Happy Day Bracelet

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

April’s Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) giveaway was hosted by the multi-talented Lesley Watt of  Thea Elements.   Members of the AJE team, plus a few lucky guest artists, were given one of these delightful, ceramic button clasps that Lesley made for us.

Button Clasps from THEA Elements

Here’s the bracelet I made with the clasp that I received.

Handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Happy Day Bracelet

I combined Lesley’s clasp with an enameled bead in a matching color,  a yellow-peach colored ceramic cube from Suburban Girl and a faceted polymer clay bead from Second Surf.  The back of the bracelet has 3 strands of glass cube beads, interspersed with purple Czech glass seed beads.  I strung them all on denim blue Irish waxed linen and added a Czech glass flower dangle near the clasp.

purple, blue and yellow, handmade, multi-strand bracelet

Happy Day Bracelet

I called this the “Happy Day Bracelet” because I had the most delightful day when I made this bracelet.  I began the day with my first session of a volunteer job tutoring a young man in basic reading skills.  Our first session went much better than expected.  I felt that old thrill that I always experienced as a teacher, when I could see that real learning was taking place.  There’s nothing like it!  After the tutoring session, I came home and made this bracelet.  Then after dinner, I went to Marion Pollman’s studio for a ceramics lesson. We glazed my first batch of ceramic pendants and charms.  I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that Marion is helping me to make my ceramic dreams come true!  After all that goodness in one day, I was just certain that this had to be called the “Happy Day Bracelet“!

Handcrafted bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Happy Day Bracelet

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Lesley’s awesome button clasps?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guest Designers:

Johana Nunez

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Earrings Everyday April Challenge

Take Flight 

Welcome to the We’re All Ears blog hop!  Once a month, Erin Prais-Hintz posts a picture on the Earrings Everyday blog to inspire our earring designs and then on the third Friday of the month everyone shares what they have created.

This month’s inspiration is a beautifully staged photo from the Pottery Barn.

Skylark table setting from the Pottery Barn

As usual, the first thing that I loved about this photo was the rich colors:  olive-green, brown, and yellow.  Swoon!  After I recovered from my color swoon, I noticed the bird on the plate and how that shape is echoed in the bowl that holds the olive oil.

So here’s what I came up with:

Handmade bird and flower earrings bu Linda Landig Jewelry

Take Flight earrings

The ceramic connectors are the creation of Marti Conrad of Marti’s Buttons-n-Beads. I love glaze on Marti’s connectors.  It’s not just a solid green, there are flecks of blue and brown too.  It makes them much more interesting  than just a flat green color.

Handmade Summer flower earrings by Linda Landig

Take Flight earrings

The birds used to have 2 loops each, but my wire cutters and a file solved that problem!  The flowers pick up the silver tones of the silverware in the Pottery Barn picture.  I’ve never seen a silvery coating on beads quite like what these flowers have and I always gravitate toward unique finds! The slightly whimsical striped yellow beads bring in the yellow tones on the bird and in the base of the drinks.

The Take Flight earrings are available in my Etsy shop now.

One of a kind earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Take Flight earrings

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the little frog picture at the end of this post to get links to all the challenge participants or simply go to Earrings Everyday for all the links.  Then visit everyone’s blogs to see the wonderful earrings they have created!

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Luna Moth Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal.  March’s component was made by the talented Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a lucky guest artist were given one of these beautiful  luna moth pendants that Caroline made for us.

Handmade pendants by blueberribeads.

Ceramic Luna Moth Pendants

I chose the lilac moth in the top row.  I had recently ordered several colors of matte “peanut” beads, (aka farfalle beads) and I was anxious to put them to use.  I made a mix of lilac, dark purple and cream-colored peanut beads.  Then I tossed in some metallic purple, lilac and sage green seed beads.  I created 3 strands on each side using this mix of beads and I wove them in and out of larger beads.

Luna Moth Necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Luna Moth Necklace

I dangled flowers at the points where the beaded cords attached to the chain.  Two flowers dangle on one side and one flower dangles on the other.  The Luna Moth Necklace is now available in my Etsy shop.

Luna Moth Necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Luna Moth Necklace

I thought you might also enjoy seeing what an actual Luna Moth looks like.

Luna Moth

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Caroline’s Luna Moth pendants?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guest Designer:
Niky Sayers – http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

The AJE Team
Caroline Dewison – http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com
Susan Kennedy – http://suebeads.blogspot.co.uk
Kristen Stevens – http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/
Keirsten Giles – http://cerebraldilettante.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Melissa Meman – http://melissameman.blogspot.co.uk
Rebekah Payne – http://www.treewingsstudio.com
Lesley Watt – http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk
Linda Landig – http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Spring Daisy Earrings

We’re All Ears :: March

Welcome to the Earrings Everyday Blog Hop!   Earrings Everyday hosts a monthly earring challenge and blog hop.  We post a picture on the Earrings Everyday blog to inspire your earring designs and then one month later we have a blog hop to see what everyone has made!

Here is the picture for March.

March Inspiration Picture.

My earrings were inspired by the flowers on the quilt and in the tapestry.  The earrings aren’t the same colors as in the picture, but I had the orange lampwork flowers on hand and I had fun layering the flowers.

Artisan jewelry by Linda Landig.

Daffodil Earrings

The cream colored centers remind me of the trumpet centers of daffodils.  Our previous house had a big field in the back, where over the years, my husband planted over one thousand daffodils for me.  At this time of year we had bouquets of daffodils in nearly every room and a big bouquet at work, too.  Every spring I think of our field of daffodils and how that was one way in which my husband said “I love you.” to me.

Handmade jewelry by Linda Landig

Daffodil Earrings

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the link below to get links to all the challenge participants.  Then visit their blogs to see all the wonderful earrings they have created!

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

An Interview By Jean Yates

I was honored, this week, to be interviewed by the awesome Jean Yates.  Jean won a pair of my earrings in a giveaway hosted by Earrings Everyday.  Having connected through this giveaway, Jean then asked if she could interview me on her blog.

Handmade wirework earrings by Linda Landig

Heart earrings that Jean won.

Jean is a well known author, bead magazine columnist, freelance reviewer, frequently published jewelry designer and illustrator.  Her book, Links, was already a part of my beading library.

Wire work beading book by Jean Yates

Links, by Jean Yates

Jean has been very positive and encouraging to me.  She asked good, thought provoking questions in the interview and posted lots of pictures of my recent jewelry designs.  She also posted a school photo of me (I was a teacher, remember) from about 5 years ago.  My hair is about 8 inches longer now and a bit grayer, but it still looks like me. ;)

I hope you’ll go check out the interview.  I feel really honored to have this interview included with the interviews she has done with so many of the outstanding designers in this field.  Here’s the link: Snap out of it Jean!  There’s beading to be done!

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And, by the way…. I just added these earrings to my Etsy shop.  I titled them Spring Fever!  I wonder why???  Are you itching for spring too?

orange and turquoise earrings handmade by Linda Landig

Spring Fever earrings

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Spring Cleaning My Studio

This post is part of a Clean-Up Challenge and blog hop hosted by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson of Sharyl’s Jewelry on ArtFire.

This is, for the most part, a reprint of a post I did for the Art Jewelry Elements blog.  I had hoped to continue my organizing efforts and have more to add to this today, but I ran out of time.  If you are reading this on Saturday, I am vending at a show today.  And well, you know how that goes.  Preparation for shows takes over everything else you may have hoped to accomplish.

But I’ve got a good start on the clean-up effort and I’ll work toward finishing up after the show.  I’ll post my progress as I move forward.

If you’ve been following my posts then you know that I’ve been experimenting with polymer clay and torch fired enameling recently.  I’ve also been slowly adding a few metalsmithing techniques to my skill set.  This is all wonderful except…. When I set my studio up in our spare bedroom I had mega-tons of beads, but no torches, hammers, enamels, polymer clay, pasta machine etc.  Well you get the picture.

As I added more things that didn’t have a designated space, my computer desk got overwhelmed with junk tools, metal and clay.  My computer got ousted to the living room, my studio floor became littered with papers, magazines and whatnot.  Add this to the fact that I am  not a naturally organized or orderly person and you have chaos!

It was getting so bad that I couldn’t even find space to work. I was becoming annoyed and thus began avoiding my studio. I finally had enough!  That’s when I saw that Sharyl was hosting this blog hop!  The timing was perfect.  So I began burrowing out of the mess.  Unfortunately I didn’t take “Before” pictures right away.  The pictures I do have were taken about a week after I began Operation Studio Renewal.  You know how things actually get worse before they get better?  These pictures attest to that.

I’m not all done yet, but I thought I’d post some mid-project pictures, to show the progress so far and to help hold me accountable for finishing what I have started.

I’m actually typing this post at my desk, but here’s what it looked like near the start of the project.

And this evening it looks like this.

Here’s a daytime shot from earlier this week.  I’ve got the polymer clay pasta machine on the left side of the desk.  It can stay set up there, but out of the way.

The  polymer clay and tools were scattered all about, but they are now nicely corralled on shelves to the left of the desk. Here’s what the shelves looked like before I went to work on them.

The shelves were not a complete disaster, like my desk was.  They were somewhat organized, but I needed to make room for the polymer clay and enamels without having to invest in new shelving or expensive storage items.

Another goal I had was to reduce visual clutter, as well as physical clutter.  I think I’ve accomplished both goals here.

Let’s start with the top shelf.  My before picture shows that I had the same white plastic storage drawers up there initially, but they were all stacked at varying heights.  And then there were smaller purple storage boxes stacked up on the right side of the shelf.  Its hard to see in the before picture, but on the left side of the top shelf was also a round plastic jar of furnace glass beads.

I removed the purple boxes and the furnace glass and I spread out the white drawers so they are all the same height.  Now the eye can rest on that shelf comfortably and not be jarred by all the conflicting heights, colors and storage boxes.  The only non-white item now is a wood and papier-mâché diorama from Mexico that is on top of one of the storage drawers in the corner.

The 2nd shelf down is mostly empty right now, but that’s OK.  I’m not done cleaning the whole studio yet and I might still need the space.  One trick to give yourself extra space for smaller items is to use hanging wire baskets that hook onto the shelf above.  You can see that I’ve used one of these above the second shelf.

I’m quite pleased with the 3rd shelf.  I picked up a number of these inexpensive, white cardboard boxes at IKEA.  They are a bit tedious to assemble, but they are sturdy, come in at least 3 sizes and are white, to go with the other things on the shelf, (though they come in colors too).

I moved all my polymer clay supplies into these boxes and used my trusty label machine to label each box.  There is still extra room in the boxes for more, as I expand my stash.

Although I forgot to take a picture of it, I’ve also cleared out all the clutter that was on the floor by these shelves.  One can now reach them without danger to life and limb! ;)

 I’ve also organized a shipping station for items purchased in my online shops.  I used to keep padded envelopes, bubble wrap and tissue paper in baskets under my work table.  Thank you cards were next to my work table.  Business cards were on my antique printers cabinet, postal tape was in the kitchen.  Oy vey!  One of the cardinal rules of organizing is to put like with like.  This is so much better!

You are probably curious about where I actually make my jewelry.  I’ve just barely started organizing it, so it’s mostly still a wreck.  But you will notice that I’ve cleared a small bit of real estate in the center of the table and even this little work space has re-sparked a creative drive in me that I welcome.

So that’s it for now.  I’ll do an update when I finish the task. I look forward to visiting the other people’s blogs who joined this clean-up challenge. And I’d encourage you to do likewise, (see links below).   I know I’ll pick up some cool organizing tips from them and that I’ll gather increased motivation to get this job done!  Thanks Sharyl for hosting this challenge!

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

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Participant List:

Host: Sharyl McMillian-Nelson … http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com

Donna Millard http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/

Beda Hendrix … https://www.facebook.com/SasijuhlsThings

Ann Schroeder… http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Pamela Rachelle… http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com

Kristin L Oppold… http://www.yayjewelry.blogspot.com

Heidi Kingman … http://heidikingman.blogspot.com

Andi … http://strungoutjewelry.blogspot.com/

Patricia Buchanan Click “Blog” on the menu bar at http://www.braceletstoo.artfire.com

Helen Simon… http://helensharvest.com/

Kashmira … http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/

somethingunique … http://somethinguniquebylana.blogspot.ca/

Renetha … http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Kathy Lindemer … http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com

Swapna Dinesh … http://www.swardaa.com

Linda Landig … http://lindalandig.wordpress.com/

Ann Schroeder … http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com/

Beti Horvath … http://stringingfool.blogspot.com/

Sam S … http://samsbeadshopandjewelry.blogspot.com/

Christina Miles … http://wingsnscales.blogspot.com/

Islandgirl … http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.ca/

macmillanmarie … http://www.macmillanmarie.blogspot.com

Emma Todd … http://www.apolymerpenchant.com

Neena Shilvock …
http://www.capriliciousjewellery.com/3/post/2014/02/neither-ship-shape-nor-bristol-fashion.html

Dee Clark… http://biz-e-bead.blogspot.com/

motidana … http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.com/

Here Bead Dragons … http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Carol D. … http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Pam Sears … http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith … http://wirednan.blogspot.ca

AliMc … http://northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury … http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Shirley Moore … http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com

PyxeeStyx … http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/

Jayne Capps … https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Louann Elwell
… https://plus.google.com/117746558861718110652/posts

Rain … http://honeyandollie.com/

Lori Bergmann … http://www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com

Helen Simon… http://helensharvest.blogspot.com/

Arlene Dean … http://aglassbash.blogspot.com

Sandra… http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.de/

Alicia … http://www.allprettythings.ca

Natalie Pappas …  http://blog.nkpdesigns.com/

Mike Flint …  https://www.facebook.com/bagomag

Thirty Word Thursday: Garden Visitor

mule deer

Garden visitor, timid and alert.

Nibbles the lawn. Jaws working side to side.

Glances up.  Ears rotate independently of one another.

Bite. Chew side to side. Check for danger.  Repeat.

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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple…

Take an image.  Write 30 words about it.

No more. No less.  Post it each Thursday.

Condensing thoughts, feelings and experiences to just 30 words creates a poem-like reflection.  Head over to Erin Prais-Hintz’s blog, to find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts.

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Tropical Getaway Earrings

We’re All Ears :: February

Welcome to the Earrings Everyday Challenge!  Have I told you that I am now writing for Earrings Everyday?  This month (and every month after this) we are hosting a fun earring challenge and blog hop.  We post a picture on the Earrings Everyday blog to inspire your earring designs and then one month later we have a blog hop to see what everyone has made!  Sound fun?  If you didn’t get in on it for February, you can hop on board in March.

Here is the February picture, with a natural heart from Mother Nature.

damsel flies

February Earring Inspiration

My first thought was to use some dragonfly charms as dangles on the earrings.  The dragonflies had a shiny fake gold coating on them which I decided to sand  off.  I then painted them with VerDay so I could then patina them, (VerDay is a paint which contains very fine metallic pieces which can be used to  create a patina).  I thought that a nice verdigris patina would pick up the greens and turquoise in the photo.  Nice idea, but FAIL!

Botched dragonfly charms

Botched dragonfly charms

I re-sanded them and tried again, but still no better.  I later learned that the insects in the photo are not actually dragonflies.  They are damselflies.  ::Shrugs shoulders::  Who knew?  Soooo, on to Plan B.

And its all good, because I’m very happy with the Plan B earrings.

handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Tropical Escape Earrings

The orangy-coral ceramic discs are from Marsha Neal Studio. They echo the orange at the ends of the damselflies bodies.  The turquoise glass beads pick up the color of the insects’ eyes.

orange and turquoise earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Tropical Escape Earrings

The colors  of the earrings somehow make me think of a tropical vacation (I think the gray rainy days are getting to me), so I named these earrings “Tropical Getaway”.

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the link below to get links to all the challenge participants.  Then visit their blogs to see all the wonderful earrings they have created!

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Super Bead Sunday

Yes, you read that correctly:  Super Bead Sunday! It all started when Shannon German, (Miss Fickle Media), jokingly posted, “Is there a special activity going on today?”, on Facebok.  Heather Powers (Humble Beads)  replied, “Super Bead Sunday? Can we declare that???”  I chimed in with, “I’ll second that, Heather!”.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

Heather quickly wrote up the following rules:

The rules:
  • Make something beady inspired by one of the teams colors playing the Super Bowl today .
  • Snap a photo and share it on the Create Bead Chat Super Bead Sunday Photo Album. (Click right here)  If you aren’t a member, join right now!
  • You have until half-time today.
  • After the half-time show I will pick two random entries.

Then she and Marla James put together the following prizes:  Prizes: a $48 gift certificate from Humblebeads and a collection of ceramic beads from

Marla’s Mud worth $60!  And the crowd cheers for Heather and Marla!!!!

I grew up in the Seattle area and now live just an hour and a half south of Seattle, so guess which team colors I used for my bracelet?  Yup!  Seahawks Rule!   To say that Seattlites are a little Hawks crazy right now is a bit of an understatement.
The Space Needle got into the act.

And so did Boeing.

There’s even some special beer for the occasion.

And last but not least, here is my “Team Spirit” bracelet!

Team Spirit Bracelet

Team Spirit Bracelet