I’d been feeling a little low lately and that led to some serious bead retail therapy shopping…. This picture doesn’t even show it all–oh my! Here’s what’s on my table now:
The strands of glass beads and the ceramic beads in the little bowl are all from Shipwreck Beads. Fortunately – or unfortunately, (depending on how you look at it), I only live about 15 minutes away from Shipwreck. Those red and black beads are so-o-o cool! The round ceramic charms are from Bo Hulley Beads. You can sorta see that I already made one pair into earrings. The green and brown leaves and the deeply textured rounds are from Chinook Jewelry.
H-m-m-m, what else have I gotten? Well, these from DaviniaDesign:
As some of you may know, I work part-time for the University of Washington as a field supervisor for student teaching interns. One of the student teachers I worked with this past year was teaching a 5th grade class that was earning money to attend 5th grade camp. The school had a kiln and the classroom teacher knew how to fuse glass. So she created an after school glass club where students could learn how to make a variety of fused glass projects, which they would then sell to defray the costs of going to camp. When I first started visiting this class they were selling dichroic fused glass pendants. They ran this venture as a business. They had business cards, they tracked their inventory, and their expenses and income. All the proceeds went to helping defray the costs of 5th grade camp. I looked through their extensive selection of pendants and selected the one you see here.
I felt I was contributing to a good cause and the pendant I selected is very nice. I decided on a contemporary, asymmetrical design.
The turquoise, bow tie shaped beads on the right, are vintage German glass. The metallic black, tip drilled glass beads feel really silky in the hand (yes, I am a very tactile person). The clasp is sterling silver and the length is adjustable.
I decided to name this the “Happy Camper Necklace“, since the purchase of the pendant helped send those 5th graders to camp. And believe me, they had a blast there and learned a lot about science, social studies and cooperative work.
Later in the year, the kids also made fused glass wall vases, light catchers and garden markers. What a great way to integrate business skills, art, math, science (properties of glass), and social skills! Way to go 5th graders!
My goodie package arrived this week from Lori Dorrington, my lovely Bead Soup Party partner. Lori is not only a jewelry designer, but also a lampworker. Can I tell how excited I was when I read that on her blog? So I had my fingers crossed that she would send me some lampwork goodness and she did!
Everything in her package was all neatly labeled. Just look at all these goodies!
I love the way the garnets pick up on the garnet color in the lampwork. I can hardly wait to get to work with these!
So that is what is sitting on my work table today. Thank you Lori!
I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and see what is happening on other bead tables.
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.
I was going to go sit by my husband on the front porch one day this week, when I discovered that “someone else” had already claimed that chair. This little guy was perched on the top cross-bar of the chair back.
He (she?) sat there very patiently, while I ran into the house and got my camera. I took macro shots from all different angles.
We have a protected wetland area behind our house. Having so many frogs in the area is considered a sign that the wetlands have a healthy ecosystem. This guy is a Northwest Chorus Frog, and believe me, these guys can really sing! On spring nights their love songs are almost deafening.
A third grade class at Boston Harbor Elementary School in Olympia, Washington successfully proposed, to the state legislature, that the Northwest chorus frog should be the state amphibian. And so, in 2007, the Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla) became the official state amphibian . Now why states need official amphibians, I don’t know. But it was a cool project for the third graders!
After awhile the Mr. Frog grew tired of his photo shoot and started climbing down the chair.
Eventually he hopped onto the seat of the chair and then sprung off into the garden.
Lori ofStudio Waterstone hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.
I’ve recently added 3 new pairs of earrings to the Linda Landig Jewelry Studio. The “Pink Rose Earrings” are sweet and sassy, with bright cheery colors and pink roses on a red background. These earrings have pretty glass beads with Peridot accents (a transparent, green semi-precious stone).
I named the next pair of earrings “New Growth” because the oval stone, serpentine, is the color of new growth on plants in the springtime. I topped the serpentine with a midnight blue Swarovski crystal and placed a matching colored faceted pearl on the bottom.
The next pair of earrings is perfect for date night or a festive occasion where you really want to go for the glam. Can’t you just see the “Radiant Rhinestone Earrings” with your little black dress? These earrings really sparkle!
I entered a giveaway on Lorei Eurto’s blog and I won a cool pair of her tin earrings from her Harbinger Collection! She cuts the shapes from patterned tins, domes them and makes them into earrings. These are super fun to wear and go with so many colors. Thank you Lorelei!