5:38 am and already 72 degrees!! Oh Snap!


A title has been chosen. Thank you for all the lovely title suggestions! It was a tough choice but I have picked

"Afternoon in the Meadow" kindly suggested by MamacitaBeadworks!
Thank you D'Arsie! Email me so we can make arrangements for your free earrings!

Okay, so as you well know, it's been pretty darn hot the last few days. I mean down-right Hot, the I can't move so I'll just lay here HOT, the I can't even think about beading because the studio is in the 2nd floor oven HOT, the get out of the shower and immediately sweat kind of hot.
Well, I braved the heat.

[Back Story: I reviewed a book a while back called Semi Precious Salvage. You can read my write up here. I fell in love with this book instantly. Then I started looking into Stephanie Lee's background, found her website, blog, and etsy shop and have been drooling over her jewelry ever since. I fell most in love with the necklace on the cover of her book. So I planned out my own Stephanie Lee inspired necklace, with the kind help of Lynn Davis (pendant) and Jennifer Stumpf.]

I was so excited when I got home from work and I had goodies in my mailbox from Jennifer Stumpf. I was able to get some supplies PLUS a little french script etched charm and clasp from Jennifer. This is not like my other work, but I really enjoyed working with this type of medium. The silver chain has been oxidized to the most beautiful color and the etched charm and clasp have this "old" but "new" feeling to it that I can't get enough of in jewelry designs.

And when I ordered this pendant from Lynn week ago, I knew it was meant for greatness. It has this rustic, worn, "old" but "new" feel to it and I knew I could never pair it with shiny silver, seed beads, or gemstones. Aged silver chain, skeleton key, etched charm, and clasp all pull it together well. And I got so lucky!! See the little faceted red beads and the little silver bead? Those were a free gift in a bead order that I placed and received yesterday from NoniesPlace!

The second necklace was also created with the leftover chain from Jennifer. You have no idea how long I've been hoarding that dragonfly pebble from Green Girl Studios! The lampwork bead on the left is from my friend Cindy Hoo. The porcelain flower came from an awesome sale at Tashamck. And the small pewter charm came from Mamacita Beadworks!

Now is the hard part! Naming these beauties! Although I won't be listing the red necklace, the dragonfly will need a proper name. Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions!

What's in it for you??

At the end of the day, I'll pick one of the names suggested, and that person will receive a pair of earrings from moi. I know, two giveaways in one week?? Why you ask? BECAUSE I LOVE YOU BLOG READERS!