May 22, 2009

Creating


I love creating jewelry. Especially jewelry with clean, simple lines, that's versatile and goes easily from day to night attire.

Here, our long silver and pearl link necklace, made especially for my niece for her college graduation, is one of those lovely pieces!

We've had so many comments on it, I thought I'd share it with all of you here on our blog.

Similar versions will be for sale soon on our MiShel Designs website!

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend and please remember those who have ever served our country - we wouldn't have our wonderful way of life without their dedication, sacrifice and love.

Until next time,
Peace, Love and Pearls, Baby!!
Cheers,
~Shel~




May 14, 2009

Style Envy - shop and save!

Hey there fashion fans!
We're blogging to you today about one of our favorite sites - Style Envy!
Style Envy is THE place for fashion and beauty specials. You've just gotta visit Style Envy before you shop anywhere else! You'll find the latest coupon codes, free shipping offers, the latest trends and the best new designers. Shop designer fashion for less and save! Seriously!!

Here's a sneak peak at what you'll be able to find (other than our designs, of course!!)

Heart's Desire Jewelry (yep, we're featuring another jewelry designer - because, hey, there's always "plenty" when you believe there is!!) They like to support the American Heart Association (like we do), they have gorgeous jewels, and they look like a fun bunch!!



White Python and Leather - oohhh....Beatrix-Ong! Oh Yes!



Hey - we're Arizona girls - we love the 'flip-flop-sandals-gone-glam look!!
Okay,...stay tuned for more!
Until next time,
Peace, Love and Pearls -and jewelry, and fashion, and more!
~Shel~




May 6, 2009

Our Favorite Jewelry Designers Right Now!

We were asked who inspires us and who we think is the absolute King/Queen of jewelry designs right now and who's jewelry you should go check out (other than ours, of course!) , so here's a list of "Who we're loving NOW!"


Todd Reed - OMG!! His stuff is amazing - no need to say anything else! He's the King!








Todd Reed Bracelet - amazing or what?!!



Dominique Cohen - Could her stuff be any hotter than it is!?!! Not likely - She's our queen!






Jewelry by Dominique Cohen.




And then there's Margaux Lange - Simply Fun!! Check out her Barbie Jewelry - it's so wild, you just can't stop looking at it! I want the 'eyes'.....they're way cool!






Okay - that's it for now.....we'll give you more on another day!!
Until next time,
Peace, Love and Great Jewelry!
Cheers,
~Shel~

May 5, 2009

Artbeads Components Review

We've been ordering components and supplies from Artbeads.com and using their items in our designs for about 5 or so years now, so it was really wonderful when they asked us to review some of their products here on our blog.

We create lots of jewelry using some very basic 'staples' (as we call them) such as 2mm seamless round beads, as well as various styles of chains, some pendants, Swarovski Crystals and more from Artbeads.com and we've chosen several items which we'll post over the next month or so to blog about. We're very lucky as Artbeads.com put no stipulations (include the "good, the bad, and the ugly") on how we review any of these produts.

Many of the items we will blog about will have not only the featured item included in the design, but several other items from artbeads as well. And, we're going to include links to all of the Artbeads.com items we use so you can easily find them for your own beading pleasures!

Since it's basically summer time (well, here in Arizona it is because it's already hit 100 degrees once this year and it's supposed to be 104 in a couple of days!) we decided to do our first review on a wonderful little Thai Silver Sun Design Pendant - in the Hill Tribe Silver Pendants Section of Artbeads.com - and it couldn't have pleased us more!

We wanted to create a lightweight, airy and fun pair of "summer" earrings - your 'go to' earrings for all summer - so, we paired these little beauties with some faceted citrine we picked up at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this February and hand forged these large oval hoop ear-wires with sterling silver 20 gauge round, half hard wire for the beads and pendants to dangle freely from. Very simple, yet versitile and fun!

We were very pleased with these little pendants when they arrived. The thickness of the silver is quite nice - not too heavy, yet not so light they will bend. The antiqued (blackened) sun pattern in each pendant is quite nice and each one shows slight variations of the pattern due to the individual hand-crafted nature, allowing them a truly organic look and feel.

The 'bail' on each tiny pendant is perfectly suited for the size of the pendant, yet is still large enough to be strung with seed beads, or anchored on to flexible beading wire for a multiple-strand necklace or bracelet.

These little pendants/charms are perfect for designing a cute pair of earrings (our choice), hanging them on a bracelet with other small pendants and/or charms to create a really cute 'moving' bracelet or for putting one center stage on a small chain with a few natural stones, beads or gems (pearls!!) to have a simple, yet striking necklace.

Rating these (our idea - not artbeads.com) on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best and something we'd highly recommend) we'd give these little Thai Silver Sun Designs Pendants a perfect 10 and not only because they're right up our alley as far as their style goes, but for their durability and quality, their fantastic price - only $3.89 each! - and their unlimited design options. Plus they're super stylish and fashionable right now, too!

Please weigh in and let us know what your impression of these earrings are using Artbeads.com's Sun Design Pendants.
Until next time,
Peace, Love and Artbeads.com baby!!

~Shel~