Sunday, March 22, 2009

Three strands on bronze wire - strung with glass beads, seed beads and carnelian.

Another of my favourite bracelets. This is made of bronze, carnelian, and antiqued copper.

Wear carnelian to protect against negative emotions such as fear, sorrow, rage and envy.

This is an 18g sterling silver man's chain. Shines beautifully.

I love this bangle. It is nickel silver and bronze wrapped with lapis lazuli beads.

Lapis Lazuli - the gemstone of royalty and total awareness of self and spirit. Wear it to enhance vitality, mental clarity and creativity.

Bronze is one of my favourite metals. I made this initially using a two in two weave but added a third link to every second pair. Its a nice looking chain.

Lots of blue glass beads and sterling silver. Its a lariat necklace. Simple but pretty.

Another view of the lapis bangle.

Lapis is considered the stone of total awareness.

This is a cute little bracelet made from bronze and garnets.

Garnets are considered the "stone of commitment".

Lots of Silver. The chain and closure are silver plated. The dog tag is pure silver. I made it using precious metal clay. Add a dash of blue glass. And, there you have it -- shiny, feminine, unusual - necklace.

Fine silver wire wrapped blue lace agate necklace.

Blue Lace Agate is known as the "Connect With Your Angels Stone". It is used to help alleviate depression and bolster the emotions. Wear it to strengthen sight and aid in arthritic conditions.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Waiting for Spring Inspiration!

Here it is - almost Spring. Where I live, we have been, once again, lambasted with a wicked, cold, snowy winter. This is the third winter in a row where the lower mainland of B.C. has experienced such extreme weather. When I first moved here 19 years ago, I was surprised to see that the seasons didn't have 'typical' weather patterns. There was no predictability. There still isn't much predictability beyond the statement that it will be extreme.

I only babble on about this because, as I stated, we once again have been lambasted with snow and here it is mid-March almost.

I want to start making some light, airy, Spring kinda jewelry. It's not easy looking for inspiration. I take my puppy for walks, even in nasty weather, and the best we can see are some lovely crocuses sprouting around the neighbourhood. There are also some tulips peaking through the still almost frozen ground so that's heartening. I'd like to see piercing blue skies. They grey of the overcast makes nature look so dull and dreary. My own garden is sprouting a lot of chives! We planted them last Spring to help ward off the aphids. It really works and now I have sprouts about 6 inches tall already. I'm looking forward to playing in the dirt again! Perhaps some daydreaming about gardening will push the imagination and help me with my jewelry.

Enough babbling. Happy Spring! Enjoy the weather, if your's is sunny.