Friday, July 30, 2010

It's a Wrap!

My friend sent me a couple of hematite stones awhile ago
and asked if I could make some rings for her.
She knew I'd done some simple wire wrapped rings
and she likes to gives me challenges, which I appreciate. ;-)
She also didn't give me a deadline, which was good,
because it took me awhile just to finish this first one.

However, I'm actually quite proud of the finished product.
And my friend loves it from the photos she's seen,
so as long as it also fits her when it arrives
and wears well, it will be an absolute win!

Here are some of my progress photos.
All of the wrapping came together by accident.
It's all done with sterling silver wire, 22g.
And it's all done in three parts, as you will see.

The top of the wrapped stone.
(This was about the 20th attempt. And the waves were
because I had to make it hug the stone a bit closer.)

The original base added yesterday. Measured a size 10,
which I thought was the right size, but turned out to be much too big.

So I coiled the wire around the ring base and as well as making it a smaller size -
now an 8.5. An added bonus was that it also strengthened the ring
and is a better counterpoint for the rather heavy stone.

Margaret's Ring

Let me know what you think?
Should I continue with my wire wrapping experiments? ;-)

Thank you to
my friend Jodi of Jewels-by-Jules
my friend Danielle of Don't Eat Beads
inspiring and encouraging my wire wrapping!

Happy Creating!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Maylani Monday - Cute!

My niece Stephanie sent me some new pics of her in cute outfits!
I chose this one to re-introduce Maylani Mondays on my blog.

She's wearing a vintage Esprit dress bought at the thrift store, skinny belt, and
$2.00 Soda plaid pointy toe flats.
I know the flats cost $2.00 because I bought them here in Tucson at Factory-2-U (now closed, boo!) and sent them to Stephanie because they were too big for me - size 5.5 and I normally wear a 5.

She looks so comfy and cute, and yet professional at the same time.
She just needs a cute little cardigan to make this an awesome work place outfit.

Doesn't she look adorable?

Happy creating!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Leave an impression...

I bought some beginner metal stamping supplies last week with the idea
to add some initial drops to a few designs I'm working on.

My friend Beth of besu
(, her shop of awesomely cute handmade bags, buttons and rings)
requested an initial necklace
and the above design was what I came up with
for her and is now a design I'm offering in my shop.
(Personalized for the buyer of course.)

Let me know what you think?

Happy Creating!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pink and Green...

This lovely Etsy treasury was created - for me - by my friend Vicki!

Isn't it lovely?

I always wish I had more time to spend with my friends, like Vicki and Alex,
who came to visit with me yesterday and are always
encouraging, honest, helpful, and just plain fun to be around!

Thanks again for reminding me of the joys of pink and green!
You are a treasure. :-)

Vicki makes colorful and amazing recycled jewelry as wearable art!
Visit her newly redesigned website here:

Alex is the Alex Keller of jewelry recycled by alexkeller!
Remember the Elf Queen necklace I featured on my blog. Yes, she is the designer!

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Shimmer and Shine...and enter a Giveaway!

Team Imagination is having a giveaway!!

Visit the Team Imagination/House of Imagination blog to see all the awesome and easy ways you can enter!!

Here is what the winner gets:
Pure Vegan Mineral Eyeshadow

Gonna Get Ya Cheetah Edition, full set as shown!

Happy Creating!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Red, White, & Blue...

new earrings in my shop...

if you are a fan of Smallville, these were inspired by the pair Chloe
was wearing when she attended senior prom. ;-)

Happy 4th of July holiday to us in the U.S.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Happy Creating!