Bead Table Wednesday: Kick It Up A Notch!

Springtime Giveaway

Q – What is better than a springtime earring giveaway?

A – A giveaway that includes earrings, a bracelet and artisan-made embossed copper components!

Melinda Orr Designs and I are collaborating to take this giveaway and kick it up a notch!

As announced on Monday’s blog post, everyone who enters the giveaway has an opportunity to be included in the drawing for the “So Sari Earrings”, featuring amazing handmade patina’ed copper dangles by Melinda Orr Designs, sari silk and lampwork (handmade) glass by Radiant Mind.

Linda Landig Jewelry

So Sari Earrings

And now, each person who shares this giveaway on Facebook, their blog or Google+ will also be entered to win their choice of a pair of handmade copper components by Melinda Orr Designs or a turquoise and green bracelet which I wove on Sunday.  There’s something for everyone–whether you just love wearing artisan jewelry or whether you are an artisan jeweler yourself.

Melinda Orr Orrtec

Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms by Melinda Orr Designs

Linda Landig Jewelry

Hand-woven bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

How To Play Along

Click to go to my Facebook page.

  • Comment on the Facebook Giveaway post  for 1 entry to win the earrings.
  • Click the share button on the Facebook post and get 2 extra entries.
  • If you have a business page, click to share it there too and get an another 2 entries.
  • Share this Giveaway on your blog and leave a comment on my Facebook Giveaway post letting me know you have done this, for 2 entries.
  • Share the Giveaway on Google+ and let me know about it on my Facebook Giveaway post, for 2 more entries.

The basics:

Comment = 1 entry

Shares = 2 entries

I will number all these entries in the order received and then use an online random number generator to determine the earring winner.

Then I will number all the people who shared the giveaway.  I’ll use the random number generator again to determine who gets to choose between the  copper components and the bracelet.  The winners will be posted on my blog and Facebook page on Sat. March 31st.

Best of luck and Happy Springtime!

right angle weave bracelet Linda Landig Jewelry

Hand-woven bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

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

link to BTW Flickr group

Celebrate Spring: Earring Giveaway

Celebrate Spring

Winters in Washington State, while not as severe as, say Minnesota, (where I was born), are long and gray.  People tend to get depressed because of the lack of sunshine.
And then suddenly things shift.  It may be chilly, but the sun is out.  Buds appear and people start smiling again.  I feel a noticeable lift in my spirits when the sun returns and the forsythia and daffodils start to bloom.  There’s a new spring in my step and I know it is time to celebrate.  So…..

It’s time for a Spring Time Giveaway!

I’ve been playing with adding fibers to my designs.  I was so pleased with the outcome of these earrings, that I decided to do a giveaway!  Some people have told me these earrings look like the spice route to India and others have said they look like a tropical beach.  Either way, they are made for sunny weather!

So Sari Earrings

So Sari Earrings

The gorgeous embossed copper components are made by Melinda Orr Designs.  The orange glass beads are handmade by the lampwork glass artists at Radiant Mind.  The fibers are recycled sari silk from India.

patina'ed copper, lampwork and sari silk earrings

So Sari Earrings

I will be giving these earrings away to one lucky winner on Saturday, March 31st.  There are multiple opportunities to enter the giveaway.

So Sari Earrings

So Sari Earrings

Here’s how you can win:

Click to go to my Facebook page.

  • Comment on the Facebook Giveaway post  for 1 entry.
  • Click the share button on the Facebook post and get 2 extra entries.
  • If you have a business page, click to share it there too and get an another 2 entries.
  • Post about this Giveaway on your blog and leave a comment on my Facebook Giveaway post letting me know you have done this for 2 entries.
  • Share the Giveaway on Google+ and let me know about it on my Facebook Giveaway post, for 2 entries.

The basics:

Comment = 1 entry

Shares = 2 entries

I will number all these entries in the order received and then use an online random number generator to determine the winner!  Best of luck and Happy Springtime!

The winner will be chosen on Saturday, March 31st~
I’ll hope you enter to win!
Good luck!

I Heart Macro – Texture

sari silk cord on copper

sari silk earring

I’ve been experiementing  with adding fibers to my jewelry designs.  The contrast between the softness of sari silk and metal or glass is captivating.

The sari silk cording captures the eye with its brilliance and it adds another layer of texture over the richly patina’ed metal components by Melinda Orr Designs.  The smooth matte beads by Radiant Mind add still another surface texture.

twisted orange and pink threads

Sari silk earring

Patina'ed copper by Melinda Orr Designs

Patina'ed and embossed copper by Melinda Orr Designs

I love how these turned out, so I decided to share them with you in a giveaway tomorrow,  (Monday 3/26/12).  Come back tomorrow to see how you can enter to win.  Details will be here and on my Facebook page.

copper, sari silk and lampwork earrings

Sari silk 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

I Heart Macro – Buds

“This bud’s for you!”  No, not that bud–flower buds! (sorry!)  Its that strange time of year when hints of spring are everywhere, but where we get snow, hail,  rain and even sunshine all in one day.

yellow flower buds

forsythia buds

flower buds

buds

fir tree

fir tree buds

cherry tree buds

cherry tree buds

cherry tree buds

Rhododendron buds

 

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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

Gotta Be Green!

Earring Giveaway

First things first:  I must apologize for completely forgetting the earring giveaway from the Bead Soup Blog Party!  So without further ado, the winner is:  Christine Murrow of Charis Designs!

handmade brown and orange earrings

Giveaway earrings

Christine, please contact me with your mailing address and I’ll get these on their way to you right away!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day To Ye!

I love me some green!  It is one of my favorite colors.  I have green blouses, pants, sweaters and even a green purse.  So it will come as no surprise that I enjoy designing green jewelry, too. Here are a few examples.

My “Castle in the Sky” necklace was designed as part of an online jewelry challenge hosted by Michelle Mach.  I love combining green with amber-brown.

handmade jade and adventurine necklace

Castle in the Sky necklace

On Wednesday’s blog post I mentioned that I enjoy doing right angle weave bracelets.  My “Peony” bracelet is and example of this weave.  The beads are 8 mm, so it is a somewhat bold bracelet that proclaims a love of sunny days and beautiful flower gardens.  The bracelet closes with a beautiful German vintage glass button.

Peony Bracelet

Peony Bracelet

The  “New Growth Earrings” also herald the coming of spring.  The serpentine ovals are that same yellow-green hue that the new growth on the tree branches have.  The earrings are topped with Swarovski crystals and have beautifully faceted pearls on the end that match the deep blue of the crystals.

New Growth Earrings

There is more green goodness in my shop, Linda Landig Jewelry.  I hope you’ll check it out.

Wishing ye the luck o’ the Irish, today and always!

Bead Table Wednesday: Right Angle Weave Bracelet

Last night I started a right angle weave bracelet.  Right angle weave is commonly abbreviated as simply RAW.  Many people think that RAW is very difficult.  I actually find it quite relaxing, when using larger beads, like these 6 mm fire polish glass beads.

right angle weave bracelet

Cookie tray with woven bracelet, extra beads, fire line and clippers.

I love how this is turning out!  The colors give it a sort of tough and feminine look.  I’ll finish it with a peyote weave loop on one side, using the pink seed beads.  On the other side I’ll add a lovely glass button.  I may do a little picot edging along the sides, but I haven’t decided yet.

Bead Table Wednesday

Right angle weave bracelet

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

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Soup Blog Party – Welcome!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party blog hop!  Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is our uber-awesome hostess.  She paired the 200 participants and we exchanged beads with our partners.  I was delighted to be paired with Karen Hess of Monday Musings. Here are the wonderful beads, pendant and clasp which she sent me.

Bead Soup Blog Party

Beads from Karen Hess

The striped heart and polka-dot beads had such a playful nature that I decided to just have fun and make a completely whimsical necklace.  I added a few more black and white beads of my own and here’s what I came up with!

Black and white heart necklace

Whimsical Heart Necklace

At first, when I laid out the beads on my bead mat, I mixed all the black and white beads together, but it seemed too jumbled and busy that way.  So in the spirit of whimsy, I put all the predominately white beads on one side and all the predominately black beads on the other side.  I used white beading wire and some white coated chain that I had left over from another project.

black and white glass bead necklace with a large glass heart

Whimsical Heart Necklace

Black and white glass bead necklace with a large glass heart pendant

Whimsical Heart Necklace

I like the way the white disc bead echos the shape of the black ring on the other side, however that was not my original intent.  I started out with two white glass discs and I intended to make a pair of earrings with them.  I put a large black jump ring through one of the discs and hung it from gunmetal ear wires.  It was very cool looking!  However when I tried to thread the jump ring through the other disc, I found out that it had a somewhat smaller hole.  I pushed just a bit too hard and….. Well you can see the results. :(

broken glass bead

oops!

After I was done with the necklace, I still had some pretty silvery gray faux pearls left.  A friend of mine had given me four 2-hole ovals of rose quartz.  I thought they would combine prettily with the silver-gray pearls, for a nice spring and summer bracelet. The colors reminded me of the gray and pink pussy-willows that are in our yard. I added some silver spacers and bead caps that Karen had sent me too.

Rose quartz bracelet with pink and gray pearls

Pussy-willow Bracelet

Rose quartz bracelet with pink and gray pearls

Pussy-willow Bracelet

Earring Giveaway!

I still had the very cool carved wooden beads.  These are definitely “my style” – woodsy and rustic. I had just recently received an order of orange handmade glass beads from Indonesia, which I was anxious to try out.  They paired perfectly with the carved wood.

black and orange earrings.

BSBP give away earrings

To celebrate the Bead Soup Blog Party, I will be giving these earrings away one week from today!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, to be entered in the drawing.  I will determine the winner using an online random number generator.  Maybe you’ll have the lucky number!

List of Participants

Here is a list of all the participants.  Be sure to check both sides of the list, as people are listed in pairs.  Have fun!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Kingdom of Bahrain) and Hajer Waheed (Singapore)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
 
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen (Canada) and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Bead Soup Blog Party Teaser

Tomorrow is the Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!  I spent most of Friday working on several pieces of jewelry, using the beads sent to me by my lovely blog partner, Karen Hess. I’m excited to show you what I’ve made, but restraint is called for here.  I can only show you a teaser today…..sorry!

teaser photo of Bead Soup Blog Party jewelry

But wait…there’s more!  I will also be giving away a pair of earrings to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is leave a comment on my Bead Soup Blog Party post.  I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner one week later, on Sat. March 10th.

200 people are participating in this challenge.  I’ll have links to everyone’s blogs so you can hop around and get your fill of beautiful, beady eye candy!  I’ll see you tomorrow!!