead Ruckus!  Today is the Big Reveal for Kit No. 5, and everyone made such pretty things.  You can check them all out over on the Bead Ruckus site, but I also wanted to tell you a little bit more about my piece.

First of all, here's Kit No. 5, so you know what I had to work with.  These five components were chosen by the Contributing Members, and we didn't know what everyone else was picking.  Then we use all five ingredients in a piece of jewelry.

I didn't come up with much of an over all plan this time (I usually do) so instead I just got out my supplies and started building.  What I like most about my necklace is that it made me work differently than I usually do.  Making myself go outside my normal creative process is my favorite part about the Bead Ruckus!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you hop on over to Bead Ruckus to see what everyone else made, and stay tuned for the next Ruckus...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop!

The amazing Lori Anderson of Pretty Things and the annual Bead Soup Blog Party, has come up with such a fun theme for this blog hop: we all dig into the beads and components that we've been saving (ahem, hoarding) for something *special* to make and share a design.

First, let me show you the components that I selected to use for this project:

My focal, it's true, I haven't been holding on to for all that long...yet.  But I could feel it turning into one of those pieces from the moment it was placed in my hand.  It's a sample I received at a trade show, after I went into fits over the sample card full of what I instantly dubbed "Barbie Mermaid Princess" cabochons.  It's huge, for me, and bubble gum pink, and faceted, and holographically iridescent.  Basically, it made me feel like a ten year old girl in the best possible way.

Next are little white star shaped beads that I've had for years.  I used some of them in some designs gifted away, and then, when it got down to the last couple, I "didn't want to use them up" to the tune of about eight or nine years.

The clasp is just something that I've had since college sitting around in a beading box, that I thought would work well for the design.  But the pink beads, now these are truly a masterpiece of hoarding.  These I've had squirreled away since 19...mumble, mumble.  I love them.  They're kind of gumdrop shaped, with the hole right down the center, and clear with pink on the bottoms.  And I've been holding on to them since high school.  Welp, guess what - they match my cab!  They're in!  

And here's what I've made:

I did some bead embroidery around the "Barbie Mermaid Princess" cab, all in shiny gunmetal Delicas.  I made strand spacers out of more Delicas, using cubic right angle weave, and created a little multi-strand choker.  Then I added in my beads as dangles to accent the front.

I love the way this all came together.  It's pink, and dark gray, and shiny, and shimmery, and girlie, and I love it.  And...I may even keep it for myself!

Thanks so much to Lori, and to all the other de-stashers who're participating in the hop!  Be sure to check out their creations at the links below!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog