Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday here so quick!

Seems like yesterday that it was last Sunday, time is flying by.... This has been a bit of a hectic bitter sweet week, sure hope it's only up from here. We are leaving on holidays soon and I can't wait, looking forward to getting away from it all and just relaxing.

When we traveled to southern Utah we happened upon a wonderful little rock shop - bit of a tumble down building quite alone in the desert. It was full of the most amazing stones and crystals. There are three stones that I cannot pass by - turquoise of course (and I have an abundant supply), larimar (oh so beautiful-takes me to the sea) and blue lace agate (so calm and soothing)! My husband ever the generous man bought me some of each. I hoard them well but sometimes you just get a calling and have to create with one of them. Perhaps because this week has been so crazy the calming and uplifting influence of blue lace is what I need.

Blue Lace Agate is a variety of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. It is usually banded in layers of predominantly light blue, striped with brighter blues, whites, and even brown threads of color. Agate is sometimes called the earth rainbow because, in its various forms, the concentric bands in nature form nearly every color the earth can produce, including a colorless form. Blue Lace Agate’s graceful, circular design has a stimulating, positive effect on emotions and attitude. It is not a stone of protection, but rather of encouragement and support. It’s circular flowing energy calms, uplifts and elevates. It provides clarity of thought and unwavering intent in regards to what matters most.
Blue Lace Pendant with peanut bead rope.
Peanut Bead wrap bracelet and earrings

Sunday, 17 August 2014

We are having a heat wave....

I don't want to complain especially because winter comes all to soon, but man oh man it's been hot. Even though I stay inside in the air conditioning, I have a real lack of motivation....I don't even feel like...yikes..... beading; how bad is that!

I have completed this necklace though....yes my favorite...turquoise. I love love love the silver spikes. And I do have to say that the clasp is hand made by me. I have always loved working with silver and although I haven't had my torch out in a while I must say inspiration has struck. I love how this wire wrapped clasp looks and takes the necklace the next step up. I didn't stop at the clasp with my wire wrapping...a delicate silver bracelet is perfect with this necklace.

 And of course earrings as well!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Surprise Surprise!

I had thought I missed the deadline for signing up for the Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Design Challenge and was so disappointed; those little chicklet’s were so darn cute. I figured I would just get to drool over what the other participants made with their chicklet. I came home the other day to a wonderful surprise; there in my mailbox a little chicklet was waiting for me …..yeah I am in. I didn’t think I would have time to order and receive more chicklet’s in time for the reveal so I had to come up with something that showcased the one I received in the best possible way. I am really pleased with this necklace and have worn it to rave reviews. I used shibori silk ribbon that was the perfect match and a  turquoise nugget I had on hand with just the right amount of striation in the perfect color. The fire polished crystals just added to the opulence of the piece…. I think it is simple but stunning. Thank you Rita for hosting this wonderful hop and for increasing the number of participants to include me and thank you to Susan of SueBeads for creating those cute little chicklet’s…..yes I will be ordering more….love them!

Hope you enjoy and have fun hopping!


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