Friday, November 23, 2012

November News

Hello fellow Beaders!

As the year comes to a close and the holiday season starts kicking into gear, I have a few different pieces of news I'd like to share with you.

1. To celebrate the release of my new (and first) book, I Can Herringbone, by Lark Crafts, I'm going to give away one "Sinusoidal" bead pack-to go with the so-named necklace pattern in the book. To enter the drawing, visit my new Facebook page MGS Designs and leave a comment under the posting about the give-away. A winner will be selected randomly on December 1st!

2. As some of you already know, hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on my area and the Greater New York area earlier this month, and my class at Beads By Blanche in Bergenfield, New Jersey had to be postponed. The workshop, entitled "Song of the Siren" has been rescheduled to December 8th & 9th. This necklace was a finalist in the 2011 Fire Mountain Gems & Beads Swarovski Elements Contest, and this store will be the only one at which I'll be teaching this workshop, so this is your only chance to take this exclusive class!

3. In the month of December, I'll be shutting down my website in order to re-format and re-design it. When the website comes back online, I'm going to have a huge sale on kits. That's the good news. The bad news, for some of you who like kits, is I will not be producing new kits any longer. I will continue to offer new patterns for download and some custom Swarovski crystal for sale.

That's it for now!
Happy Beading

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I Can Herringbone released, and bead packs listed!

For those of you who do not yet know, I recently published my first book through Lark Crafts, called "I Can Herringbone"! It's so exciting to see the fruits of a lot of labor and love. You can order your copy now on or check out the Lark Jewelry and Beading blog  at for some book give-aways!

For those of you wanting to replicate the colorways of the final project in "I Can Herringbone", which is my "Sinusoidal Necklace", I'm listing the remaining kits I have from when I taught this project as a workshop on my website. You can find them at in the Kits section of the shop. Happy Beading!

Monday, September 24, 2012

I have been busy this summer coming up with exciting new projects for those of you who like to take workshops! I have three new class projects and one semi-new class to share with you! I will be teaching these projects through 2013, so look for them at your local bead shop or bead society.

The first place I'll teach them all with be at the Great Lakes Beadworker's Guild in Michigan, from October 17-October 20, 2012. Please check my workshop schedule at for a list of my upcoming workshop locations, and my workshop page at for descriptions and details!

"Round About" Bracelet

"Little Windows" Necklace

"Inner Circle" Lariat

"Queen Isabella's Sceptre" Lariat

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hi Friends! After much deliberation, I've decided that I am going to stop producing kits for the designs I sell. I am so sorry if this inconveniences anyone, because I know some of you really like your kits. Because of this, the decision was difficult, but I decided that I needed to cut down on the number of projects I have and making kits has been the least successful of all my endeavors.

I will, however, continue to offer exciting new projects in pattern form through my website,, my Etsy shop, and my trunk shows when I travel to teach.

I hope that by not making any more kits, I will be able to produce more designs and keep my store updated with fresh new patterns for sale, free patterns, video tutorials, and much more!

In the mean time, I'm cutting down on my bead and crystal stock that I was using to make kits. You can find lots of my precious baubles I'm parting with on my Etsy site: Here's a preview of some of my treasure I have to let go!

There's lots more on my Etsy site and much more to come!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Much News!

My new website is, or alternately, I'm going to start using both my maiden and married name for the next couple years, eventually transitioning to using just my married name. So if you see the name Melissa Grakowsky Shippee anywhere, that's me! I'll eventually just go by Melissa Shippee.

Since I haven't posted in so long, here's a photo of an ongoing project I'm doing for Miyuki!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wild Eye Designs Launched!

My new business name has a new website, just launched,!

Check it out, and be sure to check out the 3D View(TM) Images, for a whole new way to experience beaded jewelry online!

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