Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Break

We are going to take a little break to celebrate the holidays.

Earrings Everyday will return January 2nd.

Wishing you the very best and brightest!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fit for a Princess

These earrings are made with Labradorite gemstones that have an AB coating and I love how they reflect the light. To see more of these gemstones, visit Rock Candy Bead Studio. I made these earrings for the Bead Soup Blog Party this past September. To see what I made with my bead soup, click HERE.

I could see myself wearing these dramatic earrings with this...

Or even with this, if I wanted to be more casual.

I like how this blouse has the teardrop shape that is reflected in the earrings.
To see more of Kristy Abner's work or to contact her please visit her website.
To view these earrings on her website please click HERE.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pine Needles

Pine Needles available in my Etsy Shop

This native North American White Pine is known as Pinus Strobus and is found  from Newfoundland to Minnesota, Appalachia to the northing tip of Georgia. At one time the pine forests dominated the landscape. Due to extensive logging of these towering trees in the 18th and 19th century, only about 1% of the original trees remain in North America. This tree, which was prized by the British for its strength and straigtness, was shipped back to England for use as masts on their naval ships. Some Native American tribes used the inner bark as a sort of flour and ate the nuts inside the cones, and pine resin was used to seal baskets and boats and to make turpentine. But most notably, white pine trees are a favorite Christmas tree because it does not give off any aroma so it is best for those with allergies and the soft feathery pine needles are used in garlands and wreaths because they keep their needles long after being harvested.

I have been looking for a holiday sweater this is casual, comfortable and chic. I think I may have found one that would pair well with these earrings. I would see this with some skinny jeans, some tall brown boots and a squishy scarf. And some hot cocoa. ;-)

sweater from Ann Taylor Loft

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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Creeping Vines

I have been inspired to make longer earrings lately. The demand is there for them, I never seem to have any left after a show. These are the newest ones, I am totally in love with the Etched pieces, they remind me of...

Creeping vines...
from Pintrest

Also from Pintrest

 There is just something so soothing about vines, something that just makes me smile :)

You can find these earrings and others in my Skye Jewels Etsy shop

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Booth Display Ideas

If you sell jewelry at markets I really encourage you to make one of your New Year's resolutions to create an amazing booth display.  I just did a show where the booth designs were judged in a contest and seeing everyone step it up for their displays was inspiring and made this artist's market even more fun to shop.

Above is a simple earring display of wire and antiqued clothespins in a crate that is part of a complex and cohesive salvaged wood display from Urban Heirloom.  You can see the entire display on the Hello Friend blog

Think about your display not only in terms of clever display ideas, but pick displays that reflect the style of your jewelry.  The artist above has a vintage inspired spin to her work, so her salvaged display reflects that she rescued vintage treasures in her jewelry.

A designer who creates modern jewelry could choose simple picture frames, ceramic bowls and plates in white or slate.  Steel or copper displays would be a great backdrop for metal jewelry.

If your work is based on nature, use leaf plates and twiggy bird nests, woven baskets and ornate gilded and antiqued leaf frames.  Or find some twigs from outdoors to use as part of your display.

Keep your colors neutral, play up different textures. Remember to vary the height of your display items for visual interest.  Make or purchase a great banner for the back of your display to tie your booth together.

Scour the Internet for unique display ideas to spark your imagination and start coming up with a game plan for 2012.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Bells Will Be Ringing

Copper Snowflakes and wonderful Lampwork Bells
very festive don't you think!
I don't typically do holiday inspired jewelry but I couldn't resist making some copper snowflakes
 and when I saw these adorable Bells I knew they'd be a good fit!

These Earrings are available in my Etsy shop
 and I also I have a few Snowflake in Copper available for you to create your own designs.

You can see more of Kristi's work in her Etsy and Artfire shops.

Here's a few other wonderful Bells in all shapes and sizes!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Metal Medusas

These little earrings were inspired by one of my favorite things--jellyfish! I love to look at them, from really far away or through thick glass.

Each earring consists of three graduated, textured copper beadcaps, stacked atop each other with a glowing foil glass bead in amber peeking from the bottom.

Of course I can't help wanting to pair them with a ruffly wrap in amber gold (not unlike a golden jellyfish!)

a skinny pencil skirt:
and some funky black platforms:

These earrings will be available later at my blog, The Cerebral Dilettante, for a silent auction benefiting a special artist fundraiser. Keep an eye out!

You can see more of my work at my Etsy shop HERE.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Feeling Foxy

Is there anything cuter than a little curled up sleeping fox? Probably not a whole heckofalot cuter than that. Foxes are everywhere these days in the Artisan world. I picked some of my favorites over on Pinterest as some of my inspiration for these sweet earrings. Handmade Sleeping Fox beads dangle below some interesting and colorful lampwork glass and brass discs. I used teal blue linen cording to string the beads. Rounded darkened bronze ear wires finish these nicely. You can find these in my etsy store.

You can find these and other fun jewelry designs in my Etsy shop, Lorelei Eurto Jewelry.
Check out my blog too, Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Silver and Gold Modern Earrings

A little sparkle for the holidays in silver and gold.  The sterling silver ear wires are simple and elegant and all that is needed to show off these handcrafted golden branch beads.

Dress them up or down with a clutch:

I'd sport them with a textured clutch with a silk ribbon flower from Kelley's Keepsakes for a daytime holiday gathering.

But if it was an evening party I might pair them up with this silver silk and mustard yellow ribbon, wrapped up like a little gift, from AO3 Designs 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter Branches

A pair of simple earrings with a mix of icy winter branch beads and a some fun bean shaped glass beads in a dark chocolate brown.  Snowflakes and a hot cocoa anyone? 

I'd so love to pair it with some lovely knitted snowflakes like the ones on this silk and mohair scarf.  I may need to buy this for myself for Christmas, it's calling my name.

Visit Heather's blog to read more about her nature inspired jewelry.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Driftwood Earring Holder

Another earth-friendly earring holder - a piece of driftwood with eye hooks.  This would look so lovely paired up with some urchins or shells on a dresser. This clever idea came from Salvage Sisters.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Earth-Friendly Earring Holder

When I saw this on Pinterest, I couldn't get over how cute and clever this simple earring display is - made of cardboard no less.  So if you are ever in a pinch for an earring holder - here you go!

This is from Claire at From Blah to Tada!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Forever Enchanted

When I spotted these wooden tile charms that my friend Janice (of JLynn Jewels) made, I knew I had to have them! I love the colors, love the birds, and love how they are wood burned for a gorgeous finish. You can see more of these tiles HERE. They are super lightweight too!

I could see myself wearing them with this ensemble...
Mmm..definitely craving a mocha latte now! A trip to Starbucks is in order, I'm thinking.

You can view these earrings HERE.

To see more of Kristy Abner's work or to contact her, please visit her website at Kristy's Kreations

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Flight of the Bumblebee

I thought I'd share a pair of earrings from my book, Jewelry Designs from Nature

Although the season for honey bees has passed,  I like this pair for it's earthy autumn color palette. The wire petals with tiny seed beads adds a nice frame for the bee and a fun visual element without adding weight to the design.  See more inspired by nature designs on my blog,