I purchased an online edition of the July 2011 issue of Bead Trends so that I could go ahead and take a sneak peak. Both of the pieces that they chose look lovely in print. The Bellini earrings are simple, yet stunning earrings composed of scapolite and sunstone. The Heaven and Earth bracelet is a showstopper composed of scapolite, larimar, andalusite, sky blue topaz, and a HUGE whisky quartz round bead. It's so thrilling to see my work in print! I could squeal in delight, and dance around the house all day. Here's a peek- be sure and pick up a copy for yourself at bookstores and craft stores. You can also order online at North Ridge Publishing's site.
A trip to Trader Joe's is always sure to put a smile on my face, but I am in love with my new find: Tuscan-style cantaloupe from Dulcinea Farms. They are so delicious. Here is what their website has to say about them:
EXTRA SWEET TUSCAN-STYLE Slice into our field grown Tuscan Style Cantaloupes and dig into the full, rich flavor, the brilliant orange color and the sweetness you won’t find anywhere else. Filled with Folate, Vitamin C and antioxidants, these melons are simply outstanding. Look for the distinctive grooves year-round to help you find the perfect cantaloupe.
Some incredible bracelets by other designers using AAA gemstones and precious metals. Fantastic company to be in!
My Dolce necklace makes an appearance in this cute pink themed treasury on the bottom row second from the right. Composed of rose quartz, pink topaz, pink tourmaline, and pink topaz hanging from a 24 karat gold vermeil twist jump ring on a 14 karat gold fill necklace. Sweet!
It takes forever for a piece to go from an inkling in my mind to a listing on Etsy. The majority of the time it takes to get it listed goes towards getting the photos right. Sometimes it takes multiple attempts to get a few usable shots. Then the hard part starts- finding a way to describe it that will do it justice. My thesaurus has gotten a serious workout since I started selling on Etsy.
It absolutely poured rain on our trip to Asheville today for Father's Day. The boys and I took my husband to Biltmore estate for brunch at their Deerpark restaurant. It was beyond delicious. The Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole was heavenly- it melted in the mouth without being soggy and it was so flavorful. The Cedric's Cheddar Ale Soup was fantastic as well. I'm always up for a plateful of their scrambled eggs and Hickory smoked bacon- the eggs are perfectly done and the bacon is swoon worthy. I've put the menu below for your viewing pleasure along with a photo I took in the garden.
An Oddly Enchanting Gems shop customer sent in a photo today of a pair of earrings she had created using Akoya pearls that she purchased. They are incredible and I just had to share them with you.
Here's the description from her store:
Solid 22k gold earrings based on an ancient Roman design. I alloy my own gold mixture, the way the ancients made gold. Pure 24k gold is mixed with a very small amount of other metals to make it malleable and slightly less soft, while still retaining its beautiful, brilliant, yellow color. I draw out wire and mill sheet from this mixture. Days are spent making the tiny granules that are fused to the piece without solder. The gold domes are fabricated separately and soldered in place. A labor intensive, but very rewarding process!
Simple ear wires are fabricated from 20k gold, which is stronger and well suited for findings.
Two Akoya cultured saltwater pearls hang from each earring. There is no industry standard for grading, but these were graded AA+ based on GIA standards by a graduate gemologist certified in pearls. Along with the pearls, melon cut Aquamarine beads are hung from each earring.
Signed on the back.
2 inches (54mm) long
3/4 inch (21mm) wide
domes are 1/2 inch (14mm)
Shipping includes insurance and a satin gift pouch.
You could easily wear these when you go to accept your Oscar!
22K Gold, Aquamarine, Akoya Pearl, Roman Style Earrings
Updated my Etsy Luxe shop with some "light" new creations. The Mermaid's Mischief earrings and bracelet are probably my favorite. I love the shifting of the blues and greens in the Boro glass beads, and the use of London blue topaz can never go unrecognized. The glass beads that I used were handmade by Valentin and Patricia Hernandez, and are unbelievably beautiful. I handmade the earwires for the earrings and the clasp for the bracelet myself using my tumbler to finish them to a high shine. More work to be added early next week.
Trolling the internet in search of Oddly Enchanting Luxe mentions and found a wedding inspiration blog here that included my Calypso necklace. I love the color combination of the corals with turquoise! The floral bouquet is especially pretty with its large, lush flowers.
I made a pair of earrings a while back for a bride to give as a gift, and her wedding was featured in New Jersey Bride. Carla was kind enough to list my earrings in her feature. Wishing all the happiness in the world to the couple. Here's the link to the article about their wedding.
A little bit about me. I'm an Army brat that's finally somewhat settled after a childhood spent....everywhere. We just moved to Upstate South Carolina, and I've got to say, I love it here!