Seven Sacred Grandfather Teachings cards - digital version

>> Friday, September 2, 2011

I've been getting alot of requests about these cards. I first blogged about them here. They were originally made as ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), so the originals are now in other peoples hands. However, I have been thinking of doing a digital version. To maybe print out and sell. Or people could use them in their presentations and such. But you have to ask permission first of course :)

I'm torn though. I can't decide which version would be better for print? The white, black or gray version?
As I get closer to a final version, I'll let people know when these are available for print!
Let me know your thoughts!


Missing Piece - Silver Version

>> Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Missing Piece in Silver" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir - 2011)
Sterling Silver & Swarovski Pearls


A Missing Piece

>> Monday, August 15, 2011

"Missing Piece" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir - 2011)
Sterling Silver, Gold filled silver and Swarovski Pearls


Steampunk Design Challenge -

>> Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Steampunk Victorian Butterfly Pin"
by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir - 2011)
 So offered up a new challenge for us beaders & jewelry makers. It had nothing to do with seasons this time, which was different and refreshing. This time the theme was "What is Old is New again!", with the emphasis on Steampunk design. What is Steampunk? It's where Victorian era meets Modern Day, with a bit of rebelliousness thrown in for good measure. Think Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" movie...that was full of Steampunk. That huge steam powered spider contraption. Gives me the shivers...and not the good ones either. (don't like spiders :P )

With this challenge we also had to use some of our own elements that we had on hand. Like re-using old jewelry parts, watchparts, etc. That part I got. However, this challenge was well....challenging. I like the look of Steampunk, but I have never attemped it before.

I was getting frustrated beyond belief with this. I wanted to take these pieces and throw them at the wall! I'd leave it alone, then come back to it, work for awhile, get frustrated and repeat the process! I give kudos to the people who can do this so easily. (Well, looks easy at any rate) Finally I got through it, and created something that even looked worthy. A "Steampunk Victorian Butterfly Pin" was born. And it was one helluva birthing process! lol!

"Steampunk Victorian Butterfly Pin - Closeup"
By Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir - 2011)
From Artbeads, I used the Kabela Design Antique Butterfly Filligree embellishment from their Embellishments main page (listed under the Brass section). Also, I used the Antiqued Brass Ancient Pin and Brass-Plated Chain listed under their Base Metal main page.

These products were very nice to work with. And they are very strong! I was trying to cut part of the chain with my pliers, and I really had to struggle! I got it finally, although at one point I had to resort to using my Dremel tool to cut through some of the other chain links to attach to the Butterfly. Very well made.

The Ancient Pin was made extremely well also. I wanted to drill a hole through the head of the pin, right in the centre so I could attach the Butterfly with a decorative headpin at one point. Yeah, the drill on my Dremel couldn't even get through it. Caused some frustration, but worked around it. Tough little sucker!

The Butterfly was light, well made, with no broken sections. Exactly what I was looking for when I ordered it.

The other parts of the pin came from some old earrings that I had that I never wore anymore. These were the little mixed metal round circles with square holes in them. They brought some needed shine. I used parts from my old gold watch that I had from years ago, that I never got around to fixing. The motor became the butterfly's body, with a large Amethyst rondelle bead and a Swarovski Bicone in Siam beside it. Czech Fire polished glass beads in Crystal Picasso Rondelles added to the sparkle.

Hope you like it! I'll be looking forward to the next challenge that gives us :)

Disclaimer: I have received these products free of charge from, and I am using these products in my creations to review for this company. I have not been paid to do these reviews or to recieve these products from 


Fabrics - by Me!

>> Thursday, August 11, 2011

So I'm trying my hand at making my own fabrics. Painting, printing, stamping, drawing, etc. Just to try it out. I make my own backgrounds for my bags and totes, but actually having a stash of ready made fabrics to choose from, and embellish more if it needs it? That's what I'm trying to do.

I really want to take Alisa Burke's new online class (Beneath the Surface)- but it will have to wait. So for right now, I will draw inspiration from her, and do my own thing. However, I encourage you to try her classes. I love her teaching style.

So far, I've done a few. Just small samples. Nothing big. I have no idea how Alisa Burke does big pieces, they must take her forever. But if you do it for a long time, you get faster eventually, right? Right? Hopefully :)

These are just painted ones on 7 oz cotton canvas. Some of it primed already, but I usually paint on raw canvas. I'll probably make small pouches, or make a mash-up for a pillow cover. Will see how it goes.

Here they are! Enjoy!

Ink Swirls Green & Gold Swirls Bronze Paisley


ID #8 & #9

>> Sunday, July 31, 2011

Index Card #8 & #9 are up! Enjoy!



>> Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Index Card a Day or Index Card whenever I can remember, which hasn't been all that much, LOL! I had wanted to do the whole summer challenge over a Daisy Yellow, but I got too busy, of course. But I do one every once in awhile, which I do like.

I'm just doodling, mainly its alot of patterns, shapes and colour. I'm liking them alot. Really graphic and touches of colour which really make some elements POP! Here's what I got so far. Enjoy!



Spirit Raven

>> Sunday, June 12, 2011

Spirit Raven by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs)

"Spirit Raven" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs) May 2011 - acrylics


Music Themed Funky Messenger Bags

Here's a couple of funky, graffiti/tattoo inspired messenger bags. These were made for the school where I work, Ecole Selkirk Junior HighWe have a B.O.S.S. (Building on Student Success) Guitar program, where the students can make their very own electric guitars. Yep. Electric guitars. They make them in the woods shop at our school. They even get them painted in all sorts of wild designs!

The students that participate in this program made these guitars, and got different music bands, athletes, singers, etc. to sign them. Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed one! With the signed guitars, they had a huge gala event and auctioned them off. The 75% of the proceeds went to the Canadian Human Rights Museum, and the 25% went to funding our Drama/Music programs.
Rock N' Roll Forever Messenger Bag by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs)Rock N' Roll Forever Messenger Bag by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs)
It was such a success! There was over 500 people there, and Harlequin played at our school. It was rockin'! Prior to the Guitar Gala, there was an online auction, where my Rock N' Roll Forever Messenger bag was auctioned off. My second bag, Wild Rose & Crocus Violin Messenger bag, was made especially for Sierra Noble(Mètis violinist/singer). She was supposed to be at the Guitar Gala, but couldn't make it due to recording commitments. But the bag is being sent to her as a thank you for her support.

The Gala was pretty huge success! The school made almost $48,000. Which is pretty amazing!
Wild Rose & Crocus Violin Messenger bag by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs)Wild Rose & Crocus Violin Messenger bag by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs

A little about the bags themselves. Both are made from 7 oz. canvas that was hand-painted, stamped and stenciled upon. Each bag is fully lined, with a zipper pocket and a open-top cell/misc pocket. The Rock N' Roll Forever bag has lime green lining, and the Wild Rose & Crocus Violin bag has a soft, print corduroy lining that looked like Mètis beadwork. Each bag has an adjustable shoulder strap, and they both have hand-painted patches on them for a tattoo-inspired look.
I don't make these bags very often, but they sure do turn out amazing! About 10-12 hours total for each bag, from start to finish. Labour intensive, but worth it!


Moonstone Paisley

>> Friday, April 15, 2011

Moonstone Paisley set

Moonstone Paisley set


Winter Enchantment with

>> Wednesday, March 2, 2011 has given it's Design Partners another exciting seasonal assignment, Winter Enchantment!

Winter has got to be the hardest season of them all. The cold, the snow, the snow, the cold. *sigh* But, Winter does have its wonders. The sparkling of the snow in the morning sunlight, like little crystals (maybe Swarovski ;) ); how a single, fluffy snowflake can wind its way through the sky, while keeping its perfect form. The way my yard looks just as good as the neighbors...ahhh, the magic of Winter, lol!

I decided to try something a little more whimsical in design this time. A puffy cloud with curlicues, and dangling snowflakes. And every cloud has got to have a silver-lining, right? Well, this one certainly does and more! Presenting "Winter's Charm" by Lagaz Designs.

Winter's Charm by Lagaz Designs This lovely pin shows off the swirliness of a snow-laden cloud, with it's silver-lining fashioned from 3mm Crystal & Silver Czech Fire-Polished beads. I just love the sparkle of these tiny beads, they mimic the cool icy-ness of Winter.

Dangling from our lovely, puffy cloud are Sterling Silver Snowflake charms. These are soo cute! I like the size of them, they are not too large, they could even be worn as a small pendant by themselves. The only thing I didn't care for is the open jump ring that is attached to the charm. It seemed overly large and did not seem well made. However, that was easily fixed, I just replaced them with a smaller jumpring.

On the other chains, there are 3mm Round Swarovski beads in Pearl White. I paired these bitty beads with cubic zirconia head pins to keep the sparkliness going. They offset the silver with their pearlesence, giving a wonderful elegance. I love Swarovski. I have experienced only good things with them. You cannot go wrong with them, as they are a quality bead.

WInter's Charm detail by Lagaz Designs

I hope everyone has had a good Winter, and hope you enjoy Winter Enchantment! I can't wait to see everyone's submissions!

Disclaimer: I have received these products free of charge from, and I am using these products in my creations to review for this company. I have not been paid to do these reviews or to recieve these products from


February Bling! Amethyst Circle & a Spring Ring!

>> Sunday, February 27, 2011

Amethyst Circle by Lagaz Designs

"Amethyst Circle" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)
Mosaic technique by Eni Oken

Spring Ring by Lagaz Designs
"Spring Ring" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)
Tutorial from "Spring Lotus"


Lemon Quartz 2 Pendant

>> Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lemon Quartz 2 Pendant by Lagaz Designs


Textured Aluminium, Freshwater Pearl & Lemon Quartz!

>> Saturday, January 8, 2011

Textured Aluminium Freshwater Pearl set by Lagaz Designs

Textured Aluminium bars with Freshwater Seed
Pearls secured with Sterling Silver wire.

Lemon Quartz 2 earrings by Lagaz Designs
Lemon Quartz briollettes nestled between lovely
swirls, and tiny Hill Tribe beads for flash all in Sterling Silver. .


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