Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Creative Space...

I'm working on multiple custom orders right now--
but I hope to have some new designs for purchase in my shop in the next week or so!
{Works in progress...}
I'm loving how these earrings are turning out...
They are in the same style as the Naïade Earrings, but one of my lovely customers requested that I make a pair in a lavender color scheme instead of shades of green--such a good idea. The contrast of gold and purple is one of my favorites...
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And I can't believe my good luck--I just recently found out that I've won two blog giveaways!
The first was from the wonderful blog, BlueBirdLuxe...
{Such pretty packaging...}

Eileen was very generous to giveaway a copy of Wendy Mullin's new book Built by Wendy: Dresses...
I'm not much of a seamstress, but these designs are so cute and definitely look within my reach! The book comes with patterns and directions on how to adapt them, so you can create something unique. I'm definitely inspired now to dust off my sewing machine and whip up a summer dress :)
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And the second giveaway was for ad space on the stylish blog
The Bottom of the Ironing Basket. In celebration of her 1 year blogging anniversary, Simone was kind enough to give away 2 months worth of advertising space on her blog, complete with a professionally designed ad by her site designer. I can't wait to see the result. Simone will also be doing a post featuring my work sometime in the future.
A big thank you to both of these lovely ladies! Be sure to visit their blogs if you haven't already.

And be sure to visit Kootoyoo's blog for more Creative Space posts {or to add a link to your own...}
xo,

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bohemian Monday...{Textile Textures}

For this week's Bohemian mosaic, I thought I'd spotlight some textile items from the Flickr group that caught my eye  because of their interesting textures and surface embellishments...Enjoy!
{click image to enlarge or visit links below}
xo,

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fairy Tale Friday...{Swan Like}

Some lovely Fairy Tale finds for your Friday,
 inspired by the ballet Swan Lake...
{click the image to enlarge}
I had such a fun time selecting these images that I had to enlarge my usual four square mosaic to accommodate all of the photos for this week's feature.
To see more fairy tale-inspired photography, be sure to visit the Flickr group!
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I've been working on several special orders over the past few days,
one of which I just finished up and thought I'd share with everyone...
This was a custom wedding set for a lovely bride in Australia...
She is going to be wearing a simple, antique ivory colored dress with an empire waistline so I created a set that was very intricate and in a soft palette of cream, champagne and touches of rainbow moonstone throughout for an ethereal flash of blue...
Her gown has a plunging neckline, so we both agreed that a large, dramatic necklace was in order...
I'm happy with how this color palette turned out--might have to make some more designs for the shop in similar colors...
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Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
xo,

Friday, May 14, 2010

Random Prettiness...

I came across this opulent photo shoot from Vanity Fair featuring actress Emily Blunt {The Young Victoria} and just had to share it--such gorgeous styling in the photos...

{Love the fan and the little pink birds on the shoes...}
{Wish there was close-up of the embroidery on these pieces!}
{Photography by Michael Roberts, photographed in La Raincy, styled by Jessica Diehl}
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
xo,

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Creative Space...

In last week's Creative Space post, I mentioned I was working on a filet crochet project
and I thought I'd share the result so far!

I just finished up the front of the pillow and now am debating whether I should also crochet the back of it as well {hopefully I have enough thread!}
I'm also contemplating adding a mother-of-pearl button in the center for a little visual interest before I line it and stuff the pillow...any thoughts? 
Be sure to visit Kirsty's blog for more Creative Space posts :)
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And I just listed these earrings in my Etsy shop...
Part of my new collection of jewelry incorporating rare threads used in traditional Japanese kimono embroidery, these combine pale pink silk with pearls and AAA rose quartz, for a delicate effect reminiscent of the cherry blossoms {known as 'sakura' in Japanese}... 
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Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on this week's Bohemian Monday post--so glad you liked the Geisha-inspired mosaic :)
xo,

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bohemian Monday...{Geisha}

Some gorgeous, delicately detailed photos from the Bohemian Embellishment Flickr Group 
to inspire your Monday...
I love this combination of pale blues and intense fuschias with a touch of green. 
Hope it inspires you, too!
To see more photos, be sure to visit the group...
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And I'll leave you with a photo of my own take on the 'Japonisme' style--a pair of cherry blossom earrings coming to my Etsy shop soon...
xo,

Friday, May 7, 2010

Fairy Tale Friday...{Whisper}

Today's ethereal finds from the Fairy Tale Ornament Flickr Group look like they've been sprinkled with fairy dust--subtly sparkling, with soft colors and delicate details...
Aren't they lovely? 
Be sure to visit the group to see more fairy tale photos, or to add your own!
xo,

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Creative Space...

Today, I've been working on a little home decor project...
I've just discovered how fun filet crochet is and I'm making a lace pillow using this vintage pattern--originally for a centerpiece and "bread and butter doily" apparently, but it will work nicely for a small throw pillow similar to this one:
I also spent some time wrapping up an order to ship out today and got to use my
new, sage green, double-sided, silk satin ribbon for the first time:
I love it because it ties in perfectly with my pale green stationary and makes such a pretty bow. Add a little hand-crocheted lace motif, and a hangtag and the necklace is ready to go to its new owner! 
{The necklace in question is the one on the business card in the lower right corner ;) }
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I'll have some new jewelry to share with you soon, but in the meantime, be sure to check out what other bloggers are working on in their creative spaces this week by visiting Kirsty's blog....
xo,

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Spring Sale...

Take 25-50% off select items in my 
from now until May 31st!
{Above are just some of the designs currently on sale. More can be viewed by clicking here!}
xo,