Saturday, December 1, 2012

In honor of Hagrid's birthday, all Harry Potter inspired items in the shop are now 10% off until December 7th!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Nautical Charm Bracelet (Custom Order)

Another charm bracelet to share with you today!  This one is themed around the ocean, and living off the ocean.  It features 18 nautical charms, including a treasure map, small ships wheel, fish hook, compass rose, row boat, captain at the wheel, seahorse, large anchor, sailing ship, life preserver, mermaid, large wheel, spyglass, anchor with rope, lighthouse, pirate ship, octopus, and an anchor disk. The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, jade, banded agate, river shell, and freshwater pearl disks, in shades of blue, sky, cyan, teal, turquoise, green, clear, and white.

A Few of Her Favorite Things Charm Bracelet (Custom Order)

I've been making ever more charm bracelets in preparation for the holiday season.  This one is a bit different for me, in that it doesn't have a single theme.  It was made for a young woman who requested it include "all of her favorite things".  There are 16 mixed gold and silver charms, including two golden owls, two silver hearts, silver fangs, bottles of blue & white glitter, a silver wolf, a golden Ravenclaw eagle, a silver angel wing, Police Box, Eiffel Tower, dragon, mustache, golden book, and silver letter L. The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, turquoise, quartz, and crystal, in shades of night blue, violet, royal purple, light yellow, amber, and soft pink.  She wanted the colors to be reminiscent of the boat & lanterns scene from Tangled.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tea Time & Green Tea Bracelets

Well, summer is officially over for me.  Not that it was all that long really.  I ended up getting about 2.5 weeks off of work, and tried to get as much crafting done in there as possible.  Last Thursday (my last official day off), I managed to complete 16 "in progress" bracelets that had been cluttering my desk for weeks.  Friday saw the completion of two more, bringing my 2 day total up to 18.  Some were already "charmed", but not beaded, some were beaded, but were missing charms, and some were just an idea in the back of my head that I had pulled out some supplies for.

Two of my favorites are the tea bracelets.  A Tea Time Bracelet, inspired by traditional black tea and lemon, and a Green Tea Bracelet, for a more tranquil and zen-inspired alternative. The Tea Time Bracelet includes an mix of glass, shell and crystal beads in shades of mahogany, amber, and lemon yellow.  The charms include a sugar packet, teaspoon, teacups, a fancy cake, teabags, kettle, clock, teapots, plate of toast, butter knife, and lemon slice.

The Green Tea Bracelet features a mix of glass and stone beads in shades of green, white and clear. (I really love the Aventurine beads worked in!) The charms include a sugar packet, leaves, teabags, flowers, teacups, teapot, green teabag, teaspoon, butter knife, and lemon slice.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Featured Artist Post on

My jewelry was featured on Luka Riot's website today!  In order to thank her for such a lovely write-up, I'll be giving away a Snitch Watch on her blog.  Watch for details!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

London Calling Charm Bracelet

I'll tell you a secret.  I watch a lot of BBC shows. I added BBC America to our cable setup, but sadly all they ever seem to play is Top Gear and Ramsy's Kitchen Nightmares, so DH & I ended up cancelling our cable service.  But thanks to Netflix, I've been living on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Sherlock, and even the older Sherlock Holmes series staring Jeremy Brett.  All of this, coupled with the ridiculous heat in Kentucky this summer has left me longing to escape.  Preferably to London.  But since I can't quite afford that, I made a charm bracelet instead.  I've named it my "London Calling" bracelet.

The charms are a mix of Tibetan silver, pewter, and enamel and include a crown, postcard, 3 enamel Union Jacks, an enamel double decker bus, a teacup & kettle, royal mail stamp, Underground sign, suitcase, pewter bus, red phone booth and a rose.
The beads are a mix of Czech glass, crystal, and jade beads in shades of blue, white and red. 
And as part of the Harry Potter Craftalong, I'm submitting my bracelet as a "Portkey", which requires photos taken on a field trip away from your home.  So here is my bracelet on the paper crane sculpture on the WKU campus.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Care of Magical Creatures Charm Bracelet

Spurned on by the fun of the Harry Potter Craftalong, I was inspired to make a new charm bracelet.  This one is my ode to one of classes I would most like to take at Hogwarts, Care of Magical Creatures. It includes 15 pewter and Tibetan silver charms depicting some of the world's most famous magical creatures, surrounded by a rainbow mix of glass, shell, stone, and crystal beads.

The charms include: a thestral, veela, fairy, acromantula, mermaid, 
dragon, basilisk, sphinx, giant squid, cat, phoenix,
griffin, gnome, owl, & unicorn.
I really like how this one came out and I think I'm going to have to work on some more rainbow bracelets.

Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone Pendant & Through the Trap Door Bracelet

I've recently completed co-organizing the One Tiny Harry Potter Thing 3 Swap over on Craftster, and it was another wonderful round.  I loved the chance to think outside the box, so to speak, by thinking INSIDE the 4"x4"x4" size limit.  Since my lovely partner chughes225 had a Sorcerer's Stone pendant on her Pinterest, I decided to let that be my inspiration, but take it to the next level.  So I've created for her the Sorcerer's Stone, AND the magical obstacles created by the Hogwarts faculty to protect the stone.

Here's the outside of the box that I sent to chughes225...
As well as detail shots of the runes on the side of the box, and how the items were packaged.  The runes on the side of the box spell out 3 messages: "Where your treasure is, your heart will be also", "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" and "Jennie & Cristen 2012".
The enclosed letter from Dumbledore explained that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters believe the stone to have been destroyed, and asks Cristen, as a loyal member of the Order of the Phoenix and a very brave Gryffindor, to protect the stone. He even used a Reducio! spell to miniaturize the original obstacles and enchantments used protect the Sorcerer's Stone in the novel.  And they were packaged to literally surround the stone pendant.  
The Sorcerer's Stone Pendant
The stone on this is huge.  39mm x 24mm or 1 5/8" x 1" 
And now for the bracelet...
The charms comprise all of the obstacles and spells that appear in the novel.  They include: 
Lion Shield for Neville, who attempts to stop the trio from sneaking out
Fluffy the three headed dog
The Trap Door that Fluffy guarded
Devils Snare plant vines
Winged Key
Chess Knight for the Wizard's Chess game Ron won
Bat for the Mountain Troll
The Mirror of Erised
And sprinkled throughout, 7 potion bottles made from beads, for Snape's logic puzzle.
The beads are comprised mainly of natural stone to represent the stones Hogwarts & its dungeons are built of. Finally, the clasp is a lock and key.

And here are some closeups of the potion bottles made from beads: