Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teal or Turquoise

I was very excited to see this week’s prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color teal or turquoise!  Teal and turquoise are two of my favorite colors, and my bead stash has an – alarming, shall we say? – number of beads in those shades.  I had great fun picking out some beads for a pair of turquoise earrings!



I can’t decide what theme these earrings best fit – they’d be perfect for a little kid who admires Elsa the Snow Queen or Ariel the Little Mermaid, but they’re elegant enough that I’d wear them myself!  For more information, take a look at them in the shop here.

Close Up: Caterpillar-Inspired Earrings (Yes, Really!)

I found this little guy* on the side of the house today – he was the perfect subject for a close-up shot!


I just adore the little tufts of bristles on his back.  Looking at him got me thinking about tassels, and I ended up making a pair of caterpillar-inspired earrings:



The earrings are available in the Etsy shop here – head on over and take a look!

*After a bit of research online I’ve decided that he was probably a Tussock Moth Caterpillar.  They’re quite fascinating to look at, but don’t touch them – their hairs can sting you!

[In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge, Close Up.]

Half and Half – Black and Red Beaded Hoop Earrings

As I suspect many of us were, I was tempted to post an image of the dairy product as a response to this week’s Daily Post photo challenge.  And since the temptation never truly went away, I’ll go ahead and get that out of my system:

(The image is not my own, it's taken from walmart.com.  I didn't actually have any half and half in the fridge.)
(The image is not my own, it’s taken from walmart.com. I didn’t actually have any half and half in the fridge – go figure!)

However, thoughts of half and half (this time, the design concept, rather than the dairy product) also inspired these stylish earrings, which are perhaps a more exciting result:

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They’re also available in the shop here – head on over and take a look!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Lime or Light Green

The color green always reminds me of nature, so I took my camera outside to capture some of the local flora:

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I also had some lovely wire-wrapped beads in my stash, which I used to make a pair of green earrings (available in the shop here):

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[In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lime or Light Green]

The Symbolism of a Turtle

Due to their legendary slowness* and long lifespan, turtles symbolize longevity and stability; in addition, they are often thought of as patient and wise.  The creation myths of several cultures feature turtles.  And of course, most everyone has heard Aesop’s fable of The Tortoise and the Hare, in which race the persistent tortoise beat the arrogant hare, leaving us with the motto of “slow and steady wins the race.”

So what could be better than a pair of earrings honoring these august creatures?  Wear them on a hectic morning, and let the turtles bring calm to your busy day!




These lovely earrings feature silver-plated turtle charms, and are available in the shop here.

*Green sea turtles, however, can apparently swim at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour (32 kilometers per hour) – not so very slow after all!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”]

New Memory Wire Bracelets Available!

There are two new memory wire bracelets available in the Etsy shop!  Both are cheerful and colorful – perfect for summer.

The first is an elegant pink bracelet with amber- and silver-tone accent beads:

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The second, a fun yellow bracelet with aqua accent beads and a matching aqua feather charm:

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Head on over to the shop and take a look!

New Earrings in the Etsy Shop!

There’s a new pair of earrings up in the Etsy shop – black beaded hoop earrings, featuring accent beads made of dyed shell.  Aren’t they lovely?



They’re available in the shop here, so head on over and take a look!

A Door in Dublin, and a Bird in a (Door?) Frame

The legend says that one night, a resident of Dublin had a bit too much to drink; coming home, the similarity of the terrace houses caused him to stumble into the wrong one.  The following morning, all the women of Dublin went and painted their doors different colors, to prevent the incident from happening again.

Whatever the true reason may be, the doors of Dublin are indeed colorful!  Here’s one of my favorite pictures from a recent visit:

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This photo reminded me of a set of metal pendant frames I had in my jewelry stash:


(Aren’t those little birds adorable?)

The frames, in turn, inspired this pendant:



The pendant is available in the shop here; head on over and take a look!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”]

Blue, Green, and Silver: Seahorse Earrings

The Daily Post’s photo challenge this week asks participants to share their muse – a subject you repeatedly draw inspiration from.  For me, a huge source of inspiration is looking at beads and playing with combinations until something catches my eye. And I’ve noticed that I tend to return to the same colors over and over: blues and greens, often combined with silver.  To give you an example, I thought I’d share the inspiration process behind the latest listing in the Etsy shop: a beautiful pair of blue and green earrings with silver-plated seahorse charms.

Aren’t these little silver charms adorable?  I found them a few days ago, and fell in love:


I decided to use them to make a pair of earrings, so I brought out some of my favorite blue and green beads to see which would best complement the charms:


I picked out a pair of iridescent crystal teardrop beads that I think are simply stunning when paired with the silver charms, and then added a few other beads in shades of green and blue to finish the look:


(The hedgepig loves to model jewelry once it’s finished.)


I think the finished earrings are quite lovely! What do you think?


Head on over to the shop and take a look!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”]