Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pomegranates and Marmalade

Pomegranates and Marmalade
I textured these hearts with a mid-century coin from Hong Kong, and adorned them with Czech glass in pomegranate and speckled marmalade.

If I could wear orange without looking like I was dying of H1N1 (or dying of food poisoning on Christmas Day caused by an ill-advised chicken-based pub dinner, whatever the case may be) this is what I would wear with these earrings:

pomegranate and marmalade

Lovely copper bracelet  above by Cindy Pack.

You can see more at my Etsy shop HERE.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Frosted Gingersnaps

{Frosted Gingersnaps - available in my Etsy Shop}

I love the sweets of Christmas.

Each year we go to my sister-in-laws house for Christmas eve and she always has the most amazing assortment of frosted, sprinkled, sugared and dipped-in-chocolate confections. That is my favorite part of the graze-a-thon. I want to try one of everything but there are usually like 20 different kinds of cookies and sweets!

One cookie that reminds me of older times is the gingersnap. I love the spicy bite that they have. I like them frosted, or just plain rolled in sugar.

These little ceramic disk charms from Marsha Neal Studios reminded me of gingersnaps. I wired them up with a loop of chocolate-y nugget pearls and wrapped the excess wire around the top for a spicy little detail.

Frosted Gingersnaps

Wherever you are today, no matter what you might be celebrating, I wish you the joy of giving,  the warmth of family and friends and the peace of the season.

Merry Christmas!

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 popular line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Friday, December 21, 2012


So I was watching the television show "How Do I Look?" and the host, Jeannie Mai, had on a really cool pair of earrings. It was hard to get a good look at them, but I could see a large pearl and some chain. So I decided to try my hand at making a similar pair and this is what I came up with. They are one of my favorite "go to" pairs. You just never know when inspiration is going to hit you!

I'd wear them with this ensemble, of course being 5'9 I would never wear heels that high!

Night out on the Town

Night on the Town by Kristy Abner on Polyvore.

These earrings are not for sale, but check out my website to see more of my work.

Thanks and have a wonderful holiday!

Merry Christmas

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Crazy long colorful earrings!

I posted a free-form wire fibula tutorial over at Art Jewelry Elements this past should really check out AJE if you don't go there regularly...lots of cool stuff in the works, but I digress!  Playing with the wire got me thinking about some other fun things to make with free-form shapes, and I came up with these earrings.

The wire components were all ready to go, and I knew I wanted to incorporate these juicy red-orange Czech glass slices I got from ArteBella Surplus, but really wanted to do the unexpected.  After perusing my lampwork box of goodies, I spied a couple of borosilicate beauties I acquired from my fellow Frederick artist, Julie Delaney.  A very cool, sea green with hints of rusty brown!

Okay...I couldn't think of a name for these...maybe you can suggest one in the comments!

Find these and more at my shop on Etsy...Melismatic Art Jewelry! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Inspired by Lime and Purple

I'm usually inspired by nature but for these earrings Pinterest lead the way. I am constantly seeing wonderful photographs of inspiration there, and saw this beautiful Bedroom in Lime and Purple.
I love all of the different textures- they are classic but romantic just like this room. If you would like to purchase these earrings, they are for sale in my webstore. Thank you for stopping by today!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


The Japanese are masters of using asymmetry in design. You see it in their lithographs, their architecture, and in their gardening techniques. Using asymmetry is one more element that can create interest within the composition of your design.

In these earrings, I use rusty brown Czech glass nuggets and transparent brown nuggets along with copper in an inverted asymmetrical design.


Alice + Olivia summer top / Miu Miu / Paige Denim super skinny jeans, $345 / Sergio Rossi suede platform pumps / BCBG Max Azria leather handbag / Weston Scarves silk scarve, $275

Gloria Ewing

Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire
Chrysalis for the Curious Blog Spot

Monday, December 17, 2012

Giveaway Winner

The winner of Humblebeads' Nest Earrings from this weekend's Gift Guide Giveaway is Stepha from Rainy Day Designs.  Congrats Stepha and thank you to everyone who played along.  Now to get busy wrapping all those gifts before the big day!

Birch Branch and Bird Earrings

There is just something so appealing to me when I see a row of birch trees.  I'm reminded of Robert Frost's poem and the forests here in Michigan.  The papery bark is just waiting for a second life.  I love how they stand out in stark contrast to the heavy trunks of other trees in the woods. My favorite Autumn scene is when the birch leaves turn their golden hues.  There are all sorts of myth and folklore about birch trees, so it seems I'm not the only one captured by their beauty.

You can read more about these Birch Branch and Bird Earrings here.

Birch Forest

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway

Nesting Gift Guide

Welcome to the Earrings Everyday Last Minute Shopping Gift Guide! We have three participating shops that are offering free priority mail shipping for this weekend only.

Click on the thumbnails to see details for each item showcased.  The earrings in each set belong to one of our contributor's shops.  Check below for details of their sale for this weekend. 

Nesting Girl
The first gift guide pictured above is for the Nesting Girl - she is the one who loves all things feathered and with a bird on it!  The earrings are from Humblebeads and feature handcrafted polymer clay nest charms on copper earwires.  

Use discount code LASTMINUTE for free priority mail shipping this weekend to Humblebeads' Shop.

Shabby Chic Holiday Gift Guide

Romantic Holiday
This shabby chic inspired collection is for the woman who loves poetry, french script, paper roses, lace knit scarves and traditional holiday themes like the delicate snowflake earrings from Tesori Trovati.   

Use discount code LASTMINUTE for free shipping or HOHOHO for 15% off this weekend at Tesori Trovati. 

Gift Guide: Feminine Fleur

Feminine Fleur:
This set offers a feminine and modern gift guide with an artistic flair and a touch of European design.  Creative earrings featuring components from recycled tins offer an Eco-friendly edge to their playful style. 

Use discount code LASTMINUTE for free priority mail shipping this weekend to the Lorelei Eurto Jewelry shop

Java Junkie Gift Guide

Java Junkie:
This gift guide is for the girl who doesn't utter a word until she has had her first cup of joe in the morning.  Her world is caffeinated and this is a collection picked just for her! Funky Czech glass beads that look like tiny coffee beans adds a fun element to the soft blue hue of the handcrafted beads in therse earrings from Humblebeads. 

Use discount code LASTMINUTE for free priority mail shipping this weekend to Humblebeads Shop. 

Now on to the giveaway for this post!  Enter to win this pair of Nest Earrings from Humblebeads by leaving a comment to let us know which gift guide most appeals to you.  Pin your favorite collection for a second chance to win - just make sure you let us know you pinned one of them in the comments below.  Please make sure we have a way to contact you in case you win.

Hurry - the winner will be announced on Monday!

Have fun wrapping up your holiday shopping!