Welcome to my "Happy Things" blog. Here I post any new jewelry items I've made
and share some of the 'happy things' I appreciate in daily life.
I hope you find something that brings a smile and please visit my online handmade jewelry shop
where my pieces are available:


Monday, April 18, 2011

Petal Soft Earrings

A departure from my usual design style ... I had to stop to create these lighthearted, whimsically spirited flower earrings this spring. The light, very soft opaque pink color in the glass of these flowers is fresh and soothing. They dangle effortlessly, playfully beside a glass leaf, nonchalantly waiting for a fresh spring breeze. Such a feminine touch!

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New Designs Available

I had a blast working with this new lampwork! So far I've designed two bracelets and a pair of earrings with them. The colors in the glass are so beautiful, the design doesn't require much to show them off! These items are now available in my shop, as I continue to design. Very casual, very comfortable ... frankly, I really want to keep them for myself!

Online Shop: http://www.MyHappyThings.etsy.com

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Blues

Look what I just received in the mail from lampwork artist Outwest! GORGEOUS hues of blues and greens, somehow swirled together both meticulously and randomly at the same time. The colors in these lampwork glass discs are sometimes comfortably predictable side by side, ring by ring, and sometimes pleasantly surprising. My mind is flooded with ideas, I can't wait to start working with them to bring my ideas to fruition. It won't take much, they're so stunning and awesome by themselves, even an effortless placement in a jewelry piece would be wonderful! The first challenge will be to give them up - I love them so much, I'm tempted to keep them!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Warm Organics Bracelet

I'm quite delighted with this bracelet I just posted in my online shop. It's a beach-inspired asymmetric blend of wonderful organics ... I just love to use materials like this! I've included two carved bone pieces, treasured vintage unglazed ceramics from 1972, wood, pearls and seashells, as well as stones with some beautiful soft corals. When I handcraft chain like I did with the stone cubes, it takes the piece to the next level of 'handcrafted' as people appreciate the fact that someone meticulously twisted, wrapped and worked the wire to give the jewelry wonderful drape and interest. This piece began with the row of warm colored stone cubes. I was in love with their soft hues and love how they subtly related to each other side by side. Wanting to extend their warmth and earthiness, I naturally was drawn to these organic materials and they took me to the warmth of the summery, natural beach. I'm quite taken with the final design and hope that someone relates to the colors and materials to enjoy it!