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This month I’m playing along with Art Elements Component of the Month challenge. The super talented Lindsay Starr, created these innovative leather cabochons. To learn how she made these, you can read about her process here.  The cabochon I received is the second from the left, in the top photo.

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This was an interesting challenge for me, because I’m not a seed beader, so I couldn’t create a beaded bezel.  Upon further reflection, I realized that I could use some techniques that I learned in a pine needle basketry course that I took about a year ago.

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As you can see, the center of my basket is a stone cabochon.  My idea was to use Lindsay’s leather cab in a similar manner, but only weave two rows of pine needles around it and then use it as a brooch or pendant.  I glued a sturdy fabric to the back of the cab and prepared my pine needles.

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Using dark green Irish waxed linen, I added the two rows of pine needles.   In the photo below, the second row is close to being finished.  I laid the cab on our glass coffee table and started playing with some different possible embellishments.  When I found a combination I liked, I trimmed the remaining pine needles to a tapered point and wove them in.

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I used Fire Line to add the flowers and leaves.  I haven’t added any findings yet, as I haven’t decided if this should be a brooch or a pendant.  What do you think?

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I’d position the cab sideways, as above, for a brooch.  If I were to make it into a pendant, I’d position it vertically.

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A big thank you to Lindsay for sharing the leather cabochons with us. I also want to thank each of you for visiting my blog.  Now hop on over to the all the other participants and see all the fantastic things that everyone has created.

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Muffin Tin Challenge 2017

Life is what happens when you make other plans.  Ever heard that saying?  It pretty much explains what happened to me the past two weeks, in regards to this challenge.  Let me explain.

Heather Powers (Humble Beads) issued her annual Muffin Tin Challenge a couple of weeks ago.  The idea is to kick start your creativity at the start of the new year.  Participants  load up each cup of a muffin tin with all the “ingredients” needed to make a piece of jewelry.  Then whenever you have a spare moment, you can sit down and start creating, without the need to gather material or get distracted by all the other pretties.

I was coming down with a cold, so I decided to make it easy on myself and just use a 6 cup muffin tin, rather than attempting 12 projects.

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My muffin tin.

That cold I mentioned?  Yah, well it quickly morphed into bronchitis.  Which explains why my muffin tin reveal is now a week late.  Even though I missed the deadline for the blog hop, I still felt a sense of commitment to follow through on this challenge.

Before the bronchitis hit me like a tsunami, I got a couple of pieces done.  First up is a pair of earrings that I featured on my Earrings Everyday blog post yesterday.  I ended up making the earrings from the contents of the first two muffin cups. The ceramic spikes are from Suburban Girl Studio and the beaded beads are from Sue Beads.

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Then I went on to make a necklace with the Humble Beads bird pendant that you see in the second muffin cup.

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The rest of the jewelry was made this week. I made these cute earrings next.  They are strung on Irish waxed linen and I macramed the loops at the tops.  The wavy ceramic charms were made by Marsha Neal Studio.  I’m in love with the glaze on these.  See how it shades from mauve to lavender? ❤

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I adore this wonderfully textured heart, by Yoli Miramontes.  I topped it with a  lampwork glass cube, that pulls in the pink from the heart and accents that with mint green.  I’ve been looking for an excuse to use these unusually faceted, mint green beads.  Their time had come to shine!  I interspersed them with tiny green seed beads and transparent pink fire polish beads.  I’m super pleased with this one.

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This next necklace features more ceramic work by Marsha Neal Studio.  I have a huge hoard of Marsha’s work, so I need to focus on designing with her things and then releasing them out into the world, so others can enjoy them.  I topped Marsha’s pendant with a delightful, ceramic bird bead by Caroline Dewison of BlueberriBeads.

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And finally, I wrapped up this challenge with these happy, little flower earrings.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the lampwork artist.

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So I finally finished the Muffin Tin Challenge.  Better late than never.  The first pair of earrings are available in my shop now and I will be adding the others over the next few days.  Thanks for visiting my blog.
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Facebook Trunk Show

This Saturday I will be having a trunk show in a wonderful Facebook group called Artisans Create Together.  This group has been a great resource for finding out about jewelry designers and component makers that I’d not known about before.  They’ve also featured old favorites of mine, as well. The primary purpose of the group is to get to know various jewelry artists, but they do have trunk shows too.  I was the featured artist on Wednesday and the info about me is still on the page.  The founder of the group, Janice Everett of J-Lynn Jewels, shared info and photos about my studio spaces, my family and home, as well as my creative journey.

Saturday’s Trunk Show will feature my ceramic jewelry components and my finished jewelry as well as work by Dana Phillips.  Here are some sneak peek at some of my offerings.

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See you at the trunk show on Saturday. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtisansCreateTogether/

Starfish Color Palette Challenge

Towards the end of May, Sherri Stokey put out a challenge on the Love My Art Jewelry blog to design something in this color palette.

I was inspired, although I didn’t play by the rules exactly.  The necklace I designed is beachy and turquoise.  I even included a starfish, however the necklace doesn’t have the neutral colors that Sherry included in her pretty color palette.  My necklace just didn’t seem to want to develop in that direction.
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I’m still inspired by Sherri’s color palette though and I’d like to make some additional pieces of jewelry that adhere more closely to her colors.  I made some ceramic clam shell pendants this weekend.  I bisque fired them on Sunday, but they haven’t been glazed yet.  Perhaps I’ll use one of the clam shells to design a necklace in tan, ecru, turquoise and teal.
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I’ll be sure to share further explorations with this theme. In the meantime, my Sea Star Necklace is available in my shop.
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Moving Day!

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The big day finally arrived.  Everything in the old house was finally packed up.

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We’d labeled all the boxes with which room they should go to. Then we labeled the rooms in the new house, so the movers would know where to place things.  There’s my studio on the right.

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And here comes the furniture. The men are moving my beloved printers cabinet into my studio and I am hovering around making sure that they baby it, (They did.  They were awesome).

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Carefully putting the cabinet in place.

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My studio at the end of the day. Lots of work still to be  done!

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If you look at the second picture in this post, you’ll see an empty bookshelf.  We had many of these shelving units in our old living room,  because we’re both avid readers. However our new, much smaller living room will only hold one tall bookshelf and one that is half that tall.  So we donated probably two thirds of our books to the library and then placed all the extra bookshelves in my studio!  I had long dreamed of having a whole wall of shelves to contain all my supplies!

On the second day in the new house we started re-assembling the shelves in my studio. You can see that one tall bookshelf is already in place and one short shelf unit has been assembled.  A screw driver lies atop the shelf, ready for assembling the remaining shelves.  Altogether, I now have 3 tall units and 2 short ones.  A dream come true!

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Here’s what the other side of the studio looked like at that point.

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More progress has been made over the past week, but I’m not quite ready to show it off yet.  Perhaps I’ll turn the tables on the idea of a house warming gift.  Instead, I think that I’ll have a giveaway with my next blog post. We could have 2 winners.  One person could win a pair of earrings and one person could win a ceramic pendant.  What do you think?  I’ll  mull over this idea (which just now occurred to me!) a bit and see what I can come up with before my next post.  Stay tuned!

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

On To The Next Chapter

This week we’re closing one chapter of our lives and moving on to the next.  As long as I can remember I’d dreamed of having a house in the woods.  We made that dream come true 11 years ago and it has been wonderful.

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Forest visitor.

However, as the years have passed, the yard and large house have become more difficult to keep up with.  So after much thought, we are downsizing and moving to a retirement community that is only about 20 minutes away from our current home.

We will start schlepping some of the smaller items over to our new house on Thursday and the moving van will finish the task on Friday!

Our current house is all packed up and we’re practically camping here.  Well that’s a bit of an overstatement, however everything but the bare essentials is in boxes.

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I left some glazes out and may have some time before before Thursday to glaze some bisqueware.  Fingers crossed.  I have missed doing anything creative for the past few weeks. Taping together packing boxes just doesn’t fit the bill, I’m afraid!

So, would you like to go on a tour of the new house!  It will never again look this clean!!!  A bit of a disclaimer:  I have a bit of a wide angle lens on my  camera which makes everything look bigger than it really is.  This is the  living room and the dining area is on the right.

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The next two pictures show my studio from two different angles.  It’s a bit smaller than my current space, but not much.

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The open door leads to the hall.  The master bedroom is to the right, the kitchen/living room/dinning area is to the left.

Here’s our new kitchen.  The house itself isn’t new, but it was completely redone on the inside and we got to choose all the surface treatments, lights etc.

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I’m sad to leave my home in the woods, but I am looking forward to the many new opportunities that will be available to us, because of this move.  I’ll be writing more  about that in the weeks to come, (hint: the retirement community has an amazing, full ceramics studio!)

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

Sweet Silk Strands

The package arrived a bit late from Germany, but look at what I just got from my sister and brother-in-law for  Christmas!Silks 1

This is 2 dozen dyed silks in brilliant jewel tones!  When my sister-in-law visited us last summer, she was shocked at how much dyed silks cords cost at Shipwreck Beads.  So she went all out in providing me a lifetime supply of silks! Below are another 2 dozen silks, all in watery cool tones.

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Oh my goodness, I’m going to have so much  fun designing with these!  It might be a little while until they start showing up in my shop, though, because we’re moving on Feb. 12th and my studio is mostly in boxes at the moment.  I looking forward to getting resettled and  having some creative time again.

Here’s a picture of all the silks together. Which silk color(s) do you like best? I’d like to know.  Tell me in the comments, please.

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

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