Saturday, June 20, 2015

We're All Ears - June Reveal

illustration by Theo Carreras


I'm so happy to be able to participate in the June challenge!
This is the inspiration picture that spoke to me for the June Earrings Everyday We're All Ears Challenge.  For some reason I was drawn to the fat, orange starfish and the little bit of dark blue in the picture.

And here are the earrings I created for the challenge. 

Gifts From the Sea
 I used a pair of rusty orange Beach Comber Mini Starfish beads made by Ashley of Summer Wind, wire wrapped with faceted orange Sodalite rondelles.
 

If you would like to see how others were inspired, or join along, just go here. 

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

What's New!

I've been pretty productive lately and have added several items to my Etsy shop.

Bracelet made with oval Network Jasper, also known as Matrix Jasper, Onyx rounds and cross, and copper.

Dangle earrings made with lovely amber colored pod lamp work headpins by Kimberly Rogers of Numinosity Beads.

Gorgeous blue Turquoise drops and Azurite rounds are combined with faceted Pyrite rondelles to create these earthy dangle earrings.

Bracelet made with Mexican Red Snowflake Jasper, an earthy stone in shades of red, black and cream. 

Dangle earrings made with gorgeous ceramic drops by Gaea are paired with lovely complementing lamp work beads by Ellen Dooley. One earring is wire wrapped and the other earring is strung with brown waxed linen.

Dangle earrings made with burnt orange and amber colored ceramic beads by Cindy Pack of Cindy’s Art and Soul.

I have a few more items that I hope to add to the shop this weekend.

Thank you for stopping by!  If you see something that you like, please click on the Etsy icon on the right side of my blog, which will take you to my shop.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

2014 was a whirl wind and went by so quickly!  One of my goals for 2014 was to open a shop on Etsy, which I accomplished in September (whoot whoot!).  Although I only listed a few items, I made 2 sales before the end of the year!

Sold, thank you!

Sold, thank you!
 
For 2015, I will be working on becoming more organized with my time, listing new items each weekend and blogging more often.  Here are my first listings of 2015.






Thank you for stopping by!  If you see something that you like, please click on the Etsy icon on the right side of my blog, which will take you to my shop.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wow! It's been a while

I didn't realize how long it's been since I last posted on my blog. I haven't been intentionally neglecting my blog, just focusing on other things.  One being, finally opening a shop on Etsy.  

I have been planning this for a while, but was still lacking the confidence to take the final step.  Once the shop was open, I felt confident and ready for my first sale.  When I received the Etsy notification that I had made my first sale, I was elated at first and then started to freak out, loosing all sense of rational, and I couldn't think of my next step in the process.  Needless to say, I regained composure and completed the sale process smoothly.

And talk about perfect timing!  A day or so after opening my shop, I was contacted by Karen Martinez of Fairies Market inviting me to do a guest post on her blog.  This is a new post series for Fairies Market called Creator's Corner and will feature talented artist, sharing their life and creative works.  I am honored to be the guest of today's debut post!

Now back to my work table to finish some pieces that I hope to list in my shop before Monday.  Wishing all of you a wonderful and creative weekend!  Here are some links for your creative inspiration....

Something Sublime: Finding Creative Inspiration For Jewelry Artists And Creatives: 7 Ways

Fairies Market: Jewelry Designing with Color

Cold Feet Studio: A Little Monday Riveting

Art Jewelry Elements: Kiln Enameling for Beginners...that's me!

Earrings Everyday: We're All Ears September Reveal

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Earrings Everyday, We're All Ears, May 2014 Challenge


Zigzag Nerite shells - Neritina Communis - from Atlantis Shell Co

I love the inspiration picture for the May challenge!  I am a long time collector of shells, with two bowls and a tea cup full, but I don't have any as beautiful as the shells in this picture.


I love the color combination of red and black and have several outfits with these colors.


So, I made two pairs of earrings, slightly different, the second pair adding the cream color from the shells.


I was happy with how the earrings turned out, and tried to take pictures that did them justice.


Thank you for stopping by!  Please visit Earrings Everyday for the links to all of the challenge participants blogs and see the lovely earrings they have created for this month's challenge.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party 2014

Welcome to my reveal for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson of PrettyThings

This is my fourth time to participate in Lori Anderson's BSBP and I have partnered with some very talented and creative jewelry artists! This year is no exception as I was partnered with the very talented Lauren Potts of Lp's Jewelry.

Lauren sent me two batches of beautiful soup ingredients, one in shades of blues, purples and greens, that includes a Lauren's handmade copper pendant, a copper clasp, ribbon crimps and bird charms. I love the lampwork beads that Lauren's boyfriend made and the faceted Amethyst is gorgeous! The other batch includes Lauren's handmade brass pendant, handmade clasp, an earthy mix of beads and brass chain and ribbon crimp. 
My first serving of bead soup is a necklace made with Lauren's handmade bronze pendant. I added a wire wrapped bail to the pendant, adding one of the large agate rounds (love these beads!). I added dangles of crystals and pearls to the top of the pendant. I strung several long lengths of brown wax linen to the bail and added another large agate round and a domed brass washer. I randomly knotted some beads and crystals from my own stash. The necklace is finished with Lauren's handmade clasp at the back.
 For my second serving of bead soup, I made a bracelet using the beautiful lampwork beads, faceted amethyst, green “opal jasper” rounds and the copper clasp. I added the Caribbean blue opal Swarovski crystals and copper spacer's from my stash. 
 I also made a pair of matching earrings, using the bird charms and two of the lampwork beads.
 And I was so inspired by these beautiful blue chalcedony drops, that I made another pair of earrings, using a pair of Rebekah Payne's Ridged Rounds polymer clay beads. My granddaughter love this blue and has asked if she can have these earrings when she's older (she's to young for dangle earrings) :-)
  
 
Oh, my goodness! This was just the tip of the iceberg! I still have so much left to work with and have several projects laid out on my bead table.

Please visit Laurens blog to see what she created with the Bead Soup ingredients that I sent her.

Thank you, Lauren for being such a great partner and sending a wonderfully inspiring Bead Soup!

Thank you, Lori, for taking time to organize the BSBP and working so hard to make everything run smoothly!  We appreciate your family's help too!

Thanks for visiting today! Please visit Lori's blog for links for all of the Bead Soup Blog Party participants!

My Soup Ingredients Have Arrived!

My bead soup ingredients actually arrived several weeks ago and I had started the blog post, but never published it (D'oh!), which I discovered when I logged in to work on my BSBP Hop post.  So, before you see my Bead Soup creations on May 10th, below are the wonderful ingredients that I received from my BSBP partner, Lauren Potts.


Lauren was very generous, sending ingredients for two soups, one in beautiful blues, purples and greens and another in lovely earth tones. She also included extra beads and pendants for future inspiration!
 
And, since I know that Lauren has already received her package from me, below is picture of the soup ingredients that I sent.
Please join me for the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal on May 10th to see what I was inspired to make with Lauren's soup ingredients!

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