A little bit of life, love, and artisan jewelry but mostly the

Home of the Confused Muse..

Where you will find the meadering thoughts of an actively artistic brain - as well as my latest creations, events, soapboxes, dramas, crisis, blessings, and life in general.

This is also the home of "ChrissyMarie Jewelry and Accessories", named for my daughter! Twenty-Five Percent of all sales from this line are donated to B.I.T.S. aka "Better in the Saddle", a local non-profit Equine Assisted Therapy Program ....because we KNOW horses help make miracles!


December 17, 2007

Valentine Trunk Sale Info for KC Etsy Street Team!

This is a quote from our KC Etsy Blog regarding the Valentine Trunk Show date and location:


Friday February 1st! We got it! We got it!!!

Okay a few details need to be worked out but we are going to the restaurant very soon, and will post details and pictures …. So far,
Here’s the address and the name of the place….

Shiraz Restaurant
320 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

Broadway and Southwest Blvd.

So.....be there or be square :D

December 14, 2007

My Experiment with Linking Photos to my Store

Ok. I told you I'm not very good at this and for me it's all just a big experiment! I have a hard time just editing the colors on my blog pages much less figuring out how "links" work. Theses are some things I'd like to learn how to do:

Let my friends attach links to their own sites.

Have Links to my favorites lists - books, authors, movies, music, etc.

Direct link my photos to my etsy store instead of to my flickr site.

So, I've got my work cut out and lots of brain exercise to do. Wish me luck and here goes......

This is a link to a pretty Tourmaline and Gold Wire Bangle Bracelet in my Etsy store.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8321119 So how do I connect this link to a photo and where do I upload that photo from? Hmmmm.... Must think on this! I think I'll go call my super-duper smart son and see if he has any advice for his not so super-duper smart Mom!

Ah Ha! Maybe this is where Etsy mini's come in to play! Let me give that a try......

Hotdog! It worked!! (Dancing around and giggling!)
However, it still isn't showing the Tourmaline Bangle I wanted in the photos. I haven't figured out how to choose which pieces I want to show up in the mini album.
Sounds like a job for another day!

December 12, 2007

It's been a long time!

I've been terrible about keeping up here with the writing on my blog. I upload photos of my latest pieces and designs. Part of the excuse of course has been the busy holiday atmosphere at my house but also the small fact that I'm just learning how to do all of this blogging and uploading and computer stuff! I'd love to feature other designers and artists here but I simply don't know how. So, until I become more knowledeable you'll just have to be patient with me.

beadpen - copper and sand

beadpen - copper and sand
beadpen - copper and sand,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.

beadpen - copper and sand
Copper sands. Copper metallic beadpen with natural sandstone, and jasper, copper, and silver plated pewter beads along with a great lampwork focal bead.

beadpen - evergreen

beadpen - evergreen
beadpen - evergreen,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.

beadpen - evergreen
Deep dark evergreen beadpen, Satin finish with great lampwork beads and sterling silver spacers.

beadpen red and purple lampwork

beadpen red and purple lampwork
Red Satin and Royal Purple - elegant beadpen in red satin finish. Beautiful artisan made lampwork beads in purple ,red,and black.

beadpen - lime green with lampwork

Shades of green - Fun beadpen with pretty lampwork beads and sterling silver beads. Great Gift!

purple shell pin

purple shell pin
purple shell pin,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.
Large brooch featuring Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls.

red motorcycle earrings

red motorcycle earrings
red motorcycle earrings,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.
Fun miniature motorcycle earrings!

teal elegance bracelet

teal elegance bracelet
teal elegance bracelet,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.
Pretty Bali silver tubes with Swarovski Crystal Cubes in Blue Zircon (Teal).

December 11, 2007

Black Gold Amazonite and Larvikite on Sterling Chain

And yet another long chain and stone necklace. This one is Black Gold Amazonite o n Sterling Silver chain. I also used pretty little Larvikite stones - egg shaped to alternate with the Amazonite. It's very pretty and delicate and looks awesome with this season's grey and aqua colors. One of my favorites and yes it's LONG! 45"?

chain and stone necklace - sodalite squares

Another long chain necklace....I'm on a roll! This one is made with Sterling Silver plated chain and pretty little puffed squares of Sodalite. It's dark denim blue color and I just love it with blue jeans and ANY shirt. Another one that's really long. I think this one is 44".

grey pearl chain necklace

grey pearl chain necklace
grey pearl chain necklace,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.
These are charcoal grey glass pearls on a Sterling Silver chain. It's a long necklace - about 40" with no clasp. The pearls are two sizes and alternate to give it a little movement.

jay's gifts

jay's gifts
jay's gifts,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.
This is one of my fav's and it was a gift I made for a dear friend. He inherited the nail cross from a relative when she passed away earlier this year. His wife asked me to do something special with it. My friend Jay was raised in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew. He also has an Awesome voice! I had a stamp made that says "Sing" in Hebrew and made a plaque for the cross from PMC. Then I wirewrapped it on with antiqued copper wire, hung it on this goreous soft braided leather cord and voila' - Jay's Gifts was born.

I just love jewelry with a story don't you?

December 07, 2007

KC Etsy gals

KC  Etsy gals
KC Etsy gals,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.
KC Etsy Street Team meeting for December was held at Independence Center in the Food Court!
From L-R) KarenKay, FunkyFelter,DumbKids, Monde

Cinderellish had to leave before the photo was taken and adriennedesigns wielded the camera!

December 05, 2007

chained swallows necklace crop1

This is definitely one of my favorites!
This necklace is so sweet. The swallows are only 3/4" from beak to tail feathers! They are made of antique brass as are the chain, ear wires, and wire.

Notice the 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads? There are Cantelope colored crystals sprinkled throughout the design. These are color changing crystals which means the color changes depending on the amount and type of light you are in. At home, under regular incandescent lighting the crystals are a pale purple/lavender color. Under flourescent lighting they turn green and in the sunlight they are a smokey gray color. Great fun to wear!

This necklace measures 18" long (not including the lobster claw clasp). I can attach an extender if you'd like - just convo me before buying so I can send you updated invoice.

The drop in front measures 2-1/2" long.

Check the photos for details - they are enlarged for your convenience. Feel free to convo me for additional information.

Stormy Weather Set

Very elegant and sophisticated. This set reminds me of Spectator shoes and the classic big hats you see in the movies. I love the asymetrical design.

This combination of Black Onyx, Crystal Quartz, and Tourmaline Quartz is perfect for the season! Grey is this season's black and with this you can have it all! Wear it with any color and you'll look like a million bucks :)

Look at the photos and note the difference in the fabrics I used to show these pieces off. Both lavender polka dots and rich, rich RED are equally complimentary!

Make a scene or steal the scene - this set is for you!

Necklace measures 18" with a 3" handcrafted extender.

The earrings measure 1-1/2" from the top of the Shield style lever back earring wire. Very easy and secure to wear!

Blk crystal and silver chandeliers3

These are my retro 70's style earrings made with Bali bracelet connectors and ear wires and Jet Swarovski Crystals. Very Bohemian, very pretty, and very fun to wear!

vintage pink glass bracelet

This bracelet is my idea of "retro feminine". The pink glass beads are just so..."1940's" with that great swirl pattern. I paired them with 4mm round "Rose" Swarovski crystals and 5mm Bali spacer beads.

The colors are soft and delicate and yet the diamond shape of the beads gives it an edgy retro feel. I truly adore the dainty Bali Silver toggle clasp. The entire piece is just a girly girl piece.

Put this piece with a grey sweater or suit to stand out in this seasons most popular color! If you're interested in matching earrings...check my store for a pair that fill the bill.

This bracelet would fit up to a 7" wrist. Please convo me with any questions or requests you have. The diamond shaped beads measure 1/2"x1/2".

Note: The photos show an Awareness charm attached to this bracelet. Please let me know if you do not want it on the bracelet and I will remove it.

vintage pink glass earrings

Love this vintage pink glass with dainty Bali ear wires? Just wait until you see the matching bracelet!

In My Dreams...Ocean Jasper Pendant

Ethereal. That's the best word I can think of to describe this beautiful Ocean Jasper pendant. Dreamy? Yes, that too!
It's like an aerial view of a beautiful lagoon - you know the one they always have in the movies with the giant romantic waterfall? Looking into the depths, layers upon layers of different textures and colors and all of them in soft hues of blue, green, purple, and white and grey.

I added a strand of 5mm faceted white Howlite saucers, Ametrine Rondelles along with 8mm Tree Agate beads and beautiful puffed oval beads of Fancy Jasper. It's very clean and quiet and elegant.

The clasp is a Bali Toggle and it's at the front! The pendant actually hangs from the toggle. It's adds loads of interest and makes it a breeze to hook on your own. At the very back - where the necklace will lay against your neck I used only the smaller beads for comfort. It will also make it so much easier to tuck the back under a collar if you choose.

This necklace measures about 22" long. The pendant hangs down another 1-3/4" and is 1-1/2" at its widest point.

Victorian Sparkle Cuff

Victorian Sparkle Cuff
Victorian Sparkle Cuff,
originally uploaded by Adrienne Designs.
Heads will turn when you wear this beautiful Victorian style cuff bracelet. It is made up of a hundreds of black matte seed beads and a gold/brass/topaz metallic bugle beads in a looped fringe. It moves and flows when you move.

In the center is a rosette of Topaz Swarovski crystals, black faceted Czech glass and Hematite seed beads. I made this rosette by hand of a mixture of Vintage and Contemporary beads. It is truly one of my prettiest pieces.

Two magnetic ball clasps hold it securely on your wrist