Saturday, February 27, 2010

Do you like personalizing your accessories according to the outfit? I'm more than tempted to make myself some more jewelry when I get a new pair of pants for example. Here's a necklace I made with smokey topaz, shell circle beads and pink jade to bring out the tiny pink stripe in the fabric....

The furry 'girls' first snow outing - Tahoe CA

Been talking about taking the girls to the snow for a long while now and around to making it happen. Found a great doggy friendly place to rent just 5 mins from some cross country/snow shoeing trails that are also doggy friendly!!!! Living in San Jose its so hard to find anywhere to let your pooch run free and this has been heaven for Molly & Mia........ We've had peaceful pups since we got here! Will have to try and make this an annual expedition/tradition. Just hope we can get out of here with the 8 inches + of snow that just fell last night :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cherrypik Jewels featured in Michele's By Your Side blog

How lovely to be included in this really visually appealling blog by Michele of By Your Side. Do check out all the other lovely handmade artisanal purple gifts as well!

wednesdays fav link love friend is : Seaside Siren

Mary, over at Seaside Siren is a mom of 3 kids, a dog, bunny, and a few stray cats. She has lived at the beach her whole life and finds much of her inspiration from the ocean and shoreline.

She has been creating art of various forms for 20 years, made and sold jewelry for 15 years, started working with wool 10 years ago - and fell in love with it as it allows her to combine all the art forms she loves with one medium. Soooooo creative :)

Using natural materials as much as possible, Mary also likes to re-use old odds and ends in her work. Beach combing finds are frequent focal points in her jewelry.

How fun is that? Living at the beach and taking her inspiration from the nature around her , recycling wherever possible - and I just love the bags that feature the seahorses and the starfish etc. You've got to take a peek at her gorgeous creations -

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Featured link-love favorites - Tatania Rosa!

The home of stylish tatting!

I must admit I had never heard of tatting until recently......At a Holiday party at a friends' house I admired some very delicate and beautiful christmas tree ornaments and was told that they had been made by various Great Aunts, Grandma's etc and were family heirlooms that came out of their box only at Christmas and were truly loved! They were white snowflakes - all different sizes shapes and designs :)

Then I found the Facebook link-love train and started discovering numerous talented artisans - amongst them Heather Buckman (Tatania Rosa) who very kindly offered to make me my first tatted snow flake ornament (which I bought as a gift but haven't quite managed to let go of yet !LOL!!).

And now my nephew is getting married and she has made me this gorgeous tatted bracelet - don't you just love the design and the little red beads? Its to go with the bride's outfit - but I know she will enjoy wearing it for many years to come. Do check out her designs......

Monday, February 22, 2010

Final clearance items posted on Cherrypik Jewels Facebook page

Do you ever just need a clear out? I do! I'd like to clear up some of my stock items to make room for new gems and new creations. So I've put some final clearance items up on Cherrypik Jewels facebook page -

Take a peek - and if you are interested drop me a line and I'll put them up on Etsy for you as a private sale! Many thanks for looking :)

These amethyst drops with green chalcedony rondelles, crystals and twisted blackened silver are now only $25 on final clearance

Monday's favorite link-love friends ....Elleellee

If its still pretty chilly where you are, check out these lovely hand made slippers and boottees by Elleellee.........I got mine in this lovely honeydew color and they are really soft and snug and wash well......

Elleellee - a combo of crochet, calligraphy, and clay delights. Check her out......

Sunday, February 21, 2010

featuring some of my favorite link-love friends

Here's Sunday's featured artist number 1 -Kelly A Masson over at Sewendless who works wonders with her sewing machine to create quality handbags, purses & totes - beautiful bags for adults and children....and she was kind enough to make me these delightful pyjamas which I really love. She is also a real pleasure to work with and made the process - ie selecting the fabric, finding the pattern etc really easy and I sooo appreciated her special details such as the co-ordinating piping, covered buttons and loved her personalized labels!!! A professional from A-Z. Check out her Etsy store and chat with her about custom items......

Monday, February 15, 2010

Giveaway from Ingelside Farms

This looks like a great idea From Ingelside Farms - handmade soaps encased in a natural sheeps felted wool case! A natural exfoliator and soap holder all in one!!! AND more excitingly here's an opportunity to enter to win all 5 colors or a make your own kit :) Take a peek and enter. I have......

Monday, February 8, 2010

Also 20 % off this lovely pair of chandeliers- ruby with gold filled chain, ball earwires, headpins etc.

Delighted to offer you and my facebook fans a 20% discount on my ruby and silver filagree earrings (on "Kibble2008") Just send me an email before purchase and I'll send you an adjusted invoice. Many thanks. Offer runs til 14th Feb 2010.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

And the giveaway winner is...............

Crocheted by Diana !

Many congratulations :) Please let me have your mailing details by email ( and I'll get your ruby and carnelian earrings in the mail to you.

Thanks for entering everyone..........Will definitely have another giveaway at 500 facebook fans.

Have a great day x

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wonderful to be able to report that my flower power earrings sold and the proceeds go to Hearts for Haiti on! Mailed them out to their new owner thismorning.

So.....been busy with house stuff last week........getting my head turned back to jewelry creating. Wondering what is your creative process? I am amazed at the beautiful and extremely creative items I am seeing as part of link love! And must admit I've had to just buy a few things for myself here and there!!!

For me.....I love looking through magazines etc and then thinking about the colors and stones I want to use, the shape of the finished piece and coming up with a design plan in my head. Then I lay out all the stones and see if they look good together and also to place sizes and shapes......Then I get going on making the item up.......and usually it evolves at this stage - sometimes quite a bit! it usually finishes up different from the plan I had originally imagined! How about you?

Also - last two days to sign up for the giveaway (ruby and carnelian earrings).......