Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

If you have questions, ask. If you have tips, share. Same with suggestions - share! I want this to be a great forum for people to brainstorm and problem-solve with a good attitude. Crabby Apples need not respond, this is a feel-good kind of blog :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The New Bellus Ladder Bracelet

So what do you get when you take 14g square wire, bend it into Bellus curves, link them all together with 16g rings and add a box clasp? You get a Bellus Ladder Bracelet! My latest bracelet design and I gotta tell ya... I am in love with this! I've not taken mine off since it came out of the tumbler! It has the look of a cuff without being stiff on my wrist. It moves with me and I can't wear it out of the house without people stopping and asking me about it. Love that!

Now... how would you like to win one of these beauties for your very own? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with email address or Facebook name (so that I can contact you if you win) and answer this question:  What is your favorite thing about Summer?  This year, it's definitely having my son on break from school! He had such a great year as a Kindergarten student but I missed him every single day. I'm so happy he's home every day for the next few months!

Thanks so much for visiting and good luck everyone!


  1. This is probably my favorite of your recent new items!! My favorite thing about this summer is no summer classes and taking the time to see friends, have game nights, be involved in book clubs and writer's groups, etc.

    ~Othella Morris

  2. My favorite thing about summer is being able to take my dogs places. She loves being in the car and shoving half her body out the window. She loves going to the beach and to the park.

    Shanel silva

  3. As a bus driver, getting up at 4 am for 10 months, I get to sleep in! lol
    hoffat at gmail dot com

  4. Love the bracelet, but most of all I asked Karen to make a mothers/grandmothers ring for my 91 yr. old mother in law and she absolutely is crazy about it! She keeps looking at the pretty stones and joking that she hopes we will forgive her if she can't remember which stone is for which month or even worse, who are her children and grandchildren, lol. The ring brought her a lot of joy, thanks Karen! Judy Sparrow

    1. You are so very, very welcome Judy! You just put into words exactly why I love to make mother's / grandmother's / family jewelry. It was such an honor that you chose me to make such a special ring!!!

  5. Oh Karen I just love this bracelet...I love summertime as I can get outside to tend to my flowerbeds and travel with my hubby and Griz....I love them both so much!

    Sharon Wagoner

  6. Karen, that is one gorgeous bracelet!!! But you know I love all your creations! My favorite thing about summer is the smells...fresh-cut grass, peonies (or maybe it's peonys), Russian olive tree blossoms,rain on the dry ground, all the earthy smells. Enjoy your time with the kids. They don't stay young very long. Sandy

  7. Love this bracelet! So gorgeous! My favorite thing about summer is hanging outside with good friends while the hubby grills up some dinner. I get out of cooking a lot in the summer... ;)

    Melissa Rivers Whitman on fb

  8. I love this bracelet, very beautiful. The thing I love about summer is I get so much time with my daughter. She is my last one at home.
    Tammy nailartlady@live.com

  9. Karen what a unique design...LOVE it, you do such great work and have great ideas when you create. What I Love about summer is enjoying the blooms on all my plants.

    Dora Muller Harrison

  10. I really like this design. So pretty! My favorite part about this summer is it begins my time as a stay at home mom and the last half of my pregnancy before I get to meet our second child. This summer is all about suspense, anticipation, and lots of fun, sun & love. :) And hopefully I will be able to enjoy some goodies from our garden, which is another baby of mine.

    Deb Rockwell

  11. gorgeous bracelet, Karen!!!

    my favorite thing about Summer is wearing shorts!!! i know it's nothing to most people, but when i was younger, i had really bad skin, where i would scratch & scratch to the point where my skin would scab so badly!! i didn't wear shorts because i was so ashamed of my skin........but as i got older, my skin improved (with the occasional break-outs), but the last 20 years, i cannot wait for the Summer just so i can wear shorts!!!!!

    i'm on FB as Cyn209!!!

    thanx for the giveaway!!!

  12. This is one of my favorite pieces you have done. I love the flowing curves of copper with the green clasp.
    My favorite thing about summer is more time to spend with my grand daughter who will be 10 this summer.

  13. This is absolutely lovely! My favorite thing about summer is that it stays light longer; that means I get to enjoy being outside after I get home from work!

  14. My favorite thing is spending time on the beach, swimming and sunbathing all day long <3
    Even if this year it wil be just for a few days...
    I simply adore this bracelet!!

    Joanna-Gloria, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

  15. What I love in summer is the warm sea, swimming and spending more time with my boyfriend <3
    Amazing bracelet, Miss Karen