Made With Love From Croatia

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 8 comments

Every now and then I get emails from all over the world sharing with me their love for paper beads.  This is truly a hobby befitting ages from 9-99 🙂  Today, I would like to introduce to you Sanja Blagus, she is from Croatia and just discovered paper beads!

A little bit about Sanja; she is 21 years old and she lives in East Croatia in a suburb called Sumarina, a very quiet place according to her, with beautiful skies and sunset.


Having lived in California almost all of my life, I am amazed at the contrast of summer and winter in cold places.  Sanja, sent me a before and after photos of where she live.


One of her hobbies is photography and taking pictures of nature.


Now that she has been properly introduced………Here’s some of Sanja’s Paper Bead Creations.


She learned to make the paper bead flowers from one of our tutorials!


The black and white paper beads she made them from paper that she painted black and the white bead she doodled on the pages before rolling them into paper beads – what a neat idea!  I thought of doing zentangles on paper and then roll them into paper beads, kind of the same concept.


For the shell pendant, she used the hot glue gun to make the shell half open like that and glued the glass pearl in the middle.


She takes pictures like I do, in my backyard around flowers and plants.


If you like to share your paper beads here, whether they are just paper beads or made into jewelry, all you need to do is email them to me.  You can do that by just hitting the email me button on the right and send me your images that is at least bigger than 500 px.

Another day of taking the ordinary to extraordinary.  Have a nice week end everyone!


  1. I love your beads Sanja! I thank Janice for sharing about paper beads, If it wasn’t for Janice I would have never met Sanja! We are best friends now =] and I’m very thankful to find a friend that has the same hobbies as me and a lot of other things in common with me 🙂

  2. the second picture from the top looks like a beautiful painting! Very nice bead work as well. keep up the good work

  3. These pieces are lovely I especially like the one with the shells, the paper beads on it remind me of the ocean.

  4. Wow what beautiful beads and jewelry! I love the black and white beads that she rolled! Keep us posted on your latest projects sanja! 🙂

  5. Love the way the paper beads came out… perfect, and the jewelry… beautiful! Awesome job! Love the photography too!

  6. Hi Sanja, you’re not only a photographer, you’re also a good paper beader! your pieces has beautiful combinations and the beads are well done. Good job!

  7. your paper beads are rolled evenly Sanja, they are beautiful! i like the black ones, you should make more thanks for sharing.

  8. I love her paper beads! The colors are so beautiful especially the blue tones. She did an excellent job with the paper bead flowers. I love them!