The world is full of natural beauty. I’m blessed to be living on a small farm in the rural Midwest, USA. We’re situated in a little valley surround by trees and meadows. And, every year I add to my flower and vegetable gardens. It’s an everchanging palette of texture and color. The plants themselves are beauties to behold but add in the bees, bugs, and critters they attract and you can’t help but say, “What a Wonderful World”!
Here are some photos from around our home and gardens and the pieces they’ve inspired me to create.
It’s that time of year — time to enjoy the great outdoors. Soaking up sunshine, digging in the dirt, planting a seed and watching its development, listening to the birds singing, observing wildlife, discovering new insects! Endless opportunities and enchantments! Isn’t nature marvelous! No matter the weather, do your best to enjoy some time outdoors wherever you are. Make it a daily habit. Clear your mind and absorb your surroundings. Exhilarating! An elixir for the soul!
It’s all about the creative journey and the destination. First, finding or creating unique objects to add a touch of intrigue, an idea begins to form and a vision emerges, a search ensues to find the perfect beads or chain to complement the pendant, then everything is laid out to determine the best sequence, you turn on the radio to find some music to enhance the creative mood as you carefully wrap each bead, you might be in a hurry, anxious to see if the completed piece will come out exactly as you had envisioned, but you have to pause, take a breath, and stay in the creative moment. Finally, the beads are wrapped, the wire is patina’d and polished, the pendant is hung, the final results are gorgeous, just as you imagined. Then you put it out there for all to see until it is discovered by that unique person for which it was intended. This is part of the magic of owning a handmade treasure.
I so enjoyed making this set for my friend, Eileen. She created this gorgeous clay pendant! A talented potter I had met through Etsy one year while searching for that perfect Christmas gift. I purchased a few of her gorgeous pottery pieces and from there a budding friendship emerged. Sometimes we just never know what true treasures we may find on any given day.
This set is NFS (not for sale — one of those dreaded signs I sometimes stumble across while antiquing and find that something I so adore…sigh). From the beginning it was meant for her.
And although this gorgeous set has found its forever home, I do have a few other unique, one-of-a-kind statement necklaces featuring Eileen’s gorgeous pendants.
I used to say I couldn’t live anywhere where the seasons never changed. Well, I’ve changed my mindset because I’m sure I could live anywhere because this world is a beautiful place to be no matter where you live. I am a firm believer in finding the beauty and joys that fill your life with happiness and love wherever you may land.
But, with that said, I do so love how the seasons change here in the Midwest USA. I’ve gone from living in a mid sized city to living a rural lifestyle here on our farm. And, as much as I enjoyed my urban lifestyle I must say that I am in awe of the nature that surrounds me here in the country and the changes that evolve in what sometimes seems like the blink of an eye.
We welcomed spring here on Saturday with temperatures starting to warm up but still a bit chilly so I grabbed my jacket and took the dogs for a little stroll and thought I’d share a few photos of our little farm.
I have an obsession confession. Sometimes (okay, often) when I’m perusing for unique stones or beads to work into my jewelry creations I come across some pieces that almost make me hyperventilate with that “gotta have this” feeling. Although my habit (okay, my reasoning way of thinking would/should be) is to wait a day or two before purchasing to “make sure” this is truly an “object of my affection” and not a “passing phase” that will fade by the next day, sometimes I just can’t wait. I get nervous thinking that I might miss my window of opportunity if I don’t buy it RIGHT NOW! I’ve even found myself unable to sleep during my self-induced “waiting period” and have jumped out of bed in the middle of the night, vetoing my inner voice that says “wait” and moving forward with a “buy it now” mentality. This results in a momentary sense of peace and the ability to then garner an hour or two of much needed sleep until I start thinking about matching beads.
This is the case with these ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS dalmatian jasper teardrop pendants. First I purchased one, then I purchased a few more. I think I purchased six (maybe a couple more than that) in total, and I REALLY WANT MORE! But, I restrain myself so that I will make just a few limited edition pieces which will make them all the more precious for those discerning few fashion fanatics who strive for individuality.
These short statement necklaces feature natural semi-precious gemstones and stones with each dalmatian jasper pendant supported by a strand of a contrasting yet complementary gemstone beads. Although similar, each necklace is unique in color combination not to mention the eclectic designs created by the natural occurring striations, bands, inclusions, and veins found in each individual stone.
These are the few necklaces I’ve created with these cool dalmatian jasper pendants and anticipate I’ll finish up the last few within the next couple of months.
In the meantime, did I mention these awesome amazonite and tiger eye pendants I recently stumbled across………
I am a rock fanatic! From natural semi-precious gemstones to rocks found along a path or creek I am in awe of each and every beautiful characteristic they exude. If you were to visit my home, in addition to the many gemstones I have for creative purposes you’ll also find rocks of all sizes and shapes here and there throughout my home and yard. Imagine the vibes they create!
While thinking of different ways to display their beauty, I came up with the idea for these gemstone sun catcher chimes. Each one is created by hand and has a primitive style.
Add a splash of earthy color to your window with a unique sun catcher. The natural rough cut stones are dazzling while the crystal prism adds a splatter of rainbow colors on a sunny day and the small brass bell will softly chime when it catches a little breeze. Cool, unusual and delightful piece to stimulate the heart, mind, body, and soul!
Contrasting color combinations add an eclectic artsy vibe to these long statement earrings. Funky cool in a sophisticated chic kind of style! Perfect for that confident woman with a unique sense of fashion and originality!
Totally tantalized by these cool, colorful acetate plastic pieces I had to jump onto the trendy bandwagon to create a few of my own unique earring designs. The acetate dangles are thin and lightweight making them perfect for creating big bold statement earrings. Although similar, each acetate plastic dangle has its own unique design, no two pieces are identical giving each pair of earrings an eclectic, artsy flair. I’ve purchased just a few then mixed and matched them with some colorful sparkly glass beads. Limited edition. I’ll be creating only a few of these gorgeous acetate statement earrings. Find them here: https://goimagine.com/judystreehouse