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I just returend from an amazing adventure with a group of super talented and special gals. Pam and I co- taught a class at Kristin and Bill's glorious, Adventures in Italy in Orvieto, Italy. The photo above was taken by Robin who is shown below the gal on the far left was a tourist who joined in on our photo.
Christy and Bill are seen above. Christy is holding a heart rock Pam had found for her in the gravel at the Vineyard we were visitng.
All of the wonderful gals who attended. Michelle, Robin, Lea, Pam, Ingrid,
Pam and I had such a wonderful time exploring the sights of Italy. I was just blown away at the sight of these monuments and all the history!
My favorite photo of Pam shown above from the vinyard.
Christy and Bill have fined tuned every detail about this trip. The last evening we all shared a fabulous dinner together at one of their favoirte restaurants. Franscesa the baby of the trip is shown above with the owner and his mother.
The photo above is the paper marbleing class we attended. This man had so much knowledge and passion about paper, it was awesome.
We even did a cooking class together which was one of the highlights to all of us.
Pam and I have been on many adventures together but this one will always be super special in both of our hearts. It was a growing experience for each one of us there. Traveling such a far distance to share time creating and exploring was such a gift to each one of us. I feel very grateful to have been a part of it and I will always have a special place in my heart for each one of these women.
Mixing elements like stones and metal and finding the right special to add to a piece is one of the funniest parts of creating. Looking around the house when in a slump always helps me see things that mix.
Flowers are always a great way to find Inspiration the textures and colors that mix together and compliment each other .
Layering elements together as you are picking them out or about to use them to see what makes the other shine.
The tattered vintage paper behind the crisp line of a cup or the drippy look of the clouch next to the sharp lines of the cup.
Soft next to something stiff, Sharp color next to dull
I am so excited to be teaching at Kaari Meng's fabulous French General this November. I will be teaching a charm making class. I have shown some examples of what we will be learning. You can go here to sign up. Everything will be supplied in the class to create your own one of kind charm. Kaari's shop is magical if you have never been there it is totally worth the trip! She has it loaded with notions from her travels to France where she spends a big chunk of her summers at.
I have been busy making some new bracelets that I hope to be uploading to etsy this week. If you are interested in any of them please drop me an email. I have also been working on bracelets and charms to send out to the gals who will be joining Pam and I in Orvieto this fall as a treat with their packages. Pam and I have been gathering vintage treasures for everyone attending to use in creating their journals. We are both so excited about going and have started planning our journey to Italy. This will be my first time to Italy and I can't wait to see Rome and Florence as well as Orvieto.
I have been having fun mixing Tahitian natural pearls, london blue topaz, pink topaz,rubies, aqua marine,vintage rhinestones,vintage hand painted portraits and a variety of colored tourmaline together to create some very fun one of a kind pieces. Here are a few photos and descriptions of the completed pieces. I will be listing all of these pieces over the next few days.
Natural pearls in the perfect combination of colors mix with gorgeous rubies, blue london topaz and aqua marine gemstones. The vintage rhinestone clasp on this piece is amazing!
Hand painted portraits mix with vintage rhinestone pieces and yellow tourmaline gemstones.
Vintage French medals along with quartz gemstones drop from sterling silver chain along with blue london topaz and moonstone gemstones.
Oh, I just love these drops that have been created using real diamond disco balls. Quartz drops dangle form below. Stunning!!
The delicate pink tourmaline drops shown above are just perfection.
The necklace shown above and below illustrates how simple chain can just burst with color with a collection of different gemstones dangling! I am loving the pink opals that are shown above. I was so excited to find these sweet hand painted portraits that I have used in both pieces. Treasures!!
Layers of sterling chain connect to vintage hand painted portrait that drops a lovely vintage stanehope charm with a cross from France.
One of my favorite gemstones and a stone that keeps getting more and more expensive is tourmaline. I love all the variations of color the stone has. This piece has an incredible vintage rhinestone piece as the focal point and is connected to wired pink tourmaline and hand made chain. The simple chain design really allows the center piece to shine.
The vintage rhinestone brass links are just stunning in person. The combination with one of my favorite finds, the amazing vintage rhinestone eagle that is awesome in person. I feel like I'm gonna turn into Wonder Women when I place it on. It mixes really well with the ruby gemstones in the back of the necklace.
A collection of vintage rhinestone chain combine to create a show stopper. The photo below shows two layered rhinestone necklaces on top of each other.