Bead Table Wednesday: Meadow Necklace

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

I made a necklace with a gorgeous ceramic clay pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  I was holding it up to admire it last night when…awk…I found a mistake!  See, look, I messed up the pattern of the little tan jasper beads!  So now this necklace is back on my bead table, to be re-strung.  I hate re-stringing!!!  By the time this blog is published though, I’ll have it fixed and listed in my ArtFire studio.

I named this necklace Meadow.  Don’t you just love this pendant?  It was the inspiration for the color scheme for the rest of the necklace.

Ceramic flower pendantGoing with the flower theme, I finished the necklace with this great brass filigree leaf  clasp from Israel.

brass fillagree leaf shaped toggle claspMeadow is now available (without bead-pattern errors!) in my ArtFire Studio.

Ceramic Clay pendant with two flowersI encourage you to hop over to  the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

Wild Sage

Wild Sage Earrings

In my New Goodies post I mentioned that I had purchased some awesome copper and brass components from Kristi Bowman of DreamSome.  Here’s the first pair of earrings that I made with her handmade copper Victoriana tab charms.
handmade earrings with sage green pearls and copperI hand-wired some sage green shell pearls to the copper charms and wrapped a curving copper wire across the front face of the pearls.  I’m totally in love with this color combination and the contrast of the shiny pearl luster and the rustic textured copper charms.

Wild Sage Earrings by Linda LandigWild Sage Back-Story

Although Washington is known as the “Evergreen State”, this moniker actually only applies to the western part of the state.  East of the Cascade Mountains is arid and desert-like, most accurately described as steppe.  We lived in eastern Washington for about 25 years.  The dry, brown hills that bordered our home were dotted everywhere with wild sagebrush. I loved to go horseback riding, with my neighbor, through those dry rolling hills. One time my horse spooked and tossed me off.  My “touch-down” was cushioned when I landed in the middle of a wild sagebrush. Lying in the sagebrush and looking up at my neighbor on her horse,  I burst out laughing.  The sage branches prevented injury and the only thing that was bruised was my ego.   The pearls in these earrings are the same color as that wild sage that softened my landing.  These Wild Sage Earrings are now available in my ArtFire Studio.

Mystery Plant

If you visited my “i heart macro” post on Sunday you may have wondered what the mystery plant was.  It is a Horsetail plant before the leaves unfurl.  We live in Western Washington now, near a protected wetland area and these Horsetails grow all over the place.  I thought the feathered brown “hairs” looked fascinating and I wanted to capture them in my macro shot.

Horsetail

Button Swap Reveal

The Swap

I love buttons and so I am excited to be participating in Michelle Mach‘s Button Swap.  As I explained on Tuesday, Michelle, the former editor of Beading Daily, paired all the button lovers up.  We exchanged buttons and today we reveal what we made with our new buttons. For more details you can read “New Buttons”.

Handmade necklace with castle pendant

My partner, Stephanie LaRosa sent me this stunning castle button.  When I saw the open-work at the top of the button I immediately knew that I wanted to use  the openings at the top  to string the necklace.  Although I wasn’t entirely sure how,  I figured that I could use  the shank in the back to attach sterling silver dangles.  I named this necklace:  Castles in the Sky.

silver colored castle pendant with chain dangles

I selected two lampwork (handmade glass) beads from Beads and Botanicals to set the color theme for the whole necklace.  These organically shaped, lampwork glass beads have fine silver tracings over sea-foam green, turquoise and  swirls of cranberry  and amber.  To highlight these gorgeous beads I placed a beautiful sterling silver bead cap at the base of each bead  and added a sterling silver lentil-shaped bead at the top.

Close up of lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals

The remainder of the necklace includes lovely carved jade beads, aventurine and glass.  Visual interest is added with parts of the necklace designed with a single strand of beads and parts of the necklace displaying clusters of three strands.

green necklace with castle pendant and chain dangle

Castles in the Sky and it is now available in my ArtFire studio.

Blog Hop & Giveaway

Itching to see more great button creations?  Here are the links to all the other artisans who are participating the button exchange.

And, as an added bonus:  Michelle Mach  is having a giveaway!  Here’s how it works:  if readers comment on any (or all) blogs, they can win a set of buttons.  The full rules are on Michelle’s  blog, but basically, each comment on a different blog gets you one entry.  So if you comment on all posts, that would be 25 entries!  But if you comment 25 times on my blog, that only counts as one entry.  The giveaway is open to everyone.

Have fun visiting these blogs and discovering all the cool things that people  made with their buttons.
1. Cat – Boo Beads

2. Cindy – Sweet Bead Studio

3. Cory – Art with Moxie

4. Cyndi – Beading Arts

5. Dita – Alankarshilpa

6. Donna, Marti, and Michelle – Beads & Books

7. Erin – Treasures Found

8. Hope – Crafty Hope

9. Inca – Zerenity Design

10. Katrine – Army of Sock Monsters

11. Krista – French Elegant Jewelry

12. Kristie – Artisan Clay

13. Linda D. – Lutka and Co.

14. Linda L. – Linda’s Bead Blog  ✿You are here!✿
15. Lody – Lody’s Beadworks

16. Lori – Pretty Things

17. Loretta – Loretta’s Boutique

18. Malin – Beading by Malin de Koning

19. Mary – MK’s Creative Musings

20. Maryanne – Zingala’s Workshop

21. Melinda – Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs

22. Saskia – Perlendistel

23. Shannon – For My Sweet Daughter

24. Shirley – Beads and Bread

25. Stephanie – Confessions of a Bead Hoader

New Buttons!

Button Swap

Some of you know that I enjoy making bracelets with button and loop closures.  My recent giveaway bracelet included a closure with a vintage glass button from Germany.

Michelle Mach is hosting  a Button Swap, which I eagerly signed up for.  Here’s  Michelle’s description of how the button exchange works:

  1. Choose three buttons for your partner.
  2. Make at least one project with at least one of your button(s).  Your project does not need to be jewelry—feel free to make other accessories, clothing, home decor, or anything else you can think of.
  3. Blog about your project and include links to all the other people in the button swap on the reveal day April 21, 2011.

Michelle paired me with Stephanie LaRosa.

Buttons From Stephanie

These are the buttons I received from Stephanie.  The first one is a vintage plastic shank-style button.

Vintage plastic buttonI love this silver-tone metal button!  The openings above the castle will allow me to use it as a pendant.  Then I plan to use the shank in back to create dangles that will hang below the button/pendant.  That’s all I’m sayin’ for now.  You’ll have to come back for the Reveal on Thursday, April 21st to see the completed necklace!

Metal button with castle designI was so excited to receive this third button!  It is a handmade ceramic button from Jennifer Heyman of Jangles. I’d like to make it into a bracelet, with this button doing double duty as the closure and the focal.

Handmade ceramic button by Jennifer Heyman

Buttons For Stephanie

Here are the buttons I sent to Stephanie.  I can hardly wait to see what she creates with them!  This fantastic Thai cloisonné button was purchased years ago in an amazing little import shop near my parent’s home.  I bought a whole bunch of these, in many colors.

Blue floral Thai cloisonne button

This yellow button was also purchased near my parent’s house, but at a bead shop.  The bead store owner had bought out all the vintage glass buttons from a defunct factory in Germany.  The buttons were in a huge barrel and I spent hours, over the years, pawing through and picking out my favorites!  Unfortunately this bead shop no longer exists.

Textured, yellow German glass vintage button

This button is handcrafted by Gita Maria.  I bought a package of these a while ago and this reminds me to get them out and start designing with them.  The teal enamel, in two colors, is so luscious and the freshwater pearl really glams it up.  Just love this button!

Please come back and visit on Thursday to see what I created with the buttons Stephanie gave me and to get links to all the other participants!

hand-crafted enamel button by Gita Maria, set with a pearlƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ How have you used buttons?  Jewelry, fabrics, cards, other crafts?Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Macro Monday: In The Garden

Macro Monday Meanderings

studio waterstone

Lori of Studio Waterstone is hosting a blog hop for photo buffs who love to take close-up photos.  I posted a close-up of a dragonfly on my Facebook Page this morning.  The photo is about half a year old, and had been published in my blog sometime ago, but it generated all kinds of interest.   So-o-o-o I decided I would participate in Lori’s macro-photo blog hop.

Here’s how Lori describes “i heart macro.”:

Simple. No words except, “i heart macro.”
Take a picture – up close. REALLY up close, then post it.
We share and visit and visit and share.

The sun was out and I happily tramped through the garden capturing bits of spring.  But can I decide on just one photo to publish?  No, of course not!  So take a peek at  all three photos and let me know which one you like best.

Pink flowers, close up photo

fern stems poking up out of a stump, with moss nearby.
Fir needles poking up out of a hole in a tree stump.
Close up photo of a camillia blossom
Camellia blossom

•-:¦:-• Leave a comment a let me know which one you like best.  I always love to hear from you! •-:¦:-•