As announced on Monday’s blog post, everyone who enters the giveaway has an opportunity to be included in the drawing for the “So Sari Earrings”, featuring amazing handmade patina’ed copper dangles by Melinda Orr Designs, sari silk and lampwork (handmade) glass by Radiant Mind.
So Sari Earrings
And now, each person who shares this giveaway on Facebook, their blog or Google+ will also be entered to win their choice of a pair of handmade copper components by Melinda Orr Designs or a turquoise and green bracelet which I wove on Sunday. There’s something for everyone–whether you just love wearing artisan jewelry or whether you are an artisan jeweler yourself.
Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms by Melinda Orr Designs
Comment on the Facebook Giveaway post for 1 entry to win the earrings.
Click the share button on the Facebook post and get 2 extra entries.
If you have a business page, click to share it there too and get an another 2 entries.
Share this Giveaway on your blog and leave a comment on my Facebook Giveaway post letting me know you have done this, for 2 entries.
Share the Giveaway on Google+ and let me know about it on my Facebook Giveaway post, for 2 more entries.
Comment = 1 entry
Shares = 2 entries
I will number all these entries in the order received and then use an online random number generator to determine the earring winner.
Then I will number all the people who shared the giveaway. I’ll use the random number generator again to determine who gets to choose between the copper components and the bracelet. The winners will be posted on my blog and Facebook page on Sat. March 31st.
Winters in Washington State, while not as severe as, say Minnesota, (where I was born), are long and gray. People tend to get depressed because of the lack of sunshine.
And then suddenly things shift. It may be chilly, but the sun is out. Buds appear and people start smiling again. I feel a noticeable lift in my spirits when the sun returns and the forsythia and daffodils start to bloom. There’s a new spring in my step and I know it is time to celebrate. So…..
It’s time for a Spring Time Giveaway!
I’ve been playing with adding fibers to my designs. I was so pleased with the outcome of these earrings, that I decided to do a giveaway! Some people have told me these earrings look like the spice route to India and others have said they look like a tropical beach. Either way, they are made for sunny weather!
So Sari Earrings
The gorgeous embossed copper components are made by Melinda Orr Designs. The orange glass beads are handmade by the lampwork glass artists at Radiant Mind. The fibers are recycled sari silk from India.
So Sari Earrings
I will be giving these earrings away to one lucky winner on Saturday, March 31st. There are multiple opportunities to enter the giveaway.
I’ve been experiementing with adding fibers to my jewelry designs. The contrast between the softness of sari silk and metal or glass is captivating.
The sari silk cording captures the eye with its brilliance and it adds another layer of texture over the richly patina’ed metal components by Melinda Orr Designs. The smooth matte beads by Radiant Mind add still another surface texture.
Sari silk earring
Patina'ed and embossed copper by Melinda Orr Designs
I love how these turned out, so I decided to share them with you in a giveaway tomorrow, (Monday 3/26/12). Come back tomorrow to see how you can enter to win. Details will be here and on my Facebook page.
Sari silk earrings
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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.
Castle in the Sky necklace
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.
Last night I started a right angle weave bracelet. Right angle weave is commonly abbreviated as simply RAW. Many people think that RAW is very difficult. I actually find it quite relaxing, when using larger beads, like these 6 mm fire polish glass beads.
Cookie tray with woven bracelet, extra beads, fire line and clippers.
I love how this is turning out! The colors give it a sort of tough and feminine look. I’ll finish it with a peyote weave loop on one side, using the pink seed beads. On the other side I’ll add a lovely glass button. I may do a little picot edging along the sides, but I haven’t decided yet.
Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party blog hop! Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is our uber-awesome hostess. She paired the 200 participants and we exchanged beads with our partners. I was delighted to be paired with Karen Hess of Monday Musings. Here are the wonderful beads, pendant and clasp which she sent me.
Beads from Karen Hess
The striped heart and polka-dot beads had such a playful nature that I decided to just have fun and make a completely whimsical necklace. I added a few more black and white beads of my own and here’s what I came up with!
Whimsical Heart Necklace
At first, when I laid out the beads on my bead mat, I mixed all the black and white beads together, but it seemed too jumbled and busy that way. So in the spirit of whimsy, I put all the predominately white beads on one side and all the predominately black beads on the other side. I used white beading wire and some white coated chain that I had left over from another project.
Whimsical Heart Necklace
Whimsical Heart Necklace
I like the way the white disc bead echos the shape of the black ring on the other side, however that was not my original intent. I started out with two white glass discs and I intended to make a pair of earrings with them. I put a large black jump ring through one of the discs and hung it from gunmetal ear wires. It was very cool looking! However when I tried to thread the jump ring through the other disc, I found out that it had a somewhat smaller hole. I pushed just a bit too hard and….. Well you can see the results. 😦
After I was done with the necklace, I still had some pretty silvery gray faux pearls left. A friend of mine had given me four 2-hole ovals of rose quartz. I thought they would combine prettily with the silver-gray pearls, for a nice spring and summer bracelet. The colors reminded me of the gray and pink pussy-willows that are in our yard. I added some silver spacers and bead caps that Karen had sent me too.
I still had the very cool carved wooden beads. These are definitely “my style” – woodsy and rustic. I had just recently received an order of orange handmade glass beads from Indonesia, which I was anxious to try out. They paired perfectly with the carved wood.
BSBP give away earrings
To celebrate the Bead Soup Blog Party, I will be giving these earrings away one week from today! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, to be entered in the drawing. I will determine the winner using an online random number generator. Maybe you’ll have the lucky number!
List of Participants
Here is a list of all the participants. Be sure to check both sides of the list, as people are listed in pairs. Have fun!