Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Finally Spring

Hello. I do hope this finds all of you well. 

With sunny days and temps reaching aaaaaallllll the way to 55F -- yeah, I know, but it's all we have!! -- Spring has finally come to Southeastern Lower Michigan. Spring is such a rejuvenating time of year. Truth be told, Fall is my favorite, but I'd never turn my back on a lovely Spring day. It seems to be all about renewal. That's a good feeling.

I have two pairs of earrings to show you today, both made when Spring was still an abstract thought, with snow on the ground in April. 🙂 All just a memory now. 

Flower Bobble Earrings
The first started with Petra Carpreau's Bobble Flower Drops in an "Oriential Princess" glaze. I paired them with columns cut from rusted tin tiles and given a bit of a "whitewash" with hints of pink. Green translucent glass beads and oxidized brass accents are strung on waxed Irish linen and hang from soldered brass metal rings. The backs of the tin are felted to give them a bit more substance and a nice finish. 

The second pair includes ceramics by Andrea Salkowe of JosephineBeads. Floral decals with a retro feel are paired with Natural Stones of Peach Moonstone, Rustic Blue Watermelon Tourmaline and rondelles of "Nephrite Jade." Small blue glass beads accompany the semi-precious stones, all wrapped with handmade oxidized copper ball-tip headpins. Simple but not. . . . they're really beautiful. 

As an aside, I think ball-tip headpins were one of the things I learned to make that really changed things when I first started making jewelry. Very easy, cost effective, and great design elements. 😉

Flowers & Stones

Thank you all so much for popping in today to give us a read. I hope you are all enjoying the best Spring ever, and that your Summer will be much of the same, filled with Creativity and Joy!

Thank you!
Norbel Marolla
She Flies Again


  1. Oh, very springy, especially the last pair. Love the colors and flowers. And I love your ball-tip head pins.

    1. Thanks Janine! I just wanted someone who might be newer to design to know how versatile they are, and how simple to make. Hope all is well with you. I miss you. ❤️

  2. So hoping for this snow to melt! Today I decided that it would be in the 50s so I decided on sandals and no jacket (yesterday my office was in the mid 80s from the sun and the fact that the heat was blasting!) I love them both, but those watercolor flowers and the pretty pastels are beautiful and a breath of fresh air! Enjoy the day! Erin

    1. You get it Erin!!! lol You get how it feels to pull those sandals out in March and then anxiously wait for the day!! I love the seasons, but I envy sandal weather all year round. ☺️ Thx for your feedback. I love the second pair too, but that rustic piece of me always has to find an outlet. 😁 thank you! ❤️

  3. Hi Norbel! So happy your weather is improving - ours too. Loving the earrings, and totally agree about the ball end headpins - I go through zillions of them!

    1. Yes, it is. It’s a lovely feeling, isn’t it? Yes, headpins. So simple to make and so many different ways to use them. Thanks for taking the time! I appreciate it! ❤️