Friday, July 25, 2014

Personal Favorites & Catching up with Louise Goodchild

Some time ago, May 10, 2012 to be specific, I invited the very uniquely talented...


Louise Goodchild 

...to be a guest on this blog.   We displayed some of her pieces and thoroughly enjoyed her visit!  To see that blog post, click here:   "The Wearable Wire Art of Louise Goodchild Designs"


Moorland Sunset one of a kind designer wire pendant
"Moorland Sunset"
currently for sale at Louie's Etsy store.
(Note the sweet sheep by the cottage!)
Since then, I've continued to follow Louise's artful endeavors with her wire pendants and other creative jewelry and I always find them delightful!



She was recently asked which one was her favorite.   She replies in her blog with a brief history of her art and shows a few of the pendants that remain special to her. 
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I encourage  you to visit that post:  

(I love that it includes a photo of the first wire pendant she made!)

I have some additional favorites from Louise's work which include a series of custom-order  goddesses:


Custom wire goddess pendant unique design made to order

...as well has her fairy door series:


Seashore Fairy Door unique designer wire pendant

is currently available in her Etsy store!


I'm including a link to her blog, "Louise Goodchild:  Adventures in Wire,"  her Etsy store, Louise Goodchild Designs, and Facebook link so you can see more!

My thanks to Louise for continuing to delight us!

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The question Louise was asked has made me wonder... 

...what would each of YOU say is the favorite piece of jewelry, beads, (or other art) you've created!   I hope you will tell us about it or show us with a link to a photo in the comments section!   

Edit:  Think I'll add photos from your comments here so it's quicker/easier for all to see!   

Chinese Brushstrokes Handpainted Porcelain BeadThis one is from 
Natalie Pappas
"This bead (which sold a long long time ago) is one of my favorites that I've ever made...

I had gone to a store with lots of Asian pottery and came home completely inspired and painted this bead. I have tried and failed many times trying to duplicate it."





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I've been working on some new items that I think are my current favorites too.   I'll show you next time!  

Wishing you a happy day!

Sharyl

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Images:

All wire-pendants on this page were made by Louise Goodchild.  Photographs by Louise used by permission here.

Sharyl's Jewelry components, photographs, and ad by Sharyl.  

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Person wondering:   http://www.wpclipart.com/phps.php?q=question&submit=Search

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

CLEARANCE SALE--Sunday only!



Lime, red, and gold polymer clay beads   PC13-001

Turquoise, red, gold polymer pendant


Mint and Silver Garden Bracelet

I just moved some of my 
earlier beads & jewelry into the 

of my Sharyl's Jewelry store on Artfire, and marked them down. 
Then, because I'd really like to see them go to someone who can use/enjoy them,... 

I'm discounting them an additional 30% 
on Sunday, 7/13/14, 
if you use this code: CLEARANCE30

Discount is on clearance items only!

Cairo Candy Hieroglyphic Beads and Brass Earrings

Hope you enjoy the weekend!

~Sharyl

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Image Credits:   

Clipart:  wpclipart.com
Jewelry and bead photos by Sharyl

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fire and Water

I'm not a big fan of fireworks, which seems to set me apart from much of society.   Call me a curmudgeon. I just don't care for loud, banging things, whether that be a fire cracker on the 4th of July or a cabinet door slamming in the kitchen.   I'm all about peace and quiet and calm.

However,  the right colorful fireworks in just the right setting (think over a body of water rather than over the roof of my house) can be lovely!    

On our recent trip, one European city (Liverpool, England) gave us a special send-off before we left port that night-- a beautiful view from the top deck of the ship!  I admit, it was lovely (and not too loud), and very enjoyable!  :-)

So,  in honor of the Independence Day holiday, I'll include a few here!



Even as a kid, I loved the colorful ones,
more than the noisy ones!


I'm not sure I ever tried to photograph fireworks before,
so I confess, it was a bit of an experiment!



But even poor photography
can have artistic results! 





Sometimes a single glittering light would appear in the dark.




And other times, a fabulous display would light up the sky!


They appeared to be just over the heads of the crowd here,
but were a nice safe distance away, over the water. 


Green, blue, gold, white, and bright pinkish-red,
they all had their turn in delighting the crowd!



Until the Grand Finale,
and time to leave port for the wide-open seas again! 


Wishing each of you a very safe, relatively quiet, and very happy July 4th!

~Sharyl

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Images:

http://www.wpclipart.com/holiday/4th_July/firecracker_2.png.html

http://www.wpclipart.com/buildings/homes/homes_4/house_purple_roof.png.html

All photographs by Sharyl, Liverpool, England, 2014.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Gift of Blarney

And now... on to County Cork, home of ...


That's it, one of the most famous landmarks in Ireland, the Blarney Castle!  (Of course it has quite a history!)

I admit, I wasn't so keen to go to this site, thinking I had read all about it and there would be more interesting sites to see.   WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

There were quaint cafes (which I didn't stop in, but enjoyed from outside)...


The best gift shops we saw the entire time in Europe...







Irish musicians,...



Beautiful grounds with creeks and streams...





The most amazing gardens and trails...





(I think I'll have to do a separate post of the flowers at Blarney!   They were so gorgeous, I took too many to include here!)

And finally, yes, the Blarney Castle itself,... which was MUCH more imposing and impressive than I had ever imagined!


(One of us kissed the Blarney Stone, but it wasn't me!)  


Every step taken leads to another scenic view! 



(Maybe I'll show you some of the fabulous nooks and crannies with the garden photos next time!) 




We all agreed.  There couldn't have been a better way to spend the day!    So glad we went!

Go raibh maith agaibh!  (Thank you!)  Sláinte mhaith! (Good health) 

~Sharyl

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All photos by Sharyl, c. 2014.  

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Sale on all-things-Celtic 
ends Sun, 6/29/14!
Sale prices already marked.  
No coupon code needed!

Click here for Sharyl's Jewelry 
(and components) 
Thanks!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

For the love of Ireland!



Posting a few photos taken in Dublin, Ireland today!  
This is the city we believe my father's family came from, 
so I was especially eager to arrive here.

How eager?


My phone:  4:22am, June 1.
Well, lets just say that before the sun rose,
I awoke to find us pulling into port!
I was so excited,
it was hard to go back to sleep
and wait for the sun to rise!

But once it did, what a lovely day!
Much like France, Scotland, and England,
Ireland has some fabulous bridge architecture!

We toured around the city 
and I soaked in the sites,
until we arrived 
at one of our feature attractions for the day:
Trinity College.


Books in the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin.
(With 2 librarians in the family, we had to take a photo of this!)



Can you guess what we waited in line there to see? 

 (Hint:  I wasn't allowed to take a photo of it!)


Yep,...  The Book of Kells! 
(Click link above to see digital images from the Book of Kells!)

Then back in the tour bus and on to more adventures.

Admittedly, this is a poor photo
taken through a moving bus window as we scurried through Dublin.
And, it's of a not-very-interesting looking building.
However, I'm including it for the Joyceans among us.

(Read more here!)


Then, on to Dublin Castle...
This tower was the oldest remaining part remaining of this castle.
(I won't show you the dungeon--dark and smelly!)

In a newer section is the James Connelly Room...



...and another room has a throne where Queen Victoria once sat.




Oh, there is more,...



So much, much more!

It's so challenging to capture the entire view of a room
when all the walls, the ceiling,
and even the carpets are so notable!
So I took my photos in bits and pieces,
capturing what I could as best I could.
This link shows an illustration of the room as a whole,
but though I tried to photograph the 3 ceiling panels,
none turned out well.
You see a bit of the ceiling paintings in the upper right of the photo above.


I will stop with this lovely piece,
a macro shot above a doorway.

Now some of you know I've been celebrating my Celtic roots for years, in the form of music-appreciation, literature, and art.   Celtic designs have inspired me in my jewelry-making and will do so even more in the future, I'm sure!  

There are many designs; this is just one!


So I'm currently running a sale on all things Celtic-inspired in my store.  I've already marked the prices down so no coupon-code is needed.  
Just follow this link to see jewelry and components with a Celtic theme!  

Hope you've enjoyed seeing more about my trip!

Best wishes!

Sharyl


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Images:

Celtic Shamrock:
http://www.wpclipart.com/holiday/Saint_Patricks_Day/shamrock/shamrock_2/celtic_shamrock.jpg

All photos by Sharyl, June 2014.
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