Monday, December 06, 2010

and now for something festive...

I will admit that I saw this idea in Fire mountain gems (for the earrings), so I can't take credit for the basic idea.
Millefiori center bead with Czech glass flower cone beads on either end.

But why stop at earrings?!?!

I love my new "Hard Candy" necklace.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Color Palette Challenge blog hop is finally here!!

Just a refresher about the challenge…Erin Prais-Hintz put out the challenge to anyone who wanted to participate. We would pick a color, and then she would pick a palette with that color in it. She mailed color palettes to the participants a couple weeks ago. We then were to make a necklace using one or all of the colors in the palette. Sounds simply enough.

The color I chose was “green”.
Here is my palette:

A grey/ tan color with no name, “Claywork”, “Forest Tapestry” and “Clever Clover”. (that Forest Tapestry is a dark green - kinda looks like black on my screen)

So, I pulled out all kinds of beads from my stash that were in the palette. I happened to have some pretty things from Mudalicious that I bought a year or so ago (yes, it was my plan to hoard them forever!!).

I made 2 necklaces. Here we go!

#1 – “Clever Clay”

The focal is a ceramic key (from Mudalicious) in an orangey clay color. I used some faceted Citrine rounds, carved Smokey Quartz leaves, faceted Red Jasper rondels, swirled green lampwork rounds, light green Freshwater Pearls and a Vintaj Fastenable, bead caps, jumprings and chain. Every color from the palette is here. The smokey leaves are very light, and look like the grey/tan swatch. The swirly green beads have dark and light green in them. I really like this necklace, and I plan to keep it. (so I can continue to hoard that ceramic key)

And a close up of the fabulous ceramic key!

#2 – “Clay Work”

The focal is a ceramic button, also from Mudalicious, and a Vintaj Fastenable. The ceramic button is tan/ beige, with little areas of orange. The other beads are not exotic. I picked up the carved bone flower and the orange-brown ceramic beads at Michael’s. And the pretty faceted dark green Czech glass beads are from Beadfest (sorry, don’t remember vendor). The beadcaps are from Vintaj. The chain is antique copper, and is from AC Moore or Michael’s. I got it on sale, and don’t recall exactly where it came from. I really like this necklace too. I might sell it, or give it as a gift.

A little closer look...

And a close up of the button – really cool!

OK, so here are links to all the other participants! ENJOY!! And be sure to leave a comment!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Color Palette Challenge Update

Well, I just received an email from Erin Prais-Hintz (ok, all the blog hop participants did, not just me). I’m so excited about this challenge. I can not wait to post my photos on Friday!!

So, looking at the list of chances to win a random prize, I think I actually qualify for all the chances:
-Creating something!
-Using all the colors in my palette
-Naming the piece(s) with the paint color names
-Participating in the blog hop on Friday
-Using an art bead
-And, please, everyone, come back on Friday to see all the entries!!

Here’s my palette I received in the mail -

You’ll have to come back here on Friday to see my creation(s)!!
I'll also have a list of links to the other blogs, to make it easy to check out everyone else's creations!

One more cross, and then I'll move on

OK, I know, you're tired of seeing these crosses - or are you??? I can't look at them enough. I want to get a magnifying glass so I can see them MORE. I'm totally smitten.

Anyway, this one was the "odd" cross. The first 2 are specifically to be gifts for my Mom and a girlfriend. But this one is foot loose and fancy free. Of course, I forgot to snap a shot of the other side of the cross, but the turquoise beads match the back side perfectly. And the little purple rounds are some stone, but I didn't write it down, so I have no idea. But they matched really well to the dots on the front of the cross. The little blue glass beads I bought at Joann's, probably 3 years ago.

And the close beautiful is this cross?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Another gorgeous cross!!

Here's is another beautiful cross (by Juls)

A slightly closer look...

Look at this cross!!!

izze necklace

My niece, Isabelle, liked the bottle caps beads made with the Izze bottle caps, since it's her nickname.
So, I got 2 of them and I made this necklace to give her for Christmas.

I hope she likes it!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I know, right?

This cross is so FAB-U-LOUS. Made by Juli Cannon, purchased by me.
For the necklace, I used Czech glass beads and Vintaj brass. It's going to be a gift for my Mom, so I made it symmetrical (She's an old-fashioned lady).

Here's a close up of the cross!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vintaj Challenge

I entered the Vintaj "Wandering Journey" challenge this month. My design is number 7.

Here's the link, if you have the inclination to vote:

There are only 7 entries this time around, so maybe I could actually win!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Erin's Color Challenge

My color swatches arrived in the mail the other day. Erin very cleverly affixed a label to one side, and mailed it like a postcard - clever girl!!
I love my palette. I immediately went to my stash and started pulling out stuff to use. Problem is, I found too many beads to use. If I were to use all of them, it would be a colossal mess. I put together about 3 focals. I actually made one necklace that might be a keeper. Of course, we are waiting until Dec 3 to reveal. I will make a few more pieces, and see how they turn out.
Thanks for the inspiration Erin!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Bead Week at Michael's

Public Service Announcement:
I received an email from Michael's. Bead Week runs Sunday 10/24 through Saturday 10/30 !!
The "Bead Gallery" beads are 50% off. And lots of other beads and findings are on sale too.
I know you all shop there, since we all participated in Lorelei's challenge!

Click here to see the email

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Family Tree

I am starting to try my hand at Tree of Life pendants. The very first one I made with cheapo beads, just to see if I could do it, has, so far, been my best. Go figure!
But I was thinking of making one for my Mom for Christmas, since she's kinda hinted around that she'd like me to make her a necklace. She wears mostly the fine jewelry my Dad has given her, so I never thought she'd want one of my brass necklaces. Plus, she's not really a "jewelry gal" like I am.
Anyway, I tried to make one with the birthstones of her children and grandchildren. It is ugly!!!! All our birthdays are in Oct, Jan & Apr (pink quartz or opal, garnet, diamond), and the colors did not mix well.
So, never mind about the birthstones! Now I'm trying to do 2 colors, green and gold. Not sure I like it. I think I'll try just one color again, maybe garnets for her birthday. But, I wore this one to work and actually got some positive feedback. So, now I need to decide - Keep it or trash it?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Love at first sight

OK, I love LillyPilly designs anyway. I saw this Mother of Pearl with black "Dandelion" oval and just knew I had to have it. The black glass leaf hangs over the pendant when worn, but I hated to cover up the pendant!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Lorelei's Michael's "challenge"

I'm posting earlier than the deadline, to make sure I don't miss it!
I went to Michael's and was able to find all the beads for the task! This actually was a challenge for me, because, while I like all the beads individually, I probably would not put them all together into one necklace. I'm usually more monochromatic. So, this was a good thing to try.

I actually made 2 necklaces, my favorite one is the symmetrical-ish one on the left.

And, they look good worn together!!

This was fun!! I look forward to doing this again! Thanks Lorelei!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Official calling cards

I'm saying "calling cards" because I made them oversized. I wanted them to be reminiscent of Victorian calling cards.

This photo is the entire background of the card. It's a photo of my husband's grandmother (& her little sister). I was hoping to upload the card, with the type in it, but I have not figure out how to get blogger to do that!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

cords galore

I recently photographed some cords I made. These have not been transformed into jewelry yet. I love making the cords, and they are fun to wear in colder weather (they're like little scarves!), but I think I'm the only person on earth who likes them. I was a textile design major, so I'm drawn to fibers. I love coming up with interesting color and texture combinations. I have had them for sale at various places, and I've only ever sold one. One. That's it. And that was to a woman who was buying it for her "wacky" aunt. So, not exactly a raving endorsement.
Oh well. I don't care if no one else likes them. I still like them.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Without further ado...

Here are the photos of Brittany's bridal jewelry. The instructions she gave me were "Big, Silver, Elegant". The centerpiece is a vintage rhinestone pin. The two side pieces are old buttons, so she has her "something old" already.

The earrings....

So, when she tried everything on with the dress at the bridal salon, the folks at the salon thought that the necklace was too fabulous for her to wear, because it took the attention away from the dress. I suspect this is only the opinion of a person that sells dresses. As the jewelry designer, I don't see a problem with the necklace being the focal point of the outfit....but I'm off track. So! She asked me to come up with a second necklace that was "less". Here's that necklace. As you'll see in the bridesmaids necklaces, this is a similar style.

And now for the bridesmaids: Brittany wanted the necklaces to be different, but to look like they were vintage necklace from the same collection. The dresses are a warm red/ coral and the Strawberry "Quartz" matched wonderfully.

Brittany wanted one for herself, for when they all hang out, so they can all wear their "matching" jewelry:

In the meantime, the mother of the bride requested a necklace to match her dress. Her dress color is "sable", which is a grayish brown. I did not get a swatch, but I thought Smokey Quartz would look good.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Here comes the bride, maybe

Well, I did not win the Vintaj challenge. That's ok. I like to enter it, even if I don't have a chance. You never know, someday I might win again.
But, in the meantime, the theme this past month was Vintage wedding. Coincidentally, I've been doing bridal jewelry for a friend's daughter's (Brittany) wedding. She took her necklace to the first fitting of her gown and the bridal shop owner flipped over the necklace, and now wants me to collaborate with her brides (customers!). This will be a challenge, because my designs tend toward casual/ asymmetrical and brides usually want formal/ symmetrical. It will be a stretch for me - but I could use a good stretch.
Here's some of Brittany's jewelry I made (very Bling-y)....

Oh crud!! The pics are not on my thumb drive - I'll post them tomorrow!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Orchard Artworks

I am on the Orchard Artwork's website now.
Here's a link to my artist page:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vintaj June challenge

I have submitted my design for the Vintaj June Challenge Vintage Wedding.

Inspiration: The vintage Czechoslovakian pin stars as the focal, and was my inspiration. The scene looks like an offering of a bouquet - perhaps a proposal? The Howlite beads, along with the Vintaj brass, gives the necklace an ancient feel. "My heart is ever at your service." - William Shakespeare

The challenge is open from June12-18, so head over to after June 12th and check it out. Look for my necklace and vote!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

I'm a juried artisan!!

I have good news!! I applied to and have been accepted as a juried artist at Orchard Artworks in Bryn Athyn, PA. It is a small gallery with (I'm guessing) 40 or so artist/ members. I am going to meet with them on Saturday to fill out paperwork, and get more info. I'm actually excited and nervous about it - what have I gotten myself into?? They really want me to work one day per month, which doesn't sound like too much to ask. But Alan's only home on weekends, and I can only work there on weekends! We'll have to see how it goes.
I'll post more info later, with a link to the website and my "artist page".

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

New stuff.....well, old really!

I have been looking at some old broken pins on my jewelry desk for quite some time. I finally picked them up and did something with them. One is an old photo pin (but with no pin on the back. One is a G.F. pin with a small piece of coral (also no pin on back) and the last one was an unset floral cameo, just screaming to be wrapped in brass! Here they are....what do you think? (I still need to take a decent photo of the coral one)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's been a while

I just have been too busy making jewelry to blog about it. I can't believe that the previous post was from last April!!!
Well, here's some stuff I've made recently