Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teal or Turquoise

I was very excited to see this week’s prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color teal or turquoise!  Teal and turquoise are two of my favorite colors, and my bead stash has an – alarming, shall we say? – number of beads in those shades.  I had great fun picking out some beads for a pair of turquoise earrings!



I can’t decide what theme these earrings best fit – they’d be perfect for a little kid who admires Elsa the Snow Queen or Ariel the Little Mermaid, but they’re elegant enough that I’d wear them myself!  For more information, take a look at them in the shop here.


Close Up: Caterpillar-Inspired Earrings (Yes, Really!)

I found this little guy* on the side of the house today – he was the perfect subject for a close-up shot!


I just adore the little tufts of bristles on his back.  Looking at him got me thinking about tassels, and I ended up making a pair of caterpillar-inspired earrings:



The earrings are available in the Etsy shop here – head on over and take a look!

*After a bit of research online I’ve decided that he was probably a Tussock Moth Caterpillar.  They’re quite fascinating to look at, but don’t touch them – their hairs can sting you!

[In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge, Close Up.]

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Lime or Light Green

The color green always reminds me of nature, so I took my camera outside to capture some of the local flora:

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I also had some lovely wire-wrapped beads in my stash, which I used to make a pair of green earrings (available in the shop here):

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[In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lime or Light Green]

The Symbolism of a Turtle

Due to their legendary slowness* and long lifespan, turtles symbolize longevity and stability; in addition, they are often thought of as patient and wise.  The creation myths of several cultures feature turtles.  And of course, most everyone has heard Aesop’s fable of The Tortoise and the Hare, in which race the persistent tortoise beat the arrogant hare, leaving us with the motto of “slow and steady wins the race.”

So what could be better than a pair of earrings honoring these august creatures?  Wear them on a hectic morning, and let the turtles bring calm to your busy day!




These lovely earrings feature silver-plated turtle charms, and are available in the shop here.

*Green sea turtles, however, can apparently swim at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour (32 kilometers per hour) – not so very slow after all!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”]

New Earrings in the Etsy Shop!

There’s a new pair of earrings up in the Etsy shop – black beaded hoop earrings, featuring accent beads made of dyed shell.  Aren’t they lovely?



They’re available in the shop here, so head on over and take a look!

Blue, Green, and Silver: Seahorse Earrings

The Daily Post’s photo challenge this week asks participants to share their muse – a subject you repeatedly draw inspiration from.  For me, a huge source of inspiration is looking at beads and playing with combinations until something catches my eye. And I’ve noticed that I tend to return to the same colors over and over: blues and greens, often combined with silver.  To give you an example, I thought I’d share the inspiration process behind the latest listing in the Etsy shop: a beautiful pair of blue and green earrings with silver-plated seahorse charms.

Aren’t these little silver charms adorable?  I found them a few days ago, and fell in love:


I decided to use them to make a pair of earrings, so I brought out some of my favorite blue and green beads to see which would best complement the charms:


I picked out a pair of iridescent crystal teardrop beads that I think are simply stunning when paired with the silver charms, and then added a few other beads in shades of green and blue to finish the look:


(The hedgepig loves to model jewelry once it’s finished.)


I think the finished earrings are quite lovely! What do you think?


Head on over to the shop and take a look!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”]

Three Styles of Beaded Mini Hoop Earrings

There are three pairs of mini hoop earrings now up in the Etsy shop!  Each uses the same method, but features different colors and styles of beads, which give each of the three pairs a distinct character.  The first pair is composed of beads in calming, ocean-inspired hues:


The second pair, of elegant, sparkling beads in shades of brown and champagne:


And the third, of a variety of matte, frosted, and polished green beads:


Here they are together:



Head over to the shop and take a look!

First Additions to the Shop

The newest listings in the shop include both memory wire* bracelets and a variety of styles of earrings.  Here’s a sampling of the pieces available:


*Unfamiliar with memory wire?  It’s a type of jewelry wire that holds its shape, meaning that:

  • no clasps are required, and
  • bracelets made of memory wire will fit almost any size wrist.

To put on a bracelet made of memory wire, stretch it out and coil it around your wrist; the wire, as its name suggests, will “remember” its previous shape, and the bracelet will stay closed.