News Day – Tuesday: High Tide

 Welcome to News Day – Tuesday;  the day for updates on my shops and other relevant or irrelevant  news.

Shop Updates:

 

“High Tide” Necklace

I made the “High Tide” Necklace earlier this summer and shared it as part of the Beads Of Clay reveal, but I’ve only just now listed it in my shop.  This necklace would make the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for someone who loves the ocean!  Shoot, I love the ocean–it would be perfect for me!  lol! 

High Tide Necklace
High Tide Necklace

The somewhat abstract depiction of high waves with a setting sun is so unique and striking! I just love this one-of-a-kind pendant by Porcelain Jazz.

"High Tide" Necklace
“High Tide” Necklace

Other News:

Happy Autumn!  This is my favorite season of the year, and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest, until it eventually gives way to the rain, drizzle and gray skies that the Seattle area is so famous for.  We’ve had a long drought this summer and actually the forests and gardens are in desperate need of the rain.  I decorated the house for Autumn last weekend.  Our dahlias are bravely holding on, even though they are longing for rain.  I love flowers, second only to beads, so I created 3 autumn bouquets for our house.  Here’s what is now in the front hallway.

dahlia arrangement
…or 2nd, 3rd, or 4th day of Autumn!

I Heart Macro – Peonies

I ♥ Macro Sunday!

Not satisfied being just a pretty garden flower, peonies are exuberantly  large, with ruffled depth and petticoat-like ruffles.  I love to snip the stems short and float the blossoms in shallow bowls or stemware dessert glasses.

peony just before blooming
Peony bud
peony bud, just before blooming.
peony bud bursting open
peony bud about to open up
peony bud, stating to open
peony starting to bloom
peony bud reaching skyward.

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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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I Heart Macro – Orchids and Earrings

 I ♥ Macro Sunday!

I have a small collection of orchids, on my kitchen window sill, that I either nurture to bloom or kill.  I seem to do a bit of both.  Knowing that I love orchids, my family often gives me new orchids on my birthday or Mother’s Day.   This past Mother’s Day, my daughter, Naomi, (a metalsmith) outdid herself in the orchid department.

She gave me this gorgeous orchid, that is still blooming gloriously. I thought it would make a great subject for this Sunday’s macro photo.

violet and white moth orchid
Mother’s Day orchid from Naomi

“But wait, that’s not all!”, as they say on TV.   When my eyes lit upon the orchid pot, I saw that tucked into the rim were a pair of sterling silver orchid earrings that Naomi had designed for me!

handmade sterling silver orchid earrings
Sterling silver orchid earrings – Gift from my daughter.

I was deeply touched by this gift.  Here’s a pair of earrings, designed with love by my daughter, to reflect my personal passion for flowers, especially orchids.  Check out the cool texturing, the exacting craftsmanship and the central rivet which holds it all together.

Artisan made orchid earrings by Naomi Landig
Orchid earring, close-up photo

I love these earrings and I wear them often.  More importantly though;  I love my daughter and am thankful for her thoughtful gift and her wonderful presence in my life.

Now, as a bonus, I’ll include a macro photo of another orchid of mine that is also in bloom at this time.

moth orchid
This one has been a reliable bloomer for several years now.

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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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I Heart Macro – Pussy Willows

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

 

We had a huge storm here about a month ago.  Branches and trees blew down all over the city.  We live near a wetland area, where pussy willows grow large; happy to have their feet wet all the time.  Pussy willow branches broke off in the storm and littered the sides of our little country road.

6 pussy willow buds
Pussy willows at dawn

I discovered that even when pussy willows have been snapped off from the tree and even when they’ve laid on the ground for 2 or 3 weeks, the downed branches still have enough  life in them to put forth pussy willows and continue  the cycle of life.

 close up of 2 emerging pussywillow catkins
Pussy willow catkins

There is a lesson here for me.  Although at times I may feel broken by life’s storms; although I feel that pieces of me lay scattered on the ground; there is still life within me. I can summon that life to grow anew.  I can go on.

blooming pussy willows
Pussy willows with pollen
4 pussy willows with pollen
Pussy willows with pollen

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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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I heart macro – Primroses

Primrose Love

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

My husband gave me a basket of primroses for Valentines Day.  He knows how much I love them.  They always give me hope that spring is around the corner and they help me get through the long, gray days of February.

flowers

flowers

Flowers

 

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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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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.

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Orchids

Orchids

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I have a small collection of orchids on my kitchen window sill.  I water them when I remember, but I don’t fuss over them.  Two are blooming now.  The blooms last a month or more.  I had one orchid that bloomed from the beginning of Dec. until the middle of July this year!

Magenta colored orchid
Phalaenopsis Orchid
Orchid buds on a branch
White Phalaenopsis Orchid Buds
White orchid in bloom
White Phalaenopsis Orchid
Close up view of center of a white orchid
White Phalaenopsis Orchid
close up of orchid, showing white tendrils
White Phalaenopsis Orchid

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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