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Saturday, October 27, 2012

My Mojo Came Back--Somewhat

Busy this weekend making some new pieces.  Am having a little hand surgery next Thursday so I want to get all the things made that I can for the upcoming craft show in November.  Check them out and see what you think.  I know i'm talking to myself but it's kind of cathartic!

The first Necklace is 42 inches long!  And very Bohemian.  I am very inspired these days by a book that I bought written by one of my fav jewelry bloggers Lorilei Eurto and her partner Erin Siegel.  Fab book for those who really like boho style.  There are several jewelry artists in the book and they are all fabulous.  Using leather, sari silk, waxed linen cord and so on.  Check it out if you like making jewelry.

I think the necklace above has a very romantic look and it's unusual.  I don't know if I would wear the necklace and the earrings together but I love the look of each of them.

All of these items are listed in my etsy shop here

I'm thinking of having a necklace give away sometime soon but i have to figure out all the details to make sure everything is on the up and up.  Hopefully I can reach more of you.  We'll see.

This green necklace is another boho necklace and it's also 42 inches long.  All the wire is antique brass and I love the little star connectors.  I couldn't even get it all in one shot!  I'll have to figure that out.

  Here's the very bottom of the necklace.  I hand forged the steel wire bail that the bead pendant hangs from.    This steel thing is really cool.  It's so easy to work with and for some reason I love doing the sanding and the waxing of the steel.  it takes on a wonderful silver color when done right.  I was inspired to us steel by a wonderful jewelry artist named Brenda Schweder.  She also wrote a book about using steel wire.  I just love this necklace and can think of a million things to wear it with.

I recently made a large order from an internet bead company that I just learned about.  It's called Bead Trust and you can find them here if you want to take a  Take a look at some of my haul below.  For whatever reason that little face just "spoke" to me.  I have no idea what to do with him but i'm sure I eventually will. 

I absolutely love the "seek solitude" acrylic bead.  I haven't used much acrylic but i'm kind of into it now.  We'll see what I think of to use it.

 Well back to work.  Hopefully I can keep these fingers working for the rest of the weekend to get some more jewelry made.   And my little brain can come up with some more creations.                    Until next time!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nothing Much To say Today--Working

It's a funny thing about creativity.  Sometimes it's all around you and ideas just seem to come.  But for me sometimes it seems nothing's there.  I've put together then taken apart then back together.  It's so frustrating sometimes.

I made this really cute earring and necklace set but for the life of me I can't bring myself to put it up yet.    maybe will get up the courage and do it tomorrow.  We'll see.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Morning

Woke up early today.  Meant to go to church but didn't.   Instead hubby and I had a long talk about some interesting topics.  Then went grocery shopping.  One of my least fav things to do lately.  I know it's not just me cause everyone looks so pensive at the grocery story.  I suppose like me they are busy thinking how to stretch their dollars.  It amazes me that when I think i've done well with being careful what I buy and using a list (which i've never done before)  the register is never what I think it will be!!  Everything is so expensive.  Anyway enough of that.

Sat down at my studio table and made a couple of things after shopping.  Making jewelry is something that relaxes me.  This cutie is what came out this morning as I sat beading.  I really like it because it's simple and easy to wear.  I'm really loving orange lately.  So is everyone else.  I love the mix of colors in this bracelet.  The button closure is a really pretty button that I got in a jar of buttons from a thrift store.  I love using vintage items.  It add's interest for me.    The pic is really shadowy for some reason.  I have already listed it in my etsy store.  Check it out if you like it.  My store address is

I love the unusual look of this necklace.  I used a microfiber piece to add a little more interest instead of my usual bail to hang the pendant from.  Unfortunately you can't really see the pendant.  My pics in iphoto don't come out on this blog like they do in iphoto.  maybe i'll figure it out at tome point but for not let's just say the "korean jade" pendant is a really lovely color and it has several little ocean inspired charms hanging from it.  Wish it could be seen here.  But i have already listed it in my store so if you're interested check it out there.  I love the little peach colored coral discs.  I think it's feminine but still bold and noteworthy.

The necklace above is a very elegant piece.  The grey glass pearls and the glass crystal pendant are a perfect match. I love the asymmetry of this piece with those large beads on one side.    This is listed in my shop now too.

That's it for now.  I'm going to go and make some gumbo for dinner and maybe sit down to create some more this evening.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Feeling better about blogging

Feel a lot better today.  Took me awhile to figure how to get back to my blog.  Busy today making some new items.  I am really into steel.  Love the look of it and working with it.  This is blackened annealed steel so it's very soft and easy on the hands.  When it's sanded and polished with crystalline wax it brings out this really pretty silver color.  Love it!!  These earrings are really pretty to me.  The fab blue color (my fav) is gorgeous.

And the babies above are snazzy.  They are made with faceted blue agate beads and of course steel ear wires.  The little shell charms on the ends are apparently a fav of mine right now.  Really nice.  I guess that's all for today to post.  I may be getting the hang of this after all.  That's saying a lot for me!

Friday, October 19, 2012

My first blog!

Okay, so I decided to start a blog about my jewelry store on
I'm excited and totally lost.  Hope this goes better than I think it will.  I guess we shall see!  Today is a very non-productive day in my little jewelry world.  I'm trying to set this up according to another blogger I have been following.  Bought her e-course on setting up a blog and i'm still lost.  I really need to keep working on this and not get too frustrated.