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!
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal. December’s component was made by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given one of these awesome ceramic snowflake pendants to design with. Today we get to see what everyone created!
I received one of the turquoise snowflakes to work with. I decided to highlight the triangular shaped points of the snowflakes, by using some bicone shaped beads and by creating a triangular shaped clasp.
The triangular link is based on a link from Cindy Wimmer‘s book The Missing Link. I used a bit lighter gauge wire and made it a bit smaller, so it wouldn’t overwhelm Diana’s pendant. Then I used the same basic idea, but created a hook on one end, so I could use it as a clasp.
The beads are strung on walnut colored Irish waxed linen. The beautiful batiked ribbon wrapped a bead order I got from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio. It has some turquoise in it, along with shades of blue, black and green. So pretty and it was a perfect finishing touch for my necklace.
Thank you Diana for sharing your pendants with us! Visit Suburban Girl Studio to see more of Diana’s work!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Diana’s snowflake pendants? Click on the links below to see what the other participants created. Have fun!
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.
I 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 is my favorite time of the year. I was even born on the first day of autumn! I put together some wonderful autumn inspiration boards on the Art Jewelry Elements blog today. You might want to check them out.
I’m going to be doing an online trunk show on October 18th and 19th. I’ll be posting more about that soon. But you should know that I’m busy making some cool autumn themed items to offer on trunk show. In the meantime, I’ll highlight some of the fall items that are already in my shop.
These earrings combine the most beautiful, flawless smoky quartz and faceted carnelian with gorgeous lampwork glass leaves from Havana Beads. Love these!
Since I love autumn colors so much, I have a lot of jewelry in those wonderful oranges, golds, reds and browns. When you click on the photo, it will take you to the listing in my shop.
Here are a couple of flower pendants in autumn colors, for you jewelry designers out there. We have fall dahlias blooming in this color in our front yard right now.
I hope you are enjoying sunny, golden autumn days. Go outside and play in the leaves!
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
The talented Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio is this month’s hostess for the AJE Component of the Month Challenge. Rebekah is well known for her delightful polymer clay jewelry components, but for the last year or so, she has been working with leather, as well. Her colorful leather feathers are really inspiring. They come in 2 sizes: large ones for pendants or smaller ones for earring pairs. I requested the smaller earring size and received the pair in the the upper left of this photo.
Even though these are the smaller sized feathers, they are still close to three inches long, so I decided to use mine as a pendant. I folded the top of the feather around one of Karen Totten’s ceramic gear links and I secured it with Irish waxed linen cord. I dangled a copper charm on one side and a copper colored flower with an antiqued brass bird on the other.
The beaded part of the necklace includes lightweight wood beads and Greek ceramic discs. I attached these to a long length of leather, that simply slips over the head, without needing a clasp.
I really like the necklace, but I have 2 questions where I’d appreciate some feedback from readers. Do you like the charms on either side of the feather, or would it look better without them? What do you think about the length of the necklace? Do you think it should be shorter, or not?
Toltec Jewels is hosting a blog hop today, featuring Chicklet Beads from Susan Kennedy of SueBeads. I have designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads before and I really love them, so I was excited to have the opportunity to use these beads again.
Here’s a bracelet I designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads, in May 2014.
For today’s blog hop, I received a plum purple colored Chicklet bead. I like the way these tab beads lay flat in a bracelet design, so I combined my Chicklet bead with other artisan beads and came up with this “Plum Delight” bracelet.