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Octoberfest Blog Hop


The lovely Rita, of Toltec Jewels is sponsoring this Octoberfest.   We are not limited to post only about jewelry but will share all the things we love about fall.   This is my very favorite time of year, so I will have lots to show you.   Most folks love the foilage and I am not going to post that type of photo.  Rita’s blog button shows that beautifully.

Octoberfest

I  LOVE the chilly nights of fall.   We can curl up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and our favorite blankie and watch a movie.   In the summer, when it is so beautiful outside, you can’t do these things without feeling guilty for ignoring the great weather.

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APPLES:   I love apples in the fall and ice cold  apple cider.  Apples never taste the same in the summer months as they do when they are fresh off the trees.  They are crisp and tangy and juicy.  AND they are great with that big bowl of popcorn!

 

juicy apples

juicy apples

 

The cooler weather always encourages me to break out my knitting needles.  My grand daughter says I am a knitting machine!!  I love to knit.   I do some charity knitting.   There are lots of kids in this poor neighborhood who don’t have warm winter hats or coats.    I usually try to donate at least 10 to the grade school or to the church along with scarves.   I’ve got 8 boys hats made so far and 6 girls.   I love making myself cozy ponchos.  (here’s a pattern).

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It’s so much fun to cook in the cooler weather.   After summer’s heat and too many salads, I am ready for hot soups, bowls of chili, plates of spaghetti and some serious beef and beer stew.

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   Nicholas loves to bake.   We go out in the morning and gather the eggs from our chickens.   His chicken is the only one who lays white eggs (her name is Chickzilla).   We have to use Chickzilla eggs and bake every day:   muffins, cookies, cake or brownies for our lunch and after school snacks for his brothers.   (did I mention that school starts in the fall?   Yayyy fall!)

Chickzilla

Chickzilla

 

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And best of all, I love fall for Halloween!   I want to share this light show I found on YouTube.  The theme song is from Nightmare Before Christmas, which we have watched around 2000 times.   Someone else loves Halloween and took a lot of time to set this up.   It is amazing!

Our family is known as the Addams Family.  My house has Halloween stuff all year round and we all love creepy stuff.

Addams Family

Addams Family

It is Addams Family Tradition to make a huge deal of Halloween.   Everyone dresses up and we pass out candy.   One year, my mom and sister were here from Florida and mom, at 89 was still “game up” and dressed as a witch to join in the fun.

My witchmother

My witchmother

 

Everyone makes something special to eat and we have a big feast!   There are chili dogs, baked beans, salads, nachos with salsa and cheese sauce and plenty of desserts.   One year my grandson won a 120 pound pumpkin by guessing the weight.  That was really special!

 

Big punkin

Big punkin

monster cupcakes

monster cupcakes

monster cupcakes

witch finger cookies

witch finger cookies

witch finger cookies

 

We have dummies that we use every year.  Frank and his wife are practically part of the family.   Sometimes Frank is still around at Christmas time.   When the little kids come, it’s not unusual for them to say “Hi Frank” before they say hi Mimi.

Frank and his wife

Frank and his wife

 

We love Halloween crafts also.   Here is our Frankendoor this year.    Get ideas for your own Monster Door here. 

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Nicholas and I made a plate and cup to leave cookies for the Pumpkin King.  (These cool graphics are courtesy of Graphicstock.   If you do a lot of crafting, you might want to check out their site.   You can get a free trial )

for the Pumpkin King

for the Pumpkin King

 

We made bookmarks to give as treats to our favorite readers.  Great graphics again courtesy of Grapicstock. 

bookmarks

bookmarks

 

If you would like to join our festivities, post a photo of your own gang on my Strega Jewllery Facebook timeline   I’d love to see it!

And, last but not least, there is Halloween jewelry! Yaaaaay! I’ve been following the Halcraft blog and they are doing a thing they call Macabre Monday. They post a tutorial for creepy seasonal jewelry every Monday. Here is the first one, the Arachnid necklace. I’m going to make all of their pieces! Get your own free tutorial

 

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Here is a little “afternote”.   It’s Saturday and I am spellchcking this when I realized that I posted this tutorial all in good faith that it was going to turn out just fine.  NOT!   I  made 2 of these arachnid necklaces yesterday.  Let me just say this.  The spider legs flop all over the place and instead of laying on your neck gracefully, he flops around and , at times, looked like a squashed cockroach.  I took the spideys off.  The web part of then necklace is just fine.  I’m going to hang another teardrop bead from that center loop.   I have a pattern for a little beaded spider that uses just two beads and I’m going to wire him to one of the corners.   I’ll post that photo on my Faceobook page.  Too late to do it here.  I thnk it will be much better.

Cute little mummy earrings in my shop

mummy earrings

mummy earrings

a cute little witchy purse charm

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ghost earrings

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I LOVE these cool spidey earrings.  I follow Rena Klingenberg and she always has lots of tutorials in her newsletter.  These are so easy to make I went crazy loco and made a dozen pair plus some larger ones to hang on our Halloween Tree.   This is Rena’s photo so she gets full credit.  Her tutorial is really easy to follow.   I was thinking that I could use these in bright shiny red beads to make Christmas spider ornaments also.  What do you think?

cool spidey earrings

cool spidey earrings

 

Thank you Rita (Toltec Jewels) for this most excellent hop!   If anyone wants to see what the rest of the hoppers love about fall, here is a list.  Be sure and stop  by  Rita’s blog.  
Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                           http://www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl/

Marybeth Rich                          http:/forestofjewels.blogspot.com/

Mary Govaars                           http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/

Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi     http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karin Grosset Grange               http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Andrea Zenith Glick                  http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co

Becky Pancake                        http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger                     http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/

Lennis Carrier                          http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Sue Kennedy                           http://suebeads.blogspot.com/

Kim Dworak                            http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/

Jo-Ann Woolverton                  http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca

Jennifer Reno                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Veralynne Malone                    http://veradesigns.blogspot.com

Lori Schneider                          http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Shaiha Williams                        http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Alisa Siceloff                            http://armoredmermaid.blogspot.com

Pam Traub                               http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com/

Cryss Thain                              http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Maria Lourdes Rios                 http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com

Kathy Lindemer                       http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Carolyn Lawson                      http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                        http://www.peru-medesigns.com/

Debbie Rasmussen                  www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca

Heather Richter                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Kathleen Breeding                   http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Carol Dillman                          http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Chris Eisenberg                       http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Rebecca Sirevaag                    www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com

Sam Waghorn                          http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk

Sherri Stokey                           http://www.KnotJustMacrame.com

Gina Hockett                           http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy                  http://fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Michelle Buettner                     http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com

Dana Hickey                            http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com

Claire Fabian                            http://saraccino.blogspot.com

Cynthia Abner                          http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com

Renetha Stanziano                    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Jami Shipp                               http://CelebratingLifewithDaMamaShipp.blogspot.com

Charlie                                     http://505indiechic.blogspot.com

Gloria Allen                              http://gloriaallendesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Johnson                             http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com

Marde Lowe                            http://fancimardesigns.blogspot.com

Monique Urquhart                    http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com

Jill Bradley                                http://chat2jill.blogspot.com

Toni Gifford                              https://plus.google.com/+ToniG28

Shawnda D’Arcy                      https://www.facebook.com/JewelryByShawnda

RaMona Woolson                    http://jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com

Esterina Jagiella                        http://ekleijar.blogspot.com

Sandra McGriff                        http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Mary McGraw                         http://mkaymac.blogspot.com

Alenka Obid                            http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

Marianne Baxter                      http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com

Ann Schroeder                        www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Inge von Roos                          http://ingetraud.wordpress.com

Robin Reed                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Suzanne Berk                           https://www.facebook.com/IRescueJewelryDesign

Mowse Doyle                          http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com

Diana Miglionico Shiraishi         http://jasmineteadesigns.blogspot.com

RanaLea                                  http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Andrea Rivers                          http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                            http://esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories

Tanya McGuire                        http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com

Anindita Basu                          http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

Mitzie Crider                           http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Deb Fortin                               http://studiok24.blogspot.ca

Cynthia Kent Machata             http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Cheri Reed                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Laurel Hanson                         http://stonewingdesigns.com/blogs/stonewingdesignsblog

Ingrid Anderson                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Karla Morgan                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                         http://www.PrettyThings.com

Louise Mccormick-Glazier       http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                          http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Susan Kelly                            http://http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com/

Lee Koopman                        http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/

Carol Briody                          http://cbriody.blogspot.com/

Kathy Lindemer                    http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Renetha Stanziano                http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

October 25, 2014 Posted by | challenges, fashion, Jewelry, Kid Stuff | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Save the Date


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Once again, I am proud to join a group of artists who support a wonderful organization called Beads of Courage.   

What is the Beads of Courage Program?

The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.

How it works

Upon enrollment each child is given the Beads of Courage bead color guide with a detachable membership card. Their Beads of Courage journey begins when each child is first given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone are given to the child by their professional health care provider to add to their Beads of Courage collection throughout their treatment as determined by the Beads of Courage Bead Guide (available from Beads of Courage, Inc.)The Beads of Courage® Program is available for the following:

  • Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Burn injuries
  • Neonatal ICU Families
  • Chronic Illness
All Program bead guides were developed in collaboration with experts in the field (nurses, doctors, child life specialists and social workers) so that each bead guide would reflect meaningful acknowledgment of a child’s treatment journey.
So, what do WE do?  
Each of us designs a hand made, unique art charm according to a theme.   This year’s theme is SOAR.   There should be some very cool charms in this auction.   Save the date!  It’s November 14th.   That’s when we will auction these charms and all proceeds will go to support Beads of Courage.   I’ll remind you again for sure.   You won’t be able to buy the art charms anywhere else.   They are very special.   And YOU will feel very special, helping children and families to cope with serious health issues.

October 14, 2014 Posted by | challenges, Jewelry, Kid Stuff | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gettin’ Down With Brown


I hate to admit it but I could not find any “mood music” to go with this getting down with brown blog so I thought I might just post some James Brown so you can get down while you scroll.

 

Brown used to be one of the least popular colors in the fashion world.   It was perceived as representing earth in its barren or dormant stage.  It was popular with religious zealots who thought that brighter colors signified pride and lust.  Peasants wore it because the dye was cheap and it did not show the dirt as much.   They could not afford to wash as often as wealthier folk.   So brown became symbolic of piety, poverty or at very least, economy and modest ambitions.

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Darker, richer browns came to symbolize a solid, hardworking, reliable individual, somewhat quiet, always reassuring.   Indeed, some shades still represent these qualities.  Look at your UPS uniforms.  What do you think when you see that brown uniform?   You associate it with hard work, dependability and maybe a hint of pleasure (associated with your package delivery)

 

 

HI DEE!!!!

HI DEE!!!!

 

Think back to your deepest, primitive genetic memories.   You felt most secure and safest when in your cave or mud hut and surrounded by earth.   Brown is the ultimate earth color, associated with hearth, home, substance and stability.   The richness of chocolate and flavored coffee drinks and their elevation to status symbols has done a lot to lift dependable old brown to an upscale color.

And tell me, when you think of brown rice, whole grains, brown bread and cereal, don’t you think healthy and wholesome.   And the rich honey brown of male syrup has a richness that cannot be denied.

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So it seems that advertising has played an important part in how we perceive browns these days.   Terra cotta and brick with their hints of sensual red and quite upscale now.

So what does this mean for your fashion look?   How will people perceive you when you wear brown?   Well…….let’s take a look at the image you might want to project.

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Want to look down to earth, stable, reliable and stable when you go for that job interview?   Go with rich chocolate brown, nut brown, terracotta and gold.   Or use medium brown with a hint of green in your accessories.  Jasper jewelry and some agates in antique gold settings give an earthy and rich look.

 

Earthwood
Color by COLOURlovers

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Jasper earrings from Pebbles at my Feet Studio.   Perfect blend of green and browns.

Or, this gorgeous necklace from Kat’s All That Studio.

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Amber and agate bracelet

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What if you want to look successful?  Go with traditional autumn hues.   Wear rich reddish browns, barn reds and rich gold.

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Carnelian jewelry is perfect. Pretty Gonzo Studio has a beautiful bracelet and earrings of carnelian.

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Want to look sensual in your browns?   Wear deep chocolate browns with deep purple and a touch of leaf green.   Amethyst and peridot jewelry are perfect.  If you can’t find an amethyst that is deep purple, check out purple goldstone.  Amber and turquoise are great also.

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Color by COLOURlovers

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Bracelet from Simply Unwired.

Goldstone necklace.

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Wearable Art by Jamie Santellano

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Beautiful scarf from Brensan Studio. 

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I’ve put together an Artfire collection of brown accessories.   Check it out and Get Down With Brown!</ppp

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October 1, 2014 Posted by | fashion, Jewelry, New Age | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Orange Vibrations


According to Pantone’s book, Communicating With Color, orange is the hottest of all colors.  It’s a high arousal color, glowing and very vibrant.    So, before I start talking about how others perceive you when you wear orange, let’s have a little mood music.   How about some salsa mix?  Hot latino music for lovers?   eh?

 

Orange has all the drama of red but it is tempered by the cheerful vibes or yellow.  In the language of color, orange is an exclamation point.   It’s so vivid, it’s perceived as playful, gregarious, happy and somewhat childlike.  Sometimes it’s hard for people to take you seriously when you wear orange.   Check out this hat  from Purple Berry Studio on Artfire.   Does it not say playful and fun loving?

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It’s not a color to wear to a business meeting where you want to be taken seriously.   The most negative vibration that orange projects is “LOUD and BRASH”.   It definitely calls attention to you.

Orange is the perfect match for fall colors, warm browns and golds.  It adds warmth and vitality to the somewhat muted and neutral colors.   Check out these Fall Glow Earrings from my own Artfire studio and see how they combine with antique gold metal and brown beads to add a warm glow to the accessories.   Wearing orange with these colors gives off an earthy vibrations.

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The lighter shades of orange, like peach, melon, apricot and coral give off totally different auras.   People who wear peach are seen as people who are eager to communicate and easy to communicate with.   Coral and apricot appear sophisticated and very upscale.   These are nurturing and approachable colors.   This dress, from Perfect Love Dresses on Artfire is sophisticated and beautiful.

peachdress

 

Orange is also a great color for ethnic or tribal looks.   Wear it with plum, gold and red for a really native look.

 

tribal color palette

tribal color palette

 

 

tribal necklace Zelie from my Artfire studio

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Remember, when you want to appear playful, fun loving and energetic and maybe just a bit outrageous, put your orange with colors like lime green and hot pink, your “salsa” colors.

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Strega Jewellry’s Playful Palette You-Nique Earrings

 

And when you want to appear warm and glowing, use the fall palette.

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Fallberry Necklace

 

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Oh, and don’t forget your eyes!!!

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Have I got you excited about the color, orange?   Here’s a whole collection of orange accessories I found on Artfire.

 

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September 12, 2014 Posted by | fashion, Jewelry, metaphysical, New Age | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Get Red-dy!


Ooops!   Been really lazy this month with all the heat and humidity.  Spent most of my time curled up in the shade reading books and eating ice cream!  Barely blogged and nearly missed my color of the month blog!   I’ve got it covered however.   This month’s color is RED.   So let’s get some mood music going on so you can listen while I tell you all about the color red and its influences on our perceptions.

 

Traditionally, red implies strength, vitality and heat.  Psychologically, just the sight of it can cause a rise in blood pressure, respiration and heartbeat.  When we “see red”, our pituitary gland goes into action.    It suggests to the brain that we take physical action!  Yes, even an animal can distinguish this color!  No more mystery why a red cape is used in a bullfight!

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Red is associated with both aggression and with desire.  The shade of red has a lot to do with your brain and body associations.   Reds with a lot of orange tend to excite or suggest aggression so if you are planning on using red in your wardrobe today, and it is an orangy red, then pair it up with playful spicy colors to lessen the aggressive impulses.

 

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If you were going to choose this scarf, for instance, you could wear it with any of the colors in the above shot.   It’s available, by the way from Morgan Silk on Artfire.    Even without the other colors, the second color gives it a more playful feel.

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If your shade of red is mixed with black or purple, the red takes on a more sensual tone.   With black, there is a hint of danger or risk, or of experience with the darker side.

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Take this sassy little purse, for instance, from Angelz Bowz on Artfire,.  There’s just enough black with that deep sensual red to hint at a “dangerous woman”.   Pair it with these red/black earrings from Uniquebeadablesredblkearrings

, a red dress and shoes and watch out guys!

If you really want to give off the danger signals, I’ve got a Vampire Fantasy wrap bracelet in my shop

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Back in the day, red with purple used to be considered vulgar or overly sexual but now, purple and red is indicative of a more playful, Bohemian style.   How about this cloche from Barbie’s Corner Crochet Boutique? 

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So, ladies, if  you want to get RED-DY, I have a collection of red goodies from my guild sisters on Artfire.  You can find almost anything you need.

 

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August 30, 2014 Posted by | fashion, Jewelry, metaphysical, New Age | , , , , | Leave a comment

Twice as Nice Bloghop


Welcome! It’s the 14th Bead Soup Café blogger/non blogger challenge and the first one I’ve joined. this one is sponsored by Toltec Jewels. We’ve got 2 palettes to design from for a not so typical Christmas in July hop.   Check them out.  I love both of them!

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I’m not crazy about Christmas.  As a pagan, YULE is my winter celebration.   For pagans, Yule is one of the lesser holidays, not at all like Christmas which is a HUGE deal!   Even so, it has a lot of meaning.   Yule celebrates the longest night of the year, a turning point.   We know that even though the coldest part of the winter is yet to come, after Yule, the Long Night,  the nights begin to get shorter and the days begin to get longer, a few minutes every day.  It marks the beginning of the end of the “dark season” and it’s a time of great hope and the promise of spring to come.

In older times, the choicest of the winter stores would be taken out and used for the winter feast as a token of faith that the Lord and Lady would see you through the lean times ahead, a symbol of your belief in the promise of the spring and summer to come, when once again fresh food would be in abundance for all.  Even though your winter stores were getting lower and the game animals were finding it hard to feed themselves and becoming scarcer, that feast would happen.   These days, we don’t have to worry about such things but we still celebrate Yule.  It marks our faith that through any dark times, we will be sustained.   Yule is a happy festival and besides having good food and gathering with good friends, you want to give a special gift to those you care about…….one gift, not a shower of presents like Christmas…..one gift that means something.

First, how about a little mood music?   Here’s a tune that has been used hundreds of times to represent witchery in all kinds of movies and television scores……Carmina Burana.   The video is pretty cool also.  If you have time to watch and not just listen while you scroll.   It has a joy about it that reflects the season.  It’s a beautiful rendition of Carmina Burana and by far my favorite “Flashmob” video!

 

I really was drawn to that first palette.   I like that nature theme and while I like the colors in both palettes, the nature theme seems more wintery to me.  I pulled some colors from that first picture for most of my pieces.   I like the fact that is not all red and green like the usual Christmas colors.  There are browns and greys and blues and lots of white/silver for the snow.  And the red and green are more natural, not the glaring brights of the ho ho ho Christmas.   I did take that red color a couple of shades darker but I still think it works.   If you don’t agree…………well there’s plenty of snow to pelt me with a few snowballs.

First up, I made this locker hook bracelet  cuff.   I do love a cuff and the sari silk I had on hand seemed a good match.  I sewed on a a copper filigree then attached a piece of dichroic glass that I made way back when I first learned to make dichroics.  The gold in the sari silk is a bit festive and the copper has an earthy look I love.

 

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Now for a necklace to go with that sari silk.   I had fallen in love with Badger Beads on Artfire.    The artist, Jayne LaRette is a fabulous and friendly lady of great talent.   This beautiful focal bead is the perfect match to the green in that palette AND, it came with 2 matching beads that would give me a pair of earrings.  Woot woot!   I made a faux four-in-one chain, used a copper  disc I hammered out and a bit of sari silk.   The bead can stand alone, it’s so pretty.   I makes a happy little tinkle sound against the disc.

 

copper necklace

copper necklace

 

I have to show you the bead up close

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and the chain with the sari silk

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and let’s not forget the earrings……

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I was so excited about the beads I saw in Jayne’s shop, I wrote her a note with the order.  We are guild sisters on Artfire and I like to share my guild sister’s work.   I told her in the note that the bead was going to be my focal and I was so excited about this hop and blabbered on.  I guess I got her excited also because she sent me another bead as a gift and told me to play with it.   PLAY with it!   My favorite words!  And gift!   What a wonderful gesture!   If you get a chance, check out her studio on Artfire or visit her Facebook page and say hello.

This focal bead is such a deep beautiful midnight blue, its perfect to symbolize the Long Night.  I do hope you can see the swirls of antique gold in   I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it until I was listening to some Celtic music that just happened to have a lot of bagpipes.  Well, what is a festival without music and bagpipes?   EH?  (that’s the cue for some more mood music folks, get ready!)

 

While the colors in this piece are not in this palette, I still needed a Yule gift, so thought I was justified in digressing just a little.   I used antique brwass wire.   Trying to get over my Fear of Fiber, I thought I would add some plaid fabric for a woodsy tartan………just a bit.  This called for a some simple work to really focus on the beauty of the bead.   I almost think this could be a unisex piece with the leather cord.

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and let’s take a closer look at that bead with its gorgeous deep blue and swirls of gold and iridescence……woooooot  I’m having fun now!!!

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Okay, I’m back to the palette on this next piece.   I pulled out the grey and blue from the wolves and shadows, used a bit of silver for the sparkle of the snow and that woodsy reddish brown.   My little goddess is the focal.   She is Sister Red Star, made from red tiger’s eye and red jasper.   Jasper is a protective and nurturing stone and tiger’s eye helps you make right decisions.   Her energy is the sparkle of a red star in the dark night sky…..a beacon, urging you to forge ahead, the Road is clear.  Trust in the protection of your guides and your instincts.  Her beads are pietersite, a playful stone that helps you pull a childlike quality from deep within.  The energy of the piece is perfect to see you through the rest of a dark cold winter or the dark cold times of your life.

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that is a lousy picture of those beautiful beads of brown and bluish grey but it’s too late now…..sigh……

Oh, I’m getting way too deep here, let’s lighten up a bit.    I did want to make something in the second palette with all those beautiful colors.   I found some perfect beads from Spawn of Flame on Artfire.   Look at these beauties!   They are lampwork in that beautiful watery blue green with rivers of silver running through them.   Rosemarie calls them Little Sirona.  Sirona was a Celtic goddess of healing springs who had numerous shrines around sulphur springs and wells .  I thought she would be a perfect “woodsy” goddess for this palette so I created these little “rain chain” earrings.  What a perfect gift for someone in need of healing energy or who wants some bubbly energy from flowing springs.

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I think I like the shorter pair the best

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Almost as an afterthought, I made these wreaths, pulling only the green and red from the first palette.   They are traditional Christmasy, yes?

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Okay, that’s all for me today.   Please stop by and see Rita from Toltec Jewels who is our hostess for this hop!  Thanks Rita fir such a fun challenge!

 

  1. Toltec Jewels
  2. Renetha Stanziano – www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
  3. Dini Bruinsma –  http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
  4. Tammy Adams – http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html
  5. Blanca Medina – http://www.peru-medesigns.com
  6. Chris Eisenberg – www.wanderware.blogspot.com
  7. Krafty Max – http://kraftymax.blogspot.com
  8. Robin Kae Reed www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
  9. Kathy Lindemer  – Bay Moon Design
  10. Marde Lowe – www.fancimardesigns.blogspot.com
  11. Andrea Glick- http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
  12. Lee Koopman  http://stregajewlley.wordpress.com
  13. Natalie Davidson — NorthShoreDays.com
  14. LiliKrist – http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
  15. Lori Anderson  www.PrettyThings.com
  16. Tami Norris
  17. Klaudete Koon
  18. Ginger Hammond www.facebook.com/lynnleighdesigns
  19. Kathleen A Breeding http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
  20. Veralynne Malone www.veradesigns.blogspot.com
  21. Shalini Austin – http://jewellerybyshalini.co.uk
  22. Sheila Prose-http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2014 Posted by | challenges, fashion, Jewelry, metaphysical, New Age | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Dare to be Different & A Giveaway


I love making earrings. I make a lot of different earrings. I have one friend who wears only one earring. It’s her trademark style and has been for many years now. I have couple of other customers who love wearing earrings that are asymmetrical or a pair of two totally different earrings though in the same colors.

When I participated in the Bead Soup Blog Hop, I saw a lady who had made up several different earrings as a set in case you lost an earring. I realized that I wasn’t the only one doing different things with earrings, like making different earrings that were not the same. The more I thought about it, the more I thought that aside from my own customers, there might be a market out there for people who wanted to be a bit more daring, who wanted something different. So, I got out Pantone’s book Communicating with Color which has tons of different palettes for different moods.
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I got out some paint chip cards and started grouping colors together.  Then I went through all my beads and put all the beads from the same palette into bags.  I with basic black and then  chose some other palettes that I thought would serve a general market sample.   I started making earrings.  I decided to go with 7 different earrings for a set.  That gives you 21, (yes I said twenty one) different pairs.   I won’t go through all the other steps, like finding a graphic for each palette, choosing a name, printing out the packaging, etc.  I’ll just tell you that when I finished my samples, I showed them to some ladies.  Some were on the conservative side, others were a bit more bold.  ALL of them loved the idea of having something so totally unique, so totally theirs.  Without any more writing, I present:

Strega Jewellry’s You-nique Earrings……………………chosen with your personality in mind.

 

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Let’s start with basic black, very Classic, Elegant, Dramatic and Sophisticated.  All-black earrings are not boring.  There’s black with silver, black with gunmetal, black with crystal and more.

Set Number One

 

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Set Number Two

 

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This is my “playful” palette.,  People who wear these colors are energetic, playful, fun and unique.  A pixie attitude.   Does this sound like you?

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Playful:  mostly blues

 

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Playful:  brights

 

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How about “Romantic”?  Colors are pastels, muted pinks, yellows, mauves, blues and greens.

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Warm and woodsy palette, an elven nature and wardrobe.

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Warm Palette #1

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Warm Palette #2

 

 

 

 

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Or how about a serene palette?  Cool, calm, soothing, watery, undine.

 

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Cool Palette #1

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Cool Palette #2

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cool palette #3

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I’m working on some other palettes.

So, how about it?  Do you dare to be different?  Be You-nique?   A set of 7 earrings, that’s 21 pair, remember, is only 29.00.   These are listed in my shop right now.  Check them out.  All links go directly to the item listed.

 

Oh, and by the way………all graphics for my packaging came from Graphic Stock where you get unlimited downloads that are yours to keep and use any time and any  place.

And I’d really like it if you check out my friend’s blog  Adore by Nat.  She makes really cool party decorations and other paper crafts and she is going to feature me on her blog this week and also is having a giveaway. 

And now………………ta da……I’m having a giveaway.   You can win a set, just for yourself.  Just enter the giveaway.  Click on the link below…..
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August 2, 2014 Posted by | fashion, Jewelry, metaphysical, New Age | , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress


One of my favorite books is The Language of Clothes, by Alison Lurie.   It’s an interesting take on what we wear and how our clothes influence the perception others have of us.    According to Ms. Lurie, choosing our clothes is our way of describing ourselves.  People with limited income will have a more limited vocabulary while a fashionista will have thousands of words and statements.  Very casual dress is like using slang words.  Accessories are the adjectives and adverbs you use to describe yourself.

One of the rites of passage for young people is to choose their own clothes, to begin to define themselves on their own terms.  When we wear certain colors, we are actually sending a message to others.   We tell people who we are or what mood we are in when we get dressed.

clothes I’ve been reading a book by the folks at Pantone, those color trendsetters, a book about color palettes and how they influence perception, not just in what we wear, but in advertising.   I find it all very interesting.  So, once a month, I’m going to take a color or a color palette and we’re going to talk about the influence of this color, what messages you send out when you wear it.  AND, I’m going to show you accessories, give you the adjectives and adverbs to show you how to speak clearly.   I’ve also come up with a new line of jewelry that is going to fit right in with these little discussions and I think we will all have some fun.

For the first month, I chose black.   It’s a most basic color and it has a lot of messages.  But first, I know you’re expecting  the mood music.

 

 

While black is the traditional color of mourning and can be a sobering color when worn by a priest or a nun those are no longer the first impressions we give when we dress in black.

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Black implies sophistication, an acquaintance with the darker side of life.  Depending on the richness of the fabric, it can also send a message of elegance.   Black is dramatic, elegant and  sophisticated.  Wearing a touch of white at the wrist or neck implies an innocence underneath, a purity that remains even though one has tasted the forbidden.   When you wear that “little black dress”, you are saying, in essence that you are classy, stylish and a bit worldly.

Of course, there are other blacks.   Bohemian black comes from outfits worn by dancers:   the black tights, turtlenecks with black slacks or skirts.   This type of outfit is also dramatic but indicates an intellectual side, a sensitive serious outlook of an artist, musician, student, intellectual,  poet or dancer.  After WWII, this look came to be popular in France and spread around the world.

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And last, but not least, is dangerous black which came into fashion in the 1940’s and taken from the style of Italian fascists.  It’s motorcycle black:  leather jackets, boots, jeans and t-shirts.   Your grunge and punk styles come from this style also.   Your message can be sent as just a bit dangerous to downright threatening, depending on your style.

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Biker Chic

 

Let me show you some accessories I’ve chosen from my guild sisters hand made items on Artfire.   You will see all of these items and more at the end of this blog in a collection I made.   If you see something you like, to add to your own “look”, click on the collection then the item and you will be taken right to their shop.

First: a dress, the little black dress:   says you are stylish, classy, and sophisticated.

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Wear it with this beautiful bracelet from Ann Beading.

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Or this wristlet/purse from Creative Shoppe.

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With all the meanings of colors and color palettes in mind, I’ve come up with a new idea for jewelry.  I’m excited to tell you about it, but it will have to wait until later in the week.   We’ll talk about color and I’ll have a new style to show you, one I think is daring and fun.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | fashion, Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Znet Shows Summer Challenge


Znet Shows, a great place to buy beads, has issued a summer challenge to members of it’s design team. We all received cultured sea glass beads and our challenge was to design a set for a Summer Day and one for Summer Nights. Sounds easy doesn’t it?

I had a hard time deciding what to make. I really hate summer now that I’m older. The heat makes me lazy and all I want to do is sit under a shade tree and eat ice cream all day. It wasn’t like that when I was younger so I decided to go back….back to the days when I had more fun.

Those of you who know me, know that I almost always post a song to get my readers in the mood for my design inspirations. I wanted to post Wild Summer Night from the movie, Eddie and the Cruisers but it just wasn’t on You Tube  so I chose Tender Years. It’s a song about innocence, a time before Vietnam, before there were muggings and shootings on the news every day and before people were disenchanted with the government. It was s simpler time.

So, here’s the mood music.  You can listen while you scroll down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

musical interlude

musical interlude

 

 

And yes, believe it or not, I was one of those girls who ran around with the “bad boys” with the duck tail haircuts and leather jackets like Fonzi.  And yes, we had drag races at the flats by the river and yes, we swam at the lake all weekend and had beach parties at night with all the cars parked around a big bonfire, radios all tuned to the same station.  The beach played a huge part in our summer fun both day and night.

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Our jewelry was simple and quite girlie girl.  This is before the days of Hippie Chic when organic materials and fibers became popular.

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I found this great piece of druzy quartz at the rock show.  It was carved into the shape of a shell and I knew I wanted to use that for my daytime piece.  I wanted to keep it simple so I only used 2 of the matte white cultured sea glass beads that Znet sent to me.  I added a couple of freshwater pearls  and made a chain from double infinity links and matte white seed beads.  It’s perfect for jeans and a tank top or “bermuda shorts” which were the thing to wear back then.  The white is perfect to show off that summer tan and makes me think of white hot beach sand.

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I think those white sea glass beads really make that druzy pop out, don’t you?  I also hung a sea glass charm from the wire cage a made for the “shell”.

 

Now, I just need a bracelet to go with this necklace.   I used matte white sea glass drops and dangled them from a chain.  Since charm bracelets were “in” back then,  I added some pewter charms that reminded me of summer, some bare feet, a bird, fish, butterfly.  I made a chain of matte white seed beads and silver tubes from Hill Tribe Silver and used another dainty chain . I made the clasp from a white heart button.

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I had some other white dangles that were square (Love them!) so I made some earrings too.   I used the dangles and found some stick pearls that had a bit of a seafoam green tint,  put a chrysoberyle with them and some seafoam green mussel shell drops.  I love these earrings!

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This matte white cultured sea glass was my favorite color.   They did send some spring green sea glass leaves.   I used those to make these flower earrings, pastel and girlie girl and perfect to wear with a summery dress.

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I think that whether you go to the ocean, a lake or just the city pool, water plays a big part in everyone’s summer.   I was so glad to get these free-form sea glass beads in such a vibrant watery blue.   I used them for my Summer Nights set.  I wanted to capture the essence of “water”, its sparkle and its depth of blueness.   I wired the beads with some tiny silver lined clear seed beads for watery “waves” or shimmer.

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Don’t you just love that color?   There were only 4 of them in my package (Wahhh) so I used some beads that I had on hand to fill out the necklace and added a heart locket and chain.   The earrings complete the set.

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If you are in need of a set for your own Summer Days or Summer Nights, check these items out in my Artfire studio.   Thanks Znet Shows for sending me this fabulous cultured sea glass beads and letting me join the summer design challenge.   Check out their website and get some of these great cultured sea glass beads yourself!

And a special thanks to Graphic Stock for the cool graphics that helped tell my inspiration story.   Check out Graphic Stock website for all the graphics you can download!  I was lucky to get a sample membership for a limited time and the graphics are mine to use forever just like yours would be if you joined.   You’ll be seeing more of them on my blogs.

Please visit the Znet Shows Blog for a news and sales.  Here is a link to Znet Shows digital magazine , Creative Spark  with designs from the Summer challenge and lots of other goodies.

Creative Spark Summer 2014

 

 

 

 

 

And, would you like to visit some of the other design team members and see what they made?

Amy Severino

Andrea Trank

BeckyPancake

BobbieRafferty

BR Kuhlman

CharlieJacka

ChristieMurrow

ChristinaMiles

ChristineStonefield

CynthiaMachata

CynthiaRiggs

DonettaFarrington

HopeSmitherman

KashmiraPatel

KathyLindemer

Kay Thomerson

KellyPatterson

KlaudeteKoon

Lee Koopman

Lisa Lodge

RenethaStanziano

SandraWashington

Shaiha Williams

SherylStephens

StephanieHaussler

TammieEverly

July 5, 2014 Posted by | New Age | , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Mojo Jewelry Challenge Week 10


Our challenge this week in Heather Powers Jewelry Making Mojo Challenge was to find a fashion magazine or store and choose an outfit and create a piece to wear with that outfit.

SIGH……you know me too well. Not satisfied with some off the rack outfit, I went to Simplicity and chose a pattern for a steampunk dress I want to make and wear to the Renn Faire. I do love my steampunk.

Here is the pattern and the material to go with it.

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steampunk style

 

The skirt on the right is for me with a black corset and the jacket to match the skirt.   Woot woot!   I may even make myself a black hat too!  With a huge feather!

Remember that poetic inspiration necklace I made?   That is going to go at the neck of this piece and I sure did need a bracelet.

I made some polymer components in black and used some silver Gilder’s paste on them then cold connected them to some filagree rectangles I got from Fire Mountain, made some jumprings to attach them and here we go.

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I don’t think I am done with it yet.   It just looks too plain to me.  I’ve got some Sari silk in deep green, gold and rusty color that I think I’ll use to jazz it up a bit.   It’s fine as it is, but I want a bit more ooomph.

 

May 24, 2014 Posted by | challenges, fashion, Jewelry, New Age | | 4 Comments

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