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Thank You

May the holidays you celebrate this season bring you much joy. Thank you friends, family, colleagues and customers for all your support this year.
May 2016 rock your socks off!

Creatively yours,

Color Me Happy

I love color.

Bright, bold colors make me happy. Dark, rich colors make me happy. Jewel tones? Happy. Monochrome? Happy.

I love color.

People often ask me how I choose my color combinations when I design and when I teach, so I’ll share my simple visual method here. Throughout the post I will mention beads, but the same method applies to cord, leather and all other mediums.

I play. Really, that’s about all there is to it.

I grab some beads, mix a few together or lay them out with whatever focal I’ve chosen, and let them spend some time together. Truly.

I’ll notice them as I walk by or do other work. I’ll make a note if I like them. If something doesn’t seem to be quite what I want, I remove or add some components. Then they spend more time together until I’m either a) satisfied or b) no longer interested in that project. Don’t judge. It’s just truth.

When I’m mixing different colors of same-size beads, I keeping mind that just a little is usually quite enough. I don’t mix whole tubes of beads together just to experiment. If I hate the blend, I don’t want to separate hundreds of beads.

For my bead mixes, I measure one or two caps of beads (note the tiny white cap partially showing in the photo; marvel at my high-tech methods) in a small container. I pour them onto a bead mat and let them get to know each other well.  You know, to let them choose to either make friends or agree to go their separate ways.

These beads are getting to know each other.

In my photo, I’m letting an experimental blend make friends. I’m looking for a nice subtle blend for a beaded kumihimo project that will use these focal handcrafted lampwork beads. (Pssst! Love the beads? Check out Juli Canon’s work at Studio Juls. I know, those silly implied Business Competition Rules say not to share trade secrets. But I’m an educator and I’m happy, so it’s ok.)

Once I string the beads, I’ll twist the strands together and evaluate them again. Then I’ll start braiding and evaluate again. Persnicketiness pays.

For color inspiration, there are a lot of options. I photograph everything and place color ideas in folders. And inspiration abounds online. You can find my Color Me Happy board on Pinterest.

What is your method for choosing colors in your designs?
Creatively yours,

Unblinkable Eye

It’s Autumn now in North America. My favorite season. The leaves are colorful and the days are getting cooler. Halloween is coming soon, so it’s time to get out the eye jewelry!

My Unblinkable Eye line of jewelry is water resistant and features domed glass for that ‘wow’ factor. Each piece is made with antiqued silver-plated or gold-plated pewter for a vintage look and feel.

I use Nunn Design components made right here in the United States. I’m always pleased with Nunn Design quality. Always. As a persnickety person, I don’t get to say that very often about very many things.

I have a growing selection of my handcrafted rings and brooch/pendants in my shop. http://ikumihimo.com

Handcrafted and water resistant, you won't be able to take your eyes off this … eye.

Handcrafted and water resistant, you won’t be able to take your eyes off this … eye.



Keep staring. It won’t blink. I promise.

Unblinkable Eye Brooch/Pendant in the more human-looking version. Sort of.

Unblinkable Eye Brooch/Pendant in a more human-looking version. Sort of.


I’ll have more soon. I’m starting a new batch today. I can’t stop making these!

Eye love wearing eye jewelry.

Eye love wearing eye jewelry.

Handcrafted dragon eye in green and orange by Monica K Campbell.

Handcrafted dragon eye in green and orange by Monica K Campbell.


What unusual jewelry do you like to wear this time of year?
Creatively yours,


Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet Tutorial v1.1 Now Available

I am humbled and awed and excited that so many of you creative people are interested in my Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo tutorial. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

A few minor typo’s have been reported. Kudos to you detail-attentive folks! I appreciate your help in making this 22-page tutorial as accurate and professional as possible.

I have applied the changes and changed one image on the back page (just for fun), which means this tutorial is now Version 1.1.

For those of you who have already purchased the original, see if you can download the new version via Etsy. If you cannot, send me an Etsy convo and I’ll make sure you get a typo-free version.

v1.1 of my Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet tutorial is now available. Click the image to see it in my shop.

v1.1 of my Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet tutorial is now available. Click the image to see it in my shop.

Creatively yours,



Strike up the band! My Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet tutorial is FINISHED! Woo-hooo!

Now available in my Etsy shop: a detailed 22-page PDF digital tutorial for making Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelets.

Now available in my Etsy shop: a detailed 22-page PDF digital tutorial for making Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelets.

I’m offering an introductory price of $8, which I think is pretty good deal for a tutorial that has:

  • 22 pages
  • detailed instructions
  • 30 instructional images
  • easy-to-read type
  • a clean, professional look

I’m also offering a special little something else. I do this for my class handouts and it’s been quite successful. Presuming I’m not breaking an Etsy policy, the special little something works like this:

  1. You have 7 days from the date of purchasing the tutorial to be the first person to report any typographical error to me via an Etsy conversation.
  2. The first person to report each error will win a reward. In this case, the reward can be a $5 refund OR a free tube of beads (winner pays shipping).
  3. If you find more than one error — and you are the first to report each error —  you earn more than one reward ($5 refund AND beads; or one tube of beads AND free shipping anywhere in the US).

Hurry and buy your copy. The price goes up a bit next week.

Thanks to each and every one of you who have waited patiently for this labor of love. I truly enjoy writing tutorials, even though my persnickety self edits and re-edits until even I am annoyed.

Creatively yours,


Save the Date

Save the date! Start the party! Stock up on beads!

August 19!

Finally, I’m (nearly) satisfied with my Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet tutorial. By August 19, even my persnickety self will be able to call it finished and fine. 


It has oodles of photos and step-by-step instructions. I think you’ll be pleased. 

This is not for kumihimo newbies, folks. You want to be comfortable with your kumihimo skills before you try this tutorial. Beaded kumihimo experience highly recommended. 

Check back here on the release date and find out how you can get a $5 refund on the $8 tutorial. You won’t want to miss it. 

Back to editing I go. I’ll emerge August 19. See you then!

Creatively yours,


Go Away

Normally, I’m not this harsh.

I’m out of patience now.

After this, I’m no longer speaking to Winter.

Dear Winter GO AWAY

Who’s with me?

Creatively yours,