Friday, June 27, 2014

The Jenny Monthly Challenge - June Reveal

It's really the last friday of June already? 

Wow... sometimes it feels like they don't make months as long as they used to.

Still, the last friday of June is a good thing... because that means it's time to reveal what I made for this month's Jenny Monthly Challenge! To jog your memory, here's the kit that I chose:

Lampwork by Julsbeads, vintage pearls, Chinese crystals--oh my!

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

Yep... it's a necklace and a matching pair of earrings!

I have to admit that, after last month's kumihimo, it was nice to sit down and do something a bit more conventional. It still had its challenges, to be sure--figuring out how to make a bail for the key, switching out different chains until I got one to work--but overall it flowed very nicely.

And after the lemonade debacle, it was nice to have something go right for a change!

And now for some vanity shots!

First, the earrings...

...And next, the necklace!

I really, really like the elegant feel of this piece--the brass and the gold and the cream, the contrast of the sparkly crystals with the creamy vintage pearls and handmade lampwork.

Originally, I was going to say that I want to find the perfect occasion to wear this set of jewelry... But, honestly, why wait? I think it will be just lovely any time I decide to wear it.

So, there you go! Thanks so much for stopping by... I really appreciate you joining me on my journey, as I challenge myself to grow. 

And, guess what? 

I have a whole new challenge lined up for July--and I can't wait to share it!

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Well, It's Been Awhile Since I Posted...

For those looking for my bead soup reveal, go here!

Hello everyone!

My apologies for being scarce recently. I've been having some minor health issues (reactions to new medication, recovering from a bad case of strep throat, etc. etc.), so I haven't gotten much of a chance to blog.

Besides that, I don't have a lot to report, either... The last time I worked on jewelry, I spilled lemonade all over my craft table--including three current projects, and over ten pairs of earrings I was going to list to my store.

My science experiment:
Seeing how lemonade interacts with the above materials.

Anyway! There is light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm making progress on my June Monthly challenge, and I was able to go out and celebrate my husband's birthday this past Saturday.

So, here's to hoping that everyone is having a nice June... And here's to hoping that things continue to look up! :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Jenny Monthly Challenge - June Edition

For those looking for my bead soup reveal, go here!

I'm running a little bit behind this month, but I'm excited to reveal what I'm going to be working with for my June Monthly Challenge. Without further ado, here it is:

Cream and brass... It feels wonderfully vintage.
This is actually an idea I was playing around with earlier, when I was creating a Bead Soup for my partner... I wasn't able to get the components together in time to send to her, but that means I can make something with it now! After all, it would be a shame for it to go to waste. ;)

In this collection, there are: vintage beads (the rounds and the large brass bicones), handmade lampwork beads by Julsbeads, Chinese crystals, and brass findings. 

The key itself is from a Tim Holtz collection--for papercraft! No reason it can't work as an awesome focal, I say. :)

I must say that I'm excited to use a more subdued, classic color palette... I'm already concocting ideas of how to use these ingredients.

Come by on Friday, June 27th to see what I end up making!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Last Day of 15% Off Sale

For those looking for my bead soup reveal, go here!

Just a quick little note to say that today is the last day of my 15% off sale at Wonder and Whimsy!

Simply this coupon code before checking out: SURPRISESALE0614

Recent Listing:
Marsh Mushrooms - Earrings

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Marsh Mushroom - Hairsticks

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Fae King's Roses - Earrings

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Fae King's Roses - Hairsticks

...Oh, and be sure to tune in here sometime in the next two days, for when I announce what my June Monthly Challenge will be! Woo-hoo!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hello, June!

Wow, it's June already. *blinks* When did that happen?

May was super busy, but super exciting... I want to do a proper summary post, but right now is not the time for that. 

So, instead, I will wave to bring in the new month, and wish everyone the Happiest of Junes!


...And, until June 4th, there is a SURPRISE SALE going on at my store! Get 15% off your total purchase, no minimum amount required! Simply this coupon code before checking out: SURPRISESALE0614