Fun and colorful paper dragonfly pendant necklaces add a spot of joy to your everyday. Little dragonfly pendant necklaces on sterling silver or tarnish-free stainless steel in a variety of colors in my Etsy shop
A while back, I had this grand idea to make some bigger statement earrings using large open circles and teardrops and cool triangles. I was very excited for this idea and loved how they were looking! But. Then. I got to the testing phase and things rather fell apart. The way I had designed the shapes gave them full movement and swing, which was lovely. But full movement meant full movement. The shapes swung about and went sideways during wear. Literally. My teardrops and triangles suddenly looked really wonky.
I tried a few fixes, but ultimately, set them aside. All but the circles. Circles have no right side up. They're awesome that way. So finally! I'm releasing these two beauties to the shop to see how they do. I love their size and the colors -slightly out of sight- on the inside of each circle. I hope you like them too. Find them in the runnerbean shop!
I have a young friend who was dealing with anxiety last winter. In an attempt to find her tools that she could use in the highest stress moments, I quickly rolled up a small paper pendant to give her. I thought having something that someone put so much love into, something from a friend, that she could keep available during the day, might help. I used her favorite colors (shades of purple) and as I worked on it, I decided to work in a curve -- something she could rub her thumb into. It added a pleasant tactile element to the pendant and I immediately realized I had just made a worry stone. One of those great little items people like to tuck into pockets and touch or rub when under stress.
After that first one, I decided to add them to my product line. The rainbow design here was a special request and they turned out beautifully. The paper "worry stones' are small, and very colorful, and rather chunky, strung on an adjustable black cotton cord. Find them in my shop and if you're interested in colors you don't see there, get in touch. I'd love to make one special for you.
Back in the spring, I completed a custom quilled paper project: a wedding cake topper. I've made these before, but this was a special project because it was for Brian French of French Paper Company, a small paper company in Michigan making the most gorgeous line of paper I've ever encountered. I drooled over it as a graphic designer and often recommended their paper to my clients for print projects and used it for my own identity package.
Brian asked if I would be willing to create a cake topper for him and his fiancé, using all French Paper. It was a thrill and I accepted immediately. It was also a challenge: in my artwork, I use paper specifically made for quilling and I wondered how the French Paper would work and roll. But it worked beautifully and came in plenty of colors to allow me to reproduce a lovely miniature paper bouquet to match their wedding flowers, as well as wedding clothes, hair, and skin tones. It turned out beautifully.
Do you have a wedding coming up? These small and detailed figurines make stand out gifts, can be placed near the wedding guest book, and of course, work beautifully on top of a small cake! Contact me to get started.
The first custom paper quilled art piece I ever made was a mounted wedding invitation embellished with paper quilling, framed up, and given as a wedding present to the couple. It was full of bright, colorful wildflower-type florals and green scrolls and swirls.
To this day, I continue to make these personalized gifts for the wedding couple, ordered by aunts and sisters and mothers and friends of the wedding couple. They're highly customized with gorgeous details to match bouquets and wedding colors (I've even had a customer mail me a swatch from the bridesmaid dresses to get the color just right!). They're fun and time consuming and no two are alike.
Last month I did my first craft show. It involved some intense planning and creation of a display table. In the end, I went with a small 2x4' table, thinking that my work is SO small, how much space does tiny work really require? But displays take up space, and I think I could have given everything a little more elbow room.
But in the end, I was pretty pleased with how things came together and bonus! I ended up creating a whole new line of runnerbean products, including post earrings*! Now, I'm not much of an earring wearer. If I wear choose to wear a pair of earrings, those are the earrings I wear for months. My ears have always been sensitive to certain metals and when I was a teen, I always thought my face was far too busy and flashy what with glasses AND earrings...and yeah, that several years I also had braces. Sigh. FLASH!
These earrings are kinda cool though. They have titanium posts (hypoallergenic, so sensitive ears are comfortable), and a matte finish varnish. No flash, just color and a subtle swirl design! I have been playing with a glossy coating, though, for you gloss lovers out there so stay tuned.
So this was the display I created for my new line of stud earrings. You can find them in my etsy shop! Link in menu or click here to see the full new line of earrings
*Post earrings? Is that what they're called? Or stud earrings? Comment and let me know!
I've been playing around with the design of a worry stone for a while now, and then a sweet special person needed something she could have with her when needed, but didn't have pockets. This smaller worry stone pendant was born.
Gradients make me happy, and these little colorful gems are no exception. They are deliciously colorful. I want to use a soft cord with these and still need to decide which color to go with. My little friend got an organic cotton braid, which was lovely, but I had only a small amount from some years back. So far back that I have no idea where I got it, but, I'm looking at new options. These are not available in my shop yet, but if you're interested in one of them, get in touch and I can set it aside for you!
I have a friend who runs a very cool business making custom family trees, called My Tree and Me. Her work is gorgeous and the design of her pieces is modern and fresh. I'm in love and would get one if I could puzzle out my roots. But if you know yours, or are keen to learn more, seriously, go check out her work!
So Jen and I meet every other week to talk business. The other week she suggested that I try placing some of my pieces under a glass dome to give them weight and presence. I wasn't sure, thinking it might look old fashioned, but oh man! Was she ever right! I ordered a bell jar with a base and set my latest bride/groom pair under it. It blew me away! I think I need to start offering these with my wedding cake toppers and I'm searching out mini ones for my little dolls.