Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Mermaid Finished....and Jewelry-making

This is called "Fanfare Feathers." I made this last Spring. The "feathers" are made of mother of pearl. It has those flat/round natural pearls, pale aqua blue Szavarski (sp?)faceted bagettes, smokey topaz crystals, turqouise, etc., in it. Hard to see the colors in this pic. I had a great time just improvising to make it. It's attention grabbing, so I only wear it in the evenings to a special dinner or something like that. Not something to wear to the grocery store!

Naples has a fabulous bead shop! I just go and spend hours creating in my mind, then bring things home and recreate on my kitchen center island, or on my lap desk while I watch old movies. I always promise my DH I'll sell things in the Naples seasonal Arts Festivals...but I have a hard time parting with things. Although, I do give lots to my daughter, whom you know by now...Jessica. Or...she comes over and begs, borrows or removes them temporarily!
This one above is called, "Salute to Chanel," because it has the black huge jet beads, which she would have approved of, and the pink crystal leaves. It's heavy and chunky, which she would like, as well. I just love this piece. I always feel good when I wear it. I like to wear it with black pants and an open necked, long-sleeved, collared white shirt. I feel so Chanel!! LOL Then, here's the most casual one. It's called, "Sea Rose," because it's the carved rose captured by a string of multicolored cultivated pearls which have the most gorgeous sheen, sea glass and crystal beads. This strand is lightest weight of all. I love the look of it, but it needs a solid colored red or black dress to showcase all the pearls. So, that's some of my jewelry that I make. There's lots more....

Well, and here we have the finished little mermaid who found her own pearl necklace in the ocean. She is always accompanied by her pet the seahorse. This is my finished Fair & Square for Monique. It's on the way to her so the mermaid can find a happy landside home from FL. Hope you like it, Monique!

Finally, a follow-up note regarding my friend, Brooke, of Brooke's Books and the Stitching and Christmas Spirit girls. She is coming out with a set of Halloween gals, but they are for next year! This Spring she will be working on some new and interesting things similar to the Sampler on The Gift of Stitching Magazine cover this month. She was delighted to hear that you all love her "girls" and the "Sophie's Sampler," it means so much to her.

And, I love hearing from you, too. Thank you for your comments and notes of friendship and encouragement. I'm starting my "Marie Antoinette Sampler," and will have a picture for you next week! I'll also have more commentary on her portrait at that time.

Hugs,
Deb

19 comments:

Jenn said...

Your mermaid looks great. I can't wait to see your new sampler next week.

Stitching Cat said...

Deb, I LOVE the Fanfare and Chanel pieces! I can just picture you wearing them. Does the bead shop have an online store? It's so hard to find interesting beads here. There are a couple of bead shops in the area now but they don't have a lot of interesting beads - more run of the mill! Jessica is lucky to be so close. Miss you -- Love Deb

Ranae said...

I love the gorgeous jewelry. You are so talented.
The mermaid is awesome. I have that chart from BOAF, but still have to start it, lol.
The Sunday stitch looks like it was alot of fun.

monique said...

Oooh, I like the Sea Rose necklace, Deb! And I can't wait for my mermaid... I'm going out to stand by the mailbox right now :)

Barbara said...

You're a very talented jewelry designer, Deb!! Like Monique, I favor the Sea Rose necklace ... but I don't wear jewelry, as the kids see it as a sort of Mummy-least to be tugged on when they want my attention. ;)

Nicole said...

Wow, they are all beautiful Deb! You are so talented!!

Sally said...

Oh wow what beautiful jewelry. Deb you are one talented lady:)

Heather said...

I just love the Sea Rose ~Just gorgeous!!
I am looking forard to seeing your Marie A. sampler!! I enjoyed the post you wrote on her!!

Jacque said...

WOW! I have to agree as to all the comments about your jewelry..absolutely gorgeous!

Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog in terms of the bag I made for Katrina!

Michelle said...

WOW!! I love love love all of your jewelry. You have such a talent for it. I have such a hard time translating my ideas into actual pieces.

Patti said...

I love the jewellery and especially the little mermaid. I love mermaids almost as much as I love you.

tintocktap said...

Wow - your jewellery is just beautiful! I think Sea Rose is my favourite, but I love Fanfare Feathers too - my sort of colours. And I love your little mermaid for Monique, she's lovely!

Simone said...

Wow, you're also a jewellery-maker! You have so many talents! I love the "Fanfare Feathers", great colors! Your daughter is one lucky girl, to have a mother that make such pretty things for her ;)

Wendy said...

You're a woman of many talents! You have certainly made some stunning pieces.

Isabelle said...

Oh, Deb, you are SO talented! Those jewels are gorgeous!
The little mermaid is darling and so is her story :)

Hugs to you!

Lauren said...

Mermaid is amazing! I love your jewelry - you're so talented!

Miokka said...

Love your jewels & your mermaid! Awesomeandthensome job!
xoxo
Martha

Kajsa said...

Fanfare Feathers is my favorite! Your mermaid looks great!

Julie said...

Deb! Your jewelry is gorgeous! Your mermaid block is very cute!
Woo Hoo! I'm excited to see that Brooke will be coming out with Halloween patterns. I LOVE Halloween!