Sunday, August 14, 2011

These are a Few of my Favorite Things (The Jewelry Edition)

I went window shopping today while waiting my my headache medicine to work (and basically, it's like taking Chicklets), and I found some real lovelies and I thought I'd share my taste.  (And OOOOH the pain when I saw that some of the things I hearted were sold. Agony.)  But!  Enjoy!

"Gleaming Curiosities - Savoy Truffle" by Bullfinch & Barbury

These are my favorite colors, and would complement my upcoming hair color change for fall sooo well.  And I love the fabric and fiber!

"Sea Urchin Collection -- White Swag" by Star of the East

People.  This is what I mean when I say I just don't have that "special something".  But I sure appreciate it in others!  I long for this.  Isn't it gorgeous????  I admire this artist so much.  Puffy heart love and admire.

All right, this is one that I'm mourning has sold.  It's made by Lune Designs, one of my favorite jewelry designers.  I actually own one of her awesome turquoise necklaces.  But OH the colors and textures of this bracelet!  Sob.

"Star Seeker" by All That I Am

I'm generally not a ALL the goddess type, but something about this necklace really spoke to me, and I love it.  Maybe it's that vintage blend of colors.  Maybe it's the mix of various styles and textures.  I don't know.  I just know it when I see it.

"Chain of Hearts" by Cassie Donlen

I'm sure a lot of you know Cassie.  I have a necklace made by her and I've bought a number of beads from her -- but this bracelet?  It totally speaks to me.  I'm normally all bright in my colors, but this -- I like the bit of mute.  I love it.  Sigh.  So much talent all over this page.

How about one more?

"Chocolate and Peach" by Lagoa Design Studios

Over the top?  Yes.  Would I wear it?  Oh indeed I would.  And I'd wear it with a t-shirt and jeans, too.  To heck with waiting for a special occasion.  LIFE is a special occasion.  

Everything I've shown here I'd wear.  I just can't swing any of it right now.  It's tuition time, yo.  But looking at them makes me inordinately happy -- don't they you?  Knowing there are people who can DO things like this, who can dream them up, makes me happy.  It's how I feel when I lie awake at night and make up stories in my head.  When I do that, I know NO one else has those stories -- they're mine, and if I put them on paper just so, they'll captivate just as much as these piece of art.  Of course, you can't wear a piece of paper, darn it, and one day I hope to be able to own some of these things, or things like it, but for now, take a look at these lovely stores and enjoy!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Thank you for including me Lori! Gorgeous pieces--that first one by Bullfinch & Barbury (a favorite shop of mine too) is spectacular! i love her bangle sets. and the chocolate and peach one at the end is just breathtaking. yes! t-shirt and jeans--that would make it the star of the show.

  2. I like your choices, but I love the Chocolate and Peach necklace, I agree I would wear that with a T-shirt and jeans too and it would look fabulous.

  3. Love these! Especially the necklace made with sea urchins!

  4. These are great. I am particularly impressed by the last 2 though. I checked out their sites. The flowers are fantastic and so is the lampwork in the bracelet. BTW, what's the fall hair color? More pink or something different?

  5. Hey Lori :)
    I'm so honored to have a piece amongst your favorites and that you like it even though it has a Goddess focus! Thanks so much Lori! That's a really great bunch of art that you've shared with us. Lots of yummy eye candy!

  6. What a lot of "yummies"! I love them all.

  7. Oh, Lisa - I'm hearing the twilight music playing in my head!! Not more than 5 minutes before reading this post I was looking at that very last necklace on etsy, and she has a handful that I would love to have!!

  8. I ADORE Bullfinch and Barbury! I love everything in that shop, and would happily give it new homes! Photos 4 and 6 are also new faves!

  9. Thank you for sharing, I now have some new favorites and hearts. Simply beautiful designs with lots of creativity.

  10. yum, yum and yum - and the cassie donlen bracelet - that is one I'm really longing for!

  11. Amazing selection of jewelry, you sure have a great taste!
    Thank you so much for featuring our sea urchin necklace!
    Esther & Estella

  12. Hi Lori,
    thanks for sharing with us this beautiful works;) my absolut favorit is the "Gleaming Curiosities - Savoy Truffle"

  13. I need to win the lottery...right now!!!!!!!!!
    I am soooo in lust for each one of those pieces !!!
    I really ,really ,really want that Chocolate and Peach necklace !
    I would not only wear it,
    I'd hang it on my wall and gaze at it daily.
    It has glorious Roses,irresistible Ribbon ,and the word Chocolate in the name ....sighhhhhhh
    how can anyone not love it!!!
    m.e. :)

  14. Wow, gorgeous work indeed. While I do own a piece or two that fit this bill, I normally shy away from 'large' or 'chunky' and vibrant colors, but I've come to admire the talent behind it that created these pieces; the people who can just look at them and know which colors will work to make that bright palette be eye catching and not stomach turning lol

    That bracelet is absolutely stunning, and despite it not being in my usually wardrobe choices... I would find excuses to wear it too :D Thanks for sharing this beautiful display and I hope your headache finally left you in peace!

  15. How fun to see the eye candy! Thank you for sharing your enjoyment~~Starting my Monday morning off with loveliness~~

  16. Thank you for introducing me to Diana Palma's work. Wow. I loved it so much I went and visited her shop, looked at some videos on how to make polymer clay flowers on YouTube, wrote a blog feature on her for tomorrow and will probably buy one of her tutorials!

    I do French beaded flowers and I can just see combining the two techniques. Wish she was my neighbor!

    BTW, I love reading your blog. Your "voice" really resonates with me.

  17. Beautiful blog, designs, and colors.
    Happy Day!
    -Eva Maria

  18. You found some great stuff, Lori. That incredible bracelet by Lune had me drooling all over the screen so, um, sorry about the mess ;-) Thanks for sharing, though!

  19. Anonymous2:55 PM

    WOW, I would wear that Lagoa piece in a heartbeat! The bracelets at Bullfinch & Barbury are AWESOME.

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog.


  20. Lori,
    I hate to hear that your head is being a pain. . .
    BUT, thank you for sharing these beauties with us. I literally sucked air when I saw that last one! And, the face that you used the term 'puffy heart' has me chuckling. Thanks for the smile!

  21. What a beautiful variety of lovely jewelry. I really like the first best- Itr reminds me of my grandmother, dishes, dish cloths , doing the dishes with her after one of her scrumptious meals. They each pack their own punch. Hope your headache disappeared!

  22. thank you for shareing. I am inspired


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