Birthday Sale!!

Celebration Jewelry Sale

This Sunday is my birthday, and as I said in Tuesday’s blog post, that seems like a good enough reason to celebrate with a nice jewelry sale!  However, on Tuesday, I said the sale would be for one day only, and I have changed my mind. We’re going to celebrate for 2 days instead!

Use the coupon code BIRTHDAY2012 and get 20% off your order on Saturday Sept. 22 and Sunday Sept. 23! Just my way of saying “Thank You” for all of your wonderful comments on this blog, your support and enthusiasm.

birthday pcture

I LOVE Maxine!

A lot of change and growth has occurred jewelry-wise since my last birthday.  I feel like I’ve found a design path that feels right for me:  color-rich, a bit rustic & a bit whimsical, with a focus on the use of artisan-made pendants and components.

artisan ceramic bead bracelet

Since my last birthday, I’ve formed valuable online friendships with other jewelry designers, ceramic bead artists, lampwork glass artists and metal smiths.  The highlight of this last year was a crazy, impulsive, last-minute decision to fly out to Philadelphia for Bead Fest.  I wanted to meet as many of my online friends as possible.  It was an amazing weekend that still makes me smile whenever I think about it.

Melinda Orr and Linda Landig

Cheers! Melinda Orr and I at dinner during Bead Fest weekend.

Beady Buddies!

I wonder what the next year holds?  I’m looking forward to finding out and I hope you’ll come along for the ride too. I never take my readers, customers or friends for granted.  I hope you feel valued and know how special you are to me.

So….. hop on over to Linda Landig Jewelry on ArtFire and/or Linda Landig Jewelry on Etsy and put that BIRTHDAY2012 code to good use!  It’s not too early to begin thinking about Christmas!

xoxo  -Linda

 

Birthday Gift

Birthday Necklace

Buried Treasure Pendant

I was grateful to be chosen as a July Design Partner by  Mellisa of Chinook Jewelry.  Melissa makes the most wonderful ceramic pendants, beads and bead caps.  She is known for her awesome glazes and she really outdid herself with the new glaze she developed for her Shipwreck Series.  I received the Shipwreck pendant you see below.  It is made of porcelain clay and is finished  in a rough matte rusty-gold glaze.  I love this rustic look; as though the pendant had just been unearthed from many years below the sea.

Shipwreck pendant from Chinook Jewelry

Heike’s Birthday

My sister-in-law, Heike, had a birthday coming up soon, so I got to work on designing a necklace for her with this pendant. Now Heike is the queen of handmade, so I knew she would appreciate a handmade necklace for her birthday!  She has taught me how to dye silk, create paper-cut wall hangings, paint with acrylics and who knows what else, over the years.

I met my husband-to-be when he was an exchange student from Germany, in my high school.  We were now going to Germany to celebrate Heike’s birthday, our 38th (!) anniversary and, most importantly, we were going to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday.  This necklace would come with me.

Ceramic and carnelian necklace

Heike's birthday necklace

I wanted a rustic look for the necklace, in keeping with the pendant.  I found a couple of strands of organically hand-cut golden carnelian that I loved with the pendant.  I made a bail for the pendant with a round of seed beads and then two loops of right angle weave.  I then threaded one strand of the necklace through each of the seed bead loops.

handmade ceramic, brass and carnelian necklace

A year or so ago, I bought a woven bracelet at an import store that had the coolest organic metal cubes.  I then cut the bracelet apart, so I could use the beads!  Some of those brass beads found their way into the front portion of this necklace.  I added a rustic stone, placed off-center and highlighted it with wood and serpentine.  Next came a small accent on the opposite side and an artsy brass colored toggle clasp.

detail from a handmade necklace

We arrived in Germany on the morning of Heike’s birthday.  That evening she opened our gift and was delighted with the necklace.  She wore it several more times during our stay.

Handmade necklace with pendant by Chinook Jewelry

Thank you, Melissa, for inspiring me with your wonderful pendant.  Designing is a joy when you have such a great focal piece to work with.  Please visit Melissa’s website, if you’d like some inspiration, too!  Erin Prais-Hintz was also a Chinook Jewelry Design Partner for July.  I’d encourage you to hop on over to Erin’s blog, so you see the wonderful jewelry that Erin designed with Melissa’s ceramic pieces.  Melissa blogged about both Erin’s and my designs.  You can read about them on Melissa’s blog.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig

Monday Meanderings: Birthday Dreams and Goals For The Next Year

Newborn Linda, with Necklace

Newborn Linda, with Necklace

 

 Baby Jewelry 

 Yup, that’s me, 50-some years ago.  Wasn’t I adorable?  Please note that even though it was only my first-day debut, I was already wearing a necklace!  The design work and originality leave something to be desired.  All the other newborns had the same ones, but with different names on them.  However, that just shows that my artistic sensibilities have matured over the years, with my passion for jewelry having been instilled at a very young age!  

It’s My Birthday! 

My birthday is this week and that’s got me thinking about what my dreams and wishes are for the upcoming year.  I will feel I’m moving in the right direction, if I can accomplish most of the items on this list.  

  • Develop my web shop by keeping the inventory fresh, and increasing the traffic to my shop.
  • Blog at least 3 times a week and offer entertaining, informative and inspiring content for my readers.  Your comments will help me know if I’m on track or not.
  • Develop meaningful connections with other bloggers and artists.
  • Submit a design to a jewelry magazine, (There, I said it out-loud.  Now I can’t let fear hold me back.  You can encourage me and hold me accountable for doing this!)
  • Read more for pleasure.
  • Lose weight.  Oh yah, that, again!
  • Spend more time with friends and family.
  • Develop my photography skills.

I’m going to look back a year from now and see how I’m doing.   

The first picture in today’s post is of me, as a baby.  I’m going to conclude with another baby picture:  that of my grandson; the next generation!   

Don’t forget to comment on this post so your name can be entered in the free earring give away.  See yesterday’s post for all the details.   

My grandson and I

My grandson and I, May 2010