Thirty Word Thursday: Radiant Orchid

purple and white blooming orchid

Pantone decrees

Radiant Orchid

For the New Year.

And everyone obeys.

Wall paint.  Evening gowns.

Advertising.  And jewelry.

I laugh.

I’ve had Radiant Orchid

On my window sill

For years.

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The premise of 30 Words Thursday is simple…

Choose an image and write 30 words about it. No more. No less.  30 Word Thursday is the brainchild of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  To find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts,  head over to Erin’s blog.

Thirty Word Thursday: The Sea

Ocean Beach

A flaming sunset

Filled with wonder

Turns rolling waves pink and gold.

Salt spray, sand and wind

Fill my senses.

Cry of gulls calls me home and

renews my soul.

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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.

30 Word Thursday is the brainchild of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  I’ve always enjoyed photography and writing.  At times I have even written poetry.  Condensing my thoughts, feelings and experiences to just 30 words creates a poem-like reflection.

I can’t commit to doing this weekly, but I will try to play along as often as possible.  If you head over to Erin’s blog, you’ll find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts.

Spot On Bracelet

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal.  December’s component was made by the talented Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were given awesome polymer clay beads that Rebekah made for us.  I  love these.  They are so unique and I especially like that the sides of the beads look like they’d been roughly formed on a potter’s wheel

Goodies from Tree Wings Studio

Rebekah and I share a favorite color:  orange.  I am especially drawn to burnt orange and the colors of autumn.  Happily those are the colors of the bead she sent me, along with a sprinkling of white dots.  Those whimsical dots resulted in the name I chose for this piece, the Spot On Bracelet!

Spot On COM Bracelet

Spot On Bracelet

The flower beads have a Picasso finish and were perfect with Rebekah’s focal bead.  I like the way they add texture to the design.

Spot On COM Bracelet

Spot On Bracelet

Speaking of texture, the charcoal colored ceramic bead on the left and the green bead on the right are handmade by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln.  Mary does a great job with surface textures on her beads and I love the way she achieves layers of color with her glazes.

Spot On COM Bracelet

Spot On Bracelet

The large round bead to the right of the focal is an enameled bead that I won in a giveaway from Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire.  I’ve been experimenting with enamels a bit, but my beads don’t come out this nicely yet!  Maybe that will be happening in 2014!

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Rebekah’s beads?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guest Designers:

Stephanie - Confessions of a Bead Hoarder

Ann - Bead Love

Karin - Ginkgo et Coquelicot

Melissa - Bead Recipes

AJE Team:

Karen - Starry Road Studio

Diana - Suburban Girl Studio

Kristen - My Bead Journey

Lesley - The Gossiping Goddess

Jenny - Jenny Davies-Reazor

Linda - Linda’s Bead Blog & Meanderings

Melissa - Melissa Meman… Art, Life, Love

Susan - Sue Beads

Rebekah - Tree Wings Studio

Caroline - BlueberriBeads

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
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Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

To all my valued readers:  Thank you so much for visiting my blog, commenting and being an important part of the community and support we share!

Merry Christmas! 

Happy Holidays!

Wreath 2

Snowflake Earrings

Last Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for the last Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  This Challenge lasted all throughout 2013.  The goal was to make one pair of earrings each week of the year.  I missed a few weeks when life got crazy, but overall I did fairly well.  This challenge really pushed me to produce, and I think it was good for me!

“Let It Snow” Earrings

The “Let It Snow” earrings feature shimmering blue lampwork glass beads by fellow AJE team member Sue Kennedy.  The beads have a silvery sheen that adds a striking lux factor to the earrings.

handmade snowflake earrings by Linda Landig

Let It Snow Earrings

Dangling beneath Sue’s lampwork beads are handmade sterling silver snowflakes by Oakhill Silver Supply.

Handmade earrings by Linda Landig

Let It Snow Earrings

Spiral Fiber Earrings

I blogged about these earrings on the Art Jewelry Elements blog, but I haven’t shared them here.  I made the Spiral Fiber Earrings using wire links that I learned from Cindy Wimmer’s book, “The Missing Link”.

Spiral Fiber Earrings

Spiral Fiber Earrings

After I formed the wire links, I wrapped the hoop portion with Wooly Wire and dangled lampwork headpins by Lori Bergman, from the hoops.

Spiral Fiber Earrings

Spiral Fiber Earrings

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Autumn Breeze Bracelet

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  November’s components were made by the talented Kristen Stevens of Beadwork By KAS.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a lucky guest artist were given gorgeous beaded beads that Kristen made for us.  I received awesome green beaded beads, (3rd pair from the left).

beadwork by KAS

Beaded beads by Kristen Stevens

I decided to take sort of a free form approach to designing with Kristen’s beads.  I had no plan when I started, so I just started grabbing various beads that were on my work table and that I thought would look good with Kristen’s beaded beads. I supplemented those with other beads from my stash and moved them around until I had a pleasing arrangement.

handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Autumn Breeze Bracelet

Originally I want to finish the bracelet with a pretty coiled link that I learned from Cindy Wimmer’s book, The Missing Link, but the link ending up being too small to be on scale with this chunky bracelet.  Instead I used a basic spiral hook and eye clasp, with a rustic patina.

artisan bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Close up of Kristen’s Beaded Beads

In addition to Kristen’s beads, I included lampwork glass by AJE Team Leader, Jen Cameron, raku beads by XAZ Beads and handmade ceramic beads by White Clover Kiln and Slate Studio.

lampwork, ceramic and wood artisan bracelet

Autumn Breeze Bracelet

I was kind of stuck for a name for this bracelet, but I finally decided to call it Autumn Breeze, because I made it on a windy afternoon.  I enjoyed making it with a playful spirit, rather than having any preconceived notions about how it would turn out.  I quite like it.  I hope you do too.

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Kristen’s beaded beads?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Special Guest
Alice Alice Dreaming

AJE Team

Jennifer  Glass Addictions
Lesley  Gossiping Goddess
Jenny Jenny Davies-Reazor 

Caroline  Blueberri Beads
Melissa Melissa Meman 
Rebekah Tree Wing Studio
Sue SueBeads 

Kristi Kristi Bowman Design

Diana Suburban Girl Studio

Linda Linda’s Bead Blog  – You Are Here

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Thanksgiving Is Here

I picked my daughter up at the bus depot today and we stopped at our favorite Koren restaurant for lunch on the way home.  Tomorrow one of my brothers and his wife will be arriving and my dad will be joining us for Thanksgiving, as well.  My husband is a fabulous cook and he is taking care of the turkey, stuffing and a rice dish.  My daughter and I will make the pie and veggies, plus I made some cranberry bread the day before.

But right now there is kind of a quiet break in the hub-bub and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for following me on my blog and over at Art Jewelry Elements, as well.  I am very thankful for every reader, for your comments and your thoughtfulness.  People from all over the world read this blog, but if you’re from the US, then I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving this weekend.  And no matter where you hale from, I hope you feel joy and gratitude for the goodness in life.

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Although the sale in my 2 online shops starts on Thursday, I hope that most of my US readers will get to spend most of Thursday with family and/or friends.  I am offering 20% off in both of my shops.  This is the best sale of the year, so if you’ve been eying something special, now’s the time to nab it.  I have a large local show the first weekend in December, a certainly some of the jewelry in my shops will be headed to new homes that weekend.  But you can pick up gifts for yourself or others, now, while the shops are full and save 20% too!  Here are the links to my Etsy and ArtFire shops.  Just use the coupon code THANKS2013 at check out.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LindaLandigJewelry
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/LindaLandigJewelry

20% Off Sale - Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday

20% Off Sale – Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday

Dancing Amethyst Earrings

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  For those of you who are new to this blog, the challenge is to make a pair of earrings, each week, that use at least one artisan component.

Dancing Amethyst Earrings

This pair of earrings would be perfect for a holiday party, perhaps a New Years Eve celebration.  They have a sophisticated elegance about them.  The earrings are 3 inches long, lending a touch of drama.  I wrapped a silver wire in a graceful curve across the face of the lavender bead at the top.

Handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Dancing Amethyst Earrings

Below that, I strung lampwork discs on Irish linen cording and let two faceted amethysts dangle beneath each disc.  I really love the spiral of violet and blue on each handmade glass disc. The colors and texture make them extra special.

Handmade earrings by Lind Landig Jewelry

Dancing Amethyst Earrings

Savory Sage Earrings

My second pair of earrings have the same graceful wire wrap at the top, but this time, it curves across the face of  shimmering blue-green shell pearls.  I love the color combination of sage green and brass.

handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Savory Sage Earrings

Speaking of brass, the pretty textured brass dangles were made by Free Individual, on Etsy.  The artist lives a bit north of me in Seattle, WA.

Handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Savory Sage Earrings

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                             

Featured on the Art Bead Scene Blog

I’m pleased to share that my “Woodland Blossom Necklace” was featured on the Art Bead Scene Blog today.  They sponsor a monthly art challenge where they post a painting and ask people to interpret it and include the use of art beads.  I loved this colors in this month’s painting!

Paul Cezanne

Basket of Apples

Basket of Apples by Paul Cézanne, 1893
Oil on canvas 65 cm × 80 cm (25.6 in × 31.5 in)
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, Art Institute of Chicago

 

Just look at those juicy yellow greens and the rich reds and oranges!  This was right up my alley!  And I had the perfect pendant, by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln, to bring out those colors!

Linda Landig Jewelry

Woodland Blossom Necklace

I had so much fun creating this and remembering Bead Fest in August when Mary and I swapped jewelry and beads. When I use art beads they have so much meaning to me.  It’s not only that they are amazing little pieces of art – it’s that I have formed personal connections with the artists and each art bead speaks to me of its maker, of their talent and skill and of their personality and our connections.  So thank you Mary and thank you Art Bead Scene!

Handmade Flower Pendant Necklace Green Burnt Orange Black Ceramic OOAK Gift Rich Colors Holiday Jewelry Winter

Woodland Blossom Necklace