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.
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 first month of 2015 has gone by in a rush. Our big adventure is that we are living in Oaxaca, Mexico through the end of March. We celebrated the New Year in Oaxaca by dancing to an awesome marimba band and watching fireworks.
Of course I brought beads with me here and I’ve been busy designing new pieces. Oaxaca has been good for my creative mojo.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. I am thankful for our bead community on my blogs, on Facebook and here in my own neighborhood.
I’m having a 20% off sale on everything in my jewelry and component shop from now through the end of the day on Monday December 1st. Just go to Linda Landig Jewelry and use either the coupon code TURKEY20 or TURKEY14 at check out and the 20% will be taken off your purchase. Easy-peasy! You’ll find necklaces, earrings, bracelets and ceramic pendants in a range of colors and prices. Perfect for holiday gift giving or for accessorizing your holiday outfits.
This year I am seriously trying to avoid the malls and shop locally or online. I feel so much calmer when I do so. I hate being frazzled in the days leading up to the holidays. Last year was awful in that way and I’ve resolved to approach things differently this year.
I have a show this Saturday. If you are local, I hope you’ll come visit at the Lincoln School Winter Market! I plan to do much of my shopping there and then wrap up the rest online.
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!
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This was an easy inspiration for me. We live minutes away from the very end of Puget Sound. Its common to see the sail boats go gliding by. And I had the perfect pair of ceramic charms from Diana P. of Suburban Girl Studio.
All I had to do was add a few dangles above the sailboats. The blue beads are sodalite and the red beads are glass. I attached them all to Vintaj brass ear wires and now I’m ready to go sailing! Its perfect weather for that today. All I lack is, um, a boat…. Oh well, the earrings are perfect for summer wear, even without a boat!
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