Friday, December 27, 2019

December Art Elements - Handmade Christmas

Photo of cardinal bird by Robert Thiemann on Unsplash
Photo by Robert Thiemann on Unsplash
I love the theme of the December Art Elements Challenge - Handmade Christmas. As always we can use any medium we choose. We can enter gifts that we make, ornaments and decorations, wreaths, Christmas cards… even cakes, cookies and gingerbread houses – just as long as we have made them.

Winter tree earring by BayMoonDesign
Winter tree earring by BayMoonDesign
I made a number of earrings with Christmas in mind.  I designed them so that they can be worn for Christmas as well as all winter long.  The ceramic trees remind me of snow covered trees so I wanted to create a pair of earthy looking earrings. The ear wires are natural brass which adds to an earthy look. These snowy tree earrings make a one of a kind art jewelry gift for a nature lover.  The ceramics are made by artist Mary Harding

Cardinal Bird Photo by Brendan Steeves on Unsplash
Photo by Brendan Steeves on Unsplash

I love cardinals. When I saw a cardinal image on faux tin beads by a favorite artisan of mine, I knew that that they would become a special pair of holiday earrings. The art jewelry illustrations are from original artwork of Heather Powers of Humblebeads. The image will not scratch off, is water-resistant, and adorable.

Cardinal earrings by BayMoonDesign
Cardinal earrings by BayMoonDesign
I paired sterling silver wires and olive green Swarovski crystals to add sparkle and bring out the green in the beads. If you love nature these earrings make a statement and can be worn all winter. As a gift these bird dangles are sure to put a smile on the face of a bird lover.

Snowmen Ornament by BayMoonDesign

In a previous blog I described how I made a dozen ornaments for the Biggs Museum of American Art .  The museum hosts a holiday market for children. They purchase handmade items by member artisans. 

I went through my stash of tins, card stock, tools, old Christmas cards, ribbons and trim, earrings, holiday pins, odds and ends. Two essentials for this project are a hot glue gun and Modge Podge which I had. The best part of this project was that I did not have to buy a single thing. I had everything I used already at home.  I admit I worked with children for 35 years so I have a rather large collection of holiday pins and jewelry that I hope will bring joy to others as I repurpose them. I wanted them to enjoy life outside of my jewelry box.  This ornament has a trio of ceramic snowmen that I hope is now being enjoyed on someones Christmas tree.

Christmas Card by BayMoonDesign

I made a number of Christmas and holiday cards as I do every year. One of my favorites is this Santa card. If you like this card, you may want to look at my collection of handmade cards that I sell in my Etsy shop.

Photo by Rinck Content Studio on Unsplash
Remember this is a bog hop. I special thanks to Jennifer Davies-Reazor for organizing this. Here's a list of all of the participants:

Grab some hot chocolate and see what the others made for Christmas!  Don't forget we love comments.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

We're All Ears :: 5th Annual Use Your Leftovers Challenge!

Photo of a pile of Legos by Rick Mason on Unsplash
Photo of a pile of Legos by Rick Mason on Unsplash

In my mind this photo shows how I think my craft table looks. Not a pretty sight! In reality it is always a mess. I am trying to do better. Using a muffin tin or any kind of divided tray that holds parts has given me much needed structure.

I look forward to this challenge every year because I love to make earrings and I sell more of them than anything else. I had an especially good holiday season and I need to start thinking of spring designs as well as resupply my popular sellers. I am also trying to embrace my new motto:


My muffin tin with earrings parts
My muffin tin with earrings parts
I have some gorgeous beads by Susan Kennedy of SueBeads that I wanted to used. I put them in my muffin tin first and worked with them first to insure they end up as two new pairs of spring earrings. I also put some parts to popular earrings. I placed these beads and parts together with ear wires, findings, etc in each division of the tin.

I have a long list of things to do so I made up my mind that I would devote one week to this. I was originally trying to create one pair a day and get all six made in one week. I only got four made but I did get the earrings with Susan's beads done and I am very happy with them. So rather than beat myself up about not making my goal, I celebrated by photographing and listing them on Etsy.

Modern Pink and Black Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Modern Pink and Black Earrings by BayMoonDesign
I love the black dots and dashes on the lampwork beads by Susan Kennedy. I imagined them as becoming a pair of modern looking earrings. I used some tiny pink and black beads to create stripes for a fun and contemporary look in these pink and black earrings. I combined beautiful artisan lampwork with sterling silver.

Modern Orange Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Modern Orange Earrings by BayMoonDesign

These handmade modern orange and white floral earrings combine beautiful artisan lampwork with sterling silver. The orange dangles have a contemporary look to them. I used some tiny orange and white floral beads to create a fun look. This orange and white jewelry is a perfect gift or fashion accessory.

The orange and white lampwork beads are made by artist Sue Kennedy.

Navy Blue Earring by BayMoonDesign
Navy Blue Earrings by BayMoonDesign
I have found these natural sodalite stones are popular with my customers.  I made these navy blue earrings for those who are looking for long dangles that have a very retro look to them. These blue earrings showcase the natural sodalite stones in sterling silver teardrops. I love how the sterling silver compliments the blue sodalite. 
Pink Agate Earring by BayMoonDesign
I bought a string of these pink agate stones that I use either upright to look like hearts or upside down to look like teardrops.  These are pale pink heart earrings for those who are looking for heart shaped dangles. These pink earrings feature natural agate stones and sterling silver. I love how the sterling silver compliments the pink. The pink and grays in these stones are gorgeous. These pink geometric earrings are modern looking.

Which pair is your favorite? I am looking forward to seeing how others did with this challenge.  This is a blog hop so make sure to head over to the Earrings Everyday We're All Ears and see what others created.  You might get inspired!

Thank you Erin Prais-Hintz for this inspiration.