Lampwork Leaf Earrings

Autumn Favorites

I’ve added two pairs of earrings to my jewelry shop, which are my new autumn favorites.  They both feature lampwork (handmade glass) leaves by Havana Beads.

The “Autumn Leaf Earrings” showcase large (14 mm) fire agate beads.  The color is s-o-o-o-o gorgeous! I framed the fire agate with brass spacers and topped them with cool sage green fire polish glass beads.  The handmade glass leaves at the bottom have flecks of amber, pink and green.

fire agate and lampwork earrings
Autumn Leaf Earrings

The “Dappled Leaf Earrings” are smaller and more subtle, but just as pretty.  This pair of leaves has varying shades of brown and cream with hints of green.  I accented them with gleaming tiger eye (the brown stone), brick-red glass beads and light green beads that have a copper core.  Both pairs of earrings are suspended from handmade brass ear wires.

Dappled Leaf Earrings
Dappled Leaf Earrings

Bead Table Wednesday: Bead Treasures

BTW: Bead Treasures From A Friend

My friend, Anita, told me that she had some beads that she no longer wanted and would like to give to me.  I asked her if she had been a beader, at some time before I knew her.  She said, “Not really.  I just collected beads.”  So I imagined that I might receive a small baggie of beads.  NOT!  Just look what she gave me last week!

New beads
Bead gift from Anita

There were two plastic shoe boxes full of beads plus a carrying case of beads!  There must have been  over 5 lbs of beads altogether!  I laid them all out on my studio floor and started sorting through them.

beads and bracelets
Beads and bracelets.

The beads I don’t want will be sent to A Little Something, a Denver charity that helps refugee women achieve self-sufficiency here.  There were also some stretch bracelets that Anita had made.  I’m going to see if my local YWCA can use those in their program to help women transition back into the workplace.

As you can see in the photo below, I’m starting to sort the keepers into to color groupings.

beads sorted by color
Beads sorted by color.

And, oh my gosh, just look at all this furnace glass (aka cane glass).  I never know quite what to do with furnace glass beads, (ideas?), but I think it is so lovely!

bag of cane glass beads
Furnace glass beads.

Not only did Anita gift me with beads, but also some tools….

flush cutters and crimp tools
Flush cutters and crimp tools.

….and a cool Craft Mate tote bag, filled with beads in storage boxes!

bead storage and carrying case
Craft Mate tote bag and bead storage boxes

Wow!  Thank you Anita!

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I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Color Palette Blog Walk

The Color of Joy

Brandi Hussey, author of the Brandi Girl blog, designs jewelry, takes amazing photos, dispenses advise for online businesses and creates inspiring color palettes.

Color Palette Blog Walk

Brandi’s is hosting her third Color Palette Blog Walk today, but this is my first time participating.  Color is what makes my heart sing when I design jewelry, so I was ready to hop on board for Brandi’s Round 3.  Each participant was to choose photos of whatever brings them joy and then to make color palettes to go with it.

This is Riley, my grandson.  He has a smile that melts my heart.  Such a joy!

my grandson

Flowers are tremendous source of joy and inspiration for me.  If you’ve followed my blog, then you’ll know that I often post floral arrangements that I’ve designed, or pictures of the orchids I raise.  Here is one of my favorite orchids.

yellow and pink orchid

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I was born on the first day of fall and the rich colors just reverberate with something deep in my soul.

wooden park bench with leaves scattered around it.

And this will be of no great surprise to you:  Designing jewelry brings me a great deal of  joy!

Floral ceramic cuff bracelet.

Blog Walk

Check out the other wonderful Color Palette Blog Walk participants and find out what brings them joy!

Francesca at Francesca Watson Designs
Lori at Pretty Things
Marsha at Marsha Neal Studio Blog
Cindy at Sweet Bead Studio
Kerry at Kab’s Concepts
Cynthia at Ornamental Style
Linda at Linda’s Bead Blog & Meanderings
Emily at Good Things*
Erin at Treasures Found
Jenni at Jenni’s Beads
Shari at Exploring the Wonders of Life
Brandi at Brandi Girl Blog

“Harem Bracelet” Kit Winner!

Painting With Fire Giveaway

I woke up this morning to find out that I am the winner of the “Harem Bracelet” Kit on Lori Anderson’s blog, Pretty Things.  I am beyond thrilled!

Lori Anderson is one of sixteen people who are taking turns reviewing Barbara Lewis’ book “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry – A Workshop in Painting With Fire“.  Each review includes a giveaway!  That’s 16 opportunities to win!  Here’s what I won:

enameled beads and silk bracelet
Harem Bracelet Kit, by Barbara Lewis

Here are some pictures from one of Barbara’s classes, of bracelets made with this kit.

enameled beads and silk bracelets
Harem Bracelets

There will also be opportunities for a mega prize at the end; drawing on all the names that have been entered for the 16 reviews.  Here’s the schedule of the reviews that remain:

Thank you Barbara Lewis and Lori Anderson!

Bead Table Wednesday: Blue Owl

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BTW: Blue Owl Bracelet

The little green owl bracelet that I wrote about in mid-September sold last week.  I was kind of sad to see him go -you know how you have favorites? – but fortunately I had already purchased a new blue owl from ceramic artist Marti Conrad.

The new bracelet is under construction now, on this Bead Table Wednesday.

Blue Owl Bracelet
Blue Owl Bracelet

I’m using mostly Picasso finished periwinkle blue glass beads, but on one side there is a lampwork glass bead and an amethyst.  On the opposite side there will be a dangle of blue lace agate, Czech fire polish glass and a brass spiral.

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I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Earring Swap

Art Bead Earring Swap

Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio, hosted an Art Bead Earring Swap. And today we are revealing the Art Bead Earrings we received from our partners.

The rules were as follows:

      • Participants will create 1 pair of earrings containing at least 1 art bead on each earring.
      • You must have an active blog.  That means you post on it at least a couple times a month.
      • You must live in the US or Canada.
      • Blog Reveal Date: October 5th.
      • Your earrings can be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be.  Just have fun!

I was paired with the lovely Cilla Watkins of Tell Your Girlfriends.  She has a blog by that name and an Etsy store that is also called Tell Your Girlfriends.  I’d seen Cilla’s name around in various online challenges I’ve participated in, but I’d never had any contact with her.  That is one of the fun things about participating in challenges and exchanges; you get to know new people who share some of the same passions as you do.  Cilla and I wrote to each other about what our favorite colors were and then we waited with anticipation to see what we each made for the other.

I told Cilla that I prefer autumn colors, such as oranges, russet reds, browns and golden hues.  Here’s what the package looked like before I’d opened it.  Oh, the anticipation!  The packaging and the card she enclosed were all handmade by fellow Etsy artists.

a gift package of mew earrings
What's inside? I can hardly wait to see!

I was so incredibly delighted with what she sent me!  These earrings are perfect in every way!

earring exchange
Handmade Earrings by Cilla Watkins

A requirement of the exchange was that we use art beads.  Cilla chose to use artisan made lampwork beads from two different artists.

Earring exchange
Handmade Earrings by Cilla Watkins

The gorgeous lampwork glass, leaf-shaped head pins are by Ellen Dooley Lampwork, and the etched, cranberry colored lampwork glass beads are by Lynda’s Bead Dream.  I also really love the little antiqued brass foliage bead caps that Cilla placed in a upward facing position.

Cranberry and ochre handmade earrings
Handmade Earrings by Cilla Watkins

And here is a glimpse of the earrings I made for Cilla, using ceramic from MartiC and lampwork from Beads and Botanicals.  You can read more about them by going to her blog:   Tell Your Girlfriends.

Earring for Cilla Watkins

Do you love earrings?  Then you’ll want to see all the other great artisan earrings that were in this earring swap.  Here are all the participants:

Diana Ptaszynski   http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com  — Our Hostess!
Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp  http://www.skyejewels.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins  http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.comMy Partner
Linda Landig  http://www.lindasbeadblog.comMe

Have fun!!!!

Big Sale & ♥ i heart macro ♥

Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale

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Simply enter the Coupon Code LMAJ15 at check out.

I’ll be joining over 35 other Handmade Artisans in the 

Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale!

Click on the image above to go to the links to all the participants and to be entered into their fabulous giveaway.

**This is a great time to start your holiday shopping, or get something you’ve been eying for yourself.**

A big “Thank you!” to Love My Art Jewelry  for organizing and hosting this sale!

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Dahlias

I love the dahlias at this time of year.  Can’t get enough of them!

Pink Dahlia macro photo
Pink Dahlia
Pink Dahlia macro photo
Pink Dahlia
Fuchsia and yellow Dahlia macro photo
Fuchsia and yellow Dahlia
Red and yellow Dahlia close up photo
Red and yellow Dahlia

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

studio waterstoneDon’t forget the sale in my shop! :)