Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A September Treasury

Anthony from ArtHarmony sent me a sweet convo earlier today telling me that my coral rose ring is included in this stunning treasury.
Isn't it striking?! I'm honored to be in it so I just had to share it. By the way, ArtHarmony is filled with gorgeous polymer clay jewelry. You will want to check it out for sure!

If you want to learn more about each item in the treasury, just click on the title and/or the treasury photo..
"Thank You Anthony"

Saturday, August 11, 2012

my brother's birthday

My brother, Robert, would be turning 54 today. He passed away when he was 50...just 3 months shy of his 51st birthday. He died way too young. He left behind two beautiful that was the apple of his eye and one that he never got to know. He also left behind his Mother, an older brother, 2 sisters (including me), lots of neices and nephews and distant cousins and Aunts.

In honor of Robert's birthday, some of us are getting together for the meteor shower later tonight. The peak of the 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower is here. This will be a great way to celebrate Robert's birthday. I know he would love it! In fact, he will probably be right there with us watching it all.
Happy Birthday Robert!
You are missed SO much! You will forever be in our hearts.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Earrings for my Mom

Last Sunday, Aug. 5th, was my Mom's birthday. She looks young for her age, which by the way is 82. She has always looked younger, and thankfully, it runs in the family. **wink-wink** I made peridot gemstone earrings for her last year, since her birthstone is peridot. It's my birthstone too, as I was born 3 days before her birthday. I put peridot chips inside sterling silver round bezels and sealed them with epoxy resin. They turned out so beautiful and sparkly! I forgot to take pictures though. Oh well...
This is my Mom when she was 18.
I was going to make my Mom a bracelet or a necklace this year, but I decided on another pair of earrings when I found my vermeil teardrops. I got them from a friend a few years back and completely forgot about them. I made a necklace using one of the drops as part of the focal and it ended up getting published in the Jan. 2009 issue of Bead Trends. That was my 1st publication. I was on cloud nine for a long time! lol Anyway...I had 2 of the vermeil drops left, but I put them away and never used them. Now that I think about it...I think I was waiting for the right time to create with them. And this time I took pictures. ;)
And here they are! I paired the vermeil drops with antique bronze filigree cones that I bought from my friend, Cairn @ OverstockOutlet. The filigree cones are stunning! They look like they were made for the drops. I made the earwires with 14K gold wire (20ga) and hammered them only a little around the curves.
I'm super happy with the earrings, and my Mom is too. She even went as far as to send me a "thank you" card. That made my day! She was absolutely thrilled with them, and I'm so happy about that. I'm even more happier knowing I put a smile on her beautiful face on her special day. :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Pantone Fall Colors-2012

Quote from Pantone's Fashion Color Report for Fall 2012.
"From love potions and the magical hour of sunset to witches and warlocks, fantasy and illusion are inspiring designers this fall season. With an unexpected mix of darks, brights and neutrals, they cleverly manipulate reality to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life." can help you choose Swarovski Crystals that closely match these magical Fall colors. Check out their blog post; "Pantone Colors for Fall 2012."

I'm loving these colors! Looks like I'll be doing some bead shopping soon. ;)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Giveaway Friday

Northridge Publishing is giving away a fantastic collection of cardstock, patterened paper and embellishments with the "Summer of '69" kit from Studio Calico. This kit is sold out, but you have lots of ways to enter for your chance to win it. Click on the photo above or HERE to go straight to the giveaway. "Good Luck!" 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Newest Features

Two lovely treasuries that feature my handmade jewelry.
Thanks Ronnye! @ shoppingforbeads
Thanks Crystal!