Sunday, January 27, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Week 4

My earrings for week 4 of the AJE Earring Challenge.

My Valentines Day earrings, made with Cathy Dailey's artisan LONG on HEART charms, in Rose Bronze Metal.  Also includes red Czech glass beads, brass wire and Vintaj brass ear wires.

For the 2nd Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal & blog hop, please visit Art Jewelry Elements blog

Enjoy your week!

AJE Earring Challenge Week 3

My earrings for week 3 of the AJE Earring Challenge.

I used Vintaj brass blanks, embossing them with my Vintaj Sizzix BIGkick Machine. To give them some color, I used Vintaj patinas in verdigris and jade and added wire wrapped crystals in shades of blues and greens.

I've really enjoyed being part of the AJE Challenge and seeing the earring designs made by so many talented people.  The last four weeks have been very inspiring and I have discovered that I love making earrings!

For the 2nd Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal & blog hop, please visit Art Jewelry Elements blog. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lorelei's 7 Days of Giveaways Day 5

Visit Lorelei's Blog for day 5 of her 7 Days of Giveaways!  She's had some great prizes all week.  Visit her blog for details and good luck!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lorelei's Blog: 7 Days of Giveaways: DAY TWO

Visit Lorelei's blog for giveaway details for these beautiful ceramic beads

Firefly Design Studio has donated this set of Summery beads and seahorse pendant in pretty white and seafoam colors. The winner will receive this exact set of 4 discs, 2 rounds, and pendant.

 Giveaway #4

Jenny Davies-Reazor has donated a handful (count em, 7!)  of her handmade ceramic pendants! The winner will receive all pendants shown here!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oregon Made Jewelry: Giveaway time!!!

Oregon Made Jewelry is giving away her stamped copper pendant with your choice of dangle stamping (children's names,  grandchildren's names, or whatever you want stamped on the copper dangles).  Visit Oregon Made Jewelry for giveaway details.


AJE Earring Challenge Weeks 1 & 2

I'm so excited that I was able to sign up for Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge!  I've been making jewelry for over ten years and I have mainly focused on necklaces and bracelets for previous challenges that I joined.  I do love making earrings and since I've been putting in long hours at work, I thought this challenge would be a great way for me to remain creative, even though I have limited free time.  I will have to increase my stash of art beads and components though :-)

Here are my earring entries for the first two weeks.

Week 1: Beautiful etched lampwork beads made by pinocean and hammered Vintaj Artisan Copper blanks

Week 2: Clay charms made by Karen Totten (Starry Road Studio) wrapped with dark annealed steel wire.

Visit the AJE Earring Challenge Pintrest Board to see wonderful earring designs posted by very creative and talented people.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I Heart Macro January 13, 2013

Joining Lori Plyler of Studio Waterstone for "I Heart Macro".

studio waterstone

Please click on the link above to view photos by other participants, or to join in the fun with your own macro photo.
Enjoy your week!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop Reveal

Welcome to Lori Anderson's Memories and Thanks Blog Hop reveal!

Please visit Lori's blog post for the full list of participants. Thank you Lori for organizing another wonderful blog hop!

There are so many people that have touched my like over the years and I am thankful for each one of them. When I saw Lori's sign up post for the blog hop, I immediately knew about whom I would post, because I had been missing her so.

My mother-in-law, Marylou, loved Christmas and the holidays are when I miss her the most. She was such a joyful and giving person and made Christmas time so special. Marylou was very creative, although some would say she was eccentric, she found usefulness in most everything, especially in her Christmas decorations. I was always fascinated by how creative she was and it seemed like she could do anything she set her mind to. She played the accordion and piano, sang in the church choir and played in the bell choir, painted, made flower arrangements, sewed, wrote poetry and was working on her memoirs before she passed away. I caught the creative bug from Mary Lou and I fully believe that if she had not been in my life, I would never had tried anything creative.

Marylou's health started to fail and she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and rheumatoid arthritis. She had to have a pacemaker and a defibrillator implanted to keep her her heart beating, but she kept her spirits high. Even when she lost mobility in her hands and eventually had to rely on a wheel chair to get around, she remained in good spirits. I think it was because she had a strong faith and knew she had lived a good, full life.

In 2006, for Marylou's 73nd birthday I wanted to make her a special necklace and asked my husband to help pick out the beads. He chose a strand of beautiful Kyanite beads and because her birthday is in February, we chose some lovely Amethyst nuggets. From my personal stash I added Garnet chips, silver spacers and amethyst colored crystals. Marylou loved the necklace and the Kyanite beads complemented her beautiful blue eyes.
Marylou passed away in April, just a few months after her birthday. My father-in-law wanted her to wear the necklace for the viewing. After the viewing, my sister-in-law brought the necklace to me and said that Marylou would want me to have it back. I wear the necklace often and am grateful for the memories it holds.

Over the years I have made other pieces of jewelry with Marylou in mind. My father-in-law let me go through her crafting supplies and I found wonderful treasures of buttons, beads and pieces of broken jewelry that can be reused. Thank you, Sweetie, for your inspiration and encouragement. You were and angel on earth, as you are surely and angel in heaven.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

I Heart Macro January 05, 2013

Happy New Year!  

I have really missed I Heart Macro Sundays and I'm so glad Lori decided to continue! 

 I can't believe it's been over 3 months since I posted anything!  Work has been hectic.  The company has gone through some downsizing and our department of 4 (but should have been five) is now a department of two.  I am so thankful to still have a job, but the shift in work load is kicking my butt!  

I'm still working on organizing my time between home and work and am only grabbing moments here and there for creativity.  I thought that taking pictures for IHM would be a quick and easy, creative thing to do, but I forgot that the pictures have to be edited first....and me being a perfectionist, what I thought would be 15 - 20 minutes, has turned into 2 hours.  I loved every minute though :-)

I'm joining Lori Plyler of Studio Waterstone for "I Heart Macro".

studio waterstone

Please click on the link above to view photos by other participants, or to join in the fun with your own macro photo.
Enjoy your week!