Monday, December 3, 2012

WINNER Color Blog Hop Random Drawing

Thanks to all of you who visited my blog during this past weekend.  Participating in Erin's Color Challenge was such fun -- a challenge and a true pleasure.  Visiting other blogs was a real treat too.  The color palettes from the US Geological Survey Earth As Art are breathtaking and the responses of the jewelry designers were amazing!  I am humbled to be among them.

Now, on to the winner of the Random Drawing for a hand-made Christmas ornament.  This is what I will be sending to my winner: selected #22
 And the Winner is . . .
Kayla from or  Check out her blog!

So, Kayla, send me your snail mail address (I've sent you an email) and I will be sending you a little giftie in time for Christmas.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Color Challenge Blog Hop

Don’t you just love Erin Prais-Hintz’s Color Challenge Blog Hop ?  This challenge was a REAL challenge for me.  Not a challenge in the sense of difficulty, but the time crunch got to me.    I have been thinking about the beautiful color scheme Erin sent me from the US Geological Survey Earth as Art representing the Lake District of England.  I have been to the Lake District and have very fond memories and inspirations from my time there.


 However, here’s what I pulled together to begin work on the challenge:

 Left to right, agate green seed bead mix, lamp-work glass beads “turquoise” cross (so close!), crystals, dichroic glass, and braided sari silk among other bits and bobs.

As I was working on the necklace, though, I stumbled on a little project I had been working on a couple of weeks ago using vintage women’s watches.  The light bulb went off over my head!  Here’s what I designed.  It’s called Reliquary for a Fabri-holic.

The watch cases contain tiny scraps of the beautiful sari silk in colors of the Lake District image.  It reminds me of a medieval crystal reliquary I saw several years ago that contained threads from the Virgin’s Tunic.  The necklace of twisted brass links hangs about 30 inches and looks very antique.  

So, did I capture the scheme? (It was difficult to photograph)  Here’s a detail.

Thanks to Erin for hosting the hop.  Now, go on over to Erin's blog and check out the other hoppers. 

P.S.  I'm having a holiday sale in my Etsy Shop with the coupon code hohoho10percentOFF at checkout.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

Who’s ready for the Holidays?  Not me -- but I’m getting there.  Here’s some earring cards I designed for a craft show I did last year.  I love the little corner punches!  And the tiny hand is specifically for my earrings made with hand-made lamp-work beads.
(Why does Google rotate my pictures when I have futzed with them to be just right??)
I spent several hours this week filling up my Etsy shop with all kinds of goodies and still have ideas for more.  I even have a coupon for the Holidays hohoho10percentOFF.  

I am also working on Erin Prais-Hintz Color Challenge It's always and joy as well as a challenge to participate in Erin's doings.

My color palette from the US Geological Survey’s Earth as Art section is from England’s Lake District.  I have fond memories from our visit there a few years ago, plus I love the colors in the image.  We will see what I make – the design is still in my head. 

I have also designed and cast some pewter pendant that will be ready to sell soon.
Again -- with the futzing!!

I’ve been making them up into pocket rosaries and really like the feel of them.
Happy Holidays!