In October I, and many others, received invitations to participate in Sally Russick’sannual Holiday Ornament Swap/Hop. I’d never participated before, but it sounded like fun. Sally said one of the reasons she enjoys hosting the ornament swap each year is that it offers an opportunity to connect with a old bead friends or make new connections.
I was given the opportunity to make a new connection with Sandi Volpe. I was certainly familiar with her name in the bead community, but I’d never connected with her. I enjoyed getting to know her a little bit.
I’m not sure how Sandi made this. The back of the star is copper. I’m guessing that the front was either made with molten solder or molten pewter. In any case it is really cool looking.Did you notice that there is a crystal embedded on the left side of the star? It twinkles in the lights on the Christmas tree!
She also very generously sent along some beady goodness! Of course I love receiving new beadies!
I made a stoneware snowflake ornament for Sandi and topped it with a beautiful lampwork bead by Stone Designs. Did this whet your appetite to see more handmade ornaments? Check out the other blogs links below to see what everyone made!
Thank you Sandi for the beautiful ornament and the extra beads! And thank you Sally for hosting the swap and blog hop! Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a New Year that brings you new opportunities and joy.
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Our November component comes to us from Kristen Stevens of Beadwork By KAS. Kristen does amazing things with tiny beads, including these wonderful beaded links.
Here is the pair I chose for this month’s challenge:
This is actually the second time I have used Kristen links in this color, but I was delighted to give it a go another time! I made these earrings a couple of months ago and they are available in my shop.
.I purposely picked the same color this month, because I really love it! However, I didn’t want to make earrings again. I had this necklace started on my work table. I liked the front part of it, that you can see below, but I was dissatisfied with the back of the necklace. The blue raven pendant is by Oh! Sullivan Studio, the handmade ceramic beads are from Gaea and White Clover Kiln. There are also some recycled glass beads and various other goodies that are all knotted on Irish waxed linen.
When I saw the unfinished Blue Raven Necklace sitting on my table this week, I realized that Kristen’s beaded links would make a perfect transitional point from a beaded section of the necklace to chain in the back, and the colors were perfect. I love serendipity like that! So here’s my transformed necklace. I love it now!
Due to Thanksgiving busyness and holiday jewelry show preparations, I haven’t had time to add the Blue Raven Necklace to my shop yet. But just leave a comment below or message me if you think you might be interested and I’ll fill you in on the details.
This is a blog hop, so I encourage you to check out what all the participants did with Kristen’s awesome beaded links.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. I am thankful for our bead community on my blogs, on Facebook and here in my own neighborhood.
I’m having a 20% off sale on everything in my jewelry and component shop from now through the end of the day on Monday December 1st. Just go to Linda Landig Jewelry and use either the coupon code TURKEY20 or TURKEY14 at check out and the 20% will be taken off your purchase. Easy-peasy! You’ll find necklaces, earrings, bracelets and ceramic pendants in a range of colors and prices. Perfect for holiday gift giving or for accessorizing your holiday outfits.
This year I am seriously trying to avoid the malls and shop locally or online. I feel so much calmer when I do so. I hate being frazzled in the days leading up to the holidays. Last year was awful in that way and I’ve resolved to approach things differently this year.
I have a show this Saturday. If you are local, I hope you’ll come visit at the Lincoln School Winter Market! I plan to do much of my shopping there and then wrap up the rest online.
In preparation for the upcoming holidays, my local Etsy Team has challenged its members to reach 100 listings on Etsy by today. I took up the challenge and am proud to say that I have reached the goal! Here are a few of the new items you’ll find in my shop.
I love autumn in ways that I can’t even find words for. The colors stir something deep inside me. I’m filled with inspiration.
I took this inspiration with me into the studio. I’ve been unhappy with many of my recent ceramic pieces, which have been tossed into my “Fugly Bin” and have not been posted online. But this….this I love! It says fall to me in big, bold, vibrant colors. I was so happy when this pendant came out of the kiln today!
Its time for the Art Jewelry Elements September Component of the Month Reveal! This month’s components are from Kristi Bowman Design.
I love Kristi’s copper metal clay pieces and have used many of them in my jewelry designs over the years. For this month’s design, I chose the first piece in the bottom row of the picture above.
Unfortunately I had a lot going on this month and somehow the end of the September snuck up on me sooner than I expected. So today’s post will be a peek at a work in progress necklace.
I just loosely strung the beads on walnut colored, waxed linen cording, to give you an idea of where I’m going with this. The final piece will be knotted between the beads.
I wrapped the center of Kristi’s pendant with turquoise colored Wooly Wire. I also wrapped two channel beads with Wooly Wire. I love the vibrant turquoise with Kristi’s copper pendant and the Wooly Wire adds such a nice soft texture contrast to the hard copper.
I continued the copper and turquoise theme with some gorgeous, handmade raku beads that I got from Xaz Beads, at Bead Fest last year.
Unfortunately that’s as far as I got with this project. I’ll post an update later this week when I finish the necklace.
So now I encourage you to visit the other participants blogs to see what they created with Kristi’s pendants. And visit Kristi’s shop too, to see more of her work!
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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