While I was away a lovely Christmas package came from a friend of mine, Janet.
Some of you may know her blog Honey From the Bee where she shows you some of her talents like photography, travel writing, painting, knitting, crocheting, and even hooking rugs. Seriously ... is there anything that Janet can't do?
But of course my favorite is to see her jewelry. Deep colors, romantic style ... just simply gorgeous jewelry. You can check out her Etsy shop to see her work.
I was totally surprised when I got the package from Janet and opened it to find these beautiful, red lampwork glass earrings inside! Aren't they stunning! And so festive for the holidays! I've been sport'n these babies for days now.
There is a series that Janet created last year that is one of my top favorites from 2013: bullet casing earrings. Yep, I said bullet casings. I can't think of a better way to use bullets than to make these pretty etched earrings! She calls the series Flower Child, which she used the image of a protest in the 1960s with a man putting flowers into the barrels of a soldiers' guns. The soldiers were protecting the Pentagon during an anti-war demonstration.
This series also introduced me to a new favorite fiber bead (middle right earrings), which I am now the proud owner of an array of these beads from Jimena's Treasures. I used these copper & fiber coil beads in one of my designs for Christine's Vintage Wooden Spool Challenge back in November. Thank you Janet for my new earrings, introducing me to a new artist, and for your continuing friendship.