Saturday, 15 February 2014

Sale Section!

I'll keep this really brief...I've added a Sale section to my etsy shop!  There are some lovely goodies on sale. Enjoy browsing!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueMerlinCreations?section_id=15021827&ref=shopsection_leftnav_7

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Oh, the Excitement!

It's a busy week this week.  We had a holiday on Monday, and my oldest son has the next two days off from school while the teachers attend an annual conference.  This means there is not a whole lot of jewellery making going on!  Instead, meet the kitchen....
Raspberry white chocolate chip muffins, dough in the breadmaker for French bread, and chocolate cupcakes for a Valentine's treat for my small people!  Busy times keeping the three of them occupied, and certainly messy (but fun) ones when they're involved in the kitchen.

However, that's not to say I'm not busily pondering new designs amidst keeping the children occupied. Look what arrived in the mail today!

Aren't they just gorgeous?  These fabulous polymer clay flowers are the creations of Latvian artist Ilze Girgensone, and I can't even remember how I came across her etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/ekkaBoutique?ref=pr_shop_more, but it doesn't matter.  I know where it is now!  I have gloriously springy earrings in mind for these beautiful blooms. 

This is one of those instances where I'm glad I didn't pay attention to measurements, too.  When I ordered these flowers, I thought there were going to be smaller - they aren't!  These are just large enough to make a statement without being too big or heavy.  Hooray!

Must get back to the baking - the French bread needs shaping and proofing.  I hope you're all having a good week =)

Sunday, 2 February 2014

New Pieces!

The mailbox has been a pretty exciting place recently - so many wonderful new beads to play with!  Here are a few of the new pieces I've created lately:

This was one of those pieces that practically made itself.  I love it when that happens!  The focal pendant is a stunning, limited edition winter bird by artist Erin Prais-Hintz.  The design on the body of the bird is actually polymer clay!  It's amazing what artist are doing with this medium.  This piece has already winged its way to a new owner.

Continuing with the birdie theme, here's a whimsical little piece with a lovely minty Moogin bead made by artist Mindy MacGregor (whose beads are amazing!)  and a polymer clay birdie by artist Heather Powers.


Now these darling little charm necklaces I really like!  I'm such a homebody that these little stoneware houses really appealed to me.  Each home has its own little garden of Czech glass flowers and a set of keys that are part of the clasp - so you'll never lose them!  I'm so happy with how they turned out.  My four year old son helped out with the photos.  He was quite taken with the red one (his favourite colour), so I may make a much simpler version for him when I can order some more of the house beads =)


And here is a lovely pink pair of earrings featuring a couple of gorgeous pink handmade lampwork beads by Donna Millard.  These are happy earrings!  (What is it about pink that makes me happy, I wonder?  Does it make you happy?  There are many, many colours I really like and am drawn to, but there's something about a really warm pink that makes me happy!)


I feel like I'm on a creative roll so far this year, which is great!  How about you?  What is your creative pursuit?  Do you find enough time to create what you love?  My challenge is trying to create beautiful things, photograph them, upload them, list them (when I get a chance) in my etsy shop and every so often pop over here to post something - all around a 6, 4, and 2 year old!  Insanely busy, but makes me appreciate my creative time all the more.  I hope you get a chance, however small, to do what you love amongst the busyness of day to day life =)