Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oh no! Not Another Hobby!

Last week was very stressful for me with my mom's accident and having to drive back and forth to the hospital which is 2 and a half hours away plus having company. But this week is a little bit more relaxing.


I decided to pursue jewelry making because it seems to relax me. I have taken an hour course during a cruise on the Oasis of the Seas last year and then I just almost forgot all about it. Last weekend, there was a show here and lots of jewelry making supplies were on sale so I bought a lot. I called my friend and she bought some too, and then we met at the house a few days ago to start creating.
I am linking with Susan for Met Monday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ to show you the outcome of that session.



And whenever I get together with friends, I always serve tea. So, I am linking with

Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/

Wanda Lee for Tuesday Teas for 2 and Wednesday Teatime in Blogland at http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/

Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at http://www.marthasfavorites.com/

and Pam and Wanda Lee for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/


I am also linking with Debbie for her A & B Party at http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com/



First, let me show you my supplies.

I told you I bought a lot, lol.


And these were not enough. I bought more from Ebay but I am still waiting for them to arrive.



I got a lot of mineral stones such as different colors of jades, tourmaline, amethyst, turquoise, tiger eye, lapis lazuli, jasper, crystals and others I cannot recall what they are called. If I liked the color and texture and price, I would put them in my basket.





When AJ found out I was making jewelry while skyping her, she asked me to make one for her and her cousins too. We are all going on a cruise soon and she wanted all of them to wear the same bracelet. These are the bracelets I made for them. I thought the different color of crystals would be fun for them.


I really had a lot of fun creating the jewelry, especially because I can do it right in front of my computer while blogging in between. Oh, I just love multitasking!


I don't know what the pink stones are but the others shown below are amethyst with a Blue John pendant, tiger eye and crystals.


Here's a close up of the Blue John. Isn't it pretty? I think it should be called Purple John cause it's more purple than blue. John gave it to me as part of my anniversary present last year but I couldn't wear it since it was a loose stone. I added amethyst beads to it.

I think the green stones are jades and tourmalines and the orange are jaspers.


Yellow and green jades, tourmalines, more amethyst but I do not know what the square stones are.



John just gave me the jade pendant below as part of my anniversary present a few weeks ago. I made it into a necklace using yellow and green jades and I made a matching bracelet too. I hope you do not laugh at what I made. I have not tried making any fancy designs yet.
I did not have any chains (I ordered some from Ebay) and when they come, I will try to do fancier ones. Wish me luck, lol!


Just as I mentioned earlier, my friend Debjani and I had tea. I used a tea for 2 teapot. The tea cups say "Board Meeting" on them. I was going to give her a slice of cake but when I was about to cut it, I found out that John has been scraping off the icing, lol. So, we had chocloate candies instead.


Thanks to all our hostesses for all these fun parties.
I want to thank you all for coming for a visit. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

28 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, I am very impressed with what you made. I love them.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Christine your jewelry is pretty and the girls will be thrilled with their special bracelets:@)

Debbie said...

Christine you are something else...I just can't get over all your energy! Very very pretty!!~ Glad this week is going better for you and your family.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Christine,
You have so many talents! The necklaces came out just wonderfully! Honestly, you are just so talented girlfriend!
Hugs,
Cindy

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, this is all so neat! And I know the girls are going to be so excited over their pretty bracelets! And you really have been busy. What a fun hobby! And I would think you might be able to sell some of those pretty pieces in your shop.

Love that cute teaset, and how funny about John and the cake. LOL!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Carol said...

Christine,
Your jewelry is beautiful! What will you do with all of it?
Too bad about the cake! (lol)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have really been busy - So many pretty creations! You are so talented.
Have a great week.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, you've made so many gorgeous things already. Wow, they are awesome. Love your beautiful tea too. You have so many varied talents, I don't know how in the world you do it all. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks like so much fun, Christine. I love all the pieces you have made so far, especially the matching bracelets and the amethyst set, which is my birthstone. I hope you sell some in your shop because I think people will fall in love with them!

Your tea set is so cute and perfect for you and your friend! John sounds just like Al, picking at the cake! lol!!

Have a great week!

XO,
Janie

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

What a cute teapot and cups!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Goodness! You area jewelry making machine! That is a lot of beautiful pieces! And you did all that in one afternoon?

I know that I have said this before...how fun it would be to live near you!

Blessings & Aloha!
(I have finished your requested art piece :o) If I can get to UPS before I go to work in the morning (Mondays are my late days), I will email you the tracking number after I get back home....Otherwise, it won't be until Weds that I get orders shipped out.)

Dolores said...

Wow, you've done a terrific job of making some beautiful jewelry...... a great hobby..... but...where oh where do you find the time?
You're amazing!

Terra said...

You are creating beautiful jewelry. I love natural stones like amethyst, that you use, and the sparkly crystal bracelets.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Great job, Christine! You have done so beautifully with your jewelry, especially since you are a novice jewelry maker. You should be very proud of yourself. I especially love the necklace you made with John's Jade pendant that he gave you for your anniversary. That one is very special! Keep up the good work!
Best,
Gloria
P.S. Your tea party looks very cozy and pretty too! I hope you and your friend had fun.

mississippi artist said...

I WISH YOU WOULD BOTTLE SOME OF YOUR ENERGY AND SEND ME SOME!I HAVE TONS OF JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES THAT I HAVE HAD FOR YEARS AND NEVER MAKE ANYTHING!I DO USE THE TOOLS SOMETIMES TO REPAIR A PIECE I ALREADY OWN- DOES THAT COUNT?

bj said...

O, darlin' lady...no one would ever laugh at this beautiful jewelry you've made. It is really beautiful. You are so smart and talented..I've never tried making jewelry but it's too hard for me..talentless, remember!! lol

Love your pretty tea...know your friend loved it, too.
xo bj

Pat said...

I love your jewelry, Christine. Looks like a fun hobby. The girls are certainly going to enjoy their pretty bracelets.

susan said...

Christine-You should have been twins or triplets! You have so many things going on! I think new interests keep us young physically and at heart. I have never understood people who say they are bored! Your jewelery is beautiful and I know AJ and the cousins are going to love the bracelets. I bet she is going to want to make jewelery too. I got a real kick out of John's eating the icing. That is something that would happen at my house! Hope your mom is continuing to recuperate. Take care and SLOW down :) Have a good week!

Msartist said...

Sorry to hear about your mom. I can see how making jewelery can be relaxing! Your pieces are beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful week~ Theresa

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wow, I am impressed. What you have made so far is beautiful. I wish I had your energy!

Traci said...

Very pretty! You did a good job!

Beth said...

Christine, I really enjoyed this vignette. I think you are doing a great job - beautiful jewelry! You are a very creative person! Love the little pink tea set too.
Blessings, Beth

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

looks like you are pretty busy girl Christine! teehee.. and very creative of you! love the stones that you used, jade and tourmaline, two of my faves! thanks for sharing and have a great day!
xo
fitty

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Christine,
The jewelry is stunning that you made! Someday, if I ever find tine, I would like to give that a try.
But you tea pot and tea cups are sooooooo very cute!!
I just love them!!
I hope Mom is feeling better!

Hugs,
Debbie

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

The Jewelery making looks like so much fun. I'd love to try it one day. Very sweet teapot and cups :-)

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Snap said...

I hope your mother is doing much better. Jewelry making is so much fun and takes my mind off my troubles. Loved the Tea for Two ... really cute. Important board meeting with friends!!! Happy tea day!

Marie said...

Hi Christine - I love love love that pink teaset. I love the whimsy and the colors and how perfect for a girl's tea party!

Happy Tea Tuesday!
-marie

Terri said...

What a cute tea set!
And your jewelry is wonderful. You are really creative!
Hugs,
Terri

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