Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beaded Wrap Bracelets

Beaded Wrap Bracelets have been such a popular item in my Jewelry Collection.  They are so versatile, they can be dressed up or down.  You can where them as a bracelet or a long necklace or even a belt.  These bracelets will wrap around most wrists either 4 or 5 times.  Here are a few that I have just added to the line. 

  To find out more information about each piece go to the Beaded Wrap Bracelets section of my etsy shop.

Homecoming Mums

It is that time of year again. Football season has started and now it is time for the big Homecoming Game.  And in Texas, homecoming mums are as big a deal as the game.  The mum is the beautiful adornment (I use that term lightly) given to a girl by a special someone.  She wears the mum during school on Friday and during the big game that night. The mums have gotten so elaborate.  These days the bigger the better.  I have even seen some girls wear a mum that is so heavy they can not pin it to their shirt they have to  wear it around their neck!  Yep, that must be a 10 pounder!
Mums are not cheap either, they can run up to $200 bucks!  But, If you can staple and operate a glue gun, homecoming mums are so easy and fun to make.  To make a homecoming mum, start out with a circular cardboard disc which you staple ribbon streamers to and build your "frame" for your mum.  Then on the back of the disc start stapling streamers and trinkets.  The more streamers the better!! Add, charms, sparkles, bells (the more noise the better),  lights, or anything you can to simply make it "BIG".  Then your last step is to hot glue your mum on and don't forget your bear.  Here is the one I just finished making for my son.  If you notice, I have left the last number off on the year.  He hasn't found a date yet so I don't want to commit myself to anything just yet.  This one ended up being 3 1/2 ft long.  You can find a full step by step video here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Featured Artisan, Vanessa Martins of Heavenly Creations

Heavenly is Vanessa's handcraft jewelry project that was born from the simple idea of designing pieces and collections with different inspirations and moods in mind.  Every piece is thoughtfully created and has meaning and a story behind it.  Here are some pieces from her Collections.
  These earrings from the Daya Collection, are made with jade beads and brass.  The Daya Collection is an amulet collection, entirely handmade and composed by three themes: Daya Tanah, Daya Laut and Daya Jiwa.
This ring from her La Rocca Collection is made with Swarovski Crystals and Copper. The La Rocca  collection is divided in two ocasions: La Rocca Giorno and La Rocca Notte. This ring represents the collection, La Rocca Giorno.
 A lovely necklace from the Carmel Collection.  This necklace is made with teardrop shaped natural carmine jasper stones, Swarovski crystals and wooden beads.   You can find more of her designs in her Etsy Shop Heavenly

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Welcome Fall!

Happy Fall!  The evenings will now come sooner and the air will cool more quickly.  The leaves will begin to change their color, crops will start to be harvested, those fun fall festivals will begin, and animals will start their move to their new winter homes.  Welcome fall it is so good to see you!  After the driest and hottest summer on record I so welcome you.  The door is open, please come in and stay a while!

Autumn in the Chilterns
image source: 1, 2, 3, 4

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Featured Artisan, Mya's Creations

Mya Mya Seinn Teiktin the owner and designer of Mya's Creations, designs beautiful jewelry and incorporates fine Swarovski pearls and crystals, Czech glass beads, Sterling silver, Silver plate and much more into her designs.  Her designs are fresh, modern and eye catching.  To find more information about each piece, just click on the picture.
 This beautiful lariat style necklace features Swarovski Pearls and a rhodium plated 5 orchid drop.

This ring is made out of crocheted gold plated wire and three freshwater pearls.  I love the modern feel to this ring.

 Another one of her crocheted designs.  These earrings feature elongated turquoise beads on crocheted gold plated wire.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Inspirational Monday

Take some time out to breathe, relax, dream and smile today.  All the creativity will start to flow.

image source: sjengraving

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Beautiful Color of Lavender

Lavender is a combination of blue and red. Red is a focusing, dynamic and active energy while blue is cooling, calming and expansive. Lavender brings a new dynamic to the expansion of blue and the activity of red. Red brings practicality to the undirected expansiveness of the blue, and allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, lavender is associated with imagination and inspiration.  Lavender is uplifting and calms the mind and nerves.  I knew there was a reason why I like the color LAVENDER!

credit lavendar ring: chop007, booties: LittleLillieBug

Wednesday, September 14, 2011