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Monday, December 01, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tropical Holiday EBWC




This is wonderful! The Etsy Beadweavers Challenge topic is "Tropical Holiday." I will be fresh back from a Florida holiday when I begin the piece. I'm sure there will be plenty to inspire and motivate me and I will definitely haunt some of the bead shops while I'm there.




I'm really excited to participate in this challenge. I've not yet had time to create a project for any of the others since I joined the group a few weeks ago. Also in February, I'll be busy planning and teaching my first class at a local bead shop. Yipeeee!

After Turkey Down Time




Yes...back to gym on Monday! We enjoyed the turkey and all the trimmings and rick rack and have been feasting on the appetizers that didn't make it to the oven, let alone the table. Time and full stomachs called it quits.
Today we tried a batch of puff pastry "fingers" brushed with Thai sweet chilli sauce mixed with soy sauce, topped with butterflied shrimp and sesame seeds. Yum! Very good, but the middles were raw dough and one end of the pastry didn't puff!
Back to the drawing board on that one. My husband fixed the next tray of of them, manipulated in various ways. He just peeked into the den to tell me he forgot the sesame seeds. Now he says the pastry is not rising. I conclude that the dough is just plumb tired, having sat in the fridge since the day before TG it is now too limp to care...just like us. We're in a triptophan semi-coma.
"I didn't see any difference at all in the amount of puffing," he says. "The ones that had two or three thicknesses are a little thicker but not any puffier...and they are all stuck to the aluminum foil. It's just a real mess. You know?"
Thank heaven we didn't try to make these on TG, I'm thinking.
We're watching Comedy Central and munching on raw dough and sticky shrimp, taking breaks now and then to design jewelry, read up on various"recipes," to turn silver, copper and brass various colors.
It's fun to have a day to relax, make a big mess and take a nap.








Friday, November 14, 2008

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. It's raining. Yipeee! A fabulous day to work on jewelry!

The photo above is of Mermaid Cuff, a cuff bracelet that I wove entirely by hand in vintage and contemporary glass beads and couture pearls using a variety of stitches and the prettiest vintage glass button closure. It's available at my Etsy shop.

I've updated my Etsy shop with several new items. Please take a look. http://www.janetkemp88.etsy.com/ and do tell me what you think!



I've also added a holiday present for all my clients in the U.S. -- FREE SHIPPING UNTIL DEC. 12, WHEN MY SHOP CLOSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS. I've added several stunning new pieces at affordable prices. Yep! And, there are more to come. With the economy on the down low the way it is this season and for Heaven knows how long, I've been working on a line of jewelry that incorporates less expensive components, which equals savings on gifts for you, while you still get a gift of fine crafted one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry wrapped for gift giving and delivered to your door sans shipping fees.



No malls, no gas, no crowds, no time waste, no run of the mill gifts.

Hey! You can't beat that!



I'm so looking forward to the holidays! I'm feeling confident, hopeful and happy about the New Year. I can feel the excitement in the air already or maybe it's just in my own head...either way, I am bubbling over about the season of giving, because for me it's always been about the emotion, the love and the family gatherings, the euphoric excitement on all the kids' faces...ok... the comfort food, too.



Anyway, I thought I'd take an early opportunity to thank my family and friends and all of you who tirelessly support me as an artisan jeweler. I've been generously guided in my vocation this year. I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season with oodles of love and many unprecedented miraculous blessings.



Vive l'amour!

Monday, November 03, 2008


I've been listing new pieces in my Etsy shop today. The above photo is a pair of pretty copper chain maille earrings set with pastel teal shimmery glass cathedral beads. They are light weight and swingy and lots of fun. You can find them at www.janetkemp88.Etsy.com In addition to my regular line I'll be offering a less expensive line for those seeking holiday presents that are well made with less expensive metals than gold filled or Sterling components and less expensive beads as well. I know that our current economic woes have prevented most of us from spending on gifts this year as we did last year. So, I hope to make it a bit easier on jewelry enthusiasts.
Etsy is a great venue exclusively for handmade items. Check it out!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I am on Etsy!

I have a shop on Etsy. Take a look at it here http://janetkemp88.etsy.com

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Friday, September 26, 2008

If I were Diana Krall...


What do you think about this fabulous rose that greeted me this morning?
Happy Friday, everyone! It's a relaxing day for me. There is a gentle rain falling and I have lots of work to do in my studio. I am categorizing crystals and finishing a new design.
Earlier this morning, I just couldn't resist grabbing my camera to document some of the serenity in my sleepy and very thirsty garden. Here in the drought-stricken South Carolina Upstate, our lakes have been way below normal. Our rainfall level has been 20 inches below normal for months. An unnamed storm made landfall on the Carolina coast last evening and pushed north-westward, bringing gusty winds to my neighborhood that took down some branches, nothing major. An absolutely glowing line of yellow marigolds that frame my tomato and herb garden met my eyes as I stepped outside. It is so lovely to finally have some rain to speak of. Folks around here have taken to calling this part of the country The Desert Southeast. I do hope the birds and critters are loving this as much as I am. If I were Diana Krall, I'd sing The Gentle Rain. Oh, what the heck, I'm gonna do it anyway. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Bijouxfolle: Another view

Bijouxfolle: Another view

Another view

another view of the necklace

lots of color, shimmer and shine


I've been working on my website and making great strides in improving it...just tweaking it a bit here and there and breathing some new life into the corners that were beginning to strike me as cobwebby. I hope you'll take a look and maybe give me some feedback. I love feedback! http://www.deliriumdesignsjewelry.com/ The photo above is a design I really love. It was such a pleasure to create. I started by bending a length of sterling silver wire into a squiggly shaped armature and then I textured and annealed it with a hammer and anvil. I then wrapped fine silver wire around the armature, string Swarovski crystal beads at random around the curves. This photo doesn't show the beaded necklace strap, which is strung with lilac colored fresh water pearls, deep grape colored Czech glass beads, Bali silver bead caps and toggle clasp. I made a silver pendant that is adorned with cutwork in the center and hangs from the looped wire on which the crystal beads are strung. More pics to come tomorrow. I call this piece "To Murasaki Shikibu" a Japanese writer, whose name Murasaki literally means Violet. Good Night!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Curly Cord Earrings and Antique MOP button necklaces as promised!









The earrings in the top photo are made with chartreuse Curly cord and
Swarovksi crystals. They are very lightweight, have lots of movement and are a ton of fun!The set of photos below the earrings are two views of the first of two necklaces I was inspired to make from antique mother of pearl (MOP) buttons.
I dumped all my button tins/bins on the floor to sort out
the MOPs from all the rest and grouped them by size and design
so I could layer three buttons together as simple "rosette-like"
bunches by threading thin wire through the buttons' holes and
tugging gently on the groups to allow the rosettes to lie
flat.
The closeup button and full necklace views above are
of the very first one I attempted. I used
large, medium and small MOP buttons and alternated
and centered small powder blue antique MOP shank buttons with creamy peach Swarovski glass pearls on the tops of the second buttons. I hand-picked these buttons from antique venues across
France and Italy. This necklace is just 15" long -- choker length -- and
would look especially pretty with a colorful sundress in the
summer. I'm leaving necklace number 2 in the MOP button necklace
collection for a different post.
Look for it next week.
Have a wonderful weekend!
See the good in everything!
















Thursday, May 08, 2008

Beneath the Beads: Sunny French Elevator

Sometimes I get inspiration for a piece of jewelry in the strangest places. Take this one, for instance, I was in a very sunny elevator (note the glasses) carrying the flowers I'd bought at the outdoor market that morning. I was wearing a contemporary Mother of Pearl button necklace made by a French friend (who is a jewelry crafter), and carrying a chartreuse purse. I was on my way, with my husband, to our friends' apartment several floors up, for dinner. While in the elevator, I stopped thinking of what they would be having tonight... confit de canard (French for slow-roasted duck leg) with carmelized onions, and began to look at the colors around me..It was then I decided to create a pair of earrings with chartreuse curly cord -- the French love it and use it extensively in Bridal jewelry --and pink Swarovski bicones and tiny matching glass beads. I'll be posting a photo of those wonderfully fun earrings in my next blog. I also had an idea for a modified version of the necklace I was wearing in this picture, using the vintage and antique buttons I'd collected at antiques shops, brocantes (flea markets) and vide greniers (translated: "empty the attic sales,"where whole villages put their items for sale on tables outside their homes), and trocantes (warehouses where mostly used furniture and household items -- but also an occasional bead or button can be found). Look for a posting this week of the two button necklaces I designed and created from antique and vintage Mother of Pearl buttons I purchased in France and Italy. If you're into beads and buttons, you are sure to love these necklaces!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Delirium Designs Jewelry Website

Wow! Establishing and maintaining a website sure is time consuming and lots of work, but I really enjoy seeing how my website improves over time. Delirium Designs Jewelry is the name of my company and website and it's full of inspired one of a kind designs in various techniques.

Take a peek! www.deliriumdesignsjewelry.com

I'd love to hear feedback from you, so please feel free to drop me a line. Gotta go bead! Have a good one!