Friday, November 8, 2013

I've Got the Wedding Bell Blues...

As it relates to jewelry, of course!  My sister's daughter, Sarah, recently became engaged to a sweet guy named Kevin (Finally! They have dated for years!)  Anyhoo, Sarah showed me this picture of the jewelry she wanted to wear for her engagement photos:

That is a Paloma Picasso beaded necklace folks - from Tiffany's - pricey!  But, stunning...and BLUE! All gemstones - Blue Chalcedony, Amazonite, and Gray Moonstone.  It's the Amazonite that gives that necklace its "Tiffany Blue" color.  Sarah's main color for her wedding will also be Tiffany Blue.

Tried as I may, I could not duplicate exactly those beauties you see in the picture above.  If I found Amazonite in 10mm rounds, I could not find Blue Chalcedony in the same size.  So, I just "bit the bullet" and ordered the gems.  I was a little scared at first when I opened up the package - I would never in a million years combine these stones in one piece.  But, I am not Paloma Picasso either.  I used her Tiffany necklace as a springboard, and came up with this design instead.  I bought the gems from Dakota Stones - they have never let me down!

Her wedding photographer played around with her necklace and her ring in this picture - love it!

Photo by Audra Wrisley Photography and Design
Looks even better on Sarah!  That beautiful boy in the picture is Thor - the sweetest German Shepherd you will ever meet, and one of Sarge's best friends!  Oh yeah, the handsome dude is Kevin!  Kevin is a doll - I am so happy for them both!!  Congratulations to my favorite niece named Sarah ( only niece named Sarah)!

Photo by Audra Wrisley Photography and Design

And I swear - this is the song I was singing while I made that ensemble...and I still can't get it out of my head!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!  Enjoy your weekend!



The winner of this wonderful book

by Cindy Wimmer is....

Lynda Carson of Fresh Baked Designs!!

Lynda - please email me ( your address and I will get this book out to you via snail mail!!

Thank you everyone!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Cindy Wimmer wrote the best new jewelry-design book, The Missing Link.  She held a Blog Hop Tour just a couple of weeks ago.  I was very careful NOT to leave comments, as I already have the book!  But, Christine Damm wrote the most lovely blog post about her friendship with Cindy, that I caved...left a comment...and I WON!  Thank you, Christine and Cindy!

The Book

(Source -
There are 30 different link designs, categorized for every level of wire work - from simple, to more complex. I would be remiss in not mentioning the stunning designs made with those links...swoon!

Here is just a small sampling of the links that I have made.

The Giveaway
Since I already have the book, I'd like to give away the copy I won (I asked Cindy - she said it was okay with her!)

How to Enter!
Two ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment on this blog post - equals 1 entry
2. Post a link to this blogpost on Facebook - equals 1 entry

For each task above, you must leave a separate comment on my blog!  I am not one for long contests, so I will pick a winner by Friday - November 8th.

Thanks for stopping of luck!