Tuesday, September 30, 2008

COLLAGE OF MY JEWELRY


Anna Lee Husband, owner of eSMArts Team on Etsy, did a consultation with me about my jewelry that is featured on my etsy site. I felt very honored because Anne Lee goes to great lengths to share with other artisians in the group ways of promoting and advertising their work. As a group, we promote each other. You can find Anna Lee's gorgeous work at http://www.gahooletreesupplies.etsy.com/ and http://www.sassydlite.etsy.com/.

Have a look at the article and fantastic collage of pictures Anna Lee did at http://esmarts.blogspot.com/ It's called BlueBonnet Jewelry Design by Yvonne.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

LOVE SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS




Swarovski crystals are in so much of my jewelry. I just can't get enough of them. This lariat made with teal and soft blue crystals is another example of how something so simple comes to life with all its sparkling crystals and bronze seed beads. This is one of my favorites, and I'll be doing more with those wonderful crystals in the future. You can find my lariat at my etsy shop http://www.bluebonnetjewelry.etsy.com/

While living in Europe, my husband and I got the chance to go to Austria and see Swarovski crystals and all that they made. They had such a variety of pieces, such as animals, jewelry that took your breath away, figurines, vases, the famous Swan, the largest crystal and much more. It was truly a memorable experience.

Monday, September 15, 2008

FEATURED ON ETSY TREASURY


My black cube bracelet is featured in the Etsy Treasury of Black, White and Red All Over done by Debbie of unicorngem1994.etsy.com Lots of talent by the eSMArts Team is featured in this Treasury and everyone did a great job.

Monday, September 8, 2008

COLLECTIONS


I’m a collector. Of what, you say? Of several things. I love angels so I collect different statues of them plus a metal angel is in each car just for extra protection. Besides I need all the help I can get from up there. Another collection is my Santas. I have wooden ones, resin ones, metal ones, crazy looking ones, ceramic ones, and Texas ones. They only come out at Christmas so I just have a little time to enjoy them. Horses (not the real ones) and birdhouses are some more collections. They go into decorating my home. Then there are the baskets – mostly ones I’ve made. They can be very elaborate or simply something plain like picking strands of different materials Mother Nature leaves behind and weaving them into something unusual. I’ve even made necklaces of them using bark.

I think everyone has some kind of collection. My husband collects and plays guitars. His other obsession is golf. When we were living in Germany, we did a lot of traveling to different countries. Travel means collecting, right? While visiting Poland, we came upon this flea market. The men would carve from one piece of wood, life-like replicas of different professions. For $8 each I bought a baker and a musician. If I would have stayed there much longer, I would have had a larger collection.

I usually don’t get obsessed with my collections. I’m careful not to buy too many so that we have some place to live in our house. But one collection I do obsess about, and I can never have too many of, is beads. I like them all. There are seed beads that are made in Japan and the Czech Republic from size 2 (large) to size 22 (tiny). Charlottes, which are tiny beads that are cut in such a way, they sparkle when turned. There are Delicas or Tohos made in Japan that are cut so precisely that they fit perfectly together. More beads that bring sparkle and shine to my jewelry are drops, pearls, crystals, shells, triangular beads, cubes, gemstones, cabochons, lampwork beads, dichroic pendants and on and on. The colors, sizes, and shapes help create that one special bracelet or unique necklace. I started with a tube of beads and now have a roomful.

So you never know where your collection might lead you. Maybe after buying paintings, you will now start painting them yourself. You’re not finding the right marbles for your collection, so you start making your own but find glass blowing in the process. You might collect pieces of interesting wood, but now you are thinking of making toys or faces out of them. It’s funny how collections can turn into something else. But be careful, they all are addictive. I’m giving you fair warning.