Challenge Of Color Blog Hop

Color Play

I love playing with color, so I jumped right on board when I read that jewelry designer, Erin Prais-Hintz was hosting a color challenge blog hop.  Erin is the author of the blog, Treasures Found.  You can view her beautiful pendants and finished jewelry in her shop, Tesori Trovati .

The Rules

  • Participation is limited to the first 100 to sign up from November 1st-4th, 2011.
  • Select only one color family, from the chart below, for your unique color palette. This can be a color that you love to design in (safe) or something that is difficult for you (challenge). Please keep in mind that this color will not be the exact color on your palette, but a varied hue of that color will be on your palette. That is part of the fun!
  • Create an accessory using the colors on your palette and then publish a post on your colors, inspiration and design on Wednesday, November 30th.
color chart

We could select one of these colors. I chose green.

My Colors

I chose the color green, because I have a lot of green beads and I wanted to use up some of excess.  I had hoped to avoid having to buy new beads, but of course that didn’t work out, because I also ended up having red in my color palette and I couldn’t find the right shade of red in my stash.  So off I went to the bead store – you know, any excuse will do when it comes to bead shopping!

The color palettes were designed by Jessica Colaluca of Design Seeds.  I love Design Seeds!  The palettes are so inspiring.  If you love color, you must visit Design Seeds! So without further ado, here is the palette I was assigned:

green, brown and red color palette

Dark Cacti Color Palette - Design Seeds

I really like these colors.  They remind me of a cabin in the woods.  I picture myself, wrapped up in a warm, red, green and brown blanket, after a long walk through the snowy woods.  With that in mind, I named my necklace, “Walk In The Woods“.

Challenge of Color necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Walk In The Woods Necklace

                                                       The pendant is by Erin Seigel of Erin Seigel Jewelry

Here are the types of beads I used for each color:

  • Brown – I used tapered brown glass rounds and silver-lined, root beer colored square seed beads.
  • Red – Picasso-finished 4mm red rounds, dark ruby tear drops and a red and green Czech lamped bead.
  • Dark Green – 4 mm malachite rounds
  • Medium and Light Green- Two shades of green aventurine, in two different shapes

    Color challenge necklace

    Walk In The Woods Necklace

I wanted the necklace to be a little bit asymmetrical but I had a hard time getting it just right. Originally I had a beige lampwork bead where the red one is.  But it was the same color as the pendant and just faded into the background.  I asked my husband what he thought and he came up with the idea of framing the beige lampwork with a few red drops, that were a little bit brighter than the red Picasso rounds.  Eventually I decided that the beige lampwork had to go, and I replaced it with this swirly red and green one.  I think its OK now.  What do you think?

Color Challenge necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Walk In The Woods Necklace

Color challenge necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Walk In The Woods Necklace

The “Walk In The Woods” necklace is now available in my ArtFire Studio.

I would like to thank Erin and Jessica for organizing this blog hop. I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone has created using their color palette.  Erin is hosting a giveaway on her blog today for anyone who makes a comment but did not participate in the challenge.  So be sure to stop by Treasures Found and leave comment on her blog.

Color chalenge necklace by Linda Landig

Walk In The Woods Necklace

          Here is a list of all the Challenge of Color Blog Hop participants:

18 Tari Kahrs ~ Orange ~ Citrus Tones
35 CJ Bauschka ~ Teal ~ Teal Air
41 Jenni Connolly ~ Gray ~ Paw Tones

Tuesday Tour – Week 4

Handmade Christmas Gifts From

the Pacific Northwest

Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m sharing some of the great Christmas gift ideas I’ve found on ArtFire. For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to focus on artisan items from the Pacific northwest (USA).  There’s a lot of talent up here in the northwest corner of the country.  And with internet connections, you don’t have to be here to own some of these great items.  So get out your Santa bag and see what you’d like to add to it!

Wouldn’t some Santa’s helper on your list be glad to receive these earrings?  I love the combination of gold and red, and these earrings are especially elegant! They are by gilliauna, an artist from Washington State.

Wire Wrapped Red Shimmer Earrings in Gold

Christmas earrings

Wire Wrapped Red Shimmer Earrings in Gold by gilliauna

This hand sewn place mat is by Graceful Arts, also from Washington State.   There is a table runner that goes with it, as well.  How cute is this?

Festive Snowman Placemats or Miniature Wall Hangings

Winter placemat

Festive Snowman Placemats or Miniature Wall Hangings by Graceful Arts

The artist behind Hemp Craft lives only about 30 minutes away from me.  This casual bracelet would look great for the holidays.  Grab it now, so you can wear it throughout December.

Crimson Red Handmade Hemp Macrame Bracelet

red macrame bracelet

Crimson Red Handmade Hemp Macrame Bracelet with Yin Yang Beads, by Hemp Craft

I love this graceful image of a Baby Japanese Maple Leaf by cuspdesigns.  The red edging on the leaf is exquisite!

Baby Japanese Maple Leaf 5×7 digital macro photo

maple leaf photo

Baby Japanese Maple Leaf 5x7 digital macro photo, by cuspdesigns

I have added a Holiday Collection section to my ArtFire shop.  It is on the right hand side of my first page.  I also added a category for Gifts Under $25.  These earrings are from my Holiday Collection and they are only $16!  The fun glass Christmas “candy” beads look good enough to eat, (but please don’t!).

Christmas Candy Earrings,  Green & Red Glass 

Holiday glass mint earrings

Christmas Glass Candy Earrings, by Linda Landig Jewelry

You can also find other great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.

I hope you enjoyed your fourth Tuesday Tour.  I’d love to hear your comments!

Happy Thanksgiving & A Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m grateful for you! Thank you for reading my blog, leaving comments and being supportive as I seek to grow as a  jewelry designer.  I hope you have a delightful Thanksgiving with your friends and loved ones!

turkey comicThanksgiving Weekend Sale

Let’s kick off the holiday season in a grand way!  From now until Cyber Monday (11/28/11) everything in my shop has been marked down 15% (prices reflect the mark-down), and I’m offering free shipping (USA only)as well !  This is the best sale I have ever offered.  If you’ve had your eye on something, now would be the time to grab it!  I now have a section on the right hand side of my shop for jewelry under $25.  These items are ideal for co-worker or teacher gifts and for stocking stuffers.  With the mark-down and free shipping, you can’t lose.  I have a selection of nice Christmas themed jewelry, as well as unique, high quality earrings, bracelets and necklaces that would be treasured for a life time. So visit Linda Landig Jewelry from Thanksgiving through Monday Nov. 28th and save big!

rose quartz and jasper necklace


I heart macro – Cactus

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

We have a large barrel cactus that we’ve had for over 20 years.  In the summer it sits out on the deck – hence the pine needles in some of the photos.  In the fall we haul it back indoors.

One time, many years ago, the woman who cleaned our home, accidentally backed into it while she was vacuuming.  She told me later that her husband wanted to know why she had so many pin pricks on her butt!  Believe me, she never made that mistake again!

barrel cactus

Center of the cactus with new growth.

barrel cactus

Caution: These hurt!

barrel cactus

Youch!

barrel cactus

Top of the barrel cactus

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

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Bead Table Wednesday: Gem Faire

BTW: New Goodies

I went to the Gem Faire in Tacoma last Friday and I have all kinds of new goodies on my bead table now.  I’m fairly cautious at Gem Faire, because many of the gem dealers don’t have store fronts or websites and I see a lot of gems that look dubious to me.  One booth had beads that were obviously glass, but were billed as quartz, (but had garish bright non-quartz colors).  Other dealers looked quite reputable.  I really didn’t need any stones any way.  They have good deals on Swarovski crystals and I picked up several strands.  The oval beads (below) are Chinese crystal.  The rest are Swarovskis.


new items from Gem Faire

Swarovski and Chinese crystals.

Unicorn Beads always has a booth at Gem Faire and they have great deals on their discontinued lines.  Unicorne Beads specializes in handmade lampworked Boro (Borosilicate) glass.  At a nearby booth, I also picked up one strand of moukite – my only gemstone purchase.

boro glass beads

Unicorne Beads and moukite

Here’s a close up of some of the boro beads.  Pretty, huh?

Lampwork beads

Unicorne Beads

I finished off my shopping spree with 4 feet of brass chain and 2 feet of copper chain.  The ceramic pieces below are from Summers Studio and they arrived in the mail this week, too.

ceramic beads from Summers Studio

New chain and ceramic beads from Summers Studio

Now I can’t wait to get into the studio and start creating with all these new goodies.

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Tuesday Tour – Week 3

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

On ArtFire

Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m sharing some of the great Christmas gift ideas I’ve found on ArtFire.  We all need original Christmas gift ideas, right?  Time to put aside stale old gift ideas and reach out for something unique and handmade.

Talking about stale old gift ideas….does anyone else have as much trouble as I do, shopping for the guys in your life?  Books, puzzles, letter openers and then what?  Rinse and repeat.  The first item I want to share is not a big gift, but it could be a thoughtful stocking stuffer for a man or a woman.  Billed as a gardeners soap, the product description says it is also an awesome soap for mechanics.  I personally love receiving handmade soaps and I found lots to like at Appalachian Heritage Soaps.

Garden Tea Tree Soap: Mechanics Lava-Type Anti-Bacterial Exfoliating

Garden Tea Tree Soap: Mechanics Lava-Type Anti-Bacterial Exfoliating

Here’s another nice guy gift from the studio of JMcCoy on ArtFire.  This shop features beautiful hand turned wooden pens, pencils, pepper grinders, tea lights and jewelry boxes.

Mulberry Sports Pen and pencil set

JMcCoy

Mulberry Sports Pen and pencil set

 

The hand-woven bead jewelry by Mortira of  Sage’s Cupboard is really amazing.  You really should take some time to browse through her shop.  I do some right angle weave bracelets with 4-6 mm beads, but Mortira works in tiny glass seed beads.  This requires so much time, patience and attention to detail.  I am always in awe of her work.  The Kenya Bracelet (below) is just one example of her work.  I chose it because it would work as a Christmas bracelet, while still being appropriate for year round use.

Sage's Cupboard

Kenya Bracelet. Red Green Black Two Strand Beaded Tribal Wrist Wrap

 

The color of these hand knit dishcloths, from Ewenique Essentials, is just yummy!  It makes me want to make some melon colored jewelry!

Melon Knit Dishcloth Cotton Set Two Handmade Eco Friendly Kitchen Bath

Ewenique Essentials

Melon Knit Dishcloth Cotton Set Two Handmade Eco Friendly Kitchen Bath

 

You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.

I hope you enjoyed your third Tuesday Tour.  I’d love to hear your comments!

i heart macro – Snake Skin

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

My husband found a molted snake-skin in the garden.  All our snakes here are harmless and I am fascinated by the patterns formed by the scales.  I hope this doesn’t creep anyone out.

close up of scales on a snake skin.

molted snake-skin

close up of scales on a snake skin.

Molted snake-skin.

close up of scales on a snake skin.

Molted snake-skin.

close up of scales on a snake skin.

Molted snake-skin: the snake's head

Molted snake skin:  the entire snake

Molted snake-skin: the entire snake

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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.

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Tuesday Tour

Tuesday Tour – Week 2

Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m going to take you on a tour of some of my favorite Art Fire shops.  I’ll feature some special items from those shops, with the hope that you’ll find some great handmade Christmas gifts or something sweet for yourself.

Many people are starting their Christmas shopping now; hoping to spread it out over two months and avoid last-minute craziness.  If you really want to avoid the frenzied crowds and the rushed, pressured feelings, I suggest that you shop for handcrafted items online.

When you shop handmade for Christmas, you help  support  artists and their families. You get to interact directly with the artist, without middlemen or big box stores.  Plus, you will get personal attention and customer service.  What could be better?

Shop handcrafted for Christmas.I’m going to start off today with Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.  Catherine was the first person to purchase from me when I came to ArtFire and we have become good online friends.  She is always available to answer my questions and she works tirelessly to promote other artisans.  Catherine’s work primarily features lovely gemstones, with designs inspired by nature.  It’s difficult to choose just one favorite item from her shop, but these Laser Etched Black Onyx Earrings are brand new and I really love them.  Check out the sweet little stars at the bottoms of the earrings!

Shadow Dog Designs Earrings
Laser etched Onyx Earrings

This cute little handmade Yellow Duck Soap is available at Forget Me Not Soaps on ArtFire.  It it is banana scented and would make a delightful stocking stuffer for the little kiddos in your life.

handmade soap from Forget me not soaps

Tomlinson Photography and Design is one of my favorite shops.  I have a great appreciation of art photography and like to play around with my camera a bit myself.  This Winter Red Berry Card, or the others in her shop, would make unique Christmas cards this year.  She’ll even personalize them with your family name or greeting.

Handmade Christmas card

Tomlinson Photography Christmas card

Before I started making jewelry, I tried my hand at basket weaving, so I have an insider’s appreciation of all the work that goes into the creation of a handmade basket.  This Hand-woven Basket With A Rolling Pin Handle is one of the most clever baskets I’ve ever seen.  Wouldn’t it make a unique Christmas gift  for the baker on your list?  I just love this!  It is available from Baskets By Rose.

handwoven basket with rolling pin handle

You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.

I hope you enjoyed your second Tuesday Tour.  I’d love to hear your comments!

i heart macro – Leaves

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥  I know I kind of dropped out of this for a while.  But, hello, I’m back!

I absolutely love autumn colors!  They are so inspiring to me.  The macro shots really capture the complexities of the colors along the veins of the leaves.

Red and Yellow Autumn Leaf

Autumn Leaf Close Up

Fall leaf

Red and Yellow Autumn Leaf

Autumn colors

Fall Leaf Close up

Autumn colors also inspire my jewelry design.  I just added “Smoky Autumn Earrings” to Linda Landig Jewelry on Thursday.  The great autumn colored lampwork glass leaves are handmade by Havana Beads.  I accented them with flawlessly clear smoky quartz, carnelian and brass bead caps.

Smoky Autumn Earrings

Smoky Autumn Earrings

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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 waterstone