Wednesday, December 6, 2017

7th Annual Ornament Blog Hop

abstract photo of Christmas tree
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
Welcome to the 7th Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop sponsored by Heather Powers of HumblebeadsThis is an inclusive creative challenge. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice themed decorations along with traditional Christmas ornaments are all possibilities. The idea is to have fun.
The instructions were simple:
Create an ornament using handmade components or art beads.

Pretty snow globe
 Pretty snow globe - Photo by Darren Coleshill on Unsplash
I have been saving Altoid tins for a number of years. I like to have them on hand to ship delicate pieces of jewelry and I store bead mixes in them too. Recently, I had been toying with the idea of making Christmas ornaments from them. I have collected a few ideas of what other folks have done with Altoid boxes here on Pinterest. There are also several tutorials there. After gathering ideas and reading several tutorials, I decided that my Altoid tin ornament will be centered around a cute snow globe 3D sticker that I found. I have always loved snow globes. I guess that is because over the years, I received a number of them as gifts at Christmas time.

Altoid Tin Ornament by BayMoonDesign
Altoid Tin Ornament by BayMoonDesign
I also save Christmas cards that I think are especially pretty. I went through my collection of cards and found a silver card with embossed snow flakes. I used that card as the background on the ornament and to cover the back and sides of the tin.  I dug into my collection of art beads and found a turquoise ceramic with a red heart on it.  I believe it was sent as a decoration on box containing an Art Bead from Mary Harding. Her packages are so pretty!  The colors in the bead matched the colors in the snow globe.   I found a couple of other complimentary beads to add.  I used beading wire and crimp beads to connect them.  Before attaching them to the Altoid tin I used a hole punch and placed two small holes which I centered on the bottom of the tin prior to attaching any paper to the tin.  I opened a jump ring and inserted into the two holes, and then closed the jump ring.  This is where I attached my strand of turquoise and red beads.  I then covered the top, bottom, and sides with the silver paper and Modge Podge.  I used scraps of silver Christmas trim, snowflakes that I made from paper, wooden ivy, and added some bling.  I ran a piece of red ribbon around the outside to add some more color.  I plan to give one of my best friends this for her family Christmas tree.

Photo by Taylor Franz on Unsplash

Now go and grab a hot beverage and sit back and enjoy seeing what ornament other folks made for this 7th Annual blog hop.  A special thanks to Heather Powers of for organizing this.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Art Bead Scene Challenge for November

oil painting  Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill By: Armand Guillaumin
Title: Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill

By: Armand Guillaumin
Date: 1906
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Every month the Art Bead Scene challenges their readers to create jewelry inspired by the featured artwork. This month the inspiration piece is Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill by Armand Guillaumin. It is an impressionistic oil painting. 
As soon as I saw this painting, I knew that I was in this challenge.  I love the subdued colors in it.  It also has a lot of purple.  I love purple.  I have a few pendants with purple that I considered using.  But one day, I happened upon Michelle Ann McCarthy's purple leaves and I fell in love with them immediately.  I think they are perfect for this challenge.

Purple Leaf Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Purple Leaf Earrings by BayMoonDesign

A few years ago, I would have stayed away from these leaves because they had those tiny wire loops in the top that I don't like to see in a finished piece of jewelry. Now, I can work with them because I mastered a few ways of covering them. One of my favorite ways to do this, I used when I created these earrings.  I 
created 4 three jump ring rosettes. They are easy to make.  Just open one jump ring and attach it to another, add a third jump ring though the center of both the first jump rings.  For some reason, I have a large collection of black jump rings and I saw this as an opportunity to use a dozen of them. I knew I was bound to have the right size in this large jump ring collection. 

I love the purple leaf earrings that I created.   The plum color in the leaves contrasts with the bold black and white part in the leaf design. I highlighted the handmade ceramics by using blacked bronze jump ring rosettes and ear wires.  I also added a round bead that is the same plum color.

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

I am thankful for my loyal customers and I am offering free shipping from now through Dec. 20, 2017 when you spend a minimum of $20 in my BayMoonDesign shop.  Just use the coupon code YULE 2017 when you checkout.  You can even snag these purple earrings if you are quick!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

We're All Ears :: November Inspirational Quotes

Photo by Ashley Batz on Unsplash
For November's We're All Ears Challenge, we able to choose at least one of these four quotes below and make a pair of earrings that illustrate the message.  I love inspirational quotes so I knew I was up for this challenge.

I decided to select the quote C "When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top".  --unknown

This inspirational quote says so much about life and the choices we make. You can't give up, because the result will be worth the effort.  The journey is often filled with trials, obstacles, and difficulties. Getting to the top is a very special feeling. Know that your efforts in getting there will pay off.   Don’t ever give up. Once you achieve the pinnacle, you will be rewarded.

This quote reminds me of the times that I have been hiking up a mountain.  The climb is difficult and I am tired.  I start to wonder if I can reach the top.  I don't give up easily so I can't think of a time when I did turn around and head back.  I also remember that the view at the top on all of these occasions was worth the struggle uphill.

Textured Blue Ceramic Earrings by BayMoonDesign
These textured blue ceramic earrings were inspired by this quote and my personal experiences hiking.  The spiral in the  blue textured ceramics by by Marsha Neal Studio remind me of the struggle climbing .  It is like being in a maze and not knowing where you will end up.  Once you get out of the maze and continue the struggle up, you are rewarded with a refreshing pool of water ( the turquoise glass beads). The final view is on top of the mountain (the round) bead. It is a breathtaking view.

Photo by Sven van der Pluijm on Unsplash
It will be exciting to see everyone's take on the same message!

Monday, October 30, 2017

October's Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal

Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash
Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash
I am so lucky to be part of the the October's Art Elements Component of the month  reveal.  I won the opportunity to create with a very cute rabbit coin clasp made by Niky Sayers

coin clasp  Niky Sayers
coin clasp  Niky Sayers

 Niky  loves to make things with coins.  As soon as I saw this rabbit clasp, I knew that it would make a perfect clasp to go with a Humblebeads rabbit focal.  So I went about making a rabbit bracelet.

Rabbit Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Rabbit Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
I used pastel purple agate beads and some ceramic beads. The green and brown ceramic that I paired with the house is by Humblebeads is by Susan Kennedy.  This hare bracelet has the perfect clasp--the handmade silver rabbit clasp made by artisan Niky Sayers.   I made sterling silver in the links that I used to combine the beads.  The last loop I made fits nicely into Niky's hook which is on the underside of her clasp. 

Back side of rabbit clasp by Niky Sayers

 I think this is a unique one of a kind piece of art jewelry by Bay Moon Design with a unique handmade clasp.  What are your thoughts?

Please visit the others that are in this challenge to see what they created with the clasp.

Guest Designers
Kathy Lindemer  (HERE)
Art Element Team

Friday, October 27, 2017

October Art Bead Scene Challenge

Title: Madame De Pompadour  By: Francois Boucher
           Date: 1756  Medium: Oil on Canvas

color palette
October's Art Bead Scene Challenge is inspired by Madame De Pompadour.   Francois Boucher is the artist.  His colorful Rococo style portrait has rich colors.   Roccoco was developed in the early 18th century in Paris.   Rococo artists and architects used a more jocular, florid, and graceful approach to the Baroque.  

I focused on the colors in the painting rather than the content.  I love the light turquoise blue and deeper turquoise in the painting. For my color palette I decided to add the light flesh colors and peach colors to the blues.

Crocheted Seahorse Necklace by BayMoonDesign
 I used a lovely seahorse pendant by SheriMallery as my focal in the necklace.   I then enlarged the size of the focal by combining some textured beads, copper jump rings and copper spacers. 

I recently watched a Heather Powers video on bead crocheting. I have been wire crocheting necklaces and bracelets for years so I was interested in seeing a new style. I wasn't disappointed. Heather recommended using C-Lon .5mm or S-Lon medium weight thread and a 
crochet hook size 8 or 1.5mm.  and seed beads. Let me tell you--it is much easier on the hands to use thread compared to wire.  Right away I knew I had to get some of that thread.  Heather used a bead spinner to place the beads on the thread which is genius.  The key to using the spinner is to use a big eye needle with your thread to easily string your beads.  I didn't know about the needle and I was never able to use the spinner effectively.  It took some time to master the bead spinner, but it was worth the time investment.  I have mastered it and it saves a ton of time.  For this necklace  I strung 16″ of peanut seed beads before I started crocheting.  I recommend watching the Heather Powers video  for step by step directions.

Crocheted Seahorse Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I love the technique ! Give it a try and let me know how you like it. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

We're All Ears October Inspiration is the Harvest Moon

Photo of orange full moon by Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash
Photo by Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash

In 2017, the Harvest Moon fell in October. It is fitting that October's We're All Ears Inspiration is the Harvest Moon.

"Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we call the closest full moon to the autumn equinox the Harvest Moon. In 2017, the September equinox came on September 22. And the September full moon came early in the month, on the night of September 5-6 for the Americas. Thus, for the the Northern Hemisphere, the full moon of October 5 – the closest full moon to our autumn equinox – is our Harvest Moon." 

Photo of tractor in field by CloudVisual on Unsplash
Photo by CloudVisual on Unsplash
For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset resulting in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. Traditionally this aided farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops. Hence, it’s called the “Harvest” Moon! Additionally, the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise very near sunset for several nights in a row which makes it seem as if there are full Moons multiple nights in a row!
Harvest Moon Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Harvest Moon Earrings by BayMoonDesign
The orange color is just a trick of your eyes. The atmosphere at the horizon is a greater thickness than higher overhead. The increased thickness of the atmosphere at the horizon scatters blue light in the spectrum the most allowing red light to pass to your eyes which is why the hue will appear more yellow, orange or reddish.  After giving it some long thought, I decided to make earrings which involve the color orange.      
  TruePower punch and die set
TruePower punch and die set

Copper seemed like a good choice for the metal because of the orange color.  I pulled out my TruePower punch and die set and a sheet of copper.  I punched out 5/8 inch round discs and filed them a bit. 

Sizzix Moonlit Night embossing die
Sizzix Moonlit Night embossing die
I then used my Stampin' Up Big Shot to emboss the discs with Sizzix Moonlit Night embossing die. I always associate a full moon with the "Man in the Moon" so I carefully positioned the copper discs to pick up that image. I then dipped them in liver of sulfur to darken them a little and bring up the image. I finished the moon by rubbing a little Renaissance wax on them. I strung orange Czech glass rondelles with camo fire polished rondelles, copper beads, on copper wire. Nunn Design antique copper leverback ear wires seemed like a good choice to finish off these earrings. I am very happy with the way the earrings turned out.  More of my Bay Moon Design earrings can be found at in my online shop.  I will be adding these harvest moon earrings later this weekend.

Now, head over to Earrings Everyday reveal post to see how other artists were inspired by this month's theme. I know I'm looking forward to it.

Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash

Did you know that the Hunter's Moon, which is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon and will set the sky ablaze on November 3rd and 4th is a supermoon. This means that it will be even closer in orbit to the horizon causing it to appear HUGE! I am planning on view it. How about you?

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Free US Shipping for Columbus Day



Bay Moon Design has been busy creating some new jewelry and cards with fall in mind.  This is the time of year my customers are looking for jewelry, cards and gifts for such events as
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Birthdays
  • Weddings or bridal showers
  • Baby showers or new baby
It is never to early to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.  My inventory is at its best this weekend!

I put together this small sampling of some of some of my Autumn items.  I hope something catches your eye!  I am also tempting you further with free US shipping from now through Monday with a purchase of $19 or more with coupon code FREEUS.

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Tree Necklace

The tree necklace is inspired by nature. This handmade winter tree pendant has a blue and black background .  There is a handmade enameled leaf hanging from it.  I added a cute bird in nest toggle clasp. The clasp is pewter and made by an artisan.  I combined sari ribbon, handmade ceramic beads, and recycled glass beads to give the tree necklace an earthy and boho look. This statement art necklace is a perfect birthday or holiday gift for the nature lover!

orange bracelet framed
                    Leather Bracelet

Leather is hug this fall.  I added some leather bracelets and necklaces to my fall collection.

My earrings are my biggest seller and I am always adding more to my shop

lotus earringsz

What is my biggest seller?  These sterling silver lotus earrings. 

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Get ready for Fall events with a handmade card by Bay Moon Design

        Pretty Butterfly Wedding Card

These new designs plus others are available for purchase in my Bay Moon Design shop now. I am offering free shipping for US customers with Coupon Code FREEUS on orders $19 or more now through Monday October 9, 2017.   Don't forget that custom orders are welcome.  Please feel free to email me at

 I'm ready for Fall!  How about you?

Thank You for shopping at Bay Moon Design!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Inspiration found at the Harbor of Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais Harbor
Grand Marais Harbor
Many are attracted to the natural beauty of the Grand Marais, Minnesota area, making it a regional arts, music, and crafts hub, as well as he home of nonprofit educational institutions, such as the Grand Marais Art Colony and the North House Folk School, and art galleries featuring the work of local and regional artists.

Grand Marais Harbor
Grand Marais Harbor

It is a northern village located on the shores of Lake Superior, and a vibrant, bustling town. The population was 1,351. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes of North America. We drove here from Duluth, MN and I was amazed by how large Lake Superior is. It seems to go on forever. It is actually the size of South Carolina!

I went there with my husband and son.  We were in the area to celebrate my son's 29th birthday with a long weekend in the "wilderness".  Our first day took us on a walk along the shores of the harbor to the lighthouse.

The water is so clear you can see through to the bottom. I spotted this pretty leaf floating in the lake. The leaves are starting to turn here. The color reminded me of a pair of ceramics that I purchased from the Marsha Neal Studio.

Reddish Brown Ceramic Earrings by BayMoonDesign
They are reddish brown textured ceramics. I added a copper accent bead and used copper wire to wrap around the ceramics and add the copper beads.  Copper ear wires were a natural choice.  I love how the reddish brown color of the ceramics looks with the copper. The reddish brown ceramic earrings are available for purchase at my BayMoonDesign shop.

I think this poems reflects the season to the earrings and photo of the leaf. 

Maple by Daniel Human

glowing trees
the last hurrah

Friday, September 22, 2017

Inspiration from Quebec City

photo of Château Frontenac Hotel
Château Frontenac Hotel

I had the opportunity to visit Quebec City, Canada's oldest city. It was established as a French colonial outpost and founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608. I found lots of inspiration for those who appreciate the arts and history. Quebec City is the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec. The city has a population of about 500,000. Quebec City is located in the Saint Lawrence River valley, on the north bank of the Saint Lawrence River near its meeting with the St. Charles River. The surrounding area is low-lying and flat. As you look around at the river valley you can't help but notice the rich, arable soil, which makes this region the most fertile in the province. Quebec City's skyline is dominated by the massive Château Frontenac Hotel, perched on top of Cap-Diamant. Alongside the Château Frontenac is the Dufferin Terrace, a walkway along the edge of the cliff, offering beautiful views of the Saint Lawrence River. The Dufferin Terrace leads toward the nearby Plains of Abraham, site of the battle in which the British took Quebec from France.

Me, my camera, and new found friend
Me, my camera, and new found friend

I set off on my visit to old Quebec City with the intention of absorbing all of the history that I could. Armed with my camera and guidebook, I began in the historic Quebec area which is built on a plateau. Because of this topographic feature, the central and oldest area of the city is sometimes divided into upper and lower town. 

photo shoot
Photo Shoot in lower town Quebec City

I was struck by how beautiful and quaint the city is.  Apparently others feel the same way.  It was long before I spotted a professional photo shoot underway.  I was stunned by the beauty of the female model and the way the pleats in her skirt just flowed perfectly.  Then, I realized that the man behind her was part of the photo shoot.  I don't know where the photo will appear but I am thinking it is for Christmas time since they are in red and green.  

Everywhere you look, the streets are lined with colorful buildings.

Space Elephant by Salvador Dali
Space Elephant by Salvador Dali

Sculptures are found throughout the city.  I noticed this brass elephant on spindly, bone-like legs in front of the Château Frontenac. This Salvador Dali sculpture is part of the Galerie d’Art du Château Frontenac’s summer exhibit which ends in October 2017.  Known as the Space Elephant, the work also has an elongated pyramid sitting on its back. 

monument of Samuel Champain
Samuel de Champlain
This monument which honors Samuel Champlain, who founded the city is one of Quebec City's most spectacular landmarks.  The enormous monument was built in 1898, and consists of a stone base that is topped by a statue of Champlain. The four-sided base contains an elaborate sculpture of angels and religious icons, plus plaques in both English and French describing the origin of the statue and Champlain's accomplishments.  It is located on Dufferin Terrace - a central location near the Chateau Frontenac. It's a busy gathering space where thousands of locals and tourists converge to see the sights and enjoy the street performers and entertainers. 

This mural on the side of a building is incredibly detailed and lifelike.

Old Town Quebec City

When it comes to innovation I had to smile.  What fun to see these colorful balls strung across this old street!

Street Performer

Later in the day, I paused to listen to this street performer playing his harp and singing.  He has a great life.  He spends half of the year in Chile where he from and the other half here.  I am guessing he is in Chile in Canada's winter!

Everywhere you look in the city you will spot lovely flowers.

old doors and windows
Even the old doors and windows are appealing and interesting.  They are part of the charm of this old city.

Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral
Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral
Churches dominate the city and contain wonderful works of art, many of which help to tell the history of Quebec,  Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral is the first church in the New World to be raised to a basilica.  It is a must see.

The connection between the first settlers to the New World and the New Nations is portrayed in this stained glass found in a local church.

Modern city of Quebec
Modern city of Quebec
The modern part of the city is enriched by art also.  This mural really livens up this gray building.

I don't know the background of this sculpture suspended over water but I love it!

by BayMoonDesign

Tree Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Tree Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I try to take a trip in the Fall to gather inspiration for my new line of jewelry.  This tree necklace was inspired by my trip to Glacier National Park in Montana last year.  The glaciers inspired the blue, black and white color palette.  The single leaf speaks to the leaves falling from the trees as winter approaches and the bare trees dominate the landscape.  It is available for purchase in my BayMoonDesign store.  I don't know what this trip will inspire yet because it isn't over.  I have lots of ideas floating in my mind.  What are your thoughts about what you have seen of Quebec?