Friday, August 21, 2009

Two New Necklaces

I've been working on some wedding-inspired jewelry in preparation for Indie Wed in January, and have been playing around with incorporating vintage chandelier crystals into my jewelry. Two new necklaces will be debuting in the shop on Monday...

Cassandra necklace

Collette necklace

Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm Going to Indie Wed!

I've been accepted as a vendor for Indie Wed in Chicago on January 30, 2010! For more about the event, click here to go to their website.

I'm so excited! This is the first juried show I've applied to, and I can't wait!

Tilt-A-Whirls and Tornadoes

Yesterday I took the kids I work with to the Lake Villa Fun Days carnival...

Of course, they had a Tilt-A-Whirl...

We had to leave because it had started raining, and around 5pm we noticed these clouds...

Unfortunately, my camera doesn't pick up exactly how low and fast moving these clouds were, but it was pretty impressive how they were cruising along.

Later on we heard that there had been a tornado somewhere to the west, and that those were the remnants of it. Whatever it was, it was an impressive bit of nature!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Little Birdies...

A week or two ago I was at the thrift store looking for some fun vintage items for my gypsymouse shop, and cruised by the "jewelry" rack to see if there was anything there that I could take apart and use in my own jewelry designs. (I've been trying to use more vintage components, as well as components that don't require new energy consumption to produce)

And yes, the quotes around jewelry were intentional... let's just say the thrift store's idea of jewelry is a little tacky and kind of gross. :(

But I was able to find a necklace of cute little dyed mother of pearl birds, which I have turned into whimsical earrings:

Both of these are now listed in my shop here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My New Favorite Earrings...

New in the shop this evening, Genevieve earrings.

I absolutely love the resemblance to the fleur-de-lis in these brass stampings, and think they go beautifully with the deep blue of the iolite beads.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My Other Etsy Shop...

A while back, I opened a second etsy shop, gypsymouse, to sell my extra supplies stash from my jewelry making, scrapbooking, and various other crafty projects. As some of you may know, I recently started giving this shop more attention and have added vintage items to the shop. Here are some recent additions:

Blue daisy coffee pot

Green juice glasses with blue and green flowers

Strawberry patterned tin with handles

Skate keys

Botswana agate pendants