I Heart Macro – Lichen & Giveaway Winners

Its time for another I Heart Macro Sunday!  And we also have a winner for the giveaway!!!  But first the macro shots.  (If you just want to skip to the winners (he-he),  scroll down about half way)!

Lichen

We live in a beautiful woodsy area in western Washington state.  Dry, almost hair-like lichen is a common sight here,  Sometimes it hangs off the forest branches like a veil. Lichen does not flourish in areas with a great deal of pollution, so it is a sign of a healthy environment to find it so abundantly here.

lichen

lichen

According to Backyard Nature:

Lichens are not plants. They are “composite organisms” made up of two, or maybe three, completely different kinds of organisms. It’s as if you combined an animal such as a dog with a plant such as an oak, maybe with a fungus thrown in as well, and ended up with something very different from animal, plant or fungus. Something that was its own thing, with its own identity and manner of being.

Every lichen species is part fungus. Usually the other  species is a photosynthesizing alga, but sometimes it can be a photosynthesizing bacterium known as a cyanobacterium. Sometimes all three kinds of organisms are found in one lichen.

Washington State Lichen

Pacific Northwest Lichen

A scientist who studies lichens is called a lichenologist.  I never even knew such a field existed – did you?

Lichen in Western WA State

Pacific Northwest Lichen

According to Lichen Biology and the Environment:

Lichens grow in the leftover spots of the natural world that are too harsh or limited for most other organisms. They are pioneers on bare rock, desert sand, cleared soil , dead wood, animal bones, rusty metal, and living bark. Able to shut down metabolically during periods of unfavorable conditions, they can survive extremes of heat, cold, and drought.

Washington State Lichen

Lichen in my backyard

Most lichens grow very, very slowly, often less than a millimeter per year, and some lichens are thought to be among the oldest living things on Earth. Lichens with known, slow growth rates, like Rhizocarpon geographicum, have been used to estimate the dates of geological events such as the retreat of glaciers.

Washington State Lichen

Lichen in my backyard

Giveaway Winner

A big thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!  Also a warm welcome goes out to everyone who liked my Facebook jewelry page, as part of this giveaway!  I had a lot of fun reading your comments!

sometimes you don't

source: Pinterest

So Sari Earrings

The first part of the giveaway is for everyone who left a comment about the copper, lampwork and sari silk earrings.

copper, lampwork and sari silk earrings

So Sari Earrings

There were 115 entries for this giveaway!  And the winner is (drum roll please):  # 73 – Shannon Hollahan

The second part of the giveaway was for people who shared the link to the giveaway on their Facebook pages, on their blog or on Google+.

These people were eligible to win their choice of a pair of beautiful Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms by Melinda Orr Designs or…..

Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms

Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms

…a hand-woven bracelet by me.

right angle weave bracelet

There were 62 entries for this part of the Giveaway.  The winner is: # 16 – Sarah Lyons

 (note: I tried to paste a screen shot of the random number generator here, but I was unable to do so successfully – computer klutz that I am…)

Congratulations to the winners!  Please contact me through Facebook or by clicking on the contact button on the right side margin on my blog!

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

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Bead Table Wednesday: Kick It Up A Notch!

Springtime Giveaway

Q – What is better than a springtime earring giveaway?

A – A giveaway that includes earrings, a bracelet and artisan-made embossed copper components!

Melinda Orr Designs and I are collaborating to take this giveaway and kick it up a notch!

As announced on Monday’s blog post, everyone who enters the giveaway has an opportunity to be included in the drawing for the “So Sari Earrings”, featuring amazing handmade patina’ed copper dangles by Melinda Orr Designs, sari silk and lampwork (handmade) glass by Radiant Mind.

Linda Landig Jewelry

So Sari Earrings

And now, each person who shares this giveaway on Facebook, their blog or Google+ will also be entered to win their choice of a pair of handmade copper components by Melinda Orr Designs or a turquoise and green bracelet which I wove on Sunday.  There’s something for everyone–whether you just love wearing artisan jewelry or whether you are an artisan jeweler yourself.

Melinda Orr Orrtec

Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms by Melinda Orr Designs

Linda Landig Jewelry

Hand-woven bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

How To Play Along

Click to go to my Facebook page.

  • Comment on the Facebook Giveaway post  for 1 entry to win the earrings.
  • Click the share button on the Facebook post and get 2 extra entries.
  • If you have a business page, click to share it there too and get an another 2 entries.
  • Share this Giveaway on your blog and leave a comment on my Facebook Giveaway post letting me know you have done this, for 2 entries.
  • Share the Giveaway on Google+ and let me know about it on my Facebook Giveaway post, for 2 more entries.

The basics:

Comment = 1 entry

Shares = 2 entries

I will number all these entries in the order received and then use an online random number generator to determine the earring winner.

Then I will number all the people who shared the giveaway.  I’ll use the random number generator again to determine who gets to choose between the  copper components and the bracelet.  The winners will be posted on my blog and Facebook page on Sat. March 31st.

Best of luck and Happy Springtime!

right angle weave bracelet Linda Landig Jewelry

Hand-woven bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

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Celebrate Spring: Earring Giveaway

Celebrate Spring

Winters in Washington State, while not as severe as, say Minnesota, (where I was born), are long and gray.  People tend to get depressed because of the lack of sunshine.
And then suddenly things shift.  It may be chilly, but the sun is out.  Buds appear and people start smiling again.  I feel a noticeable lift in my spirits when the sun returns and the forsythia and daffodils start to bloom.  There’s a new spring in my step and I know it is time to celebrate.  So…..

It’s time for a Spring Time Giveaway!

I’ve been playing with adding fibers to my designs.  I was so pleased with the outcome of these earrings, that I decided to do a giveaway!  Some people have told me these earrings look like the spice route to India and others have said they look like a tropical beach.  Either way, they are made for sunny weather!

So Sari Earrings

So Sari Earrings

The gorgeous embossed copper components are made by Melinda Orr Designs.  The orange glass beads are handmade by the lampwork glass artists at Radiant Mind.  The fibers are recycled sari silk from India.

patina'ed copper, lampwork and sari silk earrings

So Sari Earrings

I will be giving these earrings away to one lucky winner on Saturday, March 31st.  There are multiple opportunities to enter the giveaway.

So Sari Earrings

So Sari Earrings

Here’s how you can win:

Click to go to my Facebook page.

  • Comment on the Facebook Giveaway post  for 1 entry.
  • Click the share button on the Facebook post and get 2 extra entries.
  • If you have a business page, click to share it there too and get an another 2 entries.
  • Post about this Giveaway on your blog and leave a comment on my Facebook Giveaway post letting me know you have done this for 2 entries.
  • Share the Giveaway on Google+ and let me know about it on my Facebook Giveaway post, for 2 entries.

The basics:

Comment = 1 entry

Shares = 2 entries

I will number all these entries in the order received and then use an online random number generator to determine the winner!  Best of luck and Happy Springtime!

The winner will be chosen on Saturday, March 31st~
I’ll hope you enter to win!
Good luck!

I Heart Macro – Texture

sari silk cord on copper

sari silk earring

I’ve been experiementing  with adding fibers to my jewelry designs.  The contrast between the softness of sari silk and metal or glass is captivating.

The sari silk cording captures the eye with its brilliance and it adds another layer of texture over the richly patina’ed metal components by Melinda Orr Designs.  The smooth matte beads by Radiant Mind add still another surface texture.

twisted orange and pink threads

Sari silk earring

Patina'ed copper by Melinda Orr Designs

Patina'ed and embossed copper by Melinda Orr Designs

I love how these turned out, so I decided to share them with you in a giveaway tomorrow,  (Monday 3/26/12).  Come back tomorrow to see how you can enter to win.  Details will be here and on my Facebook page.

copper, sari silk and lampwork earrings

Sari silk earrings

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

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