Sunday, December 25, 2011

Enjoying the break...

Madonnara Designs will be closed to enjoy the holiday break... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...

My boys reminded me bright and early this morning - only 10 more days until Christmas! Showing off a festive pendant (1"x1.5") made using an adorable subway art graphic by eighteen25.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oh baby...

I was told I could post this one early so I couldn't resist!  Just look at those baby blues!  Wish I could see mom's face when she opens this one... (1" diameter round glass)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Got a cute logo that needs showing off?

Below are examples of a 1" round pendant and a 1.2" round domed keyring. 

(BTW: The Brown Butter Cookie Co is a MUST VISIT in Cayucos, CA if you're up on the central coast. Yum!

A favorite four-legged friend...

**Only 2 more days to order glass pendants in time for Christmas!**

Do you or a loved one have a four-legged furry friend you'd like to save as a keepsake?  Look what I did with my favoite photo of our newest member of the family!

Here is Tyson in his red hoodie.  This photo was taken with the iPhone 4 and edited in the free Instagram app.  It's final size is 650k.

And here he is again under a 1" square glass with a mini ball chain!
So cute!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas is coming!

Santa may have elves...but I don't! ;)
To guarantee your custom order by Christmas, please have it in to me by Monday 12/12! (I *may* be able to push it to wednesday for glass orders only). Grazie!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wrapping, wrapping, wrapping...

Did you know that all my custom orders are wrapped, ready for gift giving? I use organza bags and include a hand stamped kraft tag with each. 

I've been making some pretty cute pendants and bracelet charms...unfortunately we're getting to the time of year where I *can't* immediately share photos because I don't want to ruin the surprise!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What I'm wearing today...antique copper photo pendant

I just love this piece.  It's simple, but I always feel a bit more dressed up when I wear it!  The ribbon with the cute bow is soft and comfy to wear, and the antique copper pendant with sepia tone photo always gets attention, and I can show off my favorite boys (in a photo taken using my iPhone!)
The antique copper pendant includes the large oval glass.  The pendant made with your own photo and a matching 18" ball chain is $25 or I have limited quantities of the design above which includes a matching hammered chain and ribbon (30" total length) for $35.  Oval tray and hammered chains are also available in brass and silver tone.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back to pendants!

I made this precious little guy pendant as a gift for the new mommy.  This was a facebook photo of him only a few hours old - such a sweet sleeping picture - I couldn't resist!

And I just love the adorable face in this snapshot - such a fun keepsake!

Friday, July 29, 2011

All wrapped up in fun...

Found a fun wrap bracelet tutorial here, and with a few modifications...I was able to make these!

Red leather cord (Joanne's), black cotton cord (Michael's), silver tone ball chain (Joanne's) and a vintage button.

Red leather cord (Joanne's), black cotton cord (Micheael's), gold tone ball chain (Joanne's) and a vintage button.

Olive suede & cream cotton cord (Michael's), strung plastic pearls (Joanne's) and a vintage button.

Dark tan suede & cream cotton cord (Michael's),rhinestone strand (Joanne's) and a vintage button.

I love the versitility of these fun wraps! I think they would make great gifts since you can match the textures and colors with each personality!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A new mini glass size!

This cute and versitile little number is 3/5" square and can be used as a bracelet charm, earring or pendant!  Makes a simple statement by iself on a chain, or combine it with some bling or other charms.  So many possibilities!

The new glass size is on the right, shown next to the 1" square.

A very cute and simple pendant...

...small enough for earrings!

Perfect size for a charm bracelet...shown here on an 8" chain with lobster claw clasp.

Getting ready for fall...

For some wonderful teachers I know, and the brave 2nd grade teachers who will be getting my boys next year! Thank you and The Hands On Housewife ( for sharing the cute red & purple graphics that I altered to create the other 2.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What a little angel...

Just finished this little angel and I had to share. SO cute! A sweet surprise for her mom from her dad.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

A sweet thought for his teacher...

One of my boys picked this one out for his end of the year teacher gift.  He was so proud when she immediately put it on!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

So thoughtful...

Pretty periwinkle flowers for a school principal's gift... so thoughtful from a parent who knew her favorite color!  

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Photo pendants...why not show off your art (or your child's) as well! Made these from a photo of my drawing at last year's Denver Chalk Art festival. (Glass pendant, $25. sm. rectangle, 1" square, 1" circle, sm. oval shown with simple chain)

Drawing is a detail from a 12'x12' chalk pastel reproduction of A. Mucha's "Music". See for more photos or email to order a pendant of your own!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Creative teacher gifts...

5 graphic wood tiles and 4 flower accents on an 8" bracelet.  Custom deisgned for one lucky lady!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

2011 Mother's Day gifts...

This little guy was added to photo charm bracelets that were made last Christmas (shown here). This is a small and lightweight acrylic tag style that works well on a bracelet or as a pendant. Other shapes and sizes are available in acrylic as well.

I love this adorable sibling Easter photo - and I understand grandma loved her mother's day gift too! 

These sweet cousins made for perfect grandma gifts too and the versitile photo worked well under the small oval and the 1" diameter keyring glass.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A sneak peak at new pendant designs...

Beautiful frame trays for the large and small oval, as well as a round glass.  Options available in copper (shown) antique brass and a bright silver.  (Chain shown is available in the same colors and is sold separately.)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Working on the last of the Mother's Day orders...

Busy busy busy!  Just made my last Mother's Day shipment and am finalizing bracelets, and pendants for pickup before Sunday!  Pictures to come next week...including some new framed tray designs in silver, copper and antique brass!  So pretty!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Another bracelet for grandma...

I understand this lucky grandma has already opened her birthday I'm happy to share a photo!  A 4th grandchild was added later... so nice that these can grow as your family does!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

A note from Dawn...

I am touched by the ways some of my clients are showing their love to others through photo pendant gifts.  It all started with an idea to share a mother's love for her children, their artwork, or pride in a team, club or favorite movie.  But I am also seeing them used in gestures of young love, friendship, and in memory of loved ones who have passed.  Thank you for letting me help in preserving these sweet moments!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Loving the new size in rectangular glass...

This pendant made someone's girlfriend very happy today! Sepia toned photo is under my new rectangular glass size (.75"x1.25")

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hunger Games trilogy inspired...

Just finished all the books.  Absolutely amazing! 
Mockingjay on black tile ($10)
also beautiful under 1" glass ($15).

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Time for a contest!

I've posted a contest over on my Facebook page... trying to hit 100 fans!
When I get to 50, I'll giveaway a 50% discount code to a random fan, and when
I hit 100, I'll draw a name to win a free pendant!

The link below takes you directly to the Madonnara Designs Facebook Fan Page.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Oooh...a new shape to play with!

I just got in 2 sizes of this beautiful oval shape...
Here is an image in the small size (approx .9"x1.2")
...and I also have the oval in a larger size (approx 1.2"x1.6").

A little stitchery...

Ok - so I love to craft and create with my hands, but I've never been big into sewing.  So I'm really proud of my latest little stitching craft project!
I was inspired here:

And made this!

It's "green", crafty and cute!  It was also a good way to pass the time while watching the boys take karate class (where I can't work on pendants!)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Special - in time for Mother's Day!

Spring special - just in time for Mother's Day! All pendant orders received by April 10th will include a chain or black cord in your choice of length. A personal gift, using your own digital photos!

Photos in and of the pendants above, by Toki Lee Photography.  Her work is just stunning- check out!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I just love these faces...

Such a gorgeous photo - it looks unbelievable under glass. 
Thank you for letting me make this one, Michelle - it is truely wearable art!

So cute! A fun photo taken with the iphone...and turned into 2 beautiful pendants in time for Mother's Day!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A few projects of late...

Some special gifts for friends...

...a fun experiment on wood with some nature, fall colors, and a bit of sparkle...

...and a birthday gift for a special little Tiger Scout I know.

Friday, March 4, 2011

One photo - 2 completely different looks!

So I happened to snap this photo on an outing with my boys, simply using my iphone and it immediately became a favorite.

Look how well it translated to a photo pendant!

I love the elegant framing combined with the sepia toned image, crystals and freshwater pearl accents.

Playing around with color effects resulted in this fun, brightly colored version that looks so vibrant under 1" square glass.  Perfect for spring!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lucky charms!

These sweet sisters are adorable as 3/4" diameter acrylic charms on a 7" bracelet with flower accents for mom.

...and a fun park picture pendant for grandma.