Lady Bug Bracelet for a Special Girl

I took a road trip out to Boulder to visit the Celestial Seasonings plant a few weeks ago. Boy was I in heaven. Not only did they offer a free educational tour about the process of gathering leaves and herbs for their tea, they gave samples of delicious iced tea. Unfortunately, their café was closed, but they had a sitting area in the front where they showcased the work of all the artists who’ve contributed to their delightful packaging over the years. I loved it! I got to see for myself the original of the Siamese cat wearing a kimono sipping tea. The process of how they started as a small entity and grew into the business they are today was and inspiration to my little, itty bitty entrepreneurial self.

I never thought I would be one of those crafters that toted a project around with them while traveling. Considering how uninspired I’ve been lately to sit and work at my current workspace, I thought it might be good for me to take a project and work in a different environment.

It was, and I had a pressing and important project I wanted to complete. This was a bracelet for a second cousin of mine who is three years old. She’s a cutie and apparently is fond of lady bugs. In my mind I imagined her in a strawberry patch with an adorable red dress on with a lady bug print, holding a basket, and wearing a matching bonnet. I know. It’s an exaggerated stretch of the imagination, but I tried to imagine a bracelet that would compliment that sort of outfit.

I was honored to present this little bracelet for my little cousin. Below are the pictures (click on them to get a larger view). My cousin is looking forward to a new son soon!

 
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Pink and Brown Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet

I really enjoy this chain maille site. This guy’s work is different form others I’ve seen.

Chain of Beauty

This is a very sweet 2-way byzantine bracelet. At one view, it is pink with brown highlights (see above). At another view, it is brown with pink highlights (see below)!

I love the look of the byzantine chainmaille pattern. It looks complex with rings folding back over other rings. Although I sometimes make more complex chainmaille jewelry starting with this pattern, here, I just wanted a simple chain with a great color combination. That’s the fun of chainmaille jewelry: you can do so many things with it.

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Beaded, freshwater pearl necklace with a drop focal bead.

A few weeks ago I added a post about the beads that people find and give to me, Beads I get from others. My intention was to do follow up posts showcasing how I’ve used these little gifts to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.

Below are some pictures of a beaded necklace I’ve managed to complete.

 

My brother bestowed the focal bead to me; a really cool, multi-colored, pressed glass bead. It even has some sparkle in it. I stowed it away for weeks not sure what I wanted to do with it. The bead is a large drop bead, so I knew it had to be a focal piece.

I thought about what colors I should use to help it stand out. Did I want to use light greens to add attention to the darker greens in the bead? No, too much green. Did I want to go avant garde with some vibrant oranges and dark blues? No, the bead also has some rose-colored hues in it, which would pair well with orange, but with the greens and blues might be a little like a drunken clown at your local town fair. Nothing against clowns, folks; just a little scary when they’re drunk is all I’m saying.  Continue reading