New Jewelry On Etsy

I have decided to close my ArtFire shop.  It was a difficult decision, because I’m quite fond of ArtFire, but it was just too difficult for me to manage two shops.  I decided it would be better to do one shop well, than to do a mediocre job on two shops.  So I spent most of yesterday transferring my ArtFire jewelry over to Etsy.  It feels good to have everything consolidated in one place!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LindaLandigJewelry

Linda Landig Jewelry on Etsy

Linda Landig Jewelry on Etsy

I hope you’ll stop by and check out all the new goodies.  I now have over 70 items in my shop, with new things being added all the time!

A few new ceramic components coming later this weekend, too!

June 18

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

Linda

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

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

Button Love

Button Jewelry

I love finishing my jewelry creations with button closures, or using buttons as decorative elements in a jewelry design.  On today’s Art Jewelry Elements blog post I shared my vintage glass button collection, as well as my collection of Thai cloisonné buttons and mother of pearl buttons.  There are also multiple examples of jewelry that employs the use of buttons and resources for finding handmade buttons.  You can check it out here:  Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button.

Meanwhile, here are a few of my designs that feature buttons:

This woven bracelet features a beautiful green vintage glass button from Germany.

Zigzag Zing Bracelet

This necklace also has a German vintage glass button closure, with a loop made of soft, round leather cord.

Blue Sky & Sunshine Necklace

orange and turquoise handmade necklace

This fun bracelet is made of intricately decorated handmade ceramic cubes and it closes with a button and seed bead loop.

Singing a Happy Tune bracelet

Ceramic Bracelet Blue Green Orange Vintage Button Clasp Handmade Blue

This rustic necklace is chock-a-block full of artisan components.  It features a horn and metal button closure.

Rustic Raku necklace

Handmade Raku Necklace Rustic Recycled Glass Ceramic Leather Wood Button Clasp

Although Christmas is still 4 months away, I’ll share this last bracelet with you anyway.  It’s hand-woven in Christmas colors and has a pretty gold button closure with a cut-out star in the center.

Holiday Garland bracelet

Christmas Bracelet Handmade Woven Button Clasp Green Red Gold Holiday

So, now you can head on over to Art Jewelry Elements if you’d like to see some great button jewelry from other designers.

Linda

Turquoise Feathers Bracelet

 Tuesday News Day

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

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

booth 3

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

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Gotta Be Green!

Earring Giveaway

First things first:  I must apologize for completely forgetting the earring giveaway from the Bead Soup Blog Party!  So without further ado, the winner is:  Christine Murrow of Charis Designs!

handmade brown and orange earrings

Giveaway earrings

Christine, please contact me with your mailing address and I’ll get these on their way to you right away!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day To Ye!

I love me some green!  It is one of my favorite colors.  I have green blouses, pants, sweaters and even a green purse.  So it will come as no surprise that I enjoy designing green jewelry, too. Here are a few examples.

My “Castle in the Sky” necklace was designed as part of an online jewelry challenge hosted by Michelle Mach.  I love combining green with amber-brown.

handmade jade and adventurine necklace

Castle in the Sky necklace

On Wednesday’s blog post I mentioned that I enjoy doing right angle weave bracelets.  My “Peony” bracelet is and example of this weave.  The beads are 8 mm, so it is a somewhat bold bracelet that proclaims a love of sunny days and beautiful flower gardens.  The bracelet closes with a beautiful German vintage glass button.

Peony Bracelet

Peony Bracelet

The  “New Growth Earrings” also herald the coming of spring.  The serpentine ovals are that same yellow-green hue that the new growth on the tree branches have.  The earrings are topped with Swarovski crystals and have beautifully faceted pearls on the end that match the deep blue of the crystals.

New Growth Earrings

There is more green goodness in my shop, Linda Landig Jewelry.  I hope you’ll check it out.

Wishing ye the luck o’ the Irish, today and always!

Pantone Fall Color Trends

Look Gorgeous This Fall!

Want to be in-synch with fashion trends in color this fall?  Then look to the Pantone Color Institute for guidance.  The Pantone Institute is the world’s best known authority on color. They observe top designers and forecast the colors that are certain to be popular each season. Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said:

“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art.  Much like a painter’s masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season’s palette.”

Pantone Colors for Fall 2011

Pantone Colors for Fall 2011

As a jewelry designer, I believe that great clothes are made even greater with the right accessories.  And even older clothes can be given a seasonal facelift with updated jewelry in the hottest colors.  Here are some artisan jewelry pieces in on-trend colors from Linda Landig Jewelry.

The Monet Necklace combines several of this fall’s trending colors and the romance that Ms. Eiseman spoke of.  The necklace starts with a beautiful pendant by Yolanda’s Clay.  Combining emberglow, honeysuckle and phlox, the pendant sets the hues for the stone, crystal and glass beads in the necklace.  This one is a real beauty! It would look great with many pastel colors, but would also pair nicely with a shell in Pantone’s nougat.  This necklace would make an especially great summer-into-fall accessory.

Monet's Garden Necklace

Pastel Necklace, Ceramic Pendant, Swarovski Crystals, Sterling Silver

The one of a kind Weekend Escape Bracelet combines Pantone’s cedar green with a radiant burnt orange and evergreen to create a classically colored but totally unique fall bracelet.

Weekend Escape Bracelet

Ceramic Flower Bracelet, Cuff, Brass, Rust Orange, Green, Unique

Weekend Escape Bracelet

Ceramic Flower Bracelet, Cuff, Brass, Rust Orange, Green, Unique

My Grapeade Bracelet is all about Pantone’s color phlox.  This simple bracelet creates visual interest with great textures and contrasting shapes.

Grapeade Bracelet

Handcrafted Purple Bracelet, Pearls, Sterling Silver, Blue, Unique

The “Moonbeam Necklace” is a great choice for capturing some of the neutrals in this fall’s palette.  This one of a kind necklace pulls in hues of coffee liqueur, nougat and creamy white; along with the golden (similar to bamboo colored) needle-like inclusions that makes Golden Rutilated Quartz such a stand-out gemstone.  Wear this with a coffee liqueur colored top and be prepared for heads to turn!

Moonbeam Necklace

Rutilated Quartz Necklace, Lampworked Pendant, Faceted Pearls

Moonbeam Necklace

Rutilated Quartz Necklace, Lampworked Pendant, Faceted Pearls

Those are enough ideas to get you started.  Check out your closet and see what you have that will work for fall, this year, and see what may need a little updating.

What do you like or dislike about Pantone’s fall 2011 color palette? Please share your thoughts! If you’d like a more in depth look at these colors, you can read the full report at www.pantone.com.

Pur-r-r-r-fectly Pretty Bracelet

Here Kitty, Kitty!

Love your cat?  Then this is the Pur-r-r-fect Bracelet for you!

Handmade bracelet of brioche agates, pearls and sterling silverI found this sterling silver cat clasp at a bead show.  Although I just have my dog, Chochi, now, I have had some wonderful cats in the past, so there was no way that I was going to pass up these great cat clasps.  When you press on the cat’s front paw, the clasp on the tail opens up!  So clever!

handmade bracelet, with sterling silver cat clasp, agates and pearls.The kitty is not the only thing that is special about this bracelet.  I bought these brioche agates at the bead show too.  I’d never even heard of brioche agates before I saw these, but it was love at first sight!  The patterns and colors are so amazing!  You’ll find light chocolate-brown through espresso brown, cream and caramel.  They were a little pricey, so I only got one strand of them, but now I wish I’d gotten more.  The Pur-r-r-fect Bracelet is available in my ArtFire shop now.

Handmade pearl, brown agate, and sterling silver braceletOh, by the way, my jewelry shop will be closed on Wednesday August 3rd.   I will have all my jewelry with me, at a show that day.  The shop will re-open on the 4th. I’ll post pictures from the show later this week.

Accepted!

congratulations letter for juried art show.

It’s that busy time of year for anyone involved with holiday art shows.  I just received this letter this week and after pumping my arm in the air and shouting  “Yes!” , I quickly shifted to thinking about what I need to do to get ready.  I am going to be in both shows, so that’s four days of sales.  That’s quite a bit of inventory to have ready.  But I have a month to prepare so all is well. 

What Are Your Favorites?

I’m interested to know what your favorite jewelry purchases are for the holidays.  Do you prefer to buy earrings, bracelets or necklaces as gifts?  Word Press (my blog host) has a way to create a poll, so I’ll try to set one up.  But you can just leave a comment here, too.  Also, if you are a jewelry designer, which of these three do you find sells best for you?  As I design new pieces, I’ll keep your feedback in mind.

Juried Submissions

The application process for these shows required each person to submit three digital images of their work.  All the art work received was then judged by a jury of 3-4 independent artists.  These are the pieces I submitted.  The lampwork sand dollars are by Daniel Caracas of Beads and Botanicals.  The polymer clay Tiger Lily bead is by Heather Powers of Humble Beads.

Bracelet with lampwork glass

Art show necklace submission

Polymer Clay Bracelet for Art Show Submission

Beads and Tooth Decay

Some friends of ours left on a dental mission to Haiti this week.  The mission organizer decided to let the children create bracelets with beads while they were waiting for their dental appointments.  It was a good opportunity for me to do some housekeeping in my burgeoning bead stash.  I managed to fill up a quart sized zip-lock bag with beads.  Here are a few of the beads I set aside for them to take along .  

I have major dental phobia–I wish I could actually bead during (not before) the appointment.  Maybe that would calm me down! 

Beads for the dental mission to Haiti