Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the Day before Christmas...

and visions of sugar-plums danced in my head...

as I worked on these earrings all pink, silver and red...

While the snow outside looked sparkling and white...

I sat down to my computer, this message to type:
"Merry Christmas Eve to all and to all a good night!"

Wishing all of my readers....


{and my apologies to the writer of the original "Night Before Christmas" poem!}

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fairy Tale Friday...

...on a Saturday, oops! Yesterday I became completely engrossed in making a pair of earrings and I forgot to do my weekly Fairy Tale post. I just finished up these this morning:
Floréal Earrings:

Their name comes from the Latin for flowering, and they're part of my Spring Wedding Collection {the first piece, in fact!}
I'm really pleased with how they turned out--the elongated teardrop shape is very flattering and aquamarine is one of my favorite colors...
They have little lace flowers, freshwater pearls, vintage rhinestones and vintage seed beads, with a fringe of tiny aquamarine briolettes below that catch the light so beautifully...
 I always have to resist the urge to go completely overboard with embellishment, but the back of these still got little rosettes of vintage seed beads and freshwater pearls so that they're pretty on both sides...
They're now available in my Etsy Shop!
And now, this week's selections...
{click the images to be taken to their flickr page, and be sure to check out the Fairy Tale Ornament Group}

1. 17....., 2. P1010500, 3. BlueBlueBlue, 4. Pride and Vanity
Have a great weekend!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bohemian Monday...

Hope everyone had a great weekend :) I've been busy today wrapping up and shipping packages of jewelry from my Etsy shop--I suddenly had a little rush of holiday shoppers!
While I was gathering together images for today's Bohemian Monday post, I noticed that there were quite a few photos of peacock feathers, and peacock feather-hued items. So, I thought that I would make that today's theme--I always find their rich, iridescent colors and pretty patterns so inspiring!
{Click the photo to be taken to the flickr page}
Crystal Feathers by Mskris09
Crystal Feathers
Salome by Du Buh Du Designs

A Peacock's Tale by GypsyEyesJewelry
A Peacock's Tale (pendant)

Diana 3 by Rowandevoe
Diana 3
Paisley Earrings by Edera Jewelry
Paisley Earrings

Speaking of Paisley Earrings--the sun finally came out long enough to photograph these guys...

They're are a little bit different from previous pairs of paisley earrings I've made, as I wove some faceted tourmaline rondelles into the gold netting of the motif...

I like how the varigated effect turned out!
I'm also pleased with all the little briolettes and drops hanging below...

This can be the trickiest part of designing this style earring--it takes awhile to balance out the colors and shapes, as well as wire wrap all of the stones. These have over 20 briolettes on each earring, not to mention larger tourmaline ovals, and drops of Swarovski crystals and Victorian nailhead beads...
In other news, I found out last week that unfortunately, the My Creative Space group will be taking a break during the holidays and won't be back until the end of January. I've decided I'll still give a little sneak peek of my works in progress though--I just won't have a link to other bloggers doing the same until after January...See you on Wednesday!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fairy Tale Friday...

Fairy Tale finds in pinks, silvers and golds for your Friday!
{Click the images to be taken to their flickr page, and be sure to visit the 
Fairy Tale Ornament Group for more photos!}
The Holly,Victorian Top Hat by Topsy Turvy Designs
"The Holly" Victorian Top Hat
Untitled by IllusionsBaroques

I Cry All Sorts of Tears by Nejellaphotoart2009
I Cry All Sorts of Tears
Glittered Pears by Such Pretty Things
Glittered Pears
Georgine Bracelet by Bijoux d'Odalisque
Georgine Bracelet - Detail
Thanks to everyone who left comments about my earrings in Wednesday's post--I just finished them this afternoon and they look quite sumptuous if I do say so myself :) It was too dark outside to take photos this afternoon, but I'll try to post some pictures in the next day or so.
I also received some exciting news yesterday, but I'm afraid I won't be able to share it until after the New Year...
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Creative Space...

This week, my creative space looks uncannily similar to last week's post--I'm still working on the paisley earring custom order!

The cold I had last week kept me from working on them for a bit, but I should have the earrings finished in the next day or so {I'll be sure to post pics when they're done :) }

To see what other bloggers are working on in their creative spaces, be sure to visit Kirsty's blog...
 And I just found out that my work has been featured on two Italian blogs this week--thank you to BijouxNiki and CommeUnaGazzaLadra for the lovely posts about my jewelry designs!
I'll be back on Friday with more Fairy Tale flickr inspirations...
{I dropped the ball this week with the Bohemian Monday post, I know!}
until then,

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fairy Tale Friday...

Here are some lovely fairy tale-inspired photos for your Friday!
{click the photos to be taken to their flickr page}

Sleeping Beauty by Roxanne Parker
Sleeping Beauty
Pale Peacock Butterfly Faerie Fantasy Necklace by GypsyEyesJewelry

Pale Peacock Butterfly Faerie Fantasy Victorian Decoupage Necklace
Untitled by Magnolija.Life
Rosalind by Black-Eyed Suzie

rosalind mid
Hand Embroidered Cuff by Mskris09

Hand embroidered cuff
A short post today, I'm afraid--I've come down with a cold and am feeling a bit groggy :(
Hope everyone has a great weekend, I'm off to take a nap!

ps--thanks for all of your comments about the Morgaine Earrings and my creative space this week--xo

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Creative Space...

Today I've been enjoying working on an inspiring custom order--the paisley-shaped earrings which I featured in this post a few weeks ago...

I'm using some yummy tourmalines for this design, as well as real gold and black silk threads, for a very exotic and dramatic color scheme. The beads and the beginnings of the lace motifs are sitting in a vintage tray which I picked out because it had a pretty floral pattern that matches the colors of the earrings :)
I also just finished up a new pair of earrings in an equally dramatic color palette...

They feature a bewitching combination of gold, onyx and garnet, with accents of vintage glass pearl beads. I don't use a lot of cabochons in my work, but I'm pleased with how the black onyx cabochons contrast with the lace settings in this particular design--it has a very medieval feel! They're now in my Etsy shop.

To see what other bloggers are working on in their creative spaces, be sure to visit Kirsty's blog .
And one more bit of news from the studio: I just found out that my Aurore Necklace was featured in a Storque article about High-End Holiday Items! You can read the article here, and be sure to cast a vote for your favorite luxury item (I voted for Bijoux d'Odalisque's Emmanuelle necklace--gorgeous!;)

I'll be back on Friday with more Fairy Tale picks...
 {thank you to everyone who has joined the flickr groups so far, and for all of your comments about these posts--I'm glad that you are finding them inspiring!}
Till then,