I had a great time this past weekend putting together these pieces on spec for a jewelry shop owner who wanted Western themed Cowgirl jewelry. I think it must be trending right now.
For some of us, though, cowgirl jewelry is always in style. I might be a Southern girl from South Carolina, but I am a cowgirl at heart. In fact, about the time I hit 2nd grade, my birthday present that year was a pair of white, leather majorette boots with tassles on the front. The burning desire to be a majorette lasted about 2 months, after which I pretended they were cowboy boots. I still have those boots, athough they never looked as good after I tried to paint them red.
These necklaces take me right back to sitting in front of the black and white TV on Sunday nights, watching Bonanza. I loved the opening credits. Remember the fire that burned through the Ponderosa map? I thought that was so cool. Bonanza debuted the year I was born, but I watched it from about 1966 until it ended in 1973. I had a huge crush on oldest son Adam. Back then, I went for those serious, moody bad boys. Some things never change! LOL
I made a few cowgirl bunny pins, too, using the small Vintaj stars for charms. These images are from a collection of Western advertising art.
And finally, I made a few more earrings for the shop. I did something Easter weekend I hardly ever do. I made up a bunch of solid colors and Skinner blends and stored them between parchment paper sheets. I don't know why I got a wild hair and decided to do it ahead of time. I am not at sure what I cobble together should technically be called a Skinner Blend, either. I always feel like I should apologize to Judith Skinner whenever I use that term.
I also received my buttons Saturday from my button swap partner, Kym Hunter. I've got a few ideas and sketches of what I want to make, and I can't give a sneak peak until the big reveal on May 13, but I will be continuing the nostalgic childhood theme.
Have a great week, everyone!