Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Countdown to Mother's Day Gift Guide in Rhapsody, Mulberry and shades of Chateau Rose

Mother's Day is just around the corner and with Blue Expressions' Countdown to Mother's Day posts you can easily find a gift for mom.

I also want to remind everyone of my fabulous Mother's Day Giveaway going on right Now!
It is FREE to enter and take a chance of winning 2 12 x 8 inch Fine Art Photographs Enter Here

My favorite finds in Rhapsody,  Mulberry and shades of Chateau Rose:

3 ct tw Sterling Blue Topaz and Amethyst Band Ring
Zig-zag zest. This majestic sterling silver ring alternates blue topaz baguettes with round faceted amethyst gemstones. Prong set in sterling, the sparkling stones have been situated for dramatic effect. A smooth, highly polished, tapered band completes the design.

* Sterling silver

* Blue Topaz and Amethyst

* Size 7

* Width, 14mm

* Measures approximately 3/8"L x 3/4"W.

* Total gemstone weight is approximately 3.00 carats. ~Diane's Dangles
A set of 12 (5.47" x 4.21") Postcards 

Beautiful French themed Postcard Mother in a Garden teaching Daughter with Roses and Mother Mary in Background "Be strong and Courageous... for the Lord, your God will be with you wherever you go." Christian encouragement and guidance . Handmade but with a vintage theme. Created using a combination of filters, scanned images of vintage postcards that were digitally restored and combined for a whimsical vintage feel. Back side has the old fashioned Lettering "Postcard" and a stamp-box designed with the Postcards In The Attic Logo. Great to Send or give away the collection as a beautiful gift. ~Postcards In The Attic
Fall in love with this purple pearl necklace. It is beaded with both dark and light purple smooth glass pearls, black glass beads and four large earthy magnesite gemstones. Scattered between the pearls and gemstones are tiny metallic purple seed beads. 

The necklace has a diamond shaped mosaic magnesite pendant. The colors in the mosaic magnesite pendant and large round stones are an array of purples, black and white. Because the necklace is a mixture of both dressy pearls and casual stones, you can wear it with most anything. Handmade by The Singing Beader. One of a kind with only one for sale. 

The length of the necklace is short at 16.5” (41.9cm), with a 1” sterling silver extension chain. Due to the short length, it may fit more like a choker for some wearers. Necklace fastens with a gunmetal colored trigger clasp and jump ring. Necklace is double crimped for durability. ~The Singing Beader
Created with glowing pewter flower charms and sparkling Swarovski crystals, the one of a kind SPRING BEAUTIES handmade earrings are perfect for when you need a warm weather jewelry pick-me-up.  The lovely charms were individually artisan designed and hand cast from lead free pewter. They have a raised blooming flower (maybe a freesia?) design for lovely texture with a bit of darker patina to bring out the details.  To add magnificent sparkle, five colors of faceted Swarovski crystal bicones were carefully wire wrapped on sterling silver to dangle below the flower charms. The purple and pink crystals represent early spring flowers with a green crystal stem.  The color are: amethyst purple, violet, rose pink, light rose pink and olivine green. There is quite a bit of movement in these earrings, so just imagine how they will sparkle and glitter when you wear them! Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog designs, the one of a kind SPRING BEAUTIES were created for the woman who loves to wear original artisan jewelry. ~Shadow Dog Designs

Pretty and totally natural, pink rhodonite and rose pearl bracelet brings to mind the freshness of spring. Rhodonite is a lovely gemstone with a rich pink color that is often lined with a black matrix. I really liked the rustic appeal of these chips of rhodonite which will add a BOHO trend to the look. Paired with the rhodonite chips I selected large, flat-sided mabe pearls that have been enhanced to a rose color. The mabe pearls are a smooth dome on one side and flat on the other which also lends a rustic appeal. The flat side is where the pearl was attached to the mother shell. Small Bali silver spacers were added to each side of the pearls. The stones and pearls were strung onto stainless steel memory wire to create a multi-wrapped look which is a hot trend in jewelry. The beauty of memory wire is that it is so easy to wrap on, and wrap off and will retain it's shape. Great for those who struggle with clasps and toggles. Another plus is that they are a one size fits all bracelet.

This bracelet was made to wrap around an average sized wrist at least 4 times and is a substantial weight. The bracelet will come packaged in an organza pouch. ~Kats All That
If you or someone you know is or was a cheerleader then this cheerleader Christmas ornament is the perfect gift to give yourself or a friend. Spark some childhood memories for that high school football team you once cheered for.

This cheerleader Christmas ornament was cut out of 1/4" Birch plywood by hand (Handmade) using a scroll saw. This ornament features two cheerleaders cheering with their pompoms for their football team in a 3-3/4" diameter circular shaped Christmas ornament. A various color fabric ribbon is attached for ease of hanging on your tree. A natural color Danish oil finish was applied to bring out the natural beauty of the wood as well as to protect its natural beauty for many years of memories and enjoyment. 

Measures 3-3/4" diameter by 1/4" thick Birch wood ~Kevs Krafts

Amethyst Charm Bracelet Set is for the woman who loves purple or for the woman born in February. This gemstone bracelet soothes you and allows you to meditate.

The charms are all lead-free:

tree of life – wish for longevity

4 leaf clover – wish for luck

love – wish for love

All of these wishes are included in this perfect bracelet set – a gift for a friend who means a lot to you.

Amethyst Charm Bracelet Set comes on stretchy cord. ~Linor Store
Sweet, but not too cute, this pretty pink dog bandana is perfect for Spring, Summer, Valentine's Day or any occasion. Handmade of cotton fabric printed with a geometric flower medallion pattern that resembles chrysanthemums or daisies in white on a pink background.

This Collar Slipcover-style Bandana is Ready to Ship in size MEDIUM: 6 inch drop x 16 inch casing

>> This bandana is a retired design and is priced for clearance.

COLLAR SLIPCOVER BANDANAS are worn over your pet's existing collar so that you can change the look without changing collars. To wear the slipcover, slide your pet's collar through the casing at the top. On the end near the buckle is a buttonhole for the leash loop/D-ring and tags to slide through so that the entire collar is covered. This also helps to prevent the slipcover from sliding around on the collar.~Sew Amazin
These are very pretty rainbow colored dichroic fused glass dangle earrings that have a gorgeous metallic shine. The narrow rectangular glass earrings have brilliant metallic colors streaked with pink, blue, violet, gold and green! The sweeping patterns of color in this stunning handmade jewelry capture the rainbow just for you!  The dichroic earrings are very light weight and are fitted with high quality sterling silver pinch bail ear wires with nice lever backs. The lever backs will prevent the earrings from accidentally falling out of the ears.  The earrings dangle very nicely and flash their stunning rainbows everywhere.

The dichroic glass in these earrings was kiln fired to 1350 degrees Fahrenheit, which leaves the dichroic surface with a nice metallic mat texture.

The earrings measure .3 inches wide (10 mm) and dangle 1.5 inches (40 mm) from the top of the ear wires to the bottom of the dichroic glass. ~Umeboshi

Etched transparent light amethyst purple handmade lampwork glass beads wrapped with fine silver and a frosted handmade beach glass bead finish.

These gorgeous handmade beads are made using transparent light amethyst. It is a yummy rich purple color! I added a splash of .999 fine silver wrapped around the middle of the beads to make them pop! These gorgeous jewelry beads have been etched for a frosted handmade sea glass bead finish. ~Cover Girl Beads
Pink, Blue and Purple Handmade Polymer Clay Beaded Statement Necklace
Style: Necklace
Materials: Polymer, pearls, seed beads, plated metal
Size: 24 inches
Stock: Hoppy Taw
Blue Morning Expressions
Hoppy Taw

Yeah, that's what I named this polymer clay piece featuring my kaleidoscope canes on large cookie shaped disk beads. 

The Hoppy Taw was a staple of my childhood. No self respecting 3rd grader ever played hopscotch at school without a Hoppy Taw of one's own. They seemed to be magical and could make you stand on one leg a lot longer. This silly thick rubber disk was some marketing genius's bread and butter. In fact, it wasn't until a couple years ago that I even checked to see if it was really called a Hoppy Taw or if that was some misheard lyric type situation of childhood. It was in fact called just that. ~Blue Morning Expressions
Perfect for nature lovers, this fox woodland necklace is an eye-catching handmade piece featuring an artisan-made fox pendant, blue sponge quartz, silver freshwater pearls, crescent organic seeds, and sterling silver beads and clasp. The pendant was made by a talented polyclay artist in the USA, and is stamped with the outline of a sweet fox sitting with its tail curled around its paws. The fox is outlined in brown with silvering throughout its body, and the background is a bluish teal. The effect is very charming, and the pendant should delight anyone who loves foxes, like me!

To celebrate this sweet woodland animal, I chose beads that brought together elements of the natural world: 
• Blue for water or the sky
• Brown for the forest (especially the organic seed beads) and to echo the fox's outline
• Silver to enhance the fox's color and also suggest winter or moonlight.

Most of the time when working on this statement necklace, I imagined a fox under a wintery sky drinking from a pond ~Pretty Gonzo
These beautiful heart shaped dangle earrings for women are an affordable extravagance! The chandelier earrings are lovingly handcrafted with quality materials like artisan made lamp work heart beads, Swarovski crystals and silver links. The 3 inch long crystal earrings close with sterling silver ear wires with genuine amethyst gemstones. These statement earrings are a visual treat! The long earrings are the perfect gift for women! ~Blonde Peach Jewelry
This cloth is simplicity at its best. The one word Golf, at its’ center, says it all. This versatile cloth can be used in the kitchen, bath, or even in a golf bag to use to clean golf balls. The cloth is a design by Allison Barrett, is hand knit in 100% cotton yarn and measures approximately 10 inches by 12 inches. This is a great gift to tuck in a gift basket, or bag, and will also please your favorite golfer. As always, machine wash in cold water and tumble dry on a low setting to minimize fading and shrinkage. 
I will be happy to make this cloth in the color of your choice if you contact me, via Etsy or email, with your request. ~Holly Knitter Creation
These Romantic earrings would be a beautiful accessory with any Summer outfit, or for any occasion. Each earring consists of an 18mm x 12mm Violet Lilly, enhanced with 4mm and 8mm Violet Opal Swarovski Crystals; accented with Sterling Heishi Flowered spacers. The earrings are attached to Sterling hooks, using a Bali designed tip stick. ~Magdalene Jewels 
Cotton Flower Scarf - Filet Crochet Design - Pink Flowers with Crochet Web - RSS Designs In Fiber Hand-Crocheted this Womens Floral Scarf!

Handmade 100% Cotton Lace is Great for Warmer times - Spring, Summer, Fall!

-- 70 Inches Long - 10 Inches Wide
-- 6 Flowers - with 5 Crochet Web - the length of the Scarf
-- Each Flower is 8 Inches High by 9 Inches Wide
-- Each Crochet Web is 4 Inches by 4 Inches
-- Scalloped Edge - all around - is 1/2 Inch Wide

70 Inches Long is a good length for wrapping it around your neck and having the ends with the Flowers showing - hanging down, as in the 1st Photo - or even around your shoulders! ~RSS Designs In Fiber
Pretty in pink, Swarovski crystals embellish these beautiful earrings set in pink glass seed beads sporting a diamond shape. The pink swarovski crystals are so sparkly and compliment these earrings to the fullest! ~Lady Green Eyes Jewelry
"Bee on Deep Purple Lavender Spike" A photograph of beautiful lavender spikes in a rich deep purple. A wonderful little bee combs through the tiny blossoms looking for pollen.

New Mexico July 2017


This listing is for up to 16 x 24 inches (also offered in additional sizes up to 30 x 40 inches as a custom order) if you are looking for larger sizes please email me. 

Note: the natural dimensions are in a ratio of 2:3. 
If you are looking for minimum cropping select options that use 
this factor i.e 4x6, 8x12, 10x15, 12x18, 16x24, etc.


ShadowDogDesigns said...

What a wonderful post, Colleen. Love your color choices. Thank you for adding my earrings into the mix and for the extra backlinks. Off to bed in a few minutes so will share the post and the individual items with the world tomorrow. Thanks, again!

PrettyGonzo said...

Thanks so much for this lovely blog post, and for including my fox necklace. Will share the post and select items on G+, Twitter, and Pinterest. :)

Donna SewAmazin said...

Colleen, Thanks so much for including Keli and our pink dog bandana in your this countdown to Mothers Day blog post. Pinned each item and shared the post.

Pamela Baker said...

Thank you Colleen - Any Mother would love to have any one of these beautiful items featured in your Blog!!! Thank you for including my Violet Lily Earrings - definitely will be promoting all!!!

Connie Morilak said...

Thank you, Colleen. So many beautiful gifts for Mother's Day! I have shared each to my Pinterest board and shared your blog on FB. Thank you for including my purple magnesite choker necklace!

Ruth Sandra Sperling of RSS Designs In Fiber said...

Lovely and thorough descriptions of some Handmade and Vintage items that would make great Mother's Day Gifts! Thanks for including my Pink Lace Flower Scarf (or Dresser Scarf)! Will be sharing around!

KatsAllThat Artisan Jewelry said...

I love your choices for this weeks countdown. Thank you so much for including my Rose pearl and rhodonite bracelet. Will be promoting!

Julie l. Cleveland said...

Thank you SO much for including my Hoppy Taw necklace with all these other great gift ideas for mom. Have shared everyone of them and the post!