Saturday, February 15, 2014

Announcing the Winner of the Handmade Charmed Heart Pendant and Earrings Set

It is the day, February 15, 2014, to announce the winner of the gift I created especially for a special reader of my blog. For the occasion, I fashioned an eclectic style jewelry set which I named a Charmed Heart.

To read a description of the elements included in the set, you can go to this link in my blog. This is a photo of the set:
 This is me attempting to show approximately where the large pendant hangs on the chest from the chain I made to the length of about 28 inches.

Now for the big announcement of the winner. Congratulations to a sweet reader named Wendi who happens to be the tenth(10th) person to leave a comment on the Grow Your Blog Party introduction post I wrote for the party!  This was the only stipulation I made in order to win the gift. 

As I said in my previous post about the set, I am an amateur when it comes to jewelry making, but it was fun preparing it for a blog friend. I am thrilled to be able to give this to you and I hope you are reading this post, Wendi! I will be sending you an email via the email address you have listed on your profile page. I will need a mailing address, so I can mail the set to you!

It is always such fun to send something to someone who is kind enough to read the posts on my humble blog. 

Thanks again, Vicki, for hosting the fabulous Grow Your Blog party!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Charmed Heart Pendant and Earrings for a Blogging Friend

The Grow Your Blog party at 2 Bags Full has been great and I am still having so much fun. I have visited so many new(at least to me), interesting and exciting blogs. I have had the privilege of meeting and becoming a follower of the posts of many new blogging friends through the party. There are still a lot that I have not yet had a chance to visit, but I intend to check out every one, as time permits.

When I wrote my introductory post, I advised that I would be giving away a gift to one of the readers of that post. At the time I composed the post, I was not yet sure what I would be giving away but was certain that I was going to make something different, especially for the occasion.

Through the years, I have experimented with jewelry making from time to time. I am not a professional jewelry maker, and I certainly do not claim to be one, but that fact never has deterred me from attempting to do anything. I do like the fact that when I create something it is uniquely different and, hopefully, interesting. For the winner's gift, I settled on making some jewelry.

Recycling, whenever possible, is something I endeavor to do when thinking about a project and I often incorporate old items with new things. Since Valentine's Day is upon us, I thought something with a heart theme would be fun.

In the end, I decided to make something I have named a Charmed Heart pendant and a pair of coordinating drop earrings These are the pieces I created, especially for the winner:

Charmed Heart Pendant

The pendant, itself, is an open antiqued brass heart. The heart is a substantial size, measuring 2 inches from top to bottom. Because of the pendant's size, I fashioned the chain from which it hangs to a length of approximately 28 inches, so that it sits fairly low, about mid-chest level. The charms dangle loosely from copper jump rings. To describe the charms from left to right in the above photo, there is a tiny glass charm and bead and a modern day and grown up version of the "ruby slipper." The high-heeled shoe is bright red with gold accents and has tiny ruby-looking stones scattered here and there. This charm gives the piece a wonderfully chic and feminine touch. Next, with silver and black accents, is a wonderful blown glass heart element as the middle charm. Hanging on the far right on yet another finding, a light blue moonstone cabochon, which happens to be a recycled link from a vintage bracelet! I inserted a tiny Swarovski crystal in the bottom portion of the link. The cabochon is positioned in a setting of silver-tone. With all its mixed metals and charms, the piece has a quite eclectic appeal.

For the earrings, I used two more links from the salvaged vintage blue moonstone cabochons. I also placed a Swarovski crystal in each of the drop earrings.

Making a gift for someone special always gives me a great deal of pleasure. I can hardly wait to make the announcement of the winner of the set and I sincerely hope the reader will enjoy my effort at jewelry composition!