Saturday, June 27, 2009

Shall I compare thee to a Summer's Day?

A new Treasury that I put together on Etsy with some of my favorite wedding selections. The title was inspired by the famous Shakespearean sonnet, which I thought fit the dreamy, romantic mood of this sunlit collection--


It features the lovely work of :
PatrickIrlaDesigns, AutumnRussell, Middleburg
EmilyGrayJewels, FussJewelry, LittleGoat,
StellaPesci, TimelessVixenVintage, AliciaBock
RoyalBuffet, KarmaRox, EmmaLamb

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I also wanted to share the finished results of the earrings I was working on last week in the My Creative Space post--a new wedding design in my Etsy shop. A variation on my Robin's Egg Earrings, these feature cream-colored silk medallions, embellished with delicate roses of silver thread. The freshwater pearl drops are garlanded with bead caps of silver lace, giving it all an Elizabethan air...

Thanks to everyone who left such sweet comments earlier in the week about the works in progress (both my wedding dress and the earrings)!


Shopping List Saturday...

I just joined the blogging meme "Shopping List Saturday" which I found via Charlotte of FancyPicnic. On Saturdays, I will now be spotlighting some of my favorite Etsy artists :)

For my first edition I've chosen:

(cheerful hand-cut tissue paper banners)

(colorful Mexican style hoop earrings with semi precious stones)

(intricate polymer clay earrings)

(incredible hand made doll )

A list of other Shopping List Saturday participants can be viewed here.

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Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Creative Space...

This week, I have a couple of projects going on in my studio. The biggest by far is designing my wedding dress. I visited my mother last week and went through her wonderful stash of vintage laces and textiles looking for pieces to incorporate into the design...here are just a few!
I am also working on a new pair of earrings-- they can just be seen nestled among the pearls and various threads on my vintage trays. For this pair, I am working with cream colored silk and silver thread, with accents of vintage beads and freshwater pearls...I should have them finished in the next day or so!
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And tying in color scheme-wise is this wonderful Treasury I stumbled upon this morning by KarmaRox...
My Dauphine Necklace is in the center of the third row, surrounded by some very sumptuous selections of which I think Marie Antoinette would approve...
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To see what other creative bloggers are working on this week in their Creative Spaces, be sure to visit this link!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gold and Pearls...

I received some exciting news earlier this month that I wanted to share with you--my Eugenie Bracelet is currently featured in the Etsy Gift Guides under the "Pearls in June" section! This is the first time a piece of my jewelry has been selected for a Guide, so I am thrilled...

(there I am, in the bottom left hand corner!)

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And while we're on the theme of gold and pearls--here is a stunning Treasury created by ElenaMakesThings and inspired by La Serenissima... I love Elena's opulent selections in ivories and golds.  My Paloma Earrings are in the center of the third row...

And continuing the theme just a little bit further--a new pair of earrings in my Etsy shop!

They feature my hand-made lace, lots and lots of vintage seed beads, as well as vintage rhinestones and vintage glass pearls...


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Catching up...

Gosh, I can't believe it's been so long since my last blog post--time has been flying by lately! In addition, I've felt the effects of a lingering head cold recently that has kept me away from the computer more than usual.

But, without further ado, here is a brief recap of what I've been up to since I last wrote...


First, here are the earrings that I mentioned I was finishing up in my post from a few weeks ago--
They're another exploration in contrasting my delicate hand-made lace, with my more substantial silk and cotton hand-made flowers--I think the results turned out nicely! They have sort of a Spanish flamenco dancer flavor, with a dash of Moorish influence...

Then, my mother and I got together and did a photoshoot a few weeks ago--she took the photos and I modeled. I think the results turned out really well--here is an example of one of her gorgeous hand-crafted corsages--she makes every single petal, leaf and berry from scratch...


And here I am, modeling my Isobel Necklace--



And here is another pair  of earrings that I just listed in my Etsy shop--


As the name suggests, these were inspired by sea shells--and of course, Baroque jewelry. I like to think they're one part Aphrodite, one part Marie Antoinette, with the shell pink freshwater pearls and the glittering silver lace dotted with dozens of vintage seed beads. As you can see, I did something different for the ear wires, embellishing them with teeny tiny hand-made lace rosettes. 

Both the Paloma Earrings and the Océane Earrings are part of my Bridal collection
in my Etsy shop...

And speaking of brides, did I mention that I am getting married?--to this handsome gentleman! We've been planning our August wedding, so that explains partially why I've been pre-occupied...! 
I am going to be making my own wedding dress (with probably much help and guidance from my mother), so have been sketching and picking out a pattern and fabrics and trims! I'll post a few pics as it progresses...