Thursday, July 19, 2012

Just listed...

 Doily Hoops.  I made these before we left for vacay.  It took a little trying of this and that to come up with a good ear wire.  I like my jewelry to be really functional and secure.  Once you get the hang of it, these are easy to put on and even easier to wear!

 Carry Earrings~ I made these before we left too.  They are a free form sort of elongated octagon shape.  I really wanted something other than just round,  square or rectangular.  In the end, this shape pleased me to no end.  And the finished product made me think of little bags that would be used for carrying things in.  And then that got me to thinking about all the baggage we carry around with us on a daily basis...

 Henna Earrings with roller printed and hand stamped detail.  Inspired by Henna tattoos, and with one of my favorite stones,  Iolite.  I just love this color!

 Battered and Blue~  This slice of sterling took a beating.  It is fantastically rustic, and imprinted with my new favorite Chrysanthemum pattern.  I added a beautiful 8mm Rainbow Moonstone.  I was also excited to try this type of bail with a rivet for the first time!  I rather like it!  :-)

 To confirm my suspicions that many times designs can be eerily similar without having been copied, I was happily reading my blog list this morning when I saw these almost exact hoops on someone else's blog.  The execution is different, but the overall design is the same.  These were the first things I made when we came home from vacation.   I had in mind that I wanted to try fold forming.  I didn't even look up how to do it.  I just flew by the seat of my pants, remembering a little of what I had read on the technique ages ago.  I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  Feather Hoops.  After I got that ear wire figured out on the Doily Hoops I knew I wanted these to have similar structure.  I love them.  I love the patina.  I feel like I need to make these in silver for the dark haired gals. 

Finally,   I am making, a few at a time little necklaces out of my antique mold collection.  Very reasonably priced, I hope they will be good for the Holidays and shows. 

Also, direct your attention to the pop of green pottery in a few of my photos!  My 10 year old wants to be a potter.  She's been taking private lessons this summer.  We are so blessed to have such great teachers in the area.  

My girl has decided that she wants to buy her own pottery wheel.  She found the one she wanted,  It's $ 650.  We are talking about a girl that when she gets money she has to spend it almost immediately.  I've been looking for the thing that I could use to help her learn a lesson in saving for what you want. 

My deal serves me as well.  I can't lie.  I've always loved pottery, and I've always wanted to try it out.  I told her if she save $ 300 by Christmas, I'd buy the other half for her Christmas present.    She's going to have to teach me how to use the darn thing, but I have great visions of making pottery.  In particular little dishes that can be used for holding jewelry. 

Her Dad doesn't think she can do it.  And told her so.  I didn't like that.  I want to teach her that if she wants something bad enough she can do what it takes to earn it. 

She already has it figured out where we can put the wheel.  Looks like I'm going to lose my shipping desk to a pottery wheel in my shop....She has $ 120 saved.  I'm really proud of her.  I think she'll make it!

All the new work is listed in my Etsy Shop
if you want to pop on over and take a peek! 


  1. The new work is very pretty Amy. I especially like the first hoops!

    1. Thank you Cindy! I love the style a lot...

  2. I would love to dabble in pottery myself one day. I hope she can save enough by Christmas time!! Good on her for being so driven!!