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I love making mixed media jewelry. These necklaces combine African crested porcupine quills, spent bullet casings, rough stones, various fossils such as shark vertebrae, agate, and jasper beads. Each one is unique due to the variation in materials. I named them Warrior Necklaces!

Warrior 1 Necklace

Warrior 1 Necklace

Warrior 2 Necklace

Warrior 2 Necklace

Warrior 3 Necklace

Warrior 3 Necklace

I love using natural elements in my jewelry designs. This fall, I could not go anywhere without stepping on acorns from all the oak trees around Savannah. Upon closer inspection, I noticed they were different shapes and sizes.  I knew I needed to make them into jewelry. The colors varied from light brown to rust but I wanted to make them look more like metal so I coated them with metallic paint and then sprayed on a protective coating. This added an extra layer of hardness to the acorn tops. I used a bead reamer to make a whole in the top of the cap and then added beads to represent the acorn bottom. Pearls and round beads in fall colors worked well. My favorite designs are these lariats using two jasper stones with metal leaf drop and tourmaline as accents.

Acorn lariat short

Acorn lariat close up

Acorn lariat

Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau yoga inspired jewelry collection.
The colors reflect the chakras or energy centers of the body, the circle is symbolic of movement, the hand stamped “OM” charms represents the sacred sound or chant that in Sanskrit means “all that is”. These designs are meant to remind the wearer to stay in harmony and unity with all that exists – mind, body and spirit!

chakras

The bracelets, earrings, and necklaces were designed using mixed metals, leather, crystals, glass, pearls, and stones.

Chakra Butterfly Lariat

Chakra Butterfly Lariat

Chakra earrings

Chakra Earrings

Chakra necklace

Chakra Necklace

Chakra necklace2

Heart Chakra Necklace

Chakra necklace3

Heart Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra bracelet

OM Chakra Bracelet

Om Chakra necklace3

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace4

OM Throat Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace5

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace7

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace8

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace10

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra pendants

OM Chakra Pendants

Om earrings

OM Throat Chakra Earrings

Om third eye necklace

OM Third Eye Necklace

Om earrings2

OM Third Eye Earrings

I have been amazed to see the season of Mardi Gras (translation: Fat Tuesday) extend to the rest of the country. I was looking at a major women’s fashion magazine recently and it featured suggestions on how to celebrate the Superbowl, Valentines Day, and Mardi Gras this year. It seems everyone wants a taste of that King Cake.

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras include purple, green, and gold. The purple does NOT represent royalty like amethyst but is symbolic of justice. The other colors of the Mardi Gras season, are green which represents faith and gold, which is symbolic of power.

The accepted story behind the colors is that in 1872, when the Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia visited New Orleans, he was he was given the honor of selecting the official Mardi Gras colors by the Krewe of Rex. These colors influenced the color choices of two major Louisiana colleges. LSU choosing purple and gold and Tulane choosing green and white.

So, in honor of this Mardi Gras season, I chose these jewelry designs in those colors.

Purple glass, craft wire earrings

Purple glass, craft wire earrings

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Purple glass, craft wire earrings

Green rice pearls, prayer box,

Green glass and craft wire earrings

Green glass and craft wire earrings

Rutilated quartz, pearls, gold-filled bracelet

Rutilated quartz, pearl, ribbon necklace

Rutilated quartz, gold pearls, and ribbon necklace

I think these are two of my most UNIQUE jewelry designs. For the first one, named “Put a Spell On You”, I used a fossil – pyrite on amazonite, found object –  a feather, vintage jewelry pieces – pocket watch case and crystals, and various other jewelry components. The second one also uses a vintage pocket watch case, this time in brass, with added vintage crystals, fleur-de-lis, and pearls. I named the second one, “Mardi Gras Mambo”. They both hang from simple leather cords with a vintage button closure.

Put a spell on You

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LOVEly  Earrings

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X O Earrings

X O Earrings

X O Earrings

This Christmas, I decided to make my gifts handmade. I had fun searching Pinterest for ideas on crafty presents. The few other gifts I purchased were thrifted from Goodwill.  My son’s girlfriend received two vintage purses, in almost mint condition I may add. I also found a couple of albums for my son, an LP and an old 45 by a jazz guitarist that he was not familiar with – and he has a really large collection of New Orleans jazz and blues artists.

My son’s girlfriend got this handstamped NOLA necklace. She is from New Orleans and that girl loves her city. She liked the little crown charm the best.

NOLA necklace

NOLA necklace

My sister received the wire-work camera pendant necklace. She is an avid photographer and is finishing her Graphic Design degree. I added her initials to the top to make it more personal.

Wire camera pendant necklace

Wire camera pendant necklace

Her husband got this handstamped luggage tag.

luggage tag

I made the vanilla brown sugar scrub for a family “dirty santa” get together. Oh, I also used a Pinterest recipe for yummy hot cocoa that was a hit that night.

scrub label

scrub

 

I recently began taking yoga classes. Yoga was always something I thought I could not do. The most obvious reason…I am so inflexible. When it comes to being able to bend over and touch my toes, it takes effort  just to get to my knee area. So therefore, I thought, yoga was not for me. Well, I am still not as nimble and strong as many of my peers in class but I am becoming more flexible and stronger with each class I attend. Yoga is teaching me many other things as well. For example, how to focus on breathing and to silence my mind (at least for an hour or so). It is helping with my posture and balance and reminds me to keep balance in other parts of my life as well.

One of the aspects of yoga that I am learning is the Chakras, or energy sources in the body. There are seven main Chakras but I have read there are actually 114. They are root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye or brow, and crown and are associated with areas of the body. Many forms of healing work with these energy centers and disturbances in a chakra’s flow of the energy can result in disturbances in a person’s health, emotions, mind, spirit, or life.

There are colors associated with the main chakras, red for root, orange for sacral, yellow for solar plexus, green for heart, light blue for throat, indigo for third eye, and white or violet for crown.

To keep me mindful in my yoga practice…both on and off my mat, I designed a few Chakra necklaces and bracelet. I chose various stones/beads to represent the Chakra colors. Garnet for red/root, carnelian for orange/sacral, citrine for yellow/solar plexus, chrysoprase for green/heart, turquoise for blue/throat, sodalite for indigo/third eye and violet/amethyst for crown. The last one pictured is a handstamped necklace I made for one of my yoga instructors, B, because he is such a patient teacher.

I love the clothing designs of Isabel Marant and her blending of French-girl cool with a bohemian attitude. I first saw her designs in the French clothing catalog La Redoute, which I used to order from faithfully, until they discontinued selling in the US…only to begin again a few years ago. I only found out recently, she began her career as a jewelry designer. Jewelry was her foray into the world of design.

Isabel Marant designs under the label that bears her name as well as Etoile (French for “star” which is the symbol on her logo).

I think what I like about her designs are the simple, casual, tomboyish looks combined with a twist of femininity and flair. Below are some of my favorites from the Fall 2012 line. Also, Marant, is still designing jewelry and accessories. If I were making Santa a list this year, both of these pair of boots would be on it!

Turquoise jewelry NEVER goes out of style. Sure, it may be more popular in summer than other seasons and on trend more in some years than others but a turquoise jewelry purchase will stay in your collection for years to come. Even though they are a summer staple, you can still wear turquoise jewelry when the temperature dips. Turquoise is especially beautiful with fall colors such as brown, red, yellow, and orange. This fall, a Southwest-and-Navajo-inspired trend is all the rage, from boots to denim shirts. Turquoise looks lovely with western accents but can also make a conservative blouse, in a solid color such as pink, really pop!

Below are a collection of turquoise jewelry from Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau.  Also, I gathered together a collection on Free People titled “Not So Wild West” with turquoise jewelry and the clothing that accents it so well.

TURQUOISE
by Donovan Leitch
Your  smile beams like sunlight on a gull’s wing
And the leaves dance and play after you
Take my hand and hold it as you would a flower
Take care with my heart, oh darling, she’s made of glass
Your eyes feel like silence resting on me
And the birds cease to sing when you rise
Ride easy your fairy stallion you have mounted
Take care how you fly, my precious, you might fall down
In the pastel skies the sunset I have wandered
With  my eyes and ears and heart strained to the full, I know I tasted the essence in the few days
Take care who you love, my precious, he might not know