Sunday, March 9, 2008

Think Spring

It seems wrong that Easter is less than a week after St. Patrick's Day this year, mostly because there is a chance that we could have more snow on the ground for Easter than we did for Christmas. That's a risk you take when you live in Upstate NY, I guess.

I've had a good winter, enjoyed snowshoeing with my sister. There were days when I'd look out the window during a snow storm and think how beautiful it looked. Then I'd go out in drive in it. Spring officially begins on March 20, only three days before Easter Sunday, but the weather around here certainly doesn't have to follow a schedule.

I look forward to opening the windows and getting fresh air in the house, and finally putting the winter coats away. And how great it will be to go for a hike without my husky boy over the ribs snow pants on (long story).

You can tell I am about to explode from having my fill of winter, my four newest pieces in my Etsy shop involve flowers or eggs!

My Easter Egg Hunt necklace was inspired by my world famous Bird Nest Choker (OK, I exaggerate a little) which was featured on in post #2. Instead of a nest, I made a basket, filled it with Easter grass (green wire) and egg shaped Cloisonne beads. I double crocheted the necklace this time, and discovered that by doing that you can scrunch it or stretch it to adjust the length a little.

I have made two sets of Egg Earrings using blue egg shaped Cloisonne beads for one, and black ones for the other.

I love my fourth spring piece, Garden Variety, because I found beads that all come together. I bought the shell pendant when I went down to the city to visit some friends. The flowers painted on it have a metallic sheen. I was able to find metallic blue-green twist beads (not actually metal) that match the leaves on the pendant. The blue beads match the blue paint of the pendant and have almost an iridescent effect with hints of green and purple matching the flowers as well. Little glass tear shaped beads accent the pink flowers and the shades of blue and green in the pendant. All on memory choker wire so it naturally adjusts to the size of your neck without an uncomfortable squeeze.

Springing forward with the clocks this weekend will make for a long Monday, but the sun will be out for an hour later!


Simply Wired Custom Jewelry said...

Your Bird Nest Choker is gorgeous! Very creative and fun; perfect for the season! Nicely done.

Rosebud Collection said...

Beautiful stuff..I am waiting for spring here in Maine..Too old to snowshoe, so I blogged to keep sane..

A Keeper's Jackpot said...


Click there for the Spring Blog Carnival!

Blaze said...

Oh thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! :) I am so glad you stopped by, and I hope you come back again soon! :) I love your winter picture and your nest necklaces too! :)

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

I can't take credit for the winter picture, my sister took that :)

Diane Schwob Zubrick said...

Beautiful Spring jewelry! Today it was 62 and last week we had 12" of snow.....I am ready for spring too! Saw you on the etsy forum!

joeyandaleethea said...

WOW that photo is incredible! Gosh I miss the snow. Here in Orlando it's pretty hot.

stylishmode said...

Your garden variety necklace is absolutely stunning!