Oak Leaf And Acorn Necklace

AJE Component Of The Month Reveal

I hosted the September Component of the Month on the Art Jewelry Elements blog. Each of the participants received one of the pendants below.

COM PendantsAfter distributing the pendants, I got the idea to make some with 3 loops, rather than two.  My design features one of the new three loop pendants.

COM 1aUsing Irish waxed linen I dangled a pewter squirrel, by Green Girl Studio from the bottom loop.  At the front of the necklace,  I knotted mossy green glass, wood, recycled glass and trade beads, on orange leather cording.  The back is a simple pattern of seed beads.

COM 3aI have one 2-loop oak leaf pendant in my shop now and will be adding a few more 2 and 3 loop pendants later this afternoon or early evening.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this month’s COM.  To see everyone’s creations, follow these links!

AJE Team

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Autumn Pendant Giveway

Ready to move into designing jewelry for autumn?  I’m hosting a giveaway over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog that might help you get started.  2 lucky people will each win one of my ceramic Oak Leaf & Acorn pendants.

To find out to enter the giveaway, go to Art Jewelry Elements and read the directions carefully.  Then throw your name in the hat and cross your fingers!

Good luck!

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Good luck!

Rustic Stoneware Coin Pendant Reveal

August AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Our August Component of the Month was created by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio.  I had the pleasure of spending several days with Diana and her husband, Colin, prior to Bead Fest, last week.  (More about that in another post.)

Rustic stoneware coin pendants by Diana P.

This has been a crazy, busy month for me, so this will be a work in progress post.  I have enough of the necklace finished, that you can pretty much picture how it will look when completed.

COM 1bUsing waxed linen, I knotted on Diana’s stoneware pendant.  Then I knotted one of Lesley Watt’s stoneware beads above the pendant. I love the rustic textures in both Diana’s and Lesley’s pieces.  They look great together.

COM 5To the right, I knotted on a patina’ed copper bead by Miss Fickle Media, a stoneware bead by Mary Hubbard and another stoneware bead, whose creator I don’t remember.  To the left are a matte finished tigereye stone bead, a ceramic tube bead by Karen Totten and 2 of Diana’s beads.

COM 3The back will will be some combination of the wood and glass peanut beads that I picked up at Bead Fest.  I’m pleased with how this is turning out and look forward to completing it.  I’ll let you know when it is in my shop.

COM 1aThank you, Diana, for sharing your stoneware coin pendant with us!  Want to see what everyone else made with Diane’s pendant?  Here are the links!

AJE Team

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July Component Of The Month Reveal

This month’s  Component Of The Month was made by Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) team member Niky Sayers.  Niky, who is from London, England, used 2 old farthing coins to make a very cool bead.  I didn’t know how much a farthing was worth or when it had been in use, so I looked it up.  A farthing was worth a quarter of an old penny and there were also half farthings and 3 quarter farthings.  They were taken out of circulation in 1961.

Farthing Bracelet 3I knew that I wanted to make a multi-strand bracelet with my farthing bead.  I thought this raku bead, from Odd Designs, would add some color while also tying in with the coppery color of the coin.  At that point I decided to go for blue and coppery brown in the whole bracelet, along with some smaller spots accent colors.

Farthing Bracelet 2The blue lampwork glass bead (above, right) by Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions was perfect for my third focal bead.

Farthing Bracelet 1Each of the three strands of smaller beads has a mix of blue and brown glass beads, with some accent colors and some small copper heshe..  Although each strand is different, they all have some blue glass seed beads with a copper sheen and some of the copper heshe.  These common components help  to tie the overall design together. Farthing Bracelet 5I  finished the bracelet with a handmade ceramic button by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.

Farthing Bracelet 4Thank you Niky for sharing your awesome metalsmithing skills with us in the form of this uber-cool bead!  In addition to the AJE team members, 3 lucky guest artists also received farthing beads. My Farthing Bracelet is available in the bracelet section of my shop.

Check out the blogs listed below to see what everyone else made with their farthings.

Guest Artists

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Pretty Palettes Reveal

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Erin Prais-Hintz invited me to be her partner for her July Pretty Palettes challenge on the Halcraft Inspiration Blog.  July’s inspirational theme is aurora borealis.  As her partner, I received all these amazing beads from Halcraft. It would be hard not to be inspired by all this metallic sheen and sparkle.  These are perfect beads for the aurora borealis theme!

Pretty Palettes BeadsHere’s a close-up that really shows off the metallic sheen.

Pretty Palettes 2If you look above the pendant in both of these pictures, you’ll see two round, blue-gray glass beads.  There was a whole strand of those in the package from Erin, but in my rush to design with them, I forgot to take a photograph of all the beads before I started.

Shine On Necklace

For my first piece, I made a fringe necklace.  Now you see where all those blue-gray beads went!  It’s a little hard to see in a photograph, but the blue-gray beads have a kind of inner gleam that reminds me of labradorite. I paired them with matte, metallic dagger beads, silver lined blue seed beads and Swarovski crystals.

Shine On Necklace

The multiple colors of the dagger beads brings to mind the many colors that fill the sky during an aurora borealis.  You can find the Shine On Necklace on my website.

Shine On Necklace

While I was learning a bit more about aurora borealis, I discovered that at times it can take the form of a spiral, as in the picture below.  Isn’t that just amazing?

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For these earrings, I wanted to express that spiral in the sky.  I used a pair of spiral ceramic charms that I made and combined them with a few of each type of the metallic Halcraft beads.

Aurora Borealis Earrings
Aurora Borealis Earrings

I used a glaze on the ceramic components that breaks into several shades of a black cherry color.  I love how that mimics that naturally occurring ombre shades of the aurora borealis.  The Aurora Borealis Earrings are available on my website.

Aurora Borealis Earrings
Aurora Borealis Earrings

I have more ideas for these beads swirling around in my head, but I’ve run out of time.  I would like to thank Erin and Halcraft for inviting me to play along.  It was lots of fun.

Now I recommend that you hop on over to the Halcraft blog to see what Erin made with these beads and to get links to the other participants.  Happy blog hopping!

Update:  I just found some info on an aurora borealis that some people may be able to see at the end of this month.  Follow this link for more information. http://www.softservenews.com/en/aurora-borealis-breaking-news/aurora-storm-watch-news-300073.html

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Aurora Borealis

This month I am excited to be Erin Prais-Hintz’s Pretty Palettes partner.  Pretty Palettes is a monthly challenge that Erin hosts on the Halcraft Inspiration blog. Halcraft is a company that produces several different lines of beads for various retailers. Their Bead Gallery® line is made exclusively for Michaels. Each month Erin chooses a theme and selects Halcraft beads inspired by that month’s theme.  July’s theme is Aurora Borealis.

Photo by Julien Ratel ( Júllí Jónsson ) Creative Commons

Erin also chooses someone to partner with her each month.  As her July partner I received this fabulous set of Bead Gallery beads and the pendant.  Its hard to catch the shimmer and shine of these beads in a photograph.  They are super inspiring!  Others can play along with this challenge as well.  They can purchase these beads if they want and/or use beads from their stash.  My designs will be a combination of the Halcraft beads and coordinating beads from my stash.

So far I’ve made one item and I’m working on more. I can’t show you what I’ve made until the reveal date, which is July 29th.  But I will say that I have used almost the whole strand of beads that is on the far right in the photo above and I love how it turned out!  I hope you will come back on the 29th for the Pretty Palettes reveal!Linda cursiveLinda Landig Jewelry

Anniversary Trip To The Beach

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary!  I am so grateful to share my life with this man.  I wouldn’t be who I am today without him.  He believes in me, trusts me, shares values with me, and supports me.  We’ve been through rough times, but have always prevailed.

42nd Anniversary 12We celebrated by heading off to Port Townsend, WA for an overnight visit.  Port Townsend has been one of our favorite beach destinations for 30 years now and we’re always happy to return. Our 1st stop was at Fort Warden State Park, (where the movie Pretty Woman was filmed).

42nd Anniversary 442nd Anniversary 13a42nd Anniversary 9As you can see from the pictures, the weather was perfect!  We found a comfortable log to sit on and just soaked up the sun and enjoyed the sounds of the waves and the sea gulls.

42nd Anniversary 14Eventually we wandered into town, cruised the art galleries and settled on a new (to us) restaurant for lunch, called Sirens.  We sat upstairs on a balcony overlooking the water.  I swear, it was the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten.  And the view…well just take a look!

42nd Anniversary 3When you have a view like that, you don’t even want to finish your lunch and have to give up your seat!

After lunch, we headed over to Lois Venarchick’s shop, Wynwoods Gallery and Studio.  This is my one of my favorite bead shops anywhere.  Lois seems to have a knack for finding unique beads.  I always find a treasure to take home with me when I am there.  Lois also designs and casts her own metal charms and pendants and that was what I was after on this trip!  Here’s what I came away with.  Don’t you just love these?

42nd Anniversary 19Later we went over to North Beach for a nice walk before dinner. And for dinner we went to a restaurant that Lois and her husband Phil suggested.  OMG, our taste buds died and went to heaven.  The food was exquisite!  It was the perfect place for an anniversary celebration.

42nd Anniversary 18We had a delightful surprise waiting for us when we returned to our motel room.  Our daughter had ordered champagne for us and had it delivered to our room.  We were so touched by her thoughtfulness!  We sat on our balcony, sipped champagne and looked out over the marina.

42nd Anniversary 242nd Anniversary 16aI love spending time at the ocean. It is my happy place.  I have a collection in my jewelry shop called Surf & Sand, which has all my ocean themed work.  Here are a couple examples of what you can find there.

Sailboat Earrings

High Tide Necklace

Where is your happy place?

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