Thursday, March 16, 2017

We're All Ears -March 17 Owls

photo of owl photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@cliff_77
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@cliff_77
This month's We're All Ears challenge question is --What about the owls inspires you? Our challenge is to make earrings inspired by OWLS.

As a group of birds, owls have been around for a long time. Owl fossils have been found that are 70–80 million years old. Today, members of the owl family can be found on every continent except Antarctica.  Owls represent wisdom and truth with piercing eyes that are all-seeing, even in the darkest of nights. Silent, secret and majestic. 

Owl Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Owl Earrings by BayMoonDesign

The piercing eyes on these silver owl beads remind me of the all-seeing of the owl and were the inspiration for this pair of handmade owl earrings.  
This copper owl jewelry has hand forged sterling silver ear wires along with the hammered copper discs. Both were handmade by me.  The  14mm. round, antique copper beads are from BeachCastleBeads.  I added a few crystals for a little sparkle.

photo of owl photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@johnrichdesign
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@johnrichdesign
Owls are mostly nocturnal, hunting at night when the other raptors are sleeping. Because of this, owls and other raptors can share a territory and tend to not compete with each other.  When we think of owls, we think of being active at night. But even among the owls, enjoying the nightlife does not always mean the same thing.   The barn owl and long-eared owl become active only after dark. In contrast, burrowing owls and pygmy owls are more likely to be diurnal — active during the day. And the great horned owl is crepuscular. This means that it is most active at dawn and dusk.


photo of owl.photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@bedrock123
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@bedrock123

I find the wings of owls beautiful. Most owls have relatively large, rounded wings. The wings are broad, with a large surface area relative to the weight of the bird. This allows them to fly effortlessly, without too much flapping and loss of energy. They can glide easily and fly slowly for long periods of time. Many species use this slow flight to hunt ground-dwelling prey from the air.

Owls are known for their ability to fly nearly silently. This is because of the special shape to their wings and the structure of the feathers. Most birds make a sort of flapping, swooshing sound when they fly. But owls have special edge on the front of the wing that breaks air into small streams of wind that rolls to the end of the wing where the comb-like feathers further break the air into even smaller streams. This give them almost silent flight.


Owl at Night Earrings by BayMoonDesign

An owl at night is the inspiration for these black faux sea glass from ZnetShows and silver wing earrings from NinaDesigns. I hand forged the sterling silver ear wires on this pair of owl wing earrings. The black and silver earrings are about 1.5 inches long from the top of the ear wires to the bottom. These sterling silver earrings are stunning and fun gift for especially for a bird or nature lover.
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@t_rat_max


Be sure to stop by the We're All Ears Blog to see what the owl has inspired others to create.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Daffodils Mean Spring Is Coming


daffodil photo by https://unsplash.com/@kathymacky
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@kathymacky

Daffodils, narcissus, jonquils, March blooms, these terms all refer to the flower that comes back every spring on roadsides, hills, and flower gardens over a large part of the Northern Hemisphere. They are a part of the Amaryllis family, and many types grow wild.   I've heard that people are seeing daffodil sprouts around my home town, which is exciting. The daffodils sightings means spring will be here soon!

With Spring arriving, we need to start thinking about additions to our fashion wardrobe especially if we are planning a spring getaway like so many do.  Lots of us find a few days off each spring to recharge our batteries with a trip.  Our thoughts turn to sunglasses, brighter colors, lighter clothes.  I have put together a few ideas for some spring fashion updates.

Spring Getaway Fashions



Cooper Ella blue top
$125 - bloomingdales.com


Necklace
etsy.com


Boho jewelry
etsy.com


Earrings
etsy.com


Sunglasses
etsy.com


JINsoon nail polish
barneys.com



Set of 3 Chick Eggs Painted Egg Gourds Spring Easter Eggs Blue Golden...
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Now matter where you go on a spring getaway even if it is just your backyard, make time to enjoy the sight of spring flowers and the sounds of the birds.  Relax and take some time for yourself.  You survived another winter!  If you know me, you will expect to find me at a beach somewhere. The beach is my happy place.

photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@mikael
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@mikael


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Art Bead Scene


Armed Bird's Nest in Acacia Bush, Chili
by Marianne North
                                                                            1870
                                                                      Oil On Paper

Marianne North (1830-1890) was a remarkable Victorian artist. She travelled the world in order to satisfy her passion for recording the world's flora and fauna with her paintbrush. The result of these journeys can be seen in the Marianne North Gallery at Kew, Great Britain where many brightly colored paintings of flowers, landscapes, animals and birds are arranged. There are 832 paintings, all completed in 13 years of travel round the world.

Marianne was rare among women of this period.  She traveled unaccompanied and visited areas virtually unknown to many Europeans. She was at her happiest when discovering plants and painting them.  She spent nearly all of her time abroad in the wild, surrounded by the habitats and plants she captured in oil paint.

Her work is is permanent value because of its scientific accuracy. She documented plant life in all parts of the world, before photography was a practical option.   Some of the plants she painted proved new to science and one genus and four species were named in her honor including the species Areca northiana, Crinum northianum, Kniphofia northiana, Nepenthes northiana, and the genus name Northia.


Yellow floral focal by Mary Harding
floral focal is by Mary Harding

When I saw this beautiful ceramic floral focal by Mary Harding, I new it was perfect for a necklace inspired by this painting.   I was drawn to the golden yellows in the painting and focal.   Harding's focal is the same bright shade.  I thought it was a good choice for the necklace because of the color and the prominence of flowers in the painting.



yellow and brown floral necklace by BayMoonDesign

The painting also has shades of blue in the sky and lots of tans and browns in the birds's nest as well as in the Acacia bush.  Once again the focal by Harding is a good pick because it has some subtle blues in it.  Marsha Neal's hand dyed blue silk along with blue stones pick up the blues in the painting.  I used some tan ceramics, jasper beads, and brass to work in the browns, tans and beiges.  I also added a brass leaf toggle to continue with the floral theme.  

I think yellow and blue colors are perfect for the spring and summer.  This floral necklace would make a lovely gift for Mother's Day.  What are your thoughts?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

May the Luck of the Irish be with you!


photo credit::  https://unsplash.com/@irenedavila


I have some Irish O'Hare blood in me so I like to make Celtic jewelry and decorate for Saint Patrick's Day.    I want to share some of my favorite Irish picks for home decor and fashions with you.  Are you ready for Saint Patrick's Day?



May the luck of the Irish be with you!






Green shawl
etsy.com








St. Patrick's Day Napkin Rings Green Shamrocks Handmade home decor
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I was lucky enough to visit the northeast part of Ireland for a few days about 10 years ago. These are a couple of my favorite memories.  

Howth, Ireland
Howth, Ireland

Being from a small town on the east coast of the United States, I enjoyed seeing the small coastal town of Howth, Ireland which is located along the northern boundary of Dublin Bay. The surrounding once-rural district is now a busy northern suburb of Dublin, with a mix of dense residential development and wild hillside.
Malahide Castle and Gardens
No trip to Ireland is complete without a trip to a castle.  I visited Malahide Castle and Gardens which is north of Howth.

Malahide Castle has a long and rich history.  The castle played a central role in Medieval Irish history. The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century. The building was notably enlarged in the reign of Edward IV, and the towers added circa 1600-1650. The estate survived such losses as the Battle of the Boyne and the Penal Laws. It was home to the Talbot family for almost 800 years (1185 to 1975).  





I do love chocolate so this shop "The Sweetest Thing" in Dublin made a perfect backdrop for a photo of my husband and son who were also on this trip.

River Liffey and Downtown Dublin
Dublin is a the capital and largest city in Ireland. River Liffey is the divider of the city into the northern and southern parts.

There are so many other parts of Ireland that I would love to see.

I found these photos of the Cliffs of Moher. Aren't these beautiful! I haven't been here but I am adding this to my bucket list.

photo credit https://unsplash.com/@greene
photo credit::  https://unsplash.com/@greene
photo credit ::  https://unsplash.com/@jamesbutterly

Hopefully, I will get a return trip here.  Where would you pick to visit in Ireland?