Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I hope your week is going well so far. Things here have been busy (as usual) and I wanted to take a moment to let you know about some exciting news.
First of all, our Spring Fling Sale has started. From now until March 31st all Spring-themed items are 20% off! (No coupon code needed) Save on St. Patrick’s Day jewelry, floral pendants, nature-inspired jewelry and more!
Visit the Spring Sale section of my shop to see all the discounted items.
Secondly, I have several new designs to tell you about (all of which are included in the sale and currently 20% off!)
Sheep to Sweater / Fiber Fan Charm Necklace
My new Sheep to Sweater charm necklace is a tribute to fiber artists of all kinds. From the shepherd and their flock who produce the wool to the spinners to turn it into yarn and finally onto the needles of knitters like me, it takes many hands and many different skills to craft warm and cozy hand-knits.
While I always knew where yarn came from, I never really gave it much thought until I met a woman named Susie Gibbs. Susie is a former NYC news producer turned shepherdess who owns Juniper Moon Farms. I met Susie when she came to my LYS in 2011 to speak about her experiences (and her commercial line of really yummy yarns). I was so fascinated by her story that I became an avid fan of the Juniper Moon Farms blog and I have followed the adventures of Susie and her flock ever since. (I am also completely addicted to the Juniper Moon Farms yarns and knit with them whenever I can to make lovely scarves like this one!)
Anyway, the reason why I am tell you all this is that it soon will be lambing season at Juniper Moon Farms and the thought of all the impending cuteness (baby lambs and kids are adorable and Susie posts the cutest photos on the blog) was what inspired me to create the Sheep to Sweater Charm Necklace.
I made two versions – one with a sheep to represent wool yarn and one with a goat to represent cashmere. (I hope to eventually expand this series so there is an Alpaca version and an Angora Rabbit version but I am still on the look-out for the perfect graphic to use for those).
I wanted to acknowledge where the idea for these pieces came from. So I spoke with Susie and asked her if she would mind me “naming” the sheep and the goat in the charms after the first lamb and kid born at Juniper Moon Farms this year. She was kind enough to give me her blessing so now I am waiting for the little ones to arrive and hear what Susie names them.
(She had a poll to see what naming conventions she should use for this year’s lambing season. I voted hard for Downton Abbey characters but I haven’t heard yet which themes won)
I’ll keep you posted when there is news but in the meanwhile, you can get your Sheep to Sweater charm necklace (on sale as part of our Spring Fling sale) here in the Ciarrai Studios shop. And I definitely recommend checking out Susie’s blog and, if you are a knitter or a crocheter, checking out her yarns. (I am particularly enamored with her new Marlowe yarns – feels incredible and with colors that remind me of a Monet painting!)
Bird Lover’s Charm Necklace
I have also introduced a new Bird Lover’s Charm Necklace. With a handmade resin charm of a cardinal, tiny silver binoculars, and a glass vial of real bird seed, (a chopped sunflower / nyjer mix in case you were wondering), this necklace is perfect for birders, bird watchers, and nature lovers.
The Cardinal Bird Lover’s Charm Necklace is the first in a series of charm necklaces, each featuring a different species of bird. I am working to add Black Capped Chickadees and a Tufted Titmouse in the near future.
The inspiration for this series comes from one of my favorite people in the world, my Aunt Sharon, who is an avid birder. She takes the loveliest photos of birds (like this adorable shot of a Carolina Wren posing on a wicker sofa). Her backyard with all the feeders is THE place to be for the local songbirds (as well as any migratory flocks that are passing through). I love spending an afternoon visiting with Aunt Sharon, sipping tea and watching all the feathery comings and going outside her window.
Watership Down is the first book that my husband, Rob, and I ever read aloud to each other. Other than some difficulties pronouncing the name “El-ahrairah” and an unfortunate incident in a toy store involving a stuffed bunny that reminded us both of Fiver and spirited reenactments of several scenes from the book, we both really enjoyed the experience.
When I found this illustration of a rabbit, he reminded me so much of Hazel, the chief rabbit of the Watership Down warren and what better time to do a rabbit-themed piece that in the weeks leading up to Easter? I have another Watership Down Pendant in the works, this one inspired by one of the rabbit’s legends of El-ahrairah, the Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and that should be up on the store in the next couple of days. However, the Hazel pendant is current available and is available here for 20% off as part of the Spring Fling sale.
Last but not least, I have added some new teacup charms to the listings for the Reading Tea Leaves series and the Tea Lover’s Charm Necklace. My supply of teacups is always in flux as I sell out of some designs and add new ones but the three new additions (pink floral, blue china, and cherries) are so cute that I had to show them off!
With warmer weather (hopefully) on its way, it soon will be gardening season and I wanted to celebrate this with a new necklace design. I am still waiting for some supplies to finish it but I should have my new Gardener’s Charm Necklace ready and posted in the next week or so.
I am also working on a book review for the Portable Dorothy Parker (which was excellent) and a write up of some of our latest Pinterest Recipe experiments but my cat has been pawing at my arm for the last few minutes which means that it is time to stop typing and start petting him. Talk to you all soon!