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