Flower Art Challenge

This month’s challenge theme from the Art Elements blog is Flowers. Nothing inspires me more than flowers do. I love their many colors, shapes and textures. I have always been deeply moved, healed and inspired by the beauty in nature. We once had a home that had over 1,000 daffodils in the back field – my husband planted them over the years because he saw how much joy they brought me! 🙂

I make greeting cards with pressed, dried flowers. I photograph flowers. I design flowered jewelry and ceramic items and I love to arrange flowers. I adore flowers!

sunflower flower arrangement

I have a number of different entries for this month’s Challenge, but several things are still works in progress. I was sick for a couple of weeks in July and didn’t get everything finished up. However, early in July, I made this bowl, with a floral motif in it.  It has now had its first kiln firing, but I haven’t had time to glaze and re-fire it. I am still pondering which glazes to use.


I have set myself a goal of having a booth at a large Art To Wear show next April. Judging will take place in January 2020  My goal (besides being juried in) is to have all my own ceramic jewelry in the show. This is a lofty goal, because I have tons of jewelry with art beads from other makers, but I haven’t done a lot of designing with my own ceramic components. Mostly I have just offered them for sale to jewelry designers. So I have my work cut out for me and I used this Art Elements challenge to jump start my efforts.

I made these yellow earrings early this month. They include my ceramic roses which I accented with lampwork glass by Third Eye Gypsys.

Flower Blog Hop 2

After making these earrings, I decided to make a bunch more roses to use for simple post earrings and necklaces. I haven’t had time to glaze them yet, but I plan to make them happy and colorful! These are the earring pairs.

Flower Blog Hop 6a

These are larger and will be used in necklaces.

Flower Blog Hop 7

Next I made some daisy post earring pairs.

Flower Blog Hop 3

These also have a larger version for necklaces.

Flower Blog Hop 4.jpg

Here’s another floral earring pair, in a more rustic style.

Flower Blog Hop 5

And a last minute necklace addition… I made this simple necklace this afternoon with a new pendant I made last week.

Big Bloom Necklace 2

Last of all, I want to share a floral “event” that took me by surprise this month. I posted some flower photographs on Instagram and Facebook. Shelly Turner, the owner of the OOAK Artisan Showcase gallery, in Rome, NY saw my photos and asked me to submit two of them to an upcoming show. The show is titled “Summer Afternoon” and it runs through August 4th. She sent me a photo of one of my pictures in the gallery.


And here’s the other flower photo I submitted; a stunning purple poppy.

Purple Poppy

I would like to thank Art Elements for hosting this challenge, with special thanks to Marsha Neal Minutella who arranged it all. This is a blog hop so please take some time and look at the wonderful things people are creating for this theme. I invite you to visit the artists’ blogs and leave a friendly comment, (if you are having issues leaving comments, try using google chrome as your browser).
You can also see and participate yourself via social media by using the hashtags: #AEThemeChallenge and #AEFlowers

Here is a list of the Visiting Artists:
Evie and Beth

And the Art Elements Blog Contributors:


Linda Landig Jewelry



Spring Daisy Earrings

We’re All Ears :: March

Welcome to the Earrings Everyday Blog Hop!   Earrings Everyday hosts a monthly earring challenge and blog hop.  We post a picture on the Earrings Everyday blog to inspire your earring designs and then one month later we have a blog hop to see what everyone has made!

Here is the picture for March.

March Inspiration Picture.

My earrings were inspired by the flowers on the quilt and in the tapestry.  The earrings aren’t the same colors as in the picture, but I had the orange lampwork flowers on hand and I had fun layering the flowers.

Artisan jewelry by Linda Landig.

Daffodil Earrings

The cream colored centers remind me of the trumpet centers of daffodils.  Our previous house had a big field in the back, where over the years, my husband planted over one thousand daffodils for me.  At this time of year we had bouquets of daffodils in nearly every room and a big bouquet at work, too.  Every spring I think of our field of daffodils and how that was one way in which my husband said “I love you.” to me.

Handmade jewelry by Linda Landig

Daffodil Earrings

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the link below to get links to all the challenge participants.  Then visit their blogs to see all the wonderful earrings they have created!

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


Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Dogwood Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  August’s component was made by the talented Melissa Meman of Melismatic Art Jewelry.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were given gorgeous metal focals that Melissa made for us.  I received the pretty mixed metal dogwood pendant in the upper right of this photo.

As usual, I left this project till the last-minute–but that turned out to be fortuitous! Since I’d put off designing my necklace until after I returned home from Bead Fest in Philadelphia, I was able to incorporate some of the new treasures which I brought home with me.

Linda Landig Jewelry

Dogwood Necklace

My ideas started perking when I spied a purple and periwinkle lampwork glass leaf sitting on my work table.  I bought the leaf from glass artist, Judith Billig, this past May, at a local bead show. Pairing a leaf with the dogwood flower made sense to me and they were proportional to each other and looked good together.

Brass Dogwood Necklace 6

After that, the rest of the ideas flowed quickly.  I grabbed a beautiful silk ribbon that Marsha Neal had given me at Bead Fest.  Then I added awesome textured ceramic beads that I  got at Bead Fest from Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln and a glowing purple raku bead from XAZ Bead Company.  To add a bit of contrast to the ceramic, I incorporated a lampwork glass bead from Beads and Botanicals and finished the whole thing off with a clasp I got from Melinda Orr last weekend in Philadelphia.

handmade jewelry by Linda Landig

Dogwood Necklace

I love it when ideas just flow together like this.  I’m still floating on a creative high from spending 4 days in bead heaven with all my beady buddies at Bead Fest.  (More on Bead Fest soon)

Artisan necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Dogwood Necklace

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Melissa’s mixed metal focals?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!


Perri Jackson
Hope Smitherman
Monique Urquhart

AJE Team:

Melissa Meman
Jennifer Cameron
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Sue Kennedy
Linda Landig – You are here!
Kristen Stevens
Francesca Watson
Lesley Watt – Unfortunately, Lesley’s component decided to take a vacation and hasn’t shown up at her house yet 😦 But you can still go check out her great blog!

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


Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy


Dahlia Inspired Necklace

Art Jewelry Elements Update:

Today on AJE, I write about a trip my husband and I took down the Oregon coast to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  We stopped at Shore Acres State Park in Newport, Oregon.  The site of a former summer estate from the 1800’s; Shore Acres has extensive, meticulously maintained gardens.  The roses and dahlias were in full, glorious bloom and my attention was especially drawn to the yellow and pink dahlias.

pink & yellow daliahs 1

Although I rarely use pink and yellow in my jewelry designs, I decided to challenge myself to make a pink and yellow necklace.  Quite a stretch for me, but I did it!  To read more, visit my post:  Jewelry Inspiration In Bloom.

Here’s a little sneak-peek  picture:

Garden Park Necklace

Garden Park Necklace

I Heart Macro – Rhododendrons

 I ♥ Macro Sunday!

I have always loved  rhododendrons.  Here’s a worthless trivia factoid: The official Washington State flower is the rhododendron.  But that’s not why I love them.  As a kid, my parents would sometimes take us to the Seattle arboretum.  They had old rhododendron bushes there that were as big as small trees.  We could hide under the rhododendrons and pretend we were in a house made of flowers.  Isn’t that just the greatest make-believe scenario:  Living in a house made of flowers!

pink flowers


pink flowers


pink flowers


pink flowers with sunlight



Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

studio waterstone

I Heart Macro – Magnolias

Its time for another I ♥ Macro Sunday!

I went to the library last Thursday to drop off an audio book I’d listened to while commuting to work.  A garden near the entryway had several magnolias that were in full and glorious bloom.  So gorgeous that I had to share pictures with you!

tulip tree

Magnolia Blossom

Tulip Tree in bloom

Magnolia Blossom

I was fascinated with the starburst-like shape of the reproductive structures of the magnolias.

Tulips tree blooms

Magnolia Blossom

Center of Tulip tree bloom

Inside of Magnolia Blossom

Inside of Tulip Tree Blossom

Center of a Magnolia Blossom


Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

studio waterstone

Big Sale & ♥ i heart macro ♥

Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale

•-:¦:-••-:¦:-• Get 15% off everything in my shop, Sunday only!•-:¦:-••-:¦:-•

Simply enter the Coupon Code LMAJ15 at check out.

I’ll be joining over 35 other Handmade Artisans in the 

Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale!

Click on the image above to go to the links to all the participants and to be entered into their fabulous giveaway.

**This is a great time to start your holiday shopping, or get something you’ve been eying for yourself.**

A big “Thank you!” to Love My Art Jewelry  for organizing and hosting this sale!


♥ i heart macro ♥ – Dahlias

I love the dahlias at this time of year.  Can’t get enough of them!

Pink Dahlia macro photo

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia macro photo

Pink Dahlia

Fuchsia and yellow Dahlia macro photo

Fuchsia and yellow Dahlia

Red and yellow Dahlia close up photo

Red and yellow Dahlia


Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

studio waterstoneDon’t forget the sale in my shop! 🙂

♥ i heart macro ♥ – Pollen


Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

More goodies from the garden.  I made another bouquet and then took these close-up shots.:

Macro shot of flower centersthree brown flower centers with yellow rings of pollen

yellow dahlia edged in pinklilac colored flowers in my dahlia bouquet

bouquet of Dahlias


Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

studio waterstone

♥ i heart macro ♥ – Fancy Daisies

Daisy Bouquet

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I made a simple bouquet of Shasta daisies and astilbes for our dining room table.  They looked so lovely that I had to go fetch my camera.

close up of fancy daisyunfurling Shasta daisyAnd here is what the whole bouquet looked like.  I snapped the picture just as the sun was streaming through an opening in the woods behind our house.

Tall vase of Shasta daisies and false spireas


Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

studio waterstone

Bead Table Wednesday: Meadow Necklace

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

I made a necklace with a gorgeous ceramic clay pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  I was holding it up to admire it last night when…awk…I found a mistake!  See, look, I messed up the pattern of the little tan jasper beads!  So now this necklace is back on my bead table, to be re-strung.  I hate re-stringing!!!  By the time this blog is published though, I’ll have it fixed and listed in my ArtFire studio.

I named this necklace Meadow.  Don’t you just love this pendant?  It was the inspiration for the color scheme for the rest of the necklace.

Ceramic flower pendantGoing with the flower theme, I finished the necklace with this great brass filigree leaf  clasp from Israel.

brass fillagree leaf shaped toggle claspMeadow is now available (without bead-pattern errors!) in my ArtFire Studio.

Ceramic Clay pendant with two flowersI encourage you to hop over to  the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.