Day of the Dead earrings

There’s an earring for every occasion, right?

I got inspired by thinking about past years at the local Dia de Los Muertos parade. Hope to go this year. What are you going to be? Who are you going to honor?


Fall hibernation

I know most folks don’t hibernate until actual winter. But I like to hide inside once that first frost comes. Where we live, it is almost here. Which is why I’ve spent more time on jewelry in recent days. Here is some of my favorite new work. I haven’t had time to post it on my Etsy site yet, so holler soon if you see something you like.

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Photos by Pat Vasquez-Cunningham

Custom work

Got my first custom assignment the other day. A client needed some earrings done to go with existing necklaces she had. Here’s how they look. It was more fun than I thought it would be to let someone else have the creative steering wheel.

Necklaces too

It has been years since I have made a necklace — at least 18. Yikes. So after my recent spurt of earring making, I decided to try out a necklace. Here is what I came up with. I love the ceramic blue and green beads, spaced with yellow turquoise. Of course, I already have matching earrings.


Welcome to Blue Quail Crafts

Thanks for stopping by. I started this blog because I wanted a place to share my latest creations. Which is an odd thing for me to say, because I have not made jewelry in about 18 years. I did it in high school (oops, just dated myself) and loved it. But when I packed my bags for Spain soon after graduation, the boxes of beads did not fit. After that, life got in the way of something I now realize I truly love.

During a¬†recent visit to Connecticut, I saw an ad on Craigslist for a garage sale that said “beads, beads beads.” After an hourlong drive that lucky Saturday, I found what I had been looking for: beads. Loads of beads. ¬†Finding such a large assortment put me back on my path to creativity. The first night, I just sat and stared at the colors, the textures, the shapes. Then I got to work.

My favorite things to work with are peridot, anything recycled and most things lavender. Also a fan of rubies and hand painted beads. My best time to create is early in the morning, on the hiking trails where I dream up designs before I sit down to create them. Please visit my Etsy shop to see examples of my work. I also do custom work.