Thursday, May 8, 2008

Experiment with Earrings

Originally uploaded by CarolineGraceDesigns
In the last custom order I did for wedding jewelry, the bride sent me a photo of an earring style she liked. At first I was intimidated and unsure I could pull it off, but after looking at it more closely I was able to get the basics down. I 'm now really digging the style and created these last night for my new bride's bridesmaids. I hope she likes them! I love the colors, if I don't say so myself.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


If we hadn't aleady put the deposit down on our wedding flowers, I might seriously consider this. No, these aren't real, they're made out of clay. Amazing! I wonder how heavy they are? This would be a great gift for anyone, as they'll never die and look so much like the real thing. Check out DK Designs store for more.

I'm still here!

I apologzie for the lack of posts lately. I hate to use the "i'm getting married" excuse, but yeah I'm going to use it this time. Here's a new beauty I just listed in my store, enjoy! I thought the bright colors would be perfect for a Summer afternoon concert, paired with a cute tank top and bright flip-flops.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Picnic, anyone?

Here is part of my results of my trip to the Bead Expo. Definitely spent too much money, so I need to get crackin' on new items. Good thing I just got asked to do three more necklaces, phew! This is a really light, fun, and flirty piece. The colors are subtle but will pick up just about anything you wear. It was originally two-stranded, but there wasn't enough "oomph" so I added a third strand with some brightly colored freshwater pearls. Watch tonight as I post a special Mother's Day Necklace.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mum's Day

In case anyone is considering a custom-made piece of jewelry for your mom, I'm your girl! I've been doing a lot of custom work lately and it's been very satisfying on both ends (at least that's what I hear....). Just give me a color and the type of feel you want and I'll dream up the rest. Better than a bouquet of flowers that will just die in a few days!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

What I've been up to & Bead Expo

I haven't been able to post any new pieces to my general store lately as I've been busy with custom-made wedding jewelry for two different brides. It's a lot of fun and I love the idea that something I made will be worn on such a special day. Funny though, I've been less-than inspired to make jewelry for my own bridesmaids. Not because I don't love them, but maybe instead I'll return the favor and support a fellow etsian. Or, maybe I'm just waiting for the right beads to come along.

Speaking of, don't miss the Innovative Bead Expo this weekend in Edison, NJ. I know the fiance is REALLY looking forward to it....hah! I went to one in December and found some really great deals on Swarvoski crystals and Czech glass beads. I will warn you, though, that it can be quite overwhelming!

Here are some pics of the custom-wedding jewelry I just finished. The first is for the bride herself, the second is a possible design for a set of bridesmaid jewelry. Let me know what you think! (And thanks to Nick for taking the pictures, I'm a lucky girl indeed.)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New York's Coral Reef

Institute For Figuring's "Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef"2007 exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center.

I heard about this while listening to WNYC today and had to go and explore it further. Bet you didn't know New York City had its own Coral Reef eh? Well for a limited time it does, albeit that it consists of crocheted wool and other crazy materials like shredded Target plastic bags (very cool).

About two years ago Margaret Wertheim, a science writer, and her twin sister, Christine, came up with the idea of creating a "wooly coastline" to raise awareness and honor the 135,000 miles of reef in their homeland of Queensland, Australia. The "Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef" project was born, and is now on display in New York's World Financial Center's Winter Garden. The project has turned global with participants from all over the world contributing to the ever-growing reef. If you'd like to contribute to the exhibits next installation in London, click here for patterns. To read more about it, check out this NYTimes article or the Institute for Figuring, who are the curators of the exhibit. Best of all, the exhibit is FREE, so if you're in the area make sure to check it out. As a fellow crocheter who enjoys using different types of mediums (like wire!), I'm in love with this project, especially as it communicates an important message about global warming.

Image from the Institute for Figuring