Blue orbit

Rings

Here’s a really fun ring I just finished yesterday. It’s a gorgeous, sky-blue round chalcedony cab, surrounded by a slightly off-kilter wobbly circle of sterling. Textured on top with my hammer. And the whole works is oxidized, including the textured shank. I love pieces that make me smile…

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Spring cleaning

Rings

Now that summer is finally here, I thought it was about time to do some spring cleaning. That means I’ve dropped the prices on many items in my shop. You’ll find them in the SALE section: 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/leChienNoirJewelry?section_id=11173499&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

Here are a few samples of what you’ll find there:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/leChienNoirJewelry?section_id=11173499&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

https://www.etsy.com/shop/leChienNoirJewelry?section_id=11173499&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

https://www.etsy.com/shop/leChienNoirJewelry?section_id=11173499&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

All of this is to make room for new pieces! Stay tuned for fresh additions!!!

Market time

Rings

I see it’s been longer than I thought since my last post. That’s what happens when you get super-busy I guess. In my case, it’s been preparing for the arts festival/markets I’m part of this summer. The first was last weekend on a beautiful lavender farm here in Quebec, just north of the Vermont border. There were about 40 artists and artisans – all of them native francophones except me. It was great for my French! Met some wonderful people and, in spite of the rain and grey weather, it turned out really well. 

I was busy creating what I could in anticipation. The next show runs from July 18 to 27 and is also here in the Eastern Townships. It’s called the Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay. The website, which should be up and running soon, is http://www.festivaldesarts.net. It takes place in five different venues and is lots of fun. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by – there’s a huge variety of art!

Here are some of my recent creations:

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New earrings – and a pricey lemon

Rings

I live 20 minutes north of the U.S. border and, like most of us who live around here, I cross it fairly regularly. Usually, it’s incident-free. Today was the exception for my 80 year old parents, though. I was working on earrings in my studio, when I got a call from them. They were in their car, somewhere in Vermont. They left this morning on a road trip and were asked at the border whether they had any citrus fruit with them. They replied, no, they did not. The border official then proceeded to find a rogue lemon in the back of their car. They were pulled over, fully interrogated, scolded, and held up, then finally ordered to pay a $300 fine! After their initial fury subsided, and they got back on the road, they started to find some humour in it and called me to rant about it. 

That’s an aside, though. I’ve added some fun earrings to the collection, plus a lovely summery aqua chalcedony ring. Cushion-shaped stone and beautiful milky aqua, like the sea.

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Spring jewelry – and gardens

Rings

Like many of you, I’m guessing, I’ve been spending an awful lot of time dealing with my garden in the past few weeks. The rest of the time, I’ve been hunkering down in my studio, creating an assortment of pieces for my Etsy shop and for the now three arts festivals I’ll be at in the next few months. It’s hard to know what people might want to see and possibly buy at these shows. I’d love to hear what kind of stuff you look for at craft shows when it comes to jewelry.

In the meantime, here are some of my recent additions:

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In celebration of moms….

Rings

Happy Mother’s Day! In celebration – and to help out all you last-minute types, like myself – take 15% off everything in my shop, until May 16. Just use coupon code LASTMINUTEMOMS when checking out. In the meantime, I’ve been creating more fun and luscious rings. Am also designing a new line of lower-cost fun pieces. Stay tuned….

Here’s a gorgeous labradorite with incredible blue flash, set in sterling:

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In Creative Mode

Rings

After a very long silence, I’m back! I was away from my studio for over a month this winter for work, and now am very glad to be back on the farm and hunkering down in my studio to create new pieces. I’ll be taking part in two arts festivals this summer: Le Festival des Arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay here in Quebec from July 18 to 27, then the Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Festival in Toronto Sept. 5-7. Thousands of people visit the Cabbagetown Festival, so I’m trying to be very productive! Here are a few recent additions:

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A confession

Brooches, Jewelry, Jewelry making

I have a confession: I rarely think about brooches. Until very recently, that is, when a very sweet neighbor down the road from my farm ordered a few pieces of jewelry for the women in his life. One of these is his mother. He said she has all kinds of stuff and asked my advice on what might be meaningful to her.

My immediate response was that anything coming from her son is bound to mean a lot, whether it’s something she would choose for herself or not. We discussed some options, then the idea of a brooch struck me. It’s relatively safe, versatile, and can take many shapes and forms. He liked the idea, so I got going and made a few options for him to look at. First, a simple forged squiggle in sterling. Small, innocuous, sweet and fun. The second is a similar squiggle forged in sterling, but I added a tube-set faceted Oregon sunstone, for a subtle bit of sparkle.

We’ll let him decide if his mum is the sparkly type or more minimalist.

(By the way, I’m offering FREE shipping from now until the end of the month in my Etsy shop: lechiennoirjewelry.etsy.com. Just enter coupon code SHIPFREE when checking out.)

Here they the two brooches:

Sterling squiggle brooch

Sterling squiggle brooch

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Sterling squiggle brooch with Oregon sunstone