On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me —-

a good razzing for committing myself to this 12 days of Christmas silliness…but since I said I would do it – better late than never (almost 9 PM)…

my “faux jade” cluster pendant – available for purchase now at the Jacoby Arts Center Holiday Sale – 627 E. Braodway, Alton, IL.

 

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

cute Christmas rubber duckie earrings!

You can get a pair for your true love at the

Small Business Saturday

Green Gift Bazaar

Riverbender Community Center – 200 W. 3rd st. Alton IL

Sat. Nov. 24 10-4

See these & other fun locally- & sustainably hand made items!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

cute red felt stocking cap earrings!

You can get a pair for your true love at the

Small Business Saturday

Green Gift Bazaar

Riverbender Community Center – 200 W. 3rd st. Alton IL

Sat. Nov. 24 10-4

See these & other fun locally- & sustainably hand made items!

Inspirations and Gratitude

Where do I get my design ideas from?  Lately, I have been designing around gifts from my 84-year-old friend, fondly known up at our local diner, Aunt Sam’s Uptown Eatery in Alton, IL, as “Jimmy the Greek”.

Recently Jimmy gifted me with some of his late wife’s old costume jewelry.  I have used some of her pieces and added to them to create new pieces, as in the cluster necklaces I’ve been posting.

But I wanted to do something just for Jimmy, to honor him and wife, Helen, so I made a shadowbox.  I used some of Helen’s old jewelry for accents, and one of her scarves as the background.  I left a placeholder for a photograph – Jimmy had his daughter-in-law put a wonderful photo to Jimmy and Helen together in the old-fashioned frame. 

 

The weather should be perfect for Grafton’s Art in the Park Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-5 – come see us! 

http://enjoygrafton.com/grafton/events_details.cfm?someevent=2054

This weekend I will be selling some of the cluster designs I have made using Helen’s things – but the shadowbox – is NOT for sale!

Purple Butterfly, Oh My!

 

Again using the Color Purple Swarovski assortment of pearls, I surrounded a silver butterfly pin with the pearls & purple and silver crystals.  The silver collar can be adjusted to fit one’s neck.  The earrings and necklace set is $40.  It will be available at the Carlyle Wine and Art Festival this weekend, August 18 & 19, in Carlyle Illinois.

http://clintoncountynightlife.com/2012/carlyle-wine-art-festival/

Kerry Ellen 2012