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.

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

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

Portugal and Germany: Some Contemporary Jewelry

Over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog, I wrote about some artisan jewelry that I saw during a recent trip to Germany and Portugal.  Whenever we passed a storefront with handmade jewelry, I whipped out my camera and started taking pictures; all the while praying that the shop owner wouldn’t come out, cursing me in German or Portuguese for photographing his/her original work. You’ll find pictures of lampwork pendants, beaded and metalsmithed jewelry there.  There will be more to come about my trip, both here, as well as on the Art Jewelry Elements blog – so stay tuned!

Lisbon: Artisan  Earrings

Lisbon: Artisan Earrings

Wonky Bead Blog Hop

My apologizes for arriving late to the blog hop.  The cord that recharges the battery on my laptop is broken and so until the new one arrives, I had to find another computer to use for my blog post. Hence the fact that I’m a day late.

I had a lot of fun working with Kristi Bowman’s polymer clay “Wonky Beads”.  I loved both the colors and the fun textures.  Here are the beads that I bought for the blog hop.

planning 3

I had some ideas in mind for what I wanted to do, but nevertheless, it took a couple of false starts.  This was my first layout.  I really liked it, but the pendant has a yellowish cast to it, that just didn’t work with Kristi’s beads.  Sadly, I had to set it aside.

planning necklace

Next off, I tried a ceramic butterfly that was a perfect color match.  I even knotted this onto the necklace and knotted some of the beads together, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

planning 2

  I stared at it for awhile and finally cut the butterfly off.   I decided that the Wonky Beads spoke for themselves and that the necklace looked too cluttered with the pendant.  When I restrung it, without the pendant I had that “just right” feeling that tells me that I’ve arrived at my happy design place!

Wonky Bead Necklace

Wonky Bead Necklace

The necklace is strung on a doubled strand of brown cotton cording and the upper portion features 2 strands of dark teal “peanut” beads, with a button closure.  When I found that button in my stash, I was thrilled!  Look how well it accents the polymer clay tube bead, above the small red disk!  The “Wonky Bead Necklace” is available in my Etsy shop.

You can find links to all the other Wonky Bead creations of Kristi Bowman’s blog!  Check out her shop, as well!

Flash Sale

I am heading out to Bead Fest in Philadelphia on Wednesday.  Soooooo excited!  If you are going to be there, please stop by Jenny Davies-Reazor’s booth and say “Hi!”.  I will be assisting her there.

Orange Turquoise Handmade Necklace Lampwork Enamel Ceramic Leather Cor

Blue Sky and Sunshine Necklace

In order to make room for all the new goodies I will be bringing home from Bead Fest, I am having a 2 day long flash sale in both of my online shops.  Simply enter the coupon code BEADFEST15 at checkout and receive 15% off your purchase, (discount does not apply to shipping).   Now is the time to stock up, because I don’t have sales very often.  So visit my ArtFire shop and/or my Etsy shop and save 15%.  Each shop has different items in it.

Linda Landig Jewelry on ArtFire       Linda Landig Jewelry on Etsy

Pink Opal Necklace Handmade Ceramic Pendant Rose Quartz Pastel Green

Monet’s Garden Necklace

In addition to the sale in my shops, I am selling some items on my Facebook page, at 15% off.  These are items that have not yet been listed in my online jewelry shops.  So you have an opportunity to snatch them early at a nice 15% discount.  So hop over to my  Linda Landig Jewelry  Facebook page to check out the sales there.

Ladybug Earrings Handmade Ceramic Blue Red OOAK Flower Spring Summer Casual

Ladybug Earrings

I sincerely appreciate everyone’s support over the years.  And that is not just financial support, it includes the value you place on the work of an artisans hands and heart.  Thank you.

Cottage Garden Bracelet Handmade Turquoise Ceramic House Purple Flowers

Cottage Garden Bracelet

Bird Nest Necklace Orange Peach Green Handmade Ceramic OOAK Brass Chain

Nested Bird Necklace

Online shops use coupon code BEADFEST15

Facebook page, no code needed

Linda

Brown Bunny

 Tuesday News Day

Welcome to News Day Tuesday -  the day for jewelry updates and snippets of life

Garden Visitor

We live in a little neighborhood that is surrounded by woods. Our neighbors are not only human, but also include deer, great blue herons, bats, newts, raccoons and bunnies.  Lots of bunnies!  My husband is an amazing gardener, and as such, he is not too fond of the little brown rodents with the fuzzy white tails.  However, since I do not like to muck about in the dirt, I love our rabbits.

One day, last week, I took an evening stroll through our garden and noticed that we had a visitor.  I dashed inside and grabbed my camera.  The sun was setting rapidly and it was a bit difficult to get clear pictures in such low light, so I apologize.  But be patient, please, because the pictures improve a little further down the page, once I realized that I should change the camera settings for low light conditions. In the picture below, our furry guest was checking me out and wondering if he could go on nibbling the grass or if I posed a threat.

Bunny

 He decided I was safe and he proceeded to roll over and over in the bark, in order to scratch his back.  I had to chuckle.

Bunny rolling

Bunny rolling

Bunny rolling

Next came some washing…Bunny washing

Bunny sniffing….some sniffing…

Bunny

…and some exploration.

Bunny

Bunny

Bunny 12 clear

Bunny 13 clear

All this time I had been slowly creeping closer and closer to him.  In the picture below, he turns to look at me and assess the situation.

Bunny

He notices a glimmer of light, turns toward the fence and spies an escape route under the fence!

Bunny near the fence

Bunny escape

Bunny 17 clear

“Bye-bye.  I’m outta here!”

Bunny 18 clear

I have always loved bunnies and have made 2 bunny necklaces in the past.  It was about time for bunny necklace #3!  It just so happened that I had a cute little handmade ceramic bunny by Shaterra Clay Studio.

Brown Bunny Necklace

Isn’t he a cutie?  I placed him on a sage-green  lampwork glass headpin. I had some really cool peach aventurine triangles that look awesome with the brown bunny and sage green lampwork. I like this color combo so much that I’m looking forward to doing other projects in the same color-way.

Brown Bunny Necklace

I threaded sage green Czech glass within and between the peach adventure and finished it with an antiqued brass chain.  You can keep this bunny.  He won’t run away under the fence! ;)

Find the “Brown Bunny Necklace” here.

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

More Spirals

 

Did you catch my post here on Spirals, last Sunday?

Yesterday I wrote more about spirals on the Art Jewelry Elements blog.  I shared  more examples of spirals and lots of spiral art beads and components that you’ll want to check out…and drool over!  Also you can see some spiral pendants and charms that are works in progress, in Karen Totten”s studio.

Interested?  Check out Spectacular Spirals on AJE.  I also have a Spiral Board on Pinterest, if you’re interested.  Here are some bonus pictures! :)

Pinecone – Pinterest

Elephant Trunk – Pinterest.