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.
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!
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.
The 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.
The 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.
Thank you Diana for sharing your pendants with us! Visit Suburban Girl Studio to see more of Diana’s work!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Diana’s snowflake pendants? Click on the links below to see what the other participants created. Have fun!
In October I, and many others, received invitations to participate in Sally Russick’sannual Holiday Ornament Swap/Hop. I’d never participated before, but it sounded like fun. Sally said one of the reasons she enjoys hosting the ornament swap each year is that it offers an opportunity to connect with a old bead friends or make new connections.
I was given the opportunity to make a new connection with Sandi Volpe. I was certainly familiar with her name in the bead community, but I’d never connected with her. I enjoyed getting to know her a little bit.
I’m not sure how Sandi made this. The back of the star is copper. I’m guessing that the front was either made with molten solder or molten pewter. In any case it is really cool looking.Did you notice that there is a crystal embedded on the left side of the star? It twinkles in the lights on the Christmas tree!
She also very generously sent along some beady goodness! Of course I love receiving new beadies!
I made a stoneware snowflake ornament for Sandi and topped it with a beautiful lampwork bead by Stone Designs. Did this whet your appetite to see more handmade ornaments? Check out the other blogs links below to see what everyone made!
Thank you Sandi for the beautiful ornament and the extra beads! And thank you Sally for hosting the swap and blog hop! Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a New Year that brings you new opportunities and joy.
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
Our November component comes to us from Kristen Stevens of Beadwork By KAS. Kristen does amazing things with tiny beads, including these wonderful beaded links.
Here is the pair I chose for this month’s challenge:
This is actually the second time I have used Kristen links in this color, but I was delighted to give it a go another time! I made these earrings a couple of months ago and they are available in my shop.
.I purposely picked the same color this month, because I really love it! However, I didn’t want to make earrings again. I had this necklace started on my work table. I liked the front part of it, that you can see below, but I was dissatisfied with the back of the necklace. The blue raven pendant is by Oh! Sullivan Studio, the handmade ceramic beads are from Gaea and White Clover Kiln. There are also some recycled glass beads and various other goodies that are all knotted on Irish waxed linen.
When I saw the unfinished Blue Raven Necklace sitting on my table this week, I realized that Kristen’s beaded links would make a perfect transitional point from a beaded section of the necklace to chain in the back, and the colors were perfect. I love serendipity like that! So here’s my transformed necklace. I love it now!
Due to Thanksgiving busyness and holiday jewelry show preparations, I haven’t had time to add the Blue Raven Necklace to my shop yet. But just leave a comment below or message me if you think you might be interested and I’ll fill you in on the details.
This is a blog hop, so I encourage you to check out what all the participants did with Kristen’s awesome beaded links.