On the 7th day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me…

a “Peace on Earth” necklace, made from a rhinestone peace sign and a silver & gold-plate globe* –

*Vintage jewelry gifted to me by my 84-year old friend, who wanted me to re-use his late wife’s old costume jewelry in my art – thanks, Jimmy and Helen

On the fifth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me –

5 dichroic fused glass rings!

A big thank you to eveyone who supported small business, shopped local, shopped homemade, and stopped by the Green Gift Bazaar!

We the artists appreciate it more than you will ever know!

On the fourth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me…

a “come hither” mermaid necklace handmade, enameled on fused art glass, so the design will not wash off or wear off – this and other mermaid necklaces will be for sale at the Green Gift Bazaar at the Riverbender community center oat 200 W #rd st., downtowsn Alton, 10-4, Sat. – Nov. 24.

Come hither and shop local, shop handmade!

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!

Vintage Vibe

here is an example of the old becoming new – I used a vintage clip earring (the gold leaf) – gifted to me by an 84-year old gentleman – it had belonged to his late wife – and I surrounded it with Swarovski crystallized green and gold pearls. Volia – a necklace that blends something old and something new!

by Kerry Ellen 2012