Birthday Celebration In Oaxaca

My husband’s 63rd birthday was last week.  We went out to dinner at a restaurant in Oaxaca called Quince Letras (Fifteen Letters).  I’m always amazed in Mexico how places that might look shabby on the outside can open up into the most beautiful courtyards inside! It never ceases to surprise and delight me!

The inside portion of the restaurant is decorated with some wonderful modern paintings that just tickled my love of color!

Hans' Birthday 9Walking through the enclosed portion of the restaurant leads you to an open courtyard, filled with plants, paintings and ceramic decor.  So beautiful and peaceful.  Like being on a serene island in the middle of a city.

Hans' Birthday 10
The birthday boy.

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-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Use Your Stash – January AJE Reveal

For 2015 Art Jewelry Elements decided to freshen our monthly challenges a bit and throw some new challenges into the mix.  Our January challenge was to go through our stash and find one or more art beads that were created by AJE members and design something with them.   My stash of art beads is burgeoning and this was just the kick in the pants I needed to stop fondling my treasures and start using more of them.

The first piece I made uses a delightful owl pendant that I picked up from Lesley Watt at Bead Fest last summer. Not only do I love the owl design, but the glaze on this one makes me swoon.

Night Hunter Neckllace 3The glass and wood beads are strung on two strands of Irish waxed linen, with butter-soft blue leather lacing in the back.  I made the clasp out of patina’ed brass and I added a bit of chain so the length is adjustable.  TheNight Flight” necklace has been added to my shop now.

Night Hunter Neckllace 2The next piece is a simple charm necklace, perfect for pairing with jeans.  The ceramic gear was made by Karen Totten and the red and cream ceramic charm is my work.

After Midnight Necklace 4I named this necklace “After Midnight”, because Karen and I are both night owls and you can often find us chatting away on Facebook, well after midnight!

After Midnight Necklace 2And lastly, I have a super pretty pair of earrings that feature Kristi Bowman’s amazing copper hoops with beautiful caramel colored decorative glass headpins by Sue Kennedy.  These two were just made to go together!  I made the earwires myself and added a pretty spiral twist to the loop portion.

Caramel Drop Earrings 2b You can find the “Caramel Drop” earrings in my shop.

Caramel Drop Earrings 4Links to all the participants are below. Have fun visiting their blogs and seeing what they have created!

AJE team: 
Guest Participants ( aka winners)
Samantha- Wescott Jewelry
Nikki – Silver Nik nats
Yvette – Blue Kiln Beads
Bonus participants! 

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

 

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

My husband and I are spending the winter in the amazing city of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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.

Living Room

Casa 2Kitchen-Dining Area – notice the beautiful tile work and the pottery on the top shelf!

Casa 7A collection of carved wooden spoons, and molinillos for mixing Mexican hot chocolate (its heavenly!)

Casa 1Here is a close-up of the ollas (pots) on the top shelf in the kitchen.

Casa 4Ceramic sink in the bathroom.

Casa 17Terracotta Jaguar

Casa 11Bark Painting

Casa 23And last, but not least…my jewelry work table.

Casa 27I made these “Mexican Flor” earrings right here!

Spring Dreams 4And this sunny work table was also used for this “Turquoise Snowflake Necklace”.

Blue Snowflake Necklace I hope you have enjoyed this little tour.  My next post will show you around our enclosed, sunny patio.  There will be more art and lots of flowers!

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

2014 Holiday Ornament Swap & Blog Hop

2014HolidayOrnamentBadgeIn October I, and many others, received invitations to participate in Sally Russick’s annual 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.

Ornament from Sandi Volpe
Ornament from Sandi Volpe

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.Ornament Exchange 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!

Sandi's ornament on our Christmas tree.
Sandi’s ornament on our Christmas tree.

She also very generously sent along some beady goodness!  Of course I love receiving new beadies!

Bead and component gifts from Sandi Volpe.
Bead and component gifts from Sandi Volpe.

I made a stoneware snowflake ornament for Sandi and topped it with a beautiful lampwork bead by Stone Designs.Ornament Exchange 6 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.

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Aiming For 100 Listings

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.

Bird Song Necklace

Bird Song Necklace

Butterscotch Bracelet

Butterscotch Bracelet

Turning Leaf Earrings

Turning Leaf Earrings

Turquoise Owl Bracelet

Turquoise Owl Bracelet

Woodland Wanderings Bracelet

Woodland Wanderings Bracelet

By the way, did you notice my new blog template?  Clean and modern.  What do you think?

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Autumn Splendor

Fall Photos and New Ceramic

leaf strewn park bench
Autumn Park Bench
Pond with yellow leaves
Autumn Serenity

 

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.

Germany 17 Klein LindenI 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!

Autumn Splendor Leaf 1You can find this pendant as well as other fall ceramics and finished jewelry, in my shop:  Linda Landig Jewelry.

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

 

 

 

September Component of the Month Reveal

Its time for the Art Jewelry Elements September Component of the Month Reveal!  This month’s components are from Kristi Bowman Design.

Copper PMC Pendants by Kristi Bowman

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.

COM 3I 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.

COM 1aI 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.

COM I continued the copper and turquoise theme with some gorgeous, handmade raku beads that I got from Xaz Beads, at Bead Fest last year.

COM 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!

Guest Artists

SJ Designs Jewelry

Kari Asbury

Shirley Moore

AJE Team Members
Linda Landig   – You are here.

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry