A Small Contribution

Yesterday I had the honor of attending a silent auction called The Silent Samaritan Luncheon where I donated a necklace and earring set. The silent auction was hosted by the Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque. This was a fundraising event to help women with limited resources receive access to counseling services. The event was sold out and had surpassed the number of attendants from last year’s fundraising events. There were a lot of small businesses in the Albuquerque area that donated their products, services, and time to the auction. Those proceeds will be turned over to cover the cost of counseling services for women who can’t afford it.

The set I donated received many compliments and five bids. It was a beaded piece with a glass teardrop detail and matching earrings.

I won a beautiful bouquet of flowers that served as the centerpiece at the table I sat at. The flowers were donated by the Flower Gallery in Albuquerque.

My beautiful flowers! Click to enlarge.

You can read more about the Samaritan Counseling Center here. Below is the jewelry set I donated.

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Harmony, Honey, and Happy

I just completed a bracelet in micro maille, a really fine chain maille. I hand cut all the rings from red brass wire. I love red brass. It is an alloy of copper, tin, and zinc, mostly containing copper – 85% I believe. The clasp was done in yellow brass. Yellow brass contains mostly zinc and some copper. Yellow brass is a lot stronger than red brass. The rings measure 2.5 mm, inner diameter.

I used red crytal rondelles and bamboo coral to compliment the red brass. The end result is a refined, delicate piece. I’m pretty happy with the resulting piece.

   

As an aside, I have been fortunate to have been featured in Etsy seller treasury lists two times now. A treasury list is when a fellow Etsy seller creates a gallery of items concentrated on a theme. I’ve been in Harmony by Unlimited Craftworks, and H Is For Honey by Melissa R. Below are the items that have been featured:

I get by with a little help . . .

My sweet, little bichon / poodle Polaris likes to accompany me outside for picture taking. Frankly, she accompanies me everywhere. The other day was particularly sweet when I was taking pictures of earrings. I saw her sitting quietly and contently and thought I’d snap a picture of her. All I got was the back of her head.

She’s usually pretty good at sitting for the camera. But on this afternoon she just wasn’t interested. Every time I called her name she’d turn to look at me and then as I moved the camera up and zoomed in she would turn her head. After about four tries, I got the hint! It was really peculiar, and hilarious. This little dog has attitude! Enjoy some new pictures of earrings I took.

Visit WhisperingIris.etsy.com to see more pictures of these earrings and others I’ve made.

Color Conscious or Fashion Weary

Summer multi-gemstone hoop earrings.

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Being somewhat an apprentice at handmade jewelry still, I hadn’t given much thought about researching fashion trends and colors and incorporating them into my jewelry. It would be somewhat pretentious to say that I am an avid fashion follower and can’t wait to get my hands on the latest trend, quite the contrary. I’m just a regular gal sharing my craft with the world. I sit in my lax cotton shorts I purchased at Target, t-shirt I got sometime somewhere, and baseball cap as I type this. But I like to dress up once in a while and accessorize, too.

It also doesn’t take a lot of “research” to know what the color trends in fashion are, right? We do it all the time when we want to add something new to our wardrobe. We have no choice. All clothing stores keep up with fashion trends so we don’t have to, no matter if it’s a high end store or not. What’s my point? Continue reading

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!