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!  

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Art Elements February Challenge Birds of Prey--Owls

Photo by Richard Lee on Unsplash
Photo by Richard Lee on Unsplash

February's Art Elements Challenge sponsored by Cathy Spivey Mendola is birds of prey. I am very fond using owls in my jewelry and this bird happens to be an excellent hunter in both the day and night which makes the owl perfect for this challenge. 

Photo by Richard Lee on Unsplash

I love watching owls fly as they move stealthy when looking for their prey. Their prey includes invertebrates such as insects, spiders, earthworms, snails and crabs. Fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and small mammals are also part of the owl diet.

Leather Owl Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Leather Owl Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Earlier in the month, I blogged about this leather owl bracelet with a magnetic clasp. I designed a single strand leather bracelet using 10 mm. flat Italian leather. This leather reminded me of tree bark. I love owls so I couldn't resist an owl slider that seemed a natural fit with the leather. I used a silver magnetic clasp. To put my spin on the bracelet,  I used Super glue to attach metal spacers to two beads that I had in my stash and then glued the beads to the leather. I love the fun look!

Modern Owl Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Modern Owl Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
My second creation inspired by birds of prey is this modern owl bracelet with a chunky chain and orange leather combined with art beads in reddish orange, beige and brown beads. The red brown lamp work beads are by artisan Susan Kennedy. Ceramic owl focal and other handmade beads are by artist Sandra Sapienza.

Grab a hot beverage and enjoy seeing what everyone else was inspired to write.
Kathy  You are here.

Team Members: 

Cathy  Hostess!

  Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash
Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash

Thank you Cathy for hosting challenge.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

A First Time Visit to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2019

photo of coconut trees
Photo by bady qb on Unsplash

I had the opportunity to go to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2019 which is held in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida. This is the first time I had gone to an arts festival of this size. I have spent lots of time at arts festivals in my tiny state of Delaware over the past decade both as a shopper and retail vendor of jewelry and handmade cards. I was anxious to see what this festival was all about. Plus, the setting is a gorgeous mile of Biscayne Bay’s coastline.

sign for activities at festival

The festival features 360 international artists selected by a jury in mediums ranging from painting to photography, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture and other forms. The festival also includes culinary arts, entertainment and family activities.

an art display from festival

Art lovers can wander from stand to stand in a gorgeous alfresco environment where artists showcase everything from digital art, fiber, glass, clay and metal work.

                             tropical plants on sale

You can also enjoy stands of tropical plants. The orchids were especially beautiful.  

diy jewelry display

I paid special attention not only to the handmade jewelry there as well as how it was displayed.  I am always looking for new ways to display my jewelry at art shows.  I thought that this booth was unique.  It certainly was new to me.  I love how the artisan repurposed old fire extinguishers.       

colorful metal animals

You can see some of the white exhibit tents filled with arts in the background.  Don't you just love the metal animals lined up on the side walk!

Regatta Park

 The festival was kid-friendly with a Family Zone in Regatta Park packed with activities, crafts and entertainment for the whole family.  

          All in all, an enjoyable day and festival! What are your thoughts?