Friday, April 19, 2019

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

Photo by Andreas Dress on Unsplash

a strong desire to travel.

WANDERLUST is the TRAVEL-themed challenge for April's We're All Ears. We are to be inspired by actual places we have been, the methods of getting there, or even the places we want to travel to!

Photo by Kate Torline on Unsplash

With that in mind,  I was reminded of a past road trip from the Lewes, Delaware to the Southwest of the United States.  As someone from the flatlands of coastal Delaware, I was really impressed by the mountain vistas of the Southwest and I have longed to return to their beauty.  Mountains of this size and color are different than beiges and blues of the East coast.   One stop on this trip was Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Being from the East coast, I enjoyed seeing a very different culture set in these mountains. 

 Plaza of Santa Fe is the Heart of Santa Fe, photo by K. Lindemer
 Plaza of Santa Fe is the Heart of Santa Fe, photo by K. Lindemer

Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. Santa Fe is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it has at its heart the traditional Plaza named Plaza of Santa Fe. While there I toured the Palace of the Governors which is an adobe structure located on the Plaza of Santa Fe which served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries. There you can absorb the history, religion, and culture.
Bead store in downtown Sante Fe, photo by K.Lindemer
Bead store in downtown Sante Fe, photo by K.Lindemer

Santa Fe is also a creative arts hotbed. While there I visited The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum which is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, her life, American modernism. While there I also found time to do some bead shopping.  

Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, photo by K. Lindemer
Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, photo by K. Lindemer
To absorb the culture of this area, the chapels are a must see. I visited The Loretto Chapel in Santa. It is a former Roman Catholic church that is now used as a museum and a wedding chapel. It is known for its unusual and amazing helix-shaped spiral staircase. The Sisters of Loretto credited St. Joseph with its construction.

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                              Georgia O' Keeffe's Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico Photo By Artotem

I enjoyed this trip and I want to return to the area again and this time I want to plan the trip around a visit to the town of Abiquiú, New Mexico which is about 53 miles (85 km) north of Santa Fe. There I want to tour the home of Georgia O'Keeffe which was her vision. Throughout the property one can see and feel the time and love O’Keeffe dedicated to this special property in a very special town, Abiquiu.

Southwestern Turquoise and Red Dangles by BayMoonDesign

These are southwestern turquoise and red dangles that are inspired by my desire to return to a place where the reds in the mountains are set against the blues in long vistas of sky. I love turquoise and red together. These earrings remind me of the colors in the beautiful southwest of the United States.
Southwestern Turquoise and Red Dangles by BayMoonDesign

I love the rustic southwest look of these turquoise earrings. This art jewelry is made with handmade crackle beads by artisan Scorched Earth. I used sterling silver ear wires to compliment the gray in the beads. Red Czech beads surrounded by gray are sitting atop a gunmetal spacer.  These earrings are for sale in my BayMoonDesign shop.

Photo of person jumping mountains by Walker Fenton on Unsplash
Photo by Walker Fenton on Unsplash

I plan to explore the world this week by reading the blogs of the other participants in this blog hop! Join us and leave comments in your travels through them.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Bead Peeps Reveal

Participating in Bead Peeps 5th Annual Swap'n Hop and my pairing with Jennifer Strehler has been fun. She and I have a lot in common. We both have shops on Etsy. My shop is BayMoonDesign and her shop is called Purple Oyster. She loves purple just as much as I do. She associates the color with strength.  I just love purple for its color;  it just calls to me.  Jennifer and I both create jewelry.  When I look at her jewelry, it is clear to me that she selects high quality gems and metals and is very meticulous in her metal working.

Purple Oyster gifted BayMoonDesign

agate focal, lamp work, beads

I received these beautiful beads back from Jennifer in March. Jennifer was very generous in sending me so many beautiful beads.  Immediately, I fell in love with the large art glass flower beads.  I don't know how she parted with them!  They were made by glass artist Russian Любовь Агапкина.  

I put the purple beads aside for a special necklace for my daughter who also loves purple.  I have had a focal for awhile that will work beautifully with the beads that Jennifer gifted me.  
Photo by Jessica Castro on Unsplash

I then set out with the intention of using the gorgeous large glass flowers and the gifted leather in a design. The leather fit through the glass flowers so I saw that as a sign to use it in the necklace.  I also used a few of her ceramic beads, the large agate focal.  I love copper so I used that metal to add some color and brightness.  The necklace went together pretty quickly, but I spent a lot of time on the design.  I ended up starting the design at the back of the necklace. I cut the leather in half and ran the leather with the ceramic beads, copper spacers, and glass flowers through and attached it inside to a copper wire loop that I created.  The knotted leather is trimmed and tucked back inside the flower.  I also knotted the leather where I wanted to hold the beads and spacers in place.  The knots also add color to the necklace.  The hardest part of the design was determining how to connect the leather to the metal.

Floral Necklace by BayMoonDesign
 I want to create a statement necklace to feature for an upcoming Delaware by Hand Memorial Day Show that I am participating in on May 25, 2019 at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware.  I like to feature floral and nautical pieces there at this art show.   If you are in town, stop by and see my creations.

I sent Jennifer this box packed with goodies for her to use.  I can't wait to see what she created.

A special thanks to our hostess:Linda Anderson at

Photo by Laura Johnston on Unsplash

Grab a beverage and enjoy seeing what others did with their gifted beads. 

Non Seed Beaders

Hope Smitherman

Seed Beaders

Photo by Courtney Hedger on Unsplash

Thanks for visiting my blog. Comments are always welcome!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

We're All Ears :: March Challenge :: Leaping Greenly

sun Photo by Brandon Green on Unsplash
Photo by Brandon Green on Unsplash

We're All Ears March Challenge is all about green.  We are all waiting for beautiful spring weather that brings more sunshine to melt the snow and ice that covers lots of the country.  We are waiting to see all the shades of green that are unique  to Spring. Spring comes to us in March.  

Photo by Paul Gilmore on Unsplash

Here's to the Vernal Equinox that is coming on March 20th and our beginning to have more hours of daylight than night. The 2019 
vernal equinox is special. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the spring equinox will occur on the same day as March’s Full Moon--the Worm Moon.  March’s Full Moon will also be a super moon, meaning that it will be slightly larger and brighter than most of the other full Moons this year.  

frost covered grass photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Here's to the sleeping buds and the dormant blades of grass that are preparing to make their appearance. 

Green Beverage Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash
Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash
And here's to the coming Saint Patty's Day celebration of all things green.

Spring Green Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Spring Green Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Here's to my new spring green earrings. These spring green earrings have sterling silver ear wires that add to a minimalist look. The green dangles are 1.75 inches below the top of the ear wires and are light and comfortable to wear. The glass work is by Susan Kennedy.  They are available HERE.

4 leaf clover Photo by Amy Reed on Unsplash
Photo by Amy Reed on Unsplash

Now hop on over to this month's post to see what others created.

Comments are welcome!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Different Leather Bracelet Options for Designers

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash
In my first blog in this series on adding leather to your jewelry designs,   I discussed the challenge of picking out the leather.  I showed how I have added leather to my collection of handmade earrings.  My second in the series, discusses designing leather bracelets and focuses on using magnetic clasps.  In this third in the series, I am showing the advantage of using wide magnetic clasps in designs. 

I love the creativity that the use of a wide magnetic clasp offers. I realized when making the single strand leather bracelet below that I liked the color and texture of the leather and it made an attractive single strand bracelet. It was quick and easy to make.  I had a piece left when I finished that I thought would look great with some other leather that I had on hand.  This other leather had the texture of cork and was much lighter in color.

Single strand leather bracelet by BayMoonDesign
I used the cork leather in the center of my new bracelet that I made with a wide magnetic clasp.  The outer leather strands are the scrap leather from the above bracelet.   I love how the lighter beige color contrasts with the darker orange color.  The textures are a complete contrasts also.  Combined they make a really interesting triple strand bracelet that allows you to showcase your creativity.
Triple strand leather bracelet with wide magnetic clasp by BayMoonDesign
Triple strand leather bracelet with wide magnetic clasp by BayMoonDesign
I created a collection of bracelets on Pinterest that illustrates the fun that a designer can have by using these wide magnetic clasps. The clasps come in all different shapes and finishes. In addition to leather, you can add whatever material that fits in the clasp and that your Super Glue holds.  This is another area where your creativity can come into play.

Before I used magnetic clasps I was skeptical that they would hold. I am sold on their strength and ease of use. They simply attract each other and secure the parts with no effort at all. This offers the advantage of being an ideal choice for people with limited hand mobility. It is important to point out that these clasps should NEVER be worn with a pacemaker, so be advised when making and selling jewelry.

Photo by LUM3N on Unsplash of notebook with Grow on cover
Photo by LUM3N on Unsplash

I love that there is no limit to creativity with leather.  Comments are welcome!