Growing up near the Pacific coast, my fascination with tide pools dates back to childhood vacations on the ocean. There is an entire ecosystem in each little puddle and pool.
Sea stars (aka starfish) usually have 5 arms, but sometimes we’d find sea stars with a many more arms than that.
The many colored sea anemones look like strange plants, but are actually animals that attach themselves to rocks and shells. They wave their tentacles when the tide is in and close up when the tide is out. If you accidentally step on one, it will squirt water!
Tide pools are also home to shellfish, such as mussels, limpets and barnacles. Any kid who has ever clambered around on rocky tide pools in flip flops can tell you how viciously a barnacle can cut your foot, if you slip on some slick seaweed!
I can not imagine living far from the sea. It’s where I go when I need council, comfort or serenity.
Which it to say that I love this month’s Earrings Everyday Tide Pools theme. The earrings I made would be great to wear at the beach. But I know that I’d wear them lots of other times, just to bring a bit of the beach into my everyday life.
The beautiful blue lampwork beads are handmade by Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads. There is a lovely trailing of fine silver around these beads, which accents the sterling silver starfish that I dangled below them.
Just wanted to let you know that I’ve many new ceramic beads, charms and pendants to my shop today. In fact the whole front page is filled with them. I hope you will hop over to my shop to check out this update! :)
This month’s components are beautiful beaded beads by Sue Kennedy ofSue Beads. I love her beaded beads and her color choices!
Sue’s beaded beads are an obvious choice for earrings, but this time I decided to switch it up a bit and make a bracelet.
I paired Sue’s bead with a lampwork bead by my friends at Beads and Botanicals. and a pretty matte bead with light blue stripes.
I enjoy making bracelets that go from one strand to multi-strands and that was my approach here. When I started my Facebook Destash Group several weeks ago, I realized that I’d been neglecting my gemstone collection, so I chose some amethysts and pearls for the for the first two strands.
Although I rarely use Swarovski crystals any more, they were exactly what this bracelet called for in the third strand.
While I like each strand to be different, I try to tie them all together with some repeating components, in this case, I have light purple seed beads and small, blue cubes in every strand.
At this point, I knew that my usual brass or copper clasps were not going to work at all for this bracelet. Instead I selected a beautiful, hammer textured sterling silver toggle clasp. Ooo, so lovely!
When I was a kid, I had a little garden plot where I grew purple irises. They made me happy and so does this “Iris Bracelet“.
Check out my new life-sized wrist model! This is her début! Does she help you picture how the bracelet would look on you? I hope so.
There’s a peacock that lives a short distance from us. Sometimes I see him at the side of the road, showing off his splendid tail feathers. I suspect that he is an escapee from someone’s yard. He probably lives in the woods on either side of the road. These earrings are inspired by his beauty.
The beautiful copper peacock feathers were made by my good friend, Kristi Bowman. I topped the feathers with gorgeous lampwork glass beads and little ceramic cubes. The finishing touch is a bit of teal silk, knotted between the lampwork and the peacock feathers.
I chose the stunning colors of peacock feathers, blue, green and teal, to accent the copper feathers. I especially like how these earrings incorporate so many different materials: copper, lampwork glass, ceramic and fabric.
I’ve been moving some of my jewelry away from Etsy and onto my new website. Here are some of the new additions. Think Mother’s Day (hint, hint).
This peachy little bird has a cozy nest to sit in. This necklace is a like the ceramic version of what I see going on in our yard. We live in the woods, so there are tons of birds here. If you wake up early in the morning, their songs fill the air. I love that!
When I was in my 20’s my husband and I spent 3 weeks riding the rails around Europe. That was BB (Before Beads). We went to Venice and never even looked at any beads or sought out any glass makers. This just makes me cringe whenever I think about it now. Venice is a centuries old glass making center and Venetian glass beads are world renown. So I remedied my previous oversight, by buying some beautiful handmade glass beads from an artist who has a studio in the historic center of the city of Venice. Here are 2 pairs of earrings I made with her beads. Which do you like best?
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!