Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday's Worktable

Hello, everyone!

Work on my beading table has been put on hold this week, as I'm recovering from a concussion.

Yep, a concussion. As those who follow me on Instagram know, I was at a bead show/expo on Friday and a display lamp fell on my head. Ow. 

Thankfully, I'm healing up quite nicely. Nicely enough to pop onto my blog and post a picture of some of the African brass beauties I bought while at the expo:

I look forward to playing with these once I'm fully recovered. Until then, per the doctor's orders, I'm spending limited time online and getting a lot of rest. What can I say--never a dull moment around here!

Have a wonderful week, everyone! Watch out for lamps!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday's Worktable

I have quite a few projects-in-progress at the moment... and, true to form, I'm not working on a single one of them today. Hah.

Instead, I'm trying to figure out how to make a rivoli setting using chainmaille:

Swarovski rivoli and aluminum rings... Fun times. :)

So far, no luck--but I'm having a ridiculous amount of fun trying. And it actually did give me an inspiration for one of the projects I should actually be working on... I think taking breaks to just explore and play around are good to keep the creative juices flowing, after all. :)

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I'm up to... Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Hello, July!

On my worktable today: more ocean-inspired jewelry!

...This time, in a more traditional beachside color palette.

While walking around in Rehoboth, everything had a distinct aesthetic: soft pastel blues and greens and whites, juxtaposed with bright coral and turquoise. And, while sometimes the ocean was dark and dramatic, it also occasionally decided to match that aesthetic:

...I can smell the salt spray and hear the waves just looking at that picture. *wistful sigh* But, at least now I have some earrings to remind me of it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I've been up to. Have a wonderful week, everyone... And Happy July!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Wonder and Whimsy - June Reveal

For this month's challenge, I decided to make jewelry based on the ocean.

More specifically, the Atlantic Ocean... like I saw while vacationing with my family back in April. I realize that different oceans and different beaches do not all look the same--and that is why I decided to draw inspiration specifically from my time on the Mid-Atlantic coast.

As a reminder, these were the beads that I picked out for this project:

...And, without further ado, here is what I made!

Yep! I have finished two tassel necklaces in one month--woohoo!

For this necklace, I was really inspired by the deep, rich colors of the Atlantic Ocean... the dark dark blue of the water, the white foam of the surf, the grey where those two colors meet, and the tawny tans and browns of the sand. 

Those colors gave me my palette--and the transition between them gave me the design for the tassel itself. 

To tie it all together, I used a handmade lamp work bead that I have had in my stash for awhile. (Unfortunately, I do not know the artist who made it.) I love the way that it swirls with the same colors as the tassel--much like where the ocean meets the land.

I am exceedingly happy with how this necklace turned out. I know it is not traditionally beachy--no pastels or tropical colors--but it definitely captures what I remember seeing on my trip. It was a very special trip, and I am very pleased that this necklace does it credit.

And, although it isn't finished, here is the second project that I started, with a palette based on the glorious sunsets I saw while there...

...and that is as far as I got. As much as I really, really wanted to finish three tassel necklaces this month, it just wasn't in the cards. That's all right, though... I definitely look forward to finishing this one soon!

So, there you go! That's what I made for this month's challenge. I have been wanting to do this one since my trip, and I'm ecstatic that I finally got a chance to do it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today... Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - June Reveal(ish) being postponed until later this evening, or possibly tomorrow. 

I'm currently taking/editing pictures, but there will be a delay in the actual posting. In the meantime, have a picture of something I made for this challenge but didn't end up using:

I'll be back in a bit to show you what I did actually create. 

Until then, have a happy evening, everyone! Thanks so much for understanding! :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pretty Palettes - June Reveal

Hello, everyone!

This is going to be a relatively quick little entry, but I'm super excited to share what I made for this month's Pretty Palette challenge. After all, my hand has healed enough that I was able to make four pieces for it. Four! 

...I'm so happy.

Before I get too ahead of myself, however, here is this month's palette:

...and here is what I made!

Yay! I got to make one of my signature tassels! As I said--I'm so excited. :)

Materials range from vintage moonglow acrylic to shell to howlite to glass, with bronze and brass highlights to represent the brown in the palette.

I was even able to make matching earrings:

But wait, there's more! 

Using many of the same materials, I went ahead and made this necklace, too. (And I just finished it today--phew! Slipped in under the wire!)

Yep! Another--but different--tassel! What can I say... I really enjoyed being back in my element this month.

I also made earrings to match this necklace--similar to the previous ones, but slightly different:

Honestly, the earrings are so similar that they can be worn with either necklace. Or mix-matched. What it really comes down to is that I couldn't decide which focal beads I liked better, so I just made both pairs. :)

So, there you go. That's what I made for this month's Pretty Palettes challenge. I'm so, so happy to be back at my beading table, making tassels and designing jewelry again. Hurray!

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I've been up to... Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday's Worktable

Would you look at that... a Wednesday Worktable post, actually posted on a Wednesday. Hah! 

Not only that, but I actually have some things to show off. Imagine! 

So, what am I working on this week? Well, recently, a beading friend sent me a package with these in it:

Aren't they lovely? Different sizes and shapes and kinds of metal, some hammered and some smooth.

And you know what they are? Fishing lures! I wouldn't have guessed that in a million years. They really do look and feel like things you'd buy at a high end bead store.

So, I've been having a lot of fun playing around with a few different ideas for them. Some of the perfect size for earrings, while others lend themselves to being bold pendants. So many possibilities!

I greatly enjoy using unique components in my jewelry, and these are no exception. We'll see what all I come up with! (I've actually already made a pair of earrings, which I hope to photograph once it stops raining.)

Thanks for stopping by today... Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - June Edition

Sheesh, I'm really having a hard time posting on this time month. Oi. Sorry, everyone!

Still, I am extremely excited to announce the theme for this month's Wonder and Whimsy Challenge. It's actually been awhile in the making--since April, in fact. I'm pretty happy that my thumb/wrist is finally feeling good enough to tackle it!

So, just what is this challenge? Well, I'm going to be making jewelry based on this:

Yep: I'm making jewelry based on the ocean. 

...Specifically, the North Atlantic Ocean--since that's the only one I've had much experience with. And, as an added bonus to this challenge, I'm going to be using some of the beads that I bought while I was there in April:

...I had so much fun with that photoshoot. :)

I also bought these beads, because they reminded me of one of the glorious ocean sunsets I saw:

So, there you go! That is my challenge for this month. Come back on Friday, June 28th to see what I end up making! :)

Until then, have a lovely day, everyone!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hello, June!

I honestly can't believe that it's already June. This year certainly is flying by!

I don't have much to show in the way of current projects today, but I am happy to report that I've been making some headway on adding new listings to my store the past few weeks. I definitely hope to be adding more as time goes on!

Pretty as a Button
...recent listing on my store, found here.
I'm also planning out my June Monthly Challenge, and I'm pretty excited. Come by at the beginning of next week to find out what I'm going to do!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking up on me... I really appreciate you. Have a lovely June, everyone!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - May Reveal

Well, here it is: the reveal for May's Monthly Challenge. Yay!

...This is also a showcase of pretty much all the jewelry I was able to make this month. I didn't want to overdo it, so this was my main May jewelry designing project. Still, I had a lot of fun! And my thumb is healing nicely, so I'm excited to see what all I'm able to do in June. :)

As a refresher, my challenge this month was to make something with these beads, from May's Bargain Bead Box:

There were so many beautiful things! I had a zillion different ideas, but in the end I mainly focused on three main components: the 4mm crystal bicones, the blue glass rounds, and the faceted 6x4 crystal rondelles. As a result, although I made two different sets, everything pretty much matches. Variations on a theme, if you wish.

But, enough of me talking about it. Time for me to show you the jewelry!

Quick disclaimer: 
The lighting this week has been truly horrible for taking pictures. It's been incredibly rainy, and as such I haven't gotten the best photos of what I made. Still, I didn't want to show up empty handed! Weird lighting aside, I hope you enjoy seeing what I created for this challenge! :)

Set #1

For this first set, I really wanted to use the flower connectors in addition to the three main components I picked out. The result was a y-shape necklace and long dangly earrings--and dragonfly charms, to go with the theme.

Set #2

For the second set, I made two pairs of earrings and a necklace. This is the first earring pair:

This is the second pair:

...And here is the necklace that ties both of those elements together:

Yep! I made a tassel!

Granted, it's not one of my full tassels... it has 8 strands instead of my normal 10, and is shorter. In fact, the whole necklace is shorter--hanging at 22 inches, instead of the 28+ inches that my signature tassels usually are. (See, I used restraint! Or something--hah!)

All that being said, however, I love the way that this sparkly shiny necklace is unapologetically bling-y. The colors make it light and almost ephemeral, and the glass itself makes it downright magical. I think the length (of both the necklace and the tassel) matches the beads perfectly... and keeps it sparkly without being too overwhelming.

So, there you go! Those are the pieces that I made for this challenge. And, for fun, here is everything together:

Thanks so, so much for stopping by today to see what I made... I look forward to June, and getting back into the swing of regular blogging!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!