Thursday, June 26, 2008

Double Strand Leopard Skin Custom Order Necklace

This piece is a recent custom order I made. It was a lot of fun to do. It was made to match a leopard skin jasper bracelet that I had made last year. She also wanted a magnetic clasp because she loves her magnetic clasp on her bracelet.

It is a double strand necklace with leopard skin jasper, emperial jasper, fancy jasper, ocean jasper and matte glass seed beads. She's very happy with it and that puts a smile on my face too!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Potted Flowers on the Porch

I haven't potted flowers for 3 years, since my youngest, Noah, came along, lol. Walmart had geraniums for $1 each, so I decided to go for it this year. I have plenty of lovely compost, so here they are! I'm really into the intensely bright colors this year.

Kelsey helping with the watering. We're really enjoying their beauty and color.

Geraniums are my personal favorite for a potted flower. They come in many colors and are either vining or regular plants. They do very well in part sun/part shade.

Petunias and impatients are also very nice. Petunias need direct sun and will tolerate part shade. Impatients should not have direct sun and can do well with only shade. If I don't have a vining geranium then I like to add in some trailing type of flower or foliage such as vinca or sweet potatoe vines.

Take notice of your growing conditions before you buy. Do you have morning sun, all day sun, afternoon sun, shade, a covered porch? Your local nursery can help you make a good choice.

Belle Adorn

~Adorning You Beautifully with Unique Artisan Jewelry

Colorful, Fun, Playful, Beaded Jewelry

Monday, June 9, 2008

Purple Pearl and Carved Bone Bracelet with Hill Tribe Silver Accents

I call this piece Neoclassic Heather because it has a sort of antique feel with the pearls and carved bone,but there is also a modern edgey element with the hill tribe silver toggle and discs and swarovski bicone crystals. Carved bone has come back into fashion recently and is used by many beading artists.
At first the thought of carved bone might seem unpleasant, but the idea does grow on you if you give it a chance, ha ha ha. If you think about it; it was no doubt one of the more available materials that could be used for jewelry from the beginning of mankind. I'm sure rocks and shells and pearls (which also come from animals) have always been admired for their prettiness, but look at how this bone can be carved into a beautiful pattern. Interesting!
This piece is available here: and will fit a smaller wrist; about a size 7 or smaller.
Belle Adorn
~Adorning You Beautifully with Unique Artisan Jewelry
Beaded Jewelry, Antique, Modern, Edgey, Exciting

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Purple Finch Nest with Blue Speckled Eggs

Me and my eggs, I know! But isn't this cute? A little finch wanted to make her nest in my hanging flower pot. I love this picture so much, it's the background on my computer.

*update ~ I am amazed at how many people all over the united states find my blog with this little post. Please leave a comment and let me know how helpful this picture is to you......I would love to hear others' stories too.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Brazilian Amazonite, Opal and Bronzite Silk Cord Necklace

This chic necklace has a longer length and has beautiful smooth blue green marquis shaped Brazilian amazonite, Blue Peruvian Opal puffed squares and round bronzite, all hand knotted on blue silk cord and finished with a sterling silver clasp and extender chain. If you like the natural ,rocky look of real semi-precious gemstones, you will love this piece.
This piece is available here:

Belle Adorn
~Adorning You Beautifully with Unique Artisan Jewelry
Beaded Jewelry, Silk, Semi-precious Gemstones, Sterling Silver

Friday, June 6, 2008

Elvis lives!!!

That is, our rooster Elvis! He has such an Elvis hair doo, Elvis strut and Elvis coolness, lol! Isn't he a pretty boy?
He's a barred rock plymouth chicken, my sister Jamie brought to me from Independence. She found him on craig's list. One of the aracauna hens is standing behind him here....It may be Robin or Nosey. Hard to tell from the back side, ha ha ha.
Belle Adorn
~Adorning You Beautifully with Unique Artisan Jewelry
Beaded Jewelry, Semi-precious Gems, Swarovski Crystals, Shells

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Black and White Geometric Mod Set

This playful set is made with white mother of pearl shell, black onyx, smoky quartz and sterling silver. It was inspired by some beautiful fabric which was black with white and ivory circles.

I just saw Target advertise their new mod dresses....perfect! This set is not yet in my etsy shop. Please inquire if you are interested.

Belle Adorn
~Adorning You Beautifully with Unique Artisan Jewelry
Fun, Mod, Beaded Jewelry, Shell

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Vegetable Gardens, Herbs and Plants

Herbs, vegetables and flowers ready for planting.
Young tomato plants.

Maybe we will have our gardens planted by the time I publish this post. Jim is tilling again, to help the soil dry out for planting. This is a borrowed tractor and tiller from a neighbor.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Crocheted Crochet Beaded Wire Necklaces

Smoky Quartz Crocheted Wire Necklace is available here:
Purple Flourite Crocheted Necklace is available here:

Turquoise and Copper Crocheted Necklace is available here? These are all made with high quality artistic wire. The top necklace is made with smoky quartz on silver wire. The second piece is flourite, swarovski crystals and czech glass on amethyst wire. This last one is made with copper colored wire, turquoise, and swarovski crystals. Very fun and unique pieces of jewelry.

*Update ~ I've noticed quite a few searches for children's crocheted necklaces coming to my site. Please contact me, tina (at) belleadorn (dot) com, if you are interested in a custom piece. I do make children's jewelry and this artistic wire is available in lots of colors.

Belle Adorn
~Adorning You Beautifully with Unique Artisan Jewelry
Fun, Semi-Precious Gemstones, Art

Monday, June 2, 2008

Wild Purple Garden Phlox

This purple flower is growing wild in our fence lines. Isn't it pretty?! I should move it to my yard but there is too much poison ivy nearby. My sons cut these for me and put them in a vase. Wasn't that sweet?! They are thoughful boys.