Accepted!

congratulations letter for juried art show.

It’s that busy time of year for anyone involved with holiday art shows.  I just received this letter this week and after pumping my arm in the air and shouting  “Yes!” , I quickly shifted to thinking about what I need to do to get ready.  I am going to be in both shows, so that’s four days of sales.  That’s quite a bit of inventory to have ready.  But I have a month to prepare so all is well. 

What Are Your Favorites?

I’m interested to know what your favorite jewelry purchases are for the holidays.  Do you prefer to buy earrings, bracelets or necklaces as gifts?  Word Press (my blog host) has a way to create a poll, so I’ll try to set one up.  But you can just leave a comment here, too.  Also, if you are a jewelry designer, which of these three do you find sells best for you?  As I design new pieces, I’ll keep your feedback in mind.

Juried Submissions

The application process for these shows required each person to submit three digital images of their work.  All the art work received was then judged by a jury of 3-4 independent artists.  These are the pieces I submitted.  The lampwork sand dollars are by Daniel Caracas of Beads and Botanicals.  The polymer clay Tiger Lily bead is by Heather Powers of Humble Beads.

Bracelet with lampwork glass

Art show necklace submission

Polymer Clay Bracelet for Art Show Submission

My New Camera and a Bead Book Give-Away

Canon SD4000IS Camera

My new camera: Canon SD4000IS

This is it!  I ordered this new Canon SD4000IS today.  I was looking for a camera that functioned well in low light (f 2.0) and had good picture quality on the macro setting for jewelry photography.  At the same time, I wanted it to be a compact camera that I could carry in my purse or pocket, because blog-able moments often come at unexpected times. I ordered it from Amazon and now I can hardly wait for it to arrive.

Lori Anderson at Pretty Things is hosting a beading book give away.  The book, “Making Elegant Jewelry for Special Occasions“, includes one of her projects and to celebrate, she is giving away one free copy of the book.  From the projects pictured on the front cover, it looks like a wonderful addition to your beading library.  Go to Pretty Things to find out how to enter or click on the book pic to go to Amazon to purchase it.

Monday Meanderings: Korean Cooking Class

{Monday  Meanderings:  Musings & Observations From Beyond the Bead Studio} 

If you are new to my blog, you may not know that last summer, we traveled to China and  Korea.  I wrote several posts about China, but then, somehow, I never got back to finish posting about Korea.

My daughter and her boyfriend had been teaching English in Gwangju, South Korea the past school year.  Their time in Korea was nearly at an end and we wanted to visit them and get more of an insiders’ view of the country than we would have, had we not known anyone there.  The four of us stayed in a traditional Korean guest house, during our four days in Seoul.  We slept on cushions on the floor, which is heated in the winter. The furniture was gorgeous black lacquer wood with amazing mother of pearls in-lays.  I was grateful, however, for two non-traditional amenities: a modern style bathroom and air conditioning!  The home itself was beautiful, with a pretty garden courtyard.

Kimchee and sauce pots in a traditional Korean courtyard in Seoul

One side of the courtyard housed the pots for fermented kimchee and sauces

The home owner arranged for us to take a Korean cooking class at the Institute of Traditional Korean Food.  We were first taken on a tour of traditional buildings in our neighborhood.  Then we toured a museum of traditional foods where I was amazed at the almost infinite variety of rice cake designs, each different depending on the occasion:  harvest celebration, first birthday, wedding etc.

Rice cakes, one of many, many styles

Before our cooking class began, we were each outfitted in traditional Korean attire, called a hanbok, with an apron placed over the hanbok.  Our western garb was beneath these two layers.  It was in the 90’s outside with humidity in the 90’s as well.  The building was only lightly air conditioned, so it wasn’t just the food that was cooking.  We were pretty much cooked under all those layers, too!

Korean cooking class

 

We prepared two dishes:  samgyetang, a Korean ginseng-chicken soup and kimchee, a famous Korean side dish of spicy preserved cabbage or other vegetables.

 

Samgyetang, Korean chicken soup

The cavity of the chicken is stuffed with garlic, ginseng, jujubes and rice. The chicken is then simmered until it is so tender the meat falls from the bone, so it can be easily eaten with chopsticks.  Unfortunately we really didn’t have enough time for it to simmer long enough and everyone struggled to remove the meat with their chopsticks.  But watching everyone trying to politely eat the still-tough meat got everyone chuckling.  Click here for a recipe for Samgyetang

 

Kimchee

We also prepared kimchee and have since then made it at home.  There are over 200 kinds of kimchee.  It is both delicious and healthy, containing probiotics, which contribute to stomach health.  Our recipe included Korean radish, salt, chili powder, garlic and shrimp.  I have included a link for a good recipe for cabbage kimchee here.

The four of us had a great time cooking together and we were sent  home with kimchee, bottled sauces and a recipe book.

Beads of Clay Event

I am so excited about the Beads of Clay Open Studio Fall Event today, from 2:00-5:00 EST.  This is an online event, hosted by a group of phenomenal clay artists over at the Beads of Clay Blog.

Beads of Clay event poster

Head on over to their blog this afternoon and you can get in line for tons of free give-aways.  Who doesn’t love free???  Then start visiting the various artists’ online shops for great  discounts on clay beads, pendants and findings!  Its time to stock up.  See ‘ya there!

These handmade ceramic leaf earrings are new in my shop this week.  I bought them from a Yakima, WA artist, on a recent trip to eastern Washington.  I thought they’d be perfect to share in conjunction with the Beads of Clay Event.

 

Green and Amber Cermaic Leaf Earrings

Green Ceramic Leaf and Amber Swarovski Crystal Earrings

OOAK Green Ceramic Leaf and Amber Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Earrings Galore!

All my lucky stars must have been in perfect alignment 2 days ago.  I went outside with my camera and earrings and almost all my pictures came out clear and true.  That almost never happens.

I’ve been researching new cameras to help push my luck in the right direction. I visited a very helpful camera store on Thursday, where I got to try out different models and I spent much of today researching cameras online. If you come back in a day or two I will have posted which camera I have finally chosen.   I can hardly wait!

In the meantime, here are several earrings that are new at LindaLandigJewelry.  Some of the earrings were just made this week, some are a little older, but I didn’t have pictures of them until now.  Enjoy all the pretties!  (click on the picture for more info)

faceted amethyst earings with purple and blue Swarovski crystals

Deep purple amethyst earrings with lavender and sky-blue Swarovski crystals

These are so glam! And purple is a hot fashion color just now!

Art Glass, Bali Silver and Coin Pearl Earrings

Luminous Lampwork Glass, Bali Silver and Coin-shaped Pearl Earrings

I love the luscious amber and cranberry handmade glass in these earrings.  I highlighted it with matching Swarovski crystals.  The coin pearls are just pure lux!

Hand faceted lampwork glass in pink and clear earrings with coin pearls and sterling silver

Earrings of beautiful hand faceted artisan glass in pink and clear with coin shaped pearls and sterling silver

The handmade glass beads in these earrings simply glows with layers of colors in pink, fuchsia and clear.  When combined with the white coin-shaped pearls, the earrings are really elegant.  The glass in both pairs of  earrings, above, comes from Beads and Botanicals.

Carved serpentine earrings with poppy jasper and sterling silver

Carved serpentine and poppy jasper earrings

I grabbed this carved serpentine right away at a bead show a few years ago–it is so unusual.  I’ve never seen beads carved like these again.  I love the serpentine paired with the brick-red of the poppy jasper.  Cool!

Black porcelain earrings, hand painted with pink and white flowers

Black porcelain frames, with hand painted flowers and pink Swarovski crystals

Just check out those pretty hand painted flowers.  Aren’t they adorable?  Always being on the look-out for the most unusual beads is half the fun of designing beaded jewelry and the thrill of discovering a “find” is like a little rush for me.   I want you to feel  unique and treasured when you wear my designs, so I go out of my way to find those unique treasures for you.

As photo-luck was with me, I took lots of earring pictures.  But I think this is enough to share for today.  I’m sure there will be a steep learning curve with my new camera, but hopefully, then,  I’ll have photo-luck almost every day!

Monday Meanderings: Mushroom Season

{Monday Meanderings:  Musings & Observations  From Beyond the Bead Studio}

 If you missed the Michael’s Necklace Revealing, you can still enjoy the fun.  Just click on Lorelei’s Reader Challenge  and you’ll find not only the necklace I designed, but also links to everyone else who took the challenge.  I was grinning like a fool all day on Sunday as I hopped from blog to blog, marveling at each person’s creative vision.  Truly amazing!

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Autumn is mushroom season in the Pacific Northwest and people in the know are out in the woods foraging for delectable treats.  My husband’s grandmother knew how to identify edible mushrooms and he can remember her going out to look for them.  I, on the other hand, can’t tell a toadstool from a mushroom, but I can forage for mushrooms with my camera.  So get down on your hands and knees with me and let’s see what we can find.

foggy view from my back deck
This was the view from my back deck this morning – perfect misty mushroom weather.
large reddish mushroom

I saw mushrooms similar to this at the Farmers Market. They were called Lobster Mushrooms.

 

red curled mushroom

This was nestled in the grass at the edge of the woods by our front gate.

brown mushroom and dandelion

This one looks like a Portobello to me---but I wouldn't dare try it out!

pointed brown mushrooms

I love the little peaked caps!

two little white mushrooms

These two mushrooms are ghost white and frail looking.

Gills from below a white mushroom
Look how tender the gills are. It doesn’t look strong enough to survive the light of day.

People tell us to “Look up!” or “Hold your head high!”, but perhaps, sometimes, we should look down.  There is humble beauty all around us.

Lorelei’s Reader Challenge Necklace

The Challenge

Lorelei Eurto challenged the readers of her blog, Lorelei’s Blog Inside The Studio, to create a necklace using materials that she had selected from Michael’s for us.  The idea was that even though we all used mostly the same materials, everyone would have their own creative take on what to design with those materials.  It’s going to be a blast to see what everyone came up with.  In addition to the required beads, we were allowed to add two of our own types of beads, as well as our own pendant (optional) and our own clasp.  Just to sweeten the challenge, Lorelei included some white chain and pearls in the required bead collection, pointing out that many jewelry designers use very little white.

White Chain – Now What?

I wasn’t sure how to tie in the white chain with all the other elements, so I started looking through my (large and unwieldy) pendant collection.  Bingo!  I found this pendant by local ceramic artist, Marion Pollmann. The brown and white of the pendant just pulled everything else together, plus the rustic style of her pendant was a perfect match with the carved wood and cinnabar.

 

 

Clay Pendant by Marion Pollmann

Brown and white pendant-perfect!

 

I wired 36 of the small green pearls to a short section of the chain and added 12 of my own small, brick-red cube beads.  I then used some  dark sage-green seed beads from my stash, to suspend the pendant from the center of the chain.   I found this awesome button in my collection – check out how closely it echos the flower in Marion’s pendant!  I set it to the side, so it would show when worn and created a loop of seed beads to clasp around the button.

 

Lorelei's Reader Challenge Necklace

Wired pearls on chain, floral button clasp

 

I used the rest of the  beads from Michael’s to complete the necklace.  I really enjoyed this challenge and I hope you’ll enjoy visiting some of the other challenge participants to see what they have created.  Their blogs are listed at the end of this post.  Have fun blog hopping!

Linda Landig's Michael's Challenge Necklace
The finished necklace!

Challenge Participants

Mary Harding
Hilary of Fryestyle
For My Sweet Daughter
My Life Under the Bus
Kristie of DreamSomeDesigns
Linda’s Bead Blog & Meanderings You Are Here!
Copper Diem

Andrew Thornton
TyneBodenNecklaces
Erin of Treasuresfound
Molly of BeautifullyBrokenMe
Beading by Malin de Koning

AuntieAnnie
Gr8Findings
Deborah M Purdy
Spirited Earth

Erin Siegel Jewelry
beads by breul
Beads for Busy Gals
Cynths Blog
Nayas Organized Chaos
Crafty Hope

Rosebud For the Love of Beads
Jamberry Song
Peacock Fairy
Elysian Studio Art
Designs by Debi
sweet girl design

Photos From the Earring Give-Away Winner

Cynthia Burkhardt, the winner of the free earring give-away, was kind enough to send me a couple of pictures of her wearing her new earrings.  Cynthia is a very talented professional art photographer.  Her website, Cynthia Burkhardt Creative Fine Art Photography and Imaging, is filled with her beautiful interpretations of her photographs.  We first got to know each other when we both had websites hosted by ArtSpan.    These pictures are the work of her husband, however.  It’s difficult, if not impossible, to take good photos of yourself wearing earrings.  Believe me, I’ve tried!  No way!

 

 

Cynthia Burkhardt with earrings from Linda Landig's give away

Cynthia looking lovely in her new earrings.

 

Here’s what Cynthia had to say about her new earrings:  “I got the earrings and they are MORE gorgeous than the photos!!!! …. I LOVE them!!!! Thank you ♥ …Tell everyone how happy I am with them!!!”

 

Cynthia Burkhardt, photographer,  wearing earrings from Linda Landig

Close-up of Cynthia wearing her new earrings

 

Monday Meanderings: Fall Floral Arrangement

Reader Challenge Update

I completed my necklace for Lorelei’s Reader Challenge.  I was stewing about what to do with the white chain, but I came up with a solution that works quite well.  The “Great Revealing” of everyone’s work will be October 17th.  It’s hard not to share before then but…I won’t!

Purple Asters

My husband came into the house this afternoon, with his arms filled with all these asters.  The rain had beaten them down and they were now lying on the driveway.  He’d cut them out of the way and inquired, “Do you want to do something with these, otherwise I’ll throw them away”.  He knows me.  Flowers never go to waste around here!

Floral arranging has a lot in common with jewelry design.  Both fulfill  my love of color and beauty.  Both require attention to balance, proportion and texture.

Mini Floral Design Tutorial

Floral arranging is one of my favorite activities, so I think I’ll try sharing the steps I took in creating a bouquet with these flowers.

  • When planning a bouquet, give a little thought to selecting a pleasing color combination.  To some extent this will be limited by what is blooming in your garden at the time.  Right now we have abundant amounts of  black-eyed susans, which I decided to combine with the purple asters..   Purple and yellow is a lovely combination, but its best to choose a predominate color and a secondary color.  If the colors are present  in equal amounts they tend to compete for attention.  Thus, I used mostly the purple asters, with fewer black-eyed susans giving bursts of golden-yellow.

 

black-eyed susans make a pretty addition to a flower arrangement

Black-eyed susans make a pretty addition to a flower arrangement

 

  • Remove all the leaves from the stems that will be under water.  Leaves + water = rot = bacteria = wilted flowers.  The leaves on these asters were ugly anyway because the weather has turned cold and the asters are starting to die.

 

purple asters with bare stems

Purple asters, leaves removed

 

  • Next you need to cut the stems at an angle.  The angle allows more of the stem surface to be exposed to the water, making it easier to keep the flowers hydrated.  After cutting the flowers, they need to have those cut ends placed immediately in water, or the ends will seal over. Just place them in an extra vase or pot until you are ready to use them in your arrangement.

 

Cut aster stems at an angle, before placing in a floral arrangement

Cut the flower stems at an angle and submerge stems in water.

 

  • Now you can begin placing stems in your vase.  Do not cut all the stems the same length, instead place some taller ones in the center and taper down toward the sides.  Turn the vase as you go, to keep the arrangement balanced.  Some people like to place the vase on a lazy-susan, so they can easily turn it, as they add flowers.  As the stems interlace inside the vase, you will be creating a structure that will help support the stems that you add later.
  • When it is starting to get full, add some of your secondary color.  Are there some gaps?  Add more of the primary color or fill in with something airy, like baby’s breath.  It looks better if it isn’t perfect, so don’t fret.  Just have fun.
  • Now sit back and lets nature’s beauty sink deep into your soul.  Breathe deeply and let the contentment in.

 

Purple aster and black-eyed susan flower arrangement

My finished arrangement

 

 

A beautiful arrangement of purple asters and yellow black-eyed susans

Maybe I should design a bracelet in these colors! I think it would be lovely.