Monday, August 29, 2011

Rubberband Girl....Not So Much

"See those trees bend in the wind
I feel they've got a lot more sense than me
You see I try to resist
A rubberband bouncing back to life
A rubberband bend the beat
If I could learn to give like a rubberband
I'd be back on my feet"
 ~Kate Bush

Ugh.  My camera broke.  My beloved Nikon Coolpix S550 point-and-shoot that took the best jewelry pictures and captured the important moments in my favorite little people's lives.  I could zoom that thing onto my boys and know I would still get a great picture, even in mid-movement.  I knew exactly what to set the exposure to on sunny days and rainy days and when I took pictures in the back of the house in the morning where the sun doesn't shine or in the front of the house in the morning when the day is overcast.  I knew the colors would be authentic to the original subject.  That baby was predictable.  I loved that camera the way my husband loves his iphone, sleeps with it on his nightstand and secretly spoons it. 

Now it's broken beyond repair, so I had to buy another.  I don't do well with change unless it's initiated by me, so I am always hesitant when I'm forced to go with an unexpected alternative.  I ended up with another Nikon Coolpix, a S3100 this time, and the jury's still out. 

Here's some samples of the pictures from the new camera.  Also note that the bracelets feature vintage metal tassels, metal rhinestones, and solid brass beads.  LOVE THESE.  Tassels are super huge this Fall and they are EVERYWHERE:  purses, shoes, clothes, and now bracelets.  They are so comfortable and the tassels add interesting movement but are small enough (1 1/2") that they don't get in the way.

And here are a pair of new earrings just listed:

Let me know what you think!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ball and Chain

School for my family officially starts tomorrow marking another Summer of fun under our belts. I was still able to make some jewelry in between swim lessons, playdates, family reunions, and slip 'n slide adventures.  Let's see what I was up to:

 Crystal glass with black ribbons and onyx chips

For you chocolate lovers out there:  tigers eye

 Red jade and coral chips

Crystal czech glass

Turquoise-dyed howlite

Have you noticed hematite is everywhere? 

One of my favorites:  labradorite

Carved bone, pyrite, and mother of pearl

Grass green jade

Purple czech glass 

And this is just the bracelets!  Each of the them includes solid brass vintage beads and hand-aged rhinestones. I always sell out of these when I show them.  I love these bracelets because the lockets weigh the bracelets down so that the pretty beading stays on the top of your wrist.  How many times have you worn a beautiful bracelet only to have it twist around so that only the clasp shows?  Problem solved.

They're listed in the Etsy Shop now, so head over and pick up your favorite before they're gone!