January 2015 in Review

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.

Llano Park, Oaxaca Mexico
Llano Park, Oaxaca Mexico
Skeleton paintings on a building in Oaxaca

Of course I brought beads with me here and I’ve been busy designing new pieces.  Oaxaca has been good for my creative mojo.

New in January –

Azul Bracelet

Azul Bracelet

Caramel Drop Earrings

Caramel Drop Earrings

Night Flight Necklace

Night Flight Necklace

After Midnight Necklace

After Midnight Necklace

Mexican Flor Earrings

Mexican  Flor Earrings

Turquoise Snowflake Necklace

Turquoise Snowflake Necklace

I’ve also been blogging like a crazy woman.

To read more about our Oaxacan adventures -

Mi Casa Es Su Casa  

Peaceful Patio

Birthday Celebration in Oaxaca

Some of my recent jewelry designs -

Snowflake Necklace

Use Your Stash – January AJE Reveal

On Earrings Everyday -

Mexican Flor

Cedar Earrings

On Art Jewelry Elements -

Have Beads, Will Travel

5 Pretty Marsala Color Palettes

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Snowflake Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

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!

Ceramic Snowflake Pendants by Suburban Girl Studio

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.

Diana's COM 3The 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.

Diana's COM 2The 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.

Diana's COM 1Thank you Diana for sharing your pendants with us! Visit Suburban Girl Studio to see more of Diana’s work!

Diana's COM 5Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Diana’s snowflake pendants?  Click on the links below to see what the other participants created.   Have fun!

Guest Artists
 
AJE Blog Team

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Thank You Sale – 20% Off!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers.  I am thankful for our bead community on my blogs, on Facebook and here in my own neighborhood.

T-day

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.

T-Day Sale Collage-with Text corrected

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.

flyer

Happy Thanksgiving to you from me! <3

Aiming For 100 Listings

In preparation for the upcoming holidays, my local Etsy Team has challenged its members to reach 100 listings on Etsy by today.  I took up the challenge and am proud to say that I have reached the goal!  Here are a few of the new items you’ll find in my shop.

Bird Song Necklace

Bird Song Necklace

Butterscotch Bracelet

Butterscotch Bracelet

Turning Leaf Earrings

Turning Leaf Earrings

Turquoise Owl Bracelet

Turquoise Owl Bracelet

Woodland Wanderings Bracelet

Woodland Wanderings Bracelet

By the way, did you notice my new blog template?  Clean and modern.  What do you think?

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

September Component of the Month Reveal

Its time for the Art Jewelry Elements September Component of the Month Reveal!  This month’s components are from Kristi Bowman Design.

Copper PMC Pendants by Kristi Bowman

I love Kristi’s copper metal clay pieces and have used many of them in my jewelry designs over the years.  For this month’s design, I chose the first piece in the bottom row of the picture above.

Unfortunately I had a lot going on this month and somehow the end of the September snuck up on me sooner than I expected.  So today’s post will be a peek at a work in progress necklace.

COM 3I just loosely strung the beads on walnut colored, waxed linen cording, to give you an idea of where I’m going with this.  The final piece will be knotted between the beads.

COM 1aI wrapped the center of Kristi’s pendant with turquoise colored Wooly Wire.  I also wrapped two channel beads with Wooly Wire.  I love the vibrant turquoise with Kristi’s copper pendant and the Wooly Wire adds such a nice soft texture contrast to the hard copper.

COM I continued the copper and turquoise theme with some gorgeous, handmade raku beads that I got from Xaz Beads, at Bead Fest last year.

COM Unfortunately that’s as far as I got with this project.  I’ll post an update later this week when I finish the necklace.

So now I encourage you to visit the other participants blogs to see what they created with Kristi’s pendants.  And visit Kristi’s shop too, to see more of her work!

Guest Artists

SJ Designs Jewelry

Kari Asbury

Shirley Moore

AJE Team Members
Linda Landig   – You are here.

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

 

Autumn Joy

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!

handmade earrings by Linda Landig JewelrySince 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.

Hibiscus earrings

Fall Colors bracelet

Leather feather handmade necklaceHere 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.

handmade ceramic flowers pendants

 

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.

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

August Component Of The Month Reveal

Rustic Feather Necklace

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.

handmade leather feathers for earrings
Leather Earrings Pairs From Tree Wing Studio

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.

Handmade necklace
Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

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.

handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelr
Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

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?

Handmade leather feather necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry
Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

The Rustic Leather Feather Necklace is now available in my Etsy shop, here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/201887706/leather-feather-necklace-rustic-woodland?ref=shop_home_feat_4

Listed below are links to all the people who participated in this month’s challenge.  Check out their blogs to see all the unique designs made with Rebekah’s leather feathers!

Guest Artists
The AJE Team
Linda Landig <— You are here!

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry