I've spent the better part of the day loading up my Etsy shop with my Cairn Bead components. I think this is the most I've ever had listed for sale here and I've got even more work to list tomorrow! I've got more components and two new pairs of earrings. Check these scrumptious creations ...
The ruby dangles give me chills - they are so over the top - I do love love love them. And the right hand pair with the citrine nuggets are simple and elegant and just great basic earrings.
But what I'm equally excited to share are some fresh discoveries. Our exceptional Downtown Books and News has started carrying more and more Australian publications. There's a couple that have been tempting me like Dumbo Feather. I've seen it on-line and it looks really interesting and I've wanted to get my hands on a copy. But the issue on the shelf was just not grabbing me and then I saw this one - habitus - and I gladly plunked down the $18 to call it mine.
I much prefer looking for jewelry inspiration in non-jewelry places and pretty consistently find wonderful inspiration in home and design magazines. This one's a peach! Wouldn't you just love to have this porcelain chandelier hanging in your home? It's from Bocci.ca - gorgeous. Golly, you know it kind of looks like jewelry.
And as for actual jewelry, you may recall I'm a big fan of Donna Karan's Urban Zen shop in NY. On a recent visit to their website I was struck by some extraordinary "savage jewels" ... the creations of By Wanga.
And one more wonderful find ...
I can't remember how I came across Elephant Ceramics, but Michele Michael's wonderfully minimal, hand built dishes just warm my little heart. Thirty years ago, handbuilt pots are what drew me to work in clay and remain a deep seated passion that I will one day return to. Thing was, at that time, there was little if any appreciation for the forms I was drawn to create. Thank goodness tastes have changed and here's a beautiful example of a now broadly accepted method.
blessings - kvk