New in the Shop: Tree Agate

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that green is my favorite color. So, naturally, tree agate is a favorite stone of mine. I got some faceted tree agate stones that work well as focals, so I took one and surrounded it with some fancy jasper beads to make a nice spring-y bracelet.

I really like the contrast of the darker and more muted fancy jasper and the bright white of the tree agate. You can click on the picture to see it on Etsy.

Tree Agate and Fancy Jasper Bracelet

Tree Agate and Fancy Jasper Bracelet

I’ve already got a couple more items ready to go, if the clouds would just clear so I could take some pictures of them!

New in the Shop: Abalone

Hey everyone! I know it’s been forever since my last post, but I’ve been either sick with a cold or super busy. Everything has calmed down (a little), so I’ve had time to make a new item for the shop!

I love abalone shells. I have one in the bathroom that I use as a jewelry dish, and I have a small collection of abalone shell pieces that I’ve been wire wrapping to make necklaces. I sold the first one so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to post it here, and the second one was a custom piece. Both used sari silk ribbon with colors that perfectly matched the mother-of-pearl.

I decided not to use the sari silk ribbon for this item, though. I recently got some apatite nugget beads, and I’ve been dying to use them, and they seemed perfect for an abalone necklace. I made a chain with the apatite and some amethyst nugget beads, and wire wrapped one of my smaller pieces of abalone shell. This necklace really reminds me of all our family trips to the beach! You can click on the picture to see it on Etsy.

Abalone Necklace with Amethyst and Apatite Chain

Abalone Necklace with Amethyst and Apatite Chain

I think maybe this week I will get back to some sari silk ribbon. Oh and Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

New in the Shop: Sea Sediment Jasper

Spring is definitely in the air here, even if there is still snow on the ground. We don’t need our parkas to go outside! Grass is finally starting to appear (even though it’s all wet and muddy from the melting snow)! We can finally wear necklaces instead of scarves!

I’ve got a fun, bright, spring-y necklace to go with the new season. I’ve taken a yellow-green sea sediment jasper pendant, wire wrapped it, and put it on a piece of perfectly coordinating sari silk ribbon. Click on the photo for more details on Etsy!

Yellow Green Sea Sediment Jasper on Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon

Yellow Green Sea Sediment Jasper on Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon

Keep an eye out in a couple of weeks for another great spring item with amethyst and apatite!

Charles Gates Dawes House

A few days ago I went to the Dawes House in Evanston, IL. I haven’t been able to do a lot of exploring with my family due to the wintry weather, but one of the ladies from my knitting group suggested checking it out, so after visiting the local yarn and fabric shops, we went on a tour.

This house is phenomenal! Some people on the tour mentioned that it seemed like Downton Abbey. Since I’ve never seen the show, I don’t really know about that, but learning all the history about Charles Dawes and the house itself was really cool. Dawes was the 30th Vice President of the United States (under Calvin Coolidge), won a Nobel Peace Prize, and had a No. 1 pop hit with “It’s All in the Game” (originally composed as “Melody in A Major”).

The details of the house were amazing, but unfortunately I only had my phone with me to take pictures. I did the best I could, but these pictures just can’t do the house justice!

If you’re ever in the Chicago area and have an hour to kill, I’d definitely recommend checking out the Dawes House!

Penny’s Turning Five!

My little Penny Pants is turning 5 tomorrow! Every year I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by, but this year is a little tougher because now Penny will be starting school in the fall. She’s been home with me for five years! What will I do with my time? Actually I can already think of lots of things, but it still makes me a little sad that this big change is coming. But I’m also excited for Penny. She’s so smart and independent and I’m so proud of her.

One of her favorite things to do is look at pictures of when she was a baby, so I thought I’d take a little walk down memory lane and share some of my favorite baby pictures of her.

Happy birthday, Penny!

New in the Shop: Getting Ready for Spring…?

I’m starting to see a lot of springtime stuff everywhere I look, except outside, where there is snow on the ground and it’s a brisk -2. (Wind chill is -24. And compared to the East Coast, I’m sure this is nothing). Nevertheless, I’m starting to think of spring when it comes to my jewelry. I only made one spring-y item this week, because I’m still knitting like a crazy person (refer to aforementioned temperature).

I think chrysocolla is a great stone for spring. It’s a nice blue/green color that definitely brightens up the winter doldrums. I had some raw stones sitting around, so I found a couple of small, similarly sized pieces, and added silver plated earring posts. You can click the photo to see the listing on Etsy.

Raw Chrysocolla Stud Earrings

Raw Chrysocolla Stud Earrings

Stay tuned next week for more spring jewelry!

Everyone’s Sick (Except Me)

I don’t have any new items this week, because I’ve been camped out on the couch with Penny while she deals with her cold (that she got from Daddy). I’m pretty sure we’ve seen every episode of Veggie Tales that’s available on Amazon Prime, and I think today we’ll have a Disney Princess marathon.

Watching kid’s shows that I know backwards and forwards means I get to work a lot on my knitting. I’ve recently learned how to knit cables (yay!), so I’ve been working on a couple of projects with some cool cable designs. This first one is for my husband. I’ve only made him one other scarf, right after I learned how to crochet, so I thought he was due for a new one.

Braided Cable Scarf

Braided Cable Scarf

I just finished this infinity scarf last week. I joined a monthly yarn subscription called the Fiberista Club, and their very first box included merino/cashmere yarn and a pattern for a cable knit infinity scarf! It was great practice for me to work on my newly-learned skill. The color was perfect for me too! I’d been wanting to make a burgundy scarf for myself, and they must have read my mind. (The color of your yarn is a surprise each month; you get to decide between warm/cool/neutral/whatever.)

Winter Woods Infinity Scarf

Winter Woods Infinity Scarf

My friend liked my infinity scarf so much that she asked me to make one for her. In an effort to avoid everyone’s viruses, I walked down to Starbucks on Saturday for some me-time and to work on the new scarf. It was so weird not having Penny there, but it was so niceΒ to just get out by myself for a while.

Knitting and Starbucks

Knitting and Starbucks

I hope everyone stays healthy! What projects have you been working on lately?