Ahh… What a relief??? All those jackets, scarves and shoes, its time to go back in! While the rest of the world is busy spring cleaning, we couldn’t stay home any longer. After all time waits for no man! And so doesn’t the cherry blossom, here at the Brooklyn botanical garden. Four months of visiting the city on weekly basis and I must say this was the best day out.
As you walk through the garden, the array of cherry blossom takes the center stage. Standing against the blue sky and the green grass, the view is breath taking. All you would want to do is lie down and soak up the Sun or maybe picnic and watch random New yorkers and the cute kids running around.
While you breath in the beauty of this place, make sure to loop the Japanese garden. This small landscape is prettied up with warm arch bridge, the weeping higan cherries in full bloom hanging low over the shimmering pond. Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival is on April 28-29 but the plants are past peak bloom, so don’t wait up visit the garden soon!
My design inspiration
Kiran absolutely loved the garden, especially with his macro camera. His photographs are so inspiring both to improve my photography skills and a muse for my creations! Amongst the cherry blossom and vibrant tulips, these pretty daffodils with yellow center and soft white petals was rare find this late in April.
Spring crochet earring
How about a simple earring that you can do-it-yourself! You can be a newbie in crochet or trying out jewelry making.
- Left over yarn – lightweight or thinner
- Crochet hook – F/ 3.75mm or smaller
- A pair of french ear wire
- Jump ring – 2
- Flower bead or pretty flat bead – 2
- Flat nose pliers
Crochet pattern (Simplified):
- With F crochet hook, make a slip stitch, chain 4 and join to make a loop
- Rnd 1 – Chain 2 for height and 11 double crochet around.
- Join to the 2nd ch of the 1st height, knot to finish and chop off the yarn.
- Using a flat nose plier open jump ring away from one another NOT wide and apart.
- Insert crochet disc, the flower bead and the ear wire loop in the same order.
- Close the jump ring and repeat the steps for the other pair. Done!
Deep colors, edgy design, the Victorian touch. Inspired by the timeless gothic culture, these hand-crafted pieces make a unique fashion statement. Classy Goth! I perceive fashion to be a personal choice, something in my zone of comfort.
Black wire wrapping
My latest attempt to include the striking black wire with deep red and pink beads turned out interesting. I started out sketching these shapes and tried to add beads for a splash of color. I used a wire with higher gauge which makes a bold statement.
The template for sharing this piece of earring is made with polyvore. When I started blogging, it was mostly just about the handmade jewelry but as you can see I like variety and sharing the events in my life as it happens.
Here’s another one… a striking red earring with swirl wire work and a matching black beaded bracelet.
Silver black earrings
This orange crystal bead with tarnished silver loop makes a simple and light weight earring. Oh, I’m also writing a post about jewelry photography. I realize that there are only a few articles out there on this topic for casual hand-made accessories.
Black beads, short is sweet! Yet another color of chandelier earring. Find rest of my collection on the jewelry gallery. Hope the spring has sprung at your place. 🙂
A little while ago, I had been to the international beads festival in San Mateo, a place I call my ‘candy store’! Beads, charms, findings, tools, Oh My… I just could not get enough! I found some really nice Swarovski crystal, turquoise, pearl, coral, sandstone, ruby and so much more. Now that’s called a beads shopping spree.
Today’s post is all about the turquoise and few other blue beads. As a jewelry designer, I’ve always wanted to start using semi-precious stone. The color blue is pretty versatile and I love the way it behave with various metals. The first few items are with silver metal, white crystals and charms beads. I’ve also made a few pieces with copper wire to compliment the blue.
1. Simple stud and drops
I was wondering how fun it would be to have someone model my designs. Objects and people put together makes a great photo shoot. Right? This one is short earring with silver stud instead of fish hook ear wire. Mix it up with a chunky beaded necklace and balance out the look with a smaller earring like this.
Oh… Thanks to Eva Mendez for the guest appearance. 😉 Hope I dont get sued for this!
2. Heart Turquoise droplets
This is my signature dazzling droplet earring but with a heart-shaped turquoise bead. Find more on my jewelry page with black, pink, and other beads. My friend, sis-in-law gifted me this cute three chest drawer when she returned from the India trip. Its a great prop for jewelry photography. Thanks Shobi!
3. Blue beaded necklaces and chandelier
The crystal chandelier is made can be made with a few eye pins, fish hook ear wires, tube beads and crystals. Silvery with a touch of blue, these earrings can be worn with a black or a white dress.
The size of the beads and the pendant makes a whole lot of difference. Although the tarnished flower pendant is pretty in its own way, love the one with the blue marble stone. It kinda has an even finish and matches the beaded chain well.
4. Turquoise with copper spirals
Turquoise is such an earthy color and copper wire enhances the beauty of this stone. While you check out rest of this post, have an orange.
An Orange a day keeps the cold away… says Priya 😉 The goodness of vitamin C found in oranges cant be bad for you… Oh, you dont have it right now… Its ok, just eat any fruit or a glass of water at least! Stay healthy!
5. Blue crystal wirework
Wire work and wire wrapping is a fun technique to upgrade yourself in jewelry making. You can make your own findings, shapes and charms once you learn it. The sparkling blue crystal looks just as good as matte finish turquoise. I love this 2D to 3D photo turned out to be. I dont know her name, but she sure is gorgeous with a flawless skin!
So yeah… those are the five ways to use your turquoise blue beads to make wearable jewelry! I started out blogging as a platform to share my designs and finished accessories. But my blog is so full of all the activities that I love. I cant believe my last jewelry post was back on the last day of 2011. Its almost been 2 months now. Come back to find more of my designs with coral, pearls and ruby.
Related jewelry posts
Last day of the year 2011, I cant believe that its end of the year already. The city of new york turns into a winter wonderland during christmas and new years. Inspired by the colorful lights of the holidays are these few of these sparkling earrings.
Blogosphere is full of awesomeness, its cool how it connects people from all over the world. The guest post exchange is a great way to get acquainted. I happen to stumble upon Susanna’s blog few weeks ago for the lovely earrings collections and today I’m happy to feature her weekly collection. The one with the panda is my favorite.
Earring collection is such a cool and unusual hobby! Check out rest of her work at Ophelia’s Ear
Week Ending 20 November 2011
This was an exciting week! My oldest friend (we’ve known each other since we were 4 years old!) came to visit me in Cape Town – now’s she visited me in every place that I’ve lived 🙂 I was lucky enough to be able to take some time off work to do all the touristy things with her…but I didn’t buy any earrings 😉 Although she gave me two pairs!
Monday – Blue and silver teardrop, a Christmas present from my sister in 2008. Continue reading
Rustic copper swirls
Its fun to play with wires, the swirls are a sweet twist when combined with crystal to make these cute earrings. While at it, I found myself unhappy with store brought ear-wires, if you are a jewelry maker you know what I mean. I made these ear-wires, the finish is just the way I want it to be. They are a perfect pair of earrings with peach and earthy blue green crystals beads.
Clusters pearl and crystal
Cluster earrings, the ones that look like a grape bunch are my personal choice. If u put together the soft white pearls and grey crystals together, they make a versatile earring that one can wear with almost anything. Check out the older post for other cluster earrings in my older post. The colorful clusters
The crystal bead, doesn’t always have to be the focal point in an earring. Sandwich the spacer bead with bright blue crystal. The other red and green earring is slim and elegant and has an Indian touch to it.