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! •-:¦:-•

Children’s Rare Disease Campaign Bracelet

Bracelets For Hope & A Giveaway

Bracelet Winner

The Bracelet Giveaway closed last night at 5:00 p.m. PST.  There were a total of 18 entries.  I used the Random Number Generator at Random.org to determine the winner.  And the winner is…..Deci Worland!  Congratulations Deci, you have won this 2 strand bracelet with a vintage button closure!  Please email me with your address and your bracelet will be on it way!

2 stradn peurple bracelet with vintage glass button

7,000 Bracelets For Hope

112 jewelry designers, myself included, have joined up with Lori Anderson in supporting the  7,000 Bracelets For Hope project.  The  Global Genes Project, a children’s rare disease campaign, is collecting bracelets to be sent to families who have a child with a rare disease.  Why 7,000 bracelets?  Because over 7,000 rare diseases have been identified. 

blue and red ceramic and coral bracelet

Kazuri bead, Greek ceramic, sponge coral, trade beads

Rare diseases often suffer from an acute lack of funding for research into the causes and treatments of the diseases.  This particular project is not a fund-raiser, however, but rather, it’s a way of demonstrating support to families that are facing incredible obstacles in their daily lives.  As a play on words, all the bracelets are to be blue jean (gene!) colored.  The bracelets will be sent to the families this Christmas.

blue and red ceramic and coral bracelet

I’d encourage you to learn more about the Global Genes Project and the Bracelets for Hope Project.  Perhaps you would like to support their work to help people suffering from a rare disease.

blue and red ceramic and coral bracelet, with Karzuri bead

Blog Hop!

Now for the fun part!  Everyone loves a blog hop!  All the blogs listed below are participating in the 7,000 Bracelets For Hope Project.  Here’s your chance to view 112 blue jean colored bracelets.  I guarantee that each one will be unique and wonderful.  Enjoy!

Bracelet Blog Hop
1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got To Doodle
3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9.  Amy Severino, Amy’s Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading To Be Done!
20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki’s Reef21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T
24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
28.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings  ♥You are here.♥
29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 
30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 

31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 
33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 
34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 
35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 
37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. 
38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 
40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box 
42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 
45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia’s Studio 
46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie’s Shiny Things
54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31
56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66.  Norma Agron, Norma’s Clay
67.  Ana Novak, Cat’s Pajamas, Dog’s Tuxedos
68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez’ Art & Life
74.  Lupe Meter, Gem’s PC Corner
75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked
80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 

81.  KJ, KJ’s Beadacious Beads
82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman … Art, Life, Love 
84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy 
85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique
89.  Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts

91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92.  Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 
102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie’s Bead Towne

 111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.

Bead Table Wednesday – New Goodies

I’ve Been Shopping!

Jewelry Display

My friend and I were in JC Penny the other day to find a dress jacket for her to wear to a friend’s wedding.  We passed by the jewelry (oh-oh, danger zone) where I saw some adorable jewelry display stands.  They were marked $10 off because they were all a bit bent.  But if you design jewelry, then you know how to wield  jeweler’s pliers and it doesn’t take much to bring it back into alignment.  I’ve tweaked it a bit, but I can see from this picture that it’s still not quite right yet. The left footing still doesn’t sit flush with the table.  But with another small tweak, it will be good to go!  It was a great deal because of the mark down and I think it will make a nice addition to my booth at jewelry shows.  What do you think?

jewelry display with branch designDream Some

I have lots of wonderful handmade metal components on my work table today! I got these components from Kristi Bowman of DreamSome on Etsy.  The charms are handmade from copper metal clay.  When fired they become pure copper and a second firing creates this gorgeous patina.  I’ve already made a pair of earrings from one set of charms (not shown) and can hardly wait to get my hands on the pair that are pictured here.  I also purchased this delightful domed brass heart pendant.

Brass and copper jewery components from Dream Some

Miss Fickle Media

And since I’m a “more is always more” kind of gal, I also placed an order with Shannon LeVart of MissFickleMedia,  on Etsy.  Shannon is well known for the many colors she is able to coax from metals with her special patina processes.  These copper and brass charms will probably also find their way into earrings.

copper and brass earring components and copper beads with patina

I don’t have a definite plan yet for these amazing pure copper round beads.  Sometimes when something is as gorgeous as these beads are, I get afraid to use them–like I’ll spoil the magic or something.  I know–I gotta get over it.  Eventually I just force myself to use my treasures.  You just have to push on through your real or imagined barriers.

Do you ever have to force yourself to take the next step?  Do you have to actively silence the critic in your head?  What helps move you forward?

Check out other bead tables over at the Bead Table Wednesday Flickr group!

Monday Meanderings – Singing The Blues

Feeling a Little Blue

I’ve been feeling a little blue lately.  Nothing major,  just kind of melancholy.   I’ve also been feeling a bit over busy, so I just took a break today.  I brewed my favorite herbal peppermint tea and sat on the deck in the sunshine.  I thought the Vitamin D might do my mood some good!

Mug with running rats that says, "Welcome to the rat race."After sitting and sipping awhile, I took a stroll through the garden and snapped a couple of flower pictures.  Flowers nourish my soul.

Spring blooms in the garden

Pink Camila

Spring blooms in the garden

Pink current blossoms with a blue watering can.

Pink current blossoms with a blue watering can.

We’re doggy sitting a friend’s golden retriever while she is on vacation, so I had company during my garden sojourn.

two dogs:  McKenna & Chochi

McKenna & Chochi in our garden.

I took a nap this afternoon and now I’m feeling better.

✿Don’t forget to enter my bracelet giveaway.  The details are here.✿

Do you sometimes slide into a slump?  What do you do when you need to recharge your batteries?