Friday, March 30, 2012

Bewitchingly Framed

The allure of black brass is not lost on me. It pulls me in and seduces me into using it. I find it brings a slightly dark romantic side of me to life. The side that likes to dream of vampires and fairies or witches... I used to write short stories and had many such characters in them. Time travel, castles and mythical creatures would swarm into the stories.

 I see a bewitching young maiden with flowing red locks of hair, garbed in a long gown of green velvet, with large eyes of the same green. She walks on the moors enjoying the breeze blowing through the heather...

Can you picture her wearing these earrings? Maybe even a matching necklace...

Let your imagination roam...


Find these and Many many other pairs of fantastic earrings in my ETSY SHOP!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ruffles and Leaves

Today I'm feeling soft, romantic - thinking of ruffles, old books, fresh linen and flowers.

Sweet and simple, a ruffle of silk ribbon is nestled under sage green willow disk beads. The beads are handcrafted from polymer clay. Dark arte metal leaves swing playfully below. The hand forged earwires add some structure to the organic quality of the silk and leaves.

Oh Mr. Darcy - I think I we need to meet up!  (I see Pride & Prejudice and Netflix in my future!)

I so have my eye on one of these ruffle bags from Urban Chic Bags.

Bracelets made from book pages from Paper Statement

And wouldn't my earrings look perfect with a flower pendant from Jennifer Morris Beads
Couldn't love these more!

You can find these earrings in my Etsy shop.

-Heather Powers is the editor of the Art Bead Scene, the author of Jewelry Designs from Nature and the hands behind Humblebeads.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Girl on Fire Earrings

I love books for teens, don't ask me why.  My own teens could care less about Twilight, the Hunger Games or anything else that happens to be popular.  I however am not above the hype. We went to see the Hunger Games this weekend and Capitol City fashion is quite the inspiration.

In the story, the main character is presented in several outfits that have real flames, flicker like flames or shimmer with light to represent their coal producing district.  So I thought a pair of Girl on Fire earrings were in order. 

I added the silk ribbon and Czech glass as the flame and embers.  The birds are the iconic mocking jay in the story. I threw in the chain to represent the bondage of the districts to the fascist government and some of my branch beads to represent the main character's favorite hunting grounds and refuge.  Even the bow of the earwires are a nod to an integral part of the story.

 You can find these earrings in my Etsy shop.

-Heather Powers is the editor of the Art Bead Scene, the author of Jewelry Designs from Nature and the hands behind Humblebeads.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bella Fuschia

Is the weather insanely beautiful where you are?

Here in the middle of Wisconsin, March can usually be quite blustery and cold. There are biting winds stinging your face, angry gray clouds and plenty of snow piles and slush. I said usually. This month has been above normal and beyond outstanding. We have no snow, the temps have varied from high 60s to nearly 80 all month long and the grass is starting to green up. That has me thinking months, MONTHS earlier about hanging plants. One of my favorites is the complex, dainty and highly seductive fuschia.

According to, fuschia plants are "exotic-looking, two-toned flowers that provide striking color and tropical ambiance. Fuchsias are perfect for hanging baskets, though they look just as nice when allowed to cascade from a large planter sitting on the ground or on a pedestal. Many people are intimidated by their tropical beauty, thinking that they are difficult to grow. That is just not the case!"

These are also known as "Lady Eardops" for their obvious resemblance to earrings. I think that they look more like pretty ballerinas dancing in the wind. I am thinking that big baskets of cascading "Lady Eardrops" might be gracing my front porch this spring. Even though I kill nearly every plant that comes onto my property ;-).

{Bella Fuschia available on Etsy}

What are you planting in your flower garden this year?

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her new line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dark Angel Wings

Just a little something I cooked up in a rush last night! I was running out of time and good light, and I needed to create something for you. I had originally made a set of Black bird earrings, but they somehow got sent in as a magazine submission, so I had nothing left to show you! Dilemma! Dilemma! 

 I think these turned out lovely. I have been struggling with inspiration ever since I cleaned out my studio! Go figure! I think these however will make someone smile ;)

Stop by my Etsy shop to find these and many other earrings to suit your tastes!
You can also find more of my designs on my blog


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Earring Display: More Eco-Chic Jewelry Display

Another cool find from Tangle And Fold on Etsy!

This time the simple frame has this cool scroll effect to it. Hemp string is pulled taut to serve as a display for earrings and the little juts in the wood are perfect for adding your necklace and bracelets to. I like that these displays are all created using reclaimed wood and materials from construction through an organization called "Build It Green" in New York. The red color on this clever display would look great hanging in my bathroom!

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her new line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Earring Display: Eco-Chic Jewelry Cabinet

Want something unique, rustic and eco-friendly for an earring and jewelry display? Enter the clever wall boxes made by TangleAndFold on Etsy.

The wood is purchased from an organization called "Build It Green" in New York that sells used construction supplies. The door on this one is an old window pane (sans the glass) and I like that this works for all the jewelry in my wardrobe! The interior on these have all these funky little nooks and crannies and this particular one even has a SECRET COMPARTMENT for storing all your most important treasures. That speaks to my inner child. I loved things like that when I was younger. (Okay. I still do!)

This is just such a great idea and every single one is unique! Check it out!

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her new line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Dew Drops

Dew Drops

The dew-drop carries in its eye
Mountain and forest, sea and sky,

With every change of weather;
Contrariwise, a diamond splits

Morning Dew Drops by Rita Squier

Fine Art Photogragh by GreenPix


Dew-Drop and Diamond by Robert Graves

Earrings made with a pair of my Paisly Copper Components and gorgeous Lampwork by LyndaLampwork, and she has some in her shop right now!

Kristi Bowman creates Jewelry and Components for her Etsy Shop Kristi Bowman Design
and writes on her Blog.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Coin of the Realm

These little rosettes were textured using a 1963 two shilling coin that was in my coin collection. I loved the intricate pattern on it! Over the weekend I textured about 25 little copper hearts and flowers with assorted foreign coins--you can see the process HERE.

After antiquing and tumbling it, I sat with this little flower in my hand for what felt like hours, thinking how I might embellish it. I finally settled on punching little holes at the tip of each petal, and adding a copper ball headpin swirled into a rosette. I added little Swarovski crystals in Vintage Rose to the earwires.

I picture these with a long flowing silhouette, feminine and filmy!
From Idea2LifeStyle on Etsy
You can see more of my metal "experiments" in my Etsy shop, or read about them at my blog.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Brutus Owl Earrings

I love every little thing about Brutus. First of all his name is amazing.  He's got character. He's spunky. I love his furry feathers around his face and the details and colors of lime, yellow greens. I just recently acquired the most perfect faceted Nephrite Jade rondelles and knew I had to use them in some earrings for this blog when I saw Cori's painting.  I paired them with some yellow jade, and sweet raw brass owl charms from Nina Designs, and dangled them on long hammered brass ear wires also from Nina Designs. These earrings are available in my etsy shop.

Brutus, Cori Dantini

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dreaming of Maryland Crabs ~

Here's a fun pair of earrings for on the boat dock....
(If I only had a boat) 
Sunny afternoon ~ 
with your blue & white striped jacket..
.rolled up jeans and a glass of white.....

Would look good eating Maryland Crabs too!  
Can you tell I'm missing the beach...
just two months away til vacation..I guess I'll just keep beading til then ...
Happy first day of Spring ~ 

Chictopia...blazer picture

Monday, March 19, 2012

Raindrops Keep Falling

I love spring showers and that was the inspiration for these teardrop shaped earrings.  The earrings feature handcrafted headpins that I created.  I paired them up with brass bead caps and glass beads.

And for some more raindrop inspired fun check out this raindrop t-shirt by Random Nicole. Send some raindrops to a faraway friend with a little greeting card by Aruri Cards. And I'm so loving this scarf from Anthropolgie - it totally fits that raindrop theme.

And now I have this song stuck in my head:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Earring Display: All Scrolled Up

This earring holder arrives as a scroll with your choice of colored balls that you unroll, hang and simply pop your earrings through the screen. What could be easier than that? Find this jewelry display in Honeysuckle Rose and other colors from Glasswear on Etsy.

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her new line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Magazine Feature!!

We were lucky enough to be reviewed by Beads & Beyond Magazine! What great exposure for our humble little blog. So soon after it's inception, to be recognized by a publication is a great achievement! Thanks to all our wonderful followers for helping us get there, and our wonderful designers for providing the inspiration! Please visit Beads & Beyond on their website.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fire in the Sky

I have had these gorgeous "aurora borealis" clay discs from Floridity for the longest time just waiting for the perfect ruby gemstones to go with with them. Luckily, I found them in a local bead store a few weeks ago and finally put them to use.

I think they would look fab with this t-shirt! Simple and not distracting so that people would notice your FAB earrings!

You can find this t-shirt on Sandmaiden on Etsy

You can find these earrings here and see more of my work.

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations

Thursday, March 15, 2012


I accompanied my son to a birthday party a few weeks ago. His friend, a boy turning 11, chose a green camouflage theme with little plastic soldiers all over the table..very age and gender stereotypical and appropriate, but not very bright and cheery. The party venue was hosting other events and while the boys were playing laser tag, I peeked into a few of the other rooms and one, in particular, caught my eye. Bright orange, red and yellow streamers hung from the ceiling, a bright red table cloth sprinkled with multi-colored confetti adorned the table. Now we're talking! Later as I was having some playtime with enamels and frits, I thought of that brightly colored, confetti covered room and came up with these. I covered dapped copper disks with orient red enamel, then added some brightly colored frit. Embellished with just a couple of Swarovski crystals and hung from my hand-wrought sterling earwires, these simple "confetti" earrings will bring the party to your earlobes!

You can find these and more of my unique designs at my Etsy shop.  To read more about me and my designs, go visit my blog!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Had enough of Bead Soup yet?

I was one of the lucky participants to this last Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by the amazing Lori Anderson. What fun we all had! I am still having fun, since I am still hopping! Not quite done going through all 200 blogs!
 These are the three pairs of earrings that went with everything else I made for the hop. What better place to post them than on Earring Everyday! They will all be available in my ETSY Shop if you are so inclined.
 Our lovely Heather is back from the bead cruise, so I imagine she will have cooked up some amazing earrings while she was away! So look for her next post soon!

Please stop by my blog for the full Bead Soup post, and for more inspiration!