14 August 2007

Autumn Splendour

Who wants to think about cooling temperatures and shorter days during the last few precious weeks of summer? Well, I do for one. I hate being sweaty and clammy. But, I also have to start work on my autumn jewelry designs and plan for Christmas craft shows. So I have been hard at it.
Last week I delivered an order to a store which was completely focused on Autumn. Gone are many of the bright and vibrant colours of spring and summer, replaced now with rich, warm earth-tones and jewel colours. Also introduced are some weightier items, perfect to balance out the bulk of sweaters, or compete with turtle- or crew necks and the return of sleeves, scarves, and jacket collars.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the items that I delivered to the store, and which will be making their way into my craft show displays and etsy shop.

As you can see from these two photos, I have fallen in love with shells over the past couple months. I love their organic nature, especially mixed with the cool sophistication of freshwater pearls. A simple seed bead necklace with dashes of more pearl throughout finish, this look nicely.

I have had a wood and stone necklace listed on etsy for some time. The retailers that I have met with have been very excited about the piece. For autumn, I have mixed the wood with warmer stones and coral. Again, I love the natural and organic feel of these pieces!

Shells again! This time simply layered and hung from a trio of coloured wire. Simple, lightweight, and very funky.

And now for something completely different. Giant orbs of glass that drip with colour. These fused glass focal beads have a silver foil fused within which makes them dance with light. Complemented with crsytal beads in a variety of colours and shapes. These have been popular at shows for the past couple of years, and still are going strong. The colours are truly eyecatching!