Friday, October 22, 2010

New Creations for October!!

I have been a busy bee! I am thrilled to say that yes I did win the Maple Glow Challenge from Vintaj AND I also had a fantastic show on Wednesday night! 

 Ok, so this is a bad picture, but I really wanted the sunlight to reflect on the blanks to show all the amazing colours!
So this is the latest project! I learned the technique from Jess at Vintaj, and took it from there to make it my own. I am starting to make a tutorial of the techniques I have been using and hope to be able to have it together before the end of the season!
This is one closeup example that I made. I am hoping to list some of these in my Etsy shop to sell, and the others I have already started to use in some jewelry. I was going to take pictures of some of the stuff I made in the last couple of days, but my camera died as I was taking them, so I had to recharge the batteries. So no photos today, tomorrow when the light is good again, that is my plan!!
So these are a set of earrings I made using my "faux" enamel blanks. Of course everything I used for these is Vintaj and they are very easy to assemble. I may add some of these to my kits when ever I get those done and listed! I have had most of them ready for awhile, but they are just sitting there and I never seem to have time to photograph them and add the tags! Uhg! Time, I need an extra 10 hours a day to be able to do all the things I want to do!! Hopefully, the weekend goes well!
 This is one of my favorite pieces I have made! I made another one similar to this in colour but different in shape and that is one of the photos I wanted to share with you, but we have to wait... I have had really great comments from my local customers! I am hoping to make these regularly all I need is more chain! Perhaps I will sell them as finished pendants. We will see! I have a few projects to finish before I get to that!

Please leave me your comments!! I always love to read them!!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Last Day To Vote!!! Maple Glow Challenge!!

For those of you who have not had a chance to vote yet, please take a moment now and go to the Vintaj Blog and have a peak! I am #16 and currently as I write this I am in second place! I hope you will take a moment to help me get to 1st place!!
This is my necklace and I honestly feel that it is an excellent representation of the chosen theme, "Maple Glow" Hopefully you agree and give me your vote!
Have a happy fall day!!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Vintaj "Maple Glow" Challenge

One of my favorite challenges to participate in, is the monthly Vintaj Challenge! I can't always participate because of how busy our little household is, but I do try to get in there as often as I can!
This month is the "Maple Glow" challenge {UPDATE THAT IS THE LINK, PLEASE VOTE FOR #16!!!}, and I felt particularly inspired! I was born on the East Coast where you have beautiful maple trees everywhere! I moved to the Mountains when I was 6 but I will always have those incredible red trees as one of my fondest memories! So to honor that memory, I created these tiles for my piece. These are new, I have never made them before and I wanted this particular piece to be very special so I found new images that perfectly reflected the variety of colours that Maples have in the fall.

This is "Maple Sunset"
These are larger than my ordinary tiles, they are a perfect 1X1 size. I liked the larger size because I really wanted to focus on the leaves.
I also used alcohol inks on everything! The chain and jump rings as well as the handmade clasp all have three or four colours of Tim Holtz alcohol inks.

I used these same alcohol inks on the pendant! I first distressed it my hammering the edges and after I added many layers of ink, I stamped a maple leaf with Staz-on ink. I sprinkled a little glitter on it and shook most of it off, but there is still a hint of it on the edge of the maple leaf stamp.

After adding my leaf dangles on it, I decided to add the clasp on the side instead of the back, and to add a touch of texture with the ribbon.

I hope that you will go and vote for me when the post is up, as I write this it has not gone live yet, but I will try to update with a direct link and the number of my entry when I see it has been posted.

Thanks for stopping in!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Collaboration with Lorelei!

I have been wanting to do a collaboration for awhile, so I approached Lorelei Eurto to see if she would be interested. She happily said yes and so it began...

I wanted to make something special that she would want to wear because of it's uniqueness and the thought put into it. I wanted to create something special that no one else would have thought of, something that might even just stand out in a crowd!
 I chose Lori's favorite subject, Owls! I handmade the pendant using one of the nicest Owl images I had. A proud and regal animal with the patience of a saint. :)
I decided not to drill the pendant, but to wrap it in filigree. I added a handwoven nest with pearl eggs, and attached it directly to the filigree.
 I strung everything together on beading wire adding Farfalle beads {peanut} and doubling it up to make a loop, I added some Rhyolite and a ceramic bead by Macarroll and finished it off with a loop for the clasp, hoping that Lori would something really fun at the other end! 
 Now we wait to see how this will all end...
Hope you leave a note and tell us what you think so far...

This is what I got from Lorelei and I think I am just about done adding to it... maybe...


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Quickie Post this Morning!!

I am going to be busy filling up my shops and website over the next few days, as well as making some very overdue special orders! I am also planning on finally listing my kits! I am only going to be listing my earring kits for now, I have been so sick lately it has been hard to get everything I want to do done! But keep an eye out, my Vintage Romance collection is starting to get listed this afternoon and I am going to do the draw to see who wins my Big Draw!!

This necklace is the first to be introduced!! "Lavender Water Lilies"
More on the technique for this finish when I have more time! lol.

visit my SkyeJewels shop and MoreSkyeJewels  shop to find these items and more...

These earrings are made with those Fantastic Fairy Glass Beads form Mermaid Glass, I will have more time to talk about that later. I plan on listing these this afternoon as well.

"Fairy Dreams"
Last but not least,

"Forest Meadows"

Also to be listed this afternoon! Keep an eye out if you are interested in any of these items, because I will not be able to reserve them! I have had two sales in the last week or so that were customers buying reserved listings that were not theirs. It is very frustrating and time consuming to have to fix that so I am hesitant to do this again. Only time will tell!

Have a fantastic day!!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Long Overdue ArtBeads Post!!

When you are unwell, it takes a lot to get certain things accomplished. I am feeling that for the first time in my life! 3 months now and I am still getting worse. Hopefully this will be a week with answers. 
I am happy to show you one of my favorite new designs, which is long overdue. I am a Blogging Partner with ArtBeads and we are lucky enough to receive a few selected items now and then to review for your knowledge and pleasure. This summer I got to choose these gorgeous beads, that I had been looking at for months! And I made this bracelet with them...
 I think it's my favorite I have ever made! The mix of purple and green is my absolute favorite!  Then you add Sterling, and it just shines!! I used some Swarovski crystals by the Sterling pillow beads and it just adds a touch more bling! You can find similar styled Sterling Silver Beads on ArtBeads in the Hill Tribe Section, they have a really nice selection!
It's amazing to me how the colours shine when in natural sunlight! I just had to add this example!

I also received some Czech glass beads that I was originally going to add to the bracelet, but changed my mind because they did not have quite the effect I wanted. They were the perfect colour to go with the lampwork glass beads, but just not the right style. They will however look amazing in my new "Vintage Romance" line!! You can expect those photos coming soon...well, as soon as I make something with them ;) Honestly though, their Czech glass section is fantastic! They have so much to choose from! You can't go wrong!!

Thanks for visiting!


I received the products free of charge from Artbeads and I am honestly reviewing the products and have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.