Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Creative Jewelry Magazine Is Out!

It feels like I have been waiting forever to see it! It's such a great magazine, I always find loads of inspiration in the pages. I truly love how the photographers at Interweave Press photograph my pieces, they always do such an amazing job!

The first piece is titled "Centered" and I especially love that it features one of my husband's lampwork hearts. I LOVE his hearts. 
You can check out his Etsy store here and his Facebook site here.

Okay, onto the second piece. It's called "Home is where the Heart is" and features a cute pendant by Menagerie Studios

I also have a pair of earrings in the magazine using more charms from Menagerie Studios. Pic is bottom row, middle pair.

Another pair of my earrings "Aztec Sunset" are featured on this page in the magazine (first pair).

Another featured necklace is "Seaside Retreat" and features a ceramic pendant by Spirited Earth, I just love Nan's pieces! 
My 6th piece is "Turning Leaf" and features a pendant by Chinook. 
Last piece is a favorite of mine, "Autumn Luxe" and those gorgeous Chalcedony briolettes are from Rock Candy Beads
You can pick up a copy of this magazine at your local Barnes & Noble stores or online at Interweave Press (they have online editions available too!).

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Soups On!

This is my first time joining in on the fun that Lori Anderson created called "Bead Soup". It's a party and a fun way to connect with other jewelry designers and make new friendships. I lucked out with my partner Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studios. We have connected via Facebook and she's a real sweetheart.

This is the soup that she sent to me...
I was thrilled! I loved the ceramic pieces that she made and love the combo of the turquoise, the brown beads and the orange ribbon. She was so generous with what she sent that I was able to make 4 pieces and have left over beads!

My first piece is a necklace using mainly what she sent to me. 

I did add carnelian chips, a few magnesite chips and asked my husband to make me a red bird bead since I was using the birds nest charm and the beads had such a nature feel to them-which I love by the way! You can check out his Etsy site, Bubby & McGurk Beads, here.

In my second piece, I used the copper toggle clasp,  Diana's ceramic beads and another of her pretty ceramic heart charms.
The only thing that I added from my own stash was the magnesite chips.

My 3rd piece has the pretty copper pinecone she sent to me, some of the wood beads and a piece of the ribbon that I had left over.

The Autumn leaf pendant is by Heather Powers of Humblebeads. The ceramic beads are by Gaea Cannaday. The chain and toggle clasp are by me using MissFickleMedia products. 

And now the last piece..
When I saw those pretty brass pieces I knew that they were destined to be earrings. I used some AB coated Labradorite stones from Rock Candy Bead Studio and I really like the way that they turned out. Those stones are just gorgeous.

Want to see what Diana made with the bead soup that I sent to her?

Check out her blog Here.

To check out all 362 Bead Soup Participants Click Here.