Thursday, October 15, 2020

Fall Light + Fun

Rays of sunlight on the Fall landscape create a very special look this time of year.  As the change in time in the United States approaches on November 1, 2020,  those of us on the East coast can appreciate that there is still light at dinner time or the drive back home after a long day at work.  Even those working at home will soon be missing this after work fun or stress relief that can be had when there is still some daylight.  The changing color of the leaves and sight of pumpkins add lots of cheer as the light decreases this time of year.

pumpkin earrings by BayMoonDesign

                                                Happy Fall Y'all Earrings by BayMoonDesign

These Happy Fall Y'all Earrings combine handmade ceramic pumpkin charms with lamp work in the Fall shades of oranges, greens, browns.  The handmade ceramic charms are by artisan Grubbi and the lamp work beads are by Susan Kennedy.  I love the saying "Happy Fall Y'All"  on the dangles.

The copper ear wires highlight the oranges in the beads. The earrings hang about 2 inches from the top curve in the ear wires.  I think they have an organic and natural look to them and would make a great Halloween treat or Thanksgiving Hostess gift or addition to your accessories. 

Halloween sign

                                                         Photo by Jen Theodore on Unsplash

It wouldn't Halloween without some fun scary skulls, skeletons and ghosts.  

                                                         Skull Earrings by BayMoonDesign

These are long skull earrings that are perfect for Halloween and Dia de Muertos. The skull is pale gray with piercing black eyes.  This Goth skull jewelry is hung on sterling silver ear wires, and  include black and orange Czech crystals, and metal spacers. These are light weight earrings.  These light weight earrings are about 2 inches long.  

                                               Halloween Skull Earrings by BayMoonDesign

These same skulls are incorporated into long black and orange skull earrings that are perfect for Halloween.   These are great fun! They are light weight earrings and are hung on gunmetal ear wires. I selected black and orange crystals to add sparkle. The skulls are 12x10mm and are gray with piercing orange eye sockets. 

These dangles are perfect for a Halloween Zoom party.  Did you know that statement earrings are perfect for Zoom.  Who doesn't love to see something fun or eye catching!  Sometimes it is the little things that we do that can add some humanity to those Zoom meeting which are  necessary during this pandemic.

                                               Fall Inspired Birthday Card by BayMoonDesign

This is a fall inspired birthday greeting card for someone special who loves nature.  With a log slice and a squirrel sitting on top, this is a perfect nature inspired card.   It has " for a for someone special" hand stamped on the front.  The inside of the card reads "Happy Birthday" and there is room for a personalized note.

                                                     Photo by David Kovalenko on Unsplash

                                       Log Slice Blank Thank You Card by Bay Moon Design

I used the trending log slice in this note card.  This is a great way to express gratitude or to offer appreciation. It has the word grateful in copper lettering with a log slice and yellow and leaves. "Inside of the card card is blank so there is plenty of room to write a special note.

I hope you will visit my online shop and pick up a few handmade pieces of jewelry and cards for this Fall.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

It's a Blue September

                                                              Photo by Paul Gilmore on Unsplash

The theme of the September Art Elements Challenge is BLUE.    Literally you could just use blue paint,  find blue objects or beads, use the ocean or the sky as inspiration.  Perhaps blue as an emotional inspiration is a possibility.  There are so many shades of blue to consider.  Art Elements members are hosting this on their Facebook Group for Art Elements Community.  

                                                  Long Casual Blue Earrings by BayMoonDesign

I decided to make a few pairs of blue earrings.  These are modern blue geometric earrings. The statement earrings have blue ceramics with a light brown that shows. The ceramics are made by Marsha Neal Studio.  Some brass beads, tiny seed beads, and Czech crystals dangle from chains and make the earrings about 3 inches in length.   The chain also creates some movement in these casual, everyday earrings.  

                                                             Teal Blue Ivy Earrings by BayMoonDesign

The next pair are trending teal earrings with turquoise ivy leaves on large sterling silver ear wires.  I added teal crystals which have a hint of purple as do the leaves.  The handmade artisan ivy leaves by Gardanne Beads are enameled on both sides and are 25 x 16mm.   Sterling silver ear wires are used. These are long earrings that are 2 inches from the curve at the top of the ear wire.  Both pairs are available for purchase in my online shop.  

                                                                          Petey age 7 months

I added a photo of my grandson who happens to be sporting a pale blue outfit.  It is only fitting that he be included in the blue blog.  He is the object of much of my time now that I am helping with his care while his parents work from home.  Glad I have Grandpa to help.  Being in your 70's and doing a daycare gig is a challenge physically but a real joy.  

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Mandala as a Design Theme


monthly theme challenge with the theme of mandala inspired me to make some handmade greeting cards.  I am showcasing them in  Facebook Group for Art Elements Community and they are in my online store for purchase.   Here is a link to the August: Mandala Theme Photo Album if you would like to see what everyone created.

Mandala (which comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit and means circle) is basically a circle containing a geometric design built around a single central point which are heavily symbolic in many eastern cultures. We may know them as decorative creations but they have a deep meditative meaning also.

Large Mandala Stamps and ink
Large Mandala Stamps and ink

I went through my stamp collection and found I had a number of stamps that I could use for this theme.  I started with a large mandala stamp that proved to be a challenge to use.  I have always found it difficult to get a good image with a large stamp.  I found that putting the paper directly on top of the stamp and applying pressure to this paper with my hands worked much better than the traditional applying the image.

Thank You Card by BayMoonDesign

This handmade blank thank you card with a mandala is perfect to express gratitude say thanks, or just drop a line. The mandala is stamped with black ink, cut out, and layered on the high quality black card stock paper. The card is embellished with hand stamped inspirational words. There is also a phrase "Thinking of You with a Grateful Heart added to yellow and orange paper with black ink. A yellow ribbon adds a pop of color.  Inside of the card card is blank so there is plenty of room to write a special note.

Thinking of You Card by BayMoonDesign

I used this same stamp to make a  thinking of you greeting card has a mandala and bright fall colors.  The card is embellished with hand stamped inspirational words. There is also a phrase "Thinking of You with a Grateful Heart" added to yellow and orange paper with black ink. A tangerine ribbon adds a pop of fall color. Inside of the card card is blank so there is plenty of room to write a special note.  The handmade card comes with a high quality white envelope with the mandala sign on flap of envelop.

Valentine Card by BayMoonDesign

This card uses the same Mandala stamp but it is inspired by Valentine's Day and used red as the accent color.  

Thanks So Much Card by BayMoonDesign
                                                    Thanks So Much Card by BayMoonDesign

This blank thank you card with fall colors is perfect to express gratitude say appreciation, or just drop a line. The cheerful mandalas and geometric patterns are stamped with yellow, green and orange ink, and layered on the high quality bright tangerine card stock paper. There are the words "thanks so" much added to a tag with green ink. A yellow ribbon adds a pop of fall color.

I enjoyed this challenge.  It gave me an opportunity to make some cards with stamps that I haven't used in a long time.  I love the geometric patterns!  I hope to use these stamps again.  They have proven to be very versatile.  What are your thoughts on these designs?

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Art Elements July Challenge-Hollow is the Theme

Tree Photo by K V on Unsplash
Tree Photo by K V on Unsplash
The current Art Elements monthly theme is hollow. This monthly theme can encompass things you see, feel, and create revolving around hollow. Objects that create negative space, draws you into the hollow space and your imagination can take over.

Textured Green Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Textured Green Earrings by BayMoonDesign

I had some ceramics made by Marsha Neal that came to mind immediately. 
I made these handmade green earrings with a pair of her textured ceramics that have negative space. I stacked three green beads above the round ceramics onto hand forged sterling silver. I love how the blue and greens in the ceramics look with silver. These boho earrings are 2 inches and are light and comfortable to wear. 

Round Blue Textured Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Round Blue Textured Earrings by BayMoonDesign

I created another pair of earrings using the same design.  These blue earrings have pair of differently colored ceramics by Marsha Neal. Three shinny blue crystals are stacked above the round ceramics. I love the blue and creams in the ceramics. I hand forged the silver to create the earrings which are 2 inches. 

Iridescent Navy Blue Floral Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Iridescent Navy Blue Floral Earrings by BayMoonDesign
This pair of earring makes use of iridescent navy blue flowers. The iridescent navy creates a color that reminds me of a deep pool of water that draws the viewer in.  Once again I used the same design with a couple of crystals added to the ear wires for some sparkle. 

Photo by Laura Pratt on Unsplash
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