Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Beach Inspired Jewelry

Ahhhh...   Me on the beach, being inspired to create jewelry. :)
Notice my necklace and cool hat...
For real, I do get a lot of inspiration from time spent on the beach, amongst my flower gardens and out on the water while water-skiing.  Our cabin and our family vacations have always proved to be a blessing and inspiring time for me to dream up new designs.  Below are a few inspired necklaces that remind me of the beach and family vacation time by the ocean.  What inspires you????

Golden Beach Treasure Necklace
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This necklace is filled with treasures that are beach related or found elements that helped the overall balance of this design.  The charm style necklaces such as this, are so fun to wear too.  This necklace is still available.

Magnified Treasure Necklace
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This magnifying glass and anchor remind me of the hours I have scoured the beaches looking for beach glass, shells and other treasure I can use in my jewelry designs.

Beach Hues with Sparkle Necklace
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The sparkle in this necklace reminds me of the excitement I feel when I find the perfect pastel piece of beach glass laying on the sand, a treasure waiting for my eyes to find it.  This piece is quite substantial and is still for sale.
Footsteps in the Sand Necklace
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This if a fun necklace that reminds me of the poem and photo of footprints in the sand.  The colors one finds on the beach have been used in this design, and the handle piece and vintage crucifix focal is a reminder that Jesus has a handle on our lives, and paid the ultimate sacrafice for each one of us.

I'm linking up with the blog party over at Faded Charm for White Wednesday.

14 comments:

  1. hi gretchen,
    these beach-themed designs are beautiful! don't you love it when the Creator inspires us with His creation?! well-done my friend...and still lovin' my necklace. it has a place of honor on lucyna (my mannequin) when i'm not wearing it.
    judi ;)

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  2. Lovely treasures. Have a wonderful day ~ Rebecca

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  3. I am always so interesting in seeing what you came up with. I love that each one is unique and no two are ever alike.

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  4. hermosos hermosos y hermosos y yo tabién adoro el mar!! vivo rodeada de él. Besos.

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  5. Translation for Saras comment:

    beautiful beautiful and beautiful and I tabién adore the sea! alive surrounded by him. Kisses.

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  6. Thanks Judi for your words of encouragement and I'm so happy you love your necklace and so does the manni when you're not wearing it. :) Its such a joy when one has happy customers too.
    So sweet of you Rebecca to take the time to leave a comment too, and Dina one-of-a-kind creations is what I enjoy most about my jewelry design. Nothing to ever get bored about when making each necklace unique and different. The vintage elements one uses can truly bring a special look to each design and one that can't easily be duplicated.
    And Sara thank you for always being a source of encouragement in your sweet comments you leave.
    I treasure each one of you followers even if I don't always get a note back to you or get a chance to stop in and visit your blog.
    Unfortunately, I'm off to an office job for 3 days straight, and its going to about kill my creativity. :(
    Peace to you all!
    Gretchen

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  7. Love them all! Just beautiful! Theresa

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  8. Gretchen - LOVE the new pieces! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me...

    Dang office job. It's difficult to sit here five days a week when I have a storage shed full of junk to work on. Sigh. Hang in there!

    Andrea

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  9. Beautiful, Beautiful ~ The Beach IS the Best Inspiration there is....

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  10. Absolutely inspiring jewelry. Very pretty odd ends & bits. Very nostalgic. There is actually a vendor at my flea that saves all old jewelry bits for me. I used to try my hand at designing it - but as you can attest to , it requires lots of time that I just don't have anymore. I don't have the heart to tell him to stop so sometimes I still buy it. I think I have an item on this weeks post.

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  11. They are all so beautiful! Love that magnifying glass!

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  12. Thank you everyone for the kind encouragement you've left for me. I truly appreciate your taking the time to do so, and a special thanks for those of you that were kind enough to leave me your input on camera advice.
    Gretchen

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  13. Hello Gretchen, I love your beautiful beach jewelry! You had asked about my camera on my blog...and yes yes I do think you will love having the canon camera you said you were thinking about. I love canon cameras, and even though I have a dslr now, I still LOVED my point and shoot. It takes great photos up close photos for jewelry... even better than the bigger camera I have.

    Good luck with your purchase! xoxo

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  14. I loved the article! These types of resources are extremely valuable to anyone interested in making jewelry. I can't wait to read some more of your articles!

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