These bits and pieces are on the bench today! Lots of women are loving rose gold jewelry right now, especially rose gold earrings. These earrings were a special order and I am making a couple of extra pairs to have at my next show.
They combine the best of all worlds - sterling silver, yellow gold and rose gold earrings!
They are already in my online shop so CLICK HERE to grab a pair for yourself!
I wish the crystals in this rock showed up better in this photo! We stopped several places in New Mexico on our way back from Arizona to do some rockhounding. I am obsessed with the search for cool rocks - especially rocks with a little sparkle in them!
This one caught my eye because it was just a plan looking rock except for....that AMAZING stipe of sparkle right across the middle of it! I had to take a closer look & bring it home to add to my collection!
That silver thumb ring is in my online shop now - click HERE if you need one (or more) for yourself or someone else!
Last week, we were in Arizona for the Fountain Hills Fine Art & Craft Festival and, on our way back home to Louisiana, we decided to take our time and do a little rockhounding on the way.
I had a book suggesting where to go to (possibly) find flourite in New Mexico so we headed to that site and we found this amazing chuck of flourite! It actually has a little bit of a greenish cast to it which is hard to see in the photo. So much fun!!
The sterling silver stacking or thumb ring is available in my online store - click here to see the silver rings!
Years ago, soon after I started selling my handmade silver jewelry at art and crafts shows, a friendly older man approached me and told me that he like my silver wire jewelry. He then proceeded to tell me that he used to make personalized "name" jewelry and sell it at malls and carnivals.
He offered to show me how he created names in silver wire. He obviously was eager to show me his skills (and I was very curious to see how he did it) so I pulled out some round nosed pliers and 20 gauge silver wire. He immediately set to work making me a little silver perfectly aligned pendant! It took him less than 5 minutes - what a craftsperson!
He told me that I could take over his business, since he was no longer doing it. Honestly? I would love to be able to do this. I am tempted to give it a try - I think it would take me a LOT of practice to be able to create a piece as well done as that one he made for me so many years ago.
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I just added this fun new necklace to the website - inspired by the childhood game of "jacks"!! My friends and I spent hours & hours playing this game - what a magical time that was - full of simple pleasures in the company of good friends!
I liked this necklace so much I put it on my new postcards - I like the fresh, contemporary look of these cards!
That bracelet is available in my store- click here to see all the details!
Just about all of my jewelry designs start with plain coils of sterling silver wire just like this! The wire is cut, shaped, filed and each small piece is then carefully linked together by hand, one at a time, to form a complete piece of jewelry.
It can be a tedious process but I love seeing a plain piece of wire turned into jewelry that will be treasured and worn for many years and then handed down for the next generation to enjoy and appreciate.
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The necklace featured in the poster is available now in my online store -
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I was so honored to be accepted into the Fountain Hills Fine Art and Craft Festival held every November in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Fountain Hills is a beautiful little town about 30 miles east of Phoenix in the mountains. Wonderful people, wonderful show!
That silver bracelet is available on my website (in both sterling silver and sterling silver/gold, if you prefer a mixed metal look)!
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Last week we were in Arizona and New Mexico for an art show and on the way home, we took our time and went to some amazing rock hounding spots! Our favorite places to pick up rocks are in New Mexico - it seems that so many of the Arizona places are pretty difficult to get to.
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I was doing a little weeding the other day and I found this HUGE clover - just imagine all the good luck if this monster had 4 leaves!! I couldn't resist taking a picture of it before I pulled it out of the flower pot so I could get my pansies planted!!! :)
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Last weekend at the Abita Fall Fest in Abita Springs, Louisiana, I took advantage of a little downtime to shoot a couple of shots of some of my favorite new silver earring styles!
Love these long silver earrings - bold, fun and unique, all rolled into one cool pair of silver earrings!
These earrings are available in my online store - click HERE to go shop the earrings!
New business cards have arrive and I love them! It's a first design attempt with my new colors of dark lime and bright fushia so I'm still getting used to the whole "colorful" thing (after years of thinking I had to be "elegant" and always black/gray/white).
I have ALWAYS loved color - all the colors! I am really looking forward to doing lots of things with color at art shows and on my website! Yay for color - bring it!!! :)
It's cool and rainy here in south Louisiana after what seemed like an endless summer...and not in a good way. It was too hot for too long.
Today I am remembering a wonderful trip we took this summer to visit family in southern California. I love southern California...as long as we are at the beach, anyway. What a wonderful place.
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Today (well, tomorrow, really since today is Sunday....) I'll be putting the last of the orders from my first ever website sale into the mail! This was a BIG sale and a lot of fun for the 24 hours it lasted! So much fun I'll be doing it again!
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Sometimes when the weather is not just right at a craft show, I turn to making jewelry to amuse myself. It's easy because I LOVE to make jewelry and, this time, I brought along both pink gold and yellow gold rings I made the week before so I got to play with those cool metals. I'll be finishing this bracelet up before long and will have it on the website!
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My friend, Rocky Broome (www.rockyspots.com), from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, make pottery. Glorious, beautiful pottery! This mug in her new "seafoam" design was calling my name so I am happy to say that this mug now lives at my house. You see me here "trying it on" at an art show in Louisville. I LOVE this beautiful little mug!!!
You can click here to see the sterling silver chain bracelet on the left and here to see the one in the middle!
This book was recommended to me by Megan Auman (www.meganauman.com) and, since I already had Brene Brown's other book (which I can't remember the name of) on my "must read" list, I decided to go ahead & ask Mr. Amazon to send me both of them ASAP.
I started reading this last night and here's what I can tell you. I am 15 pages in and this book is going to change my life. I am almost in tears as I type that.
She talks about courage (the everyday type, not the "i'm a hero" type), connection and compassion in ways that are real and "actionable", if that makes sense. It's almost reading like a how-to book of how to be a better person. In fact, it IS a how-to book.
Ok, i'm going to go read now. :)
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I just got home last night after being on the road for almost 2 weeks. We had an art show in Louisville, Kentucky (St. James Court Art Show) followed by the Pink Palace Art Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. So, at the end of the second weekend, this is where I am - at my favorite restaurant in Memphis: Amerigo Italian Restaurant, enjoying a nice glass of white wine. Oh, yes.
And two silver bracelets from my private stash - BIG, FIRST TIme EVER sale coming to the website November 7th! Sign my email list below so you don't miss out on the sale!
I enjoy photography as a hobby so, sometimes, when I am at an art show, I play around with different photographing my silver jewelry. This was kind of a happy accident - I was at the St. James Court Art Show this past weekend and, just before the show opened, I decided to see how it could look to photograph this new silver bracelet on a mirror. I like the sharpness of the image but I especially like the reflection of the trees!
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Well, it's still pretty hot here where we live in the deep south. I keep hearing that fall is coming but....I'm not seeing or feeling it yet. So, iced coffee is the drink of the day!
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The silver thumb ring is on my website in lots of sizes!
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Don't you love it when you get a good book that you just can't put down because you just have to know what happens next? Me, too! I have been on a serious Lee Child/Jack Reacher kick for the past month. I mean, OBSESSED.
Jack Reacher is a knight in shinig armor. Bigger than life, literally. He always wins the fight and he always gets the girl. (Total aside, have you noticed that the girls/women always seem to look alike? Reacher/Child definitely seem to have a "type"!)
That bracele is a one off that I made form my mom years ago - similar designs in my online store -click here to see!
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Last week, we were in California at this wonderful farmer's market and today, we are back home in Baton Rouge. Time flies.
Apparently it's grape season in southern California and the abundance and variety of grapes was astounding to me. Talk about creating joy - yes!!!
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I just got back from a trip visiting our son in California. Before we left, there was some fairly heavy stress in my life - a very sick relative, a busy time preparing for this trip and several others coming up this fall. Anyway, once we left on our driving trip to California, I decided to spend the trip looking for things that gave me joy.
This was the first thing I saw on the trip that made me laugh out loud - this crazy fun set of salad serving "forks". So many colors! So much abandon and abundance of colors!!
I thought, that's what joy is - things that you see or hear that, when you see or hear it, you just spontaneously laugh!
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I am totally loving these new jewelry tags! I use them for silver bracelets and necklaces and they are perfect. You can't see it, but there is room on the back to put a small price tag along with the inventory number.
That little silver thumb ring is available on my website - go here to shop the silver stacking rings!
I am seeing a lot of my studio lately - getting ready for an art show like St. James Court in Louisville, Kentucky means making new silver jewelry, taking photos of the new jewelry, cleaning and polishing the jewelry, pricing and packing.
This year, I even rethought my booth colors (basically, it had no color in the past, which I thought was elegant and perfect at the time) and had new posters made to hang in the booth....PLUS new business cards and postcards to reflect the new "feel" of the booth.
I love the new colorful booth! It's playful and bold and eye-catching! It's going to be a fun place to be for three days this year in Louisville!
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We will be on the road for 2 back to back art shows starting October 4th in Louisville, Kentucky for the St. James Court Art Show, then on to the Pink Palace Art Show in Memphis, Tennessee the following weekend!
So, I am cleaning and polishing all the silver jewelry, pricing, packing & generally getting everything ready to go.
We are REALLY hoping for cooler weather on this trip -it's been SO HOT here in south Louisiana!!
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I am Laura Teague and you may as well know right up front that I am obsessed with sterling silver.