4/19/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Vintage Style

One style will never be completely out of fashion - that's the vintage style. It's easy to see why. Vintage style can be about anything, and you can always pick your favorite. Many if not most of us are dreaming of better times, and memories of when we were more careless are not difficult to evoke. If everything was indeed so careless and so much better, that's a whole different question.
I can be hopelessly nostalgic myself while readily admitting that the old times were not necessarily times I would have wanted to live in. I appreciate my washing machine, thank you very much, and that's not the only thing. Other modern things I can very well do without, though.

An easy way to pick from the past just what you want are accessories of a time period you like. They don't even have to be real vintage which is not always easy to come by or may simply be too expensive, there are beautiful items out there created in a vintage style.
Here are some of them from our latest Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge. I hope you'll enjoy them.


1 and 6 The Crafty Chimp
2 and 3 Cat's Wire
4 and 5 RioRita

4/14/2018

Random Saturday - Hidden object games and jewelry making

I do like playing hidden object games. Puzzles, a nice adventure story, that's just what I need sometimes (nomograms are another one of my passions) to shut out the world. 
What do those games have to do with jewelry making, however, you may wonder now.

The stories of the games I like playing best usually take place in some kind of medieval, fairy, wizard, magic, or maybe period drama (20/30s are fun) etc. setting. One of those, you know, that look great, but that you probably wouldn't like to live in although that may be open to discussion. The backgrounds are very detailed, especially in the puzzles in which details are important to make the hidden objects more difficult to pick out.

I wish I had paid more attention from the start when jewelry was shown in those puzzles. Now there's no way to say how many pieces there actually were over the years. Because you know, this was obviously handmade artisan jewelry that was shown there, wire woven or beaded, and that was what made it so interesting to me.

After a while it made me wonder if the persons who designed those scenes were always the same and if they drew the inspiration from pieces they had made themselves or had seen elsewhere. Latter would mean they had to study them closely.
Not that I see how I could ever get an answer to that.
Now I'm a little mad at myself for not making screenshots every time. Once I got aware of these pieces, I intended to do so each time, but then I forgot and didn't bother to go back to the scene or couldn't even find it anymore. Okay, so it's not a matter of life or death, but doesn't a little collection sound like fun?

For now I just have this one picture of a peyote piece for you, and unfortunately I forgot which game it belonged to (I will write it down in future). Depending on how many more I'll find, I may either keep this post up-to-date or I'll set up a new page for it on this blog.
And how knows - maybe others will help growing the list.

4/13/2018

Tackle that stash - Tiny sheep

This year one of the old jewelry stores in my hometown shut its door for good after about 100 years. While it hadn't been a store I used to frequent myself - in fact I can only remember one time I asked about something in there - I often walked by it on my way to or from the train station, and I often had a look at the windows because they didn't just offer modern jewelry, but also had displays of vintage jewelry and even loose stones or pearls.
Before they closed, they had a sale, and my sister and I went in a last time to have a look.

Next to the counter they had a big glass bowl with small cabs and faceted stones, some real, some synthetic. The lady said they kept those for children coming in with customers which I thought was a sweet idea.
Even though I am not a child anymore, I took two small jasper cabs as a memory with the intention on making something from them eventually.

When I was asked about a sheep a while ago, I remembered these two cabs that had finally made it from my purse to my stash drawer and thought that one of them would make a cute little sheep prototype in copper. When will I learn that tiny doesn't mean easier to make? ;-) The whole pendant including the bail is just 1 inch high and 1 1/3 inch wide!
At least I learned a few things from it for the next sheep. As I said, this is a prototype that I will keep, so yes, there are tool marks, the ear is a bit too small and the head maybe a bit too large. I still think it's kind of cute :-D

4/12/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Amazonite

After skipping last week due to technical problems we are back with some amazonite and more for this Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge.
Since the rules are not too strict, not all of those stones are amazonite - all of them have the aqua blue color, though. Can you find out what is what? Not that it really matters, important is how soothing and lovely that aqua is to the eyes. What comes to your mind when you see today's entries?


1 and 6 Cat's Wire
2 and 4 RioRita
3 and 5 MC Stoneworks

3/29/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Hip to be Square

This week's topic was of course inspired by the Huey Lewis And The News song "Hip to be Square". I don't know how square you consider yourself to be ;-) but my selection of jewelry pieces from the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge today definitely is!
I hope you'll like them.


1 and 4 and 7 Cat's Wire
2 and 5 and 6 RioRita
3 MC Stoneworks

3/22/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Spring break

Spring break is something we don't have like this here in Germany. To me it is only familiar as a stereotype through movies that celebrate that "partying and going crazy in the sun" feeling.
This week it's our Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge's topic and we are giving you sun, colors and fun with these pieces!



1 and 8 Jewelry Art by Dawn
2 and 4 Cat's Wire
3 and 6 MC Stoneworks
5 and 7 RioRita

3/15/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Sapphire blue

While sapphires come in all kinds of colors, white, green, pink, yellow, orange, most people will probably think of blue first.
Sapphires are our Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge's topic today - the color, not necessarily the stone, though. Have fun with my selection!





1 and 8 The Crafty Chimp
2 and 7 Cat's Wire
3 and 5 RioRita
4 and 6 MC Stoneworks

3/08/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Triangles

I was busy with vet and my own appointments, so I completely forgot this week's Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge! How embarrassing.
In short - beauties, triangles, enjoy ;-)



1 and 6 and 7 RioRita
2 and 11 Cat's Wire
3 and 9 Jewelry Art by Dawn
4 and 5 MC Stoneworks
8 and 10 The Crafty Chimp

2/22/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Mardi Gras

When our challenge mistress announced Mardi Gras as the topic for the latest Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge, I was somewhat at a loss what to enter.
Here in Germany we celebrate what is called Fasching, Fasnet, Fastnacht, Fassenacht, Karneval - and I figured it would not be quite the same as Mardi Gras as it's not even the same in all of Germany. So I asked what kind of vibe they were asking for and got the reply "Mardi Gras is just colorful, especially green, purple, and gold - masks, beads, French influence".
Colorful, now that I could do.

Today's selection is a very small one, but I hope you will love it nonetheless :-)


1 and 5 Cat's Wire
2 and 3 MC Stoneworks
4 RioRita

2/08/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Minty fresh

Like many other people I love the taste and scent of mint. Isn't it amazing how you see something mint colored and your brain automatically connects it with this fresh feeling?
Today I'm bringing you some items from the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge and hope they'll make you feel good! :-)


1 Cat's Wire
2 MC Stoneworks
3 The Crafty Chimp
4 RioRita
5 Jewelry Art by Dawn

2/02/2018

Tackle that stash or Creating new (old) stash

Years ago the "Pfingstmarkt" in Wäschenbeuren was a regular date in our annual calendar. This market takes place on Pentecost (Monday which is also a holiday here) each year, in a village about six miles from my hometown.
One part of it is a flea and antique market, the other is a typical market with anything from local honey, hand knitted socks, herbal teas, aprons, t-shirts, ingenious vegetable graters, and of course there are also food stalls to keep people going. I haven't been there for years, mainly for lack of transportation because it's a bit of a hassle with buses on holidays.

When I was younger, I wasn't a fan of jasper. I usually saw it in the form of tumbled rocks that I didn't have any use for, and on top of that jasper doesn't sparkle. I loved gemstones and still do today.
I grew older and (hopefully ;-)) a little wiser, though, and learned to appreciate the beauty of other stones, no matter if they were translucent or opaque. And eventually I got myself a tumbled leopard jasper rock from a jewelry stand at the Pfingstmarkt, one of those that also had one of those big boxes with a variety of rocks in it. I still didn't have any real use for it, and afterwards I wouldn't have been able to say why I wanted to have it except that it had jumped out at me, but I always felt that this was the rock that started to make me change my view of jasper.


After I started making jewelry, I made a few attempts to use the rock. Nothing really convinced me, though. This was not a small stone, it needed some big design, and I was better at incorporating tiny beads in my pieces. I crocheted oder knitted more than one bezel for the jasper, but nothing worked.

This brings me to my topic of creating new/old stash.
Lately I have been ripping up some old pieces. A few had never even been listed anywhere because I was not completely sure about them myself, and I felt kind of a relief when I ripped them up and put the cabs or beads back into my stash. One of them was the jasper.
You have no idea how often this particular rock had come back to haunt me. Some pieces sleep in a drawer and some of those I even forget I ever had. The jasper, however, always ended up somewhere where I found it again.
And now I think I finally found its destination after, oh, probably about 20 years - and I'm happy with it. Miracles do happen.

2/01/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Berry colors

I'll spare you the stories today ... let's just go pick some "berries".
Berry colors were the topic for this week's Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge, and berry colors we got! Obviously my subconscious mind was so influenced that I actually got myself some frozen (after all it's winter here) berries with the next grocery shopping ;-)
Hopefully you'll find today's selection just as yummy as I did.


1 and 7 MC Stoneworks
2 and 8 The Crafty Chimp
3 and 5 RioRita
4 and 6 Cat's Wire

1/25/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Farm living

When I was a child, the time spent on the farm of my godmother's parents was always special.
I didn't deal well with some things like being expected to eat the chicken that had still run around the same morning (but no, I never had to witness myself how it went from running around to making its way to the stove), but most of the memories are vivid and good - with half of them probably being a little misty-eyed.
I had "my own" cow. At least I had first dibs on buying her if I ever made enough money which I was sure would happen eventually. She was white and light brown and her name was Diana.
I loved all the cats, first of all O'Henry, the big tabby, and although already being a cat person back then, I also loved Hera, the big German shepherd. Actually I don't know how big she really was, but I was pretty small back then. When my godmother's brother asked me to open the gate for her, I was always a little afraid because she would stand against it and just let herself drop - and crush me inadvertently, no doubt. Sometimes I managed alone, sometimes someone came out of the stable, saw me standing there and opened the gate with just the tiniest eyeroll.
I helped picking berries in the garden, rode along on the tractor and played a vital role (from a safe distance ;-)) in putting the cows out to pasture. I snuggled bunnies, collected eggs, read my godmother's and her brothers' old children books, watched her mother cook and was probably generally in the way of everyone.

This week's Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge is about what you can find on a farm ... animals, plants, and more. I hope you'll like my selection!


1 and 9 Jewelry Art by Dawn
2 and 8 Cat's Wire
3 and 5 MC Stoneworks
4 RioRita
6 and 7 The Crafty Chimp

1/18/2018

Oldies but Goodies - Winter White

There's a window behind my bed, and I just have to turn my head a little and I can see the sky. I love watching the moon wander across the night sky, sometimes in the middle of the night if I wake up. Last night, however, we had a new moon. Instead I saw fat snowflakes coming down. When I got up to have a look at the street, I saw they had already settled on the roofs, the cars, and the ground. Although I'm not a fan of snow - to put it nicely - it looked peaceful. No one was out there, it was completely quiet, and only here and there I could see a light from a window in the neighborhood.
This morning I didn't wake up from the scratching of shovels on the ground, so I knew it had to have stopped snowing, and indeed the snow had gone as if it had only been a dream.

After a break the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge is back in this new year now, this week with the topic Winter White. Enjoy.


1 and 4 Cat's Wire
2 and 5 RioRita
3 and 6 MC Stoneworks