Thursday, August 6, 2009

News and New Designs...

It's been a busy week here in the studio! First, I discovered that another one of my designs was selected for a Gift Guide on Etsy...
My Paisley Earrings are in the Shades of Peridot Guide...

There they are, up in the second row (very exciting!)
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Then, I finished up the necklace that I was working on the other week in my Creative Space post...
{Ortensia Necklace}
The square shape of the pendant is something new--as are the hand-dyed threads that I used for the little bouquet of  flowers. They reminded my of hydrangeas, so I named the necklace "Ortensia" which is the Italian name for the flowers. This design is headed to Gallery 103 in Vermont.
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It will be accompanied by some other jewelry I've been working on, including these earrings in shades of pale tanzanite, aquamarine and silver...
{Silvanella Earrings}
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And these little earrings...
{Lilac Earrings}
A variation on my button earring style--the lavender color on these makes me happy!
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I am also starting to add new Fall designs to my Etsy shop. The first one is this jeweled brooch...

I was inspired by the opulent textiles of the French designer Paul Poiret, whose exotic clothing designs were the talk of Paris in the 1910's and 1920's...

I crocheted its wings with a selection of silk and cotton threads in a rich palette of sapphire, peridot, lapis and jet. I then embellished them with hundreds of beads and stones using a technique called tambour embroidery...essentially, it's embroidering with a crochet hook and was used in the heavily beaded dresses from that era...

I have several other new designs started, but I may not have them finished for awhile--my wedding is rapidly approaching, so I'll be spending a lot of time in the next two weeks preparing for it! I'll be sure to post some pics of it as soon as I have them :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Envelope, Please...

Wow, when I set out to do my first ever Giveaway, I had no idea that the response would be so huge! I want to thank all of you who entered and left such thoughtful comments and wonderful suggestions, as well as those of you who took a moment to spread the word by blogging and tweeting...I was so suprised and touched by the outpouring of well wishers on my Etsyversary :)

Since many of you qualified to enter multiple times, I compiled a list of all the entries, assigning each one a number--for a grand total of 123 entries! I then went to www.Random.org and entered that range into it's random number generator. 

And the winner is {drumroll please}...


PULGUINHA!


She will be receiving this pair of handmade earrings as her prize...
Pulguinha, I'll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address!

Thanks again to everyone who participated...
  
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!