8/26/2015

Oldies but Goodies - Cats and dogs

Due to vacation I haven't been blogging for two weeks. What topic would be better to come back with than the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge and on top with something I love so much - animals, in particular cats and dogs.
You have noticed I am a cat person, right? ;-)
I think it would be very hard for me to deny that convincingly.

Now let's jump right in and have a look at what the talented members of JAC have to offer this week.


1 Salara Jewelry
2 Jewelry Art by Dawn
3 The Crafty Chimp
4 MC Stoneworks
5 Cat's Wire
6 Violetmoon's Corner

8/10/2015

Zibbet finds of the week - Very British

It's vacation time here, time to travel, visit new places, learn new things.
Unfortunately that doesn't go for me. I have a cat that everyone is afraid to pill. Not so much because she puts up a fight, we have been over that for a while, but because no one wants to take responsibility for her drooling the meds right back out. They are afraid I'm going to hunt them down. Or so they act. I can hear Esme giggle about that a lot.
Where would I like to go if I could travel you ask? Great Britain, hands down. I loved London and would do almost anything to visit it again (except leave Esme without her meds obviously), I'm still convinced that Nessie would come to me if I only got the chance to be alone with her for an hour, and I'd really like to see some new places, too.
Oh well. Not gonna happen.

Instead I did a little tour on Zibbet to go and find some things that remind me of Britain.
What is Britain, however? Have you ever wondered about what the difference between England, Great Britain and the UK really is? Check it out here.


1953 Coronation Souvenir tin at Bimini Cricket


Print "Abbey Road" by Kurt HARTel


Royal Albert "Brigadoon Thistle" tea cup and saucer at The Vintage Teacup


Scottish cattle photo print by Red Wolf Photography


Hand painted Welsh dragon folding fan (made to order) by Dengra Designs


Hand painted Union Jack sneakers by Emily Tam Hand Painting


Small messenger bag "Sherlock" by The Geek Chic Boutique

8/07/2015

Tackle that stash - Digging into those seed beads!

It's my sister's fault or maybe it's the fault of the girls at her workplace.
Some of them have found the way to beading. In a future post I will show you a few of their pieces. When sis had the idea that my Francie had to wear a daisy chain headband, I had to look up the stitch. I passed it on to her, she passed it on to the girls and they started making daisy chains.
When I made Herringbone bracelets and necklaces with Twin Beads to use up some of my stash, I passed it on to her, she passed it on to the girls - and more, but as I said already that will be topic of another post - and they made Twin Bead bracelets.

I guess it was a natural consequence that we had to branch out. Me and off loom stitching? Unbelievable.
While my sister explored the St. Petersburg stitch, I started with RAW, the right angle weave.
I used crystals, seed beads, cube beads and varied the number of beads between my accent beads.

Together with the Daydreamer rope bangles after a design by Jill Wiseman I used up tons of my Czech seed bead stash.
The bangles are great for stacking in these bright colors, by the way!

What do you think which stitch I should be trying to learn next?


P.S. The first bracelet is in my DaWanda shop, the others are still waiting for their photoshoot.

8/05/2015

Oldies but Goodies - Jade

When you think of jade, you probably think green and you may think of carvings.
There is so much more behind it, though. Unfortunately I am really late with today's post already as I haven't had the chance of being much on the computer the last few days, so I have to keep it short.

Talking of jade we can mean two different minerals, nephrite or jadeite.
Jade comes in different colors, from yellow, blue, black, red to violet tones. Be careful, however. Dyed jade has been a thing for hundreds of years. It can be enhanced, but it's also possible that you get a stone which is not jade at all, but prehnite or quartz for example.
If you want to read a little more about this stone and its symbolic meaning, you can find an article here.

Not everyone at the Jewelry Artisans Community's Oldies but Goodies Challenge is working with jade, so once again we were a little generous with the rules and settled for jade and jade colors.
Enjoy!


1 Adams Handcrafted Jewelry
2 Violetmoon's Corner
3 Jewelry Art by Dawn
4 The Crafty Chimp
5 Robin's Jewelry, Antiques, & Collectibles
6 Cat's Wire

8/03/2015

Zibbet finds of the week - Money makes the world go around ...

... the world go around, the word go around, money makes the world go around, it makes the world go 'round ♪♫♪♬♩♪♪♬♫♪♩♪♪♬♪♫ or so Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey told us in their song from Cabaret.
It's a song I stumbled over again lately and it inspired me for today's post.

Armadillo money origami by Vincent the Artist

Weddings rings from Irish wood and penny coin by Eire Eco Rings

Lizard coin bangle by Celtsmith

No Wishes original photo by Clicks by Karen

Threepence piece cufflinks by Spinneyhead

Large whale coin bank "Denim" by Ceramics by Lisa

Work on English coins from 1066 to 1713 sold by R.W. Mercer at Sandy Creek Collectables

8/02/2015

Quote of the week

I don't go to class reunions. I was there once and it didn't really do anything for me. I do like the idea of meeting only a few special people from back then, though.
Gary "The King" King has convinced his gang from the old school days to come back to their hometown with him and have an epic pub tour which they hadn't been able to complete when they were fresh out of school. Reluctantly they follow him into the adventure and get into his old Ford Grenada, "The Beast".

Gary: And we're back. Just like the Five Musketeers.
Steve: Three Musketeers, innit?
Pete: Four if you count D'Artagnan.
Gary: Well, nobody knows how many there were really, do they, Pete? I mean, history's a sketchbook.
Oliver: You do know that The Three Musketeers is a fiction, right? Written by Alexandre Dumas?
Gary: A lot of people are saying that about the Bible these days.
Steve: What, that it was written by Alexandre Dumas?
Oliver chuckles.
Gary: Don't be daft, Steve, it was written by Jesus.
Steve (sarcastic): Oh.
Gary: Anyway, five sounds much better. I think they missed a trick having only three. 'Cause you'd have five, then two could've died and they'd still have three left.
Andy (annoyed): Are we there yet?
Gary (yelling): Let's do this!!!


The World's End, UK/USA/Japan, 2013

7/31/2015

Tackle that stash - Mini wire crochet pendants with pearls

There was this pearl necklace. Big, bold, with a huge crystal. From the first time I laid my eyes upon it, I was determined to rip it up and make something else with the pearls.
You know how these things go. From the first time to now meant a few years in which I picked it up, put it down, picked it up again ... until I finally felt I tried to push this into the wrong direction. Why did I think the result had to be another big pearl necklace? Why not use the pearls individually?

Sometimes we need color and it doesn't even have to be much. So I ended up with little affordable pendants, just one freshwater pearl in a colorful wire crochet setting on a ball chain. No silver, no gold, but pink tones, purple, orange, green, light blue ... and who knows, there may be more to follow.
Which color do you like best?

Available in my Zibbet shop