February 25, 2011

Lovely Amazonite

It’s been a while, but I finally made a new piece of jewelry! I’ve been in a jewelry creative slump lately, partly because I have been coming up with ideas for a different product that I plan to make. I started making these earrings a couple weeks ago, and they just sat on my jewelry table untouched.

They feature on of my favorite stones: amazonite. Lately I have been creating jewelry using tiny turquoise-colored glass beads, which are very similar in color to amazonite. I originally planned on using them in these earrings, but I had just bought these small amazonite beads and decided to use these instead.

February 24, 2011

It Snowed!

Warning: The following post contains photos of the snow. If you live in the Midwest or Eastern U.S., please forgive me. I am just a West coast gal that has a child-like fascination with snow.

Yes, it finally snowed here! I love waking up and looking out our bedroom window to falling snow. As always, I grab my camera and attempted to take some half-decent photos. I’ve always found snow a challenge to photograph, but I usually don’t spend much time trying to get the photos right.
This is my backyard shed. It's so pretty in the snow, since it is the only object with color.
My potted oregeno. I planted this last year, then pretty much ignored it 

February 19, 2011

A Treasury Challenge

I am a member of an Etsy team called Treasury Challenge NonTeam, and they recently listed challenge #19. An item is picked, and that item becomes the inspiration for treasuries. This week's item of inspiration is a 14 karat leaf ring with diamonds in each leaf. I had no intention of having a wedding theme, but I found myself browsing at wedding items and I just gave in to it!

Anyway, here is my first attempt at a NonTeam Challenge. I named it 'A Bright Future Ahead'. Hope you enjoy!

February 14, 2011

Pretty Flowers on the Wall

I never make a big deal out of Valentine's Day. I don’t expect a box of chocolates or a nice piece of jewelry. But while my husband and I were grocery shopping this past weekend, I noticed (it was hard not to) the many bouquets of flowers on display. We hardly ever buy fresh flowers, mainly because I have a very inquisitive cat that likes to eat and play with anything and everything. But since we have a pair of wall-mounted vases (again, I had the cat in mind when I bought these!), I decided it was time for some fresh flowers. They look so pretty, but maybe I should have bought another bouquet for the other vase! I currently have faux flowers in the vase on the left, and they happen to represent fall colors. So I have a pretty, fresh bouquet of pink and red flowers next to faux orange and yellow flowers.

Nice, right?

February 06, 2011

Tiny Turquoise Beads

I am still in the process of satisfying my desire to create jewelry with tiny seed beads.  Here is my latest creation, which I finished a couple days ago. 

The seed beads that I used in this design are called Charlottes, and each bead has one facet. They are beautiful, especially when the light catches the facets. But if I happen to drop one on the floor, I don't bother to look for it!