Friday, April 29, 2016

Mother's Day Countdown 2016 Week 9

 It's time we said good-bye for this Mother's Day Countdown
Hopefully, you have completed your shopping
If not, hurry up and shop from these wonderful selections. 
PS -  Countdown to Christmas 2016 is ONLY 19 weeks away!


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Black is Black

Black is about as classic and classy as you can get. This color adds sophistication to your designs or your art, and those who love black know that it is flattering and easily accessorized. Everything goes with black, and black is not only for goth, it is for  elegant wear. It is at home at upscale parties and downtown nightclubs. Some of the  most expensive gemstones come in black, and that lends to its exclusivity.

Black Opal

The rarest of all opals and more expensive than black diamonds. This stunning gemstone is  filled with fire and color. This gemstone comes from Australia, and October babies sparkle and shine in opal.
Black Opal

Black Diamond

The second most expensive gemstone. Since the diamond starts as a black stone, you would think there would be more of them, but there are not. They hail from Brazil and the Central African Republic. Like any other diamond, they are the birthstone of the April child.

Black Beryl

The more pure a piece of beryl is, the clearer it is, so a black beryl is filled with impurities. They come from Madagascar and Mozambique, and even though they are not as rare as a red beryl, they are still very rare.

Black Pearl

Black pearls are known as Tahitian pearls, and they are rare. My grandmother went to Hawaii one year and opened an oyster. She got a pair of pearls. One was white and one was black. It was a beautiful  stone. The oyster  may not have felt the same way. February and November lay claim to the pearl as one of their birthstones.
Black Pearl

Black Sapphire

The same stone that gives us the ruby is called a sapphire when it is any other color than red. The traditional sapphire is a blue stone, but a black sapphire is not unheard of. These  stunning stones are translucent with a six star shine throughout them that is beautiful. The sapphire is the birthstone of the September child.


While all of these hard to find stones are equally gorgeous, there are plenty of more common black gemstones that can be found in today’s jewelry design.  The black garnet, zircon and onyx are more readily available. Additionally, designers like to use tourmaline, spinel, moonstone, obsidian (the cabin I lived in was called Obsidian Point because the ground was filled with arrowheads made from the abundance of lava from volcanoes), jasper, hematite and jet.
If you are looking for something classy and elegant, take a look at these beautiful black offerings from handmade artists and designers.

Black MultiColor Hat and Scarf Set

RSSDesignsinFiber
Black MultiColor Hat and Scarf Set, Neckwarmer Scarf and Hat Set, Handmade Adult Winter Accessory, Crochet Hat, Crochet Scarf

Cover fits Brother Scan n Cut

SimpleEmbroiderySew
Cover fits Brother Scan n Cut

Cat Or Kitten Wood Wall Art Decor Handmade From Oak Wood Framed In Black Lacquer

KevsKrafts


Silvertone Bracelet Brown and Black Lampwork Bead Handmade

 Bluemorningexpressions
Silvertone Bracelet Brown and Black Lampwork Bead Handmade

Fashion Doll Evening Gown OOAK 11.5" Black and Gold dress with ruffle and pearl-like trims 11 1/2 inch doll gown

ennadoolf
Fashion Doll Evening Gown OOAK 11.5" Black and Gold dress with ruffle and pearl-like trims 11 1/2 inch doll gown

Bone Skulls and Black Agate Halloween Unisex Bracelet or Necklace

KatsAllThat
Bone Skulls and Black Agate Halloween Unisex Bracelet or Necklace

Black Bear Cup Pentley Southwest Photo by Pouis M. Kis 1980's Vintage Postcard

Postcardsintheattic
Black Bear Cup Pentley Southwest Photo by Pouis M. Kis 1980's Vintage Postcard

Spa Party Favor Tags - Nail Polish Gift Tags

Adorebynat
Spa Party Favor Tags - Nail Polish Gift Tags

Dappled Gold and Black Dichroic Glass Cabochon Earrings

Umboshi
Round Dangling Black and Gold Dichroic Glass Handmade Earrings

Black and White Polymer Clay Stretch Bracelet

Wyverndesigns
Black and White Polymer Clay Stretch  Bracelet

Black Obsidian Blue Amazonite Faceted Gemstone Choker Necklace

DianesDangles
Black Obsidian Blue Amazonite Faceted Gemstone Choker Necklace

Good Luck Earrings

PrettyGonzo
Good Luck Earrings, Figa Hand Charm, Black Obsidian, White Quartz Beads, Crystals, Handmade Beaded Dangles, Bohemian Jewelry

Black Onyx Necklace

BlondePeachJewelry


Black Onyx Necklace, White Glass Beads, Short Necklace, Handcrafted Necklace, Silver, Choker Necklace, Black Necklace, Gemstone Necklace

Black Onyx Teardrop Earrings

ShadowDogDesigns
Stylish handmade black onyx teardrop, Czech glass and sterling earrings.

Trick or Treat Black Cats Reversible Collar Slipcover Dog Bandanas

SewAmazin
Trick or Treat Black Cats Reversible Collar Slipcover Dog Bandanas

Handmade OOAK Kyanite Necklace With Swarovski Crystals

Solanakaidesigns
Handmade OOAK Kyanite Necklace With Swarovski Crystals, Banded Agate and Silver


Don't see what you are looking for?
You will find more gift ideas from these designers and artists here:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Red is for Passion
Green with Envy
Think Pink
Who has Time for the Blues?
Orange You Glad it’s Getting Warmer?
You are My Sunshine
Royally Purple
Feel free to reach out and ask the artists and designers if they could make something just for you.
Enjoy
Julie and Blu


Friday, April 22, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Royally Purple

Okay, who does not like purple? I know a few of us use it in a majority of our designs, and why not? Purple is the  color of royalty because it was so expensive to produce. Remember my Snail Spit post a few years ago? http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/04/oh-snail-spit-and-drama.html
Here are some of the most expensive purple stones I could find.

Alexandrite

This stone is capable of changing colors and is derived from chrysoberyl. It may appear purple at night, but green during the day. It can run $45,000 per carat. It is the birthstone of  the June babies.
Alexandrite

Taaffeite

This purple gemstone was not even discovered to be purple until it was cut open and faceted. It is also available in red. It is considered the rarest of all gemstones.  
Taaffeite

Purple Garnet

Most people are familiar with the red garnet, but there is a purple version of this pretty stone. It is the blue garnet (which is the rarest of garnets) under an incandescent light. It can run $3,000 a carat. The garnet is a January birthstone.
Purple Garnet

Tanzanite

This is one of my all time favs. It was discovered in Tanzania in 1967, and up until then, the blue version was the most commonly seen. It is a variety of the zoisite and today’s  December baby gets to claim it as theirs.

Tanzanite

Purple Apatite

This group of minerals are a good source of phosphorus and commonly found in fertilizer. Apatite is usually found as a green stone, but the purple version is a translucent or transparent stone that has a  glassy luster and a lot of clarity.
Purple Apatite

In addition to these lovely and expensive purples, we have the most commonly used purple stones like amethyst, purple flourite, purple topaz, agate, chalcedony, jade and jasper. Most of us use some form of these purples when we design jewelry.
Here are some even more lovely lavenders to enjoy! Get out on the royal side and buy them all!

Purple Flower Celtic Woven Mat

RSSDesignsinFiber

Galaxy Swirl Lentil Beads Set of 5 Handmade Polymer Clay

Wyverndesigns

Purple Beaded Bracelet Marsala Charm Bracelet

TreasuresofJewels
Purple Beaded Bracelet Marsala Charm Bracelet Swarovski Crystal Bracelet Victorian Jewelry Edwardian Jewelry Downton Abbey

Wizard of Oz Tag for Party Favor Bag Label

AdorebyNat
Wizard of Oz Tag for Party Favor Bag Label

Grandma and Me Embroidered Apron Set

SimplyEmbroiderySew
Grandma and Me Embroidered Apron Set
Collectible Thimble
Bluemorningexpressions
Collectible Thimbles, China Thimble, Handmade Thimble, Thimble Collection, Flower Thimble, Polymer Clay Thimble, Butterfly Thimble
Infinity Scarf Fingerless Glove Set Purple Sparkle Caron Simply Soft Party
Jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy
Infinity Scarf Fingerless Glove Set Purple Sparkle Caron Simply Soft Party

Huge Purple Magnolia Purple Leather Flower Handmade Large Statement Ring

PostcardsintheAttic

Peace Symbol Dreamcatcher Handmade From Walnut Wood With Multi-Colored Peace Beads
KevsKrafts


Purple Fluorite Gemstone Swarovski Crystal Silver Beaded Earrings

DianesDangles
Purple Fluorite Gemstone Swarovski Crystal Silver Beaded Earrings

Bunny Flip Purple Easter Scrunchie style Dog Bandana

SewAmazin
Bunny Flip Purple Easter Scrunchie style Dog Bandana

Purple and White Brazilian Banded Agate Faceted Gemstone Necklace

KatsAllThat
Purple and White Brazilian Banded Agate Faceted Gemstone Necklace

Purple Lampwork Earrings

PrettyGonzo
Purple Lampwork Earrings, Silver Dangles, Swarovski Pearls and Crystals, Elegant Versatile Handmade Jewelry, Sterling Wires and Beads
Purple Flower Handmade Earrings
ShadowDogDesigns
Unique purple flower and orange sponge coral handmade earrings.

Wire Wrap Earrings

BlondePeachJewelry
Wire Wrap Earrings, Purple Earrings, Amethsyt Earrings, Gemstone Earrings, Short Earrings, Handcrafted Earrings, Gold and Crystal, Unique

Jasmine Flower Dangle Earrings

SolanakaiDesigns
Jasmine Flower Dangle Earrings, Post Earrings, Floral Drop Earrings, Swarovski Dangle Earrings, Purple Flower Earrings, Solana Kai Designs

Rock and Roll Music Bottle Cap Necklaces With Ball Chains

TheSingingBeader

Are you feeling royal yet?
Don't see what you are looking for?
You will find more gift ideas from these designers and artists here:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Red is for Passion
Green with Envy
Think Pink
Who has Time for the Blues?
Orange You Glad it’s Getting Warmer?
You are My Sunshine
Feel free to reach out and ask the artists and designers if they could make something just for you.
Enjoy
Julie and Blu

Friday, April 15, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

You are My Sunshine

Yellow is happy and bright. Yellow makes you smile even when you don’t wanna. Yellow is warm and nurturing. It is the color of the sun in the summer and the bright petals on a  sunflower. Everyone loves yellow. Even when yellow can be a little dangerous and send a warning out to you, you are still drawn to it.

Yellow Diamond

Did you know that the yellow diamond is the most common color in diamonds? It’s just that for whatever reason, people prefer the white ones. The diamond is the birthstone of April babies.
Yellow Diamond

Yellow Spinel

This stone is normally a red stone, and they are quite often used as a ruby substitute. However, they are available in yellow, and yellow is a very rare color for these stones. That makes them sought after by collectors.
Yellow Sphene

Cymophane

Cymophane is the name given to chrysoberyl when it is yellow instead of green. They are the third hardest stone and are sought out for their chatoyancy. They are known as cat’s eye stones and this was once the June birthstone.
Cymophane

Yellow Topaz

If you lived in the Middle Ages, you called all yellow stones topaz, but now the word topaz is anything that is siliate regardless of the color. Yellow topaz is also known as precious topaz, and it can be found in Brazil.
Yellow Topaz
Other yellow stones that are commonly found in jewelry include amber, yellow jade, sunstone, yellow beryl, citrine, agate and flourite.

Vase of Roses Fiber Art - Irish Crochet Flower Art D├ęcor

RSS Designs in Fiber


Tiny Yellow Flowers Earrings Handmade Silver Ear Wires

Wyverndesigns
Tiny Yellow Flowers Earrings Handmade Silver Ear Wires Made in America

Labrador Retriever Christmas Tree Ornament

KevsKrafts
Labrador Retriever Christmas Tree Ornament Handmade From Poplar Wood Black Lab, Yellow Lab, Golden Lab, Chocolate Lab

Owl Flower Earrings

SolanakaiDesigns
Owl Earrings, Orange Owl Earrings, Mustard Orange Earrings, Copper Owl Earrings, Owl Flower Earrings, Solana Kai Designs, Portland Oregon

Collectible Thimbles

Bluemorningexpressions

Kippah for Women Gold and White Pearl 4"

lindab142
Kippah for Women Gold and White Pearl 4

Antique Postcard Easter Wishes Beautiful Spring Country Cottage Scene 1920 Skecher Publishing

Postcardsintheattic
Antique Postcard Easter Wishes Beautiful Spring Country Cottage Scene 1920 Skecher Publishing

Noah’s Ark Rainbow Water Bottle Labels

AdorebyNat


Wire Wrapped Boho Handcrafted Dichroic Glass Dangle Earrings w Swarovski Crystals
Umeboshi
One-of-a-kind Dichroic Glass Dangle Earrings by Umeboshi
Yellow Sunflower Czech Glass Handmade Earrings
ShadowDogDesigns

Cute Owl Earrings

PrettyGonzo
Cute Owl Earrings, Colorful Shell, Blue Crystals, Yellow Jade, Sterling Silver Beads Hooks, Summer Beach Dangles, Whimsical Birds Handmade
Opaque Bright Acid Yellow Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads
CovergirlBeads
Opaque Bright Acid Yellow Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads 416 Silver Etched

Kitty Cat Face Head Pendant Necklace Yellow Blue Lampwork

TheSingingBeader
Cat Head Pendant Necklace Yellow Blue Lampwork Hello Kitty Bow
Coffee Cup Sleeve
SewAmazin
Tie Dye Doggie Bones Coffee Cup Sleeve | SewAmazin

Golden Yellow Citrine Quartz Nugget Beads Polished Large 8" strand Jewelry Making Supplies

Beadsouk


See? Now, didn’t that make you smile?
Don't see what you are looking for?
You will find more gift ideas from these designers and artists here:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Red is for Passion
Green with Envy
Think Pink
Who has Time for the Blues?
Orange You Glad it’s Getting Warmer?


Feel free to reach out and ask the artists and designers if they could make something just for you.
Enjoy
Julie and Blu
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