I just finished this cute Ring! I think it is just so different with its unusual size and subject matter! When I saw this little piggy in a children's book, I knew I had to have it as a ring! It is just such a conversation starter!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I have been having so much fun with all the gold jewelry supplies I got! One of my favorite pieces is this lariat type necklace. Never made or wore one before, but these are so easy to wear, they quickly become my favorite. And there are so many ways to wear them.
This one has a hand-blown glass bead with a little black twist on one side and a gold plated long leaf charm and a faceted green Aventurine Briolette on the other. Together they make a very sophisticated necklace.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
We went to see my husband’s brother and family this weekend down in Princeton New Jersey. And we are having a great time. Especially Lilly who just love playing with her cousins and getting all the attention. She is singing all day long and keeps hugging me and telling me how much she loves me (for doing all these great things with her)
So today we went strawberry picking! This was the first time for Lilly and she totally got it and had so much fun! There is a big sing outside that you are not supposed to eat any strawberries until you paid for them. Well Lilly was eating a LOT of them already in the fields and all the red stains around her cheeks and on her cloth totally gave her away! Luckily no one noticed. But these were so sweet, she just couldn't stop!
Even I never had so many strawberries in my live before! Just so sweet! But almost better than the strawberry picking was the tractor Lilly saw on our way out! It was big and red and she waited her turn to "drive" it. Almost couldn’t reach the steering wheel but stretched as far as she could! As you can see, she is in heaven.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
This was the first time for Lilly at this huge antique and flea market. Actually, she did come along 2 years ago, but she still was in my belly then! But now she had the time of her life. Right when we got there, she kept pointing at everything and saying: "WOW, look at that, Daddy?!" She has a great eye and sees all the little details and spotted a giant baseball from one row down. Here you see how much fun Daddy and Lilly had looking for some Patio furniture. Unfortunately, all the patio furniture we liked where some sort of designer icon pieces and way too expensive. So we didn't get anything like that even though it was what we came for.
But there was so much else to be found. This time it was quite large with lots of very interesting pieces and really something for every budget. Care for a large cow for example?
Or maybe you are more into a little white mermaid. Can you spot her? And can you see the frog that sits on top? Lilly saw that one right away and was all over it.
We did get a few things for ourselves even though not at all what I was looking for or knew I needed. Now I'm so happy to have found them. There were so many of these nice old Asian woodcuts and also cookie mold. I just love the mold and can't wait to clean them up and put them on a metal stand. They will be perfect on my console table!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Finally a new Fresh Friday Finds! Oh, I have found sooooo many gorgeous things in the time that has past that I don't even know where to start. Then this little rabbit caught my eye and off I am doing a little bit of a whimsical theme today. I just love whimsical with a twist!
So this Rabbit by Klaus Haapaniemi fascinates me with its long neck and ears, intricate design, and purple color. It is full of Finland's mystery and magic.
These Fairy Wings Earrings look so elegant with the swirly curves and matte brass finish. Full of style and whimsy - what else could you ask for?!
And for the last item today, this little Lavender Sachet Pillow . Isn't it just the most unusual you have ever seen? I have never thought about owning a sachet pillow before, but I sure don't know how I'm going to live without this one! :) I love the soft colors and little details.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
After neglecting my original Katrin Lerman Jewelry shop on Etsy, I have been spending lots of time lately creating new pieces just for this store. They are mostly gold plated modern keepsakes with lots of texture and pattern with splashes of gemstone colors.
I always used to wear only Silver jewelry and found gold to be boring and old fashioned. Then I went to India and couldn't get enough of the gold pieces everyone was wearing. The deep warm color of those pieces as well as the unusual designs totally had me fall in love with gold. And it turns out that it just goes so very nicely with my blond hair!
Back home, it took me quite some time to find anything comparable to the color and style. Now I finally found several sources that had my creative juices running like a river! Even as I sit here, writing about it, I just can't stop thinking about new designs and getting back to my gold covered work bench.
So now I slowly list these new items in my shop in the hopes that others will agree with me that they bring a new spin to gold jewelry that is striking and eye catching. I personally love wearing my very own pieces and have received many compliments. So check back often to find you very own piece of gold!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
My elegant embroidered felt Paisley Necklace hit the front page on Etsy this morning! It is right up there on the top of the right side. To give you the stats again, during that time it got over 400 views with 12 item hearts and 51 shop hearts. So not quite as popular as the bangles that were on the front page not too long ago. It is still amazing what a difference the front page makes. And this time, I actually had a sale from it and a custom request. I'll take that as a Mother's Day present!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I have been working on this custom Bridal Party necklace and I really like how it came out. It all started with an idea of a large center starfish and many, many strands of tiny blue seed beads from the customer. We then worked it into this stunning black and white necklace with a single strand of large nuggets. They are much more in keeping with the beach and rocks and stones and appear elegant, yet beach easy. I just sent it to my customer and hope she loves it as much as I do. I would love to see them on her bridesmaids in their beautiful dresses on her wedding day. Maybe I get so see some pictures!