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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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Gifts of Inspiration from the Vine

With the warmer days and increased sunshine of spring, I’m starting to think of the beautiful vineyards of Washington. I recently had the opportunity to see some of the new growth of 2014 out at White Heron Cellars and I have to tell you, I’m already getting ideas! I think the texture of the vines will translate really well to some upcoming etched designs! I’ve also gotten some inspiration from the vineyards for some new original jewelry display options for some of my winery consignment locations!

 

But meanwhile…. think this beautiful cat might be able (and willing) to share some of the wine it’s guarding?

 

This beautiful cat caught my eye and agreed to be photographed at White Heron Cellars!
This beautiful cat caught my eye and agreed to be photographed at White Heron Cellars!

 

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Port of Inspiration

When it comes to wineries, I’m happy to mix business with pleasure. A recent stop at Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards to drop off their first installment of consignment inventory gave me the opportunity to taste some absolutely wonderful wines. While all the wines had distinct character, I was still a little hesitant when Continue reading Port of Inspiration

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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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Silver Delights

Silver and Copper Nautical and Climber's Knot Ring, an original Butterfly Sundries design
Silver and Copper Nautical and Climber’s Knot Ring, an original Butterfly Sundries design

While the vast majority of my designs are always available in silver (by custom order), in preparation for the holidays I’m making some of my favorite original wire designs in silver ahead of time (both as samples of my work and also for sale). Some will be available on Etsy, others through the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center. The difficulty is in choosing which pieces to focus on!

I’ve chosen a few of my favorite items from the Tendrils of the Vine Collection, and I’m sure one of the silver naval/climber’s knot rings will show up…. but after that my brain freezes.  I simply can’t decide.

(Taking suggestions and requests!)

What I have decided, though, is to explore the possibility of making select etched-silver designs available in-time for the holidays. After numerous requests for the option, it’s time to meet the demand. And for those pieces…. I already have grand plans in development!

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Go Wildcats!

*Happy Dance!* I’m starting to feel like a Ellensburg, WA local!

I had a meeting today with some lovely ladies from the Central Washington University Wildcat Shop… and I am now- officially- one of their local artists!

They are currently in the process of adding a selection of Butterfly Sundries jewelry to their shop, including necklaces, earrings and a bracelet!  In their present inventory they’ve got two items from The Lotus Collection,

These beautiful wire lotus pendants, part of Butterfly Sundries’ original Lotus Collection, help support the YWCA ALIVE, a program of YWCA of Kitsap County.

 

This beautiful lotus pendant is part of Butterfly Sundries' exclusive (and original) Lotus Collection, supporting the YWCA ALIVE program of YWCA of Kitsap County!
This beautiful lotus pendant is part of Butterfly Sundries’ exclusive (and original) Lotus Collection, supporting the YWCA ALIVE program of YWCA of Kitsap County!

 

a cuff bracelet from my Tendrils of the Vine Collection (inspired by Washington wines),

 

Tendrils Wire Cuff
Wire copper cuff, part of Butterfly Sundries’ original Tendrils of the Vine Collection- inspired by Washington wines!

 

some earrings which will appeal to their music majors…. and much more!

 

These beautiful treble clef earrings feature garnet beads.... and they're sure to delight the music-lovers on your gift list! They are also available in silver by custom order!
These beautiful treble clef earrings feature garnet beads…. and they’re sure to delight the music-lovers on your gift list! They are also available in silver by custom order!

 

I feel so excited about the honor of being asked to include my work in their gift shop…. and it’s giving me ideas for some upcoming designs which might appeal to theater and music students!