October We’re All Ears Reveal

Our Earrings Everyday challenge for October is to create a pair of earrings to go with one of these outfits from designer Monique Lhuillier,  as seen during the fall New York Fashion Week.

I especially identified with the center outfit, because although I’m at least twice as wide as the model, the dress I wore to my daughter’s wedding last month, was apparently on trend, as far as the lace and color.

Wedding 4 L holding flowersThis is kind of a goofy picture, but it shows the dress pretty well.  I did the flowers for my daughter’s wedding.  I’m holding the bridal bouquet here, while the bridesmaids were cheering me with their flowers. lol

The earrings I made are too casual for any of these dresses, but the dresses were definitely my inspiration.  I picked up the lace theme of the left and center dresses by using some flowered lace to impress into my stoneware.  And while I was at it, I made the pendants in several colors, in addition to the color of the inspiration . I chose a much lighter shade of plum than the dresses are, because I wanted the lace pattern to show through clearly (you can see that the lace doesn’t show up as clearly on the dark teal pendants),

Lace Flower Pendants 1aHere are the earrings I then made.  As you can see, I picked up the darker, plumy tones in the flower dangles.  I kept the earring design very simple because the ceramic pieces are fairly large and I didn’t want to add additional length or weight.

Lilac Lace Flower Earrings 2aTo be truthful, these ceramic pieces turned out larger than I had somehow envisioned them to be (the ceramic pieces, without the ear wires, are just shy of 1.5 inches).  If you like large earrings and are comfortable with some weight in your ears, well then OK!  But I decided to list the ceramic pieces as pendants in my shop.

Lilac Lace Flower Earrings 3aOther than having accidentally super-sized them, I’m very pleased with how they turned out and I found this challenge to be especially inspiring because it played well with my mother-of-the-bride dress. You can find these earring charms – uh-hum – pendants in the ceramics section of my shop.

A big thanks to Erin Prais-Hintz for organizing these challenges every month!

Head on over to the Earrings Everyday blog to get links to all the other participants.  It’s always so fun to see how each person has their own unique interpretation of the challenge photos.

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

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Pretty Palettes Reveal

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Erin Prais-Hintz invited me to be her partner for her July Pretty Palettes challenge on the Halcraft Inspiration Blog.  July’s inspirational theme is aurora borealis.  As her partner, I received all these amazing beads from Halcraft. It would be hard not to be inspired by all this metallic sheen and sparkle.  These are perfect beads for the aurora borealis theme!

Pretty Palettes BeadsHere’s a close-up that really shows off the metallic sheen.

Pretty Palettes 2If you look above the pendant in both of these pictures, you’ll see two round, blue-gray glass beads.  There was a whole strand of those in the package from Erin, but in my rush to design with them, I forgot to take a photograph of all the beads before I started.

Shine On Necklace

For my first piece, I made a fringe necklace.  Now you see where all those blue-gray beads went!  It’s a little hard to see in a photograph, but the blue-gray beads have a kind of inner gleam that reminds me of labradorite. I paired them with matte, metallic dagger beads, silver lined blue seed beads and Swarovski crystals.

Shine On Necklace

The multiple colors of the dagger beads brings to mind the many colors that fill the sky during an aurora borealis.  You can find the Shine On Necklace on my website.

Shine On Necklace

While I was learning a bit more about aurora borealis, I discovered that at times it can take the form of a spiral, as in the picture below.  Isn’t that just amazing?

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For these earrings, I wanted to express that spiral in the sky.  I used a pair of spiral ceramic charms that I made and combined them with a few of each type of the metallic Halcraft beads.

Aurora Borealis Earrings

Aurora Borealis Earrings

I used a glaze on the ceramic components that breaks into several shades of a black cherry color.  I love how that mimics that naturally occurring ombre shades of the aurora borealis.  The Aurora Borealis Earrings are available on my website.

Aurora Borealis Earrings

Aurora Borealis Earrings

I have more ideas for these beads swirling around in my head, but I’ve run out of time.  I would like to thank Erin and Halcraft for inviting me to play along.  It was lots of fun.

Now I recommend that you hop on over to the Halcraft blog to see what Erin made with these beads and to get links to the other participants.  Happy blog hopping!

Update:  I just found some info on an aurora borealis that some people may be able to see at the end of this month.  Follow this link for more information. http://www.softservenews.com/en/aurora-borealis-breaking-news/aurora-storm-watch-news-300073.html

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Aurora Borealis

This month I am excited to be Erin Prais-Hintz’s Pretty Palettes partner.  Pretty Palettes is a monthly challenge that Erin hosts on the Halcraft Inspiration blog. Halcraft is a company that produces several different lines of beads for various retailers. Their Bead Gallery® line is made exclusively for Michaels. Each month Erin chooses a theme and selects Halcraft beads inspired by that month’s theme.  July’s theme is Aurora Borealis.

Photo by Julien Ratel ( Júllí Jónsson ) Creative Commons

Erin also chooses someone to partner with her each month.  As her July partner I received this fabulous set of Bead Gallery beads and the pendant.  Its hard to catch the shimmer and shine of these beads in a photograph.  They are super inspiring!  Others can play along with this challenge as well.  They can purchase these beads if they want and/or use beads from their stash.  My designs will be a combination of the Halcraft beads and coordinating beads from my stash.

So far I’ve made one item and I’m working on more. I can’t show you what I’ve made until the reveal date, which is July 29th.  But I will say that I have used almost the whole strand of beads that is on the far right in the photo above and I love how it turned out!  I hope you will come back on the 29th for the Pretty Palettes reveal!Linda cursiveLinda Landig Jewelry

Thirty Word Thursday: Garden Visitor

mule deer

Garden visitor, timid and alert.

Nibbles the lawn. Jaws working side to side.

Glances up.  Ears rotate independently of one another.

Bite. Chew side to side. Check for danger.  Repeat.

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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple…

Take an image.  Write 30 words about it.

No more. No less.  Post it each Thursday.

Condensing thoughts, feelings and experiences to just 30 words creates a poem-like reflection.  Head over to Erin Prais-Hintz’s blog, to find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts.

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

Linda

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Thirty Word Thursday: Radiant Orchid

purple and white blooming orchid

Pantone decrees

Radiant Orchid

For the New Year.

And everyone obeys.

Wall paint.  Evening gowns.

Advertising.  And jewelry.

I laugh.

I’ve had Radiant Orchid

On my window sill

For years.

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The premise of 30 Words Thursday is simple…

Choose an image and write 30 words about it. No more. No less.  30 Word Thursday is the brainchild of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  To find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts,  head over to Erin’s blog.

Thirty Word Thursday: The Sea

Ocean Beach

A flaming sunset

Filled with wonder

Turns rolling waves pink and gold.

Salt spray, sand and wind

Fill my senses.

Cry of gulls calls me home and

renews my soul.

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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple…

Take an image.

Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.

Post it each Thursday.

30 Word Thursday is the brainchild of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  I’ve always enjoyed photography and writing.  At times I have even written poetry.  Condensing my thoughts, feelings and experiences to just 30 words creates a poem-like reflection.

I can’t commit to doing this weekly, but I will try to play along as often as possible.  If you head over to Erin’s blog, you’ll find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts.

The Challenge of Color Blog Hop

 

(Find the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month blog hop here!)

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Erin Prais-Hintz is hosting a color challenge on her blog, Treasures Found.  Each challenge participant was given two random color palettes from a curated pool of 40 that Brandi Hussey created inspired by the USGS Earth As Art landsat satellite  images.  These images are so amazing and inspiring! 

Of the two palettes that we were given, we could choose which one would inspire our bead design. I chose the Ugab River.

ugab river

I haven’t designed much with gemstones lately, so I decided to accent a lampwork bead with green garnets, amethyst, a few seed beads and a button.  I’ve had the lampwork bead for so long that I no longer know who made it, but I thought the bead’s meandering lines and markings looked a lot like a birdseye view of the Ugab river’s path.  The lampwork bead does a nice job of picking up the greens, purple and teal in this color palette.

River Bend Bracelet 2

The Thai enameled button is a deep purple on  gold-colored metal.  The center of the button features a glittery silver heart and there are cut-out areas surrounding the heart.  A light purple and teal seed bead loop fits around the button closure.

River Bend Bracelet 4

River Bend Bracelet 3

River Bend Bracelet 7

We have an abundance of beady eye candy to enjoy today!  All the blogs that are participating in the color challenge are listed below.  Plus, don’t forget to check out the Component of the Month blog hop, sponsored by Art Jewelry Elements, (as mentioned at the beginning of this post).  Remember, you can enjoy all this creative talent over the course of several days.  So grab a nice cup of tea, put on your favorite music and enjoy visiting the links below.

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As happens every year, the detours in our life sometimes get in the way of our best intentions.  Some of the hoppers in the list below might not have a post…or might have one later. Consider showing them some love and support anyway! They will be with us in spirit.

Please enjoy this virtual house party with all my colorful friends!:
 
 
 
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Inspired?
Want to join in the fun next time?
The Challenges are held quarterly in February, May, August and November.
Check Erin’s blog the first week in February for sign ups for the 2nd Annual Challenge of Music!