Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chinook Blog Challenge

I'm back! Well, sort of. It has been a VERY long time since I have blogged or even made jewelry for that matter. After we sold our house in July 2011, we put everything in storage and moved in to our in-laws house temporarily. They are snow birds and split their time between here in FL and PA. We found the house we were interested in pretty quickly, but it was no quick or easy process to buy it! After starting negotiation with them and almost settling on a price, they stopped all contact and took their house off the market. Long story short, we persevered and after almost a year, we closed on the house on July 13 and moved in August 2, a little over 2 months ago.

I thought I would be back to blogging and jewelry making in a short time, but there ended up being more work that needed to be done on the house (and yard and pool, for that matter) than we realized. I entered Chinook Jewelry's giveaway in September for her blog challenge thinking it would be good motivation to get back into making jewelry and thought surely we would be settled by the time the reveal came around. I got picked (yay me!) and still thought we would be settled by the time my piece was due, and boy, was I wrong! We have had one thing after another to deal with in this house - remodeling, electrical issues, water main leaks, pest name it! The good news is things are starting to finally come together and it shouldn't be too much longer before we are settled (I hope!!). So, here is the current state of my "craft room":

If you look closely, you will see our faithful Weimaraner, Cooper, can make himself comfortable anywhere as long as he has his blanky! It will be a great crafting space some day, but right now, not so much! Needless to say, I managed to find my beads and tools and whip up my jewelry piece using this fabulous pendant that Mellisa of Chinook Jewelry sent me:

I love the colors in it and couldn't wait to get started! Below is what I came up with.

 I used a cute bronze leaf charm by Summers Studio that I thought went very well with the main pendant, some ceramic beads by Spirited Earth, some aquaterra jasper rondelles, a faceted agate bead, brass chain and a brass flower toggle clasp.

 I have this old rusted tool box that has the same colors in it as the challenge pendant, so I took a photo of them together and I think it looks cool. They almost blend together.

Unfortunately, my mannequin is still in storage, so I can't show you what it looks like on (and I am not feeling photogenic!), but it hangs just right, and I think I will wear it often since I often wear shades of tan and blue. It is a simple design, but that is what I like about it because it makes it more versatile.

I have SO MUCH to share with you, so I am hoping I can find time to get back into blogging again! I have taken photos of all the progress we've made on the house, and I hope to at least share that soon. I can't wait to have my craft room unpacked and ready to go. Despite all the "extra" time and money we've had to put into the house already, we absolutely LOVE it, and we are so happy with our little piece of was definitely worth the wait!

Thanks Mellisa for the blog challenge and (probably unknowingly) helping nudge me back into the jewelry making world!!

Oh, and be sure to check out the other two bloggers in the challenge!


Alice said...

Oh goodnes, you've had a time of it. I'm glad things are smoothing out a bit so you can get back to making jewelry.

I love your necklace. The colors are just beautiful, and the leaf charm you added to Mellisa's pendant is darling. Funny how all three of us added something to the pendant.

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful necklace if it were mine I would wear it often too. Glad you are making a come back. I looks like you are going to have lots of room in your new craft room.

Mellisa said...

I was thinking just what Alice said, it's so interesting that you all added a little charm (although I think smooth pendants like that always call out for some type of extra adornment). Beautiful necklace and I'm so happy that I could help be the little push to get you back into creating (despite all the upheaval!). Give Cooper an ear scratch for me, what a good boy he is to roll with the change so well :)

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

Lovely necklace! It must have been nice to get out the tools and beads and create a piece of jewelry again. I can't wait until your craft room is ready for play dates. And I'll help organize it!

Sandra said...

I know exactly how you feel. Hang in there, I'm sure you'll be up and running in no time.

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