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I was inspired to make these anklets when I saw my sister-in-law wearing anklets at their fourth of July party. When I saw hers I thought, I need some anklets. I haven’t worn them in years. So it was about time, right?

I used sterling silver chain and findings to make these. The blue stone charm was made by an artist on Etsy; unfortunately I don’t know who because I decided not to keep the business card that came with it. The cross charm is sterling silver and I got it from Artbeads. I made the pearl charm with a freshwater pearl and sterling silver wire. Once I had the anklets assembled I let them bathe in a liver of sulfur solution until they were nice and dark.

anklets

anklets

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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new treasures
I have delightful treats from Artbeads to share. The theme this time was autumn-inspired beads and/or components. I decided to stick with a current favorite – antiqued-brass components. I selected some pretty chain and a beautiful leaf pendant. And for the perfect and necessary touch of sparkle, my perennial favorite, Czech fire-polished beads. I think if I could only ever have one kind of bead for the rest of my life, it would be the Czech fire-polished. These glass beads possess a unique warmth and that perfect sparkle. And they have an antique-ness about them, like they were found in the bottom of a drawer in a dresser that belonged to one’s great-grandmother.

Anyway, here are my new treasures.

leaves are falling

The leaf pendant is gorgeous, and very detailed. Minus the loops it’s about 1 and 1/8 inches long, and just over an inch wide. I think this would look great with a bit of chain hanging from the bottom loop, embellished with beads.

From the left the beads are 4mm purple metallic iris (one of my favorite colors), 4mm bronze, and 3mm dark bronze. I just adore metallic colored beads!

(The words are from a Joni Mitchell song, Got the Urge for Going, if I am remembering correctly!)

chains&stars

And here we have a variety of gorgeous chain. The top chain is really cool – it’s called a box rollo chain. It’s small enough to still be delicate, yet is sturdy and has a nice weight to it. I also particularly like the bottom chain – it’s the 5+1 round and twisted rectangle link chain (that’s quite a name!). I think it’s so pretty, and it can stand on it’s own or you could embellish it.

And of course the other two chains are quite lovely as well.

The beads are 6mm crystal marea, and this picture really doesn’t do them justice. They are clear with a silvery coating on one side that contains flashes of color. They are quite eye-catching!

I do have ideas for these items, and I am hopeful that over the next couple weeks I will actually have some time to bring those ideas into reality!

Disclosure: I have received these products (chain and beads) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

way to go, mr. microphone
The past few weeks I have been listening to Under the Pink, by Tori Amos. This is one of my favorite Tori albums – I think the music is some of her most beautiful – the piano is exquisite and delicate, and the strings are so gorgeous.

under the pink

I decided to rearrange it though – I took off a few songs and added a few b-sides. So my lineup is:

Pretty Good Year
Cornflake Girl
Bells for Her
Honey
Past the Mission
Baker Baker
Sister Janet
Wrong Band
Daisy Dead Petals
Cloud on my Tongue
Space Dog
Yes, Anastasia

I’m enjoying it very much. I hadn’t listened to it in ages, as I usually listen to live stuff or her more recent albums. I love her voice too on this album – kind of wavery and on the edge. Also all the little noises – pedals or cabinets or something. They give the album an organic feel. I never took much notice of them before, but I really like them. And I even heard something I never heard before – if you listen to Yes, Anastasia carefully, with the volume rather up, at the very end you can hear her kind of sigh, and there’s a sound, like a pedal, and then that’s the end of the album. Very cool.

I’m not obsessed. I swear! I just notice things.

xoDawne

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new goodies!

I have new treasures to share from Artbeads – this time we were allowed to choose from anything on the website, in celebration of spring. So hard to choose! I ended up going with antiqued-brass base metal components (I’m going for an antique sort of spring!).

As soon as I saw this leaf chain I had to have it. It’s fabulous! It feels wonderful against one’s skin, and has a nice drape and weight to it. And all the little leaves make a delightful rustling sound.

leaf chain

Here we have a beautiful filigree flower pendant. I love how there is a hole in the center – this is perfect to add a bead for a little color. This pendant is very detailed and has a lot of dimension and interest to it. You will definitely get noticed with this around your neck!

filigree flower

I love this chain – it’s the coolest! It needs no further embellishment. You could put a couple of these around your neck and you’re good to go.

3-oval chain

And finally, here is a sweet little bird nest charm. The perfect thing to welcome spring!

nest charm

Disclosure: I have received these products from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

~sweet dreams of spring!

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