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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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What’s New with Accessoire Jewelry

It has been some time since I offered an update about my shop, life, creative endeavors.  So if you don’t mind… I think it is about time.

First, I have been slowly recovering from my accident on ice in December.  My back is still painful and I have a wonderful thing called the H-Wave that is helping with the pain.  I do not take any pain meds. so this is a great alternative.  I am in Physical Therapy and attend three times a week.  My brain seemed to take quite beating when I whacked it three times on the ice that day in December.  I now have Post Concussive Syndrome which has resulted in some pretty irritating brain injury symptoms.  I go to Cognitive Therapy twice weekly.

Just writing this blog post is hard at times, but it is good for my brain but if you notice more typos and not the best sentence structure, well at least I have an excuse now!!!!!

In my Etsy shop things have been slow to get underway, but I remember way back when I had my first shop on Etsy, that it took me over a year to really get going and gain repeat customers and find a rhythm to my sales.  I am patient and realize that there are so many talented and beautiful jewelry artists to pick from that even I would have a hard time choosing which ones to buy from, in fact I am always hearting pieces that I want to buy from other people.  Kinda like when you cook for yourself and sometimes you just don’t want to eat your own cooking.  Afterall, it is nice to go out to someone else’s house to eat or to a nice restaurant.  Plus, I love to support my fellow artists and dig wearing their jewelry.

My other pursuit is metalsmithing, I don’t have much to update on this matter.  Except I am collecting tools, books, etc.  I really want to attend classes, but my injuries have left me unable to follow that goal at this time.  I need to concentrate on getting better first!

I have been writing articles on ©Medium.com and have a Collection, Can I Just Get My Damn Story Read!  The collection has my articles, but also stories submitted to me for inclusion in my collection. View profile at Medium.com  Follow the link to read my articles and some of the great stories on ©Medium and in the Collections.

Here are my newest jewelry designs! I love all types of jewelry from modern, boho chic, hippie, gypsy, southwestern, plain and simple and sweet.

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Making my jewelry is my therapy because I just play some music and begin to design and make and before long I am lost in the piece and my thoughts.

It has been a cold winter and long recovery.  But the sun is shining, I pray I get better each day.  I love making my jewelry and seeking refuge there in my thoughts.

Creativity is my hiding place and the place I go to find myself again.

I wish you all much peace and creativity this week!

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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)

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(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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Shop Find of the Week

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I must have a slight obsession with England of late, because my next shop from hails from Great Britain.  As you may remember, my last shop was LeShopUK and is a British shop!!  

This week I have chosen a wonderful and whimsical shop, somethingtodo,  which is home is the wonderful and whimsical jewelry of Claire Lockwood.  Her jewelry is quirky, offbeat, original and certainly beautiful.  I love it!  I think her shop name is so quirky and original just like her jewelry and I guess that is one of the things that first drew me to her shop, then I read her shop introduction which plainly states, “something to do with your hands.”  Right there she had me and then I started to really study her pieces of jewelry, and the more I looked the more excited I became over her “masterpieces” of design.

She obviously has the “touch” and “eye” to put together pieces of jewelry that are interesting and not your average piece of jewelry that everyone else is wearing.  I like that about her designs.  She seems to have a boldness in her designs, a flair for the original, a fearlessness that I sometimes wish I had in my designs and so much appreciate.   Her style of design is so eclectic, drawing from a combination of different elements, textures, colours, styles.  I would wear any one of her pieces in a heartbeat!  In fact, her pieces are on my ever growing wish list of things!! 

According to her brief bio, she is a self-taught jewelry designer. She states that she makes her unique jewelry from “a wide array of materials, including handmade artisan beads and components, vintage pieces and found objects, semi-precious stones and gemstones, czech glass and other assorted lovelies.”  She also sells her handmade beads on Etsy.

But first I would like to show you a few of Claire’s beautiful creations…

This way - handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings

This way – handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Coaster - Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace

Coaster – Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Holding light - handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet

Holding light – handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

As you can see, Clair is a very talented young woman with a natural gift for putting together designs that just draw the eye.  I encourage you to visit her shop and view all her designs.  You are in for quite a treat of eye candy.

Claire also mentioned her bead shop on Etsy, she has somethingtodobeads, here are some sweet little birds that are listed in her bead shop.  She made them by hand with polymer clay and then painted them with acrylics.

Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead

Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead (photo via somethingtodobeads/Claire Lockwood)

 

Please be sure to stop in to Claire’s shops and heart the items you love and let her know you love her items.

Links:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodo

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodobeads

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Something-to-do-with-your-hands/146954858726274

On her Facebook you will find a lot of interesting designs and things, so please head over there to “like” her page and follow her designs!

As always, thank you for supporting handmade artisans!

Have a wonderful week of creating beauty.

 

 


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The New Things I’m Exploring!! Graphics and Bunnies

I am so excited  to show you a few things that I have been designing and it has nothing to do with jewelry.  I have always loved writing, but I have never really called myself a writer.  I used to write research reports in my younger years and before my creative life took over.  But research and writing the accompanying reports are much different from creative writing and the stories I write every so often on Medium.com.  You can find them here:  https://medium.com/@lotsofjewels.

Anyway, I have always loved graphic design so I am now playing around with some easy stuff.  I am in no way saying that I am even close to the true graphic design professionals.  But I am having fun during a difficult time in my life.  In December, I suffered a rather severe fall that resulted in a head injury, tears in my shoulder muscles and a back injury.  I  have been mostly confined to staying home because I can’t drive or work outside my home with my injuries.  My jewelry is a wonderful outlet, but I also love technology and learning new skills so I have been on Picmonkey (a free online photo editing site) playing around and here are a few of my very elementary designs!

First, here is my new graphic for my Shop Find of the Week.  I made it with the blank canvas option on Picmonkey and just had a great time picking and choosing which elements to add.  I used a few of the “sticker” shapes and changed the colors, then added some focal elements and text.

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Please note:  All work shown here is the property of Cherie Klinger, Accessoire Blog, and Accessoire Jewelry.  Please do not reproduce without listing the following credit: Designed and Created by Cherie Klinger of Accessoire.

For the children’s book that I have been having fun with, I am using the static bunny and giraffe photos from Picmonkey’s options.  I have five pages completed and hope to complete an entire little book.  Then I guess I will read it to myself and give a copy to my nieces and nephews. Somehow I don’t think my 19 and 14-year-old want me reading a story to them entitled, Trixie and Dex.  The stars of the book are a little bunny named Trixie and a giraffe named Dex.

 

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And below is page 3 to give you a sample of Trixie and Dex together.  If you know anything about my DO*CARE*ACT blog, then you can guess that I have to add a little life lessons about helping others, giving and the miracle of a caring heart!

 

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Sorry about the disclaimer written above, but I feel that I have to add that since there are some people who do like to take things and use them without the proper permission or credit given.  I do not mind one using my photos, I only ask that the proper credit be given.   I do not use a watermark, so please do not copy these little graphics that I have created without attaching the proper credit.  Thank you very much!!   You may not think they are much, especially the graphic designers out there, but they are my little piece of graphic heaven and I am having fun.

We all have a well of creativity inside of us, just allow yourself to try to do something that will bring a smile to your face.  You deserve it!

Hope you all are staying busy and creative.

Much peace!

 

 

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Shop Find of the Week ☞ LeShopUK

 

 

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I say this every time I find a new shop that delights my eye and senses, “I am in love!”  This time I mean, I really do!  I am swooning… lusting… staring… hitting the heart doohickey!!  I am like a lovesick teenager.♥♥♥

This shop has photography ranging from street, animal (cute duck feet for heaven sakes) to UK-themed photos.  It even has air balloons shaped like cute things!  How am I supposed battle such wizardry??

I love street art and photography ☑ check.   Love animals  ☑ check.  Love the UK  ☑ check.  Great Inventory + Superb Photography = Shop of the Week!!

The shop owner is Virginia Allwood, a Parisian now living in Bristol, England, who says in her Shop’s bio page that she carries her camera with her everywhere.  Lucky us, because she snaps some fantastic photos and we can buy them!!



ALL PHOTOS SHOWN BELOW ARE THE SOLE PROPERTY AND ARE CREDITED TO VIRGINIA ALLWOOD OF LeShopUk.   

ON SALE Look - London photography - black and white - Street photography - Night photography - Sign photography - word photography

Love this piece because it is just a simple shot and slightly off-center, this is the type of photo I would frame and hang on my wall.

 

ON SALE Rainbow Over Coloured Houses - Street photography - Rainbow photography - Bristol photography - Home design

Perfect timing + colourful homes + skilled photographer = great photo!  This is another of my favorite photos… I really think all the photos in this shop are my favorites.

 

Allison’s photo was chosen to be the cover of the 2014 Visit Bristol guide!! [photo credit LeShopUk.com/Virgina Allwood]

Obviously, Virginia is brilliantly talented and by looking at her blog and reading her bio on her About page in her Etsy shop, she seems to be a hardworking and fun-loving person.  I just love when I find someone with talent and an eye for taking photos at just the right moment in time.  Please visit Virginia’s shop and perhaps you will find something to buy and treasure.
The photo below shows Virginia with her man —> Dan Martin,  boyfriend, PR guru and as she describes it “shoulder to cry on.”  Something we all need!!As stated on their blog, “Dan is an award-winning social media expert and online journalist.  For over 10 years, Dan, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has worked for some of the UK’s leading internet publishers as a senior reporter and editor.”  It looks like Virginia has the quality product, tools to promote, and the personality to expand her lovely items around the world.  As stated on their blog, “He has also helped several private and public sector organisations improve the way they engage with their audiences online and in 2010 was named in the top 10 most influential political bloggers on Twitter by the Independent.”

Wow, what a dynamic duo!!  You can read more about them at their blog http://www.leshopuk.com/blog.  

 

 

And finally, the last photo pick of the day… I think!!

 

 Good Ol' Days - vintage blue car - street photography - 1960s nostalgia - living room decor

 

I love vintage/antique cars and this photo is beautiful because it depicts the car sitting on a street that shows little indication which era this photo was taken.  Obviously, Ms. Allwood is quite young and she is the photographer and her handy skills allows her a look back in time.  Also, the color of the car lends a beautiful contrast to the old and historic war-era buildings in the background.

I hope you enjoyed discovering this new shop and its beauties with me.   I have listed LeShopUK’s online shop, Twitter, Blog, and Facebook sites below.  I hope you take the time to support this lovely woman and her creative photography!

Until next time, keep creating and much peace!

 

 

Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeShopUK?ref=l2-shop-info-name

Blog:  http://www.leshopuk.com/blog

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VirginiaAllwood

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/leshopuk


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My New Favorite Ring by Accessoire Jewelry!!



When I saw these perfectly round wooden beads I wanted them immediately.  There is really nothing unusual about them except that I loved them and knew I that was going to go a different direction with them.  I was not going to use them to make earrings, bracelets or necklaces.  At least at first!!

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

Modern Wood Circle Ring by Accessoire Jewelry

I began by using some recycled flat matte metal circles I had from some old pieces of jewelry that I had ripped apart and glued them to the wood.  I then used my straight ear pins to plug the holes on the sides and glued them in so there were little silver circles on the sides.  You can’t see them in the photo.

Using silver German square wire,  I fashioned my ring base and used a super sturdy jewelry glue and adhered the silver base to the wood.  I used a tape/mesh and glue to further anchor the metal to the wood.  I can attest to the fact that this ring is quite sturdy, that is if one is careful to keep the ring from being smashed in a door (yes, I did that!).  I usually test a new design for a while before I offer it in my online shop! And when I say test I mean that I am quite clumsy and forgetful, so I will often make a copy of one of my new designs and wear it to test the glue, connections, ease of wear, and response of others and my feel for the design.  Most pass my test, some don’t and end up back in the “redesign” pile!!

… the “try again” pile!!

And sometimes I end up really loving a design and wear it and love it to bits. I have already sold some of these rings.  We all know what it is like to sell our jewelry right off our body to people who love a design.  It is humbling and I am always so thankful that someone actually likes my stuff! I am so happy to be doing what I love everyday.

If you click on the photo it will take you directly to the listing in my shop!

I hope you have a wonderful week filled with peace and much creativity!

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