Friday, April 28, 2017

Sending Love on Mother's Day

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Mother's Day is right around the corner and I want to share some of my fave gifts with you.  None of my picks are expensive, but they are thoughtful and say you care.

Keep scrolling to see a few of my latest finds…

Sending Love on Mother's Day

 iphone case

Body cleanser

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Sterling Heart Shaped Locket with Hammer Finish. Perfect for

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Some of my favorite Mother's Days were sent on a sandbar in Lewes, Delaware,  when my children were young. We would walk through the water and look for sea creatures and shells.  Sometimes if it was an especially warm May day we would bring our beach chairs and a picnic lunch and enjoy sitting on our little island in the bay.  We didn't do any thing expensive, but we had plain old fun.  The important thing is to send time with your family and do something everyone enjoys.  Create a memory this Mother's Day!

Friday, April 21, 2017

We're All Ears:: April Inspiration::Eggs

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This month's Were All Ear's challenge is this... use the EGG as your Muse in whatever form you would like.   You can pick the rainbow colors that you remember as a child.

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You can stick to more natural egg imagery as a sign of life and rebirth and the continuance of nature awakening in the spring.


You can just use a simple egg shape.

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      There are so many options.   Well what did I decide to do?                                                                  
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I was inspired by the eggs in the spring that are found in birds' nests.

Eggs in Nest Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Eggs in Nest Earrings by BayMoonDesign

I found these cute birds made by Vintaj.  I got out my natural brass wire and some vintage glass pearls that I made the birds nests with the pearls in them.  I decided to use the vintage pearls because I like their beige color rather than a stark white.  The most difficult part was figuring how many jump rings to use to get the birds to hang at the right spot and in the right direction.

I do want to make a pair of nests with sterling silver wire.  For the silver nests, I am going to use white pearls.  This was my first attempt in making nests and I am pleased with the results. There are lots of tutorial on the Internet.  I really enjoyed making them.  I plan to make nest more now.  They are great accents in necklaces.  I love an article that I read about using nests made into pins as baby shower favors.   I thought that was a really cute idea and I am filing that idea away for further use.

If you need a special gift for Mother's Day or a new mom, these earrings are available in my online shop.  This was a fun challenge for me.

Friday, April 14, 2017

April Art Bead Scene Challenge

Matamoe or Landscape with Peacocks by Paul Gauguin
    Matamoe or Landscape with Peacocks
Paul Gauguin
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This month's Art Bead Scene Challenge is a colorful and vibrant landscape by Gauguin.  Gauguin found it constricting to do what other Impressionists did and paint entirely from nature. Instead, he created a new type of Impressionism by painting with large, outlined blocks of flat, bright color. One thing that separated Paul Gauguin from other artists was that he used heavy outlines in his paintings. Impressionists blended pieces together to achieve a sense of time in the painting. Gauguin separated out objects with clear outlines instead in watered down Prussian blue. Later the blue outlines would be filled in with opaque colors. The idea was for the dark outline to heighten the intensity of the other colors used. Gauguin used flat areas of bright color. He used colors such as Prussian blue, cobalt blue, emerald green, viridian, cadmium yellow, chrome yellow, red ochre, cobalt violet, and lead or zinc white.

necklace by BayMoonDesign featuring focal by Mary Harding
                                       necklace by BayMoonDesign featuring focal by Mary Harding

I decided to limit my use of colors to blue, black, green, and yellow.  The ceramic leaf that I selected to use as my focal in a necklace is by the well know ceramic artist Mary Harding and it reminded me of the blues and blacks in some of the trees in the painting.  I love the earthy and rustic looks of her work and I have several pieces in my shop that have her ceramics in them.

Navy Blue Ceramic Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Navy Blue Ceramic Necklace by BayMoonDesign

This earthy navy blue ceramic necklace is perfect for anyone who loves art jewelry.  The dagger necklace has a rustic appearance and reminds me of the many green, and orange colors found in nature especially in Spring.  I used navy blue Irish waxed linen thread to bring out the yellows and greens in the necklace.  This long boho necklace has a bronze clasp that I made for this necklace.

I was inspired by this piece.  I think it would be a great Mother's Day gift.  What do you think?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps Blog and Swap

3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop
3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop

I am happy to say I am part of the 3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop which is hosted by Linda Anderson  of CherryOnTopDesign.  Our directions for this event are to send our partner something he or she will love and will brightening his or her day as well as offer a challenge. 

We didn't have much time to mail our beads to our partner. I spent some time poking around on the Internet to learn a little about my partner--Linda Raggo as possible.

Linda Raggo

Linda lives in Auburn, Georgia.  I found that Linda is exclusively on Facebook. She told me that she has had much better luck there than Etsy or Amazon Handmade and better than her local shows.   She is a seller in the LBA Designers Galleria Showcase group.  I had the opportunity to watch her sell there one weekend.  As far as I could tell, she sold everything she listed.  Her photos of her jewelry were really well done.  Her jewelry is beautiful.  She uses Swarovski crystal accents, sterling silver and lots of handmade ceramic and lamp work by well known artisans.

Stash of beads that Raggo sent to BayMoonDesign

Leafy agate necklace by BayMoonDesign
This yellow, moss green, and brown agate necklace has the three creamy leaf shaped ceramics that Linda sent to me. I  added light brown jasper and moss green and brown agate to them. This earthy statement necklace is 18 inches around. I made the brass clasp which reminds me of the sun. The yellow, brown and green colors are perfect for the nature lover.

Leafy Agate Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Leafy Agate Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I think this woodsy necklace would make a special Mother's Day necklace or handmade artisan gift for someone special.  It is available in my shop.

Floral earrings by BayMoonDesign
Floral earrings by BayMoonDesign

These red floral lampwork earrings are so romantic and pretty! I used the floral lampwork beads that Linda sent.  The glass beads are white with red flowers that have tiny blue centers. I added blue swarovski crystals to highlight the blue in this red jewelry. I hand forged the sterling silver ear wires.

Rainbow colored necklace by BayMoonDesign
Rainbow colored necklace by BayMoonDesign
This rainbow colored casual necklace is a multicolored necklace with upcycled vintage tin beads and the stunning large, royal blue glass beads that Linda sent me.  I attached them with soft pale pink leather. I made an adjustable necklace which can be worn short or long. 

navy blue floral earrings by BayMoonDesign
navy blue floral earrings by BayMoonDesign
I used the irredescent blue floral beads in these earrings.  The floral lamp work is a pretty navy blue. The earrings have hand forged sterling silver ear wires that I made especially for this jewelry. I added a couple of crystals to the ear wires for some sparkle.

Part of this challenge involved sending our partner some beads that we created with. I sent Linda the pink ceramic focal. I am anxious to see if she used it and how. Below is the pink crystal necklace that I made with it.

Pink Crystal Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Pink Crystal Necklace by BayMoonDesign

This rosy red necklace has a pale pink ceramic focal surrounded by stunning pink crystals. There are rosy red pearls and silk ribbon attached. The crystal necklace has a pretty floral silver clasp.

Ocean wave necklace by BayMoonDesign
Ocean wave necklace by BayMoonDesign

The other bead that I sent to Linda is the ocean wave bead in the necklace above.  I used the artisan 24 mm. in diameter ocean wave lamp work bead by glass bead maker Carole Hughes. The peach colored seashell swirl opaque glass and transparent glass reminds me of an ocean wave. I added a copper coral connector to the top and copper coral branch to the bottom of the lamp work. I combined copper spacers, carnelian red beads, cream beads, and blue gray chips. I also added tiny blue gray seed beads to add color and sparkle. I made the circular copper clasp with the intent of adding more copper with a similar design to the piece.

I am anxious to see if Linda used these beads and what she did with them.

I still have lots of beads that Linda sent left to use. Thank you Linda Raggo for the generous supply of beads and Linda Anderson for organizing this.  Please grab  your favorite beverage and enjoy seeing what everyone has created.  Leave a comment or two!

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Beaders and partners 
Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman
Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price
Kathy Lindemer  (here)
Linda Raggo
Marianne Baxter  http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.comAgnes Heidler
Rachelle Walker
Gloria Allen
Ally Asato
Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips
Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc
Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury
Shai Williams
Betony Maiden
Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider
Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 
Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis
Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell
Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez
Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden
Karin King
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Seed Beaders 
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Penny Houghton
Krafty Max
Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop
Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass
Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris
Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring is in the Air

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Spring everything is officially upon us, and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve loved running across so many pretty things on the web inspired by the fresh spring season.   I want to share some spring faves with you. 

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air by baymoondesign featuring yellow home decor

 Keep scrolling to see a few of my latest finds…

Yigal Azrouƫl red dress

Pink handbag

Post earrings

Floral painting

Set of 3 Chick Eggs Painted Egg Gourds Spring Easter Eggs Blue Golden...

I think it is great fun to see floral and off the shoulder trends in women's fashions.  Accessories are key to energizing your wardrobe and home. Accessories can help to bring the spring into your home.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Hop Hoarders Edition

Bead Soup Blog Party 2017

I am happy to say I am part of the Bead Soup Blog Party of 2017 which is sponsored by Lori Anderson.  This is a special edition --a Bead Hoarders edition. Our instructions were to open our hearts to hope and beauty and true gift-giving. We were to send our partner something he or she will love and will brightening their day.  This is a blind trade.  No discussion of colors, styles, etc. An interesting twist is that you need to send a note that tells who made the bead (if you know), the material (glass, clay, etc) or type of gemstone, and why you hoarded it.

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Bobbie Rafferty
We only had a few days to mail our bead or beads to our partner. My partner for this year's exchange is Bobbie Rafferty of Beadsong Jewelry. We have worked together before on as designers for ZnetShows Beads and our jewelry has been featured on their website and Creative Spark online magazines.

Goodies sent to BayMoonDesign
Goodies sent to BayMoonDesign by Bobbie

I was pretty excited to get my package in the mail.  Truth be told, I am always excited to get beads.  I love the lamp work focal that she sent me.  I plan to use it in a necklace.  The focal is perfect for a redo of a necklace that I made a long while ago that was lacking contrast of colors.  In this reveal, you will see the before and after.  I succeeded in brightening the necklace with adding red to it. The focal has a deep red which worked well in the design.  

Before necklace by BayMoonDesign
Before necklace by BayMoonDesign
The original freshwater pearl necklace contains elements that I loved, but the necklace just didn't do them justice.  I used stunning blister pearls,  freshwater pearls, and jasper.  There is a special green bead that is I made from high quality paper wrapped with gold and green threads. The focal pendant is pretty but added no additional colors.  The necklace was brown and olive green.  It needed another color to carry it to the next level.

olive green and red art necklace by BayMoonDesign
                                 One of a kind olive green and red art necklace by BayMoonDesign

The lampwork bead that Bobbie sent me was just what I needed to redo this necklace.  The lampwork has a deep red, olive green and navy blue in it.  I added a handmade green head pin, some brass bead cap to it.  I also added additional red glass beads to the necklace to brighten it.  I spaced the stunning blister pearls with small brown pearls. I kept the jasper and special handmade fiber and paper bead.  I included a pretty polymer clay red rose by Leah Curtis. I turned this art necklace into a one of a kind gift for Mother's Day, an anniversary or birthday.

Earthy navy blue necklace by BayMoonDesign
Earthy navy blue necklace by BayMoonDesign

The navy beads that Bobbie sent were just what I needed to finish my second necklace.  This earthy navy blue ceramic necklace is perfect for anyone who loves art jewelry.  The dagger necklace has a rustic appearance and reminds me of the many green, and orange colors found in nature especially in Spring.  I used navy blue Irish waxed linen thread to bring out the yellows and greens in the necklace.  This long boho necklace has a bronze clasp that I made for this necklace.

The ceramic leaf is by the well know ceramic artist Mary Harding.  I love the earthy and rustic looks of her work and I have several pieces in my shop that have her ceramics in them.

Thank you Bobbie for sending me just the right bead to transform a pretty necklace into a very special one.

A special thank you to Lori Anderson for organizing this!
Please stop by the blog hop to see what other folks created.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

We're All Ears -March 17 Owls

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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.

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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.

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