Monday, August 30, 2010

Big Bodacious Funky Chunky - Current Jewelry Trends

In creating the designs for my next book, I've spend alot of time researching current and upcoming trends on the internet, glam magazines and catalogs from Chico's, White House Black Market and Cache (my favorites places to shop by the way!)  And all I can say is....WOW!!! My favorite style of jewelry is IN and it's HOT!!!

Industrial style Metal jewelry is taking the jewelry world by storm.  You will see bolder designs featuring big loops, long chains and bodacious beads.  You will also find this jewelry somewhat more masculine and simple featuring bold geometric shapes.

Steampunk style jewelry is also jumping into the hot seat and it's right in line with the industrial chic look with it's gears and other interesting found objects.

I've also noticed industrial metal jewelry contrasted with bits of bling -which is good, cuz a girl's gotta have her bling.  For example, Im seeing gunmetal tarnished loops contrasted with pearls or beads with crystals. 

This is exciting because it means that the sky is the limit and there are so many combinations you can create.  Pretty much you can combine anything you with the old, tarnished with shiny...contrast and texture!!!

CrafTECH University has an exciting mega workshop scheduled that will get your creative juices flowing and start you into creating found object jewelry - Its called FOUND-ations and it's a class that will intro you into working with metals combining various techniques along with found objects.  A class kit is included in the price and seating is limited.  This is an online - live interactive class.  Click here for more information.

Stay next post is all about inspiration.....

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I've been Featured on THE HIVE! Autumn Drop Earrings from Beading In No Time

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Linda Peterson's Autumn Drop Earrings are this week's top video pick at Cool2Craft!  Watch our LIVE shows on Mondays at noon Eastern or watch our PM Edition on Wednesdaysat 9 pm Eastern! LIVE craft demos - live craft chat! Earn BONUS point on TheHive. It's the COOLEST! Cool2Craft

Thank you Tiffany!!! As a way to Celebrate - Check out Today's Special - Based on my Beading in No Time book and get the Vintage Charm on demand class for FREE!  Click here

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vintage Charm Bracelet Online jewelry making Class from CrafTECH University

Wow! What fun we had at the last online jewelry making class at CrafTECH University.  I wanted to share some of the highlights of the class with you!

We used copper metal, copper wire and found objects to create our unique memory bracelet. 

If you are a little hesitant to take a live online art class, just chat with any of our students and they will tell you their experience.  You can participate at any level you feel comfortable. 

If you've never taken one of our live craft classes, here's a view of what our classroom will look like.

Not sure of all the tools you will need?  We send class notes ahead of time to give you a heads up.  We also show a materials list at the beginning of class and outline what each tool does and is used for. 

Ever wonder why it's so hard to work with thick copper wire or copper sheets?  This class will teach you a quick technique to solve that probleml

Never underestimate a woman with a torch!!!!

You may be wondering if you will be able to see in detail the steps involved.  Our demo cam's provide closeups of our demonstration and we repeat the steps several times to make sure you understand.

Before you know're working with copper!  And you've created your bracelet.

We spent the remainder of the class learning how to stamp on metal, transfer images to metal and how to add beaded embellishments.  With your found objects -this will truely be a treasure that you can keep adding to for years to come.

Remember - just because you didn't attend the live class, our classes are recorded and are available on demand.  Click here to purchase this class or view all of our on-demand classes available.

To register for Live classes - click here to purchase

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


This adorable little bear screams "BRING ON FALL!"  Im ready - aren't you?  It's scorching HOT here in Missouri and Im looking forward to the cool mornings of fall, the colors and decorating the house - oh and don't forget the craft shows!

You may use any brand of polymer clay that you are comfortable with.  Fimo, Sculpey, Premo, Kato Clay or Cernit will work.  Alter the colors of the polymer clay to your liking.

There are so many ways you can embellish this polymer clay bear and I can't wait to see what our members do.

Polymer Clay POM Club project sheets offer easy to understand instructions with step by step photos to guide you through the process of creating whimsical polymer clay characters and bears.

If you are a member of the club - click here to download your project.

If you are not a member, you can purchase this project for downloadable project for $5.99 - click here

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cool Autumn Earrings on Cool2Craft

Just in case you missed Monday's Autumn Earring project based on my Beading In No Time book, here it is - Courtesy of Cool2Crafts and Tiffany Windsor

As a special thanks to all my viewers and those of you who subscribe to my blog, I'm offering this one time special offer.....

Get a signed copy of my book and a FREE class...yes that is right a FREE vintage charm class from CrafTECH University with the purchase.

This class is the vintage charm class.  It's one of those projects that is a memory maker and one of those that you can just keep adding to - This class is live and online.'s the cool part..."if" you want to purchase  the book but the class time doesnt fit into your problem!  It's recorded and available when you are...even if that means at 3am because you're feelin a little crafty and can't sleep.

This is a $45 value for $24.95 (USA and Canada only).  International orders please add $14 for priority international mail.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday's Cool2Craft Re-cap

Cool2Craft LIVE TV - Monday August 16, 2010

Monday's Cool2Craft LIVE interactive TV was filled with lots of great demos. The coolest thing about watching Cool2Craft LIVE is that you can ask the guests questions right after their demos – LIVE in the chatroom!

It’s cool!

Just in case you missed the show, here is the link to watch the entire episode in our playback room featuring Photo Ornaments by Lisa Fulmer, Quick Snippers by LIMIRI, Photo Frame Slipcover by Cynthia Gagen, Recycled Cereal Box Photo Corners by Samantha Star and Autumn Drop Earrings by Linda Peterson. Also check out the Cool2Craft YouTube channel – these demo segments will be added over the next few days. It’s COOL!

Monday August 16, 2010 guest web/blog links:
Please check out the blogs of my creative friends and also join in on the Craft Community BUZZ by joining THE HIVE - just click here to find out all about it

Monday, August 16, 2010

Today's Cool2CRAFT! - Autumn Drop Earrings

In today's Cool2Craft Live segment I share a great Autumn project - Autumn Drop earrings from my latest book BEADING IN NO TIME.

I know it's hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, but personally....this summer has been brutally hot and I welcome Fall and cool weather and snuggin up to the fire in my comfy clothes and candle light dinners and bringing out my fall sweaters and going shopping...and craft shows...and so much more.

So, if you are looking for a quick and easy project - join me today at 11am eastern for the show.

As a special thanks to all my viewers and those of you who subscribe to my blog, I'm offering this one time special offer.....

Get a signed copy of my book and a FREE class...yes that is right a FREE vintage charm class from CrafTECH University with the purchase.

This class is the vintage charm class.  It's one of those projects that is a memory maker and one of those that you can just keep adding to - This class is live and online.'s the cool part..."if" you want to purchase  the book but the class time doesnt fit into your problem!  It's recorded and available when you are...even if that means at 3am because you're feelin a little crafty and can't sleep.

This is a $45 value for $24.95 (USA and Canada only).  International orders please add $14 for priority international mail.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fall is just around the corner!

As much as we hate to say it.. or even think it....fall is just around the corner.  

So it's time to start thinking about putting together your fall wardrobe.

I just heard on the news today that the unemployment rate has sky rocketed again and is the highest it's been in the past few months.  I sincerely hope none of you are having to endure that sort of stress.  But if funds are a little tight this year, as they are for many, I've got a great way to give your fall wardrobe a little spruce of energy with out stressing out the old pocket book.

So join me Monday on Cool2Craft Live web tv and I'll share a great crafty project that will give you the lift you're looking for with a fun jewelry idea based on my newest release BEADING IN NO TIME.  It's's easy and it's wearable for the world to see!

That's Cool2Craft live - every Monday at noon eastern, 11am central and 9am pacific...right here on your computer.

just go to: 

where you can chat LIVE with all of the guests on the show!

For more information on the guest line here.

If you're not able to make it....don't worry...we've gottcha covered as we do sort of a internet tivo kinda thing...we record it!  So you can watch it anytime it is convenient for you.

See you MONDAY!!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

My interview with Cico Books

Im excited to share with you my interview - courtesy of Cico Books.  Check out their blog at

Here goes....

Today we are speaking with Linda Peterson: crafter, jewelry designer and author of Beading In No Time

How did you get involved in the crafting world? Has it always been a passion of yours?
I come from a very creative family and was always creating something from a very early age. A couple of my fondest memories are sitting with my Grandma at night making Barbie clothes by hand. She never used a pattern and they were always awesome. When I was a teen-ager my Mom began china painting and joined an artist guild. She painted beautiful flowers on trinket boxes and I would write the inscriptions inside. We sold these at the art guild shows and made enough money to take vacations to see our family in California. There wasn't really a time in my life when I wasn't creating something, it's who I am and I am passionate about making things.

I've done everything from decorative painting, wearable arts and sewing to sculpting and jewelry making. "Wearing my art" seems to be my focus these days.

I kind of stumbled into the professional side of things. I was a stay at home mom to an adorable two year old boy, when my daughter came along. Unfortunately, she became ill at a very early age and was hospitalized a lot during the first several years of her life. I used crafts as therapy and a way to make an extra income to offset health care expenses. It was a perfect job for a stay at home mother. We did that as a family for many years.

In 1996 I attended my first professional craft trade show known then as ACCI (Association for Crafts and Creative Industries) in Chicago. I signed up for the "designer forum" where I displayed my original designs for manufacturer's, editors and the professional world to see. It was a huge step for me, but a positive one. I placed several projects in craft magazines that year. This was a huge stepping stone to get to where I am today. The ACCI and HIA shows have now merged with CHA - Craft and Hobby Association where I've teach classes for upwards of 150 students at a time, demonstrate products, provide consulting services and product development for manufactures.

It's at these tradeshows that I am able to network to meet new clients, catch up with designer friends and make new ones. I am proud to say that I have been mentored by the best. Donna Kato was and still is my mentor. I credit her with much of my success in helping me hone my talents in a positive direction and for introducing me to many of her well known friends in the industry - such as Carol Duvall. Her generosity and passion to help others has really inspired me to do the same. I can only hope to be as successful of a mentor as she has to me!

In your latest book, Beading In No Time, you present a myriad of jewelry-making techniques. How did decide which techniques and projects to include in the book?

That's a great question! When Cindy [Publisher of CICO Books] and I narrowed down the concept of the book, I knew it would be a great challenge since there are a lot of other fabulous jewelry making books out on the market. How was I going to make my book different? My first thought was to inspire someone who never tried jewelry making to jump in and do it by offering jewelry ideas that were simple and quick to make. In this fast paced world, I felt that was really important, plus it gives you a huge confidence boost when someone says..." I love your necklace" and you can proudly say "THANK YOU! - I made that". I also wanted to projects to build on skill level. So as you progress through the book, you will see that a variety of techniques are offered. The book is written so that you can mix and match your favorites - for instance, maybe you like the look of a certain necklace on one page, but you like the colors of another necklace on a different page. Mix and Match them for a look that is completely you!

Great jewelry too, does not have to cost an arm and a leg. I kept that in mind when designing the jewelry. While I did use semi precious stones in many of the designs, they are affordable and the findings are easy to find in most major craft stores.

I also tried to keep the projects very classic...because a good classic never dies, but ages well. That's why I focused on building techniques and skill levels which helps the reader get their creative juices flowing and hopefully they will discover something in themselves that they never knew.

Something else I thought about was all of the shows on TV that relate to style and makeovers. They focus on helping people of all shapes and sizes find ways to dress, accessorize and show off their best features. That was the inspiration of including the section on designing jewelry that fits you. I discuss different facial shapes, hair styles and how to create jewelry that is best suited to each of those. That way when you go have the "WOW" factor!

In Beading In No Time, you include tips on how to sell your jewelry. What are some of the best ways to get started and grow your business?

I began 20 years ago, when there was no internet. We did not have the ease of online stores, sites like etsy, email or social networking. I grew my business with a good old fashioned mailing list. I took my mailing list book to every craft show I attended and followed up with newsletters and postcards afterwards.

Technology has made is so much easier to connect to millions of people. My first suggestion to start your business is be realistic. I know we all want instant fame and fortune, and I do too, but that is not reality. Reality is hard work and endless hours of self sacrifice and self promotion.

If you are new to starting your own business, by all means get business cards and postcards and hand them out like they are candy. There are many online stores that will sell your jewelry for a small price, so check out Etsy or Artfire are a couple off the top of my head. It's very easy to open an account, snap a few pictures, upload and have an online presence.

Create a blog and write about what you know. Share photos of your work as this can become your online portfolio.

After you've done that, now the real work begins - the art of promotion. This is time consuming, but very well worth the effort. Social networking is a must! So join facebook, find your friends or find people with similar interests and begin networking. Let them know about what you do and what makes you unique. Be active online and blog alot!

There are widgets available that allow people to subscribe to your blogs whenever you write new content. Keep these lists and email them newsletters to let them know of special events you are holding.

Can you tell us about your involvement in CraftTech University and Cool2Craft?

Absolutely, I'm very proud of these latest ventures.

For many years we were blessed with craft tv. Networks such as HGTV, DIY and TNN saw the need to bring us wonderful craft shows such as The Carol Duvall show, Aleene's Creative Living, DIY Scrapbooking and so on to millions of eager audience viewers. For one reason or another, the networks have dropped these shows and left us all out there hanging. I'm not sure why.

So, enter CrafTECH University and Cool2Craft. Tiffany Windsor, daughter of Aleene and producer of Aleene's Creative Living show saw the need to bring craft tv to viewers and launched Cool2Craft in March. It's an online LIVE CraftTV show available twice a week. Every Monday at noon eastern and Wednesday night at 9pm eastern you can watch LIVE craft tv right from your computer as well known demonstrators in the industry share trendy projects and techniques. I started with Tiffany's first show and have been a regular guest ever since. This format allows the viewers to chat live with the guests in real time. The shows are also recorded for viewing on demand. Recently Tiffany took the show to CHA where she, Lisa Fulmer and I hosted a Cool2Craft Live special event from the CHA tradeshow floor. For more details on the show check out

In cooperation with Cool2Craft, I launched CrafTECH University in May. I've had the concept brewing for a couple of years, but the costs associated with bringing this about were out of my price range and the price I would have to charge for classes would be out of everyone elses too. Recently though, the web service that I use has lowered it's fees allowing me to bring this concept to reality.

At CrafTECH University or CrafTECH U for short, we bring together crafters with the best designers and instructors in the industry. Our classroom holds 25 people at the moment with room to grow and features 6 live webcams, a white board for slides and online and live interactive learning. The students can choose several levels of participation. They can watch and listen or participate right along side the instructor. If a student encounters a challenge with a particular technique, the instructor is able to help them work through it via webcam just as if they were there in person. At the end of class, we generally have a show and tell. The benefit to the student is that they are able to take classes in the comfort of their own home, with their own tools and with instructors that they might not otherwise be able to meet for various reasons.

An added benefit to these classes is that they are recorded. Our students can go back and re-watch and pick up anything they missed. This has been a huge plus! We also offer the recorded classes for purchase as on-demand to those who were not able to attend. This format is great for those one the go, being able to view the class at a time convenient to them.

You can check out all of our on-demand and current class schedule at We are constantly adding new classes and growing our instructor base so check back often.

As an expert crafter you are at the forefront of your field. Are there any materials, types of jewelry or trends that are especially popular at the moment? What is the next big thing?

In today's economy, there is a huge surge in Do-It-Yourself for the obvious reason - it's less expensive! Currently I am seeing a jewelry trend towards metal jewelry and steampunk upcycled and recycled pieces using found objects - especially industrial parts like gears and watch parts. Copper jewelry is growing in popularity since it is much more economical than silver, and easy metal to work with and the cost of tools is not out of range.

I also see a trend towards green crafts and recycling. Manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware of the effects of pollution on the environment. I've seen an increase in companies offering more eco-friendly products from paints, varnishes to glues etc. I've also seen a surge in recycled crafts. A great inspiration to me in this has been Heidi Borchers aka Eco-Heidi, Tiffany Windsor's sister. She makes some amazing art using recycled products and is a great inspiration for me to do the same. Check out her website at
What’s coming up next for you?

I'm currently working on another book project with CICO, this time featuring Metalwork Jewelry which is now in the designing stages but will be released in March of 2011.

I will be with Cool2Craft Live in September at the Creative Connection event ( An event for creative women. I'll be there with Tiffany Windsor and we'll be broadcasting Live from the show. I will represent Amaco and will be showing the attendees how to create a great pendant on the go made from Friendly Plastic.

And in December, I fly to New Mexico to tape several segments for PBS on the Creative Living with Sheryl Borden show.

So pretty busy schedule...but it's all GREAT!

To learn more about Linda Peterson, visit her website at:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Swamped in creativity!

I just shared this photo with all my facebook hopes of making you feel better about your creative workspace...or in my case..lack of space.

I want so much to be organized in my creative studio...but it is just impossible to do when you are in a creative mode.  I find that one thought spurs another....which requires a new product...which requires a place to put it...which takes up space....and the cycle begins....but it's a good thing.

I am lovin this time of year because for the third year in a row, I've signed another book contract which gives me creative license to jump right in and create, design...and adorn myself with new jewelry!

This book will feature metal work...from the beginning using common materials found in your home to slightly more advanced techniques with brass, copper and silver.  This is exciting...and here's a little sneak peak..

this fun and funky design is made with brass and copper....and you wont believe how easy it is!!!

I just posted new classes to CrafTECH University and sent out a Campus if you've havent signed up for the newsletter, you can do so on the top right bar on this blog.  Love to have you join us.

It's back to creative time for me!!!...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Friendly Plastic featured on Cool2Craft today!

I'm excited that I continually receive email from newbies interested in trying Friendly Plastic!!!  The learning curve is quick so you can make great art in a relatively short time.

On today's Cool2Craft Live I share a basic - staple - technique using Friendly Plastic.  I call it the "magic of marbeling" and this really is a WOW but very easy technique.

And to make it easy for you - I've assembled a kit which will include:

  • Jana Ewy's book - Friendly Plastic 101 - chocked full of wonderfully delicious Friendly Plastic jewelry ideas and more
  • 10 half sticks of Friendly Plastic (colors will vary - but will include all of our newest colors!)
  • Marbeling comb (not pictured)
  • 1 oz package of Pellets 

    This kit includes shipping for only $24.95
    Hurry these kits sell out fast and I only have a few left!

    If you missed today's show...with lots of great demo's and a wrap up of can watch the recorded show at your convenience by going to the Cool2Craft website and clicking archived shows.

    Linda Peterson is compensated and endorsed by AMACO. The guests features may or may not have any affiliation with AMACO.

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