Here's me at my Baby Shower last week on Sept. 16th. Yay! I'm 35 weeks pregnant here in this pic. The shower was held at The Riverwalk Bead Shop and Gallery, where I sell my jewelry and teach beading and jewelry-making classes! My girlfriends at the shop threw the shower for me. They did everything, from inviting all the guests to providing the food and beverages! It was so nice! I didn't do anything really except enjoy the party! I had so much fun! We laughed and talked about everything baby! Everyone was so generous with the gifts, I was a little overwhelmed but, oh so appreciated everything! My little girl will be all set for clothes, baby blankets, toys and a car seat! I love this place and all my friends here! Thank you so much Nancy and Birdie for throwing me an awesome shower! :)
I made this little number last night. It's my first design in a series for the new ArtBeads.Com Fall Design Challenge! I love these design challenges from artbeads. I get to try some ideas or jewelry supplies that I might not think of otherwise. For this challenge, the designers were encouraged to use 'Colors of Fall' in our jewelry creations. I chose to be inspired by the 'Fall 2010 Pantone Color Report' for my designs. This bracelet features 'Patone Colors'Lagoon, Golden Glow, Chocolate Truffle, and Oyster Gray. Interesting combination, but I think it works!
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Here's the first piece of jewelry I made from the little bead stash I got from Diana. (See my previous post) These hoop earrings look kinda funky and punky, don't you think? I made a circle frame for these earrings out of 18 gauge sterling wire, then wrapped the frames with black waxed linen and small faceted black onyx beads. I've had this linen wrapped hoop idea for a while. Diana's ceramic charms were the perfect motivation to actually execute the idea! I knew her pieces would be the perfect focals to hang from the center! The charms here are porcelain with a lace impression.I'd love to make some more of these in some different color combination! You can check out more of Diana's work in her Etsy shop. Thanks for looking! :)
Diana of Suburban Girl Studio and I did an earring swap together! Diana is a jewelry designer, ceramic bead artist and a member of the Beads-Of-Clay group. We were chatting on face book one day and decided that doing a swap would be fun! I love doing swaps. It's a great way to get to know other artists and exchange some fun things! Here are the earrings she made me with her handmade ceramic charms. I love these swirly cranberry red charms! :) This pair will be great for Fall!
I made Diana a pair of my leather earrings. I wanted to make her a fashionable pair she could wear for Fall. Below is the pair I sent her. I made these with Greek leather, Carnelian gemstones and amber glass with antiqued copper chain and brass findings. Check out Diana's blog post about our earring swap here.
In addition, Diana was super sweet and spoiled me with a goody bag of her handmade ceramic beads and charms! She sent me this little stash along with her earrings. I love these! She does beautiful work!
Suburban Girl Beads, Charms and Button
Diana's ceramic work is wonderful and I can't wait to add some of her handmade components to my jewelry designs! Check out her Suburban Girl Beads Etsy Shop for lovely ceramic jewelry components and go shopping! :)
These earrings remind me of September days. That transition from Summer to Fall. Here, I used greens of the Summer season mixed with wood and earthy muted tones to suggest a change to Autumn weather and fashion! Happy September!