Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Yesterday was the shortest day of the year, so starting from today, the days will be getting longer!

It's still quite dark, but we can rely on the North Star for light.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Nature creates the most gorgeous colors providing an endless source of inspiration. 

These stunning colors are closeups of a peacock's feathers.

And here is the prowd owner.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Keeping the yuletide decorations to a minimum this year... :D

Monday, December 07, 2015

I'm currently testing how well cotton works in my handwoven bracelet designs, and I found a lovely orange color that my prototype tester is trying out...

Friday, December 04, 2015

The warm (!) colors of November were quite inspiring. This lovely scenery was in Helsinki, Finland.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

You can wear bracelets with all outfits, but sometimes you may need a slightly more subtle and perhaps sophisticated bracelet for those more formal occasions.

My Ruby metal bracelet design combines beautifully cut antique beads with a ruby center; the perfect combo for those more formal 'suit' occasions.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I often receive special requests from customers, sometimes for completely new designs, sometimes for variations on already existing designs. 

This Dark Orient long pearl necklace is an example of a request for a darker version of my Junipearls long pearl necklace design. The request was for a darker necklace that can be worn with both blue and black silk blouses and dresses, turtleneck sweaters, and it has to work with jeans.

The color of the pearls varies from blue to dark brown to purple; perfect with the soft, dark brown and black stripes of the tiger ebony beads. The bead combination works beautifully with black and blue textiles. And jeans :)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

In my Archer bracelet design I've combined a metallic gem with yew beads. Yew was, and still is, used to make bows, as it's a very strong and springy softwood.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Juniper was used in Finland for centuries for its extreme versatility and high resistance to decay. It was used to make rope, mats, containers, fish traps, hay poles, baskets, cups, etc. It's also said that juniper has antiseptic qualities and that's one of the reasons why butter knives are made from juniper still today.

It was also said that it's safe to drink from a juniper cup, as the smell of the juniper oil kept trolls away and the little buggers wouldn't try to put anything nasty in your drink...

Products made from juniper are hard to find (juniper was actually protected in Finland for years), but you can find beautiful juniper cups, knives, spoons and the occasional beads.

I combined juniper beads with white pearls and a leather tassel in my Junipearls tassel necklace design. They're all soft, natural materials, which make the necklace comfortable to wear. And the juniper beads keep the trolls away...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I've been asked if fashion dictates how many or few bracelets you should wear. I think the only one to dictate how many bracelets you should wear is yourself; if you feel like wearing dozens per wrist, that's fine. If you want to wear just the one, that's fine. The important thing is that you feel comfortable wearing them, or it.

Here's an example of just the one,

a simple green leather bracelet (on Mr. Jukka's right wrist).

And here's an example of multiple bracelets 'Kwa Cheetah' style

and a closeup (Zulu the meerkat getting help checking out his surroundings at Kwa Cheetah, South Africa).

Saturday, November 14, 2015

We went to Southern Africa to experience the hot weather and sand.

We had a trusty 4x4

and tasted gourmet grubs!

The scenery was spectacular 

and the springbok curious!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nature continues to inspire me even more than usual, and this year we travelled to opposite extremes - from cold weather and snow to hot weather and sand.

We went to Finnish Lapland to experience the cold weather and snow (and the intoxicatingly fresh air!).

We had a super time with huskies

and lovely soup for lunch in the fells.

Nature was quite gorgeous

and the reindeer curious!

I've been testing my new men's bracelet designs where I've combined tiny antique dark brown and brasse-colored beads with goldplated beads and spinel gems. 

I tested the designs during our roadtrip in Southern Africa, and even though I broke all my how-to-care rules (never took them off), they still look great! I'll be listing them in my Etsy shop soon. 
I've been a bit busy so my blog has been a bit quiet ... you may have noticed ... but I'm still here! 

I'll be adding design inspirations, design ideas, prototypes and actual designs  a bit more frequently than every two years :).