Every Summer, I take a holiday at the beach. I love the natural beauty of the ocean, and all the creatures that call the tides pools, dunes and water-worn piers and jetties their home. Inspired by the amazing, organic textures gleaned from the shoreline, I’ve been hard at work on a new collection of enameled wearables for my other shop, LiaBowenStudio on Etsy.
Each of these Barnacle rings is made form either copper or fine silver metal clay, fired and then enameled to look like the real thing. A tiny white freshwater pearl completes each piece. Still to come: a naturalistic mussel shell, starfish and variety of lady crab.
>My friend Sunny has coordinated a Holiday Fair again this year at her home in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. The emphasis is on hand-made wares and organic edibles for people and pets . . . don’t forget pets! Things are still in the organization process, but I plan to be there from 8 AM to 2 PM with all sorts of lovely enameled jewels to try on and check out.
My two planning objectives for the day:
- Somehow find a way to keep some hot tea on hand all day long
- Buy a reliable CD/MP3 player and play Edith Paif and Django Reinhardt (and later use it in my studio, so it needs to be one die hard CD player to withstand all of the enamel dust and metal grindings!)
Come and see me :
October 9th 2010 – 8 AM to 2 PM
375 Byers Rd
Chester Springs, PA 19425
POTENTIAL SELLERS: Please contact me if you would like to join us! It’s $25 per table/vendor.
It’s still balmy . . . especially when I fire up the kiln on these 90 degree July days . . . but let’s talk Autumn anyway.
I have been plotting out some new enameled treats, and ordered some new and unexpected color combinations for Fall for a spin on the classic yellow, orange, red and brown. Here are some of the early ruminations for what’s in store for Fall.
>This lovely hand-colored swan print from the 1850’s caught my eye while browing through Etsy the other day – and suddenly inspired a whole winter scene of elegant clothing, chilly hues and ruffled finery.
Circa 1850 Bewick’s Swan, Black Necked Swan Art Engraving
Norma Sequin Headband
Gray Ballerina Series – Part 2
Dreamscape Fine Art Photograph
Vintage 1970’s Gold Fringe Necklace
Black and Brown Cloche with Two Vintage Buttons
Spiral Pleats Dress
I had to include this custom bangle set designed by Kitty – she asked for a mixture of sage and cream shades, and the result was lovely!
>In honour of the holidays (and B&B’s birthday on December 3), I’ve made some extra jewelry pieces to be awarded at random to fans of Bullfinch & Barbury. There are two different giveaways – which means more chances to win some lovely enameled prizes!
So, read the details about both giveaways below and enter. Best of luck!
WHAT YOU WIN: Wexford Bangle Set & Cranberry Spice Necklace
WAYS TO ENTER:
- Be a Fan on Facebook – Bullfinch & Barbury
- Twitter about this post
- Blog about this contest and link back to this post
No purchase is necessary for the Bit of Merry Giveaway – this contest is open to everyone! Please leave a comment to let me know which one of the above options you’ve done. You get one entry for each option you complete. This means that you can get up to 3 entries by completing all three. (And pretty please – include a contact e-mail so I can reach you if you are the winner.)
DRAWING: December 18th @ Midnight
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Holiday Cache Giveaway
WHAT YOU WIN: Somerset Bangle Set & Somerset Damask Necklace
HOW TO ENTER:
Every item ordered counts towards 1 entry, so orders with multiple items will get an entry for each piece.
DRAWING: December 18th @ Midnight
The winners will be announced here in the very first hours of December 19th – the winners will be contacted personally.
In order to make room for fresh colors and designs, some older bangle sets and necklaces will be having their final hurrah! That means that once they are gone . . . they are gone! I wanted to make sure that there was one last chance to snag these pieces before the holidays.
Here are the latest cuts:
Turkish Delight Bangles
Candied Fig Bangles
East Indies – Calcutta Bangles
East Indies – Sumatra Bangles
East Indies – Tibet Bangles
I’m making sure that there is at least one of each of these items on both my Etsy and 1000 Markets shops – but don’t miss out! If you’ve had your eye on some enameled goodies that happen to be on this list . . . my only advice to you is carpe diem!
Some new pieces of arm candy will be taking the place of the past favourites – not to mention a few more necklaces and earring sets. An entire collection of pieces inspired by frost will be offered in my Etsy shop starting Nov. 1st! All of this new line of work is enameled in trendy palette of greys, nudes and white – with lots and lots of creamy, luminous pearl accents.
(I think a few sneak peaks are in order, since I am very excited about these new lovelies.) More to come!
Poor, neglected blog! Here’s a post that should reflect how I’ve been spending my time (because it’s probably too clear that those extra hours haven’t been devoted to writing on here)! Just in time for Autumn, I was invited to create some new bangles to pair with a line of Fall fashions from Unabashed Apparel.
Sarahbeth Larrimore is the creative, color addict responsible for designing a collection of clothing that is saturated with rich tones and sumptious details. Her designs are certainly inventive – and not without a bit of bohemian flare – but still give a nod to the classic lines and forms that make each piece feel timeless.
Circe Crossover Top shown in Smoke / Ribbon Candy Bangle Set
The images of this Autumn line are laced with a gilded type of Gothic beauty – and a haunting touch of mystery. So perfectly suited for the time of year and my personal favorite of all the holidays: Hallowe’en! When described to me, Sarahbeth summed up her vision as:
“The general theme is a very magical – rich, saturated colored affair. I’m thinking some deep ink bottle green, midnight blue, orchid, raspberry, pumpkin – and some steel blue/grey with a bit of gilt for golden measure.”
Lyra Top shown in Ink
Steel City Bangle Set
Cobblestone Pullover shown in Quill / Emerald Bangle Set
I met this marvelous artisan through Etsy, where I got my first sampling of her work: a lovely raspberry colored layering top with lacey accents. That top has such a supple, delicious feel against the skin – it has made it’s way into some of the photos of my other jewelry.
Making these bracelet sets to pair with Unabashed Apparel’s Fall clothing has been such an enjoyable and inspiring project. Please take a look at our hard work – and share your thoughts here!