Monday, March 27, 2017

March Theme Challenge “Amulet Bags" (Сумочка-амулет по заданию)

     Hello dear friends! This month I’m participating in the March’s Theme Challenge “Amulet Bags/Pouches” hosted on the blog ART ELEMENTS.
     This is my very first time to be a participant of this challenge. I’ve never created any amulet bag/pouches before, but I have sewn some cosmetic pouches. I thought it would be fun to make a tiny bag.
     For my bag, I used some beige felt. I sew it together with blanket stitches and decorated the piece with seed bead embroidery. Originally I intended to carry a small tube of sunscreen in the bag, but it turned out too small, and can only fit a dental floss container. But, I like how it turned out anyway. And I get to practice several old/new embroidery stitches: lazy daisy, wheatear chain and fern.
     Here is my little bag:
The pattern for the bag is from Pinterest

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Art Bead Scene" March Monthly challenge (Украшение по заданию)

     Hello friends! Today, I’d like to show you my necklace which I’ve made for March Monthly challenge at the ArtBeadScene blog.
     Here is the beautiful and delicate painting by Marianne North called “Armed Bird's Nest in Acacia Bush, Chile” (1870). The painting is our inspiration for this month’s challenge.


     My favorite thing about the painting is its soft pastel hues. So calming… Also, when I look at the painting, I picture myself in the mountains, breathing the mountain air and enjoying the view. Wouldn’t it be perfect?
    About the art bead: I made this bead/pendant myself. It’s my very first attempt at "mastering" a Cloisonné technique. In my mind I pictured a gorgeous neon color butterfly, but it didn’t turn out this way. Not perfect, I know. But I decided it’s better to incorporate this pendant in a necklace than to hide it in a drawer. Especially, because some of its colors (yellow and blue) remind me of the colors in the painting. I also used assorted glass beads, as well as yellow jade beads, and also chalcedony periwinkle flat rounds in the necklace.

     Thank you for visiting and commenting. Please, check out my Etsy store for more unique & one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade jewelry. Yours, Oksana.

Friday, March 17, 2017

{We're All Ears} March Creative Challenge (Серьги по заданию, март)

     Hello friends! It's time to reveal my earrings which I’ve made for the monthly challenge «We’re All Ears”. Beautiful owls are our inspiration for this month’s challenge:


     When I think of owls, I imagine some magical creatures, kind of like those we read about in “Harry Potter”. I only saw a live owl once, they are not easy to spot, and this adds up to their mystique. I’m also a little scared of them, maybe because they are large birds, and their beak seems sharp.
     Here are the earrings I came up with for the challenge:
     1) "Spring Owls". For this pair, I used some owl charms I bought a while ago in Los Angele; also, assorted glass beads which I attached to each charm with wire:
2) "White Owl Feather". I couldn't resist and made a pair using white feathers. Not sure, which bird they come from, but they look pretty, especially paired with some turquoise colored howlite beads.

     Thank you for visiting and commenting.
      Please, check out my Etsy store for more unique & one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade jewelry. Yours, Oksana.

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Art Bead Scene" February Monthly challenge (Украшение по заданию)

Hello dear friends, It's time to reveal what I've created for the February Monthly Challenge at the Art Bead Scene Blog.
    "The Two Crowns" (1900) painting by Sir Frank Dicksee was chosen to inspire us for the challenge:

   
   The first thing that struck me was this beautiful white horse at the center of the painting. It's hard to miss. Another thing I was drawn to was all the gold: the armor of the prince, the crown, and also gold discs on the horse's harness. And lastly, I loved the pink and fuchsia colors of rose petals, and also flower wreaths on the ladies.
    About my bracelet: The Art Bead: I searched Etsy for a "horse bead" and found this unique ceramic bracelet focal by Beadfreaky. The rest of the beads and a cord are from Michaels. The turquoise glass beads are from my stash.

"Royal Horse"
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Friday, February 17, 2017

{We're All Ears} February Creative Challenge (Серьги по заданию, февраль)

        Hello friends! It's time to reveal my earrings made for the monthly challenge «We’re All Ears”. This time, our inspiration comes from colorful patchwork quilts.

      It was one of my dreams to make a patchwork quilt from scratch. A couple years ago, I attended a workshop led by a very talented quilter, and made my first quilt. HERE.
     Okay, back to earrings: For me, to come up with a design for “patchwork” earrings was a bit challenging, but I did it anyway.

#1: Gypsy Queen
#2 Free Spirit

I made two pairs of earrings. They remind me of Gypsy style jewelry: fun, chunky, and colorful. I used some wooden beads which come from a bracelet I bought several years ago. The earrings turned out very colorful. They can definitely lighten the mood.


      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Please, check out my Etsy store for more unique & one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade jewelry. Yours, Oksana.