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In the Heat of Summer…

It’s getting hot (and strangely muggy) in this part of Washington…. So, just as I do every time summer comes around, I’m having serious cravings for white or iced wine. One of my favorite white wines comes from a winery with a tasting room up in Leavenworth, so my goal for the summer is to- at some point- take a day off for a road trip to buy a bottle of wine and bring it back for a wonderful candlelit dinner and some quiet time with my sketchbook….

But, meanwhile, I’ve got thoughts of white wine preoccupying my brain and it’s oh so distracting!

Sorting through a recent bead order, I discovered two Swarovski crystals which were immediately claimed for this new design…

These Tendrils of the Vine Link Earrings feature Swarovski crystals on Argentium silver wire. A perfect pairing for your next wine tasting! ;)
These Tendrils of the Vine Link Earrings feature Swarovski crystals on Argentium silver wire. A perfect pairing for your next wine tasting! 😉

 

They made me fall into a daydream of beautiful summer afternoons with a nice white (maybe an iced) wine! Since I only had enough crystals in this color for a single pair of earrings I had to make them count, so I paired them with one of my personal favorite designs from the Tendrils (of the Vine) Collection. With the Argentium Silver wire leaf swirls, handmade silver head pins and bright crystal colors- I’m having a wine craving just looking at them! These are being saved for next week’s delivery to Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards, but you can find the Siam version on Etsy here.

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Four Directions to the Wind

This brand new Butterfly Sundries original design, part of the Sirens and Sailors Collection, was inspired by old nautical maps!
This brand new Butterfly Sundries original design, part of the Sirens and Sailors Collection, was inspired by old nautical maps!

 

With a brand new charity in Butterfly Sundries’ Featured Charity Spotlight, I’m also unveiling a new jewelry line: The Sirens and Sailors Collection! This cuff is one of my absolute favorites among the new designs and I’m so excited to share Continue reading Four Directions to the Wind

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An Inspiring Wine Date

On a recent wine tasting date with my sweetheart, I had the opportunity to enjoy some (absolutely magnificent) wines at Terra Blanca Winery. While I generally worry it’s in poor taste to pull out my pocket sketchbook at the winery while tasting, I freely admit I was fighting the impulse. Their wines are AMAZING! As soon as we got out the car, after tasting, I pulled out my sketchbook and started putting my visual representations of their HEAVENLY wines on paper for future jewelry designs.

 

Now, I’d be hard-pressed to choose my favorite wine (I need to go for several more tastings before I have any kind of firm opinion on the matter) from their collection, but I can tell you… I now have two pages in my pocket sketchbook of designs inspired by (just) their wines (necklaces, bracelets and earrings). They even have a chardonnay I really wanted to take home with me (shocking, as I have always favored the reds).

 

One of the things I love about Terra Blanca’s wines is the complexity of the layers and flavors. Each sip is an experience in and of itself. I feel like I’m sitting down and having an intimate conversation with the wine, getting to know a soon-to-be best friend.  Truly, they have mastered the art form that is the creation of wine…. And theirs is very worthy of every tribute.

 

Here is a picture of the first design, now part of the Tendrils of the Vine Collection, inspired by one of their red wines….

These "Tangled Vine" earrings, a new addition to Butterfly Sundries' original Tendrils of the Vine Collection, was inspired by a Terra Blanca wine!
These “Tangled Vine” earrings, a new addition to Butterfly Sundries’ original Tendrils of the Vine Collection, was inspired by a Terra Blanca wine!

 

Find this and many more designs inspired by Washington wines on Etsy!

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Introducing the Dancing Women Collection!

Butterfly Sundries’ new Dancing Women Collection consists of a number of Butterfly Sundries’ original jewelry designs celebrating the beauty of all women, including all of ages, sizes, shapes, races, sexual orientations or abilities. With the firm belief that ALL women are beautiful, Butterfly Sundries’ seeks to feature diverse representations of beauty in this collection- increasing the visibility and positive representations of often-ignored women.

This original Butterfly Sundries etched cuff features the silhouettes of beautiful women. Embracing the beauty of all body types and including women with physical disabilities- Butterfly Sundries is dedicated to empowering all women to dance.
This original Butterfly Sundries etched cuff features the silhouettes of beautiful women. Embracing the beauty of all body types and including women with physical disabilities- Butterfly Sundries is dedicated to empowering all women to dance.

While Butterfly Sundries’ original jewelry collections usually start with a charity to which a portion of the proceeds will be donated, The Dancing Woman Collection is a jewelry line without an official cause. The collection was inspired, initially, by the wonderful work done by a large 501c3 which, as part of one of their campaigns, used music and dancing to bring awareness to domestic violence issues. But, during the initial design phase, the collection evolved to become so much more.

I am, personally, passionate about a great number of issues. Media literacy is important to me and I strongly believe that representation matters. Seeing positive body representations of all shapes, sizes and abilities help to normalize and generate acceptance of all forms of beauty (many of which are often ignored or marginalized by our society).

My designs in this collection have been influenced by the work of  Jean Kilbourne (she has made a huge impact on my view of women in the media since I first became aware of her work in 2000; I highly recommend her Killing Us Softly videos if you ever get the chance to see them).  As a voluptuous woman, myself, I surround myself with information and the work of communities and non-profits which promote body positivity for all persons; these communities have also been inspirational in my designs. It was very important to me to create a space where, in these designs, positive visibility for women with disabilities was created (yes, I am one).

Women are beautiful, powerful and inspiring. Dancing, for me, is an act of beauty, strength and, sometimes, rebellion. Also, it is a way of giving oneself permission to fill space with one’s own beauty and self-expression. I would hope that every woman will embrace that powerful act.