Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hello!!  So much has happened since I last blogged!  We now know I have Celiac Disease as of 2014 among other health issues that I'm working on.  Hopefully, I will be back on here more now.  :)

The following is a listing of my shows for Late Summer to Autumn 2016, so come get your buying done in person. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Copper Abstract Heart Necklace

This design came together before my eyes tonight.  The leaf and the copper spiral had been sitting on my desk for quite some time now ~ waiting..........waiting for inspiration to strike as to what I wanted to do with either of them now that I had created them.  I tried numerous ideas and they just didn't move me, so each time they would go back to laying on my workbench like that word that you have right on the tip of your tongue, but for the life of you it won't come to mind. 

Maybe it was the pictures of roses on facebook that I saw in my news feed today or perhaps it was walking past the rosebushes in the yard as we went on our 6 mile hike this evening, but nonetheless, I picked up these two pieces that had only laid a mere inches apart all this time and it struck me, I could see a beautiful antique rose (like the ones in our yard) newly unfurled announcing to all who would notice that spring is in the air and the dewdrop dangle 'on' the petal brought the rose and leaf design to completion.  Perhaps it is that spring has finally arrived that allowed me to finally find the inspiration for this design.  We've held our breaths for so many weeks, waiting, hoping, and finally she has arrived.
This design may be found in my Etsy shop

Happy Spring!!

Ciao Bella

Friday, February 28, 2014

Gold Brass Heart Necklace - Place in My Heart

There's a place in my heart that can only be filled by you.  My mind wandered as I was completing this piece.  I thought of the loved ones I have here on earth, the ones who have gone on before me, and the special pets that seemed more angel than animal. 

Who does this piece make you think of?  I can envision it being given to honor an anniversary, warm the heart of someone sad, and even be a part of the proposal to the woman of someone's dreams. You may find this piece in my shop.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bewitched Artisan Created Hat Necklace

Many of my designs and creations have a story.  Not all, the understated hoop earrings, not so much, but the pieces like this....yes, inspiration, a story, something.

This one started because I saw a link on Facebook about 'feeling witchy' and the photo of legs in striped tights gave you the feeling that the person intended 'feeling witchy' to portray one who was on top of the world.  Well, that day, I wasn't feeling witchy at all.  That was yesterday, in fact ~ getting over a nasty ear ache...  But, the photo was pretty, and I liked the catchy phrase.  Positives - that's me.  I'm all about uplifting and positive.  I mulled over it, started doodling pointed hats in my sketch book, and then I drew one I especially liked, so I had to give it a whirl with the cutting blades and anvil and just see....
I like the aged look, reminds me of a weathered hat.

I had the hat before me, but no pretty faceted Czech glass dangle or a hammered word.  It needed something, so I plundered through my collection ~ what any sane person would deem as too many beads for one person, and found the most perfect faceted black (Czech, of course) glass bead. 

I debated over what to hammer on the hat, texted a friend for her input, but once BEWITCHED had come to mind, nothing else would do for this first one.  It portrayed the feeling I had when I saw the 'Feeling Witchy' photo.  {{{Do you recall the tv show? Oh, I watched it without fail as a child.}}}  Something fun, mysterious ~ something that would make you smile, even when you have an earache. 

This mysterious, fun, smile-invoking piece may be found at Jewelry By Mignon (just click the link)

Ciao Bella 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Make Art

Make Art.  Sweet, simple and to the point. 

That's what I want to do.  Simply create, inspire, and be inspired.  I was inspired to create this piece by Neil Gaiman's (a rather well known author) speech at a graduation. 
He said to make art, specifically, he said, "Make good art".  Thank you Mr. Gaiman for moving me with such an inspiring speech.  

The Make Art necklace may be located at my online Etsy shop at Jewelry By Mignon.

Monday, February 6, 2012

New Year New Me :)

There's a new shop banner
and a new me happening this year. ;) Since August, I'm down 20 pounds, down two sizes, and I'm not nearly done. Bring on 2012, because I am rocking this year!

Tonight's walk at dusk was beautiful. ;)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Earring Cards

It's truly not something you shall see until you buy a pair of earrings or some of the daintier necklaces, but I have a new earring/necklace card created just for me by a fellow artisan on Etsy. She actually made them for me a summer or so ago, but I've only now decided to print them. They are absolutely scrumptious and I like them so much more than I do the gray flocked cards that I've been ordering from one of my wholesalers. The designer really created a design that speaks of my love of the ocean and of my personality. They are much more an attention-getter and they remind the shoppers in stores where my jewelry is sold that each piece is handmade by an artisan aka yours truly. :) Come by the online shop and stay a spell. ;) Support Handmade. :)

Mignon ;)