Thursday, May 24, 2012

More Murano glass beauty!

I just finished up necklace and earrings using some of the gorgeous Murano beads I got in Venice in February.  I just LOVE the cobalt blue in these!  I used both sterling and gold filled so you can wear it with silver or gold accessories.

Both are available in my Etsy studio - just click on the pictures!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For the bride!

I was excited to get a custom request to make earrings and a bracelet for a bride to wear on her wedding day!  I just finished the set and love the bracelet design.  I'll have to make some variations on this for my online studios.  I used AAA aqua chalcedony, AAA pearls and sterling silver for this set.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 14, 2012

More stamping fun!

A friend needed stamped keychains made when the person who originally agreed to make them couldn't due to a family emergency.  Here's the heart keychain I made for her.  I sawed out the heart, drilled the hole, stamped the phrase and background decorations and used the torch to give it some flame coloring.  It turned out pretty well!  

I'm waiting on some new font stamps to arrive before I can finish up the second keychain.  I did an initial try with the fonts I have and it just doesn't look right.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fun with cluster earrings!

I've been in the mood to make earrings with clusters of gems.  I don't know why - that's just where my muse has taken me.  Here are my 3 most recent creations ...

Amethyst and peridot available on Artfire      Onyx, turquoise and artisan lampwork available on Etsy

Beautiful pink topaz!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fun at the Westie Rescue picnic!

Every year Westie Rescue of Orange County has a picnic/fundraiser.  We got our Westie, Max, from WROC and I always love seeing a park full of Westies (and their adopted brothers and sisters) so I join in the fun and festivities and bring Gino and Max with me.  This year my mom and her rescued Westie, Becka, and my visiting college roomie joined me at the picnic. Part of the fun at this event is the dog race fundraiser.  Westies and their friends get to chase a "critter".  Here's a movie of Gino chasing the critter.  And here's a picture of little Max ignoring the critter and only running down the "track" because I'm encouraging him to follow me.  Here's my college roomie getting some loving from Gino!

Here's a video of the entire race that Gino ran and Max and Becka wandered ...

And, for the dog lovers out there I'm making stamped, brass dog tags - for your dog - or you if you want something special.  Here's one I make to order: 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mother's Day is near!

Mother's day is fast approaching.  I'll share a few things that might be nice for your mom (or yourself) from my shops. 

Beautiful chocolate pearls - necklace and earrings !

chocolate pearl, cubic zirconia and gold vermeil earringschocolate pearl, gold vermeil and gold fill necklace

Beautiful venetian glass bracelet and earrings ....

purple, white, aventurine and gold venetian murano glass beads, ametrine and gold fill braceletlime green, white, aventurine, gold venetian murano glass beads, swarovski crystals and gold fill earrings

black pearl and sterling silver post earringsaaa white pearl solitaire and sterling silver necklace

And for even more choices check out this post written by Bob of  Jewelry24Seven - Mother's Day Gift Ideas from the Jewelry on Etsy Team.   I'm a member of this team of handcrafted jewelry designers and we all try to help each other out in the promotions and advertising area.
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