Yes, I needed a break from blogging and some time to think. It’s been long enough now, and I’ll be easing back into it over the summer with bits about new work, a few of my cooking and eating adventures, news about my sadly neglected garden (which, by the way is thriving without me, just not very neat, ha ha), and maybe even some book reviews. I listen to audio books while I work in the studio, and I definitely want to share some of those! It’s time to revive the “Sunday Morning Coffee and Etsy” posts, soon, too. The new circles feature at Etsy has helped me discover tons of great new artists whose work I’ve fallen in love with.
Anyhow, I’ve been working hard and contemplating where I’m going to go next with Lavender Cottage – definitely time to grow to the next level. The first step has been moving away from an all made-to-order business and building up an inventory. Making everything to order meant that there was never any time to work on new ideas, and my shop was starting to get stale, not to mention all of the “uncreated” ideas crowding my brain to get out! It’s been hard to work fast enough to catch up so I can start working on new inventory, but it’s finally starting to happen. I actually listed more than one new piece this week!! Most are everyday pieces made to coordinate with customer favorites. I’ve wanted to do that for a long time.
Here are some new Pebble Road bangles made from square wire. (I’ve got more square wire designs up my sleeve, too. ) These are oxidized for a rustic feel, and go beautifully with the Pebble Road Wrapped Oh pendant and Pebble Road stud earrings.
There is a new buttercup ring in all sterling silver rather than mixed metals too. The Summer Meadow ring, along with a cute little pair of earrings that I named Honeydrop are a great little set. They can both can be set with moonstone to coordinate with the Moonflower cuff, too.
I’m working on a new all-silver buttercup pendant which will be set with a citrine to match these. It, too, can be set with moonstone for coordinating with the Moonflower cuff.
Another new piece made this week is a pendant that continues to explore the “torn” metal idea that I’ve always enjoyed working with. Simply named ‘Torn’, it was made to coordinate with with the Pebble Road Posts and the Silver Pebbles ring. While I was making this one, I almost set it with a diamond as it looks sensational with a sparkly faceted stone instead of the little silver pebble. One like that one will go with the Ice Whisper ring – methinks I’ll be making myself one of those quite soon! And if set with a labradorite, it will go great with the Galadriel’s Song ring.
I’m also whittling away at my pile of unset stone, my very favorite thing to do. The latest of these is “Plumflower”, a lovely little sugilite cabochon accented with a tiny bloom and swirl of silver. Had fun making this. I’m in a swirly mood these days, and am working on great flashy Sunstone ring embellished with a few swirls for this week. Just have to get the swirlies soldered on and the stone set and it will be ready.
Soooo, that’s it for now, but stay tuned, because soon every piece in the shop will have at least one other piece that goes with it. Just trying to get organized - I know, it’s about time, lol!
I’m not making any promises about how often I’ll be blogging, but let’s just say it will be more than once every 7 months! See you ‘soon’!