Sunday, February 13, 2011

Winter Enchantment

I was thrilled when I was asked to be part of Artbeads Winter Enchantment Blog program. I love they have great coupons and I never met a bead or bead coupon I didn't like. Let me tell you a secret-coupons make me shop-if you give me a freebie or coupon to your etsy shop, I'm there. Now don't tell anyone okay?!
I live in NY right near the Hudson River. We have had snow and lots of it this winter so when I was given the task of creating something that I found beautiful or inspirational about winter the only thing I could think to design with was a beautiful Swarovski Crystal Snowflake
6704 20mm Snowflake Pendant Crystal AB
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 Most people here in NY would say they are sick of snow and I am in the business closing, yucky brown, road messing up, freezing cold kind of way. But, I love the view of the snow out my back door just after it has snowed. The sky is bright blue, there is fluffy snow on the lawn and coating the tree branches. Everything is white, sparkling, and quiet. Oh the quiet. Have you ever stood outside during a really bad snow storm? There is no noise (at least at my house there isn't) no cars, no birds, no neighbor's yelling. Its so peaceful and with 4 dogs, a cat and a 19 month old I need some peace and quiet. 
Okay back to what I did with that snowflake. I ordered these Matte White Lampwork Beads, you get 7 beads in your order. They are so pretty. I love the matte quality to them, very icy feeling. I also ordered a TierraCast hook and eye clasp (Love!) and Light Sapphire AB 6mm Bicones.

TierraCast Clasp

My initial thought was to use all 7 in a bracelet but that felt boring. Then I was going to use 6 of them in a necklace and save the 7th flowery one for another day. Then, in a dream, I knew what I wanted. Crystals, crystals, and more crystals.
My first necklace, the one I saw in my dream!
My second necklace
I was able to make 2 necklaces and a pendant with my 7 beads. I added some sterling silver chain, head pins, wire, a Swarovski crystal briolette, silver rounds, a toggle clasp,  4 mm Swarovski crystals, and TierraCast spacers I bought from Artbeads around Christmas.
So what do you think? Do they feel like an enchanted winter snowstorm to you? They do to me!

The materials above were provided as part of the Artbeads blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.


sundownbeaddesigns said...

Beautiful! You capture winter in these pieces.

fireflymyst said...

Awesome! I love all three! Are the for sale??

stacilouise said...

Very nice~ captures winter perfectly! Its great that you got 3 pieces of jewelry out of your order!

stacilouise said...

By the way- when I try to follow your blog- on the right hand side, it tells me this blog doesn't exsist. Thought you may want to know.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Beautiful Shannon! Surprise, surprise that is my favorite time right after or during a really big storm when all that snow makes everything sooooo quiet like everyone is asleep!

Happy Valentines Day!

P.S. ...and aren't those boxes awesome and only $12.99!!!

Villa-loredana said...

I think that in your neckless you have captured the winter . Loredana

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Beautiful winter creation!!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement regarding my sons surgery tomorrow. Thank you for praying for me and my children. The prayers from around the world are truly felt.
God bless you,

Michelle Mach said...

Snow is pretty to look at--I just don't want to drive in it!

I especially love the clasp you chose--that swirl seems just right for winter.