Tuesday, May 31, 2011

~ Inspiration ~

This bit of lovely color and texture inspires me.  The colors in this photo by ara133photography by are so beautiful.  Red Window  is available in several sizes and is sure to cheer up any wall that you place it on.  You can view her other lovely photographs in her etsy shop.

This framed print by eeebee & jack is the perfect, sunshine yellow hue and sums up exactly how I feel about my jewelry designs. You can see their other sweet offerings in their etsy shop.

This golden tumbler by oneblackbird is absolutely fabulous.  The colors, the artwork, the shape; it's just perfection.  You can view her other lovely pieces in her etsy shop.

Are you inspired? 

Monday, May 30, 2011

~ New Recycled Silver Thoreau Necklace Design ~

I adore quotes, so when I came across this one while reading Thoreau, it was destined to be immortalized in recycled silver.

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.  Henry David Thoreau

The pendant is a free form shape and is double sided, as are all of my signature designs.  The Moorish texture is perfect and lends a bit of elegance to the rustic and natural words and shape.  I chose to pair a lovely faceted citrine briolette with emeralds, a freshwater pearl, aquamarine and quartz crystal.  The stones represent the colors of sunshine, earth, water, sky and clouds.

You can find this handmade recycled silver and gemstone necklace in my etsy shop, www.Peacesofindigo.etsy.com

Happy Monday, sweet friends! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

~ The Best Biscuit Recipe Ever ~

Being in a house full of boys means food is a big deal. Crucial, as in the most important part(s) of their day.  :)  My youngest, who is 7, starts each day off with 'Good morning, Mommy!' followed by hugs and snuggles on the couch.  The next words I hear are always 'What's for breakfast?'.  Today, I decided to break out my biscuit recipe.
The recipe is found in my Betty Crocker's 'New' Picture Cookbook, which was new sometime around 1950.  My grandmother taught my mom to cook with this cookbook.  When my grandmother gave it to me, it became one of my most cherished possessions.

(recipe altered by me because I just HAVE to. I cannot follow a recipe without changing something. It's the rebel in me, I guess...)

2 cups organic flour
3 tsp. gluten free (or regular) baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup organic butter
3/4 cup organic milk

Let butter come to room temperature.
Whip in your mixer for 30 seconds.
Add all other ingredients and mix on low until it forms a dough.

Turn onto a cookie sheet and press into a solid mass, about 2 inches thick.
Cut into biscuits with your favorite cutter or use an upside down glass to cut out uniform circles.
Repeat with the dough until you've used it all.

Cook at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

It's simple and takes literally 20 minutes, start to finish.
Use the cookie sheet as the place to pat out your dough for easy clean up.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

~ Eco-friendly Wedding Ring Options from Peaces of Indigo ~

I've been on a ring designing blitz for the last few weeks.  Wedding season is upon us, so I decided to offer more recycled silver wedding ring options.  My Happily Ever After ring started it all.  I designed it for myself and loved it so much that I decided to offer it in my shop.
The Happily Ever After Womens Ring by Peacesofindigo.etsy.com
I offer the mens version of this recycled silver ring in my etsy shop, Peaces of Indigo.
The Happily Ever After Mens Ring from Peacesofindigo.etsy.com
Wearing a ring that was handmade just for you, with the inner inscription of your choice is the ultimate in romance.  Because the Happily Ever After ring attracted so many people looking for handmade rings, I added the Once Upon a Time ring.
The Once Upon a Time Ring by Peacesofindigo.etsy.com
See all of my handmade rings, made using recycled silver by visiting my website Peacesofindigo.etsy.com .  Each features my handwriting on the inside with words of your choice.  You can feel good about the fact that my rings are made using recycled fine silver.  I also do a lot of custom design, so feel free to contact me with your ring ideas.  Here's a peek at my new rings featuring stones and 22k gold that I'll be featuring tomorrow.
New recycled silver engagement rings from Peaces of Indigo.etsy.com

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Another winner!!!

All of my April orders were entered into a drawing for a pair of my wire wrapped emerald earrings, as promised.
After a wonderful month, I used random.org to generate a winner.
And the winner is...........
etsy user name aligimson!!!!
Thank you SO much for your amazing support of my art.
I appreciate you!

And the winner is.......

Thank you SO much to all 55 entries into my Eternity Necklace drawing~

I generated a winner using random.org, and the winner is........
Brooke Huizenga!!!!!!!
Congratulations, Brooke~
Your necklace will be on it's way tomorrow.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blue Skies

It's been one wet Spring! The sun is peeking out here, the sky is blue and I thought that would be a perfect theme for my post today.

This photo by ara133photography on etsy is beautiful.  It just makes me happy!
I also love the blue hues in these dried thistles by floresdelsol on etsy.
These beautiful pale blue bowls by adventuresinclay, also found on etsy, are magical.

Here are a few blue offerings in my etsy shop~

This handmade ring, made using recycled fine silver, has a lovely woodgrain texture and a beautiful blue patina. 

This necklace was handmade in my Nashville studio using recycled silver, aquamarines and deerskin leather.  The gemstones were wire wrapped rosary style with recycled sterling silver wire.  The pendant was made using precious metal clay.
These handmade sodalite and sterling silver earrings are new to my shop.  The feature deep blue faceted sodalite teardrop stones, which I wire wrapped with recycled sterling silver wire.  I added faceted black spinel gemstones and beads of sterling silver.  The ear wires were made in my studio using recycled sterling silver wire, too.
You can view all of my lovely handmade jewelry designs by visiting peacesofindigo.etsy.com
Happy Monday!