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My creative space

Posted in craft, etsy, meme by gwen on August 4, 2010

I made a couple of these vintage button necklaces awhile back and am just getting around to photographing them…the warm summery gold and cream of this one is my favorite so far.
Available at gwen.etsy.com

Golden button necklace #3

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a nest but I recently sold my favorite nest necklace and it seemed like time to make another.

Little wire nest

I scored some antique chandelier crystals at an estate sale recently. They will be added to pretty, sparkly accessories soon!

Estate sale score

And here are some of the necklaces I’ve made but haven’t had the time to list yet. One of these days…

Some of the crap I need to photograph and sell

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Recommendation: Genevieve Motley jewelry

Posted in elsewhere, etsy, fashion, wishlist by gwen on July 6, 2010

South African jewelry designer Genevieve Motley makes the most lovely, unique pieces you can imagine. Very economically priced, too. I won this fantastic necklace and have received many compliments on it over the past few days.

June 30: Genevieve Motley necklace

Head on over to her shop at genmotley.etsy.com.

Recommended: Sea Glass Designs

Posted in elsewhere by gwen on June 11, 2010

Rita in Nova Scotia has the best luck in her sea glass-hunting excursions — check out these lovelies …

found

… which she turns into the most exquisite statement pieces. Have you ever seen such a big piece of red sea glass?

red

There’s beautiful pink depression glass …

pink

…and a sweet sea creature …

sea creature

… and the most delicate piece of flowered sea pottery …

rooster

you can see more and buy some at Sea Glass Designs on etsy.

All photos and jewelry © Rita Laidlaw of Sea Glass Designs

My creative space: summer bracelets

Posted in craft, etsy by gwen on June 9, 2010

I’ve been making more charm bracelets this week. They’re a little lighter — you might say summer weight :]

I put a couple up on my etsy

Je t'aime Paris Eiffel Tower charm bracelet

Je t’aime Paris Eiffel Tower charm bracelet

Little pink elephant charm bracelet

Little pink elephant charm bracelet

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My creative space

Posted in craft, etsy by gwen on June 2, 2010

It’s my creative space day! It’s been a little while since I participated…

I’ve been working on jewelry. Still. Always. I should take a photo of my stockpile of things I can’t seem to get around to photographing, much less posting on etsy. It’s just ridiculous.

I did photograph these. Two weeks ago and I am just getting around to editing. The first two, I just listed, you can find them at gwen.etsy.com. The 3rd and 4th, well, I *intend* to list them but who knows if that will ever happen. The last, I made for myself. I am quite pleased with it.

Blue charm bracelet

Tropical flower earrings

Strawberry garden bracelet

Some kind of gemstone, I forget which but it's got a purty glow

Muertos fiesta necklace -- mine!

More flower tutorials

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on April 28, 2010

I’ve been gathering a few more flower tutorials:

Zucchini and Me: Knitted flowers for dummies
CRAFT: Easy Ribbon Rosettes
Sumo’s Sweet Stuff: Zipper flowers
Mary Janes & Galoshes: Roses or Peonys and Petals
100 Layer Cake: DIY fabric flowers by Michonne
lilyella: Fabric Rosettes

BONUS — not a flower how-to but it includes flowers and is super cute and springish:
Joli Paquet: A Lark’s Tale Cuff

Yellow with bokeh

New Jumble Necklaces on etsy

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on April 16, 2010

I showed you my yellow Jumble necklace yesterday, today I listed three other Jumble necklaces on gwen.etsy.com for you all to have. I am quite pleased with how they turned out.

Under the Sea Jumble necklace

Queen of Hearts Jumble necklace

Teal or Turquoise? Jumble necklace

and this was the first one I made, which has been snapped up already:

Brass bow Jumble necklace

This morning I saw the Mademoiselle Anna necklace by Thé Dansant and the similar pendant there surprised me. I don’t know why I would be so, people have been hanging beads from bows forever and pink is lovely with brass and that is that. It’s just funny having had the same idea as someone across the world…it is such a small one sometimes.

New on my etsy

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on March 11, 2010

Two new listings on my etsy!

Juicy Fruit necklace

Juicy fruits necklace

Retro Spring earrings

Retro spring earrings

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new in le shoppe

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on March 3, 2010

I finally got around to taking some photos and listing some new stuff in my etsy shop. Everything’s all about spring now, even though no one told our weather ;]

The Birds and the Leaves bird's nest necklace

Wild Hearts necklace

The Birds and the Leaves earrings

my creative space this week

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Flower tutorials

Posted in craft by gwen on February 5, 2010

How About Orange has a great post of How to make flowery things links just in time for spring [ohpleaseohpleaseohplease come soon!], which reminded me of my own backlog of accessorizing to-dos:

Happy Find: Fabric flowers [check out her amazing flowery pincushions, they are unbearably cute]
dozi: Paper flowers
Hat Diva: Silk flowers [includes dying tutorial]
Swirlydoos: Burnt Organza Flowers
Burdastyle: Flowers for dress/skirt

eta! Totally Tutorials: How to make fabric roses, peonies and poppies

And if you like the peony clips tutorial Jessica linked, check out the following books, they both have tons of how-tos on all kinds of flowers using a variety of materials:

Making Flowers in Paper, Fabric and Ribbon by Steve and Megumi Biddle – buy used
A Passion for Ribbonry by Camela Nitschke – buy used

A few flowery things I’ve made
I’ve added some brief descriptions, they’re all pretty straight-ahead, but feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Craft night: hair bobs! #1 Bird

Hair clip: Layers of various silk flowers glue gunned then attached to clip

Button & lace pin #1

Brooch: Old lace sewn into a round with vintage button on pin backing

Gwen, fall

Necklace: Layers of silk flowers speared with a bead on a headpin through the middle and attached to old costume pearls