My husband and I are spending the winter in the amazing city of Oaxaca, Mexico.
We were here about 2.5 years ago and fell in love with it. It is a World Heritage Site for both its beautiful colonial architecture as well as its complex and delicious cuisine. There is vibrant and varied indigenous presence here that includes over 17 separate native languages. Art, craft and color are everywhere!
For today’s post, I thought I’d introduce you to “our” casa (house). We are on the outskirts of Oaxaca, in what used to be a separate village called San Felipe. We have a delightful rented house that is lovingly decorated with local art.
Kitchen-Dining Area – notice the beautiful tile work and the pottery on the top shelf!
A collection of carved wooden spoons, and molinillos for mixing Mexican hot chocolate (its heavenly!)
Here is a close-up of the ollas (pots) on the top shelf in the kitchen.
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal. December’s component was made by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given one of these awesome ceramic snowflake pendants to design with. Today we get to see what everyone created!
I received one of the turquoise snowflakes to work with. I decided to highlight the triangular shaped points of the snowflakes, by using some bicone shaped beads and by creating a triangular shaped clasp.
The triangular link is based on a link from Cindy Wimmer‘s book The Missing Link. I used a bit lighter gauge wire and made it a bit smaller, so it wouldn’t overwhelm Diana’s pendant. Then I used the same basic idea, but created a hook on one end, so I could use it as a clasp.
The beads are strung on walnut colored Irish waxed linen. The beautiful batiked ribbon wrapped a bead order I got from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio. It has some turquoise in it, along with shades of blue, black and green. So pretty and it was a perfect finishing touch for my necklace.
Thank you Diana for sharing your pendants with us! Visit Suburban Girl Studio to see more of Diana’s work!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Diana’s snowflake pendants? Click on the links below to see what the other participants created. Have fun!
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.
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
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!