I introduced smaller stitch markers last week and then realized that what we REALLY need, as knittiers, is stitch markers that do double duty!
These sterling silver markers not only mark (and keep up with) your stitches, nestling securely around a stitch or two or a row or two; they also will fit nicely and easily around knitting needles up to a US size 9.
Yay for functional and beautiful knitting tools! Did I mention that these stitch markers are not only useful on a day to day basis but are also meant to be handed down to the next generation of knitters in your family?
Enjoy! Click here to shop these new, convertible silver stitch markers!
I love to knit and I love to make jewelry so I thought, why not combine the two? I make some silver stitch markers that include gemstones (you can go here to see those) but these newest ones are just a simple little twist of non-tarnish sterling silver wire (love those sweet little balled ends!!).
Simple, functional, elegant. AND guess what.....
These silver stitch markers make great gifts for the knitter in your family or for the knitter wannabe!
Use everyday and plan to hand these down to the next generation of knitters in your family!!
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Rose gold jewelry (also known as "pink gold") was first popular in the 1800's when it was used extensively by the jeweler Carl Faberge in his Faberge Eggs. Rose gold later gained popularity in the United Stated during the 1920's and was worn in engagement rings and fine jewelry. Rose or pink gold is such a feminine metal - classic and elegant and a little bit different from what everyone else is wearing; it's a really nice alternative to traditional yellow gold jewelry! Want to stand out from the crowd? Try a little rose gold on your wrist!
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I spent lots of summer hours as a kid making jewelry out of whatever I had available, usually clover flowers or sometime yellow dandelion flowers (although those didn't work nearly as well as the clover flowers). This bracelet (and the entire Clover Collection) reminds me of those sweet times everytime I wear it!
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I love the look of these black chains - classic designs with a modern black edge, turning the classic into a contemporary design. Perfect with everything, even in the summertime because why not? You can wear black in the summer or accessorize with black!
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I recently became totally in love with knitting - sock knitting to be precise. I decided to start making sterling silver stitch markers using gemstones. More stitch markers are either plastic (no fun at all) or little cutesy things so I wanted to make something different and more elegant that could actually be passed down to the next generation of knitters!!! Here we go!
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It's always hard for me to choose new business cards so when my stock runs low, it's a mixed blessing. So many beautiful designs!! How in the world will I ever choose? In the end, I just force myself to pick someone, click "order" & move on. Normally, making decisions is pretty easy for me but, or some reason, this is a challenge for me. I'm happy with these newest ones!
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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!
The past couple of months have been difficult for a lot of reasons with the result that I was feeling a little "stuck" with design ideas for jewelry. Stress is not anyone's best friends but it is especially no conducive to feeling creative or creating.
In order to get myself unstuck, I decided to get out my toys/tools and play. I started with 4" silver circles and started making shapes with the various pliers I have on hand (I know, I know, I have a lot of pliers....).
I think I came up with some pretty interesting shapes, which lead to ideas for new jewelry ideas. I'll be letting these shapes/ideas percolate for a few days, then revisit.
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I just thought I would share with you my obsession for jewelry making tools. I love tools. Any tool, really, but especially my super special, oh so lovely, jewelry making pliers. There are flat nosed, chain nosed, round nosed, bail making, long tapered, short tapered and everything in between - plenty that I can't think of right now but you can be sure that, I own at least one pair of every possible type. Sigh. I just love tools -what can I say?
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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!
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(aka clover chain) jewelry!
This was one of the first peaches we got from a local market - so beautiful and they smelled wonderful!! I was really looing forward to eating these peaches .....unfortunately, although they looked and smelled great, they didn't much going for them in the taste department. I guess it's really too early in the year for truly awesome fresh peaches! We ended up chopping and freezing all our peaches - they are great in smoothies!!
That silver bracelet is on my website - available now - Click here to shop!
This is literally how I start just about every piece of jewelry I make - I pull out the sterling silver wire. Oh, how I love this wire - so lovely, so many possibilities!!!
All the wire I use is sterlig silver - some of it is "regular" or traditional sterling silver. For some designs I use argentium sterling silver, which is still sterling but it has a touch of germanium which keeps the silver tarnish resistant - a very desirable quality!
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We LOVE fresh peaches but, then again, who doesn't? We were overjoyed when the first peaches of the season appeared at our local Costco! These are from California and they are kind of slow to ripen fully but I did cut one & have it in a smoothie - so delicious!!
That silver bracelet is available on my website - click here to shop!
With covid and stay-at-home orders, I was getting a little frustrated that I couldn't easily get out to the nursery to get my summer flowers. I'm not much of a gardener but I do love to keep blooming flowers in my pots on the deck. I was finally able to get to the nursery last week and feel safe about it by going as soon as they opened at 8 a.m. That's a little early for me normally but I was glad I did - I had the whole place to myself for at least 15 minutes and I had a list so I zipped in, got my flowers & got out again!
Side note, as I was leaving quite a few people were coming in & guess what? Very few of them were wearing masks...what are people thinking???
Anyway, that silver bracelet is available in my online store - click the button below to shop!
I was looking through a magazine from a friend yesterday and found this incredibly beautiful art and new (to me) artist. Her art is inspired by the galaxy and photos taken by NASA and the Hubble space telescope. I am not a space savvy person at all but I am completely enthralled by the images taken with this telescope. So lush and mystical - amazing! FYI, the artist is BarbaraTakenaga....and my apologies to the artist for the bad photo - it was taken from the magazine.
-------------------------That little silver stacking ring? Available now on my website --------------------------
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I have to admit that I am a tool junkie when it comes to tools for making or finishing jewelry.....almost anything is fair game: another hammer? Sure! How about another pair of flat nose pliers? Of course! One can (apparently) never have too many pairs of pliers or too many hammers or too many....well, you get the drift. Never. Enough.Tools.
Be well and stay safe - click here to shop the newest silver jewelry!
Have you ever found a coffee mug that was just perfect in every way? The shape, the size, the color...well, for me, this is it! It happens to be made by my friend, Rocky Broome (www.rockyspots.com) right here in Baton Rouge! So the temptation is almost literally right in my own backyard to buy more of this beautiful pottery. Bonus: with Rocky's pottery, you not only get an amazing and useful piece of pottery - you also get a one of a kind painting as well! Win!
Those sterling silver stacking rings are available on my website - click here to shop now! I just added a ring sizer to the shop so no more trying to guess your ring size!
Big day today! I ordered these fine wheat berries from Palouse Brand in Palouse, Washington and I am ready! I have a grinder that I bought a few months ago so I'll be grinding my own wheat and using it to make sourdough bread!
I'm sure there will be a lot of trial & error but making sourdough is not hard so the new thing will be adding my own stone ground wheat. I'm guessing this wheat will be heavier so I'll have to see how much I can add without unintentionally making a doorshop!
Anyway, that's the plan - I'll keep you posted - it's a grand experiment!
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Wow - look at that handful of blackberries! It was a beautiful day for picking berries and my friend wanted me to see 1. the berries and 2. that she is loving her stacking ring!
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Oh, how I love the art of Tara Leaver! (www.taraleaverart.com) I generally don't feel like I can afford art so when Tara introduced these gorgeous notecards, I knew I had to buy. When I got them, they were even more amazing than they looked online.
The problem now? Do I send them out into the world or do I frame them & enjoy them as the little mini artworks they are?
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Covid cooking! I have discovered fresh wheat berries (from www.palousebrand.com) and have been grinding my own flour and using it to make sourdough bread. It's pretty coarse so I do have to use "regular" commercial flour with it but it gives the bread a nice texture and a wonderful taste!
One of the benefits of staying home - more cooking gets done and homemade bread is so yummy.
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I cannot tell a lie - I saw someone else wearing this amazing nail color and I had to copy. It's summer, it's pandemic, I'm home...basically no reason not to try a new (and kind of wild) nail color. Every reason to try it. I am loving it.
Plus, it shows off my silver stacking rings nicely, I think!
Those rings are in my online store - click here to shop the silver stacking rings!
One of the silver linings anytime you are forced to be at home (like in this pandemic, just as an example....) is that you are forced to kind of "dig deep" for inspiration and entertainment.
I was lucky in the fall to have had a friend teach me to knit sock which I was enjoying a lot. Now, during the pandemic/stay-at-home orders, I have been able to devote as much time as I want to this new hobby. WIN!
As always, my sterling silver thumb ring (aka, stacking ring) accompanies me everywhere - I literally "never leave home without it" since I never take it off!
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.