December 9, 2009

Green Opal Bracelet

As a gardener, I really dislike garlic chives.....they are invasive and spread by root system and by seed. I made the mistake of planting them in my garden over seven years ago and I am still battling them today. Warning: Garlic Chives Are Invasive

I snapped the shot above at my husband's grandparent's farm in Waterville, Kansas. The farm has been abandoned for years and the flower beds are only tended a few times each year by visiting family members. The photo above is the garlic chives gone to seed at the farm.

They are really lovely with their black seeds against the straw colored stems. These little garlic chives have been growing in the flower beds and flourishing without any care, weeding, or water - AND they are thriving. This is where the invasive part comes in yet, again.... Caution: Garlic Chives Are Invasive

I have been busy filling custom orders for the Holidays - thank you all so much! I managed to squeeze in a little time to put this bracelet together made with faceted green opals. I added gold rondelles and beads for interest and a teardrop shaped natural pearl charm.

Those of you familiar with my work know that I like to throw in elements of "toughness" to my jewelry. It's my expression of the feminine - beautiful yet, tough - think Steel Magnolias... or Iron Jawed Angels...

To express this "toughness" I added a leather element to the closure, making a clasp of rawhide cord attached to the gold heart shaped clasp.

My last bouquet of cabbage roses from my garden. I adore them, they are a delicate pink - an old fashioned variety. I was so delighted to find one last group of blossoms in the month of November which is really rare for this time of year. Now these blossoms are dried and in my windowsill to remind me of Spring blossoms.

The Christmas tree is up, filled with silver and white balls and tiny mirrors in the shape of little birds, my favorite Christmas ornaments for my tree each year. A capiz shell star at the tip top of the tree and simple white lights seem perfect this year. My tree is contained in the Chrismas Tree corral my sweet husband made for me years ago. I'll try to take a few shots for you... it's really something special. It's of Czechoslavian design and provides the perfect place for presents under the tree.

We had our first snowfall last night that covered the pine tree branches with lovely white's beginning to look alot like Christmas in the prairie lands.... xo Julie


Riki Schumacher said...

The bracelet is lovely! Yes, please do post a picture of your tree and corral, would love to see it! Take care, Riki

Esther said...

beautiful bracelet julie:!! and your pictures, as always.. amazings!!

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Julie,

I love the photos in this post! The soft black and white with the touch of pink is so pretty. Not to mention your bracelet. Please post some pics of your Christmas tree. It sounds amazing.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lovely post, Julie... from the braclet you created to the roses to the description of the snow on the pines... very pretty.


Sheila :-)

Deb said...

Hi Julie
Such a gorgeous bracelet & I love the colour of the faceted green opals. Mirrors in the shape of birds on your Christmas tree sounds fabulous ~ will you post a picture?
We woke to our first real snowfall this morning too ♥
Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday. said...

I live in Lawrence, so have also enjoyed the late flowers. My last few blooms are on the table, no more now with the snow that fell this week. Oh well, we were so lucky to have them for so long! Not typical at all.


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Dorthe said...

Dear Julie,
The bracelet is so beautifull, -love the colour, --and the dried roses looks so alive and wonderfull.
Dear thoughts and hugs- wishing you all the best.
Love, Dorthe

Janean said...

beautiful! got it: Garlic Chives Are Invasive!!! *wink*

Oklahoma Granny said...

Julie, First let me say thank you for visiting my blog. I am humbled that you saw something you liked well enough to leave a comment and become a follower. I'm always curious about my visitors and just had to pop over. Your jewelry and your blog are gorgeous. I'll be back for sure. Wishing you a blessed day.

Jodie LeJeune said...

Oh Julie,
I am sooo in love with this post of yours. Your photos are gorgeous, your jewelry is magnificant and your roses are breathtaking. The perfect combination!!!
I'm happy you are having a white Christmas. I hope it's a happy, safe and blessed one~
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