söndag 18 november 2012

The Winner of the Give-away and I got published

First I want to thank all participants who made those incredible creations for the HOP  and those who took the time to look at the Mother Earth blog hop!
Actually Mother earth interfered with this hop as 3 of the participants did not get their  ceramic parts in time !! They traveled for 4 weeks instead of about 1 week due to storm SANDY

  I have used a random number generator on the net today to get a winner for those two pendants and it is 

Sharon Borsavage
congrats to You !!
Will send them out soon...

Also Im happy to say that my goal of 500 sales is made and I passed 600 just now....
A BIG thank You to all the lovely customers who support my work

And a surprise ..
I was published in   Nov. issue of   Bead Trends mag.
I have been published about my jewelry design in Swedish magazines and even interviewed in the local radio in 2006  but this is the first time abroad ;
with my ceramic parts in gorgeous creations made by Andria McKee  (Thank You)
I knew about the angel pendant but not that my dragonfly bracelet focal also was in the magazine

 A very nice surprise when I finally got my issue in the mail a few days ago  :o)

Finally a picture from a part of Mother Earth I like very much and use to walk around often ..the woods in my little village..

Thanks for stopping by

fredag 9 november 2012

Celebrating Mother Earth reveal and blog HOP

Welcome to a tour around the world ..well some parts of it..!
So...finally the day is here for a small celebration of our planet
Our  Mother Earth
Nasa picture

and I think the time chosen is good with all strange weather going on around the planet........

A wake up call for us to take better care of what is "under our feet" and the host of our physical bodies down here...

In this post I will show what four different artists ( including me) made with those special ceramic pieces as focals and  further down in the post You will find the list of the other participants with blogs  !
A BIG thank You to the participants and those of You taking the time to look around  It has been so much fun and I look forward to see the rest of the creations...

well :-) 

time  to look at what all the lovely artists participating in this challenge have been working on ...
You will find links to Etsy shops if You click on the names of the artists !! 

Starting with my friend
Julie Thelen who was one of the winners of the ceramic parts from the original post. She made this gorgeous necklace...with river stones, silk, silver and more..

This is what she writes about it ;
The necklace comprises the following "natural" elements from different parts of the world:
- Silk ribbon
- Sterling silver wire and handcrafted links
- Beach stones from Lake Michigan
- Recycled glass disk beads from Ghana, Africa
- Modern Indo-Pacific glass beads, handcrafted in Indonesia using an old technique ("ancestors" of seed beads)
- Recycled glass rondelles from Java Island in Indonesia
- Beads handsculpted from polymer clay, textured, buffed and aged -- made by Fox at One Urban Tribe (etsy) in New Hampshire
- Rustic porcelain disk beads, handmade by Ginny at Ginpins (etsy) in California 
-and the pièce de résistance... Ceramic Mother Earth focal by my dear friend, Birgitta Lejonklou in Sweden

And now something different with a bracelet focal won by the  artist Kaushambi Shah   now on her way to India to get married  (how romantic is that!!) ..She made this wonderful feminine  "Festive Earth Goddess Bracelet" with pearls and silk and more  while preparing to fly home for the marriage .........

she writes ;
 Hi Birgitta,
First of all THANK YOU very much for picking me - thoroughly enjoyed designing with this lovely focal :)

"Festive Earth Goddess Bracelet" is a delicate mix of pastel and earth tones to celebrate a wedding, the holiday season or happy occasion!

To enhance the soft pastel green of the ceramic focal showing the calm and bountiful countenance of the Earth Goddess, I have designed with champagne pearls, amazonite beads, antiquated brass chain and matte gold sari silk ribbon.
While the ceramic focal truly celebrates Mother Earth and her bounty, the pearls, amazonite, silk and brass remind us of the multitude and variety she offers us.

Next in line of talented artists is Lynn Ferro
who made this fantastic piece to a very special lady who is the lucky  owner of it now. Just got a message from her that is it even  more beautiful IRL ! 
Lynn writes ;
I tried to use all natural materials given the theme of Mother Earth; hemp twine, sea shells, glass beads, coconut shell, paper bead from African, bury seed, silk, bone, carved soap stone  and natural Howlite.

And finally I have my Mother Earth necklace to show You
" Do I dare to open my eyes"

I have been working wit natural un-waxed eco linen here and I did LOVE it :-) + bone wood, my ceramic button, lampwork beads and Czech glass beads in that ancient looking new style hard to resist. Also added some pearly beads to bring out the feminine side ! It is a long one and hard to capture in pictures ..You can recognize the focal from my header on the blog ..been holding on to it..
I have braided some and a small part is macrame ...
Working a bit with needle and linen reminds me of when I was Young before I got my kids and did a lot of embroidery  and even made laces using one of those knyppeldyna (swedish)

Also I have a 25% OFF SALE in my supply shop during the weekend !
The code You will find in the shop!

And a giveaway of those focals :

 I will randomly draw a winner of this focal next weekend! You only have to leave a comment to be in!

Well...that was all jewelry for todays HOP on this post and the rest You will find in the list below

The List of BLOGS :
Emma Todd       apolymerpenchant.blogspot.se

Cece Courmier  
 Margareta Saari    magsinhelmet.blogspot.se
Toltec Jewels  http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/2012/11/mother-earth-blog-hop-create-with-spirit.html 
Birgitta Lejonklou  lejonklou.blogspot.se

Thank You so much for taking Your time to visit  and I love comments of course :-)

in peace and love

well I add this song to the post now as I have been interested in "saving the world"since High School 
Did buy this record on a trip to England 1969  just when man landed on the moon .....and I am afraid the world is far from cleaner now!!!
I am a member of Green Peace but wold like to  do more! 


lördag 3 november 2012

A piece of Mother Earth and some updates for the HOP next SATURDAY

 A piece of mother Earth

 This is LAVA from Island my daughter Lina brought home to me this summer. She went to work for some months over there and I asked her to pick some rocks for jewelry if possible...

 This is a picture from Gullfoss

and Vatnajökull where she picked this perfect one with hole..that I am working on a necklace with now..

 Lina has lots of beautiful pictures from Island in the header for her blog if You want more...

I do love this pictures with Island horses

And now about the Celebrating Mother Earth Challenge


on my blog

Kaushambi Shah 
Julie Thelen
Lynn Ferro 
and me

and those with blogs
here is the list I am testing now.. 

Birgitta Lejonklou   lejonklou.blogspot.se
  Emma Todd       apolymerpenchant.blogspot.se
Inge Traud      http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com
Sandra Wollberg   city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.se
Cece Courmier   thebeadingyogini.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor     Is not going to make it
Margareta Saari    magsinhelmet.blogspot.se
Toltec Jewels   www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Susan         http://libellulajewelry.com
Leena             vikkityyli.blogspot.se
Jean Wells   did not get her focal in time I am so sorry to say :-((((   It has been travelleing for 4 !! weeks ...very strange..and sad!

Any problems with links or other things about this..
did I forget someone?
 contact me 
I need pictures of course  of the jewelry I am going to post here :-)

mail :   design@lejonklou.se

I am so thrilled about this and cant wait to see what all talented artists come up with!! :-)

and...I am not at all finished with my jewelry for the hop....just like some of You..

see You all on SATURDAY  10 NOVEMBER !!
Thank You very much to those willing to play along  and those who like to watch

lots of love