Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. Hope you are gathered together with people you love. I am thankful for our bead community on my blogs, on Facebook and here in my own neighborhood.
I’m having a 20% off sale on everything in my jewelry and component shop from now through the end of the day on Monday December 1st. Just go to Linda Landig Jewelry and use the coupon code TURKEY20 at check out and the 20% will be taken off your purchase. Easy-peasy! You’ll find necklaces, earrings and bracelets in a range of colors and prices. Perfect for holiday gift giving or for accessorizing your holiday outfits.
This year I am seriously trying to avoid the malls and shop locally or online. I feel so much calmer when I do so. I hate being frazzled in the days leading up to the holidays. Last year was awful in that way and I’ve resolved to approach things differently this year.
I have a show this Saturday. If you are local, I hope you’ll come visit at the Lincoln School Winter Market! I plan to do much of my shopping there and then wrap up the rest online.
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Turquoise Feathers Bracelet
I just re-listed the Turquoise Feathers Bracelet in my ArtFire Shop. I had it listed there awhile ago, but had removed it. The bracelet was at the Catwalk Gallery in Tacoma until recently, but sadly, we had to close shop because the University of Washington had just loaned us that space and they wanted it back again. So I brought all my jewelry back home and am slowly getting it listed online.
The lovely, handmade glass focal bead was the inspiration for the name “Turquoise Feathers”. The artist started by making an all white glass bead. Then they added an undulating swirl of purple on both sides of the bead. Next they added a stripe of turquoise and then pulled a thin, sharp tool through the still molten turquoise glass, causing a feathered pattern to appear. Isn’t it a lovely effect?
I matched the colors in the focal bead with purple and white freshwater pearls. But to add visual interest, I alternated oval pearls with “button” pearls. I interspersed turquoise crystals throughout, for contrast and a touch of sparkle. This would make a pretty treat for yourself at only $18-.
ArtFire is now set up to allow 10 pictures of each item, so you can get a really complete picture of each item. The Turquoise Feathers Bracelet listing shows both sides of the focal bead and also includes one picture of it in my hand, to help you gauge the size.
Artists Garage Sale
I had a booth at the Artists Garage Sale on May 18th, here in Olympia. This unique show is an opportunity for area artists to destash unwanted art supplies and sell their less expensive artwork. For some reason we only had about half as many artists there, as in the past and the shoppers were way fewer as well. I don’t know why this happened. So things were a bit slow and I sold somewhat less than in years past, but it was still worthwhile. I have tons of beads to destash and this was a good start.
Here’s one end of my booth. The boxes contain some of my destash beads. I sorted the beads into sections by color.
I also sold findings.
And scrapbook papers.
I also brought along finished jewelry, but I only sold one pair of earrings. People were mostly there to get all sorts of art destash materials.
My next show will be a regular-style arts show on June 23rd. It will be part of the local Boston Harbor, WA Garden Tour. If you are local, I hope you’ll stop by and say “hi!”
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It’s Bead Table Wednesday and my bead table is filled with new bounty from the Puget Sound Bead Festival. On Sunday, Kristi Bowman and I met in Tacoma and spent a pleasant afternoon together feeding our bead addiction.
I didn’t take many photos of the Bead Festival, but here’s what I have. The tables were all just laden with temptations! A whole lotta bling going on in this booth.
And here we have lampwork on the table with finished pieces above.
My favorite bead shop in the world, is Wynwoods Bead Studio in Port Townsend, WA. It’s a couple of hours from my house, but we visit Port Townsend fairly regularly to walk the beach and visit the many art galleries. Lois Venarchick, the owner, seems to have a particular gift for finding unusual beads and I always visit her shop when I’m in town. She had a booth at the bead festival, too. So I had to drop by to say hello.
So, do you want to see what treasures I brought home with me? Of course you do! I was trying to be a bit budget minded, with medium success. Here’s my haul.
These lampwork beads came from Unicorne Beads. The lady at the booth was super friendly and helpful. There was a price break on purchases over $100, so Kristi and I combined our orders. The savings get passed on in reduced jewelry prices, so everyone wins!
Most of these stone beads were among my first purchases. Kristi and I looked at these pumpkin shaped coral beads and loved them, but the price was quite steep. So we decided to move on and maybe come back later. At the end of the day, this coral was still calling our names, so we went back and bought one strand to share.
Who could resist this adorable polymer clay chickadee??? I couldn’t!
So I’ll leave you now with a couple of pictures of Kristi and I goofing off at the show. If you’d like to see pictures of Kristi’s bead purchases from the Puget Sound Bead Festival, as well as her pictures from the show itself, hop on over to the Kristi Bowman Designs blog. Enjoy!
Two Wednesdays ago, I said I was starting a studio clean up. I haven’t made a lot of progress, but there are a few signs of hope. This was my work table 2 weeks ago.
It’s not a whole lot better, but if you look at the picture below, you’ll notice that there is a bit of clear space on the left. And although there are materials out and about, they are mostly related to the current project, and are not just random clutter.
I am nearly done with this necklace. I decided I didn’t like the clasp I had made, so I removed it and still need to make a new one. I’m also going to remove one of the long calcite beads on the right, and instead, extend the chain a bit longer. Even though it is an asymmetrical design, there still needs to be a sense of balance. I think it will look more balanced with these revisions. The butterfly pendant and flower bead were made by Yolanda’s Clay. The 2 little swirly ceramic squares on the bottom right were made by Marsha Neal Studio and they will eventually become earrings.
This white board (see picture below) is no longer propped up on the floor. I put the bulletin boards in the closet, until I can paint them and I put away the other “junk”.
Looks better, huh? I’ve got a running To-Do list up there, the due dates for the Beads Of Clay Challenge (I’m on the design team), a necklace idea and a magnetic calendar. The drawings above the whiteboard are by my brother, Jeff Kaufman. To the left you can see a new addition to my studio, This is Matilda II. Why the 2? My mother was quite artistic and she made a torso sculpture that we affectionately called Matilda. This mannequin is also just a torso and so she is Matilda the Second. It’s such a pleasure to have the white board hanging and functional now. As you can see, small things make me happy.
I have had 3 shows in the last month and my studio reflects the chaos that results from show preparations. I’ve been making as much jewelry as possible, creating hang tags and earrings cards – but not cleaning up after myself.
Now that my shows are over for a while, I need to focus inward a bit. I’m posting pictures here of how my studio looks today, with the intent of holding myself accountable for showing you better organized results next week.
2 Saturdays ago, I was at the Olympia Artists’ Garage Sale. I sold not just jewelry, but also surplus supplies. I filled 2 plastic shoe boxes with beads I no longer wanted. I had sold about 2/3 of the beads, when a couple approached my booth and asked if I would sell all the remaining beads for $10! For sure! So that was the start of my spring cleaning efforts. I also sold some display items I no longer wanted. The more unneeded stuff I can clear out of this room, the better!
I made a number of new earrings, bracelets and necklaces for my shows this month, but I haven’t listed them online yet. So along with cleaning up, I intend to list new jewelry. Be sure to follow my Linda Landig Jewelry Facebook page, as I will post all my shop updates there.
The town I live in, Olympia, WA, is a pretty funky, artsy place. We have a fun, annual event called the Artists’ Garage Sale. Now this isn’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill spring garage sale. Oh no! This is over 70 artists, gathered together and selling excess art supplies (canvas, tools, beads, instruments etc.) and lower priced art works. The booth fees and $1 entry fee goes to support and promote the arts and area young artists. This Saturday will be the third or fourth time I’ve done this sale.
I will be selling some excess beads, (well maybe not some–it’s actually a lot), some booth display items and my handmade jewelry. I will be offering jewelry in a price range of $14 – $80. Right now my bead table looks like a wreck, but within that wreckage are efforts to create a large stock of lower priced earrings.
I’ve made these lower priced earrings so far. I will be offering them for $15 each or 2 for $28.
I’ve been making use of Heather Powers’ suggestion to use muffin tins to organize my projects. Each muffin space has the beads needed to create a pair of earrings. Whenever I have a bit of time, I can just pull out my muffin tin and set to work, with everything right at my fingertips. I blogged about this organizational tool here.
After the Garage Sale, my friend Lee Anne French, and I are going out to dinner together. I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to visit. Lee Anne will have a booth at the sale too. She makes delightful, affordable jewelry, which you can find at Saturday’s Garage Sale or in her shop: Baubles Handcrafted Jewelry.
If you are local, I hope you will stop by and say “Hello” at the Artists’ Garage Sale on Saturday!
Last Tuesday I wrote about my last minute trip to the Philadelphia Bead Fest and I shared the wonderful stash of beads I brought home with me.
A group of bead and component artists and jewelry designers had planned this trip together. We all stayed at the same motel and had planned several activities together. At 4:00 p.m. Saturday, we all gathered in the snack bar area, in the back of the convention hall. Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio had organized an art bead swap for us.
My bead swap partner was Erin Siegel. I was delighted. I’d just met Erin for the first time that morning. We’d eaten breakfast together while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive at the motel.
Here’s Erin opening the package I gave her; taking out a copper component from my friend Kristi Bowman. All in all, I included 4 art beads from Washington State artists. To see all the beads I gave Erin, visit her post about Bead Fest.
I got these great lampwork glass spacers from Erin. I love orange and was so excited to receive these. After the bead swap, Diana threw all the names back into the bag and drew out names for door prizes. I won the awesome polymer clay heart pendant you see on the right below, (artisan made by Staci Smith). Look – its orange!!! I have a feeling the lampwork beads and the heart will be starring in a necklace together soon!
Bohemian Knotted Earrings
Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto have written a book together called Bohemian Inspired Jewelry. Erin is going to teach 3 of the earrings from the book in a class at the August Bead Fest, (for more info on the class click here). Erin wanted to give the class a practice run, so she taught our group 2 of the 3 earrings. Using waxed linen thread in this way was a new technique for me and very fun! I’ll be making more of these earrings, for sure!
I’ll do one more post about Bead Fest later this week. It will probably be mostly pictures of people who were formerly my online bead friends and who are now my “for real” friends!