7/30/2020

Oldies but Goodies - Dreamy

We always announce the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge as an easy challenge. You don't even have to make something, it's enough if you find something you have already made, and as you know we are very open about the rules.
This week's topic wasn't so easy, it seemed, because everyone had a different idea of what "dreamy" meant to them.

So what is the definition of dreamy ... let's see.
Two definitions I found are "having a magical or pleasantly unreal quality; dreamlike" or "given to or indulging in daydreaming", now that's really something that is quite open to interpretation, and I loved how the members did interpret it in the end. Click the link above to see for yourself.

I present you my dreamy collage and would love to hear how you interpret the word and what "dreams" you see in the entered pieces!


1 and 8 RioRita
2 and 7 My Bijou Life
3 and 10 The Crafty Chimp
4 and 6 Jewelry Art by Dawn
5 and 9 Cat's Wire

7/23/2020

Oldies but Goodies - More leaves

I'm sorry, but for this week's Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge I don't have a story for you.
With the weather being what it is at the moment, I'm struggling to get motivated to do anything, so I'll let speak the pictures speak for themselves today.


1 and 5 Jewelry Art by Dawn
2 and 7 Cat's Wire
3 and 8 My Bijou Life
4 RioRita
6 The Crafty Chimp

7/20/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Shapes

When I put this post together, I had a strange feeling. Something felt vaguely familiar, but I couldn't put my finger on it for a while.
Then it suddenly came to me. I felt as if I was in a Sesame Street episode about shapes! It has been a long time that I watched Sesame Street, I guess it would have been together with my brother when he was little, so I couldn't have named a certain episode, but of course there are several on YouTube, like this one.



Another memory of shapes in my own childhood were the first basics of set theory that they taught us in elementary school which led to quite the outrage among some parents.
We got little flat plastic pieces which had different colors, surfaces, and - you've guessed it - shapes.
I'm afraid we were rather into building flat houses and cars from them and not so much into becoming math experts ;-)

For today's post I looked for interesting shapes on Zibbet, and this is what I've found.


Table topper quilted square by Patchwork Mountain


Concho belt from copper, turquoise and coral by Broken Wing Designs


Narrow serving tray in Aspen design - choose a color by Blue Sky Pottery


Lazy Susan (can be personalized) by North County Creations


Cribbage triangle race board by Bark Up A Tree Woodworks


Polygon white wolf mug by Joyce Design

7/16/2020

Oldies but goodies - Summer sun

This week the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge was inspired by the summer sun. Sun, beach, the ocean ... because I'm late with this post, I'll save you the talk and give you my little selection instead ;-)


1 RioRita
2 Jewelry Art by Dawn
3 My Bijou Life
4 Cat's Wire

7/13/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Beach party

I know, I know. Beach parties are a bit of a problem right now. Honestly, I wouldn't want to attend one and seeing pictures of full beaches makes me nervous. Of course they always remind me of Jaws, too ...
Digressing once again.
How about a virtual one instead? We could have a picnic, sit in the sand, look at the ocean, and talk about the latest beach wear on Zibbet's very own beach. I already started doing some beachcombing looking for stuff for our party, and no worries, I haven't even forgotten the sun block! :-)

Custom made sign by My Primitive Boutique

"Kissing fish" greeting card by Torn Paper TM


Beach belle bracelet by Lavender Mystic


Crochet beach hat by Alena's Design

Beach care package by Meadow Muffin Gardens

Herringbone weave cuff by WhatKnotShop

"Under the boardwalk" fine art card with glitter accents by Paper Dahls, LLC

Crochet beach halter bikini by Vikni Designs

7/09/2020

Oldies but Goodies - Never shown

Since we started the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge years ago, we have had over 200 of them, so some pieces are bound to turn up more than once.
This week, however, the task was to enter pieces that have never been in one of the challenges before.

Do you collect your photos? I am old, so of course I still have photo prints from my childhood, from when I was a teenager and of course the years after that (that reminds me there's another nostalgia post due soon). Unfortunately I have never been as organized as some people who keep neat photo albums. I have a lot of pictures in those cardboard containers that you also used for magazines, do people even still use those?
Every, now and then I go through them and think, oh, I remember this, or more often, oh dear, I know why I don't like photos of myself.
For this challenge I went through some old folders on my computer and the feeling was (almost) the same. I can't say if the others felt the same way, but here's my selection for you now.



1 My Bijou Life
2 and 6 Jewelry Art by Dawn
3 and 5 Cat's Wire
4 and 7 RioRita

7/06/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Feathers

Every year when summer vacation is approaching there are children on my train holding long peacock feathers. They are on the way home from a field trip one of whose stations is the Wilhelma, the only Botanical/Zoological Garden in Germany, situated in a part of Stuttgart (I used to live in that part for a while and have taken the train from there probably 1000s of times).
The peacock feathers are sold there when they fall out, they are of course not plucked out. "Feathers of angels, but the voice of the devil – this is the common denominator to which a well-known ornithologist brought the peacock at the beginning of the last century.", it says on the Wilhelma's website. That's very true, peacocks can be incredibly loud, but their feathers are gorgeous.
Summer vacation starts end of July in my area and there will be no field trips this year thanks to Corona, I assume. Even so I wouldn't see the children with their feathers because I'm still in home office myself.

Instead I took one of my own "field trips" to Zibbet and came back with a bunch of feathers for you to look at.

Black and purple gothic fairy wings by Bella Boutique Invitations and Stationery

Winter Beauty digital collage greeting card by Cards by Colette

Peacock feather earrings by Dancing Rainbows

Antique cabinet photo Victorian girls with feather hat at Sandy Creek Collectables

Feathered greeting art card by AJ's Designs

Blue/green feather print skirt by The Hughes Girls

7/02/2020

Oldies but Goodies - Dotty

This week the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge is all about dots - and now I have to get this earworm out of my head ...



Why are polka dots even called that? I found a post at The Old Timey that explains it and why dots were not always considered a fun pattern (think pox etc.). Here in Germany we usually just call them "dot pattern", by the way.
Polka dots are "a pattern consisting of an array of large filled circles of the same size", says Wikipedia.

So in my selection today I don't have Polka dots for you, but simply "dots" of a different kind - pearls, crystals, stone, and more!



1 and 4 Jewelry Art by Dawn
2 and 7 The Crafty Chimp
3 and 6 RioRita
5 and 9 Cat's Wire
8 My Bijou Life