The triumphant return

The triumphant return

Well, to tell you the truth, I’m not sure how triumphant it really is :)  But, it is a return nevertheless!

When all was calm and still

So why have I been radio silent for the past three months?  No, I wasn’t lazing around, eating bon bons all day (though little chocolate treats do seem to find me a lot more often than they should).  I had temporarily placed my blog on hiatus so I could focus on promoting my handmade jewelry and accessories through the big social media outlets.  I realized that I needed to grow my lists of followers and establish more regular communication with those followers, so I concentrated all of my efforts on upping my Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+ games.  I definitely gained some new fans, but the push to get my name and my products out there never really ends.  I have to work at it every single day.

A glutton for punishment

Then, I did something that I swore I would never do — I opened a Twitter account.  Actually, I opened two of them (one for personal use and one for the business).  Oh, the horror!!  I had been avoiding Twitter up until that point because I felt like I wouldn’t be able to devote enough time to it to make it successful.  It would have become just one more site to manage in an already frenzied social media soup.  But, so many independent artists recommend using Twitter that I simply couldn’t ignore it any longer.  Into the depths of Twitter I went!  A little late, but there you have it.  You can see my most recent tweets along the right sidebar of this page.

I also spent some time tweaking this site in the interim.  I installed a new theme, added plugins, and began setting up the bones of my very own online store.  For several years, Etsy has been the primary venue for showcasing my wares, but their recent policy changes have created an unfavorable selling environment for small shops such as mine.  I need to explore different options so I can decide whether or not to take matters into my own hands.

Ready to rock

Now, it’s finally time to get back into the blogging business, so here I am!  Thank you for your patience, my apologies for the disappearing act, and I’ll do my best to keep things under control from this point on!

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Patience, grasshopper

Patience

I must learn to heed this advice.  Happy Friday, my friends.

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Fall 2014 Pantone fashion color report

The Pantone fall 2014 fashion color report introduces the top ten women’s fashion colors for the coming season.

Fall 2014 Pantone fashion color report

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Beautiful blue lampwork beads

Lampwork beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver components

Just a quick photo of my latest creation.  I snapped this image with my phone, so please excuse the shadowy lighting.  The handmade lampwork beads are a lovely deep sapphire color, and the components are all sterling silver.  It will be posted for sale in my Etsy shop very soon.

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Lost in the details

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A river of rose gold

Rose gold rings from Tiffany & Co.  A girl can dream.

Tiffany & Co. Atlas open ring

Tiffany & Co. Lucida band ring

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Sparklers octagonal amethyst ring

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Hearts ring

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Somerset ring

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Cobblestone diamond band ring

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Sparklers flower ring

Tiffany & Co. Atlas open ring

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Raspberry pearl & copper jewelry set

I created this custom jewelry set for my good friend Pauline a couple of years ago.  She had had a large embellished copper cross pendant in her jewelry box for a very long time but had never been able to find the perfect necklace on which to hang it.  Most chains were either too delicate to carry the weight of the pendant or visually too small to balance its heft.  She had searched high and low to no avail, so I was thrilled when she asked for my help.

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I took Pauline to a local bead store, and together we chose the raspberry colored freshwater pearls, peridot crystals, copper beads, and other components that you see here.  I use primarily sterling silver in my own jewelry line, so working with copper was a fun change.  I made sure that Pauline was involved in the entire design process because I wanted her to absolutely love the finished set.

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I particularly liked the clasp that she chose for the necklace.  Its intricate detailing added an unexpected touch of romance.  The ridges and grooves of the irregular raspberry pearls gave the pieces an earthy flavor that is lacking in beads of more uniform shape.

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The bracelet mimicked the general shape of the necklace and included a cute crystal and copper dangle for interest.

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Lastly, the earrings maintained the beautiful colors and dramatic style of the entire set but were fashioned on a smaller scale so as not to be too heavy for everyday wear.

You can find more of my jewelry creations for sale in my Etsy shop.

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Color inspiration

Cotton candy & black spiral rope bracelet

1960s Chanel Haute Couture black dress coat with pink belt.

1960s Chanel Haute Couture black dress coat with pink belt

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Craveworthy jewels

Chopard earrings

Chopard watch

Louis Vuitton white gold watch

Tazanna ring

Aquamarine & diamond pendant

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Just try not to smile

Just try not to smile

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