I love late summer.

Lately I’ve been inspired to take nature pics. I’ve mostly been taking pictures of my Mom’s garden. I’ve been really noticing the bumble bees out lately. I love bumble bees. I think of them as the bear of bees. I use my boyfriend’s old Kodak Easy Share camera, the same I’ve been using for a few years now to take pics of my jewelry. It’s not the latest or the best, but I’m impressed with the quality I get from it. I mostly depend on natural lighting when I use it. Below are some pics of my Mom’s flowers and a grumpy bee that let me snap a few of him before he protested and hovered off.

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Bird on stone

Bird on stone

I had this stone in a stash of other stones for a few years now. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. It’s not semi-precious, so, at first glance it didn’t have a lot going for it. No sparkle, no shine. I decided to do some wire work but wanted to embellish it to give it a little more life. I saw a tip  in one of my magazines about using Staz-on ink to jazz up stones. The ink is permanent and won’t come off, even with soap and water. So, I got myself some black Staz-on ink and stamped a bird image on the stone. This made all the difference without adding too much flare. It kind of has a Zen appeal to it. The final result is shown below!

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This year’s presents for sis.

My sister got some new earrings and other stuff to play with this weekend for her birthday.

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Resin with crystal rhinestones.

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Handmade paper focals sealed and layered with resin, sterling silver, coral, apetite, and fire polished beads.

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Copper bird’s nest with paper bead eggs, wire wrapped with several tiny gemstones, hangs on silk ribbon.

I haven’t had much time to play (make stuff), and I’ve grown weary of Etsy. I think I currently have six items listed on my Etsy shop. I’m looking into other options. It was a bust for craft fairs this summer. I didn’t have the time or the energy to put my all into selling. It was a bummer, but like I told my mom, “You’ll have to drop a piano on my head to keep me from making jewelry.” Wish I had more exciting stuff to blog about, but I don’t.

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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