October 28, 2011

fall ramblings

unique horse necklace handmade in recycled fine silver with jasper stone beads
wild pony with jasper stones
Fall, autumn, whatever you call it, it's beautiful. And goes by too quickly. On sunny days the shadows are so long, makes summer seem so long ago. Both boys' pumpkin patch field trips are done. Our neighbor's tree was green one day and bright golden yellow the next, or so it seemed. The weather is changing fast, too. We are trying to take advantage of the nice days, like when we went for a bike ride around the neighborhood, and I remembered to take my camera finally. I'm also sneaking in some last yard work (mainly more weeding, ugh!) before winter. And it seems a bit early for around here to be scraping ice off the windshield in the morning, but maybe I just feel like we're being rushed through the seasons this year.

I had so many more ideas for fall jewelry I wanted to make, I will have to start earlier next year. I'm working on stocking my Etsy shop for Christmas gift shopping, and hope you will find something that is just right for that special person on your list. Or treat yourself! More jewelry with horses, hearts, and plumeria, is coming. I recently realized I haven't made much with my cantering Friesian horse (the fairy tale horse!) for a while, and there is nothing left with him in my shop. So I will have to remedy that. Also, if you're looking for nice winter theme jewelry, I already have several snowflake pieces in my shop, a great touch for those holiday parties! Can you believe those will be coming soon enough?

my family on a bike ride around the neighborhood
my boys bike riding on a beautiful fall day

autumn trees
fall trees... I just can't resist taking photos of them!

October 12, 2011

plants for beauty

maple leaf in silver
My sons don't spend as much time pursuing artistic activities as I might have expected. We have plenty of art supplies in the house, and when the artistic urge strikes them, they do a pretty nice job (and they are very creative with their LEGO building sometimes). I smiled when I read a paper my younger son brought home from school. It said to name two ways you depend on plants. One might expect answers like "oxygen" and "food". Apparently, they had some examples to choose from. In his newly-learned cursive writing skills, he neatly wrote his favorite choices: "I depend on plants for paper. I depend on plants for beauty." That definitely came from the heart of an artist!

And I just had to share the maple leaf necklace I listed on Etsy today, shown above left. It features a really neat stone called Andalusite which is is pleochroic, meaning it can appear to be different colors in different light. It ranges from a rosy smoke brown color to a subtle olive green. It looks great paired with an open neckline top (like a generous V-neck) in autumn or neutral colors. It is not limited to your fall wardrobe either, its subdued tones are suitable for year-round wear, and I think the design feels like a great blend of unique and feminine. The one shown never really made it to my Etsy shop, I was so in love with it that I kept it for myself. However, since I have more of these beads, I'm offering it as a made-to-order item. I just adore this stone, it is so intriguing! Have I mentioned lately how much I love stone beads?!

Before I close, here are some plants to supply you with some beauty today! 

plumeria photo by Jennifer Kistler

redwood trees Sequoia Park Eureka California photo by Jennifer Kistler
redwood trees

October 4, 2011

changing of the seasons

maple leaf necklace in recycled fine silver with Owyhee Oregon Jasper on Etsy by Jennifer Kistler
leaf in silver with owyhee jasper
Well, it seems summer has left as suddenly as it came here in the Pacific Northwest. I wanted to share some photos I took outside last week, and that sunshine seems so long ago now that I'm getting ready to post them on my blog! The flowers below are now drooping from the rain. I did see a most amazing tree today while driving around town, intensely bright changing leaves. Have to go back with my camera. Commence fall tree photo season! And rainy weather complaining. The kids have already started. Since they are finally really into riding their bikes, I can't say I blame them.

I've been getting more finished jewelry photographed and listed in my Etsy shop. I recently had larger leaf image stamps made, to account for the higher shrinkage rate of the bronze and copper clay. It will also allow for larger designs in silver than previously available, I'm looking forward to using them! Soon I'll be gearing up for Christmas shopping season, especially creating more horse designs, hearts, etc., and hopefully adding copper and bronze pieces, too. Also, I am pondering a design to create for the Fire Mountain Gems metal clay jewelry contest. I wanted to enter last year, but missed the deadline. I'm hoping to make it this year!

sky scenery photo copyright Jennifer Kistler
looking up through the albizia in my backyard
(which is finally starting to grow into a real tree!)

flowers by backyard pond photo copyright Jennifer Kistler
flowers and japanese blood grass by our small pond
(love our little pond, it seems to attract a lot of dragonflies in the summer)

flower photo copyright Jennifer Kistler
flower macro shot