Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wearin' of the Green!

You have to admit that many gals love to wear something green for St. Patrick's Day. When I was growing up some girls in South Boston would color their hair green for the holiday! A bright green, stupid-looking hat was my begrudged choice. 

But somewhere between those extremes, where good taste remains, there are better choices. I created these earrings for the sensible place where a touch of color is just perfect. The ear wires and Celtic knot beads are silver plated and the emerald crystals are from Swarovski. You can get more details here.

My Irish immigrant grandfather always talked about identifying those who dared not wear green and making them learn a lesson by painting a certain part of their anatomy green.

Not sure if they really did that or not, but I always wore a green hat just in case he was serious.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sea Green Earrings with Oxidized Copper

Spirals and green agate gemstones make these earrings fascinating!

These beautiful earrings are handcrafted by a very gifted jewelry artist. The colors work perfectly well together and the contrast of shapes is stunning. 

To see more images of this item and for additional details and purchase info, click here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thoughts On . . . I Love Red

Where did this attraction start?  
Perhaps it was seeing the very special birthstone bracelet and ring with the tiny red stones that got me started. It was only years later that I realized my birthday was supposed to be July but ended up in August. No worry, I claim red as my favorite color anyway.

Or was it on the way to elementary school?
Across the street from the school was a fire station with the most shiny red trucks I had ever seen.  I loved those gorgeous trucks and decided there was nothing better than being a fireman, riding the red truck and also rescuing people. 

The red crayon always was the shortest . . .
Why did the red crayon always get so short so fast? It was baffling. 

Marching in red
The little town where I grew up had a band and a baton-twirling squad. With feet too small for my boots, I marched in parades showing off my red outfit with lots of jiggling fringe and a fantastic cowboy hat. My whole childhood in one pair of marching boots way-too-big to way-too small.

My wonderful car is not a fire engine
But is is red and I am so happy riding in it. 

So many reasons I love red. I created this necklace of tiny red beads with an abstract dichroic glass pendant. For more details, click here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Razzle and Dazzle Them

If this stunning pendant and necklace fails to get the attention it demands, perhaps it will mesmerize anyone who sees it!

This is one of my favorite creations. The swirl of colors captured me as if some mysterious force were pulling me in to a vortex of the unknown. But the incredible bright colors soothe away all fear and promise happiness and fun.

For a few more images and purchase info, click here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Tip for the Practical Gal

Spending wisely and also being stylish can both be accomplished, especially with handcrafted items.

Some of my friends like to wear a bit of green for St. Patrick's Day. They wonder how to to that, not spend a lot of money, and also look great.

These handcrafted earrings are one example of how to do that. Of course the color is right, but there are certain beads here that are very special. The top and third beads are about 60 years old! They reflect many colors, including pale purple, sapphire, amethyst, green, fuchia, and more. They are no long made!

These "vintage" beads have not been used and were made by Swarovski, also the maker of the emerald crystals in the earrings.

Be festive, be happy, and know that you can purchase something for St Patrick's Day that will work with many outfits throughout the year.

For more details and purchase info click here.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Are You Bold Enough? 

Here is one of my favorite necklaces! I made it thinking about what kind of bold woman might wear it. 

the necklace has two strands with gemstones, crystals, different colors of beads -- but the strands are not symmetrical. The crystals, large gemstones, and gold Celtic knot beads are scattered around both strands!

Whoever wears this piece dares to break out of the expected, balanced, dutiful kind of jewelry we see everywhere. 

An item like this "speaks" to me when it is being created and asks to be restarted when its bold personality is not properly expressed. This necklace was ultimately pleased with its eccentric persona!

Are you bold enough for it? For more details, images and purchase info, click here.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Envelope Please . . . 

We just announced a coupon code for 20% off my items selling on Etsy. 

To take advantage of this offer, and perhaps purchase something for St. Patrick's Day, go to my shop and use the code BLOG1153 at checkout. This coupon is only good until midnight 1/13/13 eastern time. the following links will take you to various types of items to make your search easier.

I hope you find something special from among my handcrafted jewelry items! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Leverback Earrings, Celtic Knots and Emerald Crystals

Just a Touch of Green Tis All

You still have time, but we are getting near that day when women want to wear just a touch — or more — of green. St. Patrick's Day, March 17!

These earrings are a subtle and yet obvious homage to the world of green. A Celtic knot is centered between two emerald Swarovski crystals.

No need for anyone to have Irish ancestors to enjoy this interesting set of silver plated earrings. For more details and purchase info, click here.

How Do They Count Those Stitches When Knitting?

It may seem like a mystery how people can keep track of their knitting, but here is one beautiful way to do it.

These knitting stitch markers or row counters do the job and hey look great, too. For more details, additional pictures and a way to purchase these, click here.
Starry Sky Stud Earrings, Hypoallergenic Titanium Posts

Brighten Up the Day or the Night with these Fantastic Earrings!

Need a little attention, but in a subtle way? Think about what these wonderful earrings can do for you! They are actually hand-painted and use holographic glitter.

For all the details, more images and purchase info, click here.

Sometimes the Mundane World Can Be Boring
Isn't That When It Is Time for a New Piece of Jewelry!

This piece is gorgeous and not like anything you may have seen! When I first saw it, my eyes kept studying it wondering just how it created such a sense of wonder and curiosity. The link below includes more details, more images and a way to purchase. 

Copper Wire Necklace, Zigzag Necklace, Copper Spirals, Blue Porcelain
Copper Wire Necklace, Zigzag Necklace, Copper Spirals, Blue Porcelain

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Woo Hoo!! We're kicking off a new year with Google+. Posts here will also go to our Google+ page. You can join our circles on Google+ and if you like my handcrafted jewelry, card and print designs, etc. Join our circle there and be ready to find some coupons just for circle members.