Saturday, January 21, 2012

Silver Carnival Horse Necklace

Today I finished this necklace. The actual construction didn't take long once I decided on the design. What took me a lot of time was going through my stash looking for inspiration.

The vintage silver horse is the starting inspiration for this necklace. I made this piece of jewelry, filled with loving memories. I also made it with the intention of listing it on Etsy. It is not always easy to for me to let go of my art.

The above picture is of my Great Aunt Lena. She never married nor had children. I am the keeper of her pictures, some belongings and memories. Lena is at the carnival with her boyfriend. This picture along with the horse gave me the idea to pursue a vintage carnival inspired theme. The pearl rosary style chain is from Lena's jewelry box. I love the combination of beads in white, silver, plum, steel and a bit of pink for a feminine touch. The asymmetrical design gives added interest to the composition of this necklace. The 5 small silver beads are from my Aunt Carol and Uncle Al. At one time they sold jewelry findings at flea markets.

The necklace measures 24" with the horse and poles hanging an additional 4" below.

Close-up detail.

Another photo styling idea.

To complete the necklace I added a vintage silver barrel clasp. The crescent shaped beads are silver plated brass. I am not sure of the metal content of the rest of the necklace.

Time to share my memories and list this necklace on Etsy. You can find the necklace listed here:
SOLD 1/21/12

Next I need to put away the creative mess...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I am thrilled to be the guest blogger today on Jill K. Berry's Blog - Personal Geographies.

Jill has many fabulous pieces of art in my book Interactive Art Journal and I am a contributing artist to her book.
You can buy an autographed copy of Jill's book from her blog or it is available from Amazon here.

Check this out!

FREE Webinar: My Journey with Maps Hosted by Jill K. Berry

On Thursday, January 19th, 2012. Hurry and register...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sketchbook Challenge - Prize Winner

I am fortunate to be a prize winner for the December Sketchbook Challenge. All you need to do is follow the Sketchbook Challenge Blog and post 1 photo of sketchbook art on their Flickr site for a chance to win. Prizewinners are picked randomly. They host a different challenge each month. Included in my prize packet from Luminarte is a set of twinkling H2O's in Pearlesque colors and a set of 4 Radiant Rain Color Concentrate. Plus a sample pack of ready cut Watercolor paper by Strathmore. Thank you Sketchbook Challenge! I am looking forward to trying out these new products in my journal. Click on the badge above for a link to the Sketchbook Challenge Blog.