Gems like Candy

I came across Elle a Belle Designs awhile back and fell in love with the delicious gemstones she uses. They are absolutely yummy looking, in their various bold candy-like colors. She uses lovely stones like chalcedony and amethyst, and other gemstones with shades such as pink, aqua and purple. They’re perfect for the gal who simply has to have her jewelry match her outfit. I think you’d be hard pressed to not find a piece in all her collections to match every item you own.

My current favorite is this Waterfall Necklace of Aqua Chalcedony, Apatite and Sterling Silver:


The colors are so refreshing and cool. Can’t you almost feel a mist from a waterfall looking at it?


Art with a new Purpose

If you haven’t heard of zJayne, you haven’t heard of one of my favorite recycling/repurpose artists. What repurpose means is to take a product that had a former life, and give it a new purpose. In zJaynes’ case she takes all sorts of embellishments from jewelry findings, to vintage collage pieces, and other materials and turns them into altered art dolls. zJayne also has an entire line of recycled bags made from–get this—t-shirts! I love that zJayne is giving items a new life and saving them from being part of an already over-burdened trash heap. She proves that old does not equal junk, and a that having good eye combined with technique makes a successful artist.

Here’s my latest favorite Altered Art Doll Assemblage by zJayne called “Madonna Noire” It’s absolutely exquisite!