Handcrafted Jewelry with a touch of Whimsy

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Inspiration for Today

“If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.” 
― Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head

Browsing museums online, chasing inspiration...I can't remember where I saved these pictures from, I didn't save the links because I had no intention of sharing them, but on second thought, how can I not share them?  

I mean, just look at them...such artistry, such brilliance...enchanting! What else can one aspire to? It seemed so selfish keeping them hidden in my Inspiration folder...what if somebody needs to see them today? I don't think I'm breaking any copyright laws since they're in a museum..? Anyone? If you happen to know something about them or if you have a link to the museum, please let me know and I'll post it.

*Edit. Got it, from British Museum HERE.

So, if you needed some inspiration today, I hope you found it. :) 

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” 
― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEW STUFF!! Rustic Polymer

I'm gonna start blogging more often because I always end up with a lot of stuff that I want to show you and then I get anxiety attacks cause I can't remember if I showed you everything I was planning to and then I have to go back and look through all my folders with jewelry pictures and because I'm not organized it gets very confusing. Whoa, that was a long sentence. *breathe*

The photo above, even though a bit blurry, is one of my favorites. Why? Because it looks like a mess at first, but it's actually an organized mess if you look closely and when you do, your eye discovers similar items close to each other just like in one of those fun hidden object games and starts pairing and categorizing everything until your mind concludes that the mystery mess is solved and organized. Now your eye can finally relax and enjoy all the artistic details because that's why you're here to see something pretty and not to listen to my ramblings, but dagnabbit, I should have taken more mystery mess pictures like this and make you play hidden object games all day.

The Star Breather

Polymer beads painted in one of the best color combinations ever, me thinks. Gold was often paired with blue, usually Lapis Lazuli, in Ancient Egyptian royal jewelry ~ ancient jewelry is an endless source of inspiration for me. I carved The All Seeing Eye and the starry night sky on them with a toothpick ~ very easy, if you want to try it. The pendant is a broken Sand dollar I found on the beach ( I never find a whole one! ) that I soldered with a small Sea glass bead and a pearl that became the Moon after I had the idea to paint it blue and gold like the beads. Look at the natural texture on it. Squeee!!!

Small polymer charms, inspired by..? Ancient jewelry, of course. I glued the tiny crystals with Mod Podge and sprinkled Jacquard Gold dust on it.

 Gold Roses
Gold Roses

Oh, these roses! Made them a few months ago and I sprayed them with Krylon Clear Glaze to seal them, I don't know why because you don't really need to seal polymer clay and I almost never do, but they got all sticky and didn't want to dry up so I had to sand them and repaint them, a pain because of all the ruffles and crevices but they came out looking so pretty. #proudmomma After all the sanding I was afraid they were gonna break so I poured Mod Podge on them. I pour that stuff on everything, I think I'm addicted to it. Dusted with Jacquard Gold, another addiction.

Ancient Sunsets

So proud of these primitive poly guys! Paint, let them dry, sand them, paint again ( yellow brown acrylic mix ) and so on for a few times, add a few drops of gold alcohol ink, let it dry, sand carefully with a soft file ( a cheap nail file works just fine ) and finally paint some details, a scene, anything you like. I tried to paint a sunset ~ you know, the red sun setting over the blue ocean...do you see it? I know you do! :) Already listed on Etsy.

Speaking of Etsy, OMG you guys! This listing has 257 favorites right now and counting! *faints*


If you're wondering how did I get so many faves, you'll find out about it next time, I have to go walk my boys now. But let's take a moment before I leave and notice my new awesome background ~ thank you. It's a tank top from Old Navy! I know! :)

It's 2 o'clock in the afternoon and I'm still in my PJ's and I haven't eaten anything...well, actually I had some cookies, if those count as food.

See you soon!

Laura xo

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

House of Leaves

Philanthropy Fashion store in Saint Augustine. Loved it.

“What can I say, I'm a sucker for abandoned stuff, misplaced stuff, forgotten stuff, any old stuff which despite the light of progress and all that, still vanishes every day like shadows at noon, goings unheralded, passings unmourned, well, you get the drift.
As a counselor once told me -a counselor for Disaffected Yought, I might add:

 "You like that crap because it reminds you of you.
Couldn't of said it better or put it more bluntly. Don't even disagree with it either.”
 Mark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves

 Right on. I bought the book just because of this one quote. 

“I do not know anything about Art with a capital A. What I do know about is my art. Because it concerns me. I do not speak for others. So I do not speak for things which profess to speak for others. My art, however, speaks for me. It lights my way.”
― Mark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

On the right way

This one sold yesterday, $10 including shipping. Because I only saw the sale today, a day late, I'm sending it express 2 day shipping. I want my customer to receive it by Friday, as he was supposed to, domestic shipping shouldn't take more than 2 or 3 days. The shipping was $6.50 + Etsy charges...I guess that leaves me with about 3 bucks.

 I wanted to send him something extra so I have also included these two guys, plus some drilled Carnelian chips and a pair of doves carved from shells, to match.

 All that is worth more than 3 bucks so I guess my business is experiencing negative profit right now. Heck, I'm such a good business woman! 

But hey, I want my customers to be happy, to feel that they've got their money's worth and more. To open that package and feel like it's Christmas. I want them to love it.

Making jewelry is my passion. Bringing joy to others through my passion is my dream. Turning my passion into a profitable business is a lesson that I'm still learning. But somehow, negative profit and all, I feel like I'm on the right way.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Faux Ancient Beads Technique

Hi guys!!! :) I have sooo much stuff to show you and so little time, so just a quick post today before I go back to cooking and dusting and cleaning and all that fun that needs to be taken care of once in a while...Ah, my house is such a mess! An organised mess though. I know exactly where to find my supplies, my wires, it's very easy...

...they're everywhere! After every cleaning and re-organising my place, I feel lost! Everything disappears! Maybe I should start making a list, like an inventory of every item to remember where I put my stuff after cleaning.

But as always, jewelry first ~ yay!! If I don't prioritize I won't get anything done at all. The guys above are vintage glass beads soldered on oxidised copper wire. Berry clusters, yum!

Second pair, African terracotta beads and Carnelian. Love the swirls on the African beads, but still, they looked kinda simple for me, so I painted them with acrylics! Aren't they super pretty now? :)

 The third pair, crystals on dark, oxidised metal...there's something so mysterious, almost magical  about this particular mix of elements, they look perfect together. The crystal beads were brand new "Swarovski elements" ~ cute, but a bit too shiny and too new looking for my taste. So I sanded them, boiled them in salty water, buried them in soil, and look at them now!!! They look like they're 100 years old! Squeeee!!!!

There, see what I'm talking about? My primitive head pins don't look well with brand new beads. If I'm in the mood for girly, sweet ones, like these...

...no need to alter the beads. But for grungy, primitive looking stuff, you have to age the beads first. Unless you have lots of money and can afford to buy all the awesome ancient beads to work with...  I haaate you!  ~ I love ancient beads...

 Ancient art, stones, pottery, jewelry...love them, they fascinate me. An object that has been created and worn/used thousands of years ago, buried and finally found again, is now here, for you to see and touch...almost like a connection in time...how amazing is that? Who else has touched it? What is its story?

 I'm making my own faux "ancient objects". The beads above are glass ( I think..?) and were titanium coated...but after lots of sanding and burning and what not they look like this, old!! I have my special place outside where I bury my beads: my Rosemary pot.

It's right next to my door and it gets watered often. I bury my beads there, wait for a month or sometimes more, and voila! I'm excavating my own faux "ancient beads"!! ...Jeezlouise, I can't believe I just told you my faux ancient beads secret. Shhh, don't tell anyone!!! Oh, the glass and the polymer work the best, the beads end up looking so old!

These polymer roses were buried in my Rosemary pot for months! They're sold now. Yes, I washed them well with water and soap after excavating them, of course...I'm not crazy! Not that way, at least... 

For vintage jewelry lovers, this awesome sterling set will be up for sale soon.
 I have to go, it's getting late again...but I still have so much stuff to show you!!! 

All these wild guys, next time!!!

See you soon!!!

Love, Laura! xoxo

 P.S. So, what is your secret technique?? I'd love to know! I told you mine, don't be a meanie! :))

What I'm trying to do right now...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Head Pins Adventure ~ Part Two!

Hi guys!! :) My head pins have been a success so far, I am so excited!! I am very grateful for all your lovely comments & hearts on Instagram , here, on G+, my super awesome family, they truly mean a lot, especially since this is my first time making head pins. Thank you!!!

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” 
― W.B. Yeats
  Iridescent glass beads caged in thin, rusty Copper wires + Tibetan Silver caps + solder blobs + more Copper wire + tons of oxidizing = MAGIC! I want more of these! One more picture just because they're sooo cute!!!

...Okay, moving on!

These have already sold to a very lovely Lady, along with two other sets! I'm really excited but now I'm nervous too because what if she doesn't like them when she sees them in person? What if she saw the pictures and imagined them...different?

I'm such a dummy when it comes to online business stuff. All these Online...bla bla for Dummies books have been written for me, it just says for Dummies instead of dummy so I won't feel bad.

" Sure, there are other dummies like you  out there, no worries..."...Yeah, right.

Anyway, Instagram does help, people are a lot more interactive there for some reason. And I love that!

Last set for today, it's way late again and I only have a few hours left to sleep. Again!! I'll post more pictures...on Instagram. Tomorrow.

Oh, one more thing:

These Vintage Beauties are already listed in my shop and priced to sell, check them out! :)

That's it. Good nite.

Love you guys, you rock!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Did Someone Say...Headpins??

Hi guys! :) Guess who started making headpins all of the sudden?? That's right, moah. How come? Well, last week, AJE hosted this awesome Headpins Challenge Inspiration and it was, indeed, very inspiring seeing all the beautiful creations the participants came up with. So much creativity! So much good stuff! Did I get to participate? Nope, I got busy fighting a flu virus I got from who-knows-where. I'm just lucky like that sometimes. But now I'm back in full force!

Check it out, I made all these guys:

A bead fiesta with messy wire wraps, solder blobs and looots of rust/oxidation! Really, what more can you ask for?? Happy dance!!!!

First set with ruby red glass ~ love the way these beads capture the light! I didn't edit the photos at all, that's what these beads really look like in natural light, hot red awesomeness.

Second pair with fancy Czech glass fire polished beads and solder spheres.

Third pair, these are made of tiny crab claws, wire wrapped and soldered...don't they look awesome? I have found them in Everglades, we went hiking there one day and these tiny claws were everywhere, so I picked up a few...I'm always picking up shells, rocks, seeds, claws, you name it. I'm sure they're naturally shed since they were so many of them there.

 I'm trying to use jewelry components that are guilt /cruelty free, recycled, just like the rest of the products that I use. Only recycled leather and no fur, unless Kitty decides to pose for my background. :)  I love animals.

Look at that little furry face and those pretty green eyes! Isn't she cute? Mommy's little princess.

I love this one. A tiny coral found on the beach and Abalone bits from an old earring. Crazy flash sparkles, yes please.

Fourth set, salvaged coral daggers from on old necklace, messy wire wrap, solder and lots of oxidizing, but of course. Hot peppers, yum! No new coral beads, you already know why.

Fifth set, and that's where I stop today. Trying to keep these posts short, I know you guys are busy and have lots of stuff to do. These beads are so adorable. And they're plastic!! The copper wires are short, I was thinking small earrings and oh, look at this dress! What do you think? Me likey!

See you soon!!

I was reading this story today, awww...dogs are awesome!!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Bohemian Bracelets

Quick post, I just want to show you some vintage beauties that will soon be available in my Etsy store.

I love boho bracelets! More pictures soon! :)

Love, Laura xo

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