Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thursday Favorites: Pearls & Silk

Today I am co-hosting a favorite blog hop of mine: 
Katherine's Corner weekly blog hop. You might notice that each Thursday I write about one of my favorite things. No surprise that it usually is jewelry, or a favorite component (read on and you'll see this week it is pearls and silk). Or perhaps you've noticed that I have the button on the right sidebar. That's because I try to join this hop each week as I really enjoy linking up and meeting lots of new bloggy friends. This week, I asked if she'd let me co-host. She is so sweet; she said yes. 

First I'm going to give you my Thursday favorite of the week, and then I'm going to give you a few rules for the hop. Not too many --- just a few. So read on, link up and join the hop this week!

Pearls have always been a favorite for me and a must have element in my on-going beading stash. This past summer I decided to play around with a slightly different look and bought a few top drilled black freshwater pearls. I created a hand hammered silver connector that I glued into the bead itself. I've been looking for just the right piece to add this pendant. So when I got my stash from Nina Designs I knew I had to pair up the black pearl with this pretty aqua silk cord

For those of you who have been following my Nina series this week (and last week), this is my second necklace design. For this piece, I decided to pair up the aqua silk with the black pearl which I think has a nice play of color. But to counterbalance the dark pearl, I added a string of off white - almost pink fresh water pearls. This gave the necklace a bit more weight as the ribbon is quite light. To finish the necklace I added a few pieces of silver; including another hand hammered silver connector, which matches the main focal on the pendant, and a couple of hill tribe silver spacer beads. 

I realized when I was done that the black pearl did not pull down quite enough on the ribbon, so I went back and added a cluster of the off white pearls. I like how these final pearls add a bit more focus and prominence to the pendant. In the end the asymmetrical design did hang nicely, and the silk added a twist of boho elegance to a classic string of pearls.

Now for the Blog Hop Rules:

Thursdays Favorite Things Hop is where you can link your favorite post or write a post about your favorite things and share with old and new followers. There are just a few rules:

  • You must be a follower of Katherines Corner preferably through Email, it's on her right sidebar (or she has facebookgoogle plus and twitter too). If you’re a new follower, please let her know how you follow. She always follows back
  • Please follow my blog too, Antiquity Travelers, before you start hopping
  • No adult content blogs
  • Blogs only please
  • Visit and Follow as many other blogs in the list as you can
  • Please leave comments when you visit. Nobody expects you to visit all of them (although that would be awesome) 
  • Just click and go!
Now hop on and share your favorites. If you’d like to post this blog hop on your page please just grab the linky code. You can also grab the hop button for your page which makes it easy to share with others. Just copy and paste the image with a link to OR grab the code from Katherines Corner it's on her right sidebar. It’s always nice to have the hop button on your post. But it IS NOT mandatory a link back to Katherines blog is always appreciated.

If you would like to be a co-host please contact Katherine *participants who link up will be sent weekly reminders of this wonderful hop*



O wow, I love pearls too, and this is just gorgeous. I love your use of fabric. (And now I'm also going to try and figure out what all this blog hop stuff is about lol!)

Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

I looooove pearls! This necklace is so elegant :)



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Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

I looooove pearls! This necklace is so elegant :)



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Donna Heber said...

Your beaded and pearl necklaces are gorgeous! I see you have created so many wonderful pieces. Very classy!

raquel-2dayswoman said...

Hi there, visiting over from Katherine, thanks for hosting. I absolutely love all of your jewelry: Gorgeous!!
It's wonderful to read you have traveled to New Zealand as I currently live here :-)
Happy Thursday to you, thank you for sharing your wonderful blog!

Classy~ said...

Such a lovely necklace! I love pearls! Again you did an amazing piece of art!

Greetings dear!

Katherines Corner said...

Great post! Beautiful necklace. Thank you for being my co host this week and for your bloggy friendship xo

Christine Altmiller said...

beautiful! what a great mix of color and style!

Melissa Ryan said...

New follower from the blog hop. Just wanted to say hi.

Devon Riesenberg said...

New follower via Katherine's Hop...I love pearls too. So classic!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
I love the pearl necklace it is beautiful. I really like the design using aqua silk ribbon with the pearls.

Plami said...

This is gorgoeus just like all of the things you create dear <3


Paula Miller said...

Pretty jewelry!! I'm your newest GFC follower through Katherine's Corner. Nice to meet you :)


mail4rosey said...

This is really just lovely!

Mona's Picturesque said...

Hi there :) Happy to join the fabulous blog hop and now follow your inspiring and beautiful blog!

Eileen said...

Just beautiful. I'm a pearl lover. :) Visiting from the blog hop. Hope you have a lovely, creative weekend. :)

The Artful Diva said...

Easy to understand why you like to blog about your jewelry -it's beautiful!

New End Studio said...

Lovely ♥ The variation and colors makes this spunky and elegant!

Melissa said...

I love pearls! Your pictures are so pretty!

Im a new follower from Katherines Thursday Blog hop. =)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Your jewelry is always so amazing and when combined with pearls (my favourites!) you definitely grab my attention!

The Mrs. said...

I love pearls, especially pearl necklaces. I like the color combination of the necklace. Im a new follower from the Thursday blog hop!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Congratulations on being this week's co-host of Thursday Favourite Things. The jewellery featured on your Blog is oh so beautiful. I love jewellery and have a number of pearls. I am a new Follower of your Blog.

BeadedTail said...

The pearls and silk are so pretty together! Looks like a great blog hop!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Stunning! I love seeing things you would not normally see together and it having such beautiful results. The aqua color is so pretty and I love the unexpected black pearl at the end!

Duni said...

Oh, I've "met" Katherine a couple years ago through my blog - love her, she's so open and warmhearted!
I'm loving the pearl and aqua silk - they work beautifully together and your daughter is a great model :)

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