Snowflake Earrings and a Cold

News Day Tuesday

Welcome to Tuesday News Day; the day for jewelry updates and other relevant or possibly irrelevant news.

New Snowflake Earrings

I’m in bed with a miserable head cold, so today’s post will be brief.  I’d just like to share these new earrings, made with lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals and ceramic snowflake charms by Bo Hulley Beads.

“Let It Snow” Earrings

I love how the lampwork beads have so many soft colors in them.  The colors are not only beautiful, but they makes these earrings so versatile.  They will look great paired with blues, green, lilac and all neutrals.

“Let It Snow” Earrings

I came across a link to beautiful, macro photos of snowflakes that I wanted to share with you.  These really are amazing!  http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/andrew-osokin-macro-snowflake-ice-photographs

 

I’ve got a blog hop coming up soon and other bits of news, but I’m going to sign off here and just work on getting well for a day or two.  Take care.

-Linda

 

 

AJE Component Of The Month Challenge

(Find the Challenge Of Color blog hop here!)

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Every month the Art Jewelry Elements team hosts a component of the month challenge.  For the November challenge, Lesley Watt of  THEAtoo provided an absolutely gorgeous snowflake focal, which she created with bronze metal clay. 

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I received the snowflake on the top left.  I’d imagined these as being button sized, but they are actually quite large.  Once I saw the actual size, I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to do.  So I started playing with beads in my stash that might work with the design I pictured in my head.  Here’s my snowflake, sitting on the coffee table with some loose beads.  I tried out several different arrangements before I was satisfied.

Nov 2012  AJE COM 1

One of my current jewelry goals is to improve my wire working skills, so I decided to wire all the components, instead of stringing them.  There are 3 different methods of wire wrapping in the finished necklace.

Snowflake Necklace 5

And here’s how it turned out.  I’m really pleased with it!  The colors are quite unusual, especially for a snowflake necklace, which usually ends up being blue.  Blue is OK, but I really like these colors with the bronze and I like that the colors introduce an element of surprise to the winter theme.  Winter can get really bleak in western Washington and I need bursts of color to keep myself energized!

Snowflake Necklace 1

In addition to Lesley’s snowflake, I used turquoise clay beads by Summers Studio, a greenish-brown bead by Artisan Beads and a pale blue bead by Gaea.  In addition to the handmade components, I added turquoise, pressed glass and a glass chevron bead.

Snowflake Necklace 4

The AJE team members who are part of this blog hop are listed below as well as the 2 lucky readers who won a snowflake component.  Check out their fantastic designs.  You will be amazed at all the creative talent in this group! 

Additionally, I encourage you to check out the Challenge of Color blog hop which is  going on today also (and was mentioned at the start of today’s post).

Winter Snowflake Necklace

 

News Day Tuesday

Welcome to Tuesday News Day; the day for jewelry updates and other relevant or possibly irrelevant news.

Thank You!

First off I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped make this Thanksgiving weekend a success.  This includes shoppers, people who shared my promotions in their social media and the jewelry groups I belong to!  Thank you so much!

Coupon Code: AWHOLIDAY & Giveaway

The coupon code AWHOLIDAY is still valid in my Etsy shop and my ArtFire shop through the end of the month!  Soooo, if you missed out on the shopping frenzy this weekend, brew yourself a nice cup of tea and shop without frenzy, through November 30th.  Enter AWHOLIDAY in the coupon code box at checkout and receive 20% off your order.  Sweet, huh?

My earring giveaway runs through Nov. 30th also.  You can enter to win here.

Snow Day Necklace

Snow Day Necklace

Snow Day Necklace

I added the Snow Day necklace to my Etsy shop a day or two ago.  This is perfect for the holidays!  Here’s what I  especially like about this necklace:  It looks awesome for Christmas, but because there are no Santas or other Christmas-y stuff on it, it is perfect for the whole winter season.  Go ahead and wear it with green for Christmas, but it looks smashing on blue, black, neutrals and non-Christmas-y greens too.  I sized it longer (26.5 inches) so it can fit with a collar or over a sweater.

Snow Day Necklace

Snow Day Necklace

I heart macro – Snow

If you’re looking for the blog hop, it’s here: Copper Components Blog Hop

Snowmageddon 

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

The big snow storm that hit us in late January has affectionately been dubbed Snowmageddon in the press!  First we had 11 inches of snow in 24 hours, then we had freezing rain, which coated everything with a heavy layer of ice.

snow in treeThe ice was followed by a windstorm with gusts up to 60 mph.  Whole trees snapped under the weight of the ice and the force of the wind.

snow in treeThe ornamental cherry trees that line our long driveway were severely damaged.  A tree toppled down at the end of our road and landed on the overhead electrical wires.

downed tree in the roadWe were without electricity for 3 and a half days—brrr!  We live in a rural area and are on well water, which is pumped to the house via an electric pump, thus we were without, heat, light, telephone, running water or flushing toilets for those 3 and a half days.  We were entirely snowed in for the first two days, so we couldn’t even drive to a warm restaurant for food.

snow in treesThe stuff in our freezer was melting, so my husband gathered up the thawing chicken, and made barbecued chicken soup!  Not many people can claim to have eaten barbecued soup!  He also made barbecued hot tea for us.  I took these pictures when the snow had just started.  My husband took the picture of the downed tree (admittedly not a macro shot), that zapped our electricity.

dog paw prints in the snow

Chochi has been here.

snow on a spent flower head

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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I heart macro – Snow Melt

Snow Melt

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I think this is one of the best pictures I have ever taken and I’m very happy to be able to share it with you today.

water drps on branch

Snow melt

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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View From My Studio

Yesterday:

Just a light dusting of snow–grass peeking through.

view from studio window on WednesdayToday:

Same view–way more snow!  Snow is a big event in the Pacific Northwest!  There are about 5 inches (12.7 cm) of snow so far.

fesh fallen snow

Don’t forget to come back on Saturday.  Even if I’m snowed in, I’ll grab a cup of hot tea and post my Bead Soup Party designs and we can all enjoy a fantastic blog hop to see what others have created too!  See you then!

Bead Table Wednesday: Sneak Peek!

After having just returned from palm trees and outdoor dining in San Diego, it is a bit of a shock to look out my studio window and see this:

Snow in Olympia, WA

The snow is coming down hard right now, with 6 inches predicted by tomorrow.  Its okay though, because I’m snug and warm in my studio, surrounded by beady goodness.

I promised a sneaky-peek of my Bead Soup Blog Party necklace, so here it is.

Well, you are just going to have to make do with this image until the Bead Soup Party Day on Saturday.  Come back then and see the necklace, earrings and bracelet that I made with the fabulous beads and components sent to me by Elisabeth Auld of Beads For Busy Gals.

Yesterday I picked up some luscious beads from Beads and Botanicals, here in Olympia and the day before, 2 pendants arrived in the mail from Shaterra Clay Studio.  View & swoon!

Shaterra Clay Studio pendants and Beads and Botanicals lampwork

Monday Meanderings: Sunny San Diego

My husband is a train buff.  He is an amazing font of knowledge about all things public transit.  It’s not unusual to be watching the opening scene in a movie with him and when he sees a train he’ll say something like, “This movie must take place in Chicago in the early 40′s.”  He knows what kinds of train ran where and when.  So for Christmas this year, I gave him a round-trip train ride for two to San Diego.

Amtrak train in front of a station house.

Last week we escaped the gray, dreary winter of western Washington State and caught a train south to sunny San Diego.  The trip takes about a day and a half and we had a small sleeper berth.  We passed through snowy mountains, ocean vistas studded with palm trees; past rivers, farmlands, cities and towns.  Whenever the train had a 10 minute layover, my husband would be out on the platform taking pictures of the trains.  His great happiness meant so much to me.

snow view from the Amtrak train

View from the train window, of mountains in Oregon, on the return trip.

In San Diego we visited Coronado, where they filmed “Some Like It Hot” with Marilyn Monroe.  I walked barefoot on the beach, luxuriating in the feel of the warm, silky, fine sand.

Hotel at Coronado, San Diego

Hotel at Coronado, San Diego

We went up to Cabrillo National Monument, with its incredible views of the San Diego skyline, across the bay, (see yesterday’s post) and we visited San Diego’s first mission.

The mission building and grounds were lovely, but what lingers with me was an old photograph of a class of Native American children, all with sad or grim faces.  These children had been forcibly  removed from their families and sent to the Catholic mission school.  This happened to Native kids all over the country and their tears flood my heart.

San Diego's first mission

I’ll post pictures from our visit to San Diego’s fabulous Balboa Park, soon.  I hope you vicariously enjoyed this trip, too!

Monday Meanderings: Let It Snow!

{Monday Meanderings: Musings & Observations From Beyond the Bead Studio}

We don’t get a lot of snow in the Pacific Northwest (at least not west of the Cascade Mountains).  So when it does start falling, we get all excited! School is often delayed.  Children stare out the classroom windows, longing for escape.   Driving becomes dangerous, because people here are unaccustomed to driving in the snow.  There are usually lots of fender-benders.  But I am  retired now and I no longer have to venture forth unless I want to.  So I stayed home today and took some photos to share with you.  I hope you enjoy them.

Fresh snow fall on the last of our mums

Fresh snow fall on the last of our yellow mums.

Three red and Orange leaves in the Snow

Autumn leaves in the snow.

Fresh Snow Fall on Lavender Beauty Berries

Lavender beauty berries capped with fresh fallen snow.

Chochi, our rescue dog, sitting in the snow

Chochi; surveying the snowy scene.

Snow in the woods behind our house
A snowy path through the woods behind our house.

(My apologies about the date stamp in the pictures.  I didn’t know it was on when I took the photographs).