Friday, October 25, 2013


Honestly, I'm not usually a fan of Fall.  'Cause it's followed much too quickly by winter.  And winter in Michigan = not fun.  But, somehow, the colors of fall have taken over my bead table recently.

Oh, my.  Reds and yellows.
This collar piece is so bright and vibrant.  The exact colors of the burning bush and the birch tree in the front yard.  And since my bead table looks out at these, I guess I have to acknowledge the influence, right?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Heirloom Earrings

I like to think that some of the jewelry I create will become heirloom jewelry.  Something special passed from one loved one to another.  I know that I work hard to make jewelry that will last. 

Some of my most treasured pieces of jewelry are from my paternal grandmother.  I remember Grandma wearing the above earrings to church.  The dangles would wiggle when she sang and that just made me so happy.  Plus, she smelled like vanilla.  Or Chanel No. 5.  And she'd hand me a peppermint when I got squirmy.  Sometimes, I got squirmy on purpose.

I wear Grandma's diamonds on the first day of every Fall semester.  The thing that Grandma was the most proud of, besides her family, was teaching.  She taught Sunday school for years.  So I feel like she's with me, gracing me with her teaching ability when I wear these earrings.  I don't wear the red amethyst earrings as often.  Since they're on hooks, I'm afraid of losing them.  And I don't remember Grandma ever wearing these.  But they are stunning.

And some things are special because you've had them forever.  The mother of pearl drops were the first nice pieces of jewelry I ever bought myself.  I was living in Florida, probably 22, maybe 23.  Making barely enough money to survive on, but on a daytrip to St. Augustine, I saw these and decided to splurge.  I think I paid $20 for them.  And ate Spam and macaroni and cheese for the next two weeks.  But it was the first time I treated myself like a grown-up, like someone important.  I wear these when I need that reminder.

The turquoise earrings with the Goddess and moon charms are some of the first earrings I ever made.  I love wearing miss-matched earrings.  Maybe it's being a Gemini.  Maybe it's the need to not conform.  Maybe it's just because it's fun.

All these earrings connect me to my past - to things I love or find important, to dreams and goals that I have.  I think that, more than age, makes an heirloom.  It's not the preciousness of the jewelry.  It's the value of the love.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Inspiration: Spirals

It's that time of year when I'm focusing on spirals. 
All images from my Pinterest spiral page.
With more and more hints of winter in the air, I have to acknowledge the turning of the year.  Again.  The leaves have to fall (and be raked) in order for new growth in the spring.

The ebb and flow is important.  And endless. 

And endlessly creative.

I think the spiral's connection to the infinite possibility is what attracts me.

It's just yummy.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Sometimes, you just know

felted cuff, 2013
When I saw this big ceramic flower button at the Allegan Fiber Fest, I just KNEW it would make a pretty piece of jewelry!

I kept this felted cuff very simple, in order to let the flower shine.  And I think the colors are great for all season wear, don't you?

close-up loveliness

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Carry On

Yup.  I try to manage this with a bit of flair.

I've been working a lot on finding my balance.  Grad school can suck the life outta your life if you let it, what with all the demands and the endless deadlines.  There is ALWAYS something more on the work list to do.

Beadwork, artwork, felting - these aren't work.  I try to make time every day to spend just a few minutes doing something creative.  'Cause it's the creative that feeds my soul.  And gives me a sense of accomplishment, the "ahhh" of finishing something. 

What gives you balance?

Friday, October 4, 2013


And use lots and lots of different colors.  And glitter.  Glitter is good.