Monday, June 28, 2010

Oh Deer!

I took my camera outside to shoot photos of my flowers at dusk, only to realize how badly the deer have ravaged my garden. This is the worst year I've experienced and it's not letting up. So as I was getting down in the dumperoo about the situation, I came upon this one lone daylily, the only one left in bloom and still standing tall.

This shade of orange is one of my favorite colors for jewelry but it's really hard to find in beads and stones. I've searched for Czech glass because they make every possible color of the rainbow, but not this one. If you have any suggestions on where I can find something similar, please be kind and let me know.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Feels Great To Be Noticed

Just found out my lariat necklace is featured on this beautiful Etsy Treasury designed by Wintergarden, a fellow seller on Etsy.  Blues and greens are my favorite color combination and I'm so honored she included my work. She makes fabulous jewelry using yarn and stones which is available at

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fall 2010 Color Trends

Pantone has released it's Fall 2010 color forecast and I'm very excited about he possibilities for jewelry.

I always adored Lipstick Red and they've included my all time favorite jewelry color turquoise which they're now calling Lagoon. Sounds good to me and I'm glad they're not only using it for summer. Living Coral and Woodbine make a beautiful palette as does Endive, Golden Glow with a hint of Chocolate Truffle. I actually have a lot of beads and stones in many of these colors and I can't wait to get to work. What do you think of the color forecast?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Head Over to The Best Bead Give-A-Way Ever!

Denise Yezbak Moore, accomplished beader and very nice person, is hosting "The Best Bead Give-A-Way Ever" on her blog. And this truly is the best give away I've ever seen. The colors are fabulous -- blues, turquoise, reds, silver, earth tones and some gorgeous silk yarn.

Head on over to her blog to find all the details and sign up. Of course, I want to be the lucky winner since the only thing I've ever won in my life is a $20 gift card to the local bagel shop, and I'm striving for something a bit more substantial. But if you win, I'll do a happy dance for you.

Here's the link:

Best of luck to all.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Follow Up on the Plan

After experimenting with different silver findings for the unfinished bracelet I wrote about in my last post (see below), something was bothering me. The silver was just sticking out too much and didn't seem to coordinate well with the colors in the bracelet.Of course, I hadn't thought about finishing the piece until it was time to finish the piece which is the way I always do things but it's also a major time-waster.

Then it struck me. Bronze. It makes so much sense. Perfect. The bronze works really well with the acrylic flowers and pearls; giving it a vintage feel which I love.

I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out, and even made earrings to coordinate (not match as I'm not the matchy matchy type). My whole point here is that you don't always have to have a plan in mind when starting a new design. Sometimes you just need to step away, clear your mind, and then the ideas start flowing. Do you plan your designs in advance or do you just wing it? I'd love to know.

Monday, June 14, 2010

To Plan or Not To Plan?

It's rare that I have a design in mind before I begin a new project and while spontaneity is great for the creative spirit, not having a plan can also be a real real time-waster. Like today.

I spent a good chunk of time working on this bracelet, carefully choosing the color pearls I liked and working in the resin flowers I've had for awhile, but now I can't decide how to finish it. Silver might look too heavy but I need something sturdy that will take some wear and tear and still look great. Sometimes just stepping away from a project and taking a break can get the ideas rolling. Which I really hope is the case today.

Any suggestions on what type of finishing or clasp that would work with this bracelet would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pearls and Girls in History

The pearl is my birthstone so I wanted to get a little history on them. When I was just a wee little girl, I didn't like the idea of a pearl as a birthstone. Thought it was boring. I wanted something more glamorous like a diamond or emerald. What was I thinking? There's nothing more classic and stylish than strands of pearls draped elegantly on someone's neck, or a small perfect pearl dangling from the ears. Plus they've been around since forever and never go out of style.

First, some interesting facts:
  • Pearls are the only gem created from a living organism. 
  • It's been reported that Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it to prove her love to Marc Antony. Sounds odd but we've probably all done worse.
  • The ancient Greeks thought pearls would promote marital bliss and that's why brides still wear them to this day. All you need are pearls, girls.

How fabulous does Audrey Hepburn look with these pearls draping down her back? Pretty amazing, right?

Now how about my favorite member of any royal family?

And my not so favorite member of any royal family, her mean mother-in-law Liz? She's hiding her pearls under her jacket but we know they're there.

And of course we can't forget the nice Liz. Her pearls are truly spectacular.

These Mikimoto pearls were given to Marilyn Monroe by then husband, Joe DiMaggio. I'm sure there are pictures of her wearing them but I just love the way they look in the gorgeous box.

Do you have any photos of your favorite gals in their pearls? Please share and I'll post them here.
Happy Birthday to all the June babies out there.