Sunday, October 7, 2012

Flower Power!

Back in July, I had participated in the "Link Challenge" by Peggy Johnson of the Charm Barn.

I met Terri through that challenge, we started to talk, and found out we had both got our first designs published in Stringing magazine, mine in the Fall issue, and hers in the Winter issue. Both were earrings, so Terri came up with an idea for an earring swap! Both our stores are "flower" themed: hers is Blooming Ideas, and mine is Sadafulee, Always in Bloom. So she suggested we make one flower themed pair, and one "surprise" pair.

I got my package from her a couple weeks back. Chock full of goodies it was!!!
Let me begin with my "bonus" items!


This sweet set of earrings and bracelet! I had told Terri I liked earthy colors and boho style, this is a perfect example of that! I wore these a couple times already!

Next up, is this cute keyring. Noooo idea how she found out how much I love polka dots, but I guess she found out :-) Its sooooo cute!!!! Its a large purple shell with big white dots. Lurrve it!


 She also sent me a pack of gum, which I ate, and hence no pictures :-)
 
Now for the "surprise" earrings, the one I didn't know the theme of:






These are a gorgeous teal color with little birds in the focal. Very cute! I have not worn these yet, looking for the perfect outfit to pair them with!

And now for the star, the flower ones:


She made these silk flowers by hand! Its a lovely peach color, and have already been worn and shown off :-)

Here's a close-up of the flower and the cute little spiral on top.



And since this is a swap, I think I need to show you what I made as well ;-)
Sheepishly I admit, I didn't make any extras, just the ones we had decided on :((

Will start with the surprise pair:


 I used tiny greek ceramic gears (they are so tiny, they look like little daisies :-)), with bright yellow waxed linen cord (source: White Clover Kiln) and washers (not exactly sure what they are made of)
Love the yellow in this pair :)

And finally, the flower power:


I did have a bit of a hard time coming up with a floral design...simply because the possibilities are endless! I don't remember exactly why I decided on this, and the original design I had in mind was also quite different, but I like the outcome. Especially love the color combination :)

So that was our little Flower Power swap!
 

 




17 comments:

  1. I really like what you did with the Irish linen!

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  2. WOW what a great idea, and such beautiful pieces!! I love those birds -the colors are amazing, and I like all your knotted pieces ... you are amazing at that :)

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    1. Oh, the birds are REALLY cute! And there are small stones around the birds on the frame too.

      And knotting...I love doing it :)

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  3. Wow - what fun indeed! I love all the ones she created for you. And, the two pair you designed are super cool!!

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    1. Thanks Shel! Me too! I loved everything, including the gum and the keyring :)

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  4. Wow! So many cool things here...like All of Them!!! The Greek gears and the teal ones are exceptionally wonderful :-)

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  5. Thanks Christine! I love the teal birdies too :-)

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  6. This was such a special swap for me. Thank You for making such beautiful earrings. I guess we can call the copper pair - birds of nature. I did not know that you liked polka dots. That (bonus)shell actually came from England from Sarah during the bead soup swap. I like how it felt in the hand...reminded me a bit of a worry stone.I'm so pleased you liked everything. Especially the silk flower ones.

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    1. Yeah, that's a good name for the birdies!!
      Oh, I LOVE the shell! Am going to hang it in my office so I can see it everyday and smile :) What's a worry stone, btw?

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  7. These are all so pretty, Kashmira... I admit I am partial to the ones you made with the cording, so unusual! I am just learning to incorporate cording and other fibres in jewellery making, so I also love the ones with the little silk flowers. (I don't know where you find the time to take part in all these challenges, girl LOL.)

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    1. Oh I didn't make the one with the silk flowers, Terri did.

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  8. Being that I'm 1/4 Greek my Uncle always carried one in his pocket. A smooth polish gemstone in the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation which he could then rub with his own thumb. Diverts the attention of the brain and can have a soothing effect. The Polka dot shell has an impression to the side...it would of took a very large thumb to wear it down thought.(grin)

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  9. Beautifull collection....loved it...!!

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