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Quick Update!

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Here is one of my latest necklaces. I used a large carnelian and the red tassel. This pretty is listed in my Etsy shop. (photo: Cherie Klinger)

I have been busy lately with doctor appointments, physical therapy, cognitive therapy, etc.  But I have an exciting interview post that I will be writing this week.  It is with a very talented young couple in Los Angeles and I am excited to share their talents with you.

Thank you for your understanding as this has been difficult time as I recover from my accident in December.  It takes alot to just photograph, edit and list my jewelry in the Etsy and StoreEnvy shops.  I also remain active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

But never one to stay down long, but I tire very quickly and have to be careful with the amount of time I am on my electronics/computers/cell/kindle due to my brain injury.

Looking forward to writing this next post for you, until then…

Much Peace and Creativity!

 

 

 


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Accessoire Blog’s Shop Find

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I am once again changing this part of my blog around a little.  Since I am finding it hard to keep up with all my projects, attend physical and cognitive therapy (due to an accident in December), and continue to design and make my own jewelry, I find I must scale my schedule back a little bit to give my brain and body rest.

Rest assured I am striving (key word) to have a post on a artisan/shop find each week.  Thus the new graphic which I made which changed to Accessoire Blog’s Handmade/Artist Shop Find.  As you may also know, I am doing a Local Find Post in which I will be highlighting artists/venues/photographers/handmade artisans/crafters right in my own local area.

Needless to say my plate is full, but not too full to bring you this week’s wonderful and exciting find thanks to the ever wonderful and inspiring IAMTHELAB Blog.  I am inspired by the way that Brett Torrey Haynes does everything on his blog, he is no doubt one of my heros in the area of advocating for handmade goodness.

I am part of the Blog Blitz at IAMTHELAB which allows bloggers to actually use information, photos and actual posts from the LAB’s blog to highlight any handmade goodness we have found while reading their blog.  Thank you a million times over.  I find such wonderful and inspirational artists while there on his blog.

This time around I have discovered the wonderful shop of Wind and Willow Home (http://www.windandwillowhome.com/).  Araya Jensen is the beauty and the brains behind these beautiful creations, which include hand-dipped bowls and a whole line of Dipped housewares. These designs are crafted by Araya in Minneapolis, MN where she lives with her family.

Here is Araya (or as her site says, Araya (like A-Ray-A Sunshine)!   

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

 

Araya has added a line of hand-inked soft goods.  To celebrate the launch of her new collection, Araya has started a new initiative (her new Indiegogo campaign) that she appropriately calls BOWL FULL.  This new initiative, Araya’s Wind & Willow Home “will donate a minimum of 1 meal per item sold to feed the hungry near and far, in addition to volunteering our time in pursuit of this cause”.  Her goal with the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $12,200 to help cover the cost of materials, development, production (including a new professional website design to integrate the giving aspect of the BOWL FULL project into her current website) and administrative support to bring the soft goods line to life.

As the IAMTHELAB’s article points out, most Indiegogo campaigns offer incentives and Wind and Willow Home will be giving some lucky someone the opportunity to have an exclusive color added to her fall collection in their name.

I pretty much loved this shop right away.  But then when I found out that Araya had the Indiegogo, Bowl Full, well you could say that it was head over heels from there on in.  Of course, if anyone knows me, you know that I have another blog in which I have talked about giving and supporting causes that give to others.  (DO*CARE*ACT Blog)

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

(photo courtesy of IAMTHELAB) Wind and Willow Home

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

Wind and Willow’s New Indegogo Project (photo courtesy of Wind and Willow Home and IAMTHELAB)

I just love that as I was looking through the handmade goodness at IAMTHELAB, not only did I find a beautiful example of something made by hand at Wind and Willow Home… but also by heart and soul as beautiful as Araya Jensen.

Please visit Wind and Willow Home to get the chance to delight over all her beautiful handmade home goods and then head over to her Indigogo initiative and hopefully help her in this worthy endeavor.

There is a wonderful Vimeo video Wind & Willow Home : Indegogo from Hello Sunshine Films on Vimeo.

Have a great week creating and I wish you much peace!

 


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Changing Designs, Finding Inspiration, Staying True!

My own design aesthetic feels like it is evolving, I have always loved leather and can remember when I was a teen buying hand tooled leather bracelets. I am always intrigued with new ways to design jewelry and the interesting materials used in design.

I am the type of person that thrives on redecorating, rearranging furniture, clothes, the color of my hair, nails, etc. (although I have slowed down on the hair color)… and my family can tell you about my obsession with lamps.  I know that just changing out the lamps in a room can make me feel that the room has a fresh feel.  I guess I get bored easily and need the change and that can show through in my designs.  I am never quite happy making the same thing over and over again, it feels too much like a production line.

One design that I do tend to make over and over is my Gingko Leaf earrings, although right now I do not have any in my Etsy store.  I have to get going on making some more.  They have always been a very popular design of mine.

Accessoire on Etsy (SOLD)

**Here is one of my Gingko Leaf designs.**

 

Recently, I began to reevaluate my designs and ask myself “what designs do I like, what jewelry do I want to wear right now, and would I wear my own designs?” and in response I began to change my designs to reflect the answers that I found to my questions.

Here are a few of my new designs:

TierraCast® Antiqued Copper-plated Focal Plate with Leather Cord, Embellished Leather and Copper Bracelet, Adjustable

TierraCast® antiqued copper-plated “pewter” focal piece laced with the light brown leather. I have affixed the wood beads to the leather to keep them in the position you see them here. and then placed copper coil end caps and a copper lobster clasp. I made the chain extender so that you can adjust the size of your bracelet.

I used this patina verdigris filigree piece and bent and lightly sanded the finish to attain a soft color with copper showing through the finish. I then accented with a beautiful brown leather cord and copper elements.

Modern Wood Circle Ring, Sterling Silver and Wood Ring,Wood Sterling Minimalist Ring

I love the color of this round wood bead, I then added the small upcycled silver oval and made the ring base with sterling silver German square wire.

Leather Cord Choker, Leather and Beaded Choker Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Silver Plate, Handcrafted Hook and Eye Closure

I love brown leather cord and added small wood, glass, and silver plate beads and tiny silver tubes with the silver plated long tube bead as the focal point with a small silver heart charm. I handcrafted the hook and eye clasp with sterling silver German square silver.

I am acting as my jewelry model!

I used this flat cable 16k gold necklace and added the adjustable chain that adjusts necklace from a 16 inch necklace to an 18 inch necklace. I then made the gold bar focal piece with gold metal cubes and black iridescent glass pieces.

My dainty flat sterling silver chain and handmade sterling silver circle and bronze wire pendant with metal heart charm.

I just keep moving forward with my designs, always amazed by the wonderful handmade artisans that I find and get to know.  I would love to hear how your designs have changed through the years and what new skills you may have added and used in your designs?

Much Peace and Creativity!

 


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A Wonderful Website – IAMTHELAB

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I would like to introduce you to a wonderful bit of eye candy known as IAMTHELAB run by this wonderful guy named Brett Torrey Haynes, and here is his handsome mug:

Founder of IAMTHELAB

You can follow IAMTHELAB and Brett at:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/THELABISOPEN?ref=hl

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/IAMTHELAB

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+BrettTorreyHaynesIAMTHELAB/posts

 Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/iamthelab/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/iamthelab

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9uCxq7cVdyrzOmQYBoJnQ

I stumbled across this website gem a while ago when I was on Pinterest.  I was so taken with the beauty of the photography and the handmade goodness that I found on this site, that I began to pin the beautiful work of the handmade artists I found on there.

Brett offers lots of services, of which I know I need to take advantage, because I am sure I could use them to put a pin in the derrière of my little shop!

IAMTHELAB‘s site introduces you  to something known as the “Handmade Trifecta” which consists of  a great shop, a vibrant blog and social media presence.  The best way to learn about it would visit here:

 http://www.iamthelab.com/category/handmade-trifecta-2/

IAMTHELAB also has the The Hot Handmade Shop! which is where you will find items that they have curated and collected together from “some of the best makers on the planet and we know you’ll find something to love here.”  They have six categories which are:  (1) Baubles, (2) Craftiness, (3) Inspire, (4) Maison, (5) Print&Ink, and (6) Threads.

Here is an example from each of the IAMTHELAB‘s Hot Handmade Shop categories:

Baubles

Craftiness

 

Maison

Print and Ink

Threads

**Please note no items were listed in the “Inspire” category.

As you can see, the quality of the handmade items is absolutely beautiful.  Each item will lead you back to the sites where you can find more of the individual artists’ works.

I can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed in this lovely site and its’ many artists.  Please remember to support handmade artists this season and beyond.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 


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My Favorite Color — Turquoise!

This is the definition according to Wikipedia…

Turquoise is the name of a bluish-green color, based on the gem of the same name. The word turquoise comes from the French for Turkish, as the gem was originally imported from Turkey.  The first recorded use of turquoise as a color name was in English in 1573.

Now with the history lesson behind us, my love of this color lead to me collecting turquoise jewelry in the Southwest style at early age.  I love the pairing of sterling silver and turquoise.  My choice is the more bluish turquoise as opposed to the green colored.

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When I make jewelry I find that I tend to use turquoise and blue/green colors in many of my designs.  Although, I like other colors and try to add various color combinations to my designs I seem to always come back to the blues.  

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Turquoise

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Accessoire on ArtFire

Here is one of my recent bracelet/earrings sets where I used magnesite stone beads in turquoise blue and accented them with silver twisted rings and Czech fire polish rondelle beads that have a touch of red .  The question could be asked “why use magnesite instead of real turquoise?”  Cost is one reason especially if you are just getting started in the jewelry making business.  Or in my case, getting back into the business and replenishing my lost bead/gemstone stock.  Of course, in the future I will be buying some turquoise and creating some pieces with it.  Using more expensive items such as sterling silver vs. silver plate and turquoise vs. magnesite will affect prices and the audience I am hoping to reach.  

My next learning experience in my jewelry making career is to start taking classes in silversmithing.  I want to create my own pieces from the “ground up” and watch as they bloom in my hands into the designs I have envisioned in my head.  I love rings and hope to be able to make some beautiful rings for customers.

silver bohemian cuff bracelets with turquoise gemstones

Finally, I simply thought I would write a  post with a lot of pretty photos for your viewing pleasure about the color that inspires me!  

Have fun creating and explore the world around you!

Cherie