Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gold and Black St. Petersburg Chain Jewelry

When I blend in multiple colors together I usually just do a mix in one of the sections of my bead tray and pick up beads at random.  I decided to change up the fade from black to gold in this set of jewelry by utilizing the straight line angle that the St. Petersburg Chain stitch lends itself too.

I'm really enjoying the outcomes:

Necklace: $100

Bracelet: $40

Earrings $35

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Back to Beaded Jewelry: Teal Gold and Black set


I tend to go on a bit of a jewelry-making binge as holiday season comes up.  I decided to go with a combination of dark teal, dark gold and black this year.  Here are some of the new pieces that I have made.

Cluster Earrings $75.00

Leaf Bracelet $85.00

Bangles (left $95.00, right $75.00)

Double Pod Earrings $75.00


Lariat Necklace $240.00
3 Leaf Pendant $55.00
Tiny strip pod earrings $35.00
Pod Earring with pearl $50.00

Monday, October 6, 2014

Japan Vacation: Ending in Tokyo

We ended our last four days in Tokyo after our Japan Rail Pass was expired. There's lots to see still and we did lots of walking.

Ginza
Fake-lace chain link, but still cool (the design was hooked in separate)

Window displays appreciating skeins

hovering flower window display

Traditional dress in front of Tiffany's

Heading out, we found a dance club! 

(pre-dance club)

Walking around the next day, I love the clean colors in Tokyo.

Outside the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

I bought a book of this painter, LOVE his animals.


The floor of the museum, I couldn't help it, I'm inspired by the inlay.

Beautiful gold foiled panels.


So much anime in Electronic Town, this was a bunch of girls dressed as characters, it was in an outdoor expo sort of area.

Back to Ueno park, we hit the Zoo.








Subway art.





Characters decorating parking meters.

Tokyo Dome

Golden Gai.


So long Tokyo, until we meet again.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Japan Vacation: Atami/Izu Peninsula

We were really tired after hiking Mt. Fuji but we got in a nap at a hotel in Mishima and found this great teriyaki place for dinner.

This is their attempt at writing out an english menu for us.


One of my favorite manhole covers!

Ajiro Station where our host for the Atami Red House that we booked picked us up at 
(more than a few times!)

Our only traditional guestroom we stayed in at Atami Red House.  It was a lovely spot.

Oh the slippers! The main ones had little dogs, then there were slippers for the toilet too,



Our hosts took us and another guest for a drive along the sites.  This is Ajiro's public Beach.


Atami Castle

On top of the Atami Castle is this gold fish.  :)

Atami castle allowed photos of the armor and helmets, which are just beautiful.


We couldn't read anything at the Atami Castle since it was all in Japanese, so I still have no explanation for some of the below images...

(They would carry the lords around in these little boxes)




Atami is known for its dried fish....these are all out in the open markets.

Excellent sashimi, except the cuttlefish....we decided that one wasn't for us.

Zack couldn't help but play with the fish head.



Atami Beach

Private bathhouse that our hosts had access to, hot springs inside and outside on the top story overlooking the bay.
Zack wasn't keen on ringing the bell for service.

Hibachi

The National Park in Ito...we took a wrong turn and had an all-day hike...

The largest wax myrtle in Japan.
Beautiful rock shore that we spent a resting time reading on.

There's a herd of kitties that live on one of the bluffs along this hike!


The second homemade delicious breakfast at Atami Redhouse.  The bread on the left actually has cream cheese, figs and raisins in the middle.  YUM!