Turquoise Feathers Bracelet

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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.

Turquoise Purple Lampwork Glass Bead Bracelet Pearls Sterling Silver

Turquoise Feathers Bracelet

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?

Turquoise Purple Lampwork Glass Bead Bracelet Pearls Sterling Silver

Turquoise Feathers Bracelet

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.

Jewelry booth

Here’s one end of my booth. The boxes contain some of my destash beads.  I sorted the beads into sections by color.

Jewelry booth

 Jewelry booth

I also sold findings.

Jewelry booth

And books….

jewelry books

And scrapbook papers.

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.

booth

Some of my earrings

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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!”

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

Linda

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Puget Sound Bead Festival

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.

shopping for beads

Kristi Bowman and I at the Puget Sound Bead Festival

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.

Bead booth with crystals

Puget Sound Bead Festival booth

And here we have lampwork on the table with finished pieces above.

lampwork beads booth

Puget Sound Bead Festival lampwork beads booth

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.

wynwoods booth at the bead festival

Wynwoods Bead Studio

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!

Goodies from Unicorne Beads

Unicorne Glass

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.

stone beads

Stone Beads

Who could resist this adorable polymer clay chickadee???  I couldn’t!

polymer clay beads

Polymer clay beads and patin’ed brass charms.

Of course I also had to pick out a couple of the copper components that Kristi makes!  I chose a pair of her Copper Paisley Leaf  Headpins and a pair of Copper Earring Bails.

Handmade copper headpins and earring bails

Handmade copper headpins and earring bails by Kristi Bowman Designs.

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!

Kristi Bowman

Kristi Bowman showing off some beady eye candy!

Linda Landig

Me, acting silly and holding several strands of beads by my ear, as though they were super-beady earrings.

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Table Wednesday: Necklace and Studio Update

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.

Linda Landig Jewelry work table

Close up of cluttered jewelry work table.

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.

jewelry work bench

jewelry work table

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.

handmade necklace in progress

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”.

Wall hangings on the floor

Bulletin boards and white boards that need hanging up.

message center

Whiteboard & Mannequin

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.

What small things put a smile on your face?

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Table Wednesday: Spring Cleaning

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.

art studio

My computer desk

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.

bead studio disorganization

Clutter on the bookshelves to the right of my computer table.

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!

Linda Landig Jewelry  studio

Photo set-up and antique Hamilton printer’s cabinet

Linda Landig Jewelry work table

Cluttered jewelry work table

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.

Linda Landig Jewelry work table

Close up of cluttered jewelry work table.

Wall hangings on the floor

Bulletin boards and white boards that need hanging up.

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Table Wednesday: Artist’s Garage Sale

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.

POSSCA

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.

Jewelry workspace

My work table–sigh….. I need an organization intervention!

I’ve made these lower priced earrings so far.  I will be offering them for $15 each or 2 for $28.

My earring display.

Artists’ Garage Sale Earrings

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.

muffin tin bead organizer

Muffin tin bead project organizer

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!

 

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Swap and Earring Lesson

Bead Fest

Bead Swap

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.

Diana organizing us for the Bead Swap.

Diana organizing us for the Bead Swap.
l-r Melinda Orr, Staci Smith, Linda Hanes, Jan Onipenco, Diana Ptaszynski

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.

Erin Seigel

Erin holding the package of beads I gave her.

Linda Landig with Bead Swap package.

Me holding the package of beads I received from Erin.

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.

Erin opening the box of beads

Erin opening the box of beads and taking out a copper pendant by Kristi Bowman.

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!

Bead Fest

Lampwork beads from Erin, polymer clay heart from Staci

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!

Erin with an advance copy of her book

Erin with an advance copy of her book - I got a sneak peek! This is a must buy!

making earrings

Erin helping Diana and I with our earrings.

making earrings with Erin Seigel

Vanessa Gilkes having fun with the earrings.

my earrings part way done.

My waxed linen earrings part way done.

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!

Bead Fest – Stash!

Impulsivity

About a dozen of my online my bead artist and designer friends were all planning on attending Bead Fest in Philadelphia last weekend.  I yearned to meet these women in person because I had enjoyed and cherished our online communication so much.   Once I got the idea of going to Bead Fest, I couldn’t get it out of my thoughts.  Mind you, I live in the completely opposite corner of the United States.  Flying to Pennsylvania for just a day and a half is totally expensive and frivolous.  Etc.,etc.!

I wanted to go anyway!  I’m retired, right?  Time to have some fun.   Well,I thought,  I’ll just take a peek at online ticket prices…no harm in that.  The first time I looked, tickets ranged from $565-$1500.  Yikes!  No way.  But I kept monitoring the airline prices and by Friday night the prices had fallen to $507.  I’m usually not given to impulsivity, but my desire to personally know my beady sisters, out-weighed any judgement or caution.  I booked my tickets at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night and in less than 24 hours, I was on my way to the Philly Bead Fest!!!

Bead Table Wednesday

So here’s what’s on my bead table today: my great new bead stash from Bead Fest.  I know you’re jealous, but don’t drool on your keyboard, OK?

Hands of the Hill

Kazuri Beads

Dyed howlite & matte finish sodalite

Hand-painted porcelain

etched and matte agate beads

Rustic fire polished beads

Drop beads

Tribal beads and pendants

Delightful rustic glass beads

Lampwork glass flowers

Drilled river stones

Here’s Diana Ptaszynski  demonstrating how we all felt after a day’s worth of bead shopping: exhausted!  We revived ourselves with an excellent dinner at Legal Seafood—but more on that in a future blog post.

Bead exhaustion!!!

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

FUSION Summer Arts Festival 2011

Fantasia

The FUSION  Summer Arts Festival, a fundraiser for homeless housing, took place on August 3rd.  This year’s theme was called Fantasia and it featured food and performing arts from several Asian countries.  On the stage were traditional songs and dance from Japan, and Chinese drumming and a dragon dance, to name a few.  Surrounding the stage and dinning tables were artist’s booths–including mine!

This was the first outdoor show that I had ever done, and to be truthful, I was quite nervous.  My friends, lampwork artists,  Jenelle Aubade and Dan Caracas loaned me their tent.  Another friend of mine (pictured below, on the left) helped me at the show.  I was especially grateful for her assistance in setting up and taking down the booth,  but she also kept me company throughout the show, helped customers and calmed my pre-show jitters.

Jewelry booth at the Fusion fundraiser for the homelessThis was also the first time that I had ever had two display tables.  I worried that I wouldn’t have enough jewelry and display pieces to really fill two tables.  It was a little sparse, but not embarrassingly so. I need signage and more jewelry busts, I think.  Other ideas?  I’d love feedback on how to improve my booth from those of you with more experience than I–or anyone with an idea!  Be honest!

I had laid out my camera to bring along with me, but somehow neglected to pick it up when I loaded up the car.  (*Curses under her breath*)  Jerry, the nice guy in the booth next to mine, took these two pictures and emailed them to me the next day.  If I’d had my camera along, I would have shown you pictures of some of the performers and the other booths.

My jewelry booth at a fundraiser for the homelessI used Picnik photo editing to make my first(!) blog collage to show you a few of the items that sold.

bracelets, earrings and a necklace that sold this weekAs you can see, there is no particular trend here.  There’s dressy, casual, elegant, funky, sterling silver, copper, gunmetal, and brass.  I sold an absolutely wild, bright green and black, huge necklace to an artist before the show even started.  Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it to show you.  It was so-o-o big, spiky and nearly-florescent green, that I thought it would never sell.  It had been passed over at shows for several years and I was starting to hate it!  But sometimes it just takes awhile for a piece to find its proper home.  The painter who bought it was a “live-your-life-out-loud” kind of gal and the necklace was perfect for her.  She put the necklace on right there, wore it throughout the show and pointed people to my booth, every time they commented on it. It makes me smile every time I think about it!

The show was the same week as the budget crisis impasse and the sales in most of the booths were down over the last year.  However there was also a silent and live auction, at which people made generous bids.  It was all for a good cause and I learned a lot by doing this show.

Click on this link for a slide show from the local news, if you’d like to see more pictures.  (My booth is not included in these slides).

I’d love to hear from you and I’m interested in suggestions for my booth.  Have a lovely weekend.

Featured Artist

Catching Up

This post will be a little of this and that.  I’ve had a lot going on in my life and haven’t posted here in a while.  I’m giving myself a kick in the fanny to keep moving forward.

Kristi Bowman Designs

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that I adore using the copper and brass clay components that Kristi Bowman sells in her Etsy store, Dream Some.  I made 3 pairs of earrings with her copper clay charms for the Muffin Tin Challenge.

I’m excited to share that I was the featured artist on Kristi’s blog this week.  I hope you’ll go give her some blog love; maybe even leave a comment.  Definitely click on the links to her ArtFire or Etsy shops.

Autumn Girl is my newest pair of earrings, utilizing Kristi’s components.  The copper leaves are just so cool and they pair perfectly with the brown jasper and the diagonally strung, molted green glass cubes.   These earrings could be worn all the time, in many settings:  work, weekend, dinner out etc.

Handmade earrings of copper, jasper and glass

Autumn Girl Earrings

Big Giveaway at Humble Beads Blog

Heather Powers is having a huge giveaway on her Humble Beads Blog.  Hop on over and check it out–just don’t win, ‘cuz I’m going to!  Just kidding.  You can enter multiple ways, so check it out.

If you are not familiar with Heather’s awesome polymer clay beads and pendants, you should visit her wonderful Etsy shop.  My Tiger Lily bracelet features one of her focal beads.

Tiger Lily Bracelet

Tiger Lily Bracelet

You’re Invited!

I will be showing my jewelry at the 18th annual Fusion Art Gala, at the  Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way, WA on August 3rd, from 3:00-9:00 p.m.  If you are in the area, I’d be delighted to have to stop by and say “Hi!”.  This event is a fundraiser for a local organization working to provide housing for homeless women and their families.  This art event is their major fundraiser for the year.  From their website:

The 2011 Event — Fantasia— features an Asian theme sure to enchant.

Come join us Wednesday, August 3, for a spectacular evening of Asian inspired entertainment and food, exciting silent and live auction items, and fabulous creations from many well-known Northwest artists.

2 Tips to Help with Craft or Art Shows

2 Tips For Jewelry Shows

I recently did 2 shows.  One was a home show, (look for a post about that soon) and one was a regular art and craft  show.  I’ve picked up 2  tips about transporting and displaying earrings that have really helped me with my shows, this year.  I’d like to pass those tips along to you now.

Jasper and twisted glass earrings, handmade

Pretzel Glass Earrings. Click on picture to go to this listing in my shop.

 Transporting  Earrings

Use Foil

I used to place my earring racks in plastic bags when transporting them to shows.  Inevitably earrings would fall off the rack and get tangled with other earrings.  I would have to waste valuable set-up time sorting them out and replacing them on the rack.  It was aggravating!  Does this happen to you?  Here’s the solution!  Just wrap your display rack in foil before you leave.  Gently press the foil close to your earrings.  Viola!  When you unwrap them at the show, all the earrings will be in place.  Save the foil, so you can re-wrap your earrings for the return trip home.

earrings, ready to transport to a showI believe I got this fab tip from Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  Leave me a comment if I am wrong and I’ll set things right.

Encourage People to Linger Longer in Your Booth

Use Cellophane Bags

Lorelei Eurto posted pictures of her booth during the winter holiday season.  I noticed that most of her earrings were displayed on cards within cellophane bags.  I decided to give it a try.

Jewelry display at an Arts and Crafts showI used the earring rack (perched atop a basket) to grab people’s attention and then I had a wooden box, near the rack, that held about 35 pairs of earrings in cellophane bags.  This allowed me to offer more earrings without taking up a lot of space.

cellophane bags of earrings on displayThe bonus I hadn’t anticipated, however, was that people enjoyed flipping through the box of earrings.  They stayed in my booth longer.  This gave them more opportunities to discover other jewelry there, as well a chance for me to engage them in a little conversation.  I sold lots of earrings, too!  It’s good to have back up earrings to replace those sold out of your box, or bring along a smaller box or basket, which you can transfer your earrings to, when your supply dwindles.  You want to avoid having an empty looking display.

handmade earrings by Linda Landig

Lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals, onyx, sterling silver. Click on the picture to go to the listing.

What tricks of the trade have you learned?  We can all learn so much from one another! I love comments.  Keep the conversation going!