Happy almost Summertime!
It's that time of year for many of you with children...Dance Recitals, Sports Banquets & Tournaments, Proms, Weddings, Graduations and the coming and going of another season, as we transition from Spring to Summer! Officially - the first day of Summer is June 21st...but unofficially, it's Memorial Day weekend! For me, this time of year, it means beautiful gardens filled with Annuals and summer blooming Perennials...(this photo is from last year's garden choices) but this weekend we will be heading over to our local nursery to see what catches our eyes!
We can't forget thoughts of
Beach time, Fun in the Sun (and Summertime Reading)...
Along with BBQs...
and of course our backyard Firepit for Smore Time!!
For the business side, (believe it or not) I'm actually working on designs for the Winter months of 2013...including many colors to coordinate with the upcoming fashion trends inspired by the experts in Color...Pantone! But did you know that the Pantone Matching Series, recently introduced 336 new colors...bringing the count up to 1677 inspirational colors to play mix and match with??? I love Pantone and how it touches our lives in all aspects...including fashion, home decor, and of course...one of our favorites ~ Jewelry!
I never cease to get excited with colors! If you don't remember the beautiful mixes for the seasons of 2012...well here they are:
Bold, Bright & Subdued!
But now...I'd like to draw your attention to our newest additions...my mini link ART Tiles...a sweet size for creating earrings or to utilize in necklaces and bracelets. These two examples show our limited edition Heart Cut-out links in the 1/2" x 3/4" mini size. What makes these stand-outs is the workmanship I put into them...they are created with my own fine art decoupage technique and then intricately woodburned with bevel edges on the inside and out. It's a time consuming process - and done with three different pyrographic tools...but the result is simply beautiful (these are quick sellers...so if you don't see these in any of our marketplace stores, please contact us directly to custom order a pair in your desired color and pattern for $12.95 per pair).
This first examples is one from the "Summertime Dreaming" series which features a variety of designs in a variety of Pantone 2012 trendy colors, in this case a subdued Tangerine Tango with the Black Brass findings from Fallen Angel Brass Co!
And this design was created by Karen Vincent of Swallowtail Jewellery
So pretty with handforged dangles - again using Fallen Angel Brass.
LOOK for more designs from Karen in my upcoming "JEWEL of the Month" Designer Highlight!
But - back to the here and now...I've had an extremely busy two months personally - between my son's last semester or so of College and my daughter graduating from High School - it's been life in the fast lane with not much time for R&R! Although I'm definitely not complaining, as I wouldn't trade it for the world!
So, as I'm catching up on blogging, attempting to straighten up my office and studio...along with filling orders and designing - my mind is definitely in the current season of Spring into Summer - and I'm looking forward to the upcoming months of June, where we will be sharing many more summertime designs, new ART Tiles...as well as, a fun new venture...REVEAL coming in June!!!
Have a wonderful evening - and keep checking in for new "shares", some upcoming Tutorials and other news...;)