Monday, May 18, 2009

Blue Summer Jewelry

It's Monday, the BLUEST day of the week. On Mondays, Smiling Sally is our hostess in the round-up of blue jewelry, clothes, houses, decor, ...anything you can think of! If you love teh color blue, or just have something blue to share with us, please join in. It's a lot of fun reading the stories that go with people's places and things.
This week I'm showing some things that I've made. Encouraged by many of my readers, I opened an Etsy shop last week, called Little Somethings. Th theme is that I have things that make great gifts for a hostess, friend, get-well, or even yourself. That "little something" that is just perfect for someone. Right now I have listed some of my hemp jewelry and some cards, and I'm working on home decor items and scrapbooking embellishments. I'm not trying to sell you anything; just letting you know that your encouragement has helped me to try something new.I am very proud of this anklet. It looks really simple, but I had to figure out where to lay the 2 colors to get it like this. One side is blue with orange trim and it flips over to orange with blue trim.I wear this one all the time! I have a lot of turquoise in my summer wardrobe, as well as colors that go well with turquoise.This bracelet sparkles wtih blue and orange gladd beads. Blue and orange are the town colors where I teach, so I've sold many of these. I think it's fun and summery, regardless of the colors.I consider this one to be a pretty traditional hemp bracelet. It's simply natural colored hemp in square knots with blue fimo clay beads sitting on top.More blue and orange! I was trying for the flip again, but it doesn't work with this style of knot.Finally, my absolute favorite! I used dark blue hemp on the inside and bleached natural for the knots. By pulling the knots downward I was able to get gaps so the inside could be seen. I love these scrollwork beads, too.
In my mind, hemp jewelry is a summer tradition. I always have some to wear at the beach and around town. I wear my bracelets and necklaces year round, but anklets look so fun and kicky with capris and cute sandals. I made a set for a bridal party doing a destination wedding to Aruba in the winter, and plain hemp necklaces with one bead for the men. I also did a couple sets as birthday party favors. I hope you're getting geared up for Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer!
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25 comments:

Marie Reed said...

Your a talented jewelery maker too Elizabeth! Wow!

Lynda said...

Great jewelry!

Happy Blue Monday!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

very pretty...you are talented! (not that I am surprised!! LOL) Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

Valerie said...

Look at you so crafty!!! I'm glad you opened up your own ETSY shop and what a great idea for wedding party with the tropical destination.

Do you ever make your jewelry to give as gifts to your students? I bet they would love it!

Happy Blue Monday,
Valerie

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing and have yourself a wonderful Blue Monday.

Blessings,
Sandi

shopannies said...

I love your blog and have awarded you with a lovely blog award http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2009/05/feeling-very-special-because-of-blog.html

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Elizabeth, lovely pictures!

Happy Blue Monday.

Barb

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I wish I was able to make those! Stop by my site for Blue Monday. If you see what you like, be sure to subscribe to my blog so that you can visit often. Just click "follow" on the right column.

Fifi Flowers said...

CUTE crafty bracelets!

Smilingsal said...

They're all so neatly done. Good work. Happy Blue Monday!

mannequin said...

I know some people wear anklets year round but I'm like you, I only wear mine in the summertime. I think that's part of what makes them so special. They're a celebration piece!

I like the simple one around the vase. It sounds like very tedious work and you do it so well :)

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Good luck on your Etsy shop, my friend. And I love your comment blikie so much. Thanks for letting me know you put it there. xxoo

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

These are fab! How talented you are!
I love anklets but have a hard time finding one to fit as I'm very large bones...seriously. Can you make them any size?

The Raggedy Girl said...

Your shoppe looks really sweet and I love the old books. I am on a book diet but will come back when I have read the ones in my pile. Cute bracelets too!

from The Raggedy Girl

Terry said...

Hi Elizabeth
Happy Blue Monday .
Congratulaitons to you .
I am so proud of you what a wonderful and exciting time .
Blessings to you until we meet again.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

This is one craft I haven't tried yet. I know they are very popular with young folks.

Justine said...

Wow, I'm totally impressed. These are gorgeous, Elizabeth! And holy cow, but you've got nice feet!

Justine :o )

Beverly said...

Elizabeth, these are fantastic. Good luck with your new venture.

And, happy Blue Monday.

Mary said...

Good luck with your new venture. Have a good Blue Monday.

Dorte H said...

They are all pretty, but your favourite is certainly also my favourite!

Sandra said...

I love your anklets!
Blessings,
Sandra

kbbryant said...

You have discovered a unique avenue for your creativity. Good luck to you and GO FOR IT GIRL!

Kathy b

Southern Lady said...

Elizabeth, I love your jewelry. It's beautiful and very unique. My daughter would love the ankle bracelet!

Jesmi said...

These are fantastic!
Happy Blue Monday.

health quotes said...

Great jewelry!They are all pretty.