Monday, April 27, 2009

A day to rest....

I have been all over the state of Oregon the past week! No, I have not been to shows or events, but even bigger! I have been on my daughters 5th grade field trips!

It seems as the year winds down, the field trips get more abundant! Last week we drove to Portland Oregon to spend the night at OMSI. It is a wonderful science museum that has so many great things to offer for kids and adults. The kids got to explore the museum, watch a show in the planetarium and watch a movie in the OmniMax theater. This is a huge theater that the best part, well one of the best parts!
Then less than week later we were off to the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. So worth the 2 1/2 hour drive (on the bus with the 5th graders I might add)! There were such beautiful displays of artwork by the early Native Americans of this area. It so inspired me to want to make something! And so I mastered the spiral stitch on the bus no less!

Thinking that this was my day to rest, I realized we have a band concert this evening for my older two children. But I just had to get back into the swing being that it is "Marketing Monday" for me. I have a couple of things I wanted to share that I have been working on. They will be listed in my Artifre store today, as well as Etsy. Hopefully by Wednesday they will be in Silkfair and 1000 Markets too! Yes, I have many online stores to visit, but not everything is out yet. I just seem to keep getting caught up in those field trips!.... Maybe I should say Thursday, we have a 6th grade field trip on Wednesday! :)

Butterfly Garden Earrings are a fun pair of earrings, with rose colored ab Swarovski crystals dancing below an inquisitive butterfly. The butterfly has a light green shimmery tint to it's wings that catch the sunlight just so. Just above the butterfly is another crystal that seems to catch her attention. These are just so springy and fun I just had to get them out there. You can find them here.

The "be still my heart" Necklace is a lovely piece that inspires romance with it's vintage style. A shorter necklace, 16", has a captivating filigree antique bronze heart and three small Swarovski pearls dangling lightly behind or in front of it, as if they were children playing hide and seek. You must check them out here.

There is also "A Fairy's love" earrings. These were so fun to put together. I have attempted the "Banana Bobian" style and added my own flair. These dainty fairy's have a light green shimmer to their wings. They look as they are shining so brightly with the Swarovski crystals behind them. There is a rouge color to the rose earrings just above the fairy and a single crystal that is wire wrapped above the fairy. She is gently rests atop two heart shaped filigree pieces that have been combined to accentuate her glorious backdrop. View her and more great items here.

So with two more field trips this week and next, I will be sure to get something done on the bus to show you all next week!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Romantic Wedding Jewelry

With spring here, we will irrevocably be faced with the natural order of things; Weddings. Spring and summer are a great time to have your special event. It also allows for beautiful plunging necklines on the brides and bridesmaids dresses. This is one of the many reasons I love this season! With a few different types of necklaces I have specifically for that special occasion, it can create the most stunning style you are looking for.

As I traveled through the Land of Blog, I have come across one particular site that I had to mention since we are talking about weddings. Something Old, Something New had a beautiful dress that would make any mans knee’s weak. As I looked at this picture, I thought to myself “I know what would look absolutely amazing with this dress.” What I was referring to is a one of a kind necklace with a bead woven chain in an Alabaster eggshell cream color, the focal piece is a filigree piece that has been “redesigned” (creatively so I might add) into a bail. Delicately hanging from this bail is single cultured freshwater pearl atop a 14kt gold Vermeil bead cap showcasing a Golden Shadow Swarovski crystal drop. This necklace is finished off two bead caps and a very basic magnetic clasp that is in gold plate. The necklace itself is approximately 16” long and the drop hangs about 1.5” below the necklace.

The next piece I would love to share with you is currently listed in my ArtFire store. I might add there is a sale going on there too! This is necklace set is called “Wedding Cascades”. It is lovely necklace with over 90 hand wire wrapped cultured freshwater pearls. Each link of the sterling chain has a pearl attached to it. A simple lobster clasp closes this necklace.

Another style of necklace that I have to offer is the vintage look. I have in mind a fabulous right angle weave pattern made from Czech fire polish beads and vintage German glass and drops. This is a choker with attitude. This necklace would light up any occasion. With its amber hues and golden undertones, it will surely be a must have for your special day!

Now we do not want to forget about the bridesmaids. In my shop, I have a great selection of very simple yet, elegant necklaces for your wedding party. I offer discounts on larger quantities purchased as well. With the selection offered, you can be sure to find the perfect accessories you have been wanting. For example; the Plum Valley Collection is a great start to a basic single line necklace with defined colors and cultured freshwater pearls to tie into your choices. The necklaces are made with Charlotte seed beads, which are faceted on three sides to catch light and sparkle immensely. Added to this are petite lampwork beads and cultured freshwater potato pearls. All are approximately 16’-17” long and have toggle clasps for a quick closure. Custom orders are always welcome! Here are a couple of examples of this line.

There is also the lighter and more tropical feel of being on the sandy beaches of your favorite getaway:

I have a necklace similar to the green, and I have had it for over three years. With the silk treated nylon chord, it will resist stretching or fading. I also wore it when I got married!

There is always the option of going with a basic silver or gold chain and adding the color of your bridesmaids dresses one crystal drop at a time. With these lovely necklace and earring combination's, you can make it your own style! The necklaces are about 17” long. They can be made to be longer if you choose. Just contact me with all your questions and we will make this a day to remember!