Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014


I finally had time to finish this yummy radiant (or vibrant) orchid two strand necklace. I love working with acrylic beads.  They are so lightweight and versatile.  There are matching earrings to go with the necklace. These are hombre beads.  Hombre beads are the different shades of the same color in graduated form.  I have taken this strand apart and created my own color combination from them.

I have finished the necklace and extended it with silver cable chain and added a matching dangle and lobster clasp to fasten it.

Matching earrings go with the beautiful necklace.

For more picture of this luscious creation see

My Etsy shop donates 20% of it's sales to Rescued Rescuers: Dachshund and Friends of the Emerald Isle.  They can be found on Facebook.

Douglas the Dachshund would surely approve.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Radiant Orchid is the new color for this year.  It comes in many shades and is similar to what we used to call purple.  I have a few pieces of radiant orchid jewelry in my Etsy shop at:

Here is a simple necklace made of radiant orchid colored acrylic graduated beads and chain:

Matching earrings for the radiant orchid necklace.
Here is a bracelet made with shades of radiant orchid, turquoise, hematite gray and crystal. I  have strung it together with black waxed linen cord for extra security. Guaranteed not to come apart. 
You can see all these lovely creations and more at:
And, just so you know,20% of all my sales go to the Rescued Rescuers:Dachshunds and Friends of the Emerald Isle.  You can reach them on Facebook.
Douglas the Dachshund would highly approve

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Springtime is one of my favorite seasons of the year, along with Fall.  I always have a pot or two of Daffodils to decorate the inside of my home.  They are so cheery!  I also cannot wait until my outdoor daffodils are in bloom.  They are planted  in clumps all along the one side of my home. I have about ten different varieties and each year the clumps get larger and larger.  I also have miniature daffodils like the ones pictured above in my shade garden.  They bloom their in the Spring before the leaf canopy fills in from the trees in our ravine.

The nice thing about planting daffodil bulbs is that they multiply every year and rarely need replanting, unlike tulips.  Also, the rodents, such as chipmunks won't touch the bulbs, as they are poisonous to them.   They are about one of the only Spring bulbs that are not affected by rodents.

As for Spring colors, I have some new and colorful jewelry in my Etsy shop that has been listed this past week.  Below is just a sample.

The above graduated green necklace is available in several colors in my Etsy shop as well as the two above that. See them at:

My Etsy shop donates 20% of it's sales to the Rescued Rescuers: Dachshund and Friends of the Emerald Isle which can be found on Faceboo

Speaking of Dachshunds, my little Grandog Douglas paid me a visit last night to help his Grandpa celebrate his birthday.  Douglas had so many ice cream licks that he will be turning into a Bratwurst Sausage if this keeps up! He is such a little begger!

Douglas is happy promoting my Etsy shop because he knows that 20% of the sales go to his favorite Dachshund Rescue Group.  Being a Rescue/Foster Dachshund himself before finding his forever home with my twin Grandchildren, Douglas would just love for you to visit my Etsy shop at:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Good Wednesday morning my fellow bloggers and followers.  Well, I woke up to 3 inches of new snow this morning.  Yesterday, everything was devoid of any snow, so this is just frustrating.  I want to get out in my shade garden and clean it up for Spring (if it ever gets here). 

This has been a particularly harsh winter this year.  Even the Vineyards in Ohio are having a hard time.  It was just reported that they have lost almost all of their European vines that produce such wines as Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, and Riesling, just to name of few.  It could take 4 years just to grow them back to producing stage. Ohio Vintners produce some great wines, but this coming year will be hard for them financially. 

Last week I was able to get some pretty good pictures of my little Grandog Douglas the Dachshund.  He does not cooperated very well with picture taking, but I finally got to take a few good pictures of his cute little face.  Of course, the doughnuts for St. Patrick's day (green shamrocks with green sprinkles) that I brought for my three Grandchildren helped quite a bit.  He was thinking something would fall on the floor and he could scarf it up. But, no such luck.  Douglas is on a strict diet lest he gain all kinds of weight which is bad for Dachshunds because of their long back.  At any rate, here are a few pictures of my favorite little dog.

 Awe fella's, saving a doughnut for me?  I am watching you!
 Please, please, please, just a crum of doughnut!
 Awe, so disappointed, not even a crum!  Good thing Grandma brought me a doggie treat!  I love my Grandma!

My Etsy shop has some new items in.  Have to fill it up again because I had a particularly large order from one person over the weekend.  I love the look of brass.  It is so warm and lends itself well to lots of different jewelry applications.  Here are just a few new items.  You can check them out at:

 These are "Inspiration" bracelets and are made to fit everyone. Fully adjustable by placing lobster clasp on any double link of the chain.  All have large Swarovski Faceted Crystals capped with Vintaj Brass flower bead caps as dangles.

Hoping you can check out my shop because 20% of all sales go to Rescued Rescuers: Dachshunds and Friends of the Emerald Isle.  You can catch them on Facebook and they are putting together another on line auction to benefit this wonderful Rescue Group.

Douglas the Dachshund would highly approve.
Until next time.
Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday, March 26, 2014


Being a Dachshund lover because my Grandog Douglas happens to be one and I really love the little guy, I have decided to blog about their history.

Did you know that these little guys have been around since the 15th Century in Europe. In the 15th, 16th, and 17th Centuries, Dachshunds have been used to hunt badgers?  That certainly was very long time ago.  They also had the temperament of a terrier and the tracking ability of a hound.

The word "Dachshund" means "Badger Dog.  Early in the 17th Century there were both smooth and longhaired Dachshunds.  By the early 18th Century, the Wire Haired Dachshund emerged.  German breeders early on decided that inbreeding of the different types was not a good thing.

Dachshunds weighing between 30 and 35 lbs. were often used to hunt both badger and wild boars. But, the smaller variety weighing between 18 and 22 lbs. were good for hunting foxes and hares.

The Dachshund Club of American has been promoting the breed since 1895, and in 1935 was added to the American Kennel Clubs Field Trials.

Can you guess which type Doughlas is by looking at this picture of him?
My Etsy shop donates 20% of it's sales to a wonderful Dachshund Rescue group called Rescued Rescuers: Dachshunds and Friends of the Emerald Isle.  They can be found on Facebook and you can check in at my shop at: for some beautiful jewelry designs.

Here is just a sample of what you might find in my Etsy shop.

You can find my shop on Etsy at:
Thanks a million, Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014


My newly reopened shop on Etsy has lots of new Spring/Summer Jewelry Designs to compliment your Spring wardrobe.

I don't know about you, but I always need a new accessory for some of my Spring/Summer wardrobe.  It really helps to make some of your favorite wardrobe pieces seem new again.  At Garden Gate Designs on Etsy you will find lots of bright colors to liven up your wardrobe.  Here is just a sample.

All of these and more can be found in my Etsy shop at:
My Etsy shoip donates 20% of it's sales to this worthy group. Rescued Rescuers: Dachshunds and Friends of the Emerald Isle.  They can be found on Facebook.  This rescue group both rescues, fosters and vets abandoned and neglected Dachshunds.  They have a wonderful group of Foster homes that keep these precious little puppers until they are adopted.  They also have agoup of transporters that will help bring each adopted dog to it's new Forever Home.  Sometimes six states away.
My Grandog Douglas (he is a rescued Dachshund himself) would highly approve!
This is Douglas with his new chew toy I bought him this Christmas.
Thanks a million and have a great day!
Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs
See me on Facebook at Garden Gate Designs

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello all my followers on this blog.  It has been over a year since I closed my Art Fire shop. I missed having an outlet for my creativity and decided to reopen my shop on Etsy. 

Last year I got involved with a Dachshund Rescue Group in Florida and decided to reopen my Etsy shop, fill it with beautiful artisan made jewelry and donate 20% of the proceeds of each sale to: the Rescued Rescuers: Dachshunds and Friends of the Emerald Isle.  They can be found on Facebook and are such a wonderful rescue group.

Not only do they rescue these sweet little doxies from horrible situations and county kennels, but they have a number of loyal foster homes that they can be placed in until they are adopted and finally find their "Forever Homes"

Being a Granddogmother to my Grandchildren's red dachshund named Douglas, I grew to just love these playful, sweet little "weiner" dogs.  This is Doughlas, and he loves his Grandmother!

So, I would hope that you check out my recently reopened Etsy shop at: and hopefully purchase a little something for yourself and also do something wonderful for this Rescue Group.  They pay for all the rescued pups vetting bills, updating of immunization shots, food, etc.
Thanks a million for reading my blog today,
Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs