Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Welcome to the Newest Members of my Family!

My niece, Jen had her twins this evening!!!  Please welcome the newest members to my family!  The first official family portrait!  Jason is just BEAMING!!!

Oliver arrived at 5:58 PM weighing in at 4 pounds 14 ounces

His baby sister arrived one minute later - and weighed in at 5 pounds 15 ounces

All of the pictures above were swiped right of of Jason's Facebook page! :)

My Dad would be so proud - and I am!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 19, 2013

What do Skye Jewels and Outwest have in common?

I'll tell you what they have in common - two beautiful pieces of art that stand on their own but combine to form a perfect color combination!

I am anxiously awaiting my copy of Cindy Wimmer's new book The Missing Link.  I admire Cindy's mastery of wire, and I have read rave reviews, too! In the meantime, I was playing with a gorgeous tile I have handmade by Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp of Skye Jewels and More Skye Jewels.  It is of a beautiful tree with subtle tones of purple, gorgeous yellows and greens.  I have many of her tiles...some with holes, some without.  I keep them in a pretty little ceramic bowl on my bench, which I bought from Jennifer Jangles...pretty artwork in a pretty bowl.  Anyway, I wrapped the tile in a Vintaj filigree component.  I then went to my enormous bead stash and found a perfect color match of lampwork from Julie of Outwest - and I mean perfect!

I wired up the beads and decided that I needed a new link to incorporate into this necklace.  So, I coiled up some 20 gauge copper, strung it on a length of 16 gauge copper, and wrapped it.  I loved this link!  But, could I duplicate it?  Amazingly, I did...three times!

The necklace terminates with a little bit of handmade chain.

The picture below is of the necklace before I added Marie's focal.

And, after:

The colors are so perfect together!  I wonder, did Julie and Marie collaborate on their color selections?

Newsflash - it is still Summer in Northern Virginia.  I listened to the meteorologist today remind me of that fact.  It has been a glorious 5 days here - no humidity, temperatures in the 70's.  Even the rain yesterday was palatable, as it only hit 70 degrees.  Alas, good times are over as it will be close to 90 degrees for the foreseeable future.  Oh well..

I hope you enjoy your week! Thank you so much stopping by!