Its taken me awhile to transition back to my normal routine here in the states (I just returned from 3 months in Oaxaca, Mexico). I’ve picked up the old routines again, gradually. I’m now back to doing my adult literacy tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. Hubs and I have date night on Fridays. We’ve got books checked out from the library etc. When we returned home, we found that our water heater was leaking, so we’ve gotten that fixed. We’ve caught up on laundry and I spent some time cleaning up my studio.
The clean studio inspired me to create. When it is a mess, I feel .paralyzed. Mind you, the whole room isn’t clean yet, but there is space at my work table to create and so I did.
I’ve joined a group that is participating in a webinar series called “set yo space“. It will focus on how to create an inviting studio space that inspires us to create, rather than having a space that paralyzes our muse. I’ll write more about that, once we get going next week.
It’s a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and I feel happy. So I decided that a good name for the new earrings would be “Springtime Celebration”. Its how I feel.
The shield-shaped copper pieces were created by my good friend Kristi Bowman. She colored them in the most amazing jewel-tones. Love! I topped them with some silver lined, turquoise glass beads and wove some hand-dyed ribbon above them.
Kristi shared some her customer’s recent work on her blog today, including these earrings. You should check her blog post out. All the jewelry is just yummy!
The Art Jewelry Elements Theme Challenge for March is Hares and Bunnies. The challenge was simple: Make a rabbit or hare bead or piece of jewelry and share it on March 31st.
I don’t have any rabbit or hare beads with me here in Mexico, so I couldn’t really participate in terms of making something new. So instead I’m going to share a rabbit necklace that is currently available in my shop, as well as some rabbit jewelry that I have designed and sold in the past.
First off is this delightful “Bunny Love” necklace. I was lucky enough to snare this double bunny pendant from Nancy Adams of Round Rabbit. Her ceramic work sells fast, so I was pleased to have been at the right place at the right time to grab this pendant.
The Bunny Love necklace is in my shop, which, by the way, is brand spankin’ new! I’ve been busy this past month setting up my own, stand-alone website. Some things will remain in my Etsy shop, but my complete line of jewelry and ceramic components will only be available on my website. The web address is easy to remember. Its just my name and dot com. .www.LindaLandig.com I will be back in the States soon and all orders placed now will ship on April 7th, via USPS.
I love bunnies, so I thought I’d share a couple of my previously sold designs as well. This necklace features one of Jenny Davies-Reazor’s wonderful ceramic hare pendants. I made it for display in her both for Bead Fest 2013.
This necklace dates way back to 2010, but it is still one of my favorites. I love the carved pendant!
I’m really looking forward to seeing all the rabbit and hare designs. Here are all the links. Let’s get hopping!
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!
Walking 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.
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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 fromLesley Watt at Bead Fest last summer. Not only do I love the owl design, but the glaze on this one makes me swoon.
The 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. The “Night Flight” necklace has been added to my shop now.
The 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.
I 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!
And lastly, I have a super pretty pair of earrings that featureKristi Bowman’samazing 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.
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.
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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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.