Weekly Wednesday Etsy Picks–#31

Hello, again, everyone! It’s been a while! My apologies for missing several editions of Weekly Wednesday. Life has been SUPER busy, especially with work. I don’t forget about these weekly features; in fact, I think about them whenever I miss them! I’m going to try to do better about my posting schedule, so it may be a different day when I get around to posting each week. Now, I don’t want to keep you waiting because I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seats with anticipation. Without further ado….

Item #1 is from HappyWayJewelry

My first thought upon seeing this ring was, “ooh, that’s different, and I like it.” This definitely isn’t your ordinary ring. Most rings are shaped in a circle as we would normally imagine a circle, but this one takes that ‘normal’ concept and puts a spin, or “twist,” on it. This particular ring is made out of sterling silver, but there is an option to get real gold if you want.  I really appreciate that the artist decided to go with something different, but also kept it delicate enough that it’s not one of those “in your face” pieces.

Item #2 is from MargoHupert

I never really considered making jewelry from felt before seeing this…not sure why the thought never occurred to me, but this artist has done an awesome job with all of the items in her shop. She has necklaces and brooches in a variety of colors–all are equally gorgeous! I really like that this is different and makes a statement.

Item #3 is from earthwatersol

What’s really cool about this piece is that the colors in this bracelet match the shop’s name! Pretty neat, huh? Maybe I’m just a nerd (there’s no maybe to it…I’m a nerd). This is a wrap bracelet that can also double as a necklace! You all know I love dual purpose pieces. You can get a triple wrap bracelet or a single strand necklace. I love the delicate nature of it, but I’m not sure what makes it delicate (does that make sense?). Maybe it’s the teardrop topaz or the topaz seed beads. The color combination goes really well together and is quite pleasing to the eye. This shop is bohemian and vegan, as well as (wait for it…it’s the best part), a monthly donator to animal rescue! This past month, 100% of the proceeds went to helping a kitty get the surgery he needed!

Item #4 is from OrnamentationByMary

Colors!!! I love the combination! Neutrals and pops of brightness every so often. It’s a wrap bracelet, so it’ll look like a stacked bracelet. Lots of patience is involved in pieces like these, trust me–it’s tedious. The artist used a wonderful combination of beads–czech fire-polished, brass nuggets, and porcelain beads. This combination brings about an interesting variation in the texture of this piece. By “interesting” I mean it makes me more curious about it and appreciative of the differences in textures and how mixing them can produce the most amazing things.

Item #5 is from NestPrettyThings

I absolutely love, love, love this necklace. My eye was immediately drawn to it as I was browsing. The color combination is perfect–teal and coral. Even though it’s just a small bit of coral, it’s perfectly balanced with the teal. The gold-colored charm and wire just add to the perfection of the teal and coral. I also love that it’s a simple piece. It’s simple, but the focal point adds that little “somethin’ somethin'” to this necklace. It’d be a great touch to almost any outfit–patterned (as seen in the picture) or solid. I could also see it going with something a little more fancy than just everyday casual.

Now that you’ve seen my list (after a long wait), go visit some artists and show them some love because they want to share their talent and love for their craft with you.

Until next time, 

-M

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Weekly Wednesday Etsy Picks–#29

Hello, everyone! I know, I know…it’s Thursday and I’m suppose to post on Wednesday. Here lately my days off have been more on Thursday and Wednesday, but I hope to get myself back on schedule. Yes, I realize I say this every time, but I AM trying!! Since the first day of Fall was this week, I decided that fall themed jewelry would be a good route to go and explore. I’ll have to say…there is a LOT of fall themed jewelry!! Lots and Lots.  Shall we get started? Let’s go!

Item #1 is from ChusCraft

I’m really liking the combination of neutrals used in these earrings…brown and gold. And what could be more fall-ish than leaves and pine cones?? There is also a little bit of culture included with these that I wasn’t aware of, so I’m learning as I browse! The pine cone is a symbol of Enlightenment as well as the Third Eye. I always love it when cultural background/history is included in the descriptions! The leaves are made of raw brass, and the pine cones are made of red bronze, so you’ve got a combination of metals, which have their own unique properties, in addition to the colors. The maker also allows you to pick what kind of hooks that come with these–raw brass (as seen in the above photo) or gold-plated clasps. I really like the raw brass clasps, because I feel it’s a more natural state and because it matches the leaves.

Item #2 is from Mirma

First thing–I love the simplicity of this ring! This item is entirely handcrafted in that the sterling sliver sheet was shaped and polished and the tree was carved. Patience was a key player in this piece! Sometimes, I noticed (in my browsing) that a lot of fall-themed jewelry was really just in-your-face fall–don’t get me wrong, I like that, too, but a little simplicity goes a long way.

Item #3 is from ShelleyCooperJewelry

The charms and colors of this bracelet scream, “It’s Fall!,” to me. I like the little dangly bits because they have a mind of their own and fall where they want (no pun intended) and are just the right length to not get in the way. There is also some history mentioned with this one as well, so that’s also a plus for me! This one is definitely a piece to grab and add to your collection!

Item #4 is from NestofReveries

Chevrons are still in (at least I hope so–I just bought curtains with chevron print), so I really wanted to feature something with it. The colors of the leather speak the word ‘fall’ to me; you’ve got cream, brown, and a dark mustardy color–obviously fall, but also obviously 70s. I also really like the length of this necklace. It’s 34.4 inches long and has no clasp to fool around with (Can you tell I have issues with clasps?). The length also is good because it doesn’t it at that awkward spot right below your shirt’s neckline where you have to keep fishing it out from. If there are any guys reading this, the previous sentence is an actual problem females deal with when it comes to jewelry–jewelry is meant to be seen and not hidden behind the shirt, so don’t think we’re crazy when we keep changing clothes so we can wear a certain necklace.

Item #5 is from ForTheCrossJewelry

This set of pumpkin earrings is just too freaking cute! I like how the “vine” continues to climb up the clasp of the earring and adds more dimension to what normally is a blank space (the leaf is also a nice touch). We all also know I’m a fan of anything matte, so obviously you know I’m really loving the matte nature of the pumpkins and leaves! This one is a must for fall! Also, if you don’t like these, she has more in her shop. 🙂

I know I’m ready for fall…especially for cooler temperatures, but not the allergies! Go look on you favorite handmade site  for the perfect jewelry piece that says “Fall” to you and show your favorite makers some love!

Until next time, 

-M

How Do I Design?

I thought today would be a good time to try to start up with adding more posts. I hope that I can keep it up, but I can guarantee nothing with all of the things I have going on right now (i.e., house, work, family, etc). With that, I’ll get started 🙂

I get asked a lot about how I design the jewelry I make. Good question. I’m not the normal designer at all..lol. I’m sure most designers already have and idea of what they are going to make as far as color scheme, what they’re making, and what they want that item to look like. Some probably actually draw out all the details of the item they’re wanting to design.

Guess what? Not me.

Here’s how I generally do the design process:

First, I start by looking at all my beads until one takes my eye. Sometimes a bunch take my eye, but there is always one that stands out from all of the others. From that one bead, I start picking other beads that I feel would go well together. Next, comes me deciding whether I want to make a bracelet, necklace, earrings, or a ring. Most of the time it’s an easy decision, but sometimes it takes me a little bit to decide. Sometimes it’s influenced by my mood, how much time I have, etc. Patterns or arrangements of the beads come next..In my designs they can be all together like this one here:

Or, they can be spaced out like this one:

After spacing/pattern is figured out, I just put it together.

And, that, everyone, is how I design. A little harem scarem , I know. I’m odd in the way I do a lot of things, but especially jewelry design. It’s like a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a little space, shake it up, and voila…a new piece has been created….and all from just one bead. I don’t buy things with anything in particular in mind…I just go with it and get what jumps at me–sometimes there are a couple I see and the process just starts. All those who are creative understand….the ideas just sort of come, and there’s no controlling them..haha. Sometimes you can see a product in the home section of a store, and the process gets set off..you never know.

I hope this has given you some insight into my weird method of designing and into my life as a designer/individual. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments below. If there are enough, I’m thinking about composing a post answering some of them :).

Until next time, 

–M

Weekly Wednesday Etsy Picks #6

Hello, hello! I went a completely different route with this week’s Etsy picks. Actually, I’d say that I never really considered even broaching this category because I didn’t think there would be very much to find. The category I speak of is jewelry for…wait for it…MEN. Yep, I delved into the category and found some interesting items. Maybe this will help you all find an item for that special someone…because we all know they’re hard to shop for!

Item #1 is from Timewatch

These are just neat! They’re also upcycled, which make them even better! These would be perfect for any guy who likes to tinker or who loves watches or gears.

Item #2 is from coolNaturalJewelry 

This ring is absolutely gorgeous with walnut enlaid between two ebony pieces. It has such a smooth transition, and the ring itself is pleasing to the eye.

Item #3 is from ElegantCuff

Ok, who has heard of the hit TV show Breaking Bad? I’m guessing many of you have…if not from watching it then probably from a male in your life. Well, if you know a fan, this would be an awesome gift for them.

Item #4 is from ShadedLines

I love the sleek look of this tie clip..topped off with ammo. It’s also made from upcycled bullet casings and would look great with a casual or more professional outfit.

Item #5 is from GroundEffect

I’d have to say that this watch is my favorite of the items I’ve featured today. I don’t know exactly what it is about it….the detail or the simplicity within its exquisite detail. I think I’d definitely be watching the mechanisms of this guy for a while. Another plus is that the top band detaches from the bigger cuff…very versatile.

I hope my delving into this category has given you many ideas for this hard-to-buy-for group–MEN. There are many artisans that hand make men’s items, and these are only a few of them. Check them out and head to the others you find. Show them some love!

Until next time, 

-M

Weekly Wednesday Etsy Picks-#5

Hello again! It’s time for another Weekly Wednesday! Ready for round 5? I thought so! Let’s dive in.

This week I picked a hodge podge of jewelry items in a variety of price ranges. I usually try to keep my picks within a certain range, but sometimes I just can help myself!

Item #1 is from RedPaw

The colors of the turquoise in this pendant are absolutely amazing! So unique.

Item #2 is from PunaheleLove

This bangle is awesome, especially if you love the beach. And who doesn’t love the beach? We may prefer different places, but I don’t think anyone hates the beach.

Item #3 is from ranaway

This ring just has me in awe of its uniqueness. It’s so different, so detailed, and so elegant.

Item #4 is from 3DivasStudio

This one is just gorgeous. The colors of the beads and the tassel flow so well together, and the tulip bead cap just adds the finishing touch. But, alas, my budget won’t allow for it….maybe someday…

And item #5 is from PickleDogDesign

This cuff is so out of the box! It’s different, and I LOVE it! Kind of makes me a bit giddy 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s edition of Weekly Wednesday and stick around for future editions (lots of item features to be had)! I’m also hoping to be blogging more, but I’ll have to see what my work schedule is going to look like–it’s been busy and slightly unpredictable here lately. We’re also moving residences within the next couple of weeks, so it’ll be an experience getting my own work area and moving ALL of my supplies.

Until next time, 

-M

Weekly Wednesday Etsy Picks-#3

Good Wednesday morning, everyone! Let’s get started on another week of Etsy picks! This week, I’ve picked rings as my focus.

Item #1 is from Nafsika :

Item #2 is from BDSart

Item #3 is from Unics :

Item #4 is from DESIGNSbyMZSENCEVICK :

And last but not least is Item #5 from artisanimpact :

 

I’m seriously loving all of these rings! Go give these shops some love!

Until next time, 

-M

Long Boho Chic Necklace

I made this beauty the other day. It's composed of purple crystals, gemstones, glass pearls, a key charm, and a hand-stamped trinket.

The chain is about 30 inches from one end of the chain to the other, and the cluster pendant is about 3 inches. The hand-stamped feather says “free spirit.”
What is a “free spirit” you ask? A free spirit is all about following his or her dreams, being open, experiencing life, learning from others, expanding the breadth of knowledge, and being at inner peace.
If you like this piece and would like to have it as your own, you can go to my etsy listing below:
Another blog post down…I'm really trying to keep up and make it interesting as well. Enjoy!
Until next time,
-M
 
 

 

 

Turquoise Chip Boho Earrings

Just a heads up on when I share my new products: I'm not the best description writer (working on it), so I won't go into a lot of detail…I'll just give you the necessary information ;p

 

These are my Boho Chic Dangle Earrings on Etsy. My shop is Thepricklypeartn1

I used turquoise chips, wood beads, hemp cord, and bead cones in this set. I really like these. They're different..a bit eclectic.

Here are some more:

 

 

If you love these, here's a link to my etsy listing: http://etsy.me/1BFtaYA

Until next time,

-M