Oak Leaf And Acorn Necklace

AJE Component Of The Month Reveal

I hosted the September Component of the Month on the Art Jewelry Elements blog. Each of the participants received one of the pendants below.

COM PendantsAfter distributing the pendants, I got the idea to make some with 3 loops, rather than two.  My design features one of the new three loop pendants.

COM 1aUsing Irish waxed linen I dangled a pewter squirrel, by Green Girl Studio from the bottom loop.  At the front of the necklace,  I knotted mossy green glass, wood, recycled glass and trade beads, on orange leather cording.  The back is a simple pattern of seed beads.

COM 3aI have one 2-loop oak leaf pendant in my shop now and will be adding a few more 2 and 3 loop pendants later this afternoon or early evening.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this month’s COM.  To see everyone’s creations, follow these links!

AJE Team

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

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Autumn Pendant Giveway

Ready to move into designing jewelry for autumn?  I’m hosting a giveaway over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog that might help you get started.  2 lucky people will each win one of my ceramic Oak Leaf & Acorn pendants.

To find out to enter the giveaway, go to Art Jewelry Elements and read the directions carefully.  Then throw your name in the hat and cross your fingers!

Good luck!

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Good luck!

July Component Of The Month Reveal

This month’s  Component Of The Month was made by Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) team member Niky Sayers.  Niky, who is from London, England, used 2 old farthing coins to make a very cool bead.  I didn’t know how much a farthing was worth or when it had been in use, so I looked it up.  A farthing was worth a quarter of an old penny and there were also half farthings and 3 quarter farthings.  They were taken out of circulation in 1961.

Farthing Bracelet 3I knew that I wanted to make a multi-strand bracelet with my farthing bead.  I thought this raku bead, from Odd Designs, would add some color while also tying in with the coppery color of the coin.  At that point I decided to go for blue and coppery brown in the whole bracelet, along with some smaller spots accent colors.

Farthing Bracelet 2The blue lampwork glass bead (above, right) by Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions was perfect for my third focal bead.

Farthing Bracelet 1Each of the three strands of smaller beads has a mix of blue and brown glass beads, with some accent colors and some small copper heshe..  Although each strand is different, they all have some blue glass seed beads with a copper sheen and some of the copper heshe.  These common components help  to tie the overall design together. Farthing Bracelet 5I  finished the bracelet with a handmade ceramic button by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.

Farthing Bracelet 4Thank you Niky for sharing your awesome metalsmithing skills with us in the form of this uber-cool bead!  In addition to the AJE team members, 3 lucky guest artists also received farthing beads. My Farthing Bracelet is available in the bracelet section of my shop.

Check out the blogs listed below to see what everyone else made with their farthings.

Guest Artists

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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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Anniversary Trip To The Beach

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary!  I am so grateful to share my life with this man.  I wouldn’t be who I am today without him.  He believes in me, trusts me, shares values with me, and supports me.  We’ve been through rough times, but have always prevailed.

42nd Anniversary 12We celebrated by heading off to Port Townsend, WA for an overnight visit.  Port Townsend has been one of our favorite beach destinations for 30 years now and we’re always happy to return. Our 1st stop was at Fort Warden State Park, (where the movie Pretty Woman was filmed).

42nd Anniversary 442nd Anniversary 13a42nd Anniversary 9As you can see from the pictures, the weather was perfect!  We found a comfortable log to sit on and just soaked up the sun and enjoyed the sounds of the waves and the sea gulls.

42nd Anniversary 14Eventually we wandered into town, cruised the art galleries and settled on a new (to us) restaurant for lunch, called Sirens.  We sat upstairs on a balcony overlooking the water.  I swear, it was the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten.  And the view…well just take a look!

42nd Anniversary 3When you have a view like that, you don’t even want to finish your lunch and have to give up your seat!

After lunch, we headed over to Lois Venarchick’s shop, Wynwoods Gallery and Studio.  This is my one of my favorite bead shops anywhere.  Lois seems to have a knack for finding unique beads.  I always find a treasure to take home with me when I am there.  Lois also designs and casts her own metal charms and pendants and that was what I was after on this trip!  Here’s what I came away with.  Don’t you just love these?

42nd Anniversary 19Later we went over to North Beach for a nice walk before dinner. And for dinner we went to a restaurant that Lois and her husband Phil suggested.  OMG, our taste buds died and went to heaven.  The food was exquisite!  It was the perfect place for an anniversary celebration.

42nd Anniversary 18We had a delightful surprise waiting for us when we returned to our motel room.  Our daughter had ordered champagne for us and had it delivered to our room.  We were so touched by her thoughtfulness!  We sat on our balcony, sipped champagne and looked out over the marina.

42nd Anniversary 242nd Anniversary 16aI love spending time at the ocean. It is my happy place.  I have a collection in my jewelry shop called Surf & Sand, which has all my ocean themed work.  Here are a couple examples of what you can find there.

Sailboat Earrings

High Tide Necklace

Where is your happy place?

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We’re All Ears :: June Tide Pools Challenge

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, anemomes, mussels and barnacles share habitat on Rialto Beach. Photo by Halfcenturyhiker.

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.

The Silver Starfish Earrings are available in my shop: Linda Landig Jewelry.  To see my entire Surf and Sand Collection go here:  Surf and Sand Collection

This is a blog hop.  To see everyone else’s tide pool inspired earrings, head over to Earrings Everyday, to get the links.


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What’s Happening

Life has been pretty hectic since we returned from Oaxaca and I haven’t had much time to keep current on this blog.  Only a few days after our return, my father was  hospitalized and then needed some convalescence time. Fortunately he is fine now and celebrated his 88th birthday this week.  I got bronchitis and needed a week or so to recover.  And then my brother and sister-in-law came to visit us for 10 days.

My sister-in-law is very artistic and we had fun playing with clay during her visit.  I blogged about her creations here and here.  If you are curious about the process involved in the creation of ceramic pendants, then you’ll find these 2 posts especially interesting.  Here’s a picture of my sister-in-law forming some of her pendants.

Clay Play 14I also took her to Shipwreck Beads, which claims to have the world’s largest selection of beads.  It only about a 15 minute drive from my house!

Shipwreck 3Shipwreck 5Here’s what she came home with.

And of course, not wanting to be left out ;) I came home with a few goodies too!

The rondells are Cherry Creek jasper and the other 2 stands are very cool glass beads that nest together and create a great texture.

We spent some time in Seattle and I went crazy photographing the gorgeous flowers in Pike Place Market, but I’ll save that for another post.

We’re back to our normal routines now and I’ve had time to resume working with clay.  I’ll have some results soon, which I will share with you here.

So that’s what’s happening  with me.  Hope all is well in your world too.