Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I was even born on the first day of autumn! I put together some wonderful autumn inspiration boards on the Art Jewelry Elements blog today. You might want to check them out.
I’m going to be doing an online trunk show on October 18th and 19th. I’ll be posting more about that soon. But you should know that I’m busy making some cool autumn themed items to offer on trunk show. In the meantime, I’ll highlight some of the fall items that are already in my shop.
These earrings combine the most beautiful, flawless smoky quartz and faceted carnelian with gorgeous lampwork glass leaves from Havana Beads. Love these!
Since I love autumn colors so much, I have a lot of jewelry in those wonderful oranges, golds, reds and browns. When you click on the photo, it will take you to the listing in my shop.
Here are a couple of flower pendants in autumn colors, for you jewelry designers out there. We have fall dahlias blooming in this color in our front yard right now.
I hope you are enjoying sunny, golden autumn days. Go outside and play in the leaves!
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The Broadway Center For The Performing Arts is hosting a fundraising auction, in support of providing performing arts opportunities for young people, in Tacoma, WA. The person in charge of the auction visited Catwalk Gallery, saw my work there and asked if I could contribute an item to the auction.
All proceeds from Star Chefs on Broadway support a stellar cause: The largest arts in education program in Washington State, serving 35,000 students and teachers per year. For most of these kids, the Broadway Center is their only arts experience of any kind. Many face a tough mix of economic need, cultural barriers, geographic and social isolation. No child is ever turned away because of the inability to pay. This year, with your help, we’ll raise more than $300,000 through silent and live auctions to help these kids access vital arts education programs, from school matinée performances to youth violence prevention programs, and from original touring shows celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to year round classes and workshops.
I was lucky enough to snag a bunny pendant from Nancy Schindler of Round Rabbit Extra! Nancy’s work is so sought after that the moment she posts something new, it sells out. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time!
I love bunnies – not just at Easter – but all year round. Who can resist their so-soft fur, wiggly noses, and bunny ears? Melt. I had a German professor in college that had a pet bunny that was trained to use a kitty litter box. So therefore the bunny didn’t need to be caged. She just hopped all around his house. I thought it was so cool!
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Beading By Flashlight
The weather couldn’t make up its mind yesterday. Rain, sun, high winds and snow flurries. At one point the electricity went out for about 3 hours. I was in the midst of making a glasses leash for my cousin. I flipped on the battery operated lantern and kept working away. It was a bit of a challenge to bead in such a dim light. Here’s how far I got before giving up in the dark.
I did get a couple of earrings completed the day before yesterday. Both feature artisan ceramic components.
Winner of Genea Beads Giveaway
Genea Beads offered a a very tempting 30% discount over Thanksgiving weekend. As an added incentive, the names of each person who purchased beads from Genea’s shop, were entered for bead giveaway. I bought 3 sets of scumptious, handmade lampwork beads. This is one of the bead sets! Each set is exquisite.
Then, as if getting the beads at a discount wasn’t enough, I was the giveaway winner! Just look at all the beads I won! (You’re drooling on your keyboard–stop it!).
Wishing everyone a good weekend! I love reading your comments! Thanks for visiting my blog.
My online friend, Lesley Watt of THEAtoo is hosting today’s blog hop. Lesley’s friend, Kaz Baildon, gave Lesley a generous bunch of her lampwork glass beads. In turn Lesley shared this gift with a randomly chosen group of designers. I received the bead shown below and today we are revealing what we created with the beads we were given.
Unfortunately I left this task till the last minute and as it turned out, I became sick at the last minute. I nevertheless designed the necklace and I quite like how it turned out. I placed the button on the side and used a pendant by Marsha Neal. Small cube beads and purple seed beads weave in and out of larger lilac colored beads.
Now you can have some fun hoping through the blogs of the other participants. Everyone received different beads, so it will be fun to see all the different designs that everyone created. Have fun. I’ll be lying on the couch, under some blankets, with a mug of hot tea, and decongestants while perusing all this creativity!
Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl is hosting an Art Bead Earring Swap. Here’s how she set it up:
Participants will be put into groups of 3 and will create 1 pair of earrings for each partner. Each earring must contain at least 1 art bead. (If you need clarification on what an art bead is, visit Art Bead Scene.)
And now for the fun part: Here’s what Dee and Kari designed for me!
Dee is a published lampwork glass artist and her earrings feature her gorgeous handmade turquoise, purple and green hearts, crystals and a purple lamped beads suspended from sterling silver chains. Aren’t they lovely? I love turquoise and purple together!
Kari’s earrings feature rust-orange/brown lampwork glass beads with copper clay dragonfly dangles by my friend Kristi Bowman. I wear lots of brown and rust colors, so these go with everything!
Big thank you’s to Diana for hosting this and to Dee and Kari for sharing their creativity with me.
Now I encourage you to check out all the creative earring designs in this blog hop. The links for all the participants are listed below.
After a week’s delay, I’m back on track with my Tuesday Tours. Thank you to everyone who wished me a speedy healing. I’m still bruised and tender, but I’m feeling much better!
Each week I’ve been sharing items from some of my favorite shops and recently I’ve been featuring items from artisans living in the Pacific Northwest. I hope you will find some cool Christmas gifts here – for yourself or others on your list!
First off are handmade glass beads from my good friends, Jenelle and Dan, of Beads and Botanicals. Not only do they live in the Pacific NW, they even live in the same town that I do. At my shows, the past two weekends, I sold at least two bracelets and two pairs of earrings that included their lampwork glass beads. Aren’t these green disks awesome? I love the contrast between the smooth green centers and the rough-hewn edges. Is there a beader in your life? Make them happy when they discover these handmade, lampwork beads in their stocking.
Moving from beads to finished jewelry – I love this spectacular red poppy themed necklace by Janet of Honey from the Bee. It starts off with an exceptionally beautiful handmade glass focal bead that looks like a field of poppies in glass. The asymmetrical designs includes glass poppies vining up one side, accented by antique French brass centers. As if that weren’t enough, Janet wove a spiral of tiny glass beads to encircle your neck. This is an heirloom quality piece to give to someone really special in your life!
I really had a hard time selecting one item from Kristi Bowman Design. Kristi’s work is very imaginative. She has a great feel for color and interesting texture in her designs. I really like the way she wire-wrapped the fire opal on these earrings and suspended them from the small blue ruffled rings. Awesome!
You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry. Here’s the most recent addition to my shop. Titled the “Blue Danube Earrings”, they have copper connectors that are handmade by Kristi Bowman (featured above). Check out the gorgeous design in the copper! I suspended cornflower blue ceramic dangles, (by Elaine Ray), beneath the copper. I really love this combination of blue and copper. I’m thinking that I may have to make a similar pair for myself!
If you have questions about any these items arriving in time for Christmas, just send a message to the artist about it. There is a contact button at the bottom of the first page of each shop. Some of us (including me) are guaranteeing same or next day shipping.
I hope you enjoyed your fifth Tuesday Tour. I’d love to hear your comments!
By the way…did you notice that it’s snowing on my blog?! Move your mouse and it will change the direction the snow is falling! Enjoy! :)
I went to the Gem Faire in Tacoma last Friday and I have all kinds of new goodies on my bead table now. I’m fairly cautious at Gem Faire, because many of the gem dealers don’t have store fronts or websites and I see a lot of gems that look dubious to me. One booth had beads that were obviously glass, but were billed as quartz, (but had garish bright non-quartz colors). Other dealers looked quite reputable. I really didn’t need any stones any way. They have good deals on Swarovski crystals and I picked up several strands. The oval beads (below) are Chinese crystal. The rest are Swarovskis.
Unicorn Beads always has a booth at Gem Faire and they have great deals on their discontinued lines. Unicorne Beads specializes in handmade lampworked Boro (Borosilicate) glass. At a nearby booth, I also picked up one strand of moukite – my only gemstone purchase.
Here’s a close up of some of the boro beads. Pretty, huh?
I finished off my shopping spree with 4 feet of brass chain and 2 feet of copper chain. The ceramic pieces below are from Summers Studio and they arrived in the mail this week, too.
Now I can’t wait to get into the studio and start creating with all these new goodies.