Tag Archives: ribbon

Tuesday, June 21st

21 Jun

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A pink silk ribbon holds a pendant made of resin in one of our bezels. Bit of Italian wrapping paper in the bezel, plus a key and a crystal.

Sorry the photo isn’t very complete. I took this one myself.

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Thursday, June 9th

9 Jun

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I made this necklace years ago when my oldest daughter was just about two-and-a-half. I took my first trip away from her, an over-nighter to NYC for a quick trade-show visit. I knew she’d be fine. I missed her terribly, but I also really enjoyed a take-out dinner in my hotel room and a long evening of being all alone. Of course, I always travel with beads. This is the necklace I created. The reproduction typewriter key beads say ‘nearby’ and you can probably imagine who I was thinking about.

Tuesday, May 3rd

3 May

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This necklace was published in Handcrafted Jewelry last year. It is made of Japanese rayon kimono cording, felt balls, glass beads and a bit of really strong string. I stitched it up in just a few minutes without any false starts or redos, which is rare for a complicated “I can see it in my head but why isn’t it working?” design like this. Oh, the brassy flower is made of two flattened and stacked bead caps. Pretty cool, eh?

Sunday, April 24th

24 Apr

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Today was Easter Sunday.

I think this is my favorite holiday.  Reasons?

1. The store is closed. No work at all, and no feeling guilty for not working.

2. There are minimal family and social requirements as far as decorating (none), cooking and wardrobe.

3.There are no gifts to buy and in our family the basket-hunting is all about the clues.

4.I can reasonably count on having an entire day outside.

This year did not disappoint. There were clues for the baskets, bike rides, egg-coloring and egg hunts, lots of time in the garden and a very nice, very low-key yummy dinner on the porch. I would have taken my picture wearing this necklace but my garden time included a full clean out of the chicken coop and the results weren’t pretty. I had to shower before I could clean up for dinner. My clothes will be washed twice.

I wore this nice little fish pendant on a bit of ombre ribbon. It has a fold-over closure in the back and a spring ring clasp and chain extender. The fish pendant was created by Susan Reynolds and I loved it immediately. After I wore it all day I removed the pendant from the ribbon and washed the ribbon out gently. It’s drying now on my work table.

Wednesday, April 6th

6 Apr

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So here I am, popping my collar with this sweet and simple C’est La Vie necklace. The center piece is an enameled plaque made for scrap booking that I suspended from some silk dupioni ribbon. There are knots holding the plaque in place and I slipped large copper beads from Ghana over the knots. There is a clasp in the back. This necklace looked promising on my work table but I rarely wear it. The plaque can flip over pretty easily and the ribbon is a tad too long. I know, I could just re-do the whole thing.

Do you ever have that happen? You make a piece and it just doesn’t work so you think that…someday…you’ll get around to redoing it. That is hard work, isn’t it. The first flush of excitement with that new bead or pendant is gone and the next idea might be better. At least, you hope it will be better. I am realizing with this blog that I rarely redo an item if it does not work out.

Hmm…

Tuesday, March 29th

29 Mar

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This necklace is big.

I made it for a magazine that requested ‘big, statement necklace projects’ last year. Dramatic necklaces are all over fashion magazines and celebrity necks and the craft mags want to be able to say they are on trend. Sadly, this crazy-big Drama Mama was too much for the editors. The requested a simpler version, with central elements no bigger than 1×2 inches. Huh? That is not dramatic!

So, I think I’ve only worn this once before today. I thought it would be difficult to wear but its not. It is lightweight and comfortable (note the woven belt-strapping neck band!) and actually easy to wear.

This necklace is also popular; I was stopped by at least 5 people today asking about this necklace. That never happens. Must be the drama.

Tuesday, March 29th

29 Mar

20110329-100405.jpg

20110329-100443.jpg

20110329-100455.jpg
This necklace is big.

I made it for a magazine that requested ‘big, statement necklace projects’ last year. Dramatic necklaces are all over fashion magazines and celebrity necks and the craft mags want to be able to say they are on trend. Sadly, this crazy-big Drama Mama was too much for the editors. The requested a simpler version, with central elements no bigger than 1×2 inches. Huh? That is not dramatic!

So, I think I’ve only worn this once before today. I thought it would be difficult to wear but its not. It is lightweight and comfortable (note the woven belt-strapping neck band!) and actually easy to wear.

This necklace is also popular; I was stopped by at least 5 people today asking about this necklace. That never happens. Must be the drama.