Sunday, April 28, 2013

In a purple mood...

Sometimes simplicity is best :)  I made the below with citrine nuggets, faceted amethysts, copper beads and some gorgeous lampwork beads.  I love how easy this one is.  Too bad I ran out of lampworks to make some matching earrings as I feel like going matchy matchy with this.

What do you think?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

It's been awhile...

Work has been absolutely crazy lately, but in a crazy good way. I love my job so there are absolutely no complaints when I have to put in a few extra hours.  :)  In the meantime, I had some fun the past couple days as I've been laid up a bit sick.  I had the opportunity to sit down and watch some TV while crafting.  Something I used to do all the time, but haven't prioritized it lately with other things in life. 

I've been feeling a very purple and green mood lately.  But, I was absolutely inspired by the green and purple clasp that I purchased from Mary Harding not too long ago.  I don't typically buy findings like that as I generally prefer to make them myself, but this one was a piece of art!  I adored it.  I paired it with some patinad copper chain, purple and lime lampwork beads from a couple of my favorite artists (FeyGlass and Taneres) and a couple of swarovski crystals.  I love the resulting look.

I've done the bracelet below before, but I gave it away to my Mom who also made a few of them herself!  It's something easy and quick to do, but is really just a pretty thing.  I needed something to match my A&M shirt for the maroon and white game so I quickly put this together with some burgundy and off white wooden beads, copper jump rings and a lampwork button.  Super cute and quick to make.  Great project!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pretty in Pink Challenge

I had such a fun time with the Bead Soup challenge that I joined another one -- Pretty in Pink!  Essentially, we're given a picture for inspiration and are directed to create something based on the image.  I decided to keep it simple this go around and I love the results.  :)
Here is the inspiration picture:

I came up with a very simply pretty bracelet with the color scheme as inspiration.  Easy to wear and super comfortable!

The below are some fun earrings with the copper wire acting as vines around the silver.  I LOVE mixed metal.

I can't wait until my next challenge.  Give me your feedback.  Would you add to the bracelet or leave it as is? 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Is In The Air

I'd been staring at the beads from Raida Disbrow and EclecticPrairie for quite some time.  I'll admit it - I was petting them happily.  I loved the color combos and the feel of the beads.  I tend to like bright and happy colors so this played right into my preferences.  Plus, I was in the mood for a nice simple necklace with some sterling and lovely color pallates.  Gorgeous!

How cute is that butterfly? I adore it!!! This is considerably shorter than my normal necklace that I tend to lean toward. At 19", it sits perfectly on me. I can't wait to wear it with a fun dress.  I also have enough beads left over to make an entirely different necklace or a coordinating bracelet. I haven't decided which I'm going to do.

My biggest problem is that I don't like to sell any of my jewelry. I like to hoard it so I can play with it and wear it.  For those of you who like to sell, any tips would be appreciated!

I'd love ya'lls feedback on my work.  Please feel free to leave comments in the box below.  :)