Turquoise Tuesday… Kind Of…

Vintage 1949 Dog Tag Bracelet Amazonite BeadsThis isn’t turquoise but it is blue.  These bracelets are made with faceted Amazonite beads.  It’s named after the Amazon river, I’m not sure why, because it’s not actually found there and every picture of the Amazon I’ve seen is brown, not blue.  Most Amazonite comes from Russia or Colorado.

These are some of my favorite beads.  I love the color and the texture.  I’ve made several dog tag bracelets with them.  And recently I’ve had several requests for 1950 tags.  I’ve sold them all and haven’t been able to find more.

So now I’m making the bracelets in the second photo.  They are made with reproduction tags so I can make several just like this.  And I may make a few with some other beads.  They’re available in my Etsy shop along with all the vintage dog tag and skeleton key jewelry I have.

1950 Dog Tag Bracelet Amazonite Beads

Turquoise Tuesday – An Arm Party

994368_619036081471179_461130086_nYeah, I know it’s actually Wednesday but I was working on some turquoise projects yesterday.  Christy wanted to order a whole arm party at once so I worked on this group for her.  These turquoise colored pieces are actually howlite and magnesite but that saved her a lot of money.  And I think it still looks pretty nice.  Especially the magnesite, still nice, heavy stone beads.

The olive wood beads actually came from Jerusalem.  I was inspired while I was there this spring.  Love those wooden beads!  This bracelet is also available in my Etsy shop.

The vintage dog tag bracelet is going to be a gift for someone actually born in 1950.  Great idea!

Theatre Seat Bracelets

OK, not actually made out of theater seats.  The centerpieces of these are old theater seat numbers.  I found some 7s & 11s a few months back.  I bought them because one of my Facebook friends had asked for a bracelet with #7 on it.

This one was nice & chunky and I even added a little “Made in U.S.A.” tag on the end.

Then I had a request for a bracelet in memory of a daughter who liked purple, her birthstone was citrine, born on 11/11, and she wanted to be an actress… seemed a perfect fit for this bracelet.

Just another reason I love making jewelry!

Mother-Daughter Bracelets

One night last week I walked by my craft room and saw my daughter busy at my desk.  She had been inspired by Pinterest (like many of us) to make some bracelets.  She gave me this grey leather one.

I wore it to work and got lots of compliments and even offers to buy one.  So I’m encouraging her to buy more supplies and get busy!  I ordered some black and white leather strips for her.  We won’t have any this month at Room With a Past… maybe by the next sale!

So on my day off I made a bracelet for her.  She wanted one with the word “Always” on it.  It looks great mixed in with all her other bracelets.

I’ll share one more really colorful bracelet with you, too.  She also made the one in the photo below.  Kinda reminds me of a big, fat, colorful caterpillar.  lol…  But this one I wouldn’t mind having on my arm.

More Texas Bling

Glenn and I did go hiking today.  I took a couple of pictures but nothing great.  It’s been so dry here that nothing is growing or blooming.  Just a bunch of dead grass… and one blooming thistle.  Those are tough weeds!  It took me a while to get used to the switch in seasons when we moved to Northern California.  Here everything dies in the summer (no rain at all from about May to October/November) then starts growing when the rain starts in the fall.  Usually winters are nice & green!  But not this year.  But now to what you really wanted to see… more Texas necklaces!

I created these today for all you Texas-lovers… you know who you are.  Each necklace has a blank Texas tag with a different amount of patina on it, rhinestone button center, antiqued brass silhouette heart, and tiny light pink crystal.  One also has a skeleton key.  These are $26.00 each ($28.00 for the one with the key) + $2.50 s/h for 1-3 necklaces.  The lightest one in the front has already sold.  Just send an email to abcbooksbyann@comcast.net if you want one and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice.

And here’s my newest ad in Folk Magazine.  I have my sister to thank for this one.  She created my blog banner and gave suggestions to the graphics artist who created my ad for Folk.  I like this ad even better than the first!  I’m also in the next edition then I’ll decide if it’s been worth the cost to advertise like this.  Is anybody visiting here because they saw my ad?