Day: April 9, 2014

Checking in

Spring is finally here in Ottawa.  I am relieved to finally start seeing some grass under all that snow.  I’d almost forgotten what my lawn looks like.  While it has been cold outside, I’ve been busy in the cozy, warm inside.

I’ve been taking a look at some new busts and display items.  Roxy and I have been doing shows for several years and our display has evolved a LOT.  Lately I’ve been feeling like my display needs to be freshened up, so I’ve been scouring Pinterest for inspiration.

My table at the MAC Fair, in November 2013.
My table at the MAC Fair, in November 2013.  Not bad, but I think I can do better.

With two shows coming up, the MAC Fair and Ravenswing, I have a lot to do to get ready.  The Challenge is helping me stock up, but I have some administrative tasks to tackle – completing my inventory list, tagging all my new pieces, and picking up any new displays that I need.  I have a snazzy new tent for Ravenswing, since my last one bit the dust, so we’ll be covered, rain or shine.  The administrative work is nowhere near as fun as creating, but it definitely makes everything work much more smoothly.

I’m amazed that I’m already halfway through the 100 Day Challenge.  As of today, Day 54, I have created 22 necklaces, 10 bracelets, 23 pairs of earrings, and 2 hair accessories.  That’s a pretty fantastic amount of jewellery!  What is your favourite piece so far?  What do you want to see more of?

100 Day Challenge: Day 54. Green and black agate necklace with copper accents.

For today’s project, I wanted to use a great pendant that I’ve had hanging around for a few years.  I am usually very careful to write down the names of stones and track how much they cost me, but this one somehow got free of its label.  It is an agate of some kind, in a green that is somewhere between olive and moss.  There’s a great black matrix running through it that gives almost a snakeskin sort of pattern.  I chose to pair it with some black agate beads that have some cracks and lines in them, to match the pendant’s matrix.  Add in some hunter green seed beads and copper hardware, and the pendant really pops.  I love playing with multistrand designs and this piece definitely needed something to balance the size of the pendant, and I think this worked out nicely.

Copper accents brighten up a great green agate pendant, hunter green seed beads, and black agate beads.
100 Day Challenge: Day 54. Copper accents brighten up a great green agate pendant and black agate beads.
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