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!

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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.


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!)

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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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Ceramic Heart Pendants And Charms

Dotted Heart 3I’ve been adding some heart shaped pendants to my shop, because Valentines Day is quickly approaching.  I’m not much into the traditional pink and bright red, but I did make one pink heart because I know that many of you are fans of that color.  The heart is lightly textured and the pink glaze has faint flecks of blue in it.  One of Pantone’s 2016 Spring Colors  is Rose Quartz Pink.  This heart fits the bill nicely!

Pink Heart Pendant

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Rose Quartz Pink Ceramic Heart

Sticking with the Pantone theme a bit longer, I’ve created a heart that is half Rose Quartz Pink and half Serenity Blue, (another Pantone color for 2016).  I rather like this one and hope to have time to make other “half ‘n half” hearts.

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Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz Pink heart pendant

I’m not a big fan of the bright, fire engine red that often shows up in heart designs, but I do love brick red.  In fact, as I am writing this, I realize that I’m wearing a brick red shirt layered over a navy blue tee, today.  I think I’ll need a heart to go with it!  The heart at the top of today’s post would work, or the one below.

I also made a dark green heart pendant. It has two related, but different patterns on it.
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Just for fun, (well all of this is fun, truth be told), I made some little heart charms, that would be sweet hanging off a bracelet or as a component dangling below a larger focal bead.
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Keep a watch on my shop and on my Facebook page, because I’ll soon be adding a pair of heart earring charms, flower pendants, charms and cabs as well as other bits and bobs.

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

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New Year Sale

Happy New Year!

New Year Poster with coupon code

Let’s kick off the New Year with an awesome sales event!  Head over to my shop  make your selection and then use the coupon code WELCOME2016 when you check out.  You’ll save yourself 25%, as my thank you gift to you for an awesome 2015.

I’ve been adding new goodies to the shop too!  Here’s a preview.

Snowflake Earrings, with shimmery lampwork glass by Sue Beads and sterling silver snowflakes.  Gorgeous!

Blue earrings with silver snowflakes

Snowflake Earrings

Speckled Blue Earrings.  A great combo of my own handmade speckled blue ceramic beads with vintage German glass.

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Coral Garden Necklace, with a handmade ceramic pendant by Yoli Miramontes and some wonderful long calcite beads I’d been hoarding.

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Rustic Daisy Necklace with striking pendant by Suburban Girl Studio.

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Plus a selection of ceramic components.

Lace Pendant Lilac Oval Scallop Lg 5

Fossil Spiral in Cantaloupe, triangle 4

Art Deco Earring Pair, Speckled Purple & Orange 3a

So head on over to Linda Landig Jewelry to see the full selection and don’t forget to use the coupon code WELCOME2016

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Warm Season’s Greetings

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Warm season’s greetings my friends.  I wish you love, laughter and peace during the holidays and in 2016.

This will be our last Christmas in this home, which makes me all sentimental.  If the pending sale on our house goes smoothly, we will be moving across town to a smaller home by the end of January.  Time for downsizing and new adventures!

I appreciate each of you who come here to read this blog and those of you whom I’ve come to know online.  There is no downsizing of my feelings for you!  Peace my friends.

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Knotted Waxed Linen Bracelet Tutorial

This post was originally written for Art Jewelry Elements, but I thought I’d share it here too, in case you missed it earlier.

A few years ago I took a mini class from Erin Seigel on making knotted waxed linen earrings and I’ve been a knotty girl ever since.  I love the huge range of colors and the tactile feel of the linen as I make the knots.  Today I’m I sharing a tutorial for a knotted holiday bracelet.

I shared a button loop bracelet tutorial in the past, but it was made with flexible jewelry stringing wire. The purpose of this tutorial is not necessarily to help you end up with a bracelet just like this, but rather to share with you some hints or tips that will help you work with waxed linen, whether you make a bracelet like this in other colors or whether you use these techniques in earrings or necklaces.  So, let’s get started.

Waxed linen comes in different thickness or plies.  The linen I’m using in this bracelet is 4 ply, which is what I usually use.  You can choose to use a neutral or coordinating color or try out  bright contrasting colors.  In this case I’m using 4 ply black.


  • About 35 inches 4 ply waxed linen in the color of your choice
  • 3-4 focal beads
  • 1 button (in this tutorial I’m using a button with a shank).

(The ceramic flower bead is by Lesley Watt of Thea Elements.  The faceted ceramic red bead is by Michelle McCarthy of Fire Fly Design Studio.  All other ceramic beads are mine.

  • Size 6-8 seed beads or 4 mm fire polish or round beads
  • A handful of various other beads, medium and small size, with holes large enough to accommodate one pass of the linen  (I only ended up choosing a few of what you see below.)

1.  Thread on a dozen or so seed beads or 4 mm beads.  Fold the cording in half and center the beads on the fold. Pinch the working ends of the cord together and see if the loop you’ve formed will fit around the button,  You want it to fit snugly, but not tight.  Adjust the number of beads in your loop, if needed, to get the right fit.

2.  Tie an overhand knot at the base of the loop.

*Hint – Waxed linen is a pretty forgiving material if you go slow with it.  Make your overhand knot, but tighten it slowly.  You want the knot as close to the base of the loop as possible.  If it is too far away, you can loosen it up and re-position it so it will be closer to the base of the loop.  It’s easy to loosen and re-position a knot as long as you haven’t completely tightened it.  But once it is pulled tight, it is unlikely that you will be able to loosen it.  So go slowly and pay attention to where the knot will be landing.

3.  Now string on the focal beads.  You can knot between each one or just place a knot at the end of this grouping, as I have done.

4.  Now separate the 2 cords and string 1 of your smaller beads onto each cord and tie an overhand knot after each small bead.

5.  Continue to add beads to each thread.  You can knot after every bead or after small groupings of beads.  I’m doing a bit of both.  If your bead has a large hole, like the red cube bead above, the knot may just slip inside the hole.  To prevent that, you can use a smaller spacer bead next to the hole, (see below).

Another way to compensate for an over-large hole is to make a grouping of beads, with smaller beads on each end, as I did with the large-holed green tube bead, above.
6.  Continue adding beads and knotting until your bracelet is the length you want.  When using larger beads, as I have, you need to make a longer bracelet, as the beads stand off of your wrist, increasing the circumference. Drape the bracelet around your wrist to see how it is fitting.  Remember, you can always add more beads, but once knotted, you cannot subtract beads and you would have to start all over from the beginning.
7.  When you’ve reached your desired length, bring both linen cords together and tie an overhand knot.

8.  Take one cord and pass it through the button shank from left to right.  Pass the other cord through from right to left.

9.  Pull these two cords in opposite directions until the button is close to the knot you made at the end of the bracelet.  Wrap the two cords in opposite directions around the space right above the knot.  Tie them in a knot and then wrap them around to the other side and make a knot there, too.  Dab the knot with a touch of glue and trim the cord ends.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial.  If you make something following these directions, I’d love to see it.  You can tag me on Facebook.  Enjoy!


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Linda Landig Jewelry