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One of Mom’s more interesting necklaces was made of glass beads which always looked like cubes of Chicklets to me. This necklace survived the 60’s‚ the 70’s‚ heck‚ it survived me! Then someone whose first initial is Lola got a hold of it. Beads sprayed from here to Baltimore.

Instead of re-stringing the necklace, Lola decided the beads would make lovely bracelets and earrings. And she was right. Being Lola‚ she naturally kept a couple herself. The remaining ones became “Kisses from Lola.”

Most of the designs are one-offs created from vintage and other inherited materials. And new designs are on the way. So please check back every now and again‚ or follow us on Twitter for updates. 

We hope you like them!

 

Kisses From Lola: A Day By The Bay

A Day By the Bay

Toho seed beads in dark blue-lined aqua, Ceylon baby blue and color-lined Capri, sterling silver French hook earwires with coils, and sterling silver headpins with balls on Spiderwire. Approximately 1.75 in | 44.45 mm. $15.00.


At the Carnival

Vintage yellow “Chicklet” beads, Toho seed beads in frosted silver-lined dark gold, and gold lustered lilac, gold-plated headpins and earwires on translucent Spiderwire. Approximately 2 in | 50.8 mm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Bathed In Sunlight

Bathed in Sunlight

Swarovski mini-square beads in sunflower, Toho seed beads in silver-lined dark gold and medium brown-lined amber, gold-filled earwires with beads and gold-filled jump rings on Fireline. Approximately 1 ½ in | 3.81 cm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Bluebells

Bluebells

Swarovski crystal pearls in lapis, Toho beads in Ceylon forget-me-not and Capri-lined crystal luster, sterling silver jump-rings and sterling silver French hook earwires with coil on Fireline. Approximately 1 ½ in | 3.81 cm. $15.00.



Kisses From Lola:Blue Reign

Swarovski bicones in light sapphire, Miyuki seed beads in silver, Toho seed beads in silver-lined blue, sterling silver French hook earwires w coil and sterling silver eye pins, on Spiderwire. Approximately 2 in | 50.8 mm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

These earrings reminded me of cherry blossoms, which naturally made me think of that old song by Pérez Prado. Swarovski bicones in light rose, Swarovski crystal pearls in white, Miyuki seed beads in opaque white pearl luster, Toho beads in Ceylon pink pearl and rose gold-filled earwires with balls on 6 lbs Fireline. Approximately 2 in | 5.08 cm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Festival

Festival!

Vintage yellow “Chicklet” beads, Swarovski bicones in sunflower, Toho seed beads in gold and metallic grape, gold-filled French hook earwires w ball, gold-filled headpins w ball and Spiderwire. Approximately 1.75 in | 44.45 mm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Golden Chandeliers

Golden Chandeliers

A pared-down version of Marcia DeCoster’s Cubed Chandelier Earrings. Toho seed beads in frosted silver-lined Rosaline and silver-lined Rosaline, rose gold-filled flat earwires with 2 mm bead, and rose gold-filled jump rings Fireline. Approximately 2 in | 5.08 cm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Green Tea

Green Tea

Swarovski oval beads and bicones in emerald, Toho seed beads in Ceylon light aqua and Navajo white, sterling silver French hook earwires with ball and sterling silver jump rings, on Wildfire. Approximately 1.75 in | 4.445 cm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows and Raspberries

Hot Cocoa with
Marshmallows and Raspberries

Swarovski crystal pearls in light gold, Swarovski crystal bicones in mocca, Toho seed beads in marbled pale peach / Ceylon raspberry, opaque oxblood, gold-filled flat earrwires with 2 mm bead, and gold-filled headpins on Fireline. Approximately 2 ¾ in | 6.985 cm. $15.00.

I Dream in Deco

I Dream in Deco

Vintage pale yellow "Chicklet" beads, Swarovski mini round beads in crystal shadow, Miyuki seed beads in antique ivory pearl Ceylon, Toho seed beads in black, gold filled earwires w stardust beads, gold filled headpins on Spiderwire. Approximately 1.75 in | 44.45 mm. $15.00.

I'm Your Huckleberry
I'm Your Huckleberry

This colour looks Huckleberry Hound blue to me, which naturally made me think of Val Kilmer's famous line in Tombstone. You too? Mom's vintage blue ceramic cubes with new Swarovski crystals in sapphire, and Toho seed beads in black. Gold-plate bead caps, earwires and headpins. Approximately 1.75 in | 44.45 mm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Solo Exhibition

Solo Exhibition

Swarovski bicones in sunflower, Czech glass opaline violet/amber w Picasso grooved rectangle, Miyuki seed beads in antique ivory pearl Ceylon, Toho seed beads in gold, copper eyepins, copper ear wires on Fireline. Approximately 2 in | 50.8 mm. $15.00.

Stop, You're Making Me Blush!
Stop! You're Making Me Blush!

Vintage pale yellow "Chicklet" beads, Swarovski bicones in light rose, Miyuki seed beads in opaque white pearl and silver-lined light rose opal dyed alabaster, 14K/20 rose gold-filled flat earwire with coils, rose gold-filled eye pins, on Spiderwire. Approximately 1.75 in | 44.45 mm. $15.00.

Such a Nice Spring Day
Such a Nice Spring Day

Vintage yellow “Chicklet” beads, Swarovski bicones in sunflower, Toho seed beads in dark blue-lined aqua and Ceylon daffodil yellow, gold filled earwires with coils, gold filled headpins on Fireline. Approximately 1.75 in | 44.45 mm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Tangerine Drops

Tangerine Drops

Swarovski mini-pear pendant in tangerine, Swarovski mini-drop beads in tangerine, Miyuki seed beads in antique ivory pearl Ceylon, sterling silver earwires with gold-filled balls, gold-filled jump rings on Fireline. Approximately 2.00 in | 5.08 cm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: The Beautiful Sea

The Beautiful Sea

Miyuki seed beads in ab-lined sea green, Toho seed beads in transparent teal, and sterling silver earwires and jump rings on Fireline. Approximately 2 in | 5.08 cm. $15.00.

Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay

Named with family member Eternal the turtle in mind. Green Picasso ovals beads, Swarovski bicones in Indicolite, Toho seed beads in medium brown-lined amber, Miyuki seed beads in emerald / transparent AB matte, and 14K/20 rose gold-filled earwires and headpins on Wildfire. Approximately 1.75 in | 44.45 mm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Twilight Become You

Twilight Becomes You

Swarovski mini-rhombus beads and bicones in Indicolite, Toho seed beads in shiny jet black and silver-lined teal, and sterling silver jump rings (on Fireline. Approximately 2.25 in | 57.15 mm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Vanilla Lemonade
Vanilla Lemonade

Vintage pale yellow "Chicklet" beads; Swarovski bicones; Toho seed beads in gold, marbled pale peach / Ceylon raspberry and Ceylon opalescent cream; gold coloured bead caps; gold plated headpins; gold-filled ear wires on Fireline. Approximately 2 in | 50.8 mm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola: Warmed by the Sun

Warmed By The Sun

Inspired by Kate McKinnon’s Tri-Wing Ring. Swarovski bicones in padparadscha, Toho seed beads in Ceylon pearl and red-lined topaz, and sterling silver earwires with gold-filled balls on Fireline. Approximately 2 in | 5.08 cm. $15.00.

Kisses From Lola Clearly Shimmering

Clearly Shimmering

Japanese peanut beads in silver-lined crystal, Toho seed beads in opaque shiny jet black, Miyuki seed beads in silver-lined crystal and sterling silver earwires with stardust with beads on Fireline. Approximately 2.25 in | 57.15 mm. $25.00.

Kisses From Lola The Night Sky

The Night Sky

Japanese peanut beads in metallic dark blue iris, Toho seed beads in Ceylon forget-me-not, sterling silver earwires, and sterling silver-filled jump rings on Fireline. Approximately 2.25 in | 57.15 mm. $25.00.


 

Kisses From Lola: Golden Roses

Golden Roses

Swarovski mini pear pendants crystal in rose gold, Swarovski crystal pearls in light gold, Toho seed beads in frosted silver-lined Rosaline, Ceylon opalescent cream, rose gold-filled flat earrwires with 2 mm bead, rose gold-filled eyepins, and rose gold-filled jump rings, on Fireline. Approximately 2 in | 5.08 cm. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Regal Beauty

Regal Beauty

Inspired by Anne Lazenby’s (BeadDiagrams.Com) Palace Pearls. Swarovski mini-drop crystals in Siam, Swarovski bicones in Siam satin, Miyuki seed beads in crystal silver-lined, Toho seed beads in silver-lined cranberry, sterling silver stardust earwires with 3 mm bead on Fireline. Approximately 2 ¼ in | 5.715 cm. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Smooth as Silk

Smooth As Silk

Black silk covered beads, Swarovski bicones and teardrop pendants in jet, Toho seed beads in black and silver-lined crystal, Miyuki seed beads in silver-lined crystal, sterling silver circle earwires with beads, and sterling silver headpins on Fireline. Approximately 2.25 in | 57.15 mm. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Snowflakes

Snowflakes

Inspired by Larisa’s (The Heart Beading) Be Mine Earrings. Swarovski crystal pearls in white (the lighting gives it a greenish hue, but they really are white), Swarovski crystal bicones in crystal silk, Toho beads in frosted silver-ined Rosaline and Ceylon opalescent cream, gold-filled flat earrwire with stardust beads and gold-filled jump rings on Fireline. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Sunny Days

Sunny Days

Swarovski crystals in tangerine, sterling silver chandeliers, sterling silver jump rings and sterling silver fleur de lis lever backs. Approximately 1.75 in | 44.45 mm. $30.00.

 

 

 

Kisses From Lola: Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star

Inspired by Lisa Kan’s Encanto Necklace. Swarovski crystal pearls in light gold, Swarovski crystal bicones in crystal silk - 6 mm, Toho seed beads in frosted silver-lined rosaline, Ceylon opalescent cream, opaque Navajo white, gold-filled flat earrwires with stardust bead - pair, gold-filled headpins and gold-filled jump rings on Fireline. Approximately 2 ¼ in | 5.715 cm. $30.00.

 

     

Kisses From Lola: Spring Session Two

Spring Session Two

Alternating amethyst and white flower glass beads. Sterling silver spring clasp. On Softflex .925 Sterling Silver metallic beading wire. Approximately 7.25 in | 18.41 cm. $20.00.

Kisses From Lola: Sunfire

Sunfire

Mom's vintage orange ceramic cubes with new Swarovski crystals in fire opal, Toho seed beads in black, gold-filled spring clasp and gold-plate bead caps. On Softflex 24k Gold metallic beading wire. Approximately 7.25 in | 18.45 cm.$ 20.00.

Kisses From Lola Fading Denim

Fading Denim

Druk beads in matte Capri blue, Toho beads in Ceylon snowflake and Ceylon aqua, with sterling silver clasp and jump rings on Fireline. Approximately 7 ¼ in | cm. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Glisten Softly

Glisten Softly

Turquoise opaque seed beads (inherited these - probably Miyuki), Miyuki seed beads in AB line-dyed seagreen, and AB matte emerald transparent, Toho seed beads in transparent mint AB, turquoise Czech glass beads, sterling silver crimp beads, crimp bead covers, lobster clasp, open jump rings, on Soft Flex Extreme .925 sterling silver and Fireline. Approximately 8.25 | 21 cm. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Midnight in the Garden

Midnight In The Garden

Toho triangle beads in silver-lined teal, Toho seed beads in shiny jet black and silver-lined teal on 8lbs crystal Fireline. Toggle clasp inspired by Kate McKinnon’s Tri-Wing Ring. Please note: The triangle beads create a kind of curve to the bracelet, so it does not lay straight. But it does hug the wrist nicely, I think. Approximately7 ½ in | 19.05 cm (8 in| 20.32 cm with clasp). $30.00.

Kisses From Lola New Gold Dream

New Gold Dream

So named because New Gold Dream by Simple Minds is one of our favourites. Toho beads in frosted silver-lined dark gold and silver-lined dark gold, with gold-filled clasp and jump ring on Fireline. Approximately 19 in | 48.26 cm. $30.00.

 

 

 

Kisses From Lola: Nightfall

Nightfall

Toho triangle beads in metallic hematite and crystal clear, Miyuki silver-lined crystal beads, on 8 lbs crystal and Fireline. Approximately7 ½ in | 19.05 cm (8 in| 20.32 cm with clasp).$30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Ocean Rain

Ocean Rain

So named because Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ocean Rain is one of the best things about music. Ever.
Miyuki seed beads in silver-lined crystal, seed beads in opaque turquoise (inherited these - probably Miyuki), Toho seed beads in silver-lined crystal, color-lined capri, dark blue-lined aqua and opaque-lustered turquoise on Wildfire. Approximately 8 in| 21.59 cm. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Oh So Very Gently

Oh So VeryGently

Toho seed beads in frosted transparent rosaline and Ceylon opalescent cream on Fireline. Approximately 7.5 in | 19.05 cm. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: On a Clear Day

On A Clear Day

Toho triangle beads in crystal clear and metallic hematite, Miyuki silver-lined crystal beads, on Fireline. Approximately 7 ½ in | 19.05 cm (8 in| 20.32 cm with clasp). $30.00.

 

See You by the Sea

See You By the Sea

Miyuki seed beads in silver-lined crystal, seed beads in opaque turquoise (inherited these - probably Miyuki), Toho seed beads in color-lined capri, dark blue-lined aqua and opaque-lustered turquoise on Wildfire. Approximately 9 in| 22.86 cm. $30.00.

Kisses From Lola: Shimmer Me Timbers

Shimmer Me Timbers

If pirates were known for glamour, they might wear something like this. You think I need more sleep, don't you? Toho seed beads in silver-lined crystal and silver-lined blue, on Fireline. Approximately 8 in| 20.32 cm. $30.00.

Sweet For-Not-Me-Gets

There is a sweet, funny, sad scene in an old movie called Her Highness and the Bellboys between June Allyson and Rags Ragland where Rags brings June some flowers to cheer June up. But Rags being Rags kinda scrambles the name a bit. Instead of correcting him, June very sweetly accepts the flowers, telling him that she loves for-not-me-gets. And so do I. Miyuki seed beads in antique ivory pearl Ceylon, Toho seed beads in Ceylon forget-me-not on Fireline. Approximately 7.5 in | 19.05 cm. $30.00.

 

Champagne Cocktail

Swarovski bicones in light rose, Toho seed beads in frosted transparent rosaline, marbled pale peach / Ceylon raspberry and Ceylon opalescent cream on Fireline. A toast to you, fabulous you! Approximately 8 in | 20.32 cm. $35.00.

 

 

 

     

Kisses From Lola: Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust

If I could whip up a batch of pixie dust, yes, it just might look something like this.

Bracelet:
Swarovski bicones in light rose, Miyuki seed beads in AB-lined light pink, and silver-lined light rose opal dyed alabaster on Fireline.Approximately 7.5 in | 19.05 cm.

Earrings
Swarovski bicones in light rose, Miyuki seed beads in AB-lined light pink, and silver-lined light rose opal dyed alabaster, 14K/20 rose gold-filled flat earwire with bead, and 14K/20 rose gold-filled eye pins, on Spiderwire. Approximately 2 in | 50.8 mm. $55.00.

 

Kisses From Lola: 2x Blue

2xBlue

Name obviously inspired by one of Deborah Harry’s fabulous songs.

Bracelet:
Toho seed beads in color-lined capri, dark blue-lined aqua, and Ceylon baby blue on crystal and Wildfire. Approximately 7.75 in | 19.685 cm.

Earrings:
Toho seed beads in color-lined capri, dark blue-lined aqua, and Ceylon baby blue, sterling silver French hook earwires with coils, and sterling silver jump rings on Spiderwire. Approximately 2 in | 50.8 mm. $55.00.

 

 

 

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