I am excited to be selected this month to participate in Nina Designs
' Blog Partner program. She sent me a selection of products to
work with, and when they arrived, I was thrilled (and challenged!). All of the metal components that I received are golden natural bronze. These components are a
challenge for me because I don't do a lot with gold metals. I also received some ribbons and deer hide leather. I never used deer hide leather before.
I'm excited to show you my creations! For my first creation I selected a Nina Designs Lotus Pendant
, 2 infinity links
, a few spacers
, and gorgeous aqua silk ribbon
from the goodies that I was sent. I
really wanted to do justice to the lovely lotus
flower. Most of the inspirations for my jewelry come from nature so using one of the most delicate and
beautiful flowers of mother nature is a good fit for me . Although lotus grows in muddy water, it grows
beautiful and brings a smile on anyone's face who sees it. The lotus has
long been associated with purity, rebirth and beauty. I paired it with infinity links
because the shape is classic, fluid, and romantic
all at the same time. Aqua is a beautiful and peaceful color so I selected the aqua silk ribbon
for this piece. I think that this is a very romantic necklace.
My next design uses a very cute, pinkish purple ceramic owl paired with neutral colored
ceramic and wood beads and gold clasp. I added a Nina Designs
fushia fairy ribbon to give a pop of
color and showcase the lovely glaze on the one of a kind ceramic owl
focal. Nina Designs silk and fairy ribbons come in so many colors that it is easy to get one in the color that is perfect for your design.
I love wearing and making earrings. If I only have 1 piece of jewelry on, it will be a pair of earrings. These earrings were quick and easy to make. I used Nina Designs
small bronze bubble links
and earring findings
. I added a jump ring to attach the two components. It is that easy. They have such a fresh and contemporary look. They are my new, favorite earrings that I will have to hide from my daughter. Sorry, Christina!
I left the stone blue deer hide leather cord
for last since I had never used it before.
I was really surprised at how soft it is. It is very easy to knot. I
admit to prowling around on the Nina Designs website for some ideas and
instruction on how to use it. The Nina Designs
website offers lots of photos, how-to movies
and design tips.
I happened to have the silver components and focal on hand to make the necklace. I have had that focal for several years and when I saw the color of the deer leather I knew the time had come to use it. The colors work so well together!
I used some bronze spacers I had on hand to see how the deer hide leather cord looks paired with bronze. I have to say that I like the look of the bronze. I love the deer hide cord and I plan to use it more now that I have seen how lovely it is.
I find trying something new to me, gives me more options for design. I have another focal that I could never figure out how to use. I plan to pair with deer hide leather now that I have used it. The two will go so well together! I still have lots of this stone blue cord left. Would you like a chance to win some of this cord. I am giving away 60 inches of it. Anyone who comments on
my blog can earn 1 entry to a drawing for this stone blue cord. Following my blog earns
another entry. A third entry can be made by posting a comment with a
link to a social media site like twitter, facebook etc. in a comment on
I love Nina Designs
philosophy and appreciated that she is "fair trade
". Her designs are unique and fresh and each bead or finding makes your piece extra-special.
materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging
program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from
above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion
of the blog author.