October 27, 2013

October Fest Reveal!

I Love Autumn - it is my favorite season.  So, when the lovely Rita of Toltec Jewels decided to hold a second annual October Fest, I had to get on board.  I wanted to show some pretty Autumn photos that I had taken, but my photos are not the best quality.  So - I picked out some free online photos that best describe how Autumn "feels" to me. 

The last photo was my inspiration for my jewelry.  The picture most closely resembles Autumn in Michigan (my neck of the woods).   I made a necklace, bracelet and earrings set using the blue color of an Autumn sky on a sunny day, and the gold color of vibrant leaves.   







This photo was my jewelry inspiration:
Autumn in Michigan


 Here is my Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings Set:


Please check out all the wonderful Autumn offerings from all the participants:


                   
Andrea Glick-Zenith       http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hosford Patterson     http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer      http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Elsie Deliz Fonseca   http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Janice Hidey (Janimar)  http://drawingthelinesomewhere.com/
Candida Castleberry   www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache    http://www.allprettythings.ca
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)  http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti   www.tjewellicious.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge  http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/ (You are Here)
Toltec Jewels (Rita, your hostess)  www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

                    

October 25, 2013

Echo Creative Club October Reveal!

I am so excited to be participating in the Echo Creative Club for 2013!


A big thank you to Jeannie Dukic for this opportunity. She sent me the most lovely selection of beads to work with. The bead that I am using for my October entry is this lovely green gin blossom:



I really had fun creating this necklace! It pairs Jeannie's beautiful gin blossom with off white glass pearls, heart shaped unakite, mossy green Czech glass and brass components.  The brass component just under the gin blossom is a bendable filigree piece that I folded in half.  I threaded a headpin through the top and created a simple loop to attach the piece to the gin blossom like a pendant.

I wish my picture taking ability was better where necklaces are concerned.  I just can't seem to get them to look as good in the photo as in person.

I can't wait to see what lovely creations the other participants have made! Please take a look, and also stop by Jeannie's store Jewelry by Jeannie and check out her awesome selection of beads and jewelry.
  

October 17, 2013

Pine Ridge Treasures Destash Event - Don't Miss Out!



DO YOU LOVE BEAD DESTASH?

I have created my own Facebook destash event page for my future destash events. The next event will be in early November 2013. Please join the group if you are interested in participating in future events. Don't miss your opportunity to purchase these high quality beads and jewelry supply items! Here is the group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1374259236148886/


October 8, 2013

IT"S A GIVEAWAY!!

THE GIVEAWAY WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED - Check the signup thread on the Pine Ridge Treasures Facebook page!


(Looking for the I Love Clay Blog Hop signup post?  Click Here:  I Love Clay Blog Hop Signup)

THANK YOU GIVEAWAY!

Who Can Enter?  Everyone!  Former and current blog hop participants get extra entries (see rules below).

I am so appreciative of the awesome artists that participate in my blog hops. I get so much inspiration from your creations! I'd like to do a little "thank you" giveaway! What am I giving away? A super nifty bead kit from my bead stash, of course! 

RULES: The giveaway is open to everyone - with extra entries for my blog hop ladies. If you have NOT participated in my blog hops (yet)  , leave ONE comment on my Facebook page post letting me know an idea for a future hop. This is your entry. If you HAVE participated in my blog hops before, leave me ONE comment on my Facebook page post telling me how many hops you have participated in, (and either an idea for a future blog hop, or list your favorite hop so far). For example, if you have been in three hops, you get three entries: one for each hop you participated in.


ENTER HERE to go to my Pine Ridge Treasures Facebook page.  Leave your comment on the giveaway post that is pinned to the top of the page.

DRAWING: Entries close at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, October 11th, 2013. I will draw one winner on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 in the afternoon. The name of the winner will be posted on this post. The winner is responsible for contacting me with information on how to reach them. If I am not contacted in 24 hours from the announcement, I will pick another winner.


DISCLAIMER: This contest is in no way associated with Facebook, and is being offered by Pine Ridge Treasures. The giveaway is open to entries worldwide.




October 5, 2013

I Love Clay Blog Hop - Signups

I love clay!  How about you?  It's my newest jewelry obsession! Let's share our love for clay by creating beautiful jewelry.  Join the I Love Clay Blog Hop (December 7th, 2013). 

Size of the hop: Only 20 people - a perfect "holiday break" during the busy month of December.  

Two kits are available - $9 and $12 (includes US shipping).   UPDATE: $12 kits are SOLD OUT.  $9.00 kits are still available.  Kits will have an emphasis on clay pendants/connectors. The $9 kit will be one clay pendant or connector (and may have a few coordinating glass beads).  International shipping available for the actual first class rate/cost.

What color are the kits? All different colors.  I tend to like earthy/organic colors, so many kits will fall into that category.  Kits will be assigned randomly.

To sign up - leave your name and blog address on the post below. Make sure I have a way to contact you so that I can obtain your email for invoicing. Join the fun!




October 2, 2013

October Echo Creative Club Component Reveal

 Please click here for the Autumn Design Challenge Reveal: Autumn Design Challenge

I am so excited to be participating in the Echo Creative Club for 2013!


A big thank you to Jeannie Dukic for this opportunity. She sent me the most lovely selection of beads and components to work with. The component that I am using for my October entry is a lovely green gin blossom - it is gorgeous!


I just hope that I can do it justice! Be sure to stop back on October 25th for the reveal. There will be other artists participating, and I can't wait to see what lovely creations they make! While you wait, why not stop by Jeannie's store: Jewelry by Jeannie and check out her awesome selection of beads and jewelry.

Autumn Design Challenge Reveal

Reveal Day is Here!


I was excited to be one of the lucky ladies chosen to participate in the Autumn Design Challenge hosted by Caroline of Blueberri Beads and Lesley of THEA Elements. Thank you Lesley and Caroline for your generosity in hosting this challenge! These are the awesome beads that I received:
The bronze focals are from Lesley and the pretty ceramic beads are from Caroline.

So far I have used all the beads except Lesley's beautiful heart.  (Still working on a design)! 

I created the asymmetrical necklace below using Caroline's pretty purple bird and caramel toned beads. I added tiger eye nuggets, purple fossil beads, and green adventurine rounds.Lesley's lovely leaf served as a great Autumn focal pendant.

I love the earthiness of this necklace

A simple, classic pair of matching earrings

I wanted to use Caroline's heart charm in a bracelet, and pondered a long time on what colors to pair it with.  I have always liked the look of blue with brown, so I used started with some pretty sky blue large lucite ovals.  I then added crystal, Czech glass, brass bead caps and tiger eye pillows.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Think I may keep this one for me!

My new "go to" bracelet





I can't wait to see what all the participants have created! Here is the link list: