Take a peek at these. You'll see them again when my next few patterns get published.
They are my new favorite earrings. Favorite, because they are so pretty and delicate and kind of perfect for me, but also favorite because they were made by an old friend, with whom I've compared crafty endeavors for years. She has a corporate job in advertising (which is where me met, about 20 years ago), but she's pretty much always made jewelry on the side.
She used to do it purely for fun, but as these things go, it's evolved and she's just begun the whole Etsy-Blogging-Facebook triple play, doing some of her own designs and taking custom orders to make whatever her clients dream up. (Giving credit where credit is due, the above were her designs., which I didn't dream up, but happily claimed as my own over Christmas.)
So, knowing her stuff is beautiful and knowing she's just entered this world, what kind of friend would I be if I didn't show you guys a little of her handiwork and encourage you to take a peek at her brand newish blog? She's Antiquity Travelers, and on her blog she likes to tell the stories behind certain designs she's made or stones she's found, which often have histories I never would have guessed. Plus she gets into a few details/personalities of her daily train-riding, jewelry-loving posse for whom she's made a few things.
And of course, there's usually pictures of things that go really well with a new sweater.
I don't have a lot to say yet about that pile of new swatches and sweaters, besides the fact that they will look so lovely with my new earrings, but I can tell you what's in my glass.
Drambuie Rob Roy
1.5 oz dry vermouth
1 oz Drambuie
1 oz scotch
splash of soda