We have taken lots of "mini" road trips in the past year. We love to travel and, with our sons living several states away, we missed that a lot so we started taking day trips.
One of our favorite places to go was Ponchatoula, LA. At just about 45 minutes from our home, it was an easy drive and provided a nice place to walk around and window shop the antique stores.
Another favorite was Ann Brown Preserve near St. Fancisville. This place seems like an undiscovered gem, providing a nice easy walk in the woods and the terrain is hilly!!! What a concept.
Awkward seque: want to see some handmade zippered bags that are perfect for knitting or makeup or anything else you need to "tote" around?? >>>>>>>> ClICK HERE!
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love zippered bags! I love 'em big, I love 'em small, any size at all, that are always useful for something! It's been so much fun making these bags in all sorts of fun Christmas fabric. The fabric is kind of "recycled" or, more accurately, saved from the trash bin. These is a small fabric store that has little ends of bolts and other small scraps from their own projects that would otherwise be thrown away. I love to search through and pick up some of these pieces and give them new life. So, that's recycled but new fabric, right?
Oh, and that tassel! Do you love tassels as much as I do? The tassels on the new bags can be used to decorate any bag or purse or on your keychain for a little extra something!
Anyway, go here if you want to check out the bags. I'll be adding more bags each day so come back & see what's new!
These sterling silver earrings with pearls are the best! I know, they don't like like sterling silver right?? That's because I oxidized the silver using a multi-step process that causes the silver to turn black (or kind of a very dark charcoal color). There is just something about that black with the creaminess of the freshwater pearl that I love!
Do you remember those carefree days of childhood, when we felt a sense of joy around the simple things we did for entertainment - like making necklaces from clover or daisy flowers? Those are the days I was thinking about when I designed this jewelry collection - I wanted to put that feeling of joy into jewelry that you could wear everyday and be reminded of another place and time as you go about your day!
Click here to shop the entire collection of daisy chain
(aka clover chain) jewelry!
This jacket. Did you know you can wear this type of jacket all year long, even in this hot as can be southeastern part of the US?
Winter? Yes, on those mild sunny days (we have a lot of those where I live).
Fall? Just right, a little extra cover on those nice cool nights.
Summer? Oh, yes. You know those days when it is just SO HOT so you wear your coolest, breeziest sundress to go out to lunch with friends? And then...surprise!! The A.C. is turned down to about 60 degrees. No worries, whip out your little short sleeve jean jacket and you are prepared no matter how far down they turn the A.C.!
LOADS of new silver jewelry making it's way onto the website as we speak, including this light & breezy extra long silver necklace!
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New postcards!! I love these. I designed them to be used for wholesale orders but I think they will be useful for all sorts of things....want a postcard?? :)
I typically use them when I am at larger art shows; I put my booth number on the back & give them out so that people can find me again without having to follow the yellow brick road!
Do you like the look of those silver drop "waterfall" earrings? Click here to get a closer look and shop!
One of my favorite silver stacking rings and one of my favorite handmade cups!
Don't you love owning things that just make you happy every time you look at them? I would say silver stack rings are a new jewelry trend but, really, did they ever go out of style? I don't think so!
Click here to get a few stacking rings for yourself!
Just in time for June Birthday gifting!
What is an akoya pearl?
I have been reading up on akoya vs. freshwater pearls because I LOVE pearls and I wanted to find out about all these different types of pearls. Bottom line? Akoyas are saltwater and are grown in Japan. Freshwater pearls are from China and are grown in fresh water! Oh, yes, one more thing, freshwater pearls are WAY more affordable than akoyas and, besides that, they are beautiful! For my money? It's freshwater pearls, all the way! Read more about freshwater pearls here.
So Many Different Kinds of Pearls!
Freshwater pearls, which come from rivers and lakes in China, are the most popular of all types of pearls. Although they come in a huge range of colors, I work almost exclusively with white or cream pearls; these more natural pearl colors have been so popular, especially when paired with sterling silver! A classic combination! Click HERE to see all the freshwater pearl jewelry!
New bold earrings - familiar design, new larger format!
I'll be you have heard that big, bold earrings are "in" right now and for the foreseeable future! Bold earrings are a great accent for denim and can be the focal point of the "no makeup" make up look!
These statement earrings are also wonderful if you dress simply - they will create an instant sense of your personality!
These earrings come in two smaller sizes (medium size handmade silver earrings and this small silver earring design). This design was just begging for a new larger size and this is it!
Circles are such an important universal symbol and jewelry that incorporates this ancient symbol makes a statement for the wearer. The circle has long been a symbol of wholeness, infinity and unity among people. I am so excited to share with you some new additions to La Luna Collection - jewelry that uses the simple circle as it's core. If you want to read more about the circle as a symbol, go HERE to do that.
Brand new collection in bright sterling silver and oxidized silver! Carefully hammered with that special hammer that I bought not too long ago! (Click HERE if you want more info on the hammer I used & why it's so special!)
Pictured above is the small black disc pendant on a bright sterling silver ball chain. Look for more jewelry coming soon to this collection!
Amethyst is the birthstone for February! Looking for the metaphysical "meaning" or healing properties of amethyst? There are many, but here are a few:
> promotes calm
> enhances life balance
> improves intellectual thoughts
> prevents drunkenness!
Know a jewelry lover with a February birthday? She would love this!
You will be happy to know that the sterling silver heart jewelry is back on the website! These handmade Valentine's Day earrings, rings and necklaces are only available in February and there is limited stock available!
Need a gift for Valentine's Day? (YES, it's ok to buy a Valentine's Day gift for yourself!) Check out these handmade heart earrings!
Chimneyville Art Festival
The fleur de lis is a symbol that is deeply ingrained in Louisiana's history and I use it in many of my handmade jewelry designs, including the fleur de lis necklace, fleur de lis bracelet and fleur de lis earrings pictured above. Many people are interested in the fleur de lis meaning so I wanted to give you a little information about this beautiful and ancient symbol that is seen on the Louisiana state flag and in architecture across the state.
The fleur de lis is a considered a "stylized" lily (in French, fleur means "flower", and lis means "lily") that has been used since ancient times in association with French royalty and in religious symbolism.
The fleur de lis symbol has been regarded as a sign of purity since antiquity. In fact, the Catholic Church has used the fleur-de-lis emblem both as a symbol of the Holy Trinity as well as an emblem of the Virgin Mary.
So there you have it! Hopefully now you know a little more about this beautiful symbol than you knew before!
These are some of the most popular dangle earrings of all time for my shop. Everyone loves sterling silver, so that is part of the charm but I think the rest of the story is in the "flexibility" of these silver earrings - they move with you and are just so much fun to wear because of that!
These earrings would make a great gift for mom (a Mother's Day gift) - you can choose silver, silver and gold or silver and copper.
Scroll down to see these dangle earrings in a sweet combination of sterling silver and gold filled!
Silver "elliptical" earrings and a little bit of information about how they were made. Starting with plain round silver wire, I always start with a circle then work them into the final shape.
Copper is such a great warm metal for fall and winter and pearl jewelry is always classic. The combination of silver and copper provide just a touch of the mixed metal look that is so versatile & popular. Put it on & go - what could be simpler than that?
Happy first day of fall!
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!